Two 'Tour de Force' dancers are out

Thursday night's all-star ballet production "Tour de Force II" at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa has lost two of its stars.

A spokeswoman for the Segerstrom said that Russian dancers Natalia Osipova and Ivan Vasiliev have withdrawn from the production as a result of commitments with the Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow. As a result, the production will drop from the program the Gioachino Rossini piece, "Pas de Deux" by Leonid Jacobson.

Organizers are also working on finding replacements for the "Don Quixote" pas de deux that was also supposed to feature Osipova and Vasiliev.

"Tour de Force II" will run for one night only: Thursday. The production is scheduled to feature dancers including Diana Vishneva, Marcelo Gomes, Joaquin De Luz, Tiler Peck, Denis Matvienko, Anastasia Matvienko and Guillaume Côté.

The production consists of highlights from famous ballets as well as more recent works. The first "Tour de Force" played in Costa Mesa in 2009.


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