DIRECTORS, CHOREOGRAPHERS & ASSOCIATES
Director & Choreographers
MEET THE DANCERS 2020-2021 Season
501 (c)(3) Nonprofit
JOIN US FOR OUR 2022/23 SEASON
Join Chevalier Ballet for an evening of classical and contemporary repertoire featuring the students of SLK Ballet School. The company will perform excerpts of Sleeping Beauty, Gayane, two original choreographic works by Artistic Director, Sara Knight, and more.
Saturday, May 20, 2023, 7 PM
Manhattan Movement and Arts Center
248 West 60th St, New York, NY 10023
Ballet Rag and Roll
Manchester Township High School Theatre
Sunday May 7, 2023 at 3PM
Adults: $35, Children under 12: $30
Call 848-258-2358 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations.
Ticket pickup on April 15 and April 29th.
The ballet, choreographed by Gwynedd Vetter-Drusch on invitation of Artistic Director Sara Knight, builds on a decade-long partnership with national and international monarch butterfly researchers and conservation specialists. Since 2013, Vetter Drusch has used live performance and dance films as a unique medium to enlighten audiences about the importance of this endangered species. Girl with a Butterfly Heart is the latest iteration of the project, which includes a TEDx Talk and performance in Mexico, two short films, and a performance in the 2016 New York City International Fringe Festival.
Vetter-Drusch said, “Can you imagine a world without butterflies? A world in which, due to human greed and ignorance, we have to explain to our children that though these magical, winged beings used to fly from flower to flower, but we caused them to disappear? My work seeks to reconnect humanity to the dance of life, the vital rhythms and connections between living beings, from which we have become dangerously estranged.”
About Chevalier Ballet:
Chevalier Ballet is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation formed for the charitable purpose of offering the fine arts of ballet and other forms of dance performances and education to communities such as children’s hospitals, schools, and small towns with limited access to the arts. Chevalier Ballet offers programming in the greater New York City area, upstate New York, as well as the UK and beyond.
About the Artistic Staff:
Sara Knight is the Founder and Artistic Director of Chevalier Ballet, Chevalier Ballet Conservatory, and the SLK Ballet School. A graduate of England's Royal Ballet School, an Associate of the Royal Academy of Dance ( A.R.A.D.), graduate of the Royal Ballet School Teacher's Training Course ( R.B.S. Dip. TTC.) and first British graduate of Russia's Vaganova
(Kirov) Ballet Academy. Ms. Knight is a recipient of the Royal Ballet School Award for Excellence personally awarded by Dame Ninette de Valois, founder of the Royal Ballet. Ms. Knight became a soloist with the Leningrad State Ballet Theatre and the Russian Ballet of St. Petersburg. In Western Europe, she danced with England's Northern Ballet Theatre, Swansea’s Ballet Russe, and was a principal dancer with the European Ballet of London. In the USA, Ms. Knight has guested with Boston Ballet and as a principal dancer with Configuration Dance and Rebecca Rice Dance Company.
In 2017 she founded her company, Chevalier Ballet, which tours nationally and internationally, bringing dance to small communities who might not get the chance to see ballet.
For more information about Chevalier Ballet’s Artistic Director, Sara Knight, please click here.
Gwynedd Vetter-Drusch is a dancer, choreographer, actor (member of AEA), singer, filmmaker and writer based in NYC. This is her first season dancing with Chevalier Ballet and teaching as a member of Sara Knight’s faculty. Some of her favorite dance credits include MaCong’s Folia (Tulsa Ballet II), Marie/Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker (under the direction of Gelsey Kirkland), performing her own work in NYC and internationally (TEDxPMO La Danza de la Vida), and Chevalier Ballet's Beatles Ballet (London, April 2022).
Photo by Rachel Monteleone
Puppets designed by Duane Langenwalter
A DANCER'S CHRISTMAS
Chevalier Ballet Company presents a showcase of dances from
A Dancer’s Christmas, a 35 year Boston Holiday Tradition, created by choreographer Robert Vereecke. Chevalier Ballet is under the direction of Sara Knight. Guest artists, Maresa D’Amore Morrison and Michelle Principi will also perform, as will a children’s cast.
In its 35 year run at the Robsham theater at Boston College, A Dancer’s Christmas was known as “the religious alternative to the Nutcracker” (Boston Globe) It was described as one of the “few artistic offerings during the Holiday season that truly takes into account the spiritual meaning of Christmas” (Boston Herald) An excerpt of VerEecke’s choreography to “A Lark Ascending” will be performed in honor of the 150th anniversary of the birth of British Composer, Ralph Vaughan Williams.
Along with its spiritual and celebratory value, “A Dancer’s Christmas” is an economic value as well. At $20, it is within the reach of many families who would like to do something special in this Holiday season.
Performance: December 4th 2 PM
Manhattan Movement and Arts Center
248 W. 60th St.
NY, NY 10023
Tickets: Brownpapertickets.com or 1-800-838-3006 (ext. 1)
$20 general seating
Running time 1hr.
RAG N' ROLL
Chevalier Ballet Company will return to The Strand Theatre in two dance shows with live music on November 18th and 19th.
Friday, November 18th, at 7:30 p.m., the company will present Sara Knight’s original Beatles Ballet in collaboration with Across the Pond, a Beatles tribute band that will play hits from across the Beatles spectrum including:
A Day in the Life, Eleanor Rigby, Strawberry Fields Forever, I Am the Walrus, Girl, Black Bird, and Something.
Beatles Ballet premiered in New York City on October 13, 2018, at the Danny Kaye Playhouse, Hunter College, and then appeared at The Strand on December 1st the same year. In April 2021, the show toured the UK and had its international premiere at the historic Kenton Theatre in Henley-on-Thames.
On Saturday the 19th at 1 p.m., Knight’s original choreography, Ballet Meets Joplin, will feature pianist Jonathan Newell playing the music of Scott Joplin. According to Knight,
“Jonathan is a phenomenal musician. After I found out he grew up playing Joplin’s music with his grandmother, who was also a pianist, I wanted to collaborate with him to create this piece. The 1920s are my favorite era, and the grand piano is really the heart of the show. We place the pianist center stage and the dancing revolves around the piano.”
Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at The Strand Theatre box office by calling (518) 832-3484.
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“I think the Beatles are just phenomenal. I was trying to figure out a single word to describe them but you really can't because they did the ballads to start with and then they’ve got this psychedelic side — there’s such a wide range of what they do. It’s a dancer’s paradise because you can just do so much with it.” -Sara Knight quoted in the Henley Standard