Festival Ballet Theatre's Premieres & Repertoire: Twyla Tharp, Molly Lynch & More
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An annual holiday tradition at the Barclay Theatre, the Festival Ballet presents its full-length production of The Nutcracker. Set to the cherished Tchaikovsky score, the ballet tells the timeless coming-of-age story of Clara, a young girl who receives a wooden nutcracker soldier as a Christmas gift. That night she dreams that her nutcracker comes to life and battles the ferocious Mouse King. As he and Clara defeat the wicked beast together, the nutcracker transforms into a handsome prince, who takes Clara on a grand adventure to the Sugar Plum Fairy's magical Kingdom of Sweets. This full-length, traditional production is choreographed and directed by Festival Ballet Theatre's Artistic Director Salwa Rizkalla, and features a cast of professional dancers and more than 100 Southern California children. There will also be special guest performers to be announced later. Learn More
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The company’s 20th anniversary season begins with the world premiere of a newly commissioned work by Melissa Barak. Classical vocabulary and contemporary styling set apart this abstract, sculptural dance for seven to the moody strains of music by Arvo Pärt. The program continues with the world premiere of Lillian Barbeito’s “Lemuria.” Inspired by writings about the lost society of Lemuria, a civilization pre-dating Atlantis, Barbeito’s 11-minute work for an all-female cast of 13 is angular, athletic and visually arresting. A hyper-articulate and celebratory take on the evolving circles of life, the ballet is set to the music of John Williams, Johnny Greenwood and Ezio Bosso.
The first half of the program continues with a change of pace and Twyla Tharp’s “Shameless.” Performed by special guest artists Karine Plantadit and Ian Carney, principal dancers from the Broadway hit musical Movin’ Out, Tharp’s “hyperkinetic style” meets “openly narrative choreography” is sure to be a showstopper.
The third world premiere of the evening is Brian Reeder’s percussive neo-classical ode to the joy of movement, “Paisiello Variations.” The unfussy 13-minute ballet for 16 dancers, set to a compilation of operatic compositions by Giovanni Paisiello, showcases the company’s technical prowess, clean lines and brisk, beautiful movement.
The program closes with the company premiere of Molly Lynch’s bold and updated rendition of Shakespeare’s enchanting A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Lively, amusing and accompanied by the music of Felix Mendelssohn, Lynch’s “Dream” is complete with star-crossed lovers, mischievous fairies and Puck magically soaring high above the stage. Lynch originally choreographed “Dream” for Ballet Pacific while serving as the company’s artistic director.
*About Festival Ballet Theatre
*Founded in 1988, Festival Ballet Theatre, under the direction of Salwa Rizkalla, is dedicated to presenting works that epitomize the artistry of professional ballet, offering cultural awareness of dance through educational programs, and nurturing a creative environment for some of America’s most talented dancers. Boasting a roster of impressive up-and-coming talent, the company’s productions also feature internationally acclaimed guest artists from American Ballet Theatre, Boston Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, the Kirov Ballet, New York City Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, San Francisco Ballet and Scottish Ballet. FBT strives to enrich the experience of Orange County’s dance audience by highlighting the work of world-renowned guest and resident choreographers who have received critical acclaim for original ballets around the globe. FBT presents a varied repertoire of full-length classical ballets including Coppélia, Don Quixote, Giselle, Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake, as well as contemporary works by some of the nation’s most sought-after choreographers.