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Center's International Dance Series Features Leading Companies and Artists in Exclusive Engagements and
World and American Premieres

Season features world premiere collaboration with Bolshoi Ballet, first visit by legendary Royal Danish Ballet in 15 years and world's leading dance stars in Tour de Force II.

Plus the return of Tango Buenos Aires, Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg and Alicia Alonso's National Ballet of Cuba

COSTA MESA, CA – The Orange County Performing Arts Center's 2011 Dance Series will feature five acclaimed companies, each the definitive interpreter of its unique style of dance, in an unrivaled season that includes World and American Premieres, exclusive engagements and prestigious productions created by the Center.  [Read more]

Title: Center's Tour de Force: A Gala Dance Spectacular Hailed as an "Effervescent Evening of Unforgettable Excellence"
Date: May 27, 2009
Author: Jessie Brunner
Publisher: OCPAC.org

Bravura performances, education events and celebrations complete Center's tribute to great dance
COSTA MESA, CA – Extraordinary performances by many of the world's most celebrated dance superstars marked the Orange County Performing Arts Center's Tour de Force: A Gala Dance Spectacular on May 21 in Segerstrom Hall. Tour de Force was the crowning point amid five days of dance events that included the Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg performing the Southern California premiere of Onegin, the Bolshoi Ballet's Nikolay Tsiskaridze dancing the world premiere of Fallen Angel created for him by Boris Eifman, performances and works by artists – many in their Center debuts – from the Bolshoi Ballet, Mariinsky Theatre, Berlin State Ballet, Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo, National Ballet of Canada, Complexions Dance Company and Eifman Ballet, a master class for promising young Orange County dance students conducted by Tsiskaridze, a dinner honoring Center donors and Tour de Force underwriters prior to the performance, a post-performance celebration for cast, donors and patrons hosted by South Coast Plaza in Jewel Court and brunch for Eifman and cast members at the home of Sharon and Bruno Lebon.[read more]

Title: Center Presents Tour de Force: A Gala Dance Spectacular
Date: February 2009

May 21 at 7:30 p.m. in Segerstrom Hall
COSTA MESA, CA - On Thursday, May 21, the Orange County Performing Arts Center will be the center of the dance world as an array of celebrated dance superstars take the stage of Segerstrom Hall in Tour de Force. It is a one-night-only dance spectacular that will showcase such renowned artists as Maria Alexandrova, Natalia Osipova, Nikolay Tsiskaridze, Ivan Vassiliev, Leonid Sarafanov, Diana Vishneva, Anastasia Matvyenko, Denis Matvyenko, Alina Cojocaru, Johan Kobborg, Vladimir Malakhov, Gennadi Saveliev, Silvia Azzoni, Carsten Jung, Bernice Coppieters, Chris Roelandt, Desmond Richardson, the Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg and others. [read more]

Interview with Boris Eifman

1. Please describe the piece you are creating for Tour de Force--what music will be used, what was the inspiration behind it? How do you approach creating a piece for a show like this, as opposed to a full-length production?

For Tour de Force, I'm creating a mini-ballet for Nikolai Tsiskaridze, a star of the Bolshoi Theater, to Samuel Barber's Adagio. The working title of the ballet is I Am, and you can read the answer to your next question in the title. When I create a ballet in a large form, it becomes a meditation on the philosophy of life, on questions of the universe, on social issues. And as a result, such a work becomes a kind of choreographer's credo, a reflection of his worldview. With mini-ballets, another factor is at work: here it is not the choreographer but the artist's personality that becomes the original source and impulse of the choreographic work, which is born through close collaboration of choreographer and dancer. The dramaturgy, form, and style of the mini-ballet are all oriented on the performer's individuality. You could say that in my ballet for Tour de Force, I will try to unleash and realize the creative potential and the mysteries of the soul and emotions of this brilliant artist that have not been observed by other choreographers. I would like to show the world-famous dancer in a new way, unknown to audiences. I won't hide the fact that the ballet will be created for Tsiskaridze and about Tsiskaridze. [read more]


1. Расскажите, пожалуйста, что вы ставите для гала концерта Тур де Форс, какую музыку вы выбрали для постановки, что вас вдохновило на эту работу? Есть ли какая-либо разница в том, как вы приступаете к работе над такой камерной работой, в отличии от ваших больших двухактных спектаклей?

Специально для гала-концерта в Tour de Force я готовлю мини-балет для звезды Большого Театра Николая Цискаридзе на музыку Самуэля Барбера «Адажио». Рабочее название балета – «I am», и уже в названии можно прочесть ответ на ваш следующий вопрос. Когда я создаю спектакль в крупной форме, он становится своеобразным обращением к философии жизни, к вопросам мироустройства, к социальным проблемам. И в результате такая работа становится неким кредо хореографа, отражением его мировоззрения. С мини-балетами все иначе – здесь не хореограф, а личность артиста становится первоисточником, импульсом хореографического произведения, которое рождается в тесной связи хореографа и танцовщика. Драматургия, форма и стиль мини-балета ориентированы на индивидуальность исполнителя. Можно сказать, что в моем балете для Tour de Force я попытаюсь раскрыть и реализовать тот творческий потенциал, те тайны души и эмоции блистательного артиста, которые не были замечены другими хореографами. Мне хотелось бы показать всемирно известного артиста балета в новом, неизвестном для зрителя амплуа. Не скрою – балет будет поставлен для Цискаридзе и о Цискаридзе. [read more]