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“Few ballerinas in recent memory have created quite a stir as the Kirov Ballet’s Diana Vishneva.” —San Francisco Chronicle

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The Orange County Performing Artscenter and Ardani Artists have announced the world premiere of Diana Vishneva: Beauty in Motion.  Three ballets are being created for the Beauty in Motion to showcase the phenomenal talents of prima ballerina Diana Vishneva.  World premiere ballets are being choreographed by Alexei Ratmansky, Moses Pendleton and Dwight Rhoden (who replaces the previously-announced Edouard Locke).

The new work being choreographed by Alexei Ratmansky, artistic director of the Bolshoi Ballet, will be to Arnold Schoenberg’s brilliant song cycle Pierrot Lunaire. The cycle, which premiered in 1912, was for soprano and orchestral ensemble and was based on poems by Albert Giraud . Members of the Kirov Orchestra and Opera will also be featured in the ballet.

Moses Pendleton, choreographer and artistic director of New York-based dance company Momix, is creating a solo work called Picarte, originally named Flow, for the Russian prima ballerina. Ms. Vishneva’s costume is being designed by Phoeby Katz and props by Tony® and Emmy® Award-winner Michael Curry. The name Picarte refers to three artists whose paintings inspired Moses in this three-part ballet: Picasso, Caravaggio and Erté.

Desmond Richardson, one of the world’s premier male dancers, will join the extraordinary Diana Vishneva in a new work by choreographer Dwight Rhoden called Three Point Turn. Rhoden’s work replaces that which was to be created by Edouard Locke. This will be the first time these brilliant artists will dance together.  The one act ballet for three couples will also feature four dancers from the Kirov Ballet.  Titled Three Point Turn, the creative team includes composer- musician David Rozenblatt, costume designer Isabel Rautio, and lighting designer Antonio Marques.  Composer and percussionist David Rozenblatt’s score will be performed live by four musicians from the United States and Russia.

Diana Vishneva: Beauty in Motion follows the phenomenal success of Kings of Dance, which was also produced by the Center and Ardani Artists, and which has since traveled to New York and was performed in Moscow in October of 2007. Vishneva is one of the world’s most glamorous and extraordinary dancers, worthy of this tribute.  As the San Francisco Chronicle states:  “Few ballerinas in recent memory have created quite a stir as the Kirov Ballet’s Diana Vishneva.”

Richardson served as principal dancer with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater from 1986-94, the prestigious Frankfurt Ballet from 1994-96 and was a principal dancer with the American Ballet Theatre, creating the title role of Othello in 1997-98. He was featured in Fosse on Broadway, for which he received a Tony nomination. He performed in Soul Possessed with Patti LaBelle and was featured in The Look of Love, which recently closed on Broadway, and Twyla Tharp and Billy Joel’s Movin Out. He has appeared with such artists as Michael Jackson, Prince, Aretha Franklin and Madonna. He is featured in the Oscar-winning Chicago and with Patrick Swayze in Lisa Niemi’s film One Last Dance.  He made his singing debut in Charles Randolph’s Wright’s film On the One and is in Julie Taymor’s Across the Universe. Richardson is co-artistic director with Dwight Rhoden of Complexions Contemporary Ballet.

Dwight Rhoden, choreographer and co-artistic director of Complexions: a Concept in Dance, joins the illustrious Alexei Ratmansky and Moses Pendleton who are also placing new works on the beautiful Russian ballerina.  Mr. Rhoden has created more than 60 ballets for Complexions, as well as numerous other companies, including Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater; The Arizona Ballet; The Aspen Santa Fe Ballet Company; The Dance Theater of Harlem; Dayton Contemporary Dance Company; The Joffrey Ballet; New York City Ballet/Diamond Project; North Carolina Dance Theater; The Pennsylvania Ballet; Philadanco; Minneapolis Dance Theater; Phoenix Dance Company; Sacramento Ballet; Oakland Ballet; Pittsburgh Ballet Theater; The Washington Ballet; and Zenon Dance Company. He has worked with, coached, and created for some of the most diverse artists spanning the world of ballet and contemporary dance.

Alexei Ratmansky has been artistic director of the Bolshoi Ballet since January 2004. Previously he was a principal dancer with the Royal Danish Ballet. Trained at the Ballet School of the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, he danced with the Ukrainian National Ballet and Royal Winnipeg Ballet before joining the Royal Danish Ballet as a soloist in 1997. He was promoted to principal dancer in 2000. Ratmansky was awarded First Prize at the Ukrainian Ballet Competition in 1998, the Gold Medal at the Moscow Diaghilev Competition in 1992, and the Nijinsky Prize in 1992. In 1999, he created his first ballet, Betwix, as a participant in the Choreographer Workshop at the Royal Danish Ballet. His other works include Turandot’s Dream, which was performed as part of the Shaken – Not Stirred program at the Old Stage of the Royal Theatre, The Nutcracker and Anna Karenina for The Royal Danish Ballet. Poem of Ecstasy, The Fairy’s Kiss, Middle Duo and Cinderella for Kirov Ballet, as well as Capriccio, Dreams About Japan, The Bright Stream, Leah, and Bolt for the Bolshoi Ballet.

Moses Pendleton is one of America’s most innovative and widely performed choreographers and directors. One of the founding members of the ground-breaking Pilobolus Dance Theater in 1971, he formed his own company, Momix, in the early 80’s and has been its artistic director since 1984. He has also worked extensively in film, TV, and opera and as a choreographer for ballet companies and special events. He has created works for the Paris Opera, Joffrey Ballet, Deutsche Oper, La Scala, U.S. Spoletto Festival, Munich State Opera and many other companies. In 1980, he choreographed the Closing Ceremonies of the Winter Olympics at Lake Placid and in 1981 he created Momix, which rapidly established an international reputation for highly inventive and often illusionistic choreography. He is also a noted photographer and has received the American Choreography Award, the Cine Golden Eagle Award and an International Emmy Award for Best Performing Arts Special, representing his multi-faceted talents and achievements.