You know it is Spring when the superstar dancers of American Ballet Theatre are home at Segerstrom Center performing a never-before-seen program.
While details are still being finalized, we can look forward to a repertory program that highlights the company’s artistry and athleticism. The program is scheduled to include:
A new commission by ABT’s own Gemma Bond. Bond, as many dance fans will remember, created the roles of Columbine in Ratmansky’s The Nutcracker and Cinderella in Ratmansky’s The Sleeping Beauty. The winner of a 2018 Clive Barnes Award for Dance, Bond has choreographed three new ballets for ABT’s Choreographic Institute, as well as works for ABT Studio Company.
A new commission by the very in-demand Kyle Abraham, who uses dance to explore issues of identity, history, and geography. Along with being a professor at the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance and the Artistic Director of the contemporary dance company A.I.M, Abraham has choreographed works for The Royal Ballet, the National Ballet of Cuba, New York City Ballet, as well as solo pieces for Misty Copeland and Calvin Royal III.
A brand-new production of Balanchine’s Ballet Imperial, performed to the music of Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 2. Known for his musicality and dramatic choreography, Balanchine is considered the father of American ballet. The award-winning designer Jean-Marc Puissant (last seen at our Of Love and Rage World Premiere) has created original sets and costumes.
With this diverse program featuring both classical and contemporary works, ABT’s Spring engagement provides something for all ballet lovers!