As the resident ballet company of the University of Utah, Utah Ballet presents sixteen performances in two series each academic year in the Marriott Center for Dance, Hayes Christensen Theatre. Performances include classic and full length ballets restaged by the faculty, works choreographed by the faculty, and works set or choreographed by world-renowned choreographers.
Utah Ballet Performs Swan Lake to Sold-Out Theatre
Congratulations Utah Ballet! On November 7-10 and 14-17, 2012, Utah Ballet, directed by Jay Kim and Victoria Stocki, performed the full-length classical ballet Swan Lake featuring Acts II, III, and IV. Dancers spent eleven weeks enthusiastically
immersing themselves in their roles showing great integrity and professionalism in their work. The performances were received with great reviews from the audience resulting in the theatre being filled to capacity with 30 more waiting in line for tickets. The Daily Utah Chronicle favorably reviewed the performances:
· “The Department of Ballet created a world of believable serenity and beauty through set, scenery and stunning costumes.”
· “There were magical moments when . . . [Odette] and the company would mesh, creating a beautiful and continuous movement. The number in which Odet
te languishes in sorrow at the lake in Act IV is both beautiful and breathtaking.”
· “The dance company put on a fabulous show, one that is sure to leave you mesmerized and fully invested in the love story of Odette and Siegfried.” Lynette Randall, Staff Writer, Utah Daily Chronicle
Utah Ballet Outreach Program
On November 7 and 16, 2012, Utah Ballet held two special performances of Swan Lake as part of its Outreach Program, sponsored by a generous grant from the Sorensen Legacy Foundation. One performance was for a full house of invited local dance students and their chaperones. The other performance hosted students from a Title I charter school. The performances were enthusiastically received by very well behaved students. Sorenson Scholar Meredith Jones hosted a question and answer session with dancers in costume following the performance. These performances provided an educational enrichment opportunity for students to experience ballet, some for the very first time. Utah Ballet’s Outreach Program will provide two more performances to students as part of its spring contemporary series of, ‘Choreographers of the Far East’. The department is grateful and honored to receive the Sorensen Grant and hopes to be able to continue providing this service to the community.
Private Performance for Our Donors
On November 14, 2012, Utah Ballet, under the direction of Professors Jay Kim and Victoria Stocki, staged a private performance of Swan Lake Act III for ‘The Dean’s List,’ substantial donors to College of Fine Arts. Guests not only viewed the performance, but had a chance to come on stage to chat with the dancers in costume. Afterwards they enjoyed light refreshments in the lobby together. Comments from those who attended include, “The Act III was a great act to feature since it showcased so many different dancers and had those wonderful and beautiful sets… The production was so professional, I thought the dancers just shined…. We loved going on stage and having the experience of seeing the dancers, and their costumes, up close… The students couldn’t have been more charming… The dancers were coached and prepared wonderfully. It was perfect!”