San Francisco Ballet
Helgi Tomasson, Artistic Director & Principal Choreographer
September 27–28 & September 30–October 2, 2011
"One look at the dancers and I'm reminded that San Francisco Ballet is among the best companies in the world." - The New York Times
The venerable San Francisco Ballet, America's oldest professional ballet company, returns to the Center to start the 2011 – 2012 International Dance Series. The company will bring Tomasson's elegant full length Romeo & Juliet and a mix program of spectacular repertory works.
Tuesday and Wednesday:
Music: Joby Talbot, Jack White III
Choreography: Wayne McGregor
Music: Shinji Eshima
Choreography: Yuri Possokhov
Symphony in C
Music: Georges Bizet
Choreography: George Balanchine
Friday to Sunday:
Romeo & Juliet
Music: Sergei Prokofiev
Choreography: Helgi Tomasson
Diana Vishneva In Madame X
November 3-6, 2011
The dazzling prima ballerina of the Mariinsky Ballet returns to the Center with a brand new showcase for her phenomenal talent. Our previous collaboration with the superstar, Diana Vishneva: Beauty in Motion, won three of Russia's prestigious Golden Mask Awards. This season, Vishneva is back in a brand new program titled Madame X.
Guest artists include Marcello Gomes(!!!!), Bernice Coppieters and members of the Mariinsky Ballet
Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo
Jean-Christophe Maillot, choreographer-director
Under the Presidency of H.R.H. the Princess of Hanover
February 9 - 12, 2012
"Maillot's Cinderella is poetic and expressive. On the edge of the contemporary, but anchored in a superbly solid classical technique..." - La Croix
"brilliant…so enthralling from start to finish that one could hardly wait for the intermissions to be over." Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Prepare to experience Cinderella as never before in this sophisticated, thought-provoking, contemporary interpretation. Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo, one of the world's most prestigious dance companies, has an illustrious tradition dating back to 1909. Artistic Director and choreographer Jean-Christophe Maillot's new version of the classic Cendrillon, with music by Prokofiev, graces the Center stage in the company's highly-anticipated Southern California debut.
Music: Sergei Prokofiev
Choreography: Jean-Christophe Maillot
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
Robert Battle, Artistic Director
Masazumi Chaya, Associate Artistic Director
May 6–11, 2012
"A company that clearly believes that dance is a gift to be shared with the audience" - The New York Times
Every performance by Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is a celebration of dance at its finest with the company's brilliant artistry and passionate energy bringing audiences to their feet. Their Center engagement offers something historic to celebrate as well as the company begins an exciting era with new artistic director Robert Battle. Programs feature Ailey classics and works by today's most exciting choreographers.
Repertory Highlights including Revelations
American Ballet Theatre
Kevin McKenzie, artistic director
March 29 – April 1, 2012
"One of the most beautiful sights in dance is American Ballet Theatre in full flight." - New York Post
American Ballet Theatre with its unrivaled roster of superstar dancers holds a special place in the hearts of Orange County audiences as the company that has appeared at the Center more than any other. In honor of the Center's 25th Anniversary season, ABT will present the world premiere of Alexei Ratmansky's new production of The Firebird along with other beloved short ballets. In the world of dance, the ABT returns with a program that will include the world premiere of a new production of The Firebird by Alexei Ratmansky. This American dance treasure and its galaxy of international dance superstars will again captivate audiences with every move.
The Firebird | World premiere of new production
Music: Igor Strvinsky
Choreography: Alexei Ratmansky
Plus repertory highlights
Obviously the big news is ABT's new Ratmansky Firebird and Diana/Marcelo in Madame X. I love it the idea of it depending on the choreography (and if it's actually a ballet rather than an idiotic Ardani program title). Probably too much to hope for Ratmansky!