If you have not heard the wonderful music, or seen this heart-warming production, it will definitely be worth the admission price. Prokofiev’s setting of the classic fairytale is filled with romance and comedy. Sir Frederick Ashton’s choreography of Cinderella has been called the perfect ballet experience for newcomers, young audiences and seasoned aficionados. This season, Ballet West becomes the second company in America to present this magical spectacle.
Ballet West was established in Salt Lake City in 1963. Willam F. Christensen was the company’s first artistic director, co-founding the company together with Utah’s “First Lady of the Arts” Glenn Walker Wallace. In 1951, Christensen had established the first ballet department in an American university at The University of Utah and with the tireless assistance of Mrs. Enid Cosgriff this program grew into the Utah Civic Ballet, Ballet West’s first incarnation. But this was not the first ballet company Willam Christensen’s founded. Along with his brothers Lew and Harold, Christensen made history by establishing the oldest ballet company in the western United States, the San Francisco Ballet. There he went on to create the first full-length American productions of Coppélia, SwanLake, and his evergreen production of The Nutcracker, which remains in Ballet West’s repertoire to this day. -courtesy: www.balletwest.org
If you’re in the Salt Lake area in February, come and enjoy a wonderful production!