Center's International Dance Series Features Leading Companies
and Artists in Exclusive Engagements and
World and American Premieres
Season features world premiere collaboration with Bolshoi Ballet, first visit by legendary Royal Danish Ballet in 15 years and world's leading dance stars in Tour de Force II.
Plus the return of Tango Buenos Aires, Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg and Alicia Alonso's National Ballet of Cuba
COSTA MESA, CA – The Orange County Performing Arts Center's 2011 Dance Series will feature five acclaimed companies, each the definitive interpreter of its unique style of dance, in an unrivaled season that includes World and American Premieres, exclusive engagements and prestigious productions created by the Center.
The season opens with the passion and precision of Tango from the world's most acclaimed and authentic tango company, Tango Buenos Aires. In a world premiere collaboration with the Bolshoi Ballet, Reflections will showcase the latest generation of phenomenal talent from the legendary Bolshoi. The famed Royal Danish Ballet, the place where the Bournonville style was born and continues to flourish, will offer the lightness, grace and elegance that are the hallmarks of this great tradition. With the National Ballet of Cuba we see how the legacy of the great prima ballerina Alicia Alonzo lives on with her perfectly-trained company from Havana and its uniquely Cuban style of ballet. The inventive imagination of Boris Eifman is brought to life by the extraordinary company of dazzlingly dramatic dancers he has created in the Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg.
After the spectacular success of the inaugural Tour de Force in 2009, the Center will produce an entirely new dance gala with Tour de Force II. It will be a one-night-only celebration of unrivaled artistry to thrill dance fans.
The Center's 2010-2011 International Dance Series is made possible by The Audrey Steele Burnand Endowed Fund for Dance with additional support from Jane and Jim Driscoll and the Segerstrom Foundation Endowment for Great Performances.
2010 – 2011 International Dance Series
Tango Buenos Aires
January 14 – 16, 2011 in Segerstrom Hall
Tango Buenos Aires has become one of Argentina's greatest
cultural treasures, known throughout the Americas, Europe and the
Far East as the most authentic and uncompromising representative of
the Tango. With rapid rhythms and flawless synchronization, leading
dancers and musicians from Argentina trace the history of this sultry
and invigorating art form in an intoxicating program titled "Fire
and Passion of Tango." The Washington Post raves, "DAZZLING…the
dancers boast skill and attitude in equal measure; and the musicians
The Fire and Passion of Tango – An insider's look at the evolution of Tango
Reflections – Bolshoi Ballet Partnership| World
January 20 – 23, 2011 in Segerstrom Hall
Center audiences have seen the Bolshoi dancers ignite the stage before, but they have never seen them like this. Reflections will showcase the unrivaled Bolshoi artistry like never before. The Center partners with the famed Bolshoi Ballet to continue its tradition of presenting world premiere dance events that showcase today's most acclaimed dancers and choreographers. The Center is proud to present Bolshoi-trained dancers Maria Kochetkova of the San Francisco Ballet, Yekaterina Krysanova, Natalia Osipova and Yekaterina Shipulina of the Bolshoi Ballet, Olga Malinovskaya of the Ballet Estonia and Polina Semionova of the Berlin Staatsoper Ballet plus special guest appearances by Bolshoi stars Alexander Volchkov, Viacheslav Lopatin, Denis Savin and Ivan Vasiliev. World premiere pieces will be created for this dance event by famed choreographers Mauro Bigonzetti, Wayne McGregor, Karole Armitage, Lucinda Childs and Yury Possokhov. The program also features works by Nacho Duato, Susan Marshall and George Balanchine.
Part I – Remansos by Nacho Duato
Part II – works by Karole Armitage*, George Balanchine, Aszure Barton, Lucinda Childes*, Wayne McGregor*, Susan Marshall, Wayne McGregor*, Yury Possokhov*
Part III – FIVE by Mauro Bigonzetti*
* = world premiere
Co-production by the Orange County Performing Arts Center and The State Academic Bolshoi Theatre of Russia in association with Ardani Artists.
Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg | Southern
April 26 – 29, 2011 in Segerstrom Hall
For its sixth visit to the Center, the Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg returns with the Southern California premiere of the company's Don Quixote. Artistic Director and Choreographer Boris Eifman is known for creating original dance and theatrical adventures, utilizing classical ballet infused with the spirit of contemporary choreography. Eifman has added new twists and inventive takes to Don Quixote,which is based on an episode from Cervantes' novel Don Quixote de la Mancha. The Los Angeles Times calls Boris Eifman's creations "dynamic, theatrical, visionary works that delve into characters' lives in the most exciting, probing, titillating, and wondrous ways."
Don Quixote - Boris Eifman takes a new look at this most famous Russian ballet
Royal Danish Ballet| Exclusive Southern California
Engagement - 5 American Premieres!
May 24, 25, 27 – 29, 2011 in Segerstrom Hall
For the first time in 15 years, the Royal Danish Ballet returns to the Orange County Performing Arts Center. Under the helm of its new artistic director, Nicolaj Hübbe, the Company will bring five American premieres created for the Royal Danish by renowned Nordic choreographers Kim Brandstrup, Johan Kobborg, Pontus Linberg and Jorma Uotinen as well as a beautiful new production of Napoli byHübbe. With a revered history dating back to 1748, the Company is steeped in the great dance tradition and style of August Bournonville, but as it heads into the future, it is taking a fresh and bold approach to the classics. Dance magazine proclaimed Hübbe's new production of Napoli, which received its American premiere at the Center, "a TRIUMPH!"
Program I: May 24, 25
Nordic Choreography Project – A unique program of new works created by four great Nordic choreographers: Kim Brandstrup, Johan Kobborg, Pontus Linberg and Jorma Uotinen
Program II: May 27-29
Napoli - The company performs one of August Bournonville's most beloved comic ballets in a brand new production by artistic director Nicolaj Hübbe
National Ballet of Cuba
June 14 – 19, 2011 in Segerstrom Hall
In its two previous appearances at the Center, this remarkable, internationally acclaimed company dazzled audiences. The National Ballet of Cuba returns with a special program called The Magic of Dance, with beloved scenes from classic works that include Swan Lake, Giselle, Coppélia, The Sleeping Beauty and more. Founded by legendary prima ballerina Alicia Alonso, the Company has produced many of the world's greatest dancers noted for their virtuosity and charm. "Brilliant dancers seem to be the norm in the Ballet Nacional de Cuba, which regularly produces international stars," notes The New York Times.
The Magic of Dance - Classic scenes from Swan Lake, Giselle, Coppélia, The Sleeping Beauty and more.
Tour de Force II
April 28, 2010 in Segerstrom Hall
Tour de Force II follows in the illustrious footsteps of the inaugural Tour de Force in 2009. This gala evening of spectacular dance features some of the world's reigning dance superstars performing a program of beloved classics and contemporary works. The Orange County Register called Tour de Force "an effervescent evening of unforgettable excellence" and "… on a scale of 1 to 10, Tour de Force easily rates an 11." Tour de Force II will be another evening of astonishing dance and an experience to remember for a lifetime.
Artists scheduled to perform include Bernice Coppieters, Natalia
Osipova, Tiler Peck, Polina Semionova,
Diana Vishneva, Guillaume Cote, Marcelo Gomes, David Hallberg, Joaquin De Luz, Giuseppe Picone,
Gil Roman, Ivan Vasiliev and special guest Savion Glover. Plus members of the Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg and Cirque de Krakatuk.
Season tickets to the International Dance Series are $23.25 to $497.80, which is a savings of up to 25 percent over the cost of regular tickets. Priority renewal information is being sent to current subscribers, who will have the opportunity to renew their subscriptions before new subscribers and the chance to renew in their current seats or upgrade to better seating locations. A variety of flexible payment options are available with season ticket packages.
Season tickets may be purchased online now at OCPAC.org/dance. Tickets and additional information may also be obtained by contacting the Center's Box Office at 714.556.2787 or visiting 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 92626.
Artists and programs are subject to change.
Orange County Performing Arts Center
The Orange County Performing Arts Center presents a wide variety of the most significant national and international productions of music, dance and theater to the people of Southern California. It is committed to supporting artistic excellence on all of its stages and offering unsurpassed experiences, engaging the entire community in new and exciting ways through the unique power of live performance and an array of inspiring programs.
As Orange County's largest non-profit arts organization, the Center owns and operates the 3,000-seat Segerstrom Hall and intimate 250-seat Founders Hall, which opened in 1986, and the 2,000-seat Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, which opened in 2006 and also houses the 500-seat Samueli Theater, and the Lawrence and Kristina Dodge Education Center's studio performance space and Boeing Education Lab. These state-of-the-art facilities are united by a community arts plaza.
The Center's Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall and community plaza, along with facilities of the adjacent Tony® Award-winning South Coast Repertory and a site designated as the new home of the Orange County Museum of Art, are located at Segerstrom Center for the Arts.
The Orange County Performing Arts Center presents a broad range of programming each season for audiences of all ages from throughout Orange County, and beyond, including international ballet and dance, national tours of top Broadway shows, intimate performances of jazz and cabaret, contemporary artists, classical music performed by renowned chamber orchestras and ensembles, family-friendly programming, free performances open to the public from outdoor movie screenings to dancing on the plaza and many other special events.
It offers many education programs designed to inspire young people through the arts. These programs reach hundreds of thousands of students of all ages with vital arts-in-education programs, enhancing their studies and enriching their lives well into the future.
The Orange County Performing Arts Center is proud to serve as the artistic home to the region's major performing arts organizations: Pacific Symphony, the Philharmonic Society of Orange County and the Pacific Chorale.
For more information, visit OCPAC.org. The Center can also be found online at Blogger, YouTube, Facebook, MySpace, Twitter and Flickr.
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