When "Kings of the Dance" first premiered in Segerstrom Hall in 2006, it became an instant phenomenon. "Kings" showcased four of the world's top male ballet dancers in technically demanding and thrilling performances, and still is being produced around the world.
Now enter the world premiere of "Reflections," a converse mirror image of that production, featuring seven young world-class, Bolshoi Ballet Academy-trained ballerinas in contemporary new works. This showcase is a groundbreaking artistic partnership between the newly rechristened Segerstrom Center for the Arts and the Bolshoi Ballet.
It also marks the fourth such partnership for the center and Sergei Danilyan of Ardani Artists, which also brought "Kings," the famed 2006 Mariinsky Festival and 2008's "Diana Vishneva: Beauty in Motion" to the center.
Daily group rehearsals and the creation of new ballets for "Reflections" went on for several grueling weeks here last August, followed by months of individual training. The production is highly personalized: Each dancer's individual talents and personality were showcased in a world-premiere work by her choice of a roster of preeminent contemporary choreographers.