American Ballet Theatre Returns to the Stage for First Time Since the Pandemic

A year ago, American Ballet Theatre (ABT) celebrated the world premiere of "Of Love and Rage" at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Orange County. The company flew home on a high of success with plans to ready the ballet for a New York premiere as part of the company's 80th anniversary celebration. But there would be no rehearsal, and no Metropolitan Opera House performance.

Instead, the dancers, along with the rest of the world, retreated to their homes for what turned out to be months of isolation.

But there is finally light at the end of the tunnel and it began last month where it all unexpectedly ended last year. For the past five weeks, 18 dancers and ABT artistic staff lived and rehearsed in a quarantined "bubble" on-site at Segerstrom Center for the Arts, venturing out of the nearby hotel only to rehearse in the Center studios and Segerstrom Hall.

The short residency culminated in a recorded stage performance of a project called "Uniting in Movement" that will be available for on-demand viewing May 12-26.


Will Spider-Man Save the Day at the Maverick?

In a first step into presenting indoor, live theater, Fullerton's Maverick Theater brings a staged reading of the Marvel Comics' "The Amazing Spider-Man" No. 50 to their stage.


Anaheim City Council Unanimously Votes to Keep Anaheim Ballet in its Home Studio — for Now


Orange County has officially been upgraded to Tier 3 of the California Re-Opening Plan, aka the Orange Tier, which allows for many local arts and culture venues, including museums and movie theatres, to re-open on a limited basis. Arts Orange County will include re-opening businesses in its recommendations while continuing to spotlight virtual and streaming offerings. While the news is worth celebrating, we encourage everyone to keep their lives enriched by the arts safely! Save lives by wearing masks, respecting social distancing protocols, and, as soon as eligible, securing a vaccination appointment 

LOCAL SPOTLIGHT

Spring Forward with Backhausdance and Block x Block

Cutting-edge contemporary dance combined with a live, chamber music sextet made up of world-class players from the Pacific Symphony in this unique show at the Muckenthaler in Fullerton  DETAILS »

RE-OPENING

Always Patsy Cline

The GEM Theatre in Garden Grove is welcoming guests back with this limited-seating presentation of a song-filled true story about the country music legend  DETAILS »

VIRTUAL VISIT

Physical Graffiti 2021

Original works of dance from the choreography students of UC Irvine were designed with a streaming presentation in-mind; giving every audience member the best seat in the house for free  DETAILS »

FOR THE FAMILY

Digital: Children's Museum of La Habra

The museum has created a special collection of online activities to inspire and educate your children from the comfort of home  DETAILS »

EXTRA

HB APA's "Retrofestival"

The students of the Academy for the Performing Arts put on an outdoor rock-and-roll spectacular paying tribute to the birth of classic rock festivals like Monterey Pop  DETAILS »

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