Ballet West’s Last Main-Stage Production of it’s 60th Season

Ballet West shares a not-to-be missed program during a timely moment of current affairs across the globe with their final main-stage production of Love and War, running April 12 – 20 at the Janet Quinney Lawson Capitol Theatre. Tickets start at just $30. Visit for ticket information.

Featured in the program is one of the world’s greatest ballet masterpieces, Kurt Jooss’s 1932 work The Green Table, returning to the Ballet West stage with a spellbinding score for two pianos by Frederick Cohen. In eight profoundly moving scenes, Jooss and Cohen depict the futility of war, its tragedy, and the redemptive power of humanity.

The 1932 antiwar piece was entered into a festival in 1939, where it won first prize, earning an invitation by Adolf Hitler for Jooss to become the national choreographer for Germany, but only if he dismissed his Jewish company members. Jooss refused and chose to escape Germany, along with his family, company, and fellow collaborators.

“The Green Table is a masterpiece and in many ways one of the greatest theater works of all time.” said Ballet West Artistic Director Adam Sklute. “Presented in a series of stark, but emotional tableaux based on medieval wood cuts, it is the epitome of German Expressionism from the early 20th Century. It is about war, but its genius lies in the fact that the ballet never picks sides, it never preaches right or wrong, simply that the ultimate winner in war is always only death. The ballet is a profoundly moving experience for artist and audience alike.”

Next is the long-awaited Ballet West revival of fiery and dynamic Red Angels, choreographed by Ulysses Dove with music by Richard Einhorn. The production includes four dancers accompanied by an electric violin and played by the original interpreter, Mary Rowell, one of only two people in the world to perform the score, presenting a nonstop outpouring of energy and passion.

The program opens with the Utah Premiere of William Forsythe’s Blake Works IForsythe is recognized as one of the greatest living choreographers in the world, creating this elegant and sensual work on the Paris Opera Ballet in 2016. Set to the tuneful and moody songs of British singer songwriter James Blake, it is filled with Forsythe’s unique blend of hyperextended classical vocabulary and distinctive unexpected directional changes, while always maintaining a classical purity. To date, San Francisco Ballet, Boston Ballet, and now Ballet West are the only American companies given permission to produce the work.

“This is a spectacular full-company work that really extends our dancers abilities,” said Sklute. “Forsythe’s way of moving demands a great deal of athleticism and speed. His work requires dancers to change direction in an instant and extend movement beyond what they are physically used to. This is what makes the work exciting both for the artist and the audience. But Blake Works I also surprises us with its unexpected purity of line and approach,” Sklute continues. “It may be one of Forsythe’s most stately works, and its elegance is what, to me, makes it such a good fit for Ballet West’s artists.”

About Ballet West

Ballet West, one of America’s leading ballet companies, under the artistic direction of Adam Sklute, has earned an international reputation for artistic innovation and excellence since its founding in 1963. For 60 years, the Salt Lake City-based Company has entertained and excited audiences in Utah and worldwide by presenting great classical ballets, historical masterpieces, including America’s first and longest-running version of The Nutcracker,  and new cutting-edge creations with only the highest artistic and professional standards. The Company continues to build future ballet artists and audiences by providing classical ballet training through the Frederick Q. Lawson Ballet West Academy and its four campuses and more than 1,000 students. Ballet West also operates one of the largest outreach and education programs in the country which reaches over 100,000 children and adults throughout Utah and the Intermountain Region every year.