Ballet West to perform most popular title in repertoire


SALT LAKE CITY, Utah(ABC4 News) Carmina Burana, a Ballet West World Premiere, will open the 54th Season, in celebration of Adam Sklute’s 10th anniversary with the Company.

Resident Choreographer Nicolo Fonte, has created a ballet just as dynamic as the music of Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana, one of the most popular pieces of classical music of all time. Accompanying the dancers will be a 76-member choir, backed by the 50-member Ballet West Orchestra. Also on the double-bill, George Balanchine’s sweeping ballet, Serenade

Carmina Burana was first performed in Utah by Ballet West’s founder, Mr. Willam Christensen, in 1974. Since then, it has been performed more than 100 times, making it one of the most popular titles in the Ballet West repertoire. In 1936, composer Carl Orff set 24 of the poems to music and it became a popular piece of classical repertoire, featured in film, television, and video games. It has been covered by Michael Jackson and Ozzy Osbourne.

 Costumes for the show were built by Cincinnati Ballet. A truss set is being made in Tennessee, that will lift the 76 choir members above the dancers. 

The program opens with Serenade, set to Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings. Serenade was originally created in 1934 as an exercise for the newly formed School of American Ballet. Attendance at those rehearsals was sporadic, so Balanchine made due with whomever he had in the studio, turning random accidents such as a ballerina falling, a dancer arriving late, and someone’s hair coming undone into part of the show.

Ballet West also offers Warm Ups before each performance. They are free of charge to ticket holders and begin promptly one-hour prior to each performance. Attendees will get insider information on the program including background on the ballet, information on the choreographer, and other interesting behind the scene facts.

The Ballet runs November 3-11, at the Capitol Theater. 

Tickets are available for Carmina Burana with Serenade by calling (801) 869-6920, or online at

Opening Ballet West’s 54th Season and Artistic Director Adam Sklute’s 10th Anniversary is Resident Choreographer Nicolo Fonte’s World Premiere Carmina Burana. With 20 dancers, 58Chorus members from stage, accompanied by the Balet West Orchestra, Carmina Burana is an ambitious and exciting ballet. 

 Adam Sklute’s 10th Anniversary Season Resident Choreographer Nicolo Fonte wi

Nicolo Fonte, Resident Choreographer at Ballet West since 2012, will premiere his latest work for the Salt Lake City ensemble, “Fox on the Doorstep”, on May 19th as part of the inaugural performances of the Ballet West National Choreographic Festival. This new work, for 12 extraordinary dancers chosen from the Ballet West roster of artists, is the fourth world premiere work to be commissioned by Ballet West, and the seventh Fonte ballet to become part of Ballet West’s repertory.

The enigmatic title of this new work alludes to real life phenomena – episodes or moments that bring us into intimate connection with a spiritual plane that can punctuate and give deeper meaning to emotional states already being experienced. By turns explosive, sorrowful, and elegiac – “Fox on the Doorstep” showcases Fonte’s unique gift for unifying classical ballet technique with both a theatrical flair and an undeniably resonant emotional core. It follows closely on the heels of the hugely successful “Ghost Stories”, premiered last month by Pennsylvania Ballet in Philadelphia.

The National Choreographic Festival marks Ballet West’s very first performances in the brand new Eccles Theater, a new 2500 seat venue in the heart of downtown Salt Lake City, and Fonte’s world premiere will be the first new work to premiere there. In “Fox”, Fonte pairs once again with David Heuvel (costumes) and for the first time with noted lighting designer Jim French. Music for the work is by Olafur Arnalds, Harry Excott, and Johan Johannsson.

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