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BYU Theatre Ballet Invites Audiences to Enjoy an Evening of Modern Ballet Classics

Experience the Works of George Balanchine and Gerald Arpino in Theatre Ballet’s First Performance of Winter 2024

Theatre Ballet Dancer Lizzie Pouwer in Hilary Wolfley’s “Dust to Divine”
Photo by Izzy Arrieta

Attendees of Theatre Ballet’s upcoming “Masterworks Series” will get the unique opportunity to experience the works of some of ballet’s greatest choreographers. BYU’s Theatre Ballet and Theatre Ballet Studio Company open the Winter 2024 season with a program of three pieces, each demonstrating the technical and artistic range of the companies.

This evening of ballet favorites highlights the works of George Balanchine and Gerald Arpino as well an original work by Department of Dance faculty and choreographer Hilary Wolfley. The three pieces featured in this performance are vastly different from each other and have something every audience member can enjoy. The show runs January 24–27 in the Richards Building Dance Performance Theatre.

 The show will feature Arpino’s “Birthday Variations,” Balanchine’s “Walpurgisnacht,” and Wolfley’s “Dust to Divine.” Theatre Ballet director Ashley Parov said, “The BYU Ballet companies are an integral part of the department’s academic programs. As such, every performance prioritizes the educational journey of our talented dancers. Each piece in this program was carefully chosen with this growth in mind.”

 Parov said that she specifically chose “Birthday Variations” for its technically difficult solos and pas de deux work and “Walpurgisnacht” for its large corps de ballet and artistic virtuosity. As for “Dust to Divine,” Parov said the piece “offers [the] dancers the opportunity to explore contemporary ballet with a strong emotional foundation.”

Theatre Ballet Dancer Summer Wudel in Gerald Arpino's "Birthday Variations"
Photo by Izzy Arrieta

 These three non-narrative ballets utilize movement, music and costume to create beautiful and exciting visuals that evoke emotion and reflection in the viewer.

 “I truly feel that this program has something for every audience member to enjoy,” said Parov. “My hope is for each and every viewer to appreciate ballet a little bit more at the conclusion of the evening.”

Tickets and Show Details
January 24–26 | 7:30 p.m.
January 27 | 2:00 p.m.

Where: Richards Building Dance Performance Theatre

Price: $18

Tickets: Available online at BYU tickets