Ballet West: An Evening of Ballets
by Karen Webb
“Beyond Balanchine”, “Balanchine and then some”, and “Balanchine to the max” were a few ways William Forsythe's work was described when Ballet West acquired the choreographer's Artifact II a season ago. His regisseur for that work, Doug Becker, explained all about the new dance language 'Billy' was developing for his body of work.
This time out, the Forsythe saga continues with a smaller work, one developed for the Paris Opera Ballet in about 1978, when Forsythe was climbing the learning curve of creating this new language. The curiously-named In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated joins reprises Afternoon of a Faun, the company's first Jerome Robbins acquisition, and Birgit Cullberg's Miss Julie, whose multiple casts, new ones all, will wring all the richness that can be wrung from Strindberg's look at morals and the roles we play in life. The entire bill, the only repertory evening the company planned for the season, opened at the Capitol Theatre in Salt Lake City on November 1.
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