They're entering into their 50th season of ballet, and just around the corner is the second season of their reality show, Breaking Pointe, set to premiere on July 22nd.
In this week's Person 2 Person, Shauna Lake sits down with Ballet West’s artistic director, Adam Sklute.
Below is a transcript of Shauna Lake’s "Person 2 Person" interview with Adam Sklute:
SHAUNA LAKE: What has your career been like, especially here in Salt Lake City?
ADAM SKLUTE: Oh my gosh it’s been…well first of all it’s been going really, really fast! I mean I got here in Salt Lake City in March of 2007. So now, six years already, it’s just passed like nothing, and I think that speaks a lot to how much fun I’m having, how much I love this city, what my life has been like, and it’s just been great.
SHAUNA LAKE: Did you think you’d be here for this long? Or did you think it would be a quick stop and you’d move onto something else?
ADAM SKLUTE: You know, I really didn’t think about it that much in that way. I thought I would be here until my job was done. Whether that was a shorter time or whether that’s for the rest of my life, I don’t know, but I never put a limit. I never came in and said well I’m going to be here a couple of years and move on.
SHAUNA LAKE: That means your job isn’t done which means more needs to happen. What needs to still be done?
ADAM SKLUTE: Oh my god. Well we’ve got so much on our platter right now. I mean we’re entering our 50th Anniversary Season which is so exciting, and to me to be able to be a part of that, that’s just thrilling. We’re about to premiere our second season of our television docu-drama, Breaking Pointe, which premieres on July 22nd. We’re moving into new facilities. The updated Capitol Theatre along with incredible studios right next door, so for the first time the school and the company altogether. This has all been part of my job and this is one of the wonderful things about it but why it’s so all-consuming. So no, my job is far from over here at Ballet West.
SHAUNA LAKE: And talk to me about the reality show.
ADAM SKLUTE: Okay.
SHAUNA LAKE: Is it reality?
ADAM SKLUTE: You know actually I’ve been asked that question a lot. It is reality. Now the way things are filmed is complicated. Sometimes we have to recreate something that happened. So if the cameras didn’t get to catch up two hours ago they would say okay, can you just kind of do that again? That’s the most away from reality we’ve ever gotten. Or sometimes we’ve had to do an interview and you know, tell us about this situation as if it happened five minutes ago but actually it happened weeks ago. But everything that actually, all the situations, all of the issues that go on, all of the dance dramas, all of the personal dramas even are 100 percent real.
SHAUNA LAKE: How does ballet, Ballet West in particular, enrich our community?
ADAM SKLUTE: You know ballet is art and athletics and music altogether. All wrapped up in one. That’s why I got into it. I played sports when I was a kid, I didn’t start dancing until I was quite old. I was 17 when I started dancing, but I played sports as a kid, I was a musician, I played the piano, and I painted. I did all of this stuff. I wasn’t very good at any of it. But all of a sudden when I started dancing, everything came together. There was the athleticism, the musicality, and the artistry that I loved all combined into one, and this is what it gives the world. Art is a reflection of ourselves and everybody relates to art in different ways, different kinds of art. Some people like photography, some people like painting, some people like music, some people like dance. And a great community should have all of that for its people.
SHAUNA LAKE: They always say that Utah has such a great offering of talent, have you found that?
ADAM SKLUTE: Absolutely 100 percent. What I’m really impressed with and when I first moved here was how much the community is committed to art and to music of all different kinds, and how it is a commitment of families to expose their children to the arts to music. This is a really important value to our community not just here in Salt Lake City but Utah-wide. Which I think is something that we should be very proud of. And yes, so many great dancers are coming out of Utah and yes it can help explain why Ballet West is on par with great companies in New York and San Francisco and the like.
SHAUNA LAKE: It has been so fun to meet you.
ADAM SKLUTE: Thank you.
SHAUNA LAKE: And to get to know you better “Person 2 Person.”
ADAM SKLUTE: Thank you, it’s been my pleasure.
Adam Sklute is the artistic director at Ballet West in Salt Lake City, Utah. Ballet West has toured the world several times over bringing presenting the very best in American Classical Ballet.
Ballet West Website: www.balletwest.org
Ballet West Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/#!/BalletWestOfficialPage?fref=ts
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-Produced by Leslie Tillotson
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