Festival Ballet Theatre (FBT) Presents The Sleeping Beauty Ballet.

The timeless romantic classic love story will come to life at Irvine Barclay Theatre , featuring ABT Principal Dancers

  •  Irina Dvorovenko and Maxim Beloserkovsky, principal dancers with the American Ballet Theatre (ABT
    Irina Dvorovenko and Maxim Beloserkovsky, principal dancers with the American Ballet Theatre (ABT
     Irina Dvorovenko and Maxim Beloserkovsky, principal dancers with the American Ballet Theatre (ABT
    Irina Dvorovenko and Maxim Beloserkovsky, principal dancers with the American Ballet Theatre (ABT

Following a very successful Nutcracker season of sold-out performances, FBT presents The Sleeping Beauty, the full-length timeless story ballet that is sure to please audiences of all ages. 

FBT’s heart-warming production of Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece brings to life fabled storybook favorites Princess Aurora, Puss ‘n Boots, Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf…characters that remind us that good always triumphs over evil. 


Festival Ballet Theatre: The Sleeping Beauty

Saturday, March 24, 2012 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, March 25, 2012 @ 2:00 PM

Tickets: $40 adults, $36 seniors, $30 children

FBT’s Sleeping Beauty features elaborate sets and spectacular costumes, and the story takes audiences back in time to a magical kingdom. Excitement brews when a beautiful princess named Aurora is born to a beloved King and Queen. The kingdom’s fairies gather with Lilac, the Fairy of Protection, to celebrate the blessed event.

The ballet features internationally acclaimed dancers Irina Dvorovenko and Maxim Beloserkovsky, principal dancers with the American Ballet Theatre (ABT), and favorites of Orange County audiences.  The couple (married to each other in real life), share an intimacy that is true to the princess and prince and bring the story to life.  Audiences are in for a special treat when company dancers and guest artists take the stage.  Their artistry and athleticism lead them to execute a breath-taking performance that tells a magical tale of this world-famous fairytale.

Set to the music of Peter Tchaikovsky , The Sleeping Beauty was first performed by the Russian Imperial Ballet  in January 1890.

Founded by Salwa Rizkalla in 1988 and named Outstanding Arts Organization of the Year in 2001 by Arts Orange County, Festival Ballet Theatre Company has become one of Southern California’s most vibrant and accomplished regional ballet companies. Celebrating more than 20 years of artistic service to Orange County, FBT 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 our county’s most talented dancers. Boasting a roster of impressive 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.

Festival Ballet Theatre Company 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. With reverence for masterpieces of the past and a clear focus on developing future tour de forces, FBT presents a varied repertoire of full-length classical ballets including Coppélia, Don Quixote, Giselle, The Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake, as well as contemporary works by some of the nation’s most sought-after choreographers.

Artistic Director Salwa Rizkalla’s artistic vision and community involvement led to the creation of Festival Ballet Theatre Company, and its precursor Southland Ballet Academy. Her credentials as a classical ballet dancer include an impressive list of leading roles in well-known classical ballets, as well as appearances in original contemporary pieces. During her distinguished career as a professional dancer, Rizkalla had the privilege of working under the direction of world-renowned choreographers Leonid Lavrovsky and Serge Lifar. Trained in the Russian Vaganova method and having studied with ballet masters of the Bolshoi and the Kirov, Rizkalla holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Ballet Pedagogy.

In addition to her responsibilities as the artistic director of Festival Ballet Theatre and her busy teaching schedule at Southland Ballet Academy, Rizkalla has been a faculty member of several area institutions, including Golden West College and the Huntington Beach Academy for the Performing Arts. A fully credentialed California teacher, she has been a dedicated educator, a tireless promoter of the arts, and an active participant in the cultural life of her community for more than 25 years. Her contributions to teaching dance have been recognized by The Orange County Music and Arts Administrators and Orange County Performing Arts Center with an Orange County Arts Educator of the Year Award for Secondary Dance (2003), and by Youth America Grand Prix, which has awarded Rizkalla Outstanding Teacher accolades several years running, including 2010.

For more information on Festival Ballet Theatre Company, visit http://festivalballet.org/

Press Contact:
Connie Jankowski
Festival Ballet Theatre
Phone: (714) 962 5440
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