december 16-17, 2023
MOUNTAIN VIEW CENTER FOR
THE PERFORMING ARTS
Inspired by one of Hans Christian Andersen’s most beloved fairytales, Bayer Ballet is proud to present another production of The Snow Queen that will warm your hearts and add magic to this holiday season! Visually captivating and viscerally touching, this story ballet celebrates friendship, love and courage.
When the Snow Queen's spell captures Kai, his sister, Gerda sets out on a quest to save him. Follow Gerda's difficult journey as her heart leads her through the deep waters of a magical river, an enchanted flower garden, a spectacular palace, a forest filled with robbers, and the gleaming world of snow and ice that surrounds the Snow Queen's ice castle.
Directed and choreographed by Inna Bayer, Snow Queen, which premiered in 2014, has become a Silicon Valley annual holiday tradition. This two-act ballet features hand painted sets, original costumes, and an award-winning cast of dancers from Bayer Ballet Company & Guest Artists.
"Pas de Trois" documentary contains rehearsal footage of The Snow Queen.
Read More about "Pas de Trois"
springtime fairy tale
presented by the pre-ballet division
maY 25-26, 2024
A Magician's magical book helps bring to life an enchanted Springtime forest fairy tale, filled with sweet animals, frolicking foxes, spirited squirrels, joyful dancing ponies, animated toys and other fairyland creatures. These charming forest friends join forces to rescue a little bunny who has been captured by the Bat Queen.
Presented by students of Bayer Ballet Academy's Pre-Ballet Division, this whimsical story ballet, set to the music of Tchaikovsky and Rimsky-Korsakov, features gorgeous custom-made costumes and hand painted sets. This family-friendly fairytale is a magical celebration of Spring.
HISTORY OF SPRINGTIME FAIRYTALE
15 years ago, Bayer Ballet’s Artistic Director, Inna Bayer was inspired to create a story ballet for her first students of the Academy, The earliest version of this ballet was performed in the winter and was called “Winter Fairytale.” “My vision for this ballet was to create a whimsical libretto for these young dancers to learn the art of storytelling and performance, while demonstrating the technical pre-ballet foundations of the Vaganova method.”
This ballet has become an integral component to the teaching of performance and storytelling skills within the Pre-Ballet Division and is performed annually in the Silicon Valley.
Performance Length: Two hours plus a 20 minute intermission
MAY 25-26, 2024
MOUNTAIN VIEW CENTER FOR
THE PERFORMING ARTS
Presented by Bayer Ballet Company & Petipa Heritage Foundation
May 25 & 26, 2024
Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts
Coppélia is considered one of the greatest comic ballets of the 19th Century and remains one of the most cherished classical works in classical ballet repertory. Originally choreographed by Arthur St. Léon in 1870, restaged by Petipa in 1884, and revised by Cecchetti in 1894.
We are honored to welcome back choreographers, Vasily Medvedev & Stanislav Feco, who have choreographed more than 50 works for major ballet companies, including the Bolshoi and Staatsballett Berlin; including Coppélia for the National Ballet of Panama in Panama City & for the National Theatre in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
We are extremely excited and honored to be hosting world-renowned Choreographers,
Vasily Medvedev and Stanislav Fečo.
The award-winning team behind this production have choreographed multiple productions of Coppelia for major ballet companies worldwide.
This production is produced by Petipa Heritage Foundation and Bayer Ballet Company.
DIRECTOR & CHOREOGRAPHER
World-renowned choreographer of Esmeralda from BOLSHOI and Nutcracker from Staatsballett Berlin. Among Vasily's works is more than 50 titles created for international audience theatres for the major ballet companies. Mr. Medvedev has received numerous awards, including the US Pushkin Legacy with the Pushkin Legacy Ballet Award for choreography of the ballet, Onegin, presented in National Theatre in Prague.
Mr. Medvedev is a Founder and Artistic Director of the International St. Petersburg Dance Open Ballet Festival and St. Petersburg Dance Open Award, and Chairman of the Petipa Heritage Foundation.
Mr. Medvedev is a graduate of the Vaganova Ballet Academy under the guidance of famous N.Dudinskaia, K.Sergeiev, G.Seliutsky.
The Petipa Heritage Foundation, 501(c)3 public charity organization, is an international institution founded in 2022 dedicated to preserving, promoting and studying the work of Petipa, considered the "father of classical ballet."
DIRECTOR & CHOREOGRAPHER
Mr. Fečo received his Master of Arts and Bachelor of Arts in Choreography from Vaganova Ballet Academy in St.Petersburg. During his career he has received numerous honors and awards, including: Philip Morris Flower Ballet Award, Best Dancer in Czech Republic, US Pushkin Legacy Ballet Award, Interpretation of Role Onegin.
Principal Dancer credits include: Prague National Theatre, St.Petersburg Russian Ballet, National Theatre in Brno. Guest Principal Dancer: Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, Azerbaijan National Ballet, State Ballet in Kazan, and National Opera Donetsk.
Mr. Fečo has participated at prestigious international ballet galas such as Gala des Etoiles in Montreal, Dance Open in St.Petersburg, Gala Due Mondi in Spoleto, World Ballet Stars in Seoul, and World Ballet Festival in Kiev.
Mr. Feco is the Official Ballet Master, Anton Dolin's Foundation and Director of the Petipa Heritage Foundation.
petipa awards gala
september 23, 2023
Petipa Awards Gala
Presented by Petipa Heritage Foundation
Saturday, September 23, 5:30 p.m.
Herbst Theatre, San Francisco
FEATURING WORLD BALLET STARS
Paris Opera Ballet
Dorothée Gilbert and Hugo Marchand
Teatro alla Scala
Nicoletta Manni and Timofej Andrijashenko
Elisa Carrillo Cabrera and Mikhail Kaniskin
Dutch National Ballet
Maia Makhateli and Giorgi Potskhishvili
Astana Opera Ballet
San Francisco Ballet
Sasha De Sola
International Ballet Stars
Lucia Lacarra and Matthew Golding
Compañía Nacional de Danza de México
Bayer Ballet Company
Ted Brandsen, Director of Dutch National Ballet.
Experience an evening of ballet brilliance as San Francisco becomes the world's ballet capital for one night only. Join us as we celebrate the esteemed laureates of this year's Petipa Awards, including the legendary Natalia Makarova and Pierre Lacotte (in memoriam).
Throughout the evening, you will witness the exceptional artistry and technical skills of our award-winning cast from the world’s most illustrious ballet companies such as the Paris Opera Ballet, Staatsballett Berlin, New York City Ballet, Teatro alla Scala, Dutch National Ballet, Compañía Nacional de Danza, and Astana Opera Ballet.
The highly anticipated performance program weaves together the rich tapestry of ballet's past and present, featuring several premiere works. The night will commence with the U.S. premier of the stunning Grand Pas Electrique from Petipa's long-forgotten ballet Bluebeard. Experience a dance tribute to Pierre Lacotte, choreographed by Vasily Medvedev exclusively for this special occasion to honor his legacy. In addition to classical masterpieces, the evening also showcases contemporary works by world-renowned choreographers including John Cranko, Itzik Galili, Nacho Duato, Kenneth MacMillan, Yuri Possokhov, Marco Goecke, Edwaard Liang, Manuel Legris, and Mauro Bigonzetti, highlighting the diversity and innovation of ballet today.
VIP ticket holders will enjoy a red carpet arrival, access to the VIP lounge, and a post-performance wine reception with honored laureates and ballet stars in the elegant Green Room of the theater, creating memories that will last a lifetime.
Join us for this remarkable event that celebrates the brilliance of ballet and its enduring legacy. Do not miss your chance to be part of ballet history. A cast of award-winning world ballet stars (subject to change).