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Segerstrom center gets en pointe

Taste ballet with new takes on classic tales, the Bournonville method and a Latin flair to the European traditions.

April 15, 2011|By Candice Baker

The future also looks bright for the center's dance programming, Morr said.

"We have the good fortune to have an endowment for great dance, which was funded by Audrey Steele Burnand," she said. "That allows us in the center to maintain a significant dance program. It's what every performing arts center dreams of, and Mrs. Burnand wanted to do this five or 10 years ago. She's been a major, major supporter of dance, and helped us to achieve what has become our signature series."


Segerstrom Center for the Arts events:

All events at 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa

Information: (714) 556-2787 or

Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg: April 26, 29, 30 and May 1; tickets $13.60 and up


"Inside Dance" free public lecture and demo: 5:30 p.m. April 30; tickets available at (714) 556-2787

Tour de Force II gala: 7:30 p.m. April 28; tickets $40 and up

Royal Danish Ballet: May 24 to 29; tickets $17 and up

Cuban National Ballet: June 15 to 19; tickets $17 and up

Irvine Barclay Theatre events:

All events at 4242 Campus Drive, Irvine

Information: (949) 854-4646 ext. 1 or

"Alice in Wonderland": 1:30 and 6:30 p.m. April 23; tickets $24 to $28

Backhausdance: 8 p.m. April 29 and 30; tickets $15 for students and $33 for general seating

At The Barclay

About 80 young local dancers will present an original production of "Alice in Wonderland," created by Charles Maple of the Maple Ballet and Maple Conservatory of Dance, on April 23 at the Irvine Barclay Theater.

The ballet's classical score is combined with multimedia elements to create a family-friendly production that features all the essentials of the original story, including the White Rabbit, the Tea Party, the Queen of Hearts and more. Maple said it caters to both adults and children.

"The production features a more mature Alice and combines absurdity and humor while Alice investigates the surreal and fantastic imaginary universe she has created in Wonderland," Maple said in a release. "The ballet celebrates the versatility and style of the Maple Ballet, and its mission to create works that speak to a diverse audience."

The company also is holding a Mad Hatter's Tea at the center from 4 to 6 p.m., which includes a light meal, children's activities and a chance to meet the performers; tickets are $20 each and are available through the Maple Ballet directly at (949) 660-9930, ext. 24.

Local choreographer Jennifer Backhaus' company, Backhausdance, will perform its new evening-length work, "Incandescent," on April 29 and 30 at the Barclay. Inspired by a light bulb, the show utilizes creative illumination and choreography techniques to explore the concept of light. It saw sold-out performances in New York City last season, and boasts six company members and six apprentices, along with 20 university dance students.

"This piece is about light in both a literal and figurative sense," Backhaus said in a release. "As the dancers are illuminated by various incandescent sources, you see them awaken to discover the light within their souls. Incandescent explores the idea that each of us has a 'light' to bring to the world. When we own that light and let it shine, we unconsciously give others the permission to do the same."

To see a video clip of the show, visit

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