Ballet high |

Ballet high

“Ballet West’s summer season begins,” proclaimed The Aspen Times on July 13, 1978. “Opening night will feature ‘Serenade,’ a gift from George Balanchine to Ballet West; the ‘Peasant Pas de Deux’ from Giselle; ‘La Peri,’ a world premiere; and ‘Graduation Ball,’ an Aspen premiere. The two premieres will set the pace for the summer, as the company will perform a total of five Aspen premieres and two world premieres. Said Tage Pedersen, president of the Ballet West in Aspen-Snowmass board of directors, ‘Bruce Marks, our artistic director, has a rare sensitivity toward new and innovative talents in choreography as well as his own choreographic skills. He’s bringing together a number of new ballets in combination with some of his favorite ballets from his years with the Royal Danish Ballet in a repertoire of new productions, which I believe the community will really appreciate.’” At right is the spring and summer practice tent in Snowmass Village, where the magic of the choreography blossomed.

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