Ventura’s FOOTWORKS YOUTH BALLET presents three productions this spring in Ventura County showcasing a variety of ballet styles—the story ballet PETER AND THE WOLF, companioned with the Balanchine-inspired CLASSICAL SYMPHONY (both with music by Sergei Prokofiev), and lastly, the classic Romantic ballet, GISELLE.
1st Performance: PETER AND THE WOLF and CLASSICAL SYMPHONY
Ventura College Theatre – 4700 Loma Vista Rd., Ventura
General Public Saturday, April 21st, 2 P.M. and 5 P.M.
Outreach Performances for Students (K-8 ) – PETER AND THE WOLF Thursday, April 19th
10:00 A.M. and 11:45 A.M. (Cost: Sliding scale of $0-$5 per ticket)
Tickets: $22. Buy tickets online at: www.footworksyouthballet.org
GISELLE and PETER AND THE WOLF and CLASSICAL SYMPHONY
Oxnard Performing Arts Center – 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard, CA
General Public – GISELLE
Saturday, June 2nd, 2:00 P.M. and 7:00 P.M.
General Public – PETER AND THE WOLF and CLASSICAL SYMPHONY Sunday, June 3rd, 2:00 P.M.
Outreach Performances for Students (K-8) – PETER AND THE WOLF Friday, June 1st
10:00 A.M. and 11:45 A.M. (Cost: Sliding scale of $0-$5 per ticket) Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tickets:$22, $18, $14
Ticket Hotline: (805) 486-2424
Online Ticket Orders: www.footworksyouthballet.org
Ventura’s Footworks Youth Ballet is proud to present three very different ballets this spring starting with PETER AND THE WOLF by Sergei Prokofiev. Come see this lively performance with the usual characters—the Wolf, Peter, Grandfather, the Bird, the Cat, and Ducks—as well as leaping Frogs, Villagers, Squirrels and Hunters. The story takes an unexpected twist at the end with Artistic Director Kirsten Oakley’s entertaining interpretation of this well-known children’s classic.
Along with PETER AND THE WOLF will be a special performance of Prokofiev’s CLASSICAL SYMPHONY, a Balanchine-inspired ballet in the Neoclassical style. Choreographed by Kirsten Oakley’s friend and mentor Yvonne Mounsey, who danced in George Balanchine’s New York City Ballet, it showcases a more sleek and modern style based in classical ballet but features increased energy and speed, pared-down sets and costumes, and less reliance on a story.
To round out the offerings this spring, Ventura’s Footworks Youth Ballet will also bring GISELLE to the stage. GISELLE is the epitome of Romantic ballet. First performed in 1841 to the music of French composer Adolphe Adam, it is the story of love lost, remorse, and forgiveness. Not often performed, GISELLE will offer Ventura County residents a special opportunity to experience a ballet that is often dubbed as moody and ethereal with a touch of the supernatural.
Footworks Youth Ballet is a nonprofit ballet company whose purpose is to provide educational opportunities to young people through the art of ballet.