Monday, November 8, 2021

The Nutcracker! New 4th Show Added!

 


The stage at the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts will be alive with a sugar plum fairy and dancing mice as A.V.A. Ballet Theatre presents the annual Nutcracker Ballet on December 10, 11 and 12, 2021.  Artistic director Alexander Van Alstyne has choreographed an exciting rendition of the popular holiday ballet and the Reno Philharmonic Orchestra will perform Tchaikovsky’s moving score. Laura Jackson will be conducting the orchestra.

 

Principal dancers who have performed with professional ballet companies such as Ballet West, Kansas City Ballet and the Diablo Ballet will perform the leading roles along side a large cast of local talent.

 

Nutcracker performances will be held Friday December 10th at 8pm, Saturday December 11th at 2pm and 8pm and Sunday December 12th at 1pm at the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Reno. Ticket prices are $30 to $63 with discounts for seniors and children.

 

A special Sugar Plum party will be held after the Saturday and Sunday afternoon performances where children can meet the Nutcracker characters.

 

A.V.A. Ballet Theatre is the resident ballet company of the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts. They are northern Nevada's largest company under the instruction of a professional faculty with years of performing experience in renowned metropolitan ballet and production companies across the United States and Europe.

 

Mark your calendars now for this spectacular holiday tradition. For tickets call the Pioneer Center box office at 775-434-1050 or on-line at pioneercenter.com. Box office hours are Monday through Friday 11am to 6pm.

 

For more information call A.V.A. Ballet Theatre at 775-762-5165 or on-line at avaballet.com or call the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts at 775-686-6600.

 

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Monday, September 20, 2021

A.V.A. Ballet Theatre and the Reno Phil's The Nutcracker

 


The stage at the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts will be alive with a sugar plum fairy and dancing mice as A.V.A. Ballet Theatre presents the annual Nutcracker Ballet on December 10, 11, 12, 2021.  Artistic director Alexander Van Alstyne has choreographed an exciting rendition of the popular holiday ballet and the Reno Philharmonic Orchestra will perform Tchaikovsky’s moving score. Laura Jackson will be conducting the orchestra. Due to popular demand, we will continue to have a fifth performance.

 

Principal dancers who have performed with professional ballet companies such as Ballet West, Kansas City Ballet and the Diablo Ballet will perform the leading roles along side a large cast of local talent.

 

Nutcracker performances will be held Friday December 10th at 8pm, December 11th at 2pm and 8pm and Sunday December 12th at 1pm and 7pm at the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Reno. Ticket prices are $30 to $63 with discounts for seniors and children.

 

A special Sugar Plum party will be held after the Saturday and Sunday afternoon performances where children can meet the Nutcracker characters.

 

A.V.A. Ballet Theatre is the resident ballet company of the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts. They are northern Nevada's largest company under the instruction of a professional faculty with years of performing experience in renowned metropolitan ballet and production companies across the United States and Europe.

 

Mark your calendars now for this spectacular holiday tradition. For tickets call the Pioneer Center box office at 775-434-1050 or on-line at pioneercenter.com. Box office hours are Monday through Friday 11am to 6pm.

 

For more information call A.V.A. Ballet Theatre at 775-762-5165 or on-line at avaballet.com or call the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts at 775-686-6600.

 

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A.V.A. Ballet Theatre Presents Sleeping Beauty

 


The 2021 fall gala season for the A.V.A. Ballet Theatre opens with the classic Sleeping Beauty on September 18th and 19th at the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts. The Reno Philharmonic Orchestra will perform the haunting score to this wonderful ballet. Re-staged and re-choreographed by Alexander Van Alstyne, Sleeping Beauty is the story of a beautiful princess who is cursed by the evil Carabosse. Professional dancers from throughout the country will star in the lead rolls along with the large cast from A.V.A. Ballet Theatre. Jason Altieri will be conducting the full orchestra.

The Saturday September 18th performance will be held at 8pm and the Sunday September 19th performance will be at 2pm. Ticket prices for adults are $30 to $57. Ticket prices for children 12 and under and seniors 65 and older are $25 to $52. For tickets call the Pioneer Center at 775-434-1050 or on-line at pioneercenter.com. Box office hours are Monday through Friday 11am to 6pm.

A.V.A. Ballet Theatre is the resident ballet company of the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts. They are northern Nevada's largest company under the instruction of a professional faculty with years of performing experience in renowned metropolitan ballet and production companies across the United States and Europe.

 

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Wednesday, May 5, 2021

A.V.A. Ballet Theatre's Vortex, The Ballet That Rocks

 



The Robert Z. Hawkins Amphitheater at the Bartley Ranch Regional Park will come alive with ballet grace and passionate rock, dance, and alternative music as A.V.A. Ballet Theatre presents Vortex, the Ballet That Rocks July 16th and 17th as part of the Artown celebration. 

 

Artistic director Alexander Van Alstyne has choreographed an exciting contemporary ballet that will be like no other you have ever seen. Imagine ballerinas performing grande jet├ęs to music by popular rock artists. The stage will feature scaffolding and exciting props and sets that will create a visual spectacle that cannot be missed.

 

Thanks to generous support from the Robert Z. Hawkins Foundation, the E.L. Cord Foundation, the Nell J. Redfield Foundation, and the Arthur and Mae Orvis Foundation, the rock ballet Vortex is free to the public. The gates open at 7:00pm for picnicking and the shows begin at 8:30pm. This is a PG-13 production.

 

A.V.A. Ballet Theatre is the resident ballet company for the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts. They are northern Nevada's largest company under the instruction of a professional faculty with years of performing experience in renowned metropolitan ballet and production companies across the United States and Europe.

 

Vortex during the month of July is part of the 26th annual Artown festival.  The month-long summer arts festival features more than 500 events produced by more than 100 cultural organizations and businesses in locations citywide.

 

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Monday, December 14, 2020

A.V.A. Ballet Theatre and the Reno Phil's The Little Mermaid

 


The spring gala season for A.V.A. Ballet Theatre opens with the classic ballet The Little Mermaid on May 1st and 2nd at the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts. Choreographed by Alexander Van Alstyne, The Little Mermaid is the captivating story of the beautiful mermaid and her dreams of becoming a human. A dashing prince, a sea witch, crabs, and jovial eels have starring roles in this fantasy adventure. This classic story is filled with mesmerizing dance, intrigue, and is fun for the entire family. The Reno Phil with Jason Altieri as the conductor will perform the exciting score.

 

 

The Saturday May 1st performance will be held at 8pm and the Sunday May 2nd performance will be at 2pm. Due to the pandemic, there will only be 250 patrons allowed at each performance. Tickets are $50 per person. For tickets call the Pioneer Center at 775-434-1050 or on-line at pioneercenter.com.

 

A.V.A. Ballet Theatre is the resident ballet company of the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts. They are northern Nevada's largest company under the instruction of a professional faculty with years of performing experience in renowned metropolitan ballet and production companies across the United States and Europe.

 

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Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Streaming The Nutcracker

 A.V.A. Ballet Theatre is streaming an encore presentation of The Nutcracker. Go to avaballet.com for a link. The show will be available the entire month of December.

Thursday, October 22, 2020

The Notcracker



While we will not be allowed to perform a traditional “The Nutcracker” we are going to do our best to inject a little of the show’s holiday spirt into the community. A.V.A. Ballet Theatre and the Reno Phil will take the lemons they have been given and make lemonade.

First, we will be doing pop-up mini dances all throughout the community. Several Reno Phil musicians and A.V.A. Ballet Theatre dancers will perform a suite, such as the Mirlitons, from “The Nutcracker” at a museum, a restaurant, and other public spaces. We can’t announce in advance where these pop-ups will occur because we can’t risk drawing a large unsafe crowd. But we plan to have a little Mother Ginger here and mice and soldiers over there. Keep on the lookout for the holiday fun.

In addition, we are going to perform excerpts of Act II at the Pioneer Center. We can do Act II because maintaining social distancing with the dancers is possible. So the lucky 50 people in the theater will get to see Spanish, Chinese, Arabian, Mother Ginger, Russians, Waltz of the Flowers, and the Sugar Plum Fairy perform. There will be a much reduced Reno Phil in front of the stage, not in the orchestra pit. Sets will be minimal but we want to let the dancers perform and show us the talent they have been forced to put on hold for the last seven months.

Finally, the entire month of December, we will be streaming an encore performance of last year’s “The Nutcracker”.  It was the 25th anniversary production and if you need your “The Nutcracker” fix it is extremely entertaining. We are also having our popular Nutcracker boutique set up in the Pioneer lobby throughout December 5th, 12th, and 19th 1pm to 3pm. I know many people collect Nutcrackers so you can purchase a Nutcracker and help a worthwhile non-profit organization. We will post details of these events on-line at avaballet.com