Local dancers appear in Segerstrom Center’s Nutcracker ballet production
Three local dancers are performed in the ABT Christman show “The Nutcracker” on stage at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa. The last production was on December 19.
The Segerstrom Center for the Arts recently showcased its popular tradition – the captivating production of The Nutcracker by the American Ballet Theater. Co-presented by the Center and ABT with choreography by artist-in-residence ABT Alexei Ratmansky, The Nutcracker is the beloved holiday story based on The Nutcracker and the Mouse King written by ETA Hoffmann and on a magic score by Peter Ilyitch Tchaikovsky
The local dancers appearing are Ashley Sisneros and Indiana Foley, both of Cypress and Samara Singh, of La Palma, according to a spokesperson for SCFTA.
All three were selected from over 250 students at the William J. Gillespie School of the American Ballet Theater in Segerstom. The ABT school at SCFTA, they said.
With choreography by artist-in-residence ABT Alexei Ratmansky, The Nutcracker is the beloved holiday story based on The Nutcracker and the Mouse King written by ETA Hoffmann and to a magical score by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky.
In its annual holiday pledge, the American Ballet Theater will be giving 12 performances between 2021 at Segerstrom Hall. This year marks the 6th time the Center has presented ABT’s Nutcracker, Southern California’s largest production of this beloved holiday tradition. This Nutcracker features ABT’s international star cast.
The American Ballet Theater has a long and rich history of producing over the years several critically acclaimed productions of this annual family classic tale of Clara and The Nutcracker (previous versions were by Mikhail Baryshnikov and Artistic Director of ABT Kevin McKenzie). The Nutcracker, with its timeless Tchaikovsky music and fairytale costumes and exotic dances, is the perfect way to introduce children to dance and even inspire them to study dance and become a little Clara or Prince The Casse. -Hazelnut.
The sets and costumes for The Nutcracker are by designer Richard Hudson (Disney’s The Lion King), winner of a Tony Award®. Lighting for the production is provided by Tony Award® winner Jennifer Tipton.
The Los Angeles Times said, “Choreographer Alexei Ratmansky performed his own Christmas miracle: a merry ‘Nutcracker’ ballet that is lovely and clever enough to inspire multiple viewings… the patterns make this waltz one of the most amazing and beautiful you have ever seen… in all its glory, a classic without reservation.
The Orange County Register said: “A visual tour de force… a Nutcracker without parallel… Ratmansky is an undisputed master; few choreographers combine his qualities of invention, wit, rhythm and theatricality… Ratmansky has created a work that celebrates the wonder and transformative power of live performance.
The New York Times said: “Mr. Ratmansky is an enchanting storyteller here, but his is one of the most original, fascinating to young and old alike. A production unlike any other, produced with complete theatrical authority from first to last.
“It gives me the feeling that one day I can be like Baryshnikov and be known by a lot of people and have a great dancing career,” Foley said.
Indiana Danger Foley has been dancing ever since he learned to walk. He made his stage debut at just three days old when his dance teacher mother carried him on stage for the bows at the end of the annual recital. Indiana grew up at Pacific Dance in Irvine, California and enjoys various genres of dance. From tap dancing to hip hop, from ballet to jazz and everything in between.
If he does not dance on stage at competitions, he dances in the house, in the aisles of grocery stores and in his chair at school. Indiana also enjoys video games, movies, and origami. Indiana loved making friends with her other casting mates especially the boys because BOYS DANCE TOO! He’s super excited to be making his debut with The American Ballet Theater’s Nutcracker and hopes it will only be the beginning. His goal is to be the next Baryshnikov.