Delta Festival Ballet Presents
“Ballet’s Golden Boy” Returns to New Orleans Directly from Russia
Delta Festival Ballet Announces 2015 Sugar Plum Fairy and Her Cavalier
Irina Sapozhnikova and Joseph Phillips of
The State Primorsky Opera and Ballet Theater in Vladivostok, Russia
Performances will be held at Tulane Univerisity’s Dixon Hall on
December 18th at 7:00 pm
December 19th & 20th at 2:00 pm.
Tickets for the 2015 production of “Nutcracker” are now on sale.
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Delta Festival Ballet announces principal casting for it’s 34th annual production of The Nutcracker. This year’s production will be headlined by Russian ballerina Irina Sapozhnikova as the Sugar Plum Fairy with Joseph Phillips as her Cavalier. They will be traveling directly from The State Primorsky Opera and Ballet Theater in Vladivostok, Russia to New Orleans for their only American performance this season. The couple will also perform the Snow Pas de Deux at the close of Act I, giving audiences the chance to experience their dynamic artistry twice in each performance.
Ms. Sapozhnikova, a Russian native and graduate of Nureyev Bashkir Choreography College, has performed soloist roles in countries including Brazil, Portugal, France, Thailand, China, Mexico, Italy, Germany, Czech Republic, Latvia, and Finland. She holds numerous international ballet awards and was the winner of the 2014 International Ballet Artists Competition in Jackson, Mississippi.
Mr. Phillips has been hailed by Pointe Magazine as “Ballet’s Golden Boy” and holds more gold medals than any other American male dancer. He was awarded Les Etoiles de Ballet in both Cannes and Paris. In 2013, he created a major stir in the American ballet community when he left American Ballet Theater and “defected” to Russia. New Orleans audiences remember his bravura performances with DFB in 2008 and 2010.
Ms. Sapozhnikova and Mr. Phillips will be joined by DFB’s oustanding local professionals including Griffin Collins III, Candice Holley, Jessica Touchet, and Jessica Van Vrancken. Celebrated New Orleans actor, Cutting Jahncke will reprise his role as Herr Drosselmeyer.
The professional cast is joined by the Youth Corps of over 100 young dancers from New Orleans, Metairie, Kenner, Mandeville, Covington, Slidell, Houma, Harahan, Pearl River, Marrero, River Ridge, Raceland, Luling, Jefferson, Gretna, LaPlace and Hahnville.
The production is helmed by Artistic Directors, Joseph and Maria Giacobbe, who have produced
and directed DFB’s The Nutcracker since 1981. They are assisted by Ballet Master, Richard Rholdon,
who also appears as Mayor Stahlbaum in Act I’s Party Scene. Performed to live accompaniment by
the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Glenn Langdon, this classic ballet is a must-see
New Orleans Christmas tradition.
Performances will be held at Tulane Univerisity’s Dixon Hall on December 18th at 7:00pm and December 19th & 20th at 2:00pm. Tickets go on sale November 1st and can be purchased online on this website or by calling our office at 504-888-0931. A link to online Ticket Purchases will be available on this webpage beginning November 1st.
GUEST ARTIST BIOGRAPHIES
Irina Sapozhnikova (Guest Artist) graduated from the Nureyev Bashkir Choreography College (workshop of Honored Artist of Tajikistan and Bashkortostan G. Sabirova). In 2007, Ms. Sapozhnikova began dancing in the company of the Bashkir State Opera and Ballet Theatre. In 2008, as part of the Republic of Bashkortostan Delegation, she performed in the Arts Masters’ Gala Concert in the UNESCO headquarters in France. In 2012, she danced in the Republic of Bashkortostan Arts Masters’ Gala Concert in honor of the Republic of Bashkortostan Culture Days in Moscow. She has toured extensively in countries including Brazil, Portugal, France, Thailand, China, Mexico, Italy, Germany, Czech Republic, Latvia and Finland. Ms. Sapozhnikova won 1st prize at the Second International Ballet Artists Competition in Istanbul, Turkey; was 2nd prize winner at the Grigorovich Third International Ballet Competition Young Ballet of the World in Sochi, Japan; 2nd prize winner at the Ballet Dancers and Choreographers Competition of the National Forum XXI Century Ballet in Krasnoyarsk, Russia; 2nd prize winner at the Serge Lifar Seventh International Competition of Ballet Artists and Choreographers (Donetsk); has been honored by the TÜRKSOY international organization and was 2nd prize winner at the Eleventh International Dance Competition Premio Roma Danza in Rome, Italy. In 2013, she was awarded “Honored Artist of the Republic of Bashkortostan” and won the 2014 International Ballet Artists Competition in Jackson, Mississippi.
Joseph Phillips (Guest Dancer) has been hailed by the international press as “Ballet’s Golden Boy,” Mr. Phillips is a rare technically astute dancer with an impressive array of awards and medals. He holds more internationally prestigious gold medals for dance than any other American dancer and was also awarded the Les Etoiles de Ballet in Cannes and Paris, France. Mr. Phillips was chosen to light the Olympic torch in the 2006 and 2014 USA International Ballet Competition Opening Ceremonies. He danced with the San Francisco Ballet, Miami City Ballet and American Ballet Theatre, and currently dances as Premier Dancer with the State Primorsky Opera and Ballet Theater, where he is one of only two American premier male dancers working in Russia. Mr. Phillips began his dance studies in Columbia, South Carolina where he was later awarded a Key to the City. He studied at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, School of American Ballet and the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts. His main teacher and coach is Stanislav Issaev. He was also trained and coached by some of ballet’s most celebrated teachers including Warren Conover, Shamil Yagudin, Melissa Hayden, Gyula Pandi, Helgi Tomasson and Edward Villella. He is invited to perform as principal guest artist throughout the North and South America, Europe and Asia.
Delta Festival Ballet invites you
to be an advertiser in this year's
Nutcracker Souvenir Program!
Delta Festival Ballet invites you to be a part of our 34th annual production of The Nutcracker as an advertiser in this year's souvenir program. Just in time to promote holiday sales, or services to start off the New Year!
Performances will be held on
Friday, December 18 at 7pm,
Saturday, December 19 & Sunday, December 20 at 2pm
in Tulane University's Dixon Hall.
Promoting your business and services in The Nutcracker program is a great way to build an affluent, local customer base who already feel a positive connection to your business through mutual association with DFB. Your ad will be seen by local families, 2,400 audience members, over 150 cast members, the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra and Delta's network of volunteers and donors.
Program adverstising revenue directly supports production costs of The Nutcracker including theater rental, scenery, costumes, lighting, musicians and guest artists. With your advertising support, Delta will continue to produce one of Greater New Orleans' most beloved holiday traditions.
Attached is a rate schedule and ad agreement form for our 2015 program. Please note that we have kept our ad rates the same as last year. Delta also offers sponsorship opportunities with a different set of benefits that may better suit your needs. If you have any questions or need further information, we are happy to talk with you at your convenience to discuss ad or sponsorship opportunities.
Space is limited, and ads will be placed on a first come, first served basis. Be sure to secure your program ad space as soon as possible!
Click HERE for 2015 Nutcracker Program Ad Agreement
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