Kern Dance Alliance Presents
Ballet Now with Special Appearance by Tiler Peck
2001 H St.
Bakersfield, CA, 93301
Doors 11:30 AM / Show 12:30 PM
Watch & Listen
Kern Dance Alliance is pleased to present Ballet NOW, a Hulu documentary featuring internationally recognized ballerina and Bakersfield native, Tiler Peck, at the Bakersfield Fox Theater on December 24, 2018 at 12:30 pm. Ms. Peck will attend this special event by participating in the screening, a live Q&A on stage, and an autograph signing.
Ballet Now provides a rarely seen, unfiltered glimpse into the world of ballet and what it takes to create a one-of-kind dance extravaganza. Featuring New York City Ballet’s Prima Ballerina Tiler Peck - the first ever woman to be asked to curate The Music Center’s famed Ballet NOW program - and a diverse cast of world-class dancers from around the globe, the film follows Tiler as she tries to execute her groundbreaking vision of mashing together the worlds of tap, hip-hop, ballet and even clown artistry. With less than a week to pull it all off, Tiler faces the mounting pressures of not only dancing in multiple pieces, but also producing and directing this high profile event. The success of the performances rests squarely on her shoulders. Will she pull it off?
“It was a tremendous honor and challenge to be the first woman ever asked to curate the prestigious BalletNow™event at the legendary Los Angeles Music Center for the Glorya Kaufman Dance at The Music Center Program. As curator, I was forced to step outside my normal comfort zone as a ballerina and wear many hats, including that of director.” Tiler Peck
Ballet NOW is directed by Oscar nominated and Emmy award winner, Steven Cantor, and produced by Emmy and Golden Globe winner, Elisabeth Moss. Ballet NOW has been screened at the Nantucket Film Festival, Seattle International Film Festival and launched on Hulu in July 2018. Ballet NOW is made possible by Vulcan Productions and Stick Figure Studios.
The screening of Ballet NOW at the Fox Theater on Christmas Eve also happens to be the 88th birthday of the historic theater. The Fox has presented exciting entertainment for decades, including the likes of Bakersfield’s very own Buck Owen and Merle Haggard. Whether ballet, country music, comedians, or Chinese flying acrobats, the Fox takes pride in showcasing extraordinary talents.
“The Fox Theater opened on Christmas Eve in 1930 as Bakersfield’s movie house. 88 years later, we are celebrating Lady Fox by viewing a movie about a Bakersfield dancer-
Tiler Peck is an international award-winning Principal Dancer with the New York City Ballet, an actress, designer, and curator. She was born in Bakersfield, California where she began her dance training at the age of two at her mom's dance studio. At the age of 14, Ms. Peck entered the School of American Ballet, the official school of New York City Ballet, full time. The same year, Ms. Peck became an apprentice with the New York City Ballet and in a few short months was asked to join the Company as a member of the corps de ballet. Ms. Peck was promoted to Soloist in 2006 and to Principal Dancer in 2009 where she remains to this day.
Tiler made her Broadway debut as Gracie Shinn in Meredith Wilson's The Music Man at the age of 11. She has been seen as a guest star on Dancing With The Stars for 3 seasons, has had the pleasure of being a guest on Bravo’s TV show Rocco’s Dinner Party, and stars in the film Ballet 422. This past season Ms. Peck was seen as a guest star on Julie Andrews’ Netflix series Julie's Greenroom and became the first ballerina ever to appear on The Ellen Show.
Ms Peck has had the honor of performing for President Obama at the 2012 and 2014 Kennedy Center Honors and portrayed the role of Louise in the Emmy nominated production of New York Philharmonic’s Live From Lincoln Center production of Carousel. She played the title role in Susan Stroman’s newest musical, Little Dancer, at the Kennedy Center and was seen on Broadway as Ivy Smith in the Tony Nominated On The Town.
Ms. Peck is the 2004 Mae L. Wien Award winner, the Janice Levin Honoree for 2006-2007, winner of the Leonide Massine’s Positano Premia La Danza for International Emerging Artists, a 2004 recipient of the Princess Grace Foundation- USA Dance Fellowship. In 2013, she was named Forbes “30 under 30” in Hollywood Entertainment and won the Princess Grace Statue Award and in 2016 she received the Dance Magazine Award.
Ms. Peck is Spokesperson for Body Wrappers and designer of Tiler Peck Designs. She can currently be seen dancing in a Dell commercial, directed by Tom Hooper, and in the Hulu feature documentary Ballet Now, directed by Steven Cantor and produced by Elisabeth Moss. The documentary follows her as she became the first woman to curate and star in The Los Angeles Music Center’s presentation of BalletNOW, a part of the Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at The Music Center.
$5.00 - $8.00