Festival Ballet Theatre Brings Romance & Adventure to Orange County

Celebrating 27 years of artistic excellence, Festival Ballet Theatre kicks off its 2015-2016 season with Le Corsaire Suite and Mixed Repertoire at Irvine Barclay Theatre.

Le Corsaire Suite features the best-loved passages from this exciting ballet and stars the dynamic Vitor Luiz, San Francisco Ballet Principal, as Conrad. Le Corsaire is a romantic adventure that follows the story of Conrad, a pirate who travels across the high seas to save Medora, a young Greek girl he loves, but who is sold as a slave. When Conrad attempts to rescue her, he is captured and sentenced to death. To save Conrad's life, Medora agrees to marry Pasha. But during the ceremony, the slave girl, Gulnare, takes Medora's place. That evening, Conrad enters to take Medora away; while Gulnare reveals the ring that proves she is Pasha's lawful wife. Medora and Conrad escape, but their ship, caught in a storm, is wrecked. However, the two lovers survive, washing up together on a rocky island.

The performance will also include a special mixed repertoire featuring a variation from Bournonville, set by Monique Meunier, former principal dancer of New York City Ballet and former soloist of American Ballet Theatre; Balanchine's Concerto Barocco, set by Nilas Martins, former principal dancer of New York City Ballet; and Pas d'Action from Laurencia, set by Yuri Fateyev, acting director of the Mariinsky Ballet Company. A world-premiere contemporary piece by Andrea Schermoly completes the evening’s mixed repertoire.

Le Corsaire Suite and Mixed Repertoire
Saturday, October 10 at 7pm; Sunday, October 11 at 2pm
Tickets: $40 Adults; $35 Senior (65+) and Children (12 and under)

Irvine Barclay Theatre
4242 Campus Drive
Irvine CA 92612

Festival Ballet Theatre
Founded in 1988 by Salwa Rizkalla, Festival Ballet Theatre (FBT) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to present works that epitomize the artistry of professional ballet, offering cultural awareness of dance through educational programs, and nurturing a creative environment for choreographers and some of Orange County’s most talented dancers. For more information, visit


Festival Ballet Theatre: The Nutcracker
12/12/2015 - 12/24/2015
Tickets: $45 Adult; $42 Senior (65+); $40 Children (12 and under )

Bursting with energy and excitement, Festival Ballet’s enormously popular production charms audiences of all ages. Set to the timeless music of Peter Tchaikovsky, The Nutcracker tells the story of Clara, a young girl who receives the gift of a nutcracker soldier from her mysterious godfather – and then the magical journey begins! Family-friendly and affordable, this full-length, traditional production is choreographed and directed by Festival Ballet Theatre’s Artistic Director, Salwa Rizkalla, and features spectacular guest artists, FBT’s professional company dancers, and exceptional young talent from across the Southland.

Guest Artists

Maria Kochetkova – San Francisco Ballet
Tiit Helimets – San Francisco Ballet

Saturday, December 12, 2015 @ 2:00 PM
Saturday, December 12, 2015 @ 7:00 PM
Sunday, December 13, 2015 @ 1:00 PM
Sunday, December 13, 2015 @ 6:00 PM

Sara Mearns – New York City Ballet
Fabrice Calmels – Joffrey Ballet

Friday, December 18, 2015 @ 7:00 PM
Saturday, December 19, 2015 @ 2:00 PM
Saturday, December 19, 2015 @ 7:00 PM
Sunday, December 20, 2015 @ 1:00 PM
Sunday, December 20, 2015 @ 6:00 PM

Irina Dvorovenko – Former American Ballet Theatre Principal
Maxim Beloserkovsky – Former American Ballet Theatre Principal

Tuesday, December 22, 2015 @ 2:00 PM
Tuesday, December 22, 2015 @ 7:00 PM
Wednesday, December 23, 2015 @ 2:00 PM
Thursday, December 24, 2015 @ 11:00 AM

Please note, guest artists may be subject to change.

Festival Ballet Theatre – Sleeping Beauty
Saturday, March 19, 2016 @ 7:00 PM
Sunday, March 20, 2016 @ 2:00 PM
Tickets: $40 Adults; $35 Senior (65+) and Children (12 and under)
Artists TBA

Celebrate spring with a full-length production of the beloved classical ballet, Sleeping Beauty. 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. Enjoyable for the entire family, this timeless love story will feature guest artists and FBT’s professional company dancers.

Media Contact:
Tracy Sellers
Festival Ballet Theatre
Phone: (714) 309 1280