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 rock.”
The Fire and Passion of Tango – An insider’s look at the evolution of Tango
Reflections – Bolshoi Ballet Partnership| World premiere
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 California Premiere
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, 2011 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.
Why, oh, why another run of another version of Don Quixote?!?!
I'm a little perturbed by the absence of ABT (I can't remember last time they were excluded from a season) and the Mariinksy (usually the Bolshoi and Mariinsky switch off years and this would be the Mariinsky's year on). Maybe they will be included in the full release from OCPAC and these are only the people associated with Ardani Artists. I was also hoping for La Sylphide from the RDB, but oh well.