Ballet West has announced its 2019-20 season upcoming season of 2019/20. The new season will begin with a new production that celebrates the 110th Anniversary of Sergei Diaghilev’s revolutionary company, “Balanchine’s Ballets Russes.” The three performances of the cycle will explore the origins of George Balanchine’s choreographic genius.

Single tickets will go on sale in September but us regulars will have early access subscribe now or renew season memberships for best availability. Three-show subscription packages begin at just $64. Contact Ballet West at 801-869-6920, or visit www.balletwest.org

The program begins with a United States premiere, The Song of the Nightingale (Le chant du rossignol) that tells the tale of a mysterious songbird who cures an ailing Chinese emperor. Balanchine created this work in 1925 when he was just 21 year old. Ballet West will be only the second company in the world to present this piece of ballet history.

The second collaboration on the bill is Apollo. The Ballet West premiere features a rarely performed original childhood scene from the ballet and a presentation of the final ascent to Mount Olympus, that is not often done. This piece remains a standard of Balanchine’s clean and refined approach to dance.

The cycle will close out with  Prodigal Son’s story of sin and redemption taken from the Gospel of Luke. Prokovfiev composed this musical score shortly before the premiere and passed away soon after. I’m listening to the music as I write this post and it is powerful. This triple threat should not be missed. Mark your calendar for Oct. 25 through Nov. 2.

The 75th staging of Mr. C’s The Nutcracker will run Dec. 6 to 24. I know it is a family tradition of ours and if it isn’t this landmark year is the year to start a new Holiday tradition with family and friends.

In the new year, the company will roll out a wonderful love story just in time for Valentine’s Day. Giselle a Utah favorite (heck it’s an anywhere favorite). Ballet West’s rendition was reconceived by the company’s creative director, Adam Sklute, in 2014. This ballet has it all. Love, ghosts all wrapped up in a tale of elusive forgiveness. Giselle runs Feb. 7 to 15, 2020.

Spring will The Dream and resident choreographer Nicolo Fonte’s Bolero. Felix Mendelssohn’s music powers the ballet based on Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream which will be starkly contrasted with the power and the athleticism of Ravel’s Bolero. This fantastic double bill will run April 17 to 25, 2020.

The 2020 World Choreographic Festival comes again to Utah on the small intimate stage of the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Renowned international companies like the Singapore Dance Theater and Royal New Zealand Ballet, will present one week of explosive new works. During the festival, Ballet West will premiere two new creations from athletic and soulful international choreographer Jennifer Archibald and Matthew Neenan.

Ballet West II will present Snow White, a world premiere from gifted in-house choreographers Pamela Robinson and Peggy Dolkas. A new addition to the popular Family Classics Series, this re-creation runs for just three performances, Nov. 8 and 9, 2019 The Grimms’ fairy tale is given a ballet treatment, to a score from Edvard Grieg, and is presented in 90 minutes with guided narration to ensure the youngest audience members can enjoy the ensuing drama on stage.

Single tickets will go on sale in September but us regulars will have early access subscribe now or renew season memberships for best availability. Three-show subscription packages begin at just $64. Contact Ballet West at 801-869-6920, or visit www.balletwest.org