Repertoire

Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre has in its repertoire a diverse array of works, both classical and contemporary. The objective in choice of repertoire is to expand and build the level of technique and range of ability of the company dancers: from classical and contemporary to dramatic and modern works. They include:

10 in Four Movements

This piece earned the RDA National Choreographic Award for choreographer Jacqueline Colledge, when it was previously performed by her Utah Regional Ballet.  Ms. Colledge staged the neoclassical piece on Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre in 2016; it features music by Antonio Vivaldi and costumes by Suellen Baum.

Arbos

Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre earned Honor status at the 2009 Regional Dance America/Pacific Festival in Provo, Utah, with the performance of this original work by Robert Kelley to music by Arvo Part.  Costumes by Lindsey Roscoe.  Photo by Lynne Owen

Atmos; Smokey Black

Choreographed by SCBT alumnus Nahshon Marden for the 2016 In Concert performances, this modern work featured an original score composed by Max Rico.

Being of One's Hour

Choreographed by Robert Kelley to an original score by Christopher Pratorius, this work was performed at the 2012 National RDA Festival in Montreal, Canada, as well as at home on the In Concert performance at Cabrillo Crocker Theater with live accompaniment by Mr. Pratorius.  Costumes by Theresa Kimbraugh, use courtesy of RDA/P.

Black Swan Pas de Deux

Excerpt from Act III of Swan Lake, this bravura pas de deux has choreography by Marius Petipa to music by P.I. Tchaikovsky.   Photo by Bari Lee

Cadence and 1 

This modern piece was choreographed by Eva Stone to an original score by Ikuyo Conant.  Watsonville Taiko accompanied SCBT live in Sacramento at the 50th RDA/Pacific Festival.  "Cadence and 1" closed the Festival.

Bluebird Pas de Deux 

Excerpt from The Sleeping Beauty; music by P.I. Tchaikovsky.

Cançoes

Modern choreography by Armando Duarte to traditional Brazilian folk music. This work was performed at the RDA/P Festival in 2001.

C'est la V

Choreography by Ilana Goldman to Vivaldi cello conterti. Performed at RDA/P Festival 2010.  Costumes by M Stevens and Lindsey Roscoe. Photo by Lynne Owen

Chain Link Fence

Contemporary choreography by Robert Kelley with live musical accompaniment by guitarist Bill Walker and vocalist Nancy LeVan, composers of the original score. This work was performed at the RDA/P Festival in 2005. Photo by Bari Lee

Contropposto

Choreography by Robert Kelley to music by Michael Nyman.   Photo by Bari Lee

Don Quixote Pas de Deux

Bravura choreography by Marius Petipa and music by Leon Minkus. This work was performed on the Tanzommer Arts Festival tour.   Photo by Bari Lee

End of a Year

Choreography by Seattle choreographer Eva Stone to Luigi Boccherini's Quintet No. 9 in D, featuring beautiful costumes by Suellen Baum.

Every Little Thing You Try 

An original piece by Robert Kelley performed in 2015 with an original score composed by Rick Walker with lyrics by Nancy LeVan.  Played live by Rick and Nancy at In Concert.

Gaelicia

Choreography by Debra Rogo to music by The Chieftains, with costumes by Melinda Trombly.

Giselle

Time-honored full length romantic ballet with choreography by Jules Perrot and Jean Coralli to music by Adolfe Adam; costumes and scenery courtesy of the Sacramento Ballet.

Handel in Five

Choreography by Debra Rogo to Water Music by Frederick Handel.   Photo excerpted from video by Brent Duncan

Handel with Care

Choreography by Nolan T'Sani to Water Music by Frederick Handel.   

Kingdom of the Shades

Entrance excerpt with traditional choreography that emphasizes the beauty of the corps de ballet to music by Leon Minkus.   Photo by Bari Lee

Lacramosa

Choreography by Diana Law to music by Gorecki.

La Volonta

Choreography by Debra Rogo to music by Felix Mendehlsson.  Photo by Lynne Owen

Linear Context

Choreography by Robert Kelley to music by Maurice Ravel. This work was honored at the RDA/P Festival 2006 with the National Choreography Recognition Award, the highest award for choreography given by Regional Dance America.  Photo by Bari Lee

Midnight Mambo

Collaboration with Kuumbwa Honor Jazz Band, choreography by Robert Kelley.   Photo by Bari Lee

Moonstones: A Tale of Two Suns

Collaboration with Watsonville Taiko.  Music and Libretto by Ikuyo Conant, choreography by Robert Kelley.  This hour-long story ballet is based on a Japanese folk tale, adapted by Ikuyo Conant and choreographed by Robert Kelley.  It features roles for all company dancers: Senior Company, Junior Company and Petite Company.  Premier 2013 In Concert performances at Cabrillo Crocker Theater; a segment was performed by the Senior Company at the 2013 RDA/P Festival in Phoenix, Arizona.  Lighting design by Sylvie Wray, costumes by Suellen Baum, Lindsey Roscoe and Tamra Mullin.

Night Tides

Choreography by Robert Kelley to music by Sergei Prokofiev.   Photo excerpted from video by Brent Duncan

The Nutcracker

Choreography by Robert Kelley, Music by P. I. Tchaikovsky, Libretto by E.T.A. Hoffman, featuring the 55-piece Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre Orchestra.   Photo by Bari Lee

Our Town

Faithful transformation of Thornton Wilder's play, with choreography by Philip Jerry to music by Aaron Copeland.   Photo by Bari Lee

Paquita

Classic ballet with a Spanish flavor choreographed by Marius Petipa to music by Leon Minkus. Photo by Todd Tsukushi

Pas de Trois

Excerpt from "Swan Lake" Act I with traditional choreography; music by P.I. Tchaikovsky.

Play

Choreography by Ilana Goldman to music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.  Performed in 2014.

Point of Exposure

Contemporary choreography with improvisational elements by Natalie Thomas to an original score by Eckhardt Ehlers and arranged by Tom Forsythe.

Point Well Taken

Contemporary choreography by Robert Kelley to music by Alberto Iglesias.  Costumes by Tamra Mullin.  Performed at the RDA/P Festival 2014, earning Honor Company status for SCBT.

Pivot

Contemporary choreography by Robert Kelley to an original score by Jerome Begin. This work was performed on the Tanzommer Arts Festival tour.  Costumes by Lindsey Roscoe.   Photo by Bari Lee

Sans Souci (first movement)

Choreography by Alan Hineline to music by Brahms. This work was performed at the RDA/P Festival in 2004.  Costumes courtesy of Utah Regional Ballet.  Photo by Bari Lee

Sara and Cid at the Ballet

Choreography by Sara Wilbourne and Cid Pearlman to traditional French music.  Photo by Bari Lee

The Seasons

Choreographed by Robert Kelley to the acclaimed Glazunov Score The Four Seasons, and choreographed as a joint piece with South Bay Ballet—also a RDA Honor Company—and performed with them at the RDA/P Festival 2011.  Costumes by South Bay Ballet.  Photo by Virginia Trudeau

Shiosai

Collaboration with Ikuyo Conant and Watsonville Taiko, choreography by Robert Kelley.  Costumes by Lindsey Roscoe.   Photo by Bari Lee

Silverstruck

Commissioned piece by Shayla Bott to music by J.S. Bach.  This piece was also performed at the Watsonville TEDx Youth Event in 2013.

so shun no naga re

Contemporary choreography by Robert Kelley to original score by Ikuyo Conant performed by Watsonville Taiko. This work was performed at the RDA/P Festival in 2003.  Costumes by Lindsey Roscoe.  Photo excerpted from video by Brent Duncan

Some Call Them Love Songs

Collaboration wtih Nancy LeVan and Bill Walker, choreography by Robert Kelley.   Photo by Bari Lee

Swan Lake, Act II

Poignant "white act" of Swan Lake, with traditional choreography by Lev Ivanov to music by P.I. Tchaikovsky.  Photo by Bari Lee

The Condition Hereafter

Choreography by Robert Kelley to music by Ralph Vaughn Williams. This work earned Robert Kelley the RDA Choreography Award at Festival 2008.  Photo by Bari Lee

Valse Fantasie

Choreography by George Balanchine, licensed by the Balanchine Trust, staged by Darla Hoover.  Costumes courtesy of Utah Regional Ballet.   Photo excerpted from video by Brent Duncan

Variable X

Contemporary choreography by Robert Kelley, original score composed and performed by Jerome Begin, featuring the custom percussive instrument The Beast.   

Water Damage

Choreography by Pepper Fajans to a commissioned score by Will McEvoy.  Photo by Bari Lee

 

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