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CS Dance Theatre treats audiences to Ballet West

  • Quinn Farley

Traditionalists might be thrilled to hear that they get the chance to finally see some tutus this season with the Colorado Springs Dance Theatre. Ballet West of Salt Lake City will bring their version of Sleeping Beauty, among other spectacular pieces, to the Pikes Peak Center on Feb. 24, promising pirouettes, princes and tutus galore.

Ballet West has become a fixture of the dance community since its inception in 1963. Under the guidance of the late William Christensen, the group evolved from its roots as a ballet school at the University of Utah into a company of 45 professional dancers that perform all across the United States and abroad.

The group has earned high marks from Utah audiences and was an obvious choice to perform at the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City.

The current artistic director, Jonas Kage, is set with the task of honoring the company's classical foundations while aspiring to incorporate more contemporary pieces into the company repertoire. That means the company gets to experiment with styles from a wide range of choreographers such as George Balanchine, William Forsythe, and even their own former dancer-turned-choreographer, Richard Tanner.

Their 40th season is filled with the works from a mlange of well-established and newfound talent that will satisfy both traditionalists and those who favor innovation. Colorado Springs will get the chance to experience a good range of the company's work in the upcoming triple bill performance.

The show will feature Tanner's newly unveiled "Ancient Airs and Dances"; Forsythe's "Artifact II," which features music from Bach; and Act III of Sleeping Beauty. The story of Princess Aurora and her trouble with spindles will be faithfully presented along with the well-known Tchaikovsky score.

-- Tamara Matthews


Ballet West of Salt Lake City

Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave.

Tuesday, Feb. 24 at 8 p.m.

520-SHOW or www.ticketmas for tickets

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