Snow Queen DECEMBER 17-18, 2022 MOUNTAIN VIEW CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS PRESENTED BY Bayer Ballet Company DIRECTOR & CHOREOGRAPHER Inna Bayer __________ Inspired by one of Hans Christian Andersen’s most beloved fairytales, Bayer Ballet's “Snow Queen” is a magical family tradition for the holiday season! Visually captivating and viscerally touching, this story ballet celebrates friendship, love and courage. When the Snow Queen's spell captures Kai, his sister, Gerda sets out on a quest to save him. Follow Gerda's icy journey, as her heart leads her through the deep waters of a magical river, an enchanted flower garden, a spectacular palace, a forest filled with robbers, and the gleaming world of snow and ice that surrounds the Snow Queen's ice castle. Directed and choreographed by Inna Bayer, Snow Queen, which premiered in 2014, has become a Silicon Valley annual holiday tradition. This two-act ballet features hand painted sets, original costumes, and an award-winning cast of dancers from Bayer Ballet Company & Guest Artists. We are honored to welcome back world-renowned choreographer, Vasily Medvedev for a special artistic collaboration. Snow Queen 2022 will feature new characters, re-envisioned choreography, and lighting effects. ABOUT BAYER BALLET: Founded in 2005, Bayer Ballet (Mountain View, CA) has gained international recognition for artistic excellence, as an educator of the Vaganova Method and producer of world-class performances. Bayer Ballet Academy is the OFFICIAL PARTNER SCHOOL to the world-renowned Vaganova Ballet Academy in St. Petersburg and Nikolay Official Partner School. Our award-winning faculty directly hail from the Vaganova Academy and Bolshoi, where they received their training, teaching credentials and advanced graduate degrees in pedagogy. Graduates of the Academy have been accepted into prestigious programs, including those of the Vaganova Ballet Academy, Paris Opera, American Ballet Theatre, Royal Ballet, Princess Grace Academy, and Bolshoi Ballet. Students of Bayer Ballet, have danced in European and American professional dance companies such as: Mariinsky Ballet, Eifman Ballet Saint Petersburg, Atlanta Ballet, Hrvatsko narodno kazalište HNK Split Balet / Croatian National Theater, State Ballet in Stara Zagora, Bulgaria and more. RECENT HONORS: Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP) Outstanding School (2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022), Grand Prix (2022), Natalia Makarova Award for Artistry (2022); World Ballet Competition (WBC), Gold Medalist; Prix de Lausanne - 2 participants (2020). Bayer Ballet Company, the 501(c)3 public charity organization, is dedicated to enhancing the cultural well-being of our community by contributing enriching cultural experiences and equitable accessibility to the art of classical ballet (Vaganova Method), through educational and interactive events and world-class performances.