Press Release: Season 43 Overview


California Ballet Company Announces 2010-2011 Season

dancer  Ballet Bites – A Taste of Transylvania: Romanian Rhapsodies, Tarantella & excerpts from Dracula

dancer Maxine Mahon’s The Nutcracker The longest playing Nutcracker in San Diego!

dancer A Touch of the Classics: Excerpts from Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, & other repertoire

dancer 3rd Annual Choreographer’s Concert

Director Maxine Mahon announces California Ballet Company’s 2010-2011 Season. The season will begin with Ballet Bites – A Taste of Transylvania which will feature excerpts from Charles Bennett’s critically acclaimed Dracula. Next in the season will be the perennial holiday favorite The Nutcracker at the Poway Center for the Performing Arts, and the San Diego Civic Theatre accompanied by members of the San Diego Symphony. The season continues in March 2011 with A Touch of the Classics, which will bring together excerpts from favorites such as Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake. Finishing off another exciting season will be the 3rd Annual Choreographer’s Concert, showcasing the talents of choreographers from San Diego County.

Season 2010-2011 will feature California Ballet dancers Chie Kudo, Cassandra Lund, Vitaliy Nechay, Jennifer Curry, Carlo Di Dio, Oscar Burciaga, Hugo Carreon, Halim Seo and Bernadette Torres. The Nutcracker will feature two guest artists: Gennadi Saveliev, a soloist with American Ballet Theatre, will perform at the Civic Theatre; International Artist Raydel Caceres will perform at the Poway Center for the Performing Arts.

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California Ballet Theatre West October 23; 8:00pm

October 24; 1:00 & 5:30pm

Our 43rd Season opens with Ballet Bites. Join us for a “Taste of Transylvania” in the intimate setting of California Ballet’s Theatre West. Two folk dance flavored ballets will open the program: Marius Zirra’s Romanian Rhapsodies, a colorful and vivacious ballet performed to traditional Romanian music; Mark Lanham’s Tarantella, a lively ballet set to the well known music of the same name by Louis Gottschalk.

In the highlight of the production, Jonathan Harker and Dr. Van Helsing battle creatures of the night and face off against Bram Stoker’s famous vampire in excerpts from Charles Bennett’s critically acclaimed Dracula. Performed to an original composite score, Mr. Bennett’s spine-tingling ballet has been added to the repertoire of such companies as Hartford Ballet, Eugene Ballet, and Ballet Idaho.

Saturday evening guests are also invited to a ghoulish pre-performance dinner catered by Bellagio Ristorante where they can mingle and pose for pictures with the Brides of Dracula.

*Ticket prices are $30-$45 for adults, $25 for children (excluding the $45 gold rope), and $50 for the pre-performance dinner.



  •   Performing Arts – presented by Mainly Mozart at Mater Dei High School December 4; 7:00pm
  •   Poway Center for the Performing Arts December 11; 2:30pm & 7:00pm;
  •   December 12; 1:00pm
  •   San Diego Civic Theatre with the San Diego Symphony December 18; 2:30pm & 8:00pm
  •   December 19; 1:00pm & 5:30pm
  •                                                       December 21; 2:30pm & 7:00pm

Since 1969, California Ballet has brought over 400 performances of The Nutcracker to more than 600,000 San Diego patrons. A wonderful ballet for the entire family, The Nutcracker is the perfect way to introduce young children to the power and beauty of classical dance. Tchaikovsky’s magical score and Maxine Mahon’s dazzling theatrical staging combine to create a memorable event. Performances at multiple locations provide more opportunities for the whole community to enjoy this production voted “Best Local Dance Performance 2008” by Ranch and Coast Magazine.

The Nutcracker tells the story of a young girl named Clara who is given a magical nutcracker doll on Christmas Eve. Later that evening, Clara encounters toy soldiers who have come to life to do fierce battle with some giant mice before embarking on a journey through the Snow Kingdom and the Kingdom of Sweets.

The San Diego Symphony will accompany performances at the Civic Theatre under the direction of California Ballet Music Director, John Stubbs.

California Ballet will again dance an abbreviated version of The Nutcracker for the San Diego’s Performing Arts at an affordable rate for families and students. All performances for this series are one hour in length at the Kassebaum Theatre at Mater Dei Catholic High School in the Eastlake community of Chula Vista.

**Ticket prices at the Poway Center for the Performing Arts are $25 to $60 for adults and $25 for children 12 and under (excluding $60 Gold Rope). **Ticket prices at the San Diego Civic Theatre are $25 to $80 for adults and $25 for children 12 and under (excluding $80 Gold Rope).

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David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre March 26; 2:30pm & 8:00pm

Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center, Jacobs Family Campus March 27; 1:00pm

Classic fairytales including favorites such as Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, and others will delight audiences from ages four to ninety-seven! Famous fairytale characters such as Princess Aurora, Puss-n-boots, and Little Red Riding Hood will share the stage with the graceful splendor of the swans of Swan Lake.

Act III of Sleeping Beauty, choreography by director Maxine Mahon, and excerpts from Swan Lake will headline the program. Other fairytale excerpts from California Ballet Company repertoire, to be determined at a later date, will flesh out the evening.

Children are encouraged to attend in costume, and become part of our Royal Prince and Princess Parade following the matinee, with the opportunity to meet fairytale favorites!

*Ticket prices are $25-$60 for adults, $25 for children.

This activity is not associated with the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center or the SD Center for Jewish Culture.



California Ballet Theatre West May 21; 8:00pm, May 22; 2:30pm

Plans are in the works to remount the popular and intimate concert, originated in April 2009 and repeated in March 2010, featuring original works by local choreographers. A panel of judges observes the performance and selects a winning choreography to be included in a future company repertoire program. More information on this program, including ticketing, will be available at a later date.



Subscriptions and single tickets are available through the California Ballet Box Office at 858-560-6741, or on-line at Discounts are available for college students and groups of 15 or more for most productions. For further information email

Note: Tickets for the San Diego Performing Arts at Mater Dei in Chula Vista are very affordable and are available by phone (619) 704-1140 or on line at


California Ballet is a not-for-profit 501 (c) (3) organization dedicated to presenting a full season of professional ballet each year to the people of San Diego and to providing a forum for professional dancers to develop and maintain their artistic skill.



Oct. 23, 2010

Oct. 24, 2010



1:00pm & 5:30pm

Ballet Bites – A Taste of Transylvania

Romanian Rhapsodies by Marius Zirra

Tarantella by Mark Lanham

Excerpts from Charles Bennett’s Dracula

California Ballet Theatre West

4819 Ronson Court

San Diego, CA 92111


Dec. 4, 2010


The Nutcracker – one hour version

Music – Peter Tchaikovsky

Choreography – Maxine Mahon

Mater Dei High School

1615 Mater Dei Dr.

Chula Vista, CA 91913


Dec. 11, 2010

Dec. 12, 2010

2:30pm & 7:00pm


The Nutcracker

Music – Peter Tchaikovsky

Choreography – Maxine Mahon

Poway Center for the Perf Arts

15498 Espola Rd., Poway 92064


Dec. 18, 2010

Dec. 19, 2010

Dec. 21, 2010

2:30pm & 8:00pm

1:00pm & 5:30pm

2:30pm & 7:00pm

The Nutcracker-

with the San Diego Symphony

Music – Peter Tchaikovsky

Choreography – Maxine Mahon

San Diego Civic Theatre

1100 Third Avenue, San Diego 92101


March 26, 2011

March 27, 2011

2:30pm & 8:00pm


A Touch of the Classics

Excerpts from storybook favorites such as Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake and more

David and Dorothea Garfield Theatre

Lawrence Family J.C.C.

4126 Executive Drive, LJ CA 92037


May 21, 2011

May 22, 2011




Choreographer’s Concert

A showcase of local choreographic talent.

Location to be announced

Season Sponsors: Herman Foundation; Financial Support is provided by the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture; Funded by the County Board of Supervisors at the recommendation of Supervisors Pam Slater-Price and Ron Roberts.


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