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Essence of 'Swan'

Mariinsky Ballet and Orchestra will perform the classic at Segerstrom during its American tour.

September 27, 2012|By Heather Youmans

"We have three different casts in Costa Mesa," Fateev said. "Opening night we have a very young girl. Her name is Oxana Skorik. She's very talented. She's an absolutely beautiful swan. If you think about the Queen of the Swans, she is absolutely the right person for doing that ballet, because she has beautiful long lines, long legs, long arms, a very long neck, and she looks like a real swan.

"For the third cast, we have a very nice, beautiful dancer, Danila Korsuntsev," he continued. "He looks like a prince. He's a very nice prince. He's absolutely perfect for the prince in 'Swan Lake,' in 'Sleeping Beauty' or in 'The Nutcracker.'"

The 66-piece Mariinsky Orchestra conducted by Mikhail Agrest will accompany the dance performance.

"Of course, the orchestra is well trained, because the head of the Mariinsky Theatre is Maestro Gergiev and he is one of the great musicians of the world and he cares about music," Morr said. "There is no company in the world like the Mariinsky."


The 2012-2013 International Dance Series also includes Trey McIntyre Project, Hamburg Ballet and Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg.

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If You Go

What: Mariinsky Ballet's "Swan Lake" with the Mariinsky Orchestra

When: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Oct. 6, and at 2 p.m. Oct. 6 and 7, Elizabeth Kaye conducts free preview talks one hour prior to each performance. The Oct. 5 preview talk will be sign language interpreted.

Where: Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa

Tickets: Tickets start at $30

Information: (714) 556-2787 or

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