Von Heidecke's Chicago Festival Ballet

The Nutcracker
December 17-19
McAninch Arts Center
425 Fawell Blvd.
Glen Ellyn

For tickets:
(630) 942-4000 www.atthemac.org

Kenneth von Heidecke, considered to be protege of America's most legendary Prima Ballerina, Maria Tallchief, has choreographed over 60 ballets and 50 operas throughout Europe and the US. Currently, film maker and composer, Stuart Meyer is filming a documentary on the life and career of Mr. von Heidecke. He is listed in the Library of Congress' Who's Who and his works have been seen at the New York City Opera, Lincoln Center, Scotland's prestigious Edinburgh Festival, the National Ballet of Panama, the Kennedy Center's Washington Opera, Los Angeles Music Center, San Diego Opera, Dallas Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago and San Francisco Opera. His choreography for Lyric Opera's production of Antony and Cleopatra was nationally televised on Great Performances. In 1995, he served as Ballet Master to the US Olympic Gymnastics Team and in 1997, Germany's prestigious Badisches Staatstheater invited him to choreograph a full evening of ballets which received a 20 minute ovation and rave reviews in several European publications. In 1998, his choreography of "Dance of the Hours" in Lyric Opera's La Gioconda received critical acclaim in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, etc.

In 1990, he founded the Von Heidecke Chicago Festival Ballet which tours extensively and has performed the Nutcracker at the Harris Theater for Music & Dance at Millenium Park in Chicago. In 1998, the Mayor of Miami Beach awarded him the "Key to the City" on stage at the Jackie Gleason Theater for the Performing Arts. As a dancer, he was chosen by Maria Tallchief after to appear in the world premier of George Balanchine's Orfeo ed Euridice. He continued under Miss Tallchief's tutelage to dance a wide array of the Balanchine repertoire and performed the classics around the world as a guest dancer. In October of 2008, Miss Tallchief presented him on stage at the Metropolitan Museum of Art as her protege.

In 2006, the National Ballet of Panama invited him to choreograph a full length ballet of Dracula and the production premiered to incredible reviews in every newpaper of Panama. His choreography of Samson and Delilah for the San Francisco Opera has been viewd in movie theaters across the nation. He is featured in the documentary on the life of Maria Tallchief which premiered at the Gene Siskel Theater and has appeared on numerous television programs.