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Segerstrom Center for the Arts Announces 2021 Dance Performances – Cerritos Community News


August 26, 2021

COSTA MESA, Calif. – Segerstrom Arts Center is thrilled to announce 2021 Dance Shows featuring a diverse and culturally rich program starting next month with three of North America’s most innovative dance companies coming to Orange County. From modern dance to contemporary ballet, the Center will host an extraordinary range of performances inside.

“Each of these companies was chosen to open our season because of the quality of the dancers and the unique style of the choreographers. Nothing can compare to the excitement of live dancing. The choreography is imaginative and each company has its own style. Dance is the perfect way to open our season on the Segerstrom Hall stage. This is an experience you don’t want to miss! shares Judy Morr, executive vice president.

From September 11, the series opens with beautiful and breathtaking dancers showcasing impeccable technique and powerfully visual works with Alonzo King Lines Ballet, described as “captivating and urgently beautiful choreography”. (San Francisco Chronicle) Then, BalletX, the Philadelphia powerhouse that blazed the trail for creativity and innovation, makes its debut at the Segerstrom Center on October 16. Parsons Dance Company takes center stage on November 20 for its Center debut. As one of the world’s leading modern/contemporary dance companies, Parsons Dance is internationally recognized for its remarkably athletic and joyful style. “It’s kind of a dancing company (anytime, no excuses)” (The New York Times).

ALONZO KING BALLET LINES

Performance:

September 11, 2021

Segerstrom Hall

Alonzo King LINES Ballet performs the rich body of work created by visionary choreographer Alonzo King. Leading performance is NITROGEN, one of Alonzo King’s acclaimed LINES Ballet interdisciplinary collaborations.

Charles Lloyd, Jason Moran and Alonzo King create an unforgettable dialogue between movement and music that illuminates the shared freedom and wonder of their art forms. “Alonzo has a way of hearing,” says Moran. “His choreography becomes melodic content.” Lloyd, Memphis Music Hall of Fame inductee, and Moran, MacArthur Fellow and Artistic Director of Jazz at the Kennedy Center, share a boundless multidisciplinary approach to their art that perfectly complements King’s expansive vision for ballet. This bold new work features a light installation by acclaimed Bay Area artist Jim Campbell, whose work crowns San Francisco’s Salesforce Tower. To complete the evening, superb excerpts from the nearly forty-year history of the company.

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BALLET X

Performance:

October 16, 2021

Segerstrom Hall

Philadelphia-based powerhouse BalletX, led by Artistic and Executive Director Christine Cox, makes its Segerstrom Center for the Arts debut! Diverse and innovative, the company commissions new works that are “fresh, inclusive and connected to what people want”. (Citizen of Philadelphia). Celebrating 15 yearsand Anniversary, BalletX has blazed a trail of creativity and innovation on such premier stages as the Kennedy Center, Joyce Theater and Jacob’s Pillow, and has quickly become the “computer company” to watch.

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DANCE OF THE PARSONS BUSINESS

Performance:

November 20, 2021

Segerstrom Hall

Exuberant and virtuosic, Parsons Dance are internationally recognized for their remarkably athletic and joyful style which has solidified them as one of the leading modern/contemporary dance companies in the world. Now debuting at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Parsons Dance are sure to delight audiences with their effortless moves and enthusiastic dancers. Stunning works, like the iconic Caught, exemplify the innovation and enormous appeal of this company.

These performances are presented with the generous support of Michelle Rohé

Segerstrom Arts Center is a recognized artistic institution as well as a magnificent multidisciplinary cultural campus. It is committed to supporting artistic excellence, providing unparalleled experiences, and engaging the whole community in new and exciting ways through the unique power of live performance and a wide range of education programs and arts-based community engagement.

Formerly called the Orange County Performing Arts Center, the Segerstrom Center is Orange County’s largest nonprofit arts organization. In addition to its six performance halls, the Segerstrom Center is also home to the American Ballet Theater William J. Gillespie School.

The Center presents a wide range of programs for audiences of all ages, including international ballet and dance, national tours of the best Broadway shows, jazz and cabaret, contemporary artists, classical music performed by renowned orchestras and chamber ensembles, family programming, performances open to the public, outdoor film screenings, dancing in the plaza and many other special events.

The Segerstrom Center is a leader among performing arts centers nationwide for providing educational programs designed to inspire young people through the arts. The Center’s programs reach hundreds of thousands of students each year in five Southern California counties. Community engagement programs developed by the Center for Dance and Innovation and Center Without Borders also connect the Center more comprehensively to Orange County’s many diverse communities. The CDI supports flagship artistic programming and a wide range of projects that celebrate innovation, nurture creativity and engage the audiences of tomorrow. It is home to the ABT Gillespie School and the School of Dance and Music for Disabled Children. The Center Without Borders develops partnerships with non-cultural organizations to assist them in their own efforts to meet the ever-changing needs of the community.

The Segerstrom Center for the Arts is also proud to serve as the artistic home for three of the region’s leading performing arts organizations: Pacific Symphony, Orange County Philharmonic Society and Pacific Chorale, who greatly contribute to the artistic life of the region with annual seasons performed at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. In addition to the Segerstrom Center for the Arts as a presenting and producing institution, it also identifies the beautiful 14-acre campus that includes the Center’s own facilities as well as two acclaimed independent organizations: Tony Award®-winner South Coast Directory and a site designated as the future residence of the Orange County Museum of Art.