I’ve always been intrigued by dance and even delved into ballet, jazz and tap when I was a young girl. The ability to tell a story through music and movement without a single word is mesmerizing. I saw my first ballet in Los Angeles as a teenager and fell in love with this expressive art form.
This Spring, the Segerstrom Center for the Arts will present the World Premiere of American Ballet Theatre’s brand new production Whipped Cream. Just a quick look at the stills have me absolutely intrigued! Based on the two-act ballet Schlagobers which first performed at the Vienna State Opera in 1924, Whipped Cream features a libretto and score by Richard Strauss.
American Ballet Theatre Brings Whimsy to the Stage with Whipped Cream
Vivid, engaging, and whimsical, this full-length premiere tells the story of a young boy who overindulges at a Viennese pastry shop and falls into a delirium. To help him escape from the physician attending to him, he dreams of a victorious rescue by Princess Praline and her court including Princess Tea Flower, Prince Coffee, and Marching Marzipan. Strauss’ score complements the fantastical story beautifully. The result is a production that merges imagination and surrealism into a production that will delight ballet fans of all ages.
Whipped Cream arose out of the imaginations of Alexei Ratmansky and Mark Ryden. Ratmansky lends his skill as both a dancer and a choreographer to the production. His works include Firebird, The Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker. Pop-surrealist Mark Ryden designed the sets and costumes, blending the themes of pop culture with technique that is reminiscent of the old masters. His style is one that juxtaposes childhood innocence and the mysterious recesses of the soul.
The American Ballet Theatre was founded in 1940 and hails as one of the great dance companies in the world. Surpassing most ballet companies in size, scope and reach, ABT tours the US every year, performing for nearly a half a million people.
The American Ballet Theatre’s production of Whipped Cream will perform March 15th through 19th in Segerstrom Hall. Single tickets start at just $29 and can be purchased online, via phone (714) 556-2787 or in person at the Box Office (600 Town Center Drive Costa Mesa, CA 92626). A limited number of discount tickets can also be purchased on Goldstar.