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Ballet West: Innovations

Ballet West’s now-traditional season finale, Innovations, is a provocative program consisting of genre-bending premieres—this time by company members Christopher Anderson, Adrian Fry and Easton Smith, as well as a world premiere by celebrated choreographer, director, educator, producer and dancer Jodie Gates.

For Ballet West soloist Fry (pictured), the chance to choreograph his co-workers has been a reminder of just how much talent and depth there is in Ballet West’s ranks. “Choreography is a hard skill to cultivate, and Innovations provides a great opportunity for both Ballet West and the choreographers,” he says. “It’s a pleasure to work with friends and colleagues that I know so well. It’s helped make the process of creating this piece move quickly and smoothly.”

His piece Spun was abstractly inspired by Charles and Ray Eames’ 1969 short film Tops, which includes close-up shots of the spinning toy. “My piece is a 10-minute work for six dancers … an exercise in partnering with specific boundaries; instead of holding hands with their partners, the dancers each hold the end of a length of rope and are partnered through the tension in the rope. I wanted to see what could be accomplished without the use of hand-holding in contemporary partnering.”

That willingness to try new ideas and push choreographic boundaries is exactly what Innovations is intended to promote. For Fry and the other company members, it’s exciting to be able to experience their profession from the other side of the stage, watching their own choreographic vision reach fruition. (Jacob Stringer)

Date: May 18, 2013
Time: Times Vary
Phone: 801-355-2787
Address: 138 W. Broadway, Salt Lake City, 84101
Where: Rose Wagner Center