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Ballet West's Dazzling Dances

Friday, 16 November 2012 11:56 Written by  Danica Farley

Dazzling...Ballet West's 2012-2013 opener that is. I continue to be amazed by the world-class performing arts showcased in Salt Lake City. After experiencing the 2011-2012 season trio of mesmerizing vignettes, (highlights being "Petit Mort" with Mozart's melodies and Balanchine's "Emeralds") I was determined not to miss this year's set of shorts. My grand expectations were exceeded.

"But Never Doubt I Love" an ode from Shakespeare set to music by Mendelssohn and Liszt—elegantly played by a solo pianist staged behind gossamer curtains—portrayed passion and pathos with intricate movement; the world premiere of "The Lottery" was exciting and provocative, I enjoyed the use of fences, benches, and box to tell the intriguing story (where the final dancer was a surprise "lottery" and interactive experience for all); and "Bolero" with acclaimed music by Ravel was seriously stunning...the tunes built rapture as the set changed from stark, silver steel to soft, crimson velvet where dancers gracefully used props for mystery and excitement, engaging the audience (get a glimpse here). The standing ovation was very well deserved!

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My life was enriched and inspired by delicate and awe-inspiring dances—the athleticism, art, and acting of everyone in the company is much admired. Sadly, there were many empty seats in the audience; how unfortunate for people to miss out on such an extraordinary evening. With the stellar line-up and nationally acclaimed "Breaking Pointe" that debuted on the CW network May-July 2012 I guess I expected a few more fans.

Dear reader, I hope you will support Ballet West and see one, or many, of the upcoming spectacular shows. "The Nutcracker" (Nov. 30-Dec. 29, 2012) is a holiday tradition; "Cinderella" (Feb. 14-17 & 20-23, 2013) will sweep you off your feet; "Jewels" (April 5, 6 & 10-13, 2013) is another triple charmer; and "Innovations 2013" (May 17, 18 & 22-25, 2013) will delight in its, well, innovation.

Performances at Ballet West have been part of my event calendar since I was a child. Favorites were (and still are) classics such as Giselle and Swan Lake. Traditional ballerina costumes and symphonies from the great masters will always entice me back to Capitol Theatre. However, as I have become older (and wiser) I have gained greater appreciation and respect for contemporary choreography, staging, and music—Ballet West Artistic Director Adam Sklute and his outstanding troupe of dancers create absolute magic on the stage.

Whether it's a night out with friends, a romantic soiree, or fun for the entire family, an evening with Ballet West will enchant and entertain. For tickets and more information visit balletwest.org.

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