Kern Dance Alliance is proud to sponsor Live from the Bakersfield Fox: Swan Lake Act II Pas De Deux Featuring New York City Ballet’s Tiler Peck and Roman Mejia on Friday, March 26 at 6:30 pm PST. Following the live stream performance will be a Q&A session with Ms. Peck and Mr. Mejia moderated by Kern Dance Alliance President, Andrea Hansen. In collaboration with the Historic Bakersfield Fox Theater and Channel 23ABC, Swan Lake will be available via 23ABC’s OTT/APP stream and on the 23ABC Facebook page. 

Choreographed in the 19th century, Swan Lake is a tale of forbidden love in a magical setting danced to the melodic music of Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake. Live from the Bakersfield Fox: Swan Lake will showcase the famous Act II Pas De Deux where the Swan Queen, Odette (played by Tiler Peck), and Prince Siegfried (played by Roman Mejia) meet for the first time in the enchanted forest. The performance will delight audiences with the most technical movements performed effortlessly by today’s most famous ballet dancers. 

It is no secret that the pandemic has greatly impacted the performing arts sector. Theaters across the country have gone dark, including the Historic Bakersfield Fox Theater who closed its doors exactly one year ago. Performing artists have been without work, and communities have lost the opportunity to see live shows. According to a recent Californians for the Arts survey, 72% of performing arts organizations terminated paid staff, and 50% terminated contractors. With reopening guidelines still in limbo, KDA, the Fox, and 23ABC are working to fill the void by bringing live shows back via streaming capabilities until theaters are permitted to open once again. 

While the effects of the pandemic have been detrimental, there is a silver lining! Swan Lake will mark the first time Ms. Peck will be dancing on the Fox stage. Ms. Peck reflects on her feelings about her Fox debut:

"I have been fortunate to have had the opportunity to perform all over the world but have always wanted to perform in my hometown at the Fox Theater! This will be my first time dancing on the stage, and it means the world to me because Bakersfield is such a part of who I am. It’s where I was born, where my family lives, and where I first started learning how to dance. While most stages and theaters have been dark during the pandemic, it feels fitting that one of my first times performing live onstage again will be in my hometown!"
Tiler Peck
New York City Ballet Principal Dancer

Her Swan Lake partner, Mr. Mejia, also commented on this opportunity: 

“It means a lot to me to be performing at the Fox theater during these difficult times. It’s been a very long time since I’ve danced on stage or with a partner, so I am truly grateful for this opportunity.”
Roman Mejia
New York City Ballet Dancer

HOW TO WATCH SWAN LAKE on MARCH 26: 

  • Viewers can download the 23ABC’s OTT/APP on a phone, tablet, and/or television with an internet connection. 
  • The 23ABC App is also available for download on ROKU, Amazon Firestick, and Apple TV.
  • The concert can also be watched via the 23ABC Bakersfield Facebook page. 

SUBMIT a QUESTION for the LIVE Q&A!

Do you have a question you would like Ms. Peck and Mr. Mejia to answer?  Send us an email, drop us a comment or direct message us on social media and then tune in on Friday, March 26 to see if your question was selected for the live Q&A! 

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Tiler Peck is an award-winning principal dancer with the New York City Ballet, an actress, choreographer and designer. As a curator, she launched and starred in the Los Angeles Music Center’s presentation of BalletNOW, a part of the Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance At The Music Center program. Her film credits include starring in the Hulu feature documentary – Ballet Now, appearing in Ballet 422 and choreographing the box office smash action movie, John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum.  She has been featured on Dancing with the Stars, Julie Andrews’ Netflix series – Julie’s Greenroom, and the new Netflix series Tiny Pretty Things.  She was the FIRST ballerina to appear on the Ellen Show and she was named Forbes 30 under 30 in Hollywood Entertainment. Adding to Ms. Peck’s list of accomplishments, she is the designer of Tiler Peck Designs for Body Wrappers and she published her first children’s book from Simon & Schuster, “Katarina Ballerina” which is currently available for order!

Tiler is a Broadway star with credits such as The Music Man, On The Town, and Carousel.  She recently played the title role in Susan Stroman’s newest musical, Little Dancer, at the Kennedy Center.  She is attached to star in the production, now called Marie, for its Broadway run. 

Ms. Peck was born in Bakersfield, California where she began her dance training at the age of two at her mom’s dance studio, Bakersfield Dance Company. She entered the School of American Ballet at 14, the official school of New York City Ballet.  She rose through the ranks of the ballet company, reaching Principal Dancer in 2009, a title she holds to this day. @tilerpeck 

 

Roman Mejia is a member of New York City Ballet’s corps de ballet. He was born in Fort Worth, Texas and began studying ballet at age 3 with his mother and father. At age 13, he entered the Mejia Ballet Academy.

Mr. Mejia attended summer courses at the School of American Ballet, NYCB’s official school, in 2014 and 2015 before entering SAB full-time for the 2015 winter term.

In August 2017, Mr. Mejia became an apprentice with NYCB, and he joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet in November 2017 at the age of seventeen. 

His Principal roles include Peter Martins’ Romeo and Juliet, Balanchine’s Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux and Allegro Brillante, Jerome Robbins’ Fancy-Free, and Justin Peck’s Principia. He can be seen dancing annually as a guest artist at the prestigious Vail Dance Festival and is a 2019 Princess Grace Award recipient. 

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