'Firebird,' American Ballet Theatre

Imagine the story of a prince lost deep in an enchanted forest with only his love to guide him. Now imagine it on stage danced by the American Ballet Theatre and directed by choreographer Alexei Ratmansky. What you'll get is a traditional Russian fairytale complete with vivid shape-shifting birds, castles and spells in the world premiere of Ratmansky's new production of "Firebird" at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts March 29-April 1. It's not the first time Ratmansky, who serves an artist in residence at the American Ballet Theatre, has choreographed the tale, but this time may be one of the most anticipated.
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( Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times )

Imagine the story of a prince lost deep in an enchanted forest with only his love to guide him. Now imagine it on stage danced by the American Ballet Theatre and directed by choreographer Alexei Ratmansky. What you'll get is a traditional Russian fairytale complete with vivid shape-shifting birds, castles and spells in the world premiere of Ratmansky's new production of "Firebird" at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts March 29-April 1. It's not the first time Ratmansky, who serves an artist in residence at the American Ballet Theatre, has choreographed the tale, but this time may be one of the most anticipated.

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