Danny Elfman

Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo to debut Jean-Christophe Maillot's 'Chore' in Orange County

A masked couple — a ghostly, faceless Astaire and Rogers — swirls to composer Danny Elfman's ominous orchestral score "Serenada Schizophrana." The feathered fans of a Busby Berkeley kickline morph into the Hiroshima mushroom cloud. And doll-like female figures, suspended on wires and manipulated by their male partners, glide listlessly through space to a John Cage score.

Such are the arresting images in choreographer Jean-Christophe Maillot's "Choré," a phantasmagorial fantasia in five scenes that will make its U.S. debut Friday and Saturday when Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo performs at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa....