American Ballet Theatre THE NUTCRACKER

Back for the holidays, American Ballet Theatre’s “The Nutcracker” is now performing at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Orange County (December 14th through December 23rd)! We took the children to see it Opening Night and loved it! The story is about a little girl and her cherished nutcracker around Christmas time. The villains are mice who causes havoc to the toys and the children are afraid of them. In ballet there are no voices nor talking. To understand the story and to understand what is happening in the scene, you have to watch their facial expression, body language and listen to the tone of the music. The props play … READ MORE >>

Segerstrom Center: Mikhailovsky Ballet Performs to DON QUIXOTE

Mikhailovsky Ballet and Orchestra from St. Petersburg, Russia bring the classic Spanish novel by Miguel de Cervantes “Don Quixote” to life! They will perform in Orange County at Segerstrom Center for the Arts starting November 9th through November 11th as part of the International Dance Series. “Don Quixote” is a ballet full of energy, romance, chivalry and comedy. Driven by the visions of Dulcinea, the knight in not-so-shiny armor of la Mancha, Don Quixote, along with his squire, Sancho Panza, are the heroes of this story. They aid in the love story of the beautiful maiden, Kitri, and the barber, Basilio. We will see an explosion of character, color and … READ MORE >>

Teatro alla Scala Ballet Company’s GISELLE in Orange County July 28-30

Segerstrom Center for the Arts welcomes Teatro alla Scala Ballet Company in an exclusive West Coast engagement performing GISELLE for one weekend only July 28 – 30, 2017. A tour of the Teatro alla Scala Ballet Company in the United States is an exciting and rare event. This is the first time that La Scala, based in Milan, Italy, has visited since July 2001. One of the most performed classical ballets, GISELLE, with its world premiere dating back to 1841, is the tale of love, betrayal and redemption between a peasant girl, Giselle, and Prince Albrecht.

GISELLE is one of the most popular and most performed classical story ballets. The La Scala production, enriched by Aleksandr Benois’ sets and costumes that are part of the Scala’s repertoire features the original Coralli-Perrot choreography in the revival by Yvette Chauviré. Her own moving interpretations of roles such as Giselle, celebrated the classical ballet tradition in all its purity. One of the most popular works in recent La Scala seasons and international tours, GISELLE is now staged by the La Scala Ballet Company as a homage to Yvette Chauviré, the extraordinary artist who recently died. In her version of GISELLE, performed at La Scala for the first time in 1950, Chauviré herself starred as the ill-fated peasant girl who dreamt of love and loved to dance.

2015-2016 International Dance Series Schedule at Segerstrom Center #SCFTA

The 30th International Dance Series schedule for 2015-2016 at Segerstrom Center for the Arts has been announced, and they’re bringing beautiful dance from around the world including: Mariinsky Ballet, Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and Royal Swedish Ballet. (Many of which are exclusive West Coast Premieres.) This Christmas, we’re also getting the West Coast Premiere of American Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker, choreographed by Alexei Ratmansky! Raymonda: (September 24 – 27, 2015) Exclusive West Coast Engagement. “West Coast Premiere of rarely performed classical masterpiece.” American Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker: (December 10 – 20, 2015) Exclusive West Coast Engagement. “West Coast Premiere of new production launches holiday season.” … READ MORE >>

Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg: Up and Down (West Coast Premiere) 6/5–6/7 @SegerstromArts #SCFTA

Disclosure: We will attend a performance as media. Dmitry Fisher as Buddy and Lyubov Andreyeva as Patient – Eifman Ballet’s Up and Down – Photo by Michael Khoury This week the Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg returns to Segerstrom Center of the Arts with it’s West Coast Premiere of Up and Down. With music from Alban Berg, Franz Schubert and George Gershwin, this ballet takes us on a journey into Sigmund Freud’s view of the unconscious mind through a rocky love story in the 1920’s and is destroyed by the deep psychological complications between a woman and man. This is the Eifman Ballet’s eighth visit to the Center. Lyubov Andreyeva … READ MORE >>