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Bolshoi in Orange County - Summer 2005


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The Orange County Performing Arts Center has anounced that the Bolshoi Ballet will be performing the Shostakovich/Ratmansky "Bright Stream" as well as Katchaturian/Grigorovich's "Spartacus" in Costa Mesa. The previously anounced dates of July 12 to 17 have been changed to August 9 to 14. Full press release below.



Acclaimed Russian company will dance West Coast Premiere of The Bright Stream and The Center Premiere of Spartacus

COSTA MESA, CA – To accommodate scheduling and travel requests, the Orange County Performing Arts Center has rescheduled Russia’s legendary Bolshoi Ballet to August 9-14, 2005, rather than July 12-17 as originally announced. Subscribers to The Center’s International Dance Series are being contacted to arrange ticket exchanges. Additionally, Aleksei Ratmansky, The Bolshoi Ballet’s artistic director, has announced that the engagement will include the West Coast premiere of Dimitri Shostakovich’s The Bright Stream and Aram Kachaturian’s Spartacus, which will be the first time the renowned work has ever been performed at The Center.

Single tickets for The Bolshoi Ballet will be $25-$110 and go on sale May 22 at The Center’s Box Office located at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa, by calling CenterTix at (714) 556-2787, or online at www.ocpac.org. For inquiries about group ticket discounts, call The Center’s Group Sales office at (714) 755-0236. The Center’s TTY number is (714) 556-2746.

The Bright Stream tells the story of three dancers who meet a group of peasants from a collective farm. All of the characters fall in love with one another, reminiscent of Shakespeare's Forest of Arden in As You Like It.

Created in 1935 by Shostakovich, The Bright Stream features choreography by Fyodor Lopukhov. Almost immediately the work became part of Russian ballet lore: Stalin himself banned further performances. The dictator was not a fan of Shostakovich, and it was rumored that Stalin personally penned an editorial in Pravda criticizing the composer’s 1932 opera Lady Macbeth of Mzensk as “muddle instead of Music.”

For whatever reason, Shostakovich never wrote another ballet. Lopukhov was fired as director of the Bolshoi, and the author of the scenario, Adrian Piotrovsky, disappeared in one of Stalin’s Gulags. Only now, as Russia looks back to its Soviet past in a more historical context, has this historic work resurfaced. It received its European premiere during The Bolshoi’s 2003 visit to the Palais Garnier in Paris.

The Bolshoi will also bring its dramatic production of Aram Kachaturian’s Spartacus, choreographed by Yuri Grigorovich for the company in 1968. The ballet is based on the Roman slave rebellion led by Spartacus and its suppression by troops under Crassus in the first century BCE. Kachaturian’s music is also one of the great symphonic works often performed by itself in concert.


Orange County Performing Arts Center

Segerstrom Hall

The Bright Stream

West Coast Premiere

Music: Dimitri Shostakovich

Choreography: Aleksei Ratmansky

Designer: Boris Messerer

Tuesday–Thursday – August 9-11 at 8 p.m.


Music: Aram Katchaturian

Choreography: Yuri Grigorovich

Designer: Simon Virsaladze

Friday - August 12 at 8 p.m.

Saturday – August 13 at 2 & 8 p.m.

Sunday – August 14 at 2 p.m.

Theater: Orange County Performing Arts Center – Segerstrom Hall

600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Tickets: $25, $45, $65, $85 & $110

In Person - The Center Box Office

Online - www.ocpac.org

Phone - CenterTix (714) 556-2787.

TTY number - (714) 556-2746.

Groups - Group Sales office at (714) 755-0236

For more information about these or any other Center events, please call (714) 556-2787 or visit The Center’s Web page at www.ocpac.org. Artists and programs are subject to change. The Orange County Performing Arts Center is a private, non-profit organization. “Orange County Performing Arts Center” is a California registered trademark.

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...the engagement will include the West Coast premiere of Dimitri Shostakovich’s The Bright Stream ....

Thanks for posting this, art 076.

So the above words give us a clue, perhaps, to the rep at the Met (or elsewhere on the east coast)? By the time that the Bolshoi rolls into Costa Mesa, it will have already premiered 'Bright Stream' in the east. Lovely ballet, by the way...much 'richer' in design & choreography than the pitifully 'cheap'-looking Ratmansky 'Cinderella' for the Kirov. Filin's 'sylph' on pointe is a not-to-be-missed moment!

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