Ballet West and new artistic director Jonas Kage have announced the schedule for the dance company's 1997-98 season, which includes five Utah premieres and two full-length favorites.

In honor of the new artistic director, the company will present a repertory showcase collectively called "Jonas Kage: Curtain Up," The program will run Sept. 19-20, 24-27.The evening's program will have two premieres and one revival, hand-picked by Kage. Those selections are: "Leaves Are Falling," which was originally choreographed by Antony Tudor on Kage and Gelsey Kirkland in 1975; "Company `B'," a jitterbug-influenced work choreographed by Paul Taylor, and a work from George Balanchine, which will be the eighth Balanchine work in the Ballet West repertoire.

On Nov. 7-8, 12-15, Ballet West will revive Andre Prokovsky's "Anna Karenina," a work that premiered in Utah in 1987. This time around the ballet will have new look and some new steps. Since it was last performed by Ballet West, the choreographer made several revisions and staged the program all over the world, most recently at the Kirov Ballet in Russia.

"The Nutcracker," Willam F. Christensen's beloved holiday tradition, will return to the Capitol Theatre Dec. 5-31.

With sets and costumes designed by Peter Cazalet, Utahns will be treated to what the The Washington Times called "an almost-perfect fairy tale" when "Sleeping Beauty" runs Feb. 6-7, 11-14.

Closing the season will be a three-selection program called "Pointe/Counterpoint," April 17-18, 22-25.

Hans van Manen's "In and Out" will open with its subtle confrontation of the genders. Next up will be "Bach Moves," choreographer Ted Brandsen's American debut. The ballet is set to the music of Bach's Keyboard Concrto No. 3 in D Major.

Rounding out the program will be Lila York's "Rapture," which was praised by the New York Times as being "ingeniously plotted, with moments of dreamlike stillness and melancholy punctuating the dancers' race across the stage."

Season tickets range from $34-$242 and are available by calling the Ballet West subscriber services department at 1-801-323-6920 from 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.