Ballet Fantasque
& Peninsula Ballet Center
allet Fantasque, based on the Monterey Peninsula, is a nonprofit dance company that serves as a performing outlet for professional, semiprofessional and student dancers. Founded in 1974 and with a repertoire including classical, ethnic and interpretive dance, it is committed to maintaining a high standard of presentation and providing an entertaining theatrical experience for audiences of all ages. Ballet Fantasque programs include the full-length Nutcracker, spring gala performances and summer ballet festivals. Artists from the following companies have appeared as featured guests: Oakland Ballet, San Luis Obispo Civic Ballet, Ballet Russe of San Francisco, Santa Cruz Ballet Theater, Berkeley Ballet Theater, Dortmund Ballet, Ohio Ballet, Dancer's Stage, New West Ballet of San Diego, Diablo Ballet and (former members of) ABT, Kirov and Bolshoi Ballets. Additionally, Ballet Fantasque has invited a number of locally-based singers, musicians, choreographers and other performing artists to appear in its programs, including the Monterey Opera Association. From 1990 to 1993, the ballet also provided choreography and dancers for the Opera Association’s many opera productions. Ballet Fantasque has received grants from the Cultural Council of Monterey County and the Cities of Monterey and Carmel, the AT&T Pebble Beach Fund, and Yellow Brick Road.



ira Ivanovsky brings the experience of a distinguished ballet career to her company. Born in Russia and trained in France with the renowned teachers, Maria Nevelska and Lubov Egorova, Kira began her career at age seventeen when the celebrated ballerina Vera Nemchinova invited her to join her company. After a tour through all of Italy, Nemchinova's company disbanded and Kira joined Tournee Barre, embarking on another tour with Roman Jasinski as her partner and performing throughout France. More invitations led to performing with other companies such as the Paris-based contemporary ballet troupe of Boris Kniazeff and later, the prestigious Ballet Russes de Monte Carlo, under the direction of Col. de Basil. With this company, Kira toured France, England and Holland, performing in many works by the distinguished choreographer Boris Romanoff. While dancing with Ballet Russes, Kira met her future husband, Boris Lissanevitch, a former Diaghilev dancer. Later, she and Boris toured England with Max Reinhardt's The Miracle, with choreography by the legendary Leonid Massine, who had also been best man at their wedding. Eventually, Kira and Boris concertized, performing in Paris and then touring through the Far East, often dancing before heads of state. Kira's credits also include three films, Le Rosier de Mme. Husson, L'Aiglon, and Garden of Alla. During World War II, Kira remained in the Far East with her husband, dancing, choreographing, teaching and studying the art of East Indian dance. After the war ended, Kira and Boris parted ways when Kira chose to live in the United States. Settling in New London, Connecticut, she opened her own ballet school and also taught for the New London Junior College. After her second marriage to linguist Donat lvanovsky, Kira came to the Monterey Peninsula. Here she opened Peninsula Ballet Center, eventually expanding it to include the Ballet Fantasque.  


ilou Ivanovsky trained under her mother, Kira. She attended summer courses at San Francisco Ballet, studying with Anatole Vilzak and Ludmilla Shollar, formerly of Diaghilev's Ballet Russes. Milou also studied jazz with the New York choreographer Fred Weiss. Her training also includes character and ethnic dance. Although she received offers from several companies, Milou's love for the creative aspect of theater convinced her to remain on the Peninsula to work alongside her mother with the school and company. Here she developed her natural choreographic gifts, which have produced many successful, original ballets for young dancers. She appears in principal roles, directs and teaches. As codirector, Milou has also organized ballet festivals and galas on the Peninsula with featured artists. From 1990 to 1996, she worked as choreographer and principal dancer for the Monterey Opera. An artist, Milou also creates original art work for the Ballet Fantasque.



Air and Water (ballet of the elements)
A Christmas Tale
Alice in Wonderland (a pop ballet)
Circus Crackers! (about a circus)
Dance Through the Ages
Dancers of the Pharaoh (a journey into ancient Egypt)
Fairy Tales! (a pop ballet)
Gypsies (a character ballet)
From the Ocean Tides (a tale of mermaids)
Moves (abstract ballet)
Dances to Bach (for live cello)
The Ballet School (humorous ballet set in the Degas style)
The Enchanted Forest (a fairy tale)
The Nutcracker (full-length)
The Snow Queen
The Speakeasy (jazzy nightclub, 1920s)
  Santa's Workshop (a Christmas story)