Momentum 2022

an Extraordinary Evening of Dance

Saturday, May 21st


Award-winning emerging dancers from the Orange County area are showcased in an exhilarating evening of diverse works that push the boundaries of ballet.

This special evening of dance features three dance pieces, each with a focus in the Spanish tradition, including the California premier of Bolero by renowned flamenco artist and celebrated Spanish choreographer, Luis Montero. Orange County Ballet Theater (OCBT) is honored to include a special flamenco performance by Claudia de la Cruz.

Three exciting new contemporary works created for OCBT by internationally acclaimed choreographer Terence Marling and Southern California’s own Megan Guise, Krystal Matsuyama, and Walie Wang rounds out the program.

Tickets on sale at the Barclay Theatre Box Office

Tickets: $40 Adults / $25 Students, Seniors, Children under 12

(Group Rates available upon request, contact DKCBA for info 949-360-4233)

Artistic Directors

Dmitri Kulev

Dmitri Kulev

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Jennifer Kulev

Momentum 2022


(Subject to change)

  • Grand Pas Classique
    Choreography: Dmitri and Jennifer Kulev after Maurice Petipa
    Featuring Guest Artists from Colorado Ballet

  • Special Performance
    Flamenco Dancer, Claudia de la Cruz

  • Bolero
    Choreography: Luis Montero (California Premier)
    Music: Maurice Ravel

  • if together
    Choreography: Terence Marling

  • World Premiere Contemporary Ballets by
    Megan Guise
    Krystal Matsuyama & Waeli Wang

Guest Choreographers

A special thanks to our guest choreographers for Momentum 2022

Luis Montero

Luis Montero, a native of Granada, Spain first became interested in dance at age eleven. He worked as a boy and financed his own early ballet training. At the early age of fifteen, he became a professional dancer. He has studied Spanish Classical, Folkloric, and Flamenco dancing with many of Spain’s great masters.

Montero moved to Paris, at eighteen—shortly afterward joining the touring José Greco Company. Montero has performed throughout the world as a Principal Dancer, dancing with and among esteemed dancers such as José Greco, Mariemma, and Maria Rosa.

Now a U.S. citizen, Montero has received many grants and awards for his work in the Spanish style, including Northern Illinois University, Mercyhurst University, and Interlochen Arts Academy.  Through his unique and vast career, he has performed with major ballet and opera companies in the United States, Canada, Russia, Italy, France, Denmark, China, and Japan.  

Montero danced Spanish dances—particularly sequenced in “La Traviata”—for various companies, including the New York City Opera, where he was resident Spanish dance soloist for ten years.

He originally choreographed Bolero for Ballet Concerto in 1990 and has gone on to stage Bolero for companies throughout the United States, Japan, and Denmark. 

Among but not limited to his highly acclaimed choreographic works includes: El amor brujo, For Whom the Bell Tolls, The House of Bernarda Alba, Othello, Medea, Ravel’s Bolero, Rodrigo’s Concierto Andaluz, and his balletic version of the opera Carmen.

His career is built upon a myriad of versatility touring with companies such as José Molina’s ensemble. Choreographing and performing in modern and postmodern dance, musical comedy, grand opera, and classical ballet. Montero has even brought his dance to the Broadway stage as well as extending his dance to television performances. 

In the 90s, Montero was at the cutting edge of the flamenco revival—he helped not only preserve the tradition but also carried its influence into both the classical ballet and modern dance world.

Consider yourself lucky if you catch one of his master classes, seminars, or workshops in Spanish dance.  Even on his winter breaks in Mexico, you are likely to catch him choreographing a local dance. His love of dance is highlighted and illuminated in all aspects of his life and cannot go unnoticed.

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Terence Marling

 Terence (Terry) Marling, originally from Chicago, began his dance training with Larry Long at the Ruth Page Foundation School of Dance. Marling has had an extraordinary career working as a professional dancer and choreographer. He danced with Pittsburgh Ballet Theater for nine years. During his time at PBT, Marling performed as a soloist in major classical ballets and significant contemporary works.

Marling made his choreographic debut while at PBT. He went on to join National Theater Mannheim Ballet in Germany—there he participated in the creation of eight evening-length works.

In 2005, Marling returned to Chicago where he raised the glass ceiling. He joined Hubbard Streets for four seasons. There he danced to the works of Ohad Naharin, Jorma Elo, and Jiri Kylian, among many others. He was commissioned to create two works on Hubbard Street 2 and began teaching classes on a regular basis—and eventually was named director of Hubbard Street 2, all while continuing to choreograph new works for the main company.

In 2017, Marling transitioned to freelance teaching, choreography, and staging. For the last few years, he has continued on the path of being extraordinarily diversified—choreographing works for Robert Moses’ Kin in San Francisco to teaching at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. All while working with numerous university programs and frequently teaching private lessons.

Then in 2018, Marling founded the COMMON Conservatory. He is flourishing in the role of artistic director as COMMON is near and dear to his heart. His mission statement for COMMON is to build a better ecosystem to grow and sustain dance artists. Out of Marling’s vast dance experiences, he has identified an essential need for developing artists: which adds up to a safe, nurturing, and personalized environment for artistic growth.

COMMON’s pre-professional program is located in Chicago’s Drucker Center. We could not be more thrilled for Terry and are so grateful for his artistic and choreographic piece: if together in this year’s Momentum.

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