The Nutcracker 2016 & 2019
Ballet West was proud to present "The Nutcracker", a largely new production which marked the 25th anniversary of the Ballet West outreach school and performing company.
The Nutcracker was choreographed by Ballet West’s Choreographer and Artistic Adviser, Daniel F Job, with new costumes and sets with the Company numbering up to 100 dancers in the larger venues.
"I took my nine-year old daughter to see Ballet West's production of The Nutcracker at The Clyde Auditorium this evening. Our 1st experience of ballet and we were enchanted from the moment the curtain went up. We didn't want the performance to end. Beautiful story telling throughout the performance, professional and precisely executed, just gorgeous to watch, and remembering the young cast here, the level of dedication from the performers to attain such high standards, was simply superb. Bravo Ballet West - encore!! Keep doing what you are doing, we will be back for more. Brilliant!" Lesley Teer
2018 saw a new addition to Ballet West`s repertoire, Giselle, a romantic ballet in two acts that was first performed in Paris in 1841. Our resident choreographer, Daniel F Job, brought to life Adolphe Adam`s score that tells of a peasant girl named Giselle who dies of a broken heart after discovering her lover is betrothed to another. The Wilis, a group of supernatural woman summon Giselle and target her lover for death. Will Giselle`s love free him from their grasp?
"I`ve seen a lot of performances of Giselle in my time and I have seen some the world`s greatest dancers from some of the leading companies in the leading roles but never have I seen a more dramatic performance than this evening`s by Ballet West. I cannot speak too highly of Natasha Watson. I have been one of her fans for years. She delights me with her dancing. In this performance she dazzled me with her acting. Her hair loose, dangling the sword, eyes rolling, Watson was chillingly realistic. Her acting was impressive as her dancing." Jane Lambert
"Anchoring the story at Eden court was Ballet West`s Uyu Hiromoto in the titular role, who`s astonishing performance as Giselle appeared almost effortless in its effervescence. Joy, heartache, hysteria, fury, and melancholy - each emotion flowed through her every move on stage.
Contrast that with the equally remarkable showcase of the company`s principal dancer Natasha Watson who took the role of Myrtha, queen of the monstrous Willis. Natasha brought a cold malevolence to the role, the scowl never quite leaving her face through every dance and each step forceful and flowing." Kyle Walker
Swan Lake 2017 & 2020
Ballet West toured Scotland with Swan Lake. Using Tchaikovsky's stirring score and a moving adaptation of the original choreography, the dancers of Ballet West told the story of the love of a young man for the cursed Odette, who is destined to spend her life as a swan, unless true love can release her from the spell of the evil Von Rothbart.
"Thank you for your wonderful performance of Swan Lake in The Tower, Helensburgh, last night. The dancing, the costumes and the choreography were all superb and you managed wonderfully well on the small stage and rather restricted space off-stage. We hope that the rest of your tour is a great success." David Russell
"Just been to a wonderful performance of Swan Lake. Bravo, bravo! Out of this world." Caroline Kyle Chittick
Romeo and Juliet 2015
"Romeo and Juliet", Shakespeare's enduring tale of passion, murder and tragedy in medieval Verona was danced to Prokofiev's emotional score in 2015.
This production toured China in 2011 and was reworked by the same artistic team that created Ballet West's productions of The Nutcracker and Swan Lake.
Shows took take place throughout Scotland, culminating in a Valentine's Day showing at The SEC Armadillo in Glasgow.
"Romeo & Juliet was superb. The ability to pass expression and mood from the back of the stage to the middle of the theatre is a wonderful gift. Thank you" Tom Palmer