The University of Utah’s Ballet Ensemble performances showcase the dancing of three-quarters of our department majors, from our lower division up to our Ballet West Joint Trainees. Ballet Ensemble presents works from local, national and international choreographers as well as works contributed by department faculty.
Prof. Tesch received permission from the Fokine Estate-Archive to research and stage Michel Fokine’s one-act Les Sylphides. Students from the Repertory class studied and learned the corps de ballet from this romantic masterpiece. The soloists were auditioned and two casts and four performances later, our dancers received the invaluable opportunity to perform this masterwork and not simply study it in ballet history books.
The Gerald Arpino and Robert Joffrey Foundation was similarly generous in affording our dancers the opportunity to learn and perform Gerald Arpino’s Birthday Variations. With five female solo variations as well as a pas de deux, students were able to learn and be coached in a work from The Joffrey Ballet’s repertory by Prof. Calvin Kitten, a repetiteur of the estate.
The third work on the program for the 2012-13 year was Poetic Motion, a world premier set on our dancers by Heather Colledge-Gray, winner of high Honors in choreography at the Regional Dance America Festivals in 2008, 2009 and 2010 and outstanding choreographer at Youth America Grand Prix in 2009 and 2010.
All students who auditioned for the 2012-13 performances were given the opportunity to learn and perform one of the works on the Ballet Ensemble program.