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Alessandra Ferri faced a daunting double debut on Sunday, the final day of the American Ballet Theatre engagement at the Orange County Performing Arts Center. In the afternoon, she danced Odette in David Blair's staging of Act II of "Swan Lake" for the first time and, in the evening, took over the Lizzie Borden role in Agnes de Mille's "Fall River Legend." Of course, Ferri had impersonated the Swan Queen in other productions.
November 12, 1988 | CHRIS PASLES
Bolshoi principal dancer Andris Liepa will make his debut appearances with American Ballet Theatre during the company's Nov. 29-Dec. 11 engagement at the Orange County Performing Arts Center in Costa Mesa, company officials announced Wednesday. Liepa will dance Siegfried in the world premiere of ABT artistic director Mikhail Baryshnikov's staging of "Swan Lake" at 8 p.m. on Dec. 2 and at 2 p.m. on Dec. 4. ("Swan Lake" will run through Dec. 8.) Liepa also will dance in "Ballet Imperial," at 2 p.
February 6, 1986
Artistic director Mikhail Baryshnikov is scheduled to dance six performances of four ballets during the March 4-23 American Ballet Theatre season in Shrine Auditorium. However, because of a knee injury, Baryshnikov canceled his appearance in the world premiere of Kenneth MacMillan's "Requiem" in Chicago this week and a spokesman for Ballet Theatre could say only that it is hoped Baryshnikov will be able to meet his Los Angeles commitments as planned.
April 26, 1986 | RANDY LEWIS, Times Staff Writer
Carla Fracci will dance in the United States premiere of Franco Zeffirelli's controversial staging of "Swan Lake" this summer when La Scala Ballet mounts its first North American tour. The company has four confirmed stops in the United States and Canada--Atlanta, Ottawa, St. Louis and San Francisco--starting in June, with a possible engagement at the Pacific Amphitheatre in Costa Mesa still under negotiation.
December 14, 1987 | LEWIS SEGAL, Times Dance Writer
"Gala Performance" is a one-act ballet that Antony Tudor created 49 years ago in England to satirize the monstrous on-stage behavior of some star ballerinas. Three years later, it was mounted for the new company now known as American Ballet Theatre--and, Friday at the Orange County Performing Arts Center, it became the first Tudor ballet produced since the choreographer's death April 19.
December 20, 1985 | HERMAN WONG, Times Staff Writer
American Ballet Theatre will be at the Orange County Performing Arts Center next December in a one-week "Nutcracker" engagement, Mikhail Baryshnikov, company artistic director, announced Thursday. The long-expected announcement was made at a press conference near the site of the Orange County center--which is set to open Sept. 29 with the Los Angeles Philharmonic under Zubin Mehta.
December 7, 1987 | CHRIS PASLES, Times Staff Writer
Sir Kenneth MacMillan's production of "The Sleeping Beauty," created for American Ballet Theatre, is slightly less than 10 months old. But already many members of the New York company who danced it Friday and Saturday at the Orange County Performing Arts Center looked as if they were on automatic pilot. Not that they've yet met all the challenges of this touchstone of Petipa classicism as filtered through MacMillan's sensibility, either in technical or dramatic terms.
The first West Coast appearance of Italy's La Scala Ballet and the Paris Opera Ballet's Southern California premiere of Rudolf Nureyev's last work as a choreographer will highlight the 2001 International Classic Dance season at the Orange County Performing Arts Center. Also in the offing are the first OCPAC performances by the Eifman Ballet of St.
December 26, 1985 | MARTIN BERNHEIMER, Times Music/Dance Critic
Another "Nutcracker," another Clara. Tuesday afternoon at Shrine Auditorium, it was Amanda McKerrow's turn. This lovely young dancer, possibly the most promising of Mikhail Baryshnikov's favored freshpersons, rose to the unaccustomed challenge with remarkable suavity and authority. She obviously commands the basic prerequsites for the role of the impressionable child torn between the realities of youth and dreams of maturity. She is sweet and petite. She radiates demure conviction.
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