Ballet West to serve up a rich variety in 2020-21 season

Sat Feb 29, 2020 at 11:34 am
By Kate Mattingly
Rodeo, with choreography by Agnes de Mille and music by Aaron Copland, will be performed in Ballet West’s 2020-21 season. Photo: Agnes de Mille, 1943, by Maurice Seymour

Highlights of Ballet West’s 2020-21 season include the addition of a sixth production to an already rich schedule of performances plus a first time collaboration between the Sundance Institute’s Music Film Program and company principal artist Emily Adams. 

The season opens October 23 with Ben Stevenson’s family-friendly Dracula. From November 6 to 14, the company performs a triple bill of Twyla Tharp (Nine Sinatra Songs), Jiri Kylian (Return to a Strange Land) and Nicolo Fonte (Almost Tango). The holiday favorite, Willam Christensen’s The Nutcracker, will be presented from December 11 to 26.  And, just in time for Valentine’s Day, Michael Smuin’s Romeo and Juliet will be performed February 12 to 20.

In April, there will be a triple bill of Utah premieres: Agnes de Mille’s Rodeo (1942), Jerome Robbins’s Glass Pieces (1983), and Justin Peck’s Belles-Lettres (2014).  An annual event, Ballet West’s Choreographic Festival, returns May 6 to 8, with a world premiere by Scottish Ballet resident choreographer Sophie Laplane and the first-time collaboration with Adams and the Sundance Institute’s Music Film Program.

The season also includes The Little Mermaid, choreographed by Principal Ballet Master Pamela Robinson Harris and Peggy Dolkas, performed by Ballet West 2.

Single tickets go on sale in September. Patrons are encouraged to subscribe or renew their season subscriptions early to get the bests seats. Four-show Essential Packages begin at just $84. Contact Ballet West at 801-869-6920 or visit

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