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WELCOME IT IS MY PLEASURE TO WELCOME YOU TO IRVINE BARCLAY THEATRE.
Thank you for spending part of your holiday season at Irvine Barclay Theatre. We are delighted you have come to see The Nutcracker. Year after year, Festival Ballet Theatre and Artistic Director Salwa Rizkalla have provided Orange County families with a beautiful holiday dance experience. These joyous performances have become a favorite destination for families and a beloved holiday tradition here at the Barclay. Please check out the Barclay patron guide, available in the lobby, and see what other entertaining offerings might catch your attention. Audiences of all ages will be delighted by our upcoming family shows: The Snowy Day and Other Stories; Garry Krinsky: Toying with Science; Laurie Berkner Greatest Hits Solo Show; and the Jungle Book. As always, we are indebted to all who help us maintain the Barclay as a unique community resource: our staff and our Board of Directors; our public partners—the City of Irvine and UCI; and you, the audience. I especially want to thank our 2019–2020 season sponsor, UCI Health, as well as all other generous sponsors, for their enthusiastic support. All of us at Irvine Barclay Theatre wish you and yours a happy holiday season and all the best in 2020. Official Hotel of Irvine Barclay Theatre:
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FESTIVAL BALLET THEATRE WELCOME TO FESTIVAL BALLET THEATRE’S 2019 PRODUCTION OF THE NUTCRACKER.
In a fast-paced and ever-changing world, it’s nice to know that there are beautiful traditions you can count on like The Nutcracker. Our 32nd production of The Nutcracker is just as magical as when we first performed it, and it is our honor to share our rendition of this classic ballet with all of you right here at Irvine Barclay Theatre.
With 14 full-length performances and two outreach shows scheduled, our Festival Ballet Theatre Nutcracker is sure to put the audience in the holiday spirit. The elegant costumes, lush sets and the timeless music of Tchaikovsky perfectly complement our talented cast of dancers, including our professional company dancers, students from across Orange and Los Angeles counties and, of course, our renowned guest artists. We hope that you and your loved ones will treasure the memories of this Nutcracker performance for years to come!
Join us in giving a warm welcome to our distinguished guest artists who will be dancing the roles of the Sugar Plum Fairy and Cavalier, including: Tara Ghassemieh Luiz and Vitor Luiz (December 7, 8 and December 22 at 6PM); Beckanne Sisk and Chase O’ Connell (December 13, 14 and 15); Maria Kochetkova and Vitor Luiz (December 20 at 7PM, December 21 at 2 and 7PM and December 22 at 1PM); and Jeraldine Mendoza and Dylan Gutierrez (December 23 and 24).
In March 2019, we will be staging the beloved classical ballet Swan Lake. The season culminates in August with our 14th Annual Gala of the Stars, our annual gathering of international dancers from some of the world’s most prestigious dance companies, who will perform alongside FBT’s own accomplished resident dancers.
Festival Ballet Theatre was founded as a non-profit organization in 1988 and has grown to become Orange County’s premier ballet company. We are grateful to be celebrating another new season with you, our cherished patrons, friends and family members. Thank you for your ongoing support. Salwa Rizkalla Founder and Artistic Director Festival Ballet Theatre
Board of Directors & Guild Chairs Festival Ballet Theatre Board of Directors Salwa Rizkalla, President Lisa Yamashita, Vice President Willa Bouwens-Killeen, Treasurer
Guild Chairs Cathleen Hunter, Secretary Ghada Anis, Member Tom Lydon, Advisor
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12/7 Cheng Hall December 7 | 7pm December 8 | 1pm December 13 | 7pm
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December 22 | 1pm, 6pm December 23 | 6pm December 24 | 11am
There will be a 20-minute intermission. Choreography & Direction Salwa Rizkalla Music Peter I. Tchaikovsky
Scenery & Original Costume Design Simon Pastukh Galina Solovyeva Lighting Design & Production Supervisor Brock Cilley Don Guy Artistic Assistant Elizabeth Farmen
Rehearsal Faculty Galina Barinova Elizabeth Farmen Marci Goedl Christine Nunez Hanna Przyludzka-Karacic Salwa Rizkalla Emily Villa Additional Costume Design & Construction Donna Dickens Cyndee Ely Cliff Faulkner Heather Lerma Kaye Michel Jack Sykes Barbara Vieuretta
Costume Coordinators Willa Bouwens-Killeen Ann Drew Social Media Marcie Taylor Marketing Erin Nash
Graphic Designers Marianne Hales Nicole Reineman
Production Coordinator Chris Schmidt
Company Photographers Dave Friedman Skye Schmidt
Casting is subject to change. The taking of photographs or use of recording devices is strictly prohibited.
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ABOUT FESTIVAL BALLET THEATRE
• Presenting a season of exhilarating classical and contemporary performances • Providing a nurturing environment for dancers and choreographers • Offering stimulating educational outreach programs.
With reverence for classic masterpieces and a focus on developing future tours de force, Festival Ballet Theatre is committed to presenting the best of dance, enriching lives, and developing a new generation of audiences and artists. Festival Ballet Theatre is a well-established nonprofit arts organization founded in 1988 by Artistic Director Salwa Rizkalla. Boasting a roster of impressive, up-and-coming Southern California talent, the company’s productions spotlight internationally acclaimed guest artists from prestigious companies.
Aspiring to the peak of artistic excellence for over three decades, Festival Ballet Theatre at once attracts the best in professional dance to its home base while exporting its impeccably trained dancers as artistic ambassadors to the nation. Arts Orange County named Festival Ballet Theatre Outstanding Arts Organization of the Year in 2001. For more information on Festival Ballet Theatre, visit www.FestivalBallet.org. ABOUT SOUTHLAND BALLET ACADEMY Southland Ballet Academy (SBA) is the official school of Festival Ballet Theatre. Founded in 1983, SBA cultivates, trains and inspires an appreciation for classical ballet from beginner to professional dancer. Since opening its doors as a ballet studio, SBA and Director Salwa Rizkalla have secured a national and international reputation and have played a prominent role in grooming world-class dancers. SBA has grown from a modest one-room facility to eight state-ofthe-art studios in two Orange County locations — Fountain Valley and Irvine. SBA’s International Summer Intensive program is a favorite destination for dancers who enjoy classes taught by world-renowned artistic directors, ballet masters and choreographers. The Intensive culminates in the Inspired Young Dancer Performance that gives the young dancers an opportunity to refine their performance abilities on stage.
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Festival Ballet Theatre is Orange County’s premier, accomplished professional ballet company. Our mission is to enrich Orange County’s artistic and economic vitality, to inspire love and appreciation for dance, and to invigorate ballet by:
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR Salwa Rizkalla Artistic Director Salwa Rizkalla has contributed to the Orange County community for more than 30 years by presenting excellence in dance performance through Festival Ballet Theatre and providing top-tier classical ballet training at Southland Ballet Academy.
During her professional dancing career, Ms. Rizkalla graced the stage in leading roles in well-known classical ballets as well as in contemporary pieces. She had the privilege of working under the direction of world-renowned choreographers Leonid Lavrovsky and Serge Lifar. As a young dancer, Ms. Rizkalla trained in the Vaganova method and studied with Russian ballet masters. As the culmination of her training, Ms. Rizkalla completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in ballet pedagogy. She established Southland Ballet Academy in 1983 and debuted Festival Ballet Theatre in 1988. In addition to teaching and directing, Ms. Rizkalla was a faculty member of several area institutions. Many arts organizations have recognized her service. The Orange County Music and Arts Administrators and Orange County Performing Arts Center jointly recognized her with the Orange County Arts Educator of the Year Award for Secondary Dance (2003); Youth America Grand Prix awarded Ms. Rizkalla Outstanding Teacher accolades since its inception; and Arts Orange County recognized Ms. Rizkalla with the Helena Modjeska Cultural Legacy Award (2014). The Orange County Register named Ms. Rizkalla one of OC’s 100 Most Influential People in 2017. Ms. Rizkalla has been honored to impact the lives of hundreds of students and their families through her teaching. She is proud to be a dedicated educator, an energetic promoter of the arts, and an active participant in the cultural life of her community.
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GUEST ARTISTS Dylan Gutierrez Dec. 23 at 6pm, Dec. 24 at 11am (Appears courtesy of Joffrey Ballet, Ashley Wheater, Artistic Director) Mr. Gutierrez grew up in Van Nuys, California, and received his training at the Los Angeles Ballet Academy under the direction of his mother, Andrea-Paris Gutierrez. In 2006, he was awarded a full scholarship to train at The Royal Ballet School in London. With the guidance of Gailene Stock, Gary Norman and Meelis Pakri, he was offered a job as an apprentice with the San Francisco Ballet, where he danced ballets such as The Four Temperaments and West Side Story Suite. Mr. Gutierrez joined the Joffrey Ballet in 2009.
Since joining the Joffrey Ballet, Mr. Gutierrez has danced many roles in the Joffrey’s extensive repertory. Favorite roles include Death in The Green Table; Basilio in Don Quixote; Prince Siegfried in Christopher Wheeldon’s Swan Lake; Prince Albrecht in Giselle; the main pas de deux couple from Wayne McGregor’s Infra; Sanguinic in George Balanchine’s The Four Temperaments; and Justin Peck’s Year of the Rabbit and In Creases. Mr. Gutierrez enjoys composing music and, along with Ruben Harris, has founded the Young and Cultured movement. 10 | IRVINE BARCLAY THEATRE
Maria Kochetkova Dec. 20 at 7pm, Dec. 21 at 2pm & 7pm, Dec. 22 at 1pm Born in Moscow, Russia, Maria Kochetkova trained at The Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow. She has danced with The Royal Ballet, English National Ballet, and as a guest artist with Tokyo Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet and Mikhailovsky Ballet in St. Petersburg before joining San Francisco Ballet as a principal dancer in 2007.
Among Kochetkova’s major roles are Giselle in Tomasson’s Giselle; Grand Pas de Deux Ballerina, Queen of the Snow, and Sugar Plum Fairy in Tomasson’s Nutcracker; Juliet in Tomasson’s Romeo and Juliet; Odette/Odile in Tomasson’s Swan Lake; Kitri in Tomasson/Possokhov’s Don Quixote; Swanilda in Balanchine’s Coppélia; Tatiana in Cranko’s Onegin; and Cinderella in Wheeldon’s Cinderella. She has created principal roles in Liang’s Symphonic Dances; McGregor’s Borderlands; Page’s Guide to Strange Places; Possokhov’s Classical Symphony, Diving into the Lilacs, and Francesca da Rimini; Ratmansky’s From Foreign Lands; Tomasson’s On a Theme of Paganini and Trio; and Wheeldon’s Within the Golden Hour.
Her repertory also includes, among others: Ashton’s Symphonic Variations; Balanchine’s Divertimento No. 15, Theme and Variations; Elo’s Double Evil; Forsythe’s Artifact
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Suite; Lifar’s Suite en Blanc; MacMillan’s Winter Dreams; McGregor’s Chroma; Morris’ Drink to Me Only With Thine Eyes; Possokhov’s Fusion; Ratmansky’s Russian Seasons; Tomasson’s Chaconne for Piano and Two Dancers; and Wheeldon’s Ghosts. Kochetkova’s many honors include, among others: Gold Medal at the International Ballet Competition in Korea and Italy (2005); Bronze Medal at Moscow International Competition (2001). She was nominated for a Benois de la Danse Award in 2013 for her performance of Tatiana in Cranko’s Onegin. She won the Isadora Duncan Dance Award for Best Individual Performance for Giselle during the 2008 repertory season. In December 2008, she was featured as the Grand Pas de Deux Ballerina in the PBS Great Performances broadcast of Tomasson’s Nutcracker, co-produced by San Francisco Ballet and KQED Public Television San Francisco, in association with Thirteen/WNET New York. A frequent guest artist, Kochetkova performs with companies worldwide.
Vitor Luiz Dec. 7 at 7pm, Dec. 8 at 1pm, Dec. 20 at 7pm, Dec. 21 at 2pm & 7pm, Dec. 22 at 1pm & 6pm Vitor Luiz was born in Juiz de Fora, Brazil, and received his training at the Royal Ballet School. He joined San Francisco Ballet as a principal dancer in 2009.
Vitor Luiz has danced major roles in Tomasson’s Giselle (Albrecht); The Nutcracker (Nutcracker Prince and King of the Snow); Romeo & Juliet (Mercutio); and Swan Lake (Prince Siegfried); Tomasson/Possokhov’s Don Quixote (Basilio); Balanchine’s Coppélia (Franz); Cranko’s Onegin (Onegin); Makarova’s (after Petipa) “The Kingdom of the Shades” from La Bayadère, Act II (Solor); and Possokhov’s Swimmer (The Swimmer). He created roles in Tomasson’s Trio; Caniparoli’s Tears; Liang’s Symphonic Dances; Possokhov’s “Adagio” from Carmen; Swimmer (Nighthawks); and Talk to Her (hable con ella); Wheeldon’s Number Nine; and Zanella’s Underskin.
His repertory includes principal roles in Ashton’s Symphonic Variations; Balanchine’s Brahms-Schoenberg Quartet, Divertimento No. 15, Serenade, Symphony in C, and Theme and Variations; Bubeníček’s Gentle Memories; Caniparoli’s A Cinderella Story (pas de deux), Ibsen’s House and No Other; Lifar’s Suite en Blanc; MacMillan’s Winter Dreams; Nureyev’s Raymonda—Act III; Possokhov’s Classical Symphony, RAkU, and The Rite of Spring; Ratmansky’s From Foreign Lands, Russian Seasons, Seven Sonatas and Shostakovich Trilogy;
Robbins’ Dances at a Gathering; Scarlett’s Fearful Symmetries and Hummingbird; Tomasson’s 7 for Eight, Caprice, Concerto Grosso, Criss-Cross, The Fifth Season, Haffner Symphony, Prism and pas de deux from Tuning Game; and Wheeldon’s Ghosts and Within the Golden Hour. Vitor has danced Swan Lake, Coppélia and The Nutcracker with English National Ballet and has performed at galas in the U.S. and the Dominican Republic. He was nominated for an Isadora Duncan Dance Award for Best Ensemble Performance in Possokhov’s Classical Symphony during the 2010 repertory season. Jeraldine Mendoza Dec. 23 at 6pm, Dec. 24 at 11am (Appears courtesy of Joffrey Ballet, Ashley Wheater, Artistic Director) Ms. Mendoza was born in San Francisco, California, and trained at the City Ballet School of San Francisco since the age of five, mainly under the artistic direction of Galina Alexandrova. At age 17, Ms. Mendoza was invited to train in the Russian course at the prestigious Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow, graduating with honors. She later won first place at the YAGP San Francisco Regional semi-finals in 2011. Ms. Mendoza joined the Joffrey Ballet in 2011. Within her first year with the Joffrey, Ms. Mendoza danced lead roles in Yuri Possokhov’s Don Quixote, Robert Joffrey’s The Nutcracker, Wayne McGregor’s Infra, Edwaard Liang’s Age of Innocence and Jerome Robbins’ In the Night. She won the prestigious young artists scholarship for 2012–13 from the Leonore Annenberg Fellowship Fund under the nomination of Artistic Director Ashley Wheater, making her the first Chicago artist to win since the award’s inception.
Since joining the Company, Ms. Mendoza has danced principal roles in Stanton Welch’s La Bayadére (Nikiya); Son of Chamber Symphony and Maninyas; Jiří Kylián’s Forgotten Land; Gerald Arpino’s Sea Shadow and Light Rain; Twyla Tharp’s Nine Sinatra Songs; George Balanchine’s Allegro Brillante; Christopher Wheeldon’s Continuum, Swan Lake (Odette/Odile), Liturgy and Fool’s Paradise; Jerome Robbins’ Interplay; Krzysztof Pastor’s Romeo & Juliet (Juliet); Yuri Possokhov’s RAkU; Anthony Tudor’s Lilac Garden; Alexander Ekman’s Tulle; Justin Peck’s In Creases; Val Caniparoli’s Incantations; Myles Thatcher’s Passengers; John Neumeier’s Sylvia (Sylvia); Ashley Page’s Tipping Point; and Sir Frederick Ashton’s Cinderella (Cinderella). Ms. Mendoza graced the cover of Dance Magazine’s first international issue in May 2015.
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Chase O’Connell Dec. 13 at 7pm, Dec. 14 at 2pm & 7pm, Dec. 15 at 1pm & 6pm (Appears courtesy of Ballet West, Adam Sklute, Artistic Director)
Beckanne Sisk was born in Longview, Texas, and studied at Longview Ballet Theatre until the age of 14. She then moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to attend The Rock School for Dance Education’s RAPA program for four years. She joined Ballet West II in 2010 and was promoted to principal artist in 2015. She has performed leading roles in Anna Marie Holmes’ Don Quixote; John Cranko’s Romeo and Juliet; Adam Sklute’s adaptation of Giselle, The Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake. Sisk was featured in Breaking Pointe, a reality TV series on the CW. Beckanne competed in Youth America Grand Prix and was a New York City finalist from 2006 to 2010. In 2006, she was a bronze medalist and, in 2008, was first runner-up in the Discount Dance Model Search. She received the Jerome Robbins Scholarship Award in 2007 and won the Princess Grace Dance Fellowship Award in 2012, along with the bronze medal at the Beijing International Ballet Competition.
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Chase O’Connell was born in Fredericksburg, Virginia. He started his professional training at 13 at the Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington D.C. He then attended the Royal Ballet School in London for two years on scholarship. Subsequently, he was offered a temporary contract with the Paris Opera Ballet Company. He then joined Ballet West II in 2012 and was promoted to principal in 2015. He has performed principal roles in John Cranko’s Romeo and Juliet; Adam Sklute’s adaptation of Swan Lake; George Balanchine’s Symphony in C (Second Movement); Jerome Robbins’ Fancy Free; and Jiří Kylián’s Petit Mort, Overgrown Path and Forgotten Land.
Beckanne Sisk Dec. 13 at 7pm, Dec. 14 at 2pm & 7pm, Dec. 15 at 1pm & 6pm (Appears courtesy of Ballet West, Adam Sklute, Artistic Director)
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Mariana Carrillo started dancing at the age of five in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. She received a scholarship to Ballet Austin Academy at the age of 17 and moved to Orange County to train with former ABT dancer and Gala de Danza Mexico founder, Christina Lyon. She also trained under Salwa Rizkalla at Southland Ballet Academy and performed with Festival Ballet Theatre in The Nutcracker, Firebird, Giselle, among others. Mariana has performed in Gala de Danza México, International Dance Festival of Miami; and danced for Iggy Azalea and Rita Ora on the MTV Video Music Awards. Mariana is currently attending USC and working towards a dance major degree and a minor in business. This is Mariana’s sixth season with Festival Ballet Theatre. Jestoni Dagdag is a choreographer, freelance dancer and instructor based in Long Beach, California. Born in the Philippines, he moved to the United States at the age of 14. He earned a BFA in Dance Performance in 2015 from the University of California, Irvine, where he received an Excellence in Dance Performance arts award. He has danced contemporary works with companies including Shaun Boyle and Artists, Multiplex Dance, Palm Dance Collective LA, Re:borN Dance Interactive, and was a member of Donald McKayle’s Etude Ensemble. He continues to train in ballet with Southern California Dance Theatre under the direction of Ms. Paula Vreulink, dancing lead roles in their productions of The Nutcracker, Cinderella, The Sleeping Beauty and Coppélia. In 2017, he founded a contemporary dance company, DAGDAG Dance, to develop his passion for choreography.
Donald Davison, a Southern California native, enrolled in his first dance studio at 15. He started training in the commercial styles of hip-hop, jazz, lyrical and contemporary before shifting the focus of his discipline to classical ballet. Donald has attended the San Francisco Ballet School for their summer and year-round programs under scholarship and received a traineeship with Ballet Austin. Donald has danced with Anaheim Ballet, San Diego Ballet, the San Diego Opera and California Ballet. His repertoire includes The Nutcracker, Romeo & Juliet (as Tybalt) and Septime Webre’s Fluctuating Hemlines, among others. Tara Ghassemieh Luiz began her training at the Orange County Dance Center and continued her ballet training at Southland Ballet Academy. She has garnered many honors, including first all-around soloist at Showstoppers Nationals; finalist at Youth America Grand Prix in New York City; Teen Miss Dance of America 2004 for Dance Masters of America; and National Training Scholar for American Ballet Theatre.
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At the age of 16, Tara was offered a full scholarship to the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at ABT and an apprenticeship with Washington Ballet. She has performed numerous ballets with ABT at the Metropolitan Opera House, including Le Corsaire, Swan Lake and The Sleeping Beauty. She performed on Broadway in Movin’ Out and was a featured actress on Law and Order SVU, CSI and Gossip Girl. Tara is a guest artist with ballet companies nationwide. She is currently a principal dancer with Festival Ballet Theatre. She teaches contemporary dance at Southland Ballet Academy.
Greyson Hanson began his classical ballet training at the age of nine and transitioned into many other dance styles by the age of 12. Greyson started performing with Festival Ballet Theatre in December 2015. He recently graduated from the University of California, Irvine, with a double major in dance and exercise sciences. He joined the National Society of Collegiate Scholars at UCI and was awarded the William J. Gillespie Scholarship in Ballet Studies. He has performed in many classical ballets, including Don Quixote, Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, La Bayadère, Valse Fantaisie and The Nutcracker. Greyson has also performed in contemporary works, including Josie Walsh’s The Secret Garden and Robert Sund’s Alice in Wonderland. Lex Ishimoto, from Irvine, California, danced for 11 years at West Coast School of the Arts and a few years with Southland Ballet Academy. He played Billy on the first and second national tour of Billy Elliot the Musical. Lex was named Elite Protégé on The PULSE on Tour 2014. In 2015, he was named grand finalist in the non-classical dance category at the Music Center Spotlight Awards and senior grand prix winner at the Los Angeles Youth America Grand Prix regional rounds. He trained at Boston Ballet for two years and was named Senior Male Best Dancer of the Year at the Dance Awards (2016); and was also a finalist at the National Young Arts Foundation. In 2017, he won the title of America’s Favorite Dancer on So You Think You Can Dance. Charles Johnston. A native of California, Charles Johnston has called Festival Ballet Theatre his home since 1994. He has since danced all the lead character roles in the company’s classical repertoire. Johnston continues to work as guest artist and has performed character roles with ABT, New York City Ballet and The Royal Ballet. A former teacher of dance and drama, he has studied with Frederic Franklin in New York; Michael Panaieff
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in Los Angeles; and Lila Zali, founder of the former Ballet Pacifica, in Orange County. Festival Ballet Theatre has been honored to present Mr. Johnston for over two decades.
Ivan Kolyvanov was born in Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine. He started dancing at the age of eight, and at 10 years of age was accepted into the Kiev Choreographic School. Upon receiving his diploma, Ivan returned home to Dnepropetrovsk in order to attend college. He received a contract from the Dnepropetrovsk Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre and went on tour with the Moscow Ballet. While on tour, he danced as a soloist (Spanish, Mazurka, Slave) in One Thousand and One Nights (Spanish, Mazurka, Slave); and in Carmen Suite (Don José adagio). This is Ivan’s first season with Festival Ballet Theatre.
Toleu Mukanov was born in Kazakhstan. He received his early training at the Almaty Choreographic College and subsequently graduated from Kyrgyzstan Ballet School. In 2002, he was a gold medal recipient at the International Ballet Competition in Crimea, Ukraine; and in 2006, he received a silver medal at the Almaty Ballet Competition. Immediately upon graduation, he joined the Astana Ballet in Kazakhstan. He has danced with the Kyrgyz National Academic Opera and Ballet Theater, Moscow’s Russian Ballet Theatre and the Russian National Ballet Company. His past roles include: Basilio in Don Quixote; Golden Idol in La Bayadere; Ali in Le Corsaire; James in La Sylphide; Franz in Coppélia, Blue Bird in The Sleeping Beauty; Peasant Pas de Deux in Giselle. Mr. Mukanov danced with Festival Ballet Providence from April 2012 through October
2014; and as a principal with the Twin Cities Ballet of Minnesota from 2016 through 2017. In 2017, he danced with the American Repertory Ballet in Princeton, New Jersey. He is currently an instructor at Southland Ballet Academy.
Ivan Printsev was born in Ukraine. He started his dance training at the age of 10 at the Dnipro Ballet Academy. At 16, he entered college and joined the Dnipro Ballet Theatre. During this time, Ivan traveled with Dnipro Ballet Theatre to Berlin, Germany and China, where he danced Swan Lake. After graduation, Ivan joined the Moscow Ballet Company and toured the U.S. He is currently a dancer and a teacher in the U.S. Megan Yamashita. A native of Orange County, California, Megan trained at Southland Ballet Academy under the direction of Salwa Rizkalla. During that time, she performed for Festival Ballet Theatre and was selected to dance in YAGP’s Stars of Today Meet the Stars of Tomorrow gala in New York City, Miami, and Mexico. In addition, Megan received the Orange County Performing Arts Center’s Tomorrow’s Stars at the Center award in classical dance. She joined the inaugural class of the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance, earning her BFA in 2019 under the tutelage of Vice Dean Jodie Gates. She has performed at the Laguna Dance Festival and Gala de Danza in Cabo San Lucas. Megan was selected by William Forsythe to participate in a choreographic demonstration of his creative practice in USC Visions and Voices event, Focus Forsythe: The Choreographer’s Process. She appears in The Nutcracker courtesy of Complexions Contemporary Ballet.
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Photo: Skye Schmidt
2019 – 2020 FBT APPRENTICES & TRAINEES
Front Line (left to right): Sami Santos, Ashley Lew, Sophia Johncox (apprentice), Bella Do, Ashley Chung. Back Line (left to right): Amanda Luyks, Tess Lethen, Anjoulie Kempton, Tiffany Tornay, Athena Skiathitis, Sadie Lee. Not Pictured: Moorea Pike (apprentice)
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SPECIAL THANKS TO FESTIVAL BALLET THEATRE DONORS
Festival Ballet Theatre gratefully acknowledges the generosity of individuals, businesses and foundations for their contributions to our programs. DIRECTOR’S CIRCLE $10,000+ Anonymous Salwa & Sabri Rizkalla Technique, Inc.
UNDERWRITER $5,000 – $9,999 Anonymous James Carter Bobbi Cox Lisa Ann & Tom Lydon CHOREOGRAPHER $2,500 – $4,999 Anonymous Lisa Yamashita
PRINCIPAL $1,000 – $2,499 Anonymous Tiana Dinh Elena Jones James Lizzi Lydia Ringwald Teri & Chris Schmidt Stephen Tornay
SOLOIST $500 – $999 Anonymous Diana Casey Karen & Thomas Hersh Cathleen & Phil Hunter The Kempton Family Diane & Wayne Kopit
Becky & Steve Lew Luke Aucoin Insurance Katrina Querriera Kim Tang & Danh Kuennemann Abril & George Turner ARTIST $250 – $499 Anonymous Willa Bouwens-Killeen Martha Caputo Lucy Li APPRENTICE $100 – $249 Anonymous
For information or to join our list of donors, please visit FestivalBallet.org or call 714.962.5440 To make a donation, please send a check payable to: Festival Ballet Theatre, 9527 Garfield Avenue, Fountain Valley, CA 92708.
Festival Ballet Theatre is a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization under Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Federal ID #33-0283147.
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Festival Ballet Theatre appreciates the generous support of its corporate partners.
Hal and Jeanette Segerstrom Family Foundation
A SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR NUTCRACKER VOLUNTEERS
Festival Ballet Theatre thanks all of the parents and volunteers who are integral to the success of this presentation of The Nutcracker. We appreciate all the time and energy you have put into fundraising, costumes, donations, marketing and development. Your efforts are truly priceless in allowing Festival Ballet Theatre to provide this holiday tradition.
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Dance Visions February 20 - 22, 2020
with the UCI Symphony Orchestra Molly Lynch and Tong Wang, artistic directors Dr. Stephen Tucker, conductor
UCI Dance presents a variety of genres staged and choreographed by Lar Lubovitch, Charlotte Griffin, Chad Michael Hall, Loretta Livingston, and Tong Wang. Accompanied by the UCI Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Stephen Tucker.
Arts Box Office (949) 824-2787 | www.arts.uci.edu/tickets Dance Visions 2019, Dvorรกk Serenade (2007), choreographed by Lar Lubovitch. Photo by Rose Eichenbaum.
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The City of Irvine plays an invaluable role in the successful operation of Irvine Barclay Theatre. We thank the City for its generous support.
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Annual Fund for
Irvine Barclay Theatre gratefully acknowledges the generous contributions of our donors who help support the “big talent” in our “small hall.” Gifts to the Annual Fund for Excellence assist the Barclay in presenting an international roster of performers while keeping tickets reasonably priced. They also support our ArtsReach programs provided to the schools at little or no cost and “family-friendly” programming on stage. The Barclay’s mission also embraces making its beautiful facilities available to diverse community organizations, UCI, and other educational institutions. Thank you to all of our generous donors listed here for their contributions during the previous 12 months! If you would like to join the ranks of those who make it all possible at the Barclay, you may make a donation online at www.thebarclay.org or call 949.854.4607. PUBLIC PARTNERS
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An Anonymous Fund of the Orange County Community Foundation Drs. Francisco and Hana Ayala Karen Cahill City National Bank Gary Fabian and Deb Solon Haskell & White LLP The Hiland Foundation HumanKind Philanthropic Fund Bill and Carolyn Klein Jennifer Klein Stuart and Liza Krassner Toni and Terry McDonald Danielle Oakley William and Janice Parker Family Fund Penelope Parmes Rohl LLC – Kenneth and Helene Rohl 20 | IRVINE BARCLAY THEATRE
Gregory and Mishel Rohl Richard and Cheryll Ruszat – Montessori Schools of Irvine Paul Short Richard and Elizabeth Steele Fund Frank Wagner and Lynn O’Hearn Wagner Worah Family Foundation Charlie and Ling Zhang
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Steven and Alexandria Allan AmazonSmile Foundation Diane and Dennis Baker Lindy Balmer Stuart Baron Betty Barry Ellen Breitman and Brien Amspoker Terry Causey Clifford and Jennifer Cheng Bob and Burnetta Denham
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Sophia and Larry Cripe Bronny Daniels Diane Diefenderfer Hanlon and David Hanlon Joy Dittberner Roger du Plessis Gale Edelberg and Bob Butnik Henry and Janet Eggers David Emmes and Paula Tomei Frances Farrer Cliff Faulkner and Shigeru Yaji Gilian Finley and Robert Labaree Roberta Fox Mary and Andrew Franklin Honor of Lynn Weiser Judith A. Gorski Barbara Granger Dr. and Mrs. Denis Gray Dana Huff Damien Jordan Dr. Burton L. Karson Joanne and Dennis Keith
ENCORE CIRCLE SUPPORTER $100 â€“ $249 Anonymous Gloria Abrams Michael and Beth Adler Ramona Agrela Richard Alexander Ben Allen Patricia Allison Greta Anderson-White Kimberly Andrews Suha and Yasemin Ari Debbie Aslanian Mary Auerbach Lyle Barkley Harley Bassman George and Linda Bauer Craig Behrens Sally Bender
As a partner in the annual National Choreographers Initiative, Irvine Barclay Theatre is also pleased to acknowledge all those who support this important contribution to American dance.
Betsy Andrews and Alex Moad Mrs. Alan V. Andrews Diane and Dennis Baker Ballet Barres West William H. Bardens Dr. Michael Bear Laurie and Bart Brown David and Beverly Carmichael James Carter Hillary Caston Cheng Family Foundation Concierge Podiatry Newport Beach Bobbi Cox
Sanjiv and Geeta Grover Carole S. Harrison Sandra Heib Ellen and Kal Heller Bob Henry Richard and Sara Hess Haumea Ho Matt Hoffman Michael Hornyak Shelley Hoss Anthony Houghton Angie Hu Charles Hunter Ronald and Glenda Ito Christine Johnson Bob and Pat Jones Arlene Kato John Keating Barbara J. Kelley Chetna and Rohit Khanna Al King Amy King Kathleen Koch John Krebs Paul Kuliev Dr. and Mrs. John LaGourgue Jessica Langenhan Jessica Langer In Memory of Dr. Martin Langer Robert Langer Tracy Laulhere Sue Anne Lee Hilary Lemansky Michael Leon Scott Lewis Anne Llewellyn Lorraine Lopez Christian and Sharon Maas Jennifer Madrid Pablo Martinez Sharon Masler Susan Mathieu Duane and Kathleen Mauzey Greg McCaffrey Michael and Susan McGuire Ling Mei Lauri and Mike Mendenhall William Miller Jeff and Gail Mitzner Stella Miyamura Hiroko and Yoshiharu Moriwaki Susan Murphy John and Margi Murray Julie Nakata June Nelson Steven Nelson Michael Kerr Don and Grace Laffoon Kathryn Lynch and Robert McDonnell Molly Lynch and Alan Andrews Sharon McNalley Britt Meyer John Miller Ed Moen and Janek Schergen Emil and Michele Monda John and Margorie Murray Mr. and Mrs. Mitsuhiko Nakano Carl Neisser Tom and Marilyn Nielsen Anne B. Nutt John and Charlene Pasko James Penrod Janice and Richard Plastino Dolly A. Platt, Ph.D Edward and Diana Putz Salwa Rizkalla, Festival Ballet Theatre
Craig Norris and Lauren Johnson-Norris Suzi Okuda In memory of Vera Ostroff Judy and Don Oswald Scott Pallais Greg Piantanida Kathleen Poulos Donna Powell Jill Prentice Lois Rake Elaine Ramsay Claudia Redfern Keith Reise Joe Risser Melvin Ross Paul Ruiz Margaret Rumsfeld Nancy Lee Ruyter Martha Ryan William and Jean Schultz Joey Scott Trudy Vermeer Selleck Ella Serebryannik Tully Seymour Joyce Shadburn Gordon Sheldall Cheryl Simpson Dorothy J. Solinger William IV and Sherry Spurgeon Hugh Stevenson and Jan Burns Robert Stopher Ingrid Strayer Janet Hennes Tapley Cindy Thomas Gary and Peranza Topjon Winnie Tse William and Sherrie Underwood Joanne Vargas Tony and Nancy Vasek Melissa Vermilya Fred Viele Emily Vogler and Daniel Flynn Michael Voronel John and Kelli Walker Larry Wells Mark and Lou-Ann Weltman Michelle Wheatcraft Daphne Wong Roxanne Wong Valerie Wong George and Flo-Ree Woodruff Norman Workman Catherine Yao-Bindewald Yata Household Andy Yurcho Barbara Roberts Robinson Foundation Michelle Rohe Debie Sampson Jack and Katy Schellerman Sally Anne and Don Sheridan Igal and Diane Silber Ann Sim Jackie Smiley Smith-Walker Foundation Mrs. Peg E. Stamper Rollans Richard and Elizabeth Steele Fund Olivia Stroud Jennifer Szabo Karen and Gary Thorne Lynn Weiser Max and Peggy Weismair Steve and Linda Weitz Mary Vensel White William Gillespie Foundation IRVINE BARCLAY THEATRE | 21
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