29th annual Minnesota Dance Festival

Friday, April 21, 2017
10:00 am

The O'Shaughnessy

Saint Catherine's University

2004 Randolph Ave
Saint Paul, MN 55105

Ballet Minnesota

Performance will feature:

  • Classical Ballet Academy in The Farmer's Market (a premiere whimsical fairytale story ballet)
  • Ballet Minnesota in Paquita and Beethoven's 9th Symphony - 2nd Movement.

Helen Hatch - Independent contemporary choreographer

Ballet Minnesota’s full corps de ballet (17 dancers) will perform in Paquita's variations, featuring ballet's most celebrated examples of 19th century classicism. With its Spanish flair, the dancing in this ballet, particularly the wedding scene we are staging, “can be quite dramatic and very entertaining for audience members,” said Cheryl Rist, Ballet Minnesota’s Ballet Master. “It’s also extremely demanding of the dancers and requires years of training to perform this ballet.”

Originally choreographed for the Paris Opera Ballet in 1846 by Joseph Mazilier, the story centered on a Spanish gypsy girl, named “Paquita,” who saves the life of a French aristocrat, discovers she too has royal blood, and they marry in a large celebration. Over time, however, the full-length ballet has been shortened to one act with a series of variations, solos and a grand pas de deux. The complex choreography has the dancers moving from luxurious piqué arabesques and controlled pirouettes, to relevé fouettés and back to arabesques. Ballet Minnesota’s performance will be the one-act version.

Guest soloists will perform the lead female and male signature roles. Violeta Angelova will dance the lead female role. Angelova is currently a soloist with The Suzanne Farrell Ballet at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and founder of the dance company, Artilius Creations. Dancing the famous grand pas de deux with Angelova will be Andre Luis Teixeira, a soloist with the New Jersey Ballet and Brazilian by birth. He began dancing at age 8, and joined his first company, Sesiminas Companhia, at age 14, where he rose through the ranks to principadancer. He joined the New Jersey Ballet in 2008.

In addition to staging the one-act Paquita, Ballet Minnesota company members, apprentices and advanced level dancers will perform the second movement (the scherzo) of Andrew Rist’s full-length original ballet, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, the life story of Ludwig van Beethoven.

The younger dancers in Ballet Minnesota’s Classical Ballet Academy will premiere another Andrew Rist original, The Farmer’s Market. This ballet is based on a book, also written by Rist, which is a children’s fantasy tale filled with strange creatures and delightful escapades. Music written by Robert E. Hindel and Charlie Maguire will accompany the ballet. “Both the ballet and the book, which I hope to publish this summer, springs from the nearly 30 years our ballet school and company spent in Lowertown, just one block from the Saint Paul Farmer’s Market,” said Andrew Rist, Ballet Minnesota’s Artistic Director. “The farmer’s market provides a rich tapestry for a children’s fantasy and we hope young and old will find it to be a delightful ballet.”

Target age range: recommended for ages 4 and up.

Cost per child/student: $6
Cost per adult/educator: $6

Reservations: Please call the O'Shaughnessy 651-690-6700 to place your reservation.

On the day of the performance, please arrive at the O'Shaughnessy Auditorium 45 minutes before the show, check in at the Will Call Window in the theater lobby, and your group will be escorted to your seats. You will not be mailed physical tickets.

Sibling policy: Everyone in attendance must have a ticket, and parents are asked to use their best judgement as to whether or not their younger children will be disruptive to other audience members. Ballet Minnesota discourages attendance by children under the age of 4.
Parent/guardian/educator policy: All children must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Ballet Minnesota respectfully requests only one adult per homeschool family.

For more information, contact Beth Kockelman at 651-222-7919, ext. 2, or balletmngrouptickets(at)gmail.com or visit oshag.stkate.edu/event/mdf-matinee


Information subject to change. Please check with The O'Shaughnessy for the most current information.