Ratmansky’s frothy ‘Whipped Cream’ casts @ Segerstrom


There are all kinds of considerations to weigh — and this is great fun for balletomanes — in selecting a ballet performance. The focus of this tough decision is the big world premiere at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Orange County of Alexei Ratmansky’s new full-evening ballet, “Whipped Cream.”

The superb Pacific Symphony will deliver the Richard Strauss score. The fabulous-looking production design is courtesy of Mark Ryden.

“Whipped Cream” has firm historic footing. It’s based on “Schlagobers,” a two-act ballet with libretto and score by Strauss that was first performed at the Vienna State Opera in 1924.

It’s really eeny, meeny, miney moe, trying to sift through the wonderful casting options that American Ballet Theatre offers at Segerstrom that week. We’re attending opening night, particularly excited to lay eyes on David Hallberg whom we have not seen dance in way too long. The ballet which will be staged in New York during the ABT season (but we get it first!) portends to be as light and frothy as whipped cream itself.

Wednesday, March 15, 7:30 pm
Daniil Simkin (The Boy)
Stella Abrera (Princess Tea Flower)
David Hallberg (Prince Coffee)
Sarah Lane (Princess Praline)
Saturday, March 18, 2 pm
Daniil Simkin (The Boy)
Gillian Murphy (Princess Tea Flower)
James Whiteside (Prince Coffee)
Sarah Lane (Princess Praline)
Sunday, March 19, 1:00 pm
Jeffrey Cirio (The Boy)
Isabella Boylston (Princess Tea Flower)
Alban Lendorf (Prince Coffee)
Misty Copeland (Princess Praline)
Saturday, March 18, 7:30 pm
Herman Cornejo (The Boy)
Hee Seo (Princess Tea Flower)
Cory Stearns (Prince Coffee)
Cassandra Trenary (Princess Praline)
Thursday, March 16, 7:30 pm
Herman Cornejo (The Boy)
Hee Seo (Princess Tea Flower)
Cory Stearns (Prince Coffee)
Cassandra Trenary (Princess Praline)
Sunday, March 19, 6:30 pm
Daniil Simkin (The Boy)
Stella Abrera (Princess Tea Flower)
David Hallberg (Prince Coffee)
Sarah Lane (Princess Praline)
Friday, March 17, 7:30 pm
Jeffrey Cirio (The Boy)
Isabella Boylston (Princess Tea Flower)
Alban Lendorf (Prince Coffee)
Misty Copeland (Princess Praline)
 

‘Whipped Cream’ world premiere | American Ballet Theatre | Segerstrom Center for the Arts | Mar 15 – 19

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