WINGS OF A CORELLA

With his soaring jumps, ice-skater spins and ebullient demeanor, Spain's Angel Corella quickly established himself as an audience charmer at American Ballet Theater, a status he maintained for more than a decade. For most of that tenure, Corella and his sister Carmen, a former ABT soloist, had a second passion, repeatedly returning to their home country to nurture their dream to establish the major classical ballet company that Spain lacked. That dream became reality when their Corella Ballet Castilla y León made its official Spanish debut in 2008. After touring Spain, the young company ventured to New York last March with a mixed-bill program that received high marks for the dancing but mixed reviews for Corella's choreographic choices. Fortunately, two of the most highly praised works from New York are part of the company's L.A. debut as the opening event in the Dance at the Music Center season. New York critics considered Christopher Wheeldon's Danse a Grande Vitesse or DGV an absolute stunner, and Solea, a pas de deux for the Corellas from flamenco star Maria Pagés, already has become something of a company signature piece. The two additions here are Clear, from choreographer Stanton Welch, and Clark Tippet's Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1, last seen in L.A. shortly after ABT debuted the ballet in the 1980s. Ann Haskins
Nov. 5-6, 7:30 p.m., 2010


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