The Joyce Theater to Present Salt Lake City's BALLET WEST, 3/25-29

The Joyce Theater Foundation, Linda Shelton Executive Director, presents the Salt Lake City-based ballet company Ballet West, currently in its 51st Anniversary Season, from March 25-29. Ballet West, making its Joyce debut with this engagement, will perform a mixed program of premieres by Val Caniparoli, Nicolo Fonte, Matthew Neenan and Helen Pickett. Tickets range in price from $10-$49 ($26-$37 for Joyce Theater members), and can be purchased through JoyceCharge online at www.Joyce.org, by calling 212-242-0800, or at The Joyce Theater box office at 175 Eighth Avenue at 19th Street.

From Balanchine to Bournonville and Petipa to Tharp, Ballet West boasts a rich and varied repertoire, elegant and versatile artists, and an American style and legacy that is as dynamic, expansive, and unexpected as the Rocky Mountain region it represents. Ballet West has toured the world several times, presenting the very best in American classical and contemporary ballet. A company of gifted dancers, Ballet West gained instant fame as the focus of the reality TV series "Breaking Pointe" and has become a household name across the country. The program includes the world premiere of Helen Pickett's Games, set to music by Claude Debussy, and the New York premieres of Matthew Neenan's The Sixth Beauty with music by Alberto Ginastera; Presto by Nicolo Fonte set to Ezio Bosso's Quartet No. 5: XI Presto; and The Lottery, by Val Caniparoli, based on Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery," with music by Robert Moran*.

*At each performance of The Lottery, there will be a drawing onstage to determine who will be the "chosen one." No one - neither the performers, the audience nor the winner - will know who won the lottery until the final minutes of the ballet.

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