National Ballet of Cuba on OCPAC’s 2010-11 dance series

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The Orange County Performing Arts Center has announced that it will host four main productions for its 2010-11 international dance series, including a six-day return visit in 2011 from the National Ballet of Cuba.

In September, the series kicks off with a free event featuring Project Bandaloop, a dance company that performs in natural and urban settings. The company, which appeared at the center in 2007, is planning to perform its high-wire acts on the exterior of Segerstrom Hall overlooking the center’s plaza from Sept. 30 to Oct. 2.


The main season kicks off on Jan. 20 with a world premiere production, ‘Reflections,’ a partnership with the Bolshoi Ballet that will run for four days at the center. The production will feature Bolshoi-trained dancers including Maria Kochetkova, Yekaterina Krysanova, Natalia Osipova, Yekaterina Shipulina, Olga Malinovskaya and Polina Semionova.

The Elfman Ballet of St. Petersburg will perform ‘Don Quixote’ at the center from April 26 to May 1, 2011. They will be followed by the Royal Danish Ballet, which is scheduled to perform four recent works plus a new production of ‘Napoli’ from May 24 to 29, 2011.

Following two previous engagements at the center, the National Ballet of Cuba will return with a program that includes excerpts from ‘Swan Lake,’ ‘Giselle,’ ‘Coppélia,’ ‘The Sleeping Beauty’ and more, from June 14 to 19, 2011. The company will also perform as part of Dance at the Music Center in downtown L.A. from June 23 to 26, 2011.

Judy Morr, the executive vice president of OCPAC, said that she has been working in conjunction with the Music Center to bring companies such as the National Ballet of Cuba to Southern California.

In addition to the main program, the dance series will feature ‘Tango Buenos Aires,’ a program of tango-related productions running from Jan. 14 to 16; and ‘Tour de Force II,’ an April 28 mix of classic and new works featuring stars such as Marcelo Gomes, David Hallberg, Joaquin de Luz, Giuseppe Picone, Gil Roman and Ivan Vasiliev.

All of the dance series events will take place at Segerstrom Hall in Costa Mesa.

-- David Ng

Project Bandaloop performs at OCPAC in 2007. Credit: Doug Gifford



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