Saturday, June 19, 2021 @ 2pm PST
Ventura County Ballet presents “The Classics”
“With the pandemic largely behind us now, Ventura County Ballet is ready to emerge. Our community, as well as those beyond our borders, need an infusion of beauty into their lives. These two free performances are a gift to our audiences. We are pleased to collaborate with Namba Performing Arts Space to show that dance has stayed alive through these difficult times,” said Kathleen Noblin, VCB Executive Director.” And, we can’t wait to dance before you live again soon.”
Staged at the Namba Performing Arts Space, Ventura County Ballet presents beloved classical repertoire by local choreographer Marina Fliagina Local musicians Rob Allen (guitar), Mikaela Telesforo (violin) and Anya Hess (harp) accompany several pieces live on stage.
Featured dancers are Alyssia Troutman in “Pas d’Action” from La Bayadere by Minkus; Olivia Roman in the “Kitri” variation from Minkus’ Don Quixote with Kitri’s friends Emma Steiner and Ella Hoyt; and Ella Ullrich, Quinn Ferguson and Caroline Marsden in the “Golden Apple” variation from Stravinsky’s The Firebird. The “L’ Aurore” and “La Travail” variations from Delibes’ classical ballet Coppelia are danced by Sylvie Watts, 12, and Abigail Steiner, 13, respectively, students of Ballet Academy Ventura. Miranda Aguilar, 14, dances the “Polka” from Tchaikovsky’s Children’s Album, accompanied virtually by piano prodigy Dianna Kerze. Ballet Academy Ventura is the official school of Ventura County Ballet.
Sunday, June 26, 2021 @ 2pm PST
Ventura County Ballet presents “Dance Through A Contemporary Lens”
Staged at the Namba Performing Arts Space, Ventura County Ballet presents contemporary repertoire by local choreogrampher Emi Pool. Ventura County Ballet offers a look at the future of dance; Featured contemporary dancers are Aadhya Bavkar, Olive Kranzler and McKenna Parcher in Seguidilla with Harp, accompanied by Anya Hess; and Miranda Aguilar, Kranzler and Nika Wallach in 3 Ballerinas.
The eclectic program also includes award-winning Ventura visual artist, playwright and poet Frances Spencer. A member of Working Artists Ventura, Spencer shares a sample of her works across a variety of media.