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Four new works, including a world premiere, and the return of some all-time favorites highlight the Ballet West 1992-93 season. These include a Paul Taylor work, a full-length fairy tale ballet, a repeat of this season's "Rosalinda," and of course the traditional "Nutcracker."

"As Ballet West celebrates this splendid year of renewed national acclaim, we attribute much of our success to the tremendous support of our patrons," said John Hart, artistic director. "Next season it is my hope that many will want to enjoy more than one performance of each program and see how each role is portrayed differently by various artists."The fall repertory program swings in Sept. 11-19 with "Company `B,' " a national hit choreographed by Paul Taylor and first performed by the Houston Ballet at the Kennedy Center last spring. Music is by the Andrews Sisters, the mood is groovy, and authentic '40s costumes are by Santo Loquasto.

Also on the program is the world premiere of Raymond Van Mason's "Lady Guinevere," which harks back to the time of King Arthur and Camelot, with music by Benjamin Britten, costumes by William Brewer. "Lark Ascending," a lyric dance for one ballerina and five male dancers, long a favorite of Utah audiences, was choreographed by Bruce Marks to Ralph Vaughan Williams' music of the same name. And Val Caniparoli has used Stravinsky's "Pulchinella" for a choreography of quickly changing emotions, with sets and costumes by Nadine Baylis.

Oct. 30-Nov. 7 brings a beloved fairy tale ballet, "Cinderella," in Ben Stevenson's choreography to music by Prokofiev. The story of the kitchen maid transformed to princess will come to life amid magical sets and costumes designed by David Walker, who also did Ballet West's "The Dream."

"Nutcracker" returns Dec. 15-31, in Willam Christensen's choreography of the Tchaikovsky score, with the new sets and costumes unveiled last December.

Ballet West begins 1993 with an all-time favorite here, Eugene Loring's "Billy the Kid," set to Aaron Copland's appealing Western score, and scheduled to run Feb. 12-20. Sharing the program are contrasting works - Andre Prokovsky's "Vespri," to the ballet music of "Sicilian Vespers" by Verdi, and James Canfield's "Equinoxe," with New Age music by Jean-Michel Jarre. David Heuvel designed costumes for both works.

Ballet West casts a vote for its effervescent "Rosalinda," bringing back this balletic version of the Strauss operetta "Die Fledermaus" March 26-April 3. Set in the elegant Vienna of the 1920s, the full-evening ballet was staged by Ronald Hynd, with musical arrangement by John Lanchbery and sets and costumes by Peter Docherty.

Renewal notices are now being mailed to current subscribers, and new subscription orders will be taken beginning May 4. Subscriptions begin as low as $27, ranging up to $164, for as much as a 24 percent discount over single ticket prices. Season subscribers may preorder "Nutcracker" tickets for priority seating. There are also special rates for subscribers who would like to see a performance of the same ballet by a second cast.

For more information, contact the subscriber service department, 363-9318, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.