Beauty and the Beast

 

The Nutcracker

 

  • Sensory-Friendly Performance

 

Carmen

 

Ballet in the Park

 

Youth Performances

 

 

 

 

 2018-19 Season

“Belle unlocks the love that was hidden in the Beasts heart …in return The Beast gives Belle the world she dreamed of in her books.” – Bruce Wells, Choreographer

 

 

SYNOPSIS

 

 A classical ballet in two acts, this version of Beauty and the Beast follows the traditional storyline of Belle & her Prince.

 

The production begins with a new Prequel for Ballet San Antonio.  First, we meet the loving parents of both Belle and the Prince, quickly proceeding to their births and following them through to their adolescence. Young Belle dreams of the world through her books, the young Prince is spoiled and arrogant. A beggar woman comes into the village and is immediately rejected by the young Prince. Angered by his actions, she puts a curse on the young boy. If by his 21st birthday he has not learned compassion in his heart she will return and transform him into an ugly beast.

 

Ten years pass before they meet again…

 

Belle’s father becomes a widow and is raising Belle on his own. The young Prince has become selfish with no love in his heart. As the beggar woman promised she returns and is again rejected by the Prince. The beggar woman magically transforms into a beautiful enchantress and at the same time places a curse on the Prince turning him into an ugly beast.  As Belle’s father is preparing to go into the city, he asks his daughter what can he bring her, “Only a rose for none grow here”… is her reply.  Under the dark of night Belle’s father finds a rosebush and immediately plucks a rose for his daughter.

 

What follows is a series of Divertissement, Pas de Deux and solos which tell the story of Beauty and the Beast to its final conclusion in true fairytale fashion … happily ever after.

 

The Prequel of Bruce Wells’ Beauty and the Beast is an original commission by Ballet San Antonio for Ballet San Antonio and will premiere at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts on October 19, 2018.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Friday, October 19     | 7:30 PM

 Saturday, October 20| 2:00 PM

 Saturday, October 20| 7:30 PM

 Sunday, October 21   | 2:00 PM

 

 

    Photography by: Still Life

    Photography by Alexander Devora

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Friday, November 23     | 7:30 PM

Saturday, November 24| 2:00 PM

Saturday, November 24| 7:30 PM

Sunday, November 25   | 2:00 PM

 

Friday, November 30     | 7:30 PM

Saturday, December 1   | 2:00 PM

Saturday, December 1   | 7:30 PM

Sunday, December 2      | 2:00 PM

Sunday, December 2      | 7:30 PM

 

 

  Music by: P.I. Tchaikovsky  

 

  Photography by: Still Life

   Photography by Alexander Devora  

 

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“The Nutcracker has always been one of our favorite ballets, as well as our favorite time of year, and we’re excited for the chance to draw on our years of experience working with world class choreographers and directors to really bring the story to life on the talented dancers of Ballet San Antonio.

 

Our experience in musical theater and working with Broadway’s greatest creative minds, has also instilled in us what it takes to put on a good show. Our goal is to tell this familiar story in a way that draws children of all ages into the magical tale, while delivering exceptional dancing and a high level of artistry.

 

Whether you’re a dance enthusiast or it’s your first time bringing your family to the ballet, we know that our fresh take on this classic tradition will envelop your whole family in the warmth of the holiday season. “

 

– Easton and Haley Smith

With Live Music by

 

 

Noam Aviel, conductor

 

SYNOPSIS

 

Act I

It's a snowy Christmas Eve at the Stahlbaum home and the family welcomes guests to their holiday party.  Clara and Fritz can hardly contain their excitement as they dance with their friends, play games and help pass out gifts.  Suddenly, Clara's godfather, Herr Drosselmeier, arrives and introduces his handsome nephew to Clara.  Drosselmeier has brought magical, life-size dancing dolls as well as a special gift just for Clara--a beautiful, wooden Nutcracker.

 

After the guests leave, Clara returns to the living room looking for her beloved Nutcracker and falls asleep on the couch.  She suddenly awakes to the sound of scurrying mice.  The Christmas tree starts growing until it is towering over her and Fritz's toy soldiers appear as large as she is.  The Nutcracker comes to life just in time to meet a Mouse King that resembles her brother Fritz. The Nutcracker leads the soldiers to battle against the mice. At the last moment, Clara throws her pointe shoe at the Mouse King and the Nutcracker defeats him. With that, the ancient spell is broken and the Nutcracker is transformed into a handsome prince.  Clara gratefully thanks him and realizes that it is Herr Drosselmeier's nephew. He takes her on a sleigh through a magical forest where the the snowflakes dance and the Snow Queen and King guide them along their way to the Land of Sweets.

 

Act II

Clara and her Prince arrive at the Land of Sweets, greeted by the enchanting Sugar Plum Fairy and her loyal subjects.  As the Prince tells of the battle against the mice, Clara recognizes the Sugar Plum Fairy as her Uncle's lovely fiancé that she had met at the party. Everyone is thrilled to hear that the spell has been broken and they all dance for Clara and the Prince.  Hot Chocolate from Spain begin the festivities, followed by Chinese Tea and Arabian Coffee.  The Russian Trepak deliver a spectacular display, along with the sweet Marzipan and Mother Ginger who arrives with her dancing polichinelles. Then shimmering flowers appear, led by the glittering Dew Drop Fairy and her cavalier.  Finally, the Sugar Plum Fairy returns and Clara watches breathlessly as she soars through the air with her cavalier.  After they dance, the Sugar Plum Fairy bids Clara and the Prince farewell and they journey home in their sleigh.

 

Clara wakes on the familiar couch in her living room, her Nutcracker now standing beside her.  She sees the nephew's hat on the mantle and her magical journey comes flooding back to her.  Was it all a dream, or did her wonderful godfather send her on a magical Christmas journey to the Land of Sweets?

 

The Nutcracker is an original commission by Ballet San Antonio for Ballet San Antonio and will premiere at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts on November 23, 2018.

 

SYNOPSIS

 

The ballet Carmen is based on the famous opera by Georges Bizet which in turn was inspired by the novel by Prosper Merimee.  It is a tale of obsession, passion, and jealousy.

 

As the curtain rises on a Picasso inspired setting, Carmen is foreshadowed by an ominous premonition of her ill-fated end. Outside a cigarette factory in Seville, the market square springs to life as the lusty Carmen quarrels with a rival over a lover.

 

Don Jose, a military officer, crosses the square with his fiancée Micaela and is obviously entranced by Carmen’s sultry beauty.  Later, Carmen and her band of thieves are caught red-handed as they steal a purse from one of the soldiers.

 

Leading her to prison, Carmen begs for her release and Don Jose succumbs to her seductive charm.  He falls from grace as he abandons his duty and honor to possess her love.  Meanwhile, the celebrated toreador Escamillo encounters Carmen and, without thought or care for Don Jose, she enters into an amorous affair. Torn apart with jealous rage, Don Jose confronts Carmen with her infidelity.

 

Freedom of spirit is the one thing Carmen is incapable of surrendering and, driven to despair, Don Jose murders her in a crime of passion.  Inconsolable in his grief, the lovers are consumed by their tragic fate.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Friday, February 15     | 7:30 PM

 Saturday, February 16| 7:30 PM

 Sunday, February 17   | 2:00 PM

 

 

Photography by: Still Life

Photography by Alexander Devora

 

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     Date: Saturday, March 2, 2019

 

This free performance will feature mesmerizing movement by the exquisite dance artists from San Antonio’s premiere professional ballet company, Ballet San Antonio.

 

 

 

 

      Photography by: Joe Van Wyk

 

YOUTH PERFORMANCES

Beauty and the Beast

October 19, 2018

10:00 am

 

 

 

The Nutcracker

November 29, 2018

9:45 am

 

November 29, 2018

11:10 am

 

November 30, 2018

10:00 am

 

 

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