San Diego Ballet | San Diego's Premiere Ballet Company

Carnival of the Animals

  • Price: General - $30, Premium - $50
  • Date: Sun, Nov 16, 2014
  • Time: 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • Location: Lyceum Theater, Horton Plaza


A colorful journey through the animal kingdom set to the beloved music of Camille Saint-Saens and folk music from all over the world. Presented in association with Animal Cracker Conspiracy and the Living Coast Discovery Center.

CARNIVAL OF THE ANIMALS features not just Velasco’s modern/ballet fusion staging but hip hop dance performed by alumnus of San Diego’s first and finest hip hop crew, Culture Shock San Diego. Says Velasco, “Although we had collaborated on ballets before with Culture Shock, this one is a bit different. Carnival of the Animals was created specifically for young children to enjoy. But that doesn’t mean the level of dancing is any less. As a matter of fact, it contains one of the most famous solos in ballet… the Swan, made famous by Anna Pavlova.”

This year, the production will be joined by the fantastical puppets of Animal Cracker Conspiracy and will be introduced by a special “guest” from the Living Coast Discover Center.

The Sunday Matinee performance of Carnival of the Animals is the only “Public” performance of the piece in the 2014/15 season. During the week, the piece will be performed for San Diego County school children. CARNIVAL OF THE ANIMALS (A BALLET FOR CHILDREN) was the third ballet created in the eleven-year collaboration between SDB, Culture Shock San Diego and Young Audiences of San Diego.

The scenic panels for the ballet were created via a contest in the highest level design class at the School and Creative and Performing Arts in the South Bay. SDB artistic director Javier Velasco chose the winning design and then the panels were fabricated by the artists at the school.

Choreographer – Javier Velasco, Artistic Director San Diego Ballet

Dancers – Members of the San Diego Ballet and Culture Shock Alumnus

Music – Camille St. Saens, and World Music

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