The Nutcracker 2018
Emerald Ballet Theatre presents its twelfth annual production of The Nutcracker, featuring beautiful sets, gorgeous costumes, talented professional and youth performers and the rousing Emerald Ballet Theatre Orchestra performing Tchaikovsky’s famous score.
Nothing brings the holidays together like The Nutcracker. Join us in reliving this classic tale, traveling with Clara and the handsome Nutcracker Prince in a magical journey to the Land of Sweets.
Musical score by P.I. Tchaikovsky. Viktoria Titova, Artistic Director with the Emerald Ballet Theatre Orchestra conducted by David Waltman
Meet the Soloists!
Koto Ishihara (December 1 & 2)
Born in Nagoya, Japan, Koto Ishihara trained at Yukie Ballet School, Shiho Kanazawa Ballet, The Harid Conservatory, and San Francisco Ballet School. She joined the San Francisco Ballet Company in 2010 and was promoted to soloist in 2014. She has danced featured or principal roles in works choreographed by Tomasson, Balanchine, Cranko, Forsythe, Makarova (after Petipa), Nureyev, Possokhov, Wheeldon, and others. Ms. Ishihara danced in the film of Tomasson’s Romeo & Juliet as part of the inaugural season of Lincoln Center at the Movies: Great American Dance. As a guest artist, she has performed at the World Stars of Classical Ballet Gala, the International Ballet Gala: World Ballet Superstars, and A Golden Celebration of Dance. She received a silver medal at Tanzolymp International Dance Festival and first place at the Youth America Grand Prix San Francisco Regionals, both in 2010.
Henry Sidford (December 1 & 2)
Henry Sidford comes from Marblehead, Massachusetts, and was a Trainee at SF Ballet School and a student at Boston Ballet School. In 2011, he was a candidate in the prestigious international ballet competition, Prix de Lausanne. He became an SFB apprentice in 2011, a member of the corps de ballet in 2012, and was promoted to Soloist in 2018. His principal or featured roles include Tomasson’s Prism, Balanchine’s The Four Temperaments and Theme and Variations, Peck’s In the Countenance of Kings, and many more. He created roles in Forsythe’s Pas/Parts 2016 and Millepied’s The Chairman Dances. Mr. Sidford also premiered a principal role in Dawson’s Anima Animus during SFB’s Unbound Festival in 2018.
Madison Penney (December 8 & 9)
Born and raised in Arizona, Madison Penney began dancing at a very young age and trained in all different disciplines of dance. When she was eight years old, she decided to focus on ballet and joined Master Ballet Academy, led by Artistic Director Slawomir Wozniak. Since then, while still at a young age, Madison continuously keeps growing as a dancer and an artist. She is recognized as one of the most talented and skilled dancers of the upcoming generation. Among her many accolades and awards are winning the Gold Medal at the World Ballet Competition in 2015, the Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP) Hope Award in 2016, and most recently won the 2017 Grand Prix award at YAGP finals in New York. Based on her proven ability, Madison has performed with Phoenix Ballet in several productions with seasoned professionals that include soloist roles originated for her by Albert Blaise Cattafi and Fransisco Gella. In addition, Madison has performed at galas, on TV, and has been featured in Dance Spirit and Pointe magazines.
Slawomir Wozniak, Jr. (December 8 & 9)
Slawomir Wozniak Jr. was born into a ballet family: His father was Principal Dancer of the Ballet of the Polish National Opera in Warsaw. At age 11, Slawomir began his studies on scholarship at the State School of Ballet in Warsaw, Poland, where he performed in many productions in the national opera house. In 2005, he won Second Place in the National Ballet Competition in Gdansk, and went on to represent Poland in the International Ballet Competition in Nagoya, Japan. In 2006, Slawomir accepted a full scholarship to study at The School of American Ballet in New York City where he trained for two years. Slawomir joined Ballet Arizona in 2008 and has danced soloist roles in works by Balanchine, Andersen, Tharp, Petipa, and others. Since 2014, Slawomir has danced with Phoenix Ballet as a Principal Dancer. He has traveled and danced in Gala Performances around the world including Japan, China, Poland, Bulgaria, Mexico and several cities in the USA. He was featured with his former partner, Juliet Doherty, in the TV show “World of Dance” produced by NBC.
December 1, 2, 8 & 9, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. and December 8, 2018 7:00 p.m.
Tickets are $38-43 for adults and $20-22 for students.
Thank you to our sponsors and friends!
Thanks to our sponsors, NPAC Foundation can continue to present a rich variety of programming in the Northshore community. By helping to defray some of these costs of presenting a show at the theatre, sponsorships contribute to enriching and inspiring the local arts scene.
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