Overview

Join us for a simulacast of the sold-out live event on our outdoor plaza.  See the event details here. 

For one night only, renowned dancers from around the world impacted by the war in Ukraine are coming together for an extraordinary performance, Reunited in Dance. This singular evening underscores the enduring power of ballet and the resilience of dancers during a time of monumental change.

Led by British-born Artistic Director Xander Parish, a former principal dancer at the Mariinsky Ballet, the dancers were previously part of Russia’s elite companies, including the Bolshoi Ballet, Mariinsky Ballet, Mikhailovsky Ballet, Stanislavsky Ballet, and others. Not to be missed by ballet and dance lovers, Reunited in Dance features new choreography as well as beloved classics: the world premiere of a new ballet choreographed by Parish to Tchaikovsky’s Children’s Album, performed by special guest artist and pianist Behzod Abduraimov, who appears in collaboration with the Philharmonic Society of Orange County; a performance of Christopher Wheeldon’s After the Rain; selections from Le Corsaire, Raymonda, and Paquita; and more.

Many of the dancers who will perform in Reunited in Dance have appeared over the years at Segerstrom Center for the Arts, one of the world’s leading presenters of international ballet. This extraordinary performance is in part a tribute to Judy Morr, the Executive Vice President behind the longstanding tradition of world-class ballet programming at Segerstrom Center.

Featuring dancers -

Xander Parish (UK, former principal dancer at the Mariinsky)
Jacopo Tissi (Italy, formerly with the Bolshoi)
Svetlana Bednenko (Ukraine, formerly with the Mikhailovsky)
Christine Shevchenko (Ukraine, currently with ABT)
Andrea Laššáková (Slovak Republic, formerly with the Mikhailovsky)
Adrian Blake Mitchell (U.S., formerly with the Mikhailovsky)
Boris Zhurilov (Russia, formerly with Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Theatre)
Ilya Jivoy (Russia, formerly with the Mariinsky)
Lizi Avsajanishvili (Georgia, formerly with the Mariinsky)
David Motta Soares (Brazil, formerly with the Bolshoi)
Jasmine Sophie Henry (Australia, formerly with the Mariinsky)
Vsevolod Maevsky (Ukraine, formerly with the Mariinsky)
Anastasia Demidova (Russia, formerly with the Mariinsky)
Katia Raj (U.S., formerly with the Saint Petersburg State Academic Leonid Yacobson Ballet Theatre)
Veronika Selivanova (U.S., formerly with the Mariinsky)
Alexis Tutunnique (Ukraine, formerly with National Opera of Ukraine and currently with The United Ukrainian Ballet)
Joy Womack (U.S., formerly with Astrakhan Opera and Ballet Theatre)
Laura Fernandez (Switzerland and Ukraine, formerly with Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Theatre).

Reunited in Dance is made possible by the generous support of Elizabeth Segerstrom and the Henry T. and Elizabeth Segerstrom Charitable Foundation.