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Baryshnikov’s Version of ‘Swan Lake’ on Program

A new production of “Swan Lake” staged by American Ballet Theatre artistic director Mikhail Baryshnikov and the West Coast premiere of Martha Clarke’s “The Garden of Villandry” will highlight ABT’s run Nov. 29 to Dec. 11 at the Orange County Performing Arts Center in Costa Mesa.

Additionally, among its 16 performances, ABT will be dancing two works by Twyla Tharp for the first time, “In the Upper Room” (music by Philip Glass) and “The Fugue” (danced without music). Tharp became associate artistic director of the New York company in August.

Costumes and sets for the new “Swan Lake” will be designed by Pier Luigi Samaritani, who designed scenery for ABT’s full-length “La Bayadere” in 1980.

Casting for the county engagement will be announced at a later date.

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The schedule at Segerstrom Hall:

--Tuesday, Nov. 29, 8 p.m.: “Ballet Imperial” (Balanchine/Tchaikovsky), “The Fugue” (Tharp), “Fandango” (Tudor/Soler), “Garden of Villandry” (Clark-Barnett-Blaska/Schubert), “Gaite Parisienne” (Massine/Offenbach).

--Wednesday, Nov. 30, 8 p.m.: “Les Sylphides” (Fokine/Chopin), “Drink to Me Only With Thine Eyes” (Morris/Thomson), “Gaite Parisienne.”

--Thursday, Dec. 1, 8 p.m.: “Les Sylphides,” “Fugue,” “Fandango,” “Garden of Villandry,” “Ballet Imperial.”

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--Friday, Dec. 2, 8 p.m.: “Swan Lake.”

--Saturday, Dec. 3, and Sunday, Dec. 4, 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.: “Swan Lake.”

--Tuesday, Dec. 6, to Thursday, Dec. 8, 8 p.m.: “Swan Lake.”

--Friday, Dec. 9, 8 p.m.: “Stravinsky Violin Concerto” (Balanchine/Stravinsky), “Les Sylphides,” “Gaite Parisienne.”

--Saturday, Dec. 10, 2 p.m.: “Ballet Imperial,” “Drink to Me Only,” “Gaite Parisienne.”

--Saturday, Dec. 10, 8 p.m: “Les Sylphides,” “Stravinsky Violin Concerto,” “In the Upper Room” (Tharp/Glass).

--Sunday, Dec. 11, 2 p.m.: “Drink to Me Only,” “Fugue,” “Fandango,” “Garden of Villandry,” “Ballet Imperial.”

--Sunday, Dec. 11, 8 p.m.: “Les Sylphides” “Stravinsky Violin Concerto,” “In the Upper Room.”

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For information, call (714) 556-2787.


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