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Harlequinade Ballet at Segerstrom Center for the Arts

American Ballet Theatre Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie has said that ABT Principal Dancer Stella Abrera will dance the role of Pierrette in the Harlequinade Ballet and this will be at Segerstrom Center for the Arts.

It has its West Coast premiere on January 17 and Abrera will also dance in the January 20 matinee. Misty Copeland will make her debut as Pierrette on Friday, January 18.

Harlequinade Ballet at the Segerstrom

Audiences are in for a delightful treat with this new production of a rare comic gem. It is created over a remarkable 18 months. By ABT Artist in Residence Alexei Ratmansky. It was inspired by the archival notes of Marius Petipa.

Harlequinade is set to a score by Riccardo Drigo, played live by Pacific Symphony. The ballet features sets and costumes by Robert Perdziola and is praised by Forbes as a “feast of colors and whimsy.” Harlequinade will be performed January 17 – 20 in Segerstrom Hall.

As said before, the Thursday, January 17 opening night cast also includes Isabella Boylston. She plays Columbine with James Whiteside as Harlequin and Thomas Forster as Pierrot.

More casts include Skylar Brandt, Sarah Lane, Hee Seo, Christine Shevchenko, Cassandra Trenary. As well as, Alexandre Hammoud, Blaine Hoven, Carlos Gonzalez. And moreover we can’t forget Tyler Maloney, Calvin Royal III and Daniil Simkin.

Harlequinade Ballet in Orange County at the Segerstrom Center

Harlequinade Ballet Casting at the Segerstrom Center

Thursday, January 17 at 7:30 p.m.
Columbine – Isabella Boylston
Harlequin – James Whiteside
Pierrette – Stella Abrera
Pierrot – Thomas Forster

Friday, January 18 at 7:30 p.m.
Columbine – Sarah Lane
Harlequin – Carlos Gonzalez*
Pierrette – Misty Copeland*
Pierrot – Calvin Royal III*

Saturday, January 19 at 2 p.m.
Columbine – Skylar Brandt
Harlequin – Daniil Simkin
Pierrette – Hee Seo
Pierrot – Alexandre Hammoudi

Saturday, January 19 at 7:30 p.m.
Columbine – Cassandra Trenary
Harlequin – Tyler Maloney*
Pierrette – Christine Shevchenko
Pierrot – Blaine Hoven

Sunday, January 20 at 1 p.m.
Columbine – Isabella Boylston
Harlequin – James Whiteside
Pierrette – Stella Abrera
Pierrot – Thomas Forster


Single tickets for American Ballet Theatre’s Harlequinade start at $29. They are now available online at You can also call the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa as well as calling (714) 556-2787. For questions about group ticket discounts for 10 or more, call the Group Services office at (714) 755-0236.

About the Harlequinade Ballet

Marius Petipa created Harlequinade, known as Les Millions d’Arlequin (Harlequin’s Millions). She did it for the Imperial Ballet of St. Petersburg in 1900.

The music composition by the Imperial Ballet’s conductor and composer of the time Riccardo Drigo. It is a ballet in two acts, the plot is around the well-known characters of Italian commedia dell’arte. Pierrot, his wife Pierrette, Columbine and her romantic suitor Harlequin.

Distilling through its own language. Commedia’s has traits of wit, humor, farce and mime. Harlequinade tells the tale of the love struck Harlequin and how he yearns for Columbine.

Taking inspiration from Petipa’s notes the choreographer Alexei Ratmansky has restaged this show. In addition, it is American Ballet Theatre’s first full-length production of the ballet. (a co-production with Australian Ballet).

It had its world premiere in June of 2018 at the Metropolitan Opera House. Set and costumes are designed by Robert Perdziola. With inspiration of the Imperial Ballet and colorful Commedia dell’arte tradition.

The American Ballet Theatre presents the Harlequinade Ballet at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts

The Harlequinade Ballet Story

In the first act, the Harlequin and Columbine are keeping apart. They are doing this because of her father Cassandre. Additionally, Cassandre would prefer that his daughter marry the wealthier (and also, older!) Lèandre. Harlequin tries to win Cassandre over. Unfortunately he is turned away again and again by Cassandre and his servant Pierrot.

Furthermore, he gets the help of a Good Fairy and Pierrot’s sympathetic wife Pierrette. Additionally, Harlequin’s bad fortunes turns around. As well as that, Cassandre agrees to bless the union. Harlequin and Columbine marry in the festive second act and moreover, It shows that love finally triumphs over all.

The Center’s International Dance Series is made possible by the Audrey Steele Burnand Endowed Fund for International Dance. Additionally, The Segerstrom Foundation Endowment for Great Performances.

American Ballet Theatre is one of the great dance companies in the world. Furthermore, few ballet companies equal ABT for its combination of size, scope and outreach.

Lastly, recognized as a living national treasure since its founding in 1940, thus ABT tours the United States. They perform for more than 300,000 people, and is furthermore the only major cultural institution to do so.

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