September 18, 2011 |
The arts world craves star power. Locally, we're covered. Opera? No problem — Plácido. Classical music? Dudamel. Dance? There's ... well, anyone there? Anyone at all? This s explains why perhaps the most important dance figure of the past quarter of a century in Southern California is largely unknown. She's not a dancer — in point of fact, she hasn't been en pointe in half a century. Instead, Judy Morr occupies a comfortably cluttered and modest office, basking happily in as little attention as she can possibly get, quietly programming dance, especially ballet, for as many people she can get to come see it. She is backed by worldwide contacts, an up-to-the-minute knowledge of hot versus not and, most important, the considerable resources of the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, which turns 25 this month.
January 13, 2011 |
For its 25th anniversary, the Orange County Performing Arts Center is giving itself a new name: Segerstrom Center for the Arts. The change went into effect Wednesday with a late-afternoon ceremony on the center's plaza in Costa Mesa. The name honors the family that provided a home and support for Orange County's leading arts district by making periodic donations of land and money since 1974 that now total 14 acres and $75 million. "Segerstrom Center for the Arts" has been used since 1998 as a relatively low-profile name for the arts district, but it now also becomes the organizational name of its chief inhabitant.
January 18, 2012 |
It's possible that in its previous 25 years the Segerstrom Center for the Arts had attracted a patron dressed in purple sneakers, glittery eye makeup, a lacy black skirt and vest, fingerless black gloves and a big white cloth floral-type pin in her hair, all recalling Cyndi Lauper, circa 1984. But then again, maybe not. "She texted me: 'Dress steampunk,'" explained 19-year-old Elaina Perpelitt, nodding toward Joni Renee, her 21-year-old friend who had turned up in a black dancer's leotard and a corona of red curly hair.
October 18, 2009 |
Will China dominate the cultural world in the 21st century? That's the prediction of Dean Corey, executive director of the Orange County Philharmonic Society, which is presenting Ancient Paths, Modern Voices: A Festival Celebrating Chinese Culture at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa. "The Olympics in China really woke us all up," Corey said. "The Chinese are a long way from being imitators; they are creators. This festival will make people aware of what will be happening in the future.
January 19, 2013 |
NEW YORK - "Take your balancé from side to side, instead of just traveling backwards, to make it a broader move," instructs choreographer Doug Varone to two of his nimble female dancers as they perform a waltz-rhythmed step in unison. Dressed in well-worn sweat pants and draped T-shirts, Varone and his dancers are dissecting one of his latest dances, "Carrugi," at a rehearsal hall at the 92nd Street Y in Manhattan, to extract the nuances of the choreography. Filled with Italianate gestures, fluidly arcing backs, light footfalls, rough-and-tumble tugging and human friezes that freeze movement like Bernini's marble sculptures, "Carrugi" spins a cyclone of choreographic images.
November 21, 2012 |
Trey McIntyre recalls the time he played the Pied Piper of Orange County. The choreographer had brought his dance troupe and his dance, "The More I See You," to the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in 2009. "As I left the theater, I turned into a caricature of a choreographer. Someone handed me a cape, a glass of scotch, and a pair of greyhounds. The paparazzi hounded me. I transformed into a hard-boiled pulp-fiction guy. " Astonishingly, he remembers, "the audience followed. " Jump ahead to this weekend's return visit of Trey McIntyre Project, featuring the world premiere of "Ways of Seeing," a Segerstrom commission that also puts the audience into active mode.