This September, Segerstrom Center for the Arts proudly presents Russia’s Mariinsky Ballet. One of the world’s most influential and historically rich dance companies.
September 24 – 27, 2015 marks the opening the Center’s 30th Season with Raymonda (the “last grand ballet” of the 19th century). Performing with the Mariinsky Orchestra, this will be the company’s eighth visit to the Center and the first time this masterpiece from the Golden Age of Russian classical ballet will be performed in Southern California.
The ballet is set in medieval Hungary and tells the story of a beautiful young noblewoman who is conflicted by her love for her betrothed, the crusader knight Jean de Brienne, and a handsome Saracen warrior. Filled with dazzling solos, spellbinding duets and intricate ensembles, this will be a ballet to remember.
SEGERSTROM CENTER FOR THE ARTS
Mariinsky Ballet & Orchestra
Tickets: Adult start at $29
Box Office: 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa
Available online at SCFTA.org, by calling (714) 556-2787. For inquiries about group ticket discounts, call the Group Services
office at (714) 755-0236 or TTY number (714) 556-2746. The Friday, September 25 Preview Talk will be sign-language interpreted. Artists and program are subject to change.
The Mariinsky Ballet, originally known as the Imperial Russian Ballet, the Mariinsky Ballet dates back to the 1740s, following the establishment of the first Russian dance school (now the Vaganova Ballet Academy) in 1738. The renaissance of Russian ballet, by and large, was the result of the creative genius of France’s Marius Petipa and the Mariinsky troupe coming together during the latter part of the 19th century. In addition to Raymonda, the results of this collaboration include La Bayadère, The Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake, garnering the Mariinsky Ballet the highest esteem in classical ballet. Raymonda was created by the Mariinsky and premiered in 1898. The current production received its premiere in 1948. Sets and costumes are by Simon Virsaladze.
The Mariinsky Ballet’s engagements in Orange County and Los Angeles are under the management of Ardani Artists. Segerstrom Center for the Arts’ 2015-2016 International Dance Series also includes the exclusive West Coast engagements of American Ballet Theatre, performing the American premiere of its production of The Nutcracker (December 10 – 20, 2015), Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo with the West Coast premiere of Choré (February 11 – 13, 2016, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (April 6 – 10, 2016) performing a selection from its vast repertory and the Royal Swedish Ballet dancing the West Coast premiere of Juliet & Romeo (June 10 – 12, 2016).
ABOUT SEGERSTROM CENTER FOR THE ARTS:
Previously called the Orange County Performing Arts Center, Segerstrom Center is Orange County’s largest non-profit arts organization. In addition to its six performance venues, Segerstrom Center is also home to the American Ballet Theatre William J. Gillespie School, where students ages 3 – 14 are taught by acclaimed teaches utilizing the renowned ABT National Training Curriculum in studios utilized by the world’s greatest dancers and choreographers .
The Center presents a broad range of programming for audiences of all ages, including international ballet and dance, national tours of top Broadway shows, intimate performances of jazz and cabaret, contemporary artists, classical music performed by renowned chamber orchestras and ensembles, family friendly programming, free performances open to the public from outdoor movie screenings to dancing on the plaza and many other special events.