Theatre include such seminal moments as the 1988 world premiere of a newly envisaged Swan Lake by famed dancer and then Artistic Director of ABT, Mikhail Baryshnikov. Later, ABT’s 1999 production of Le Corsaire was taped in Segerstrom Hall for PBS’s renowned Dance In America program. The acclaimed performance would go on to win an Emmy Award later that same year. In 2003, The Dream was also taped at the Center for broadcast on PBS’s Dance In America. In 2008, SCFTA and ABT co-commissioned Twyla Tharp’s Rabbit and Rogue, receiving its world premiere in New York and West Coast premiere at SCFTA. Over the years that followed, famed choreographer Alexei Ratmansky would host the ABT world premieres of both Sleeping Beauty (2007) as well as his modern production of The Firebird (2012) on the SCFTA stage.
In 2017, Ratmansky would debut his original ballet Whipped Cream on the stage of Segerstrom Hall to wide acclaim. With costumes designed by world-renowned pop surrealist Mark Ryden and unique, unprecedented vision, Whipped Cream’s premiere represented a seminal moment in the course of Henry’s vision for Orange County: a dream that it would one day be an international port and harbinger for both the classical and modern arts. With Whipped Cream, this role had been solidified.