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American Ballet Theatre - 'Nutcracker':  ABT Returns to Please and to Puzzle
by Jeff Kuo - December 20, 2003, Segerstrom Hall, Costa Mesa, California
As the Sugar Plum Fairy and Her Cavalier, Paloma Herrera and Marcelo Gomes cut a swath through the ballet. Herrera’s dancing seems to have become more approachable even over the short time I have been watching ballet. Her virtuosity and technical polish haven’t diminished one iota, and the razor edge of her glamour is just as finely honed as always -- it's just that she seems less the balletic version of an übermensch and more a simply great dancer.
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London Tour
By Ana Abad-Carles - February 14-15, 2007, Sadler's Wells, London
It has taken seventeen years for American Ballet Theatre to return to London and the occasion finally happened in February at Sadler’s Wells Theatre. Seventeen years is a very long time in the life of a dance company, and it is difficult to assess the effect of such a span of time in a five day visit. Personally, the biggest criticism the company could receive at this return would be a lack of adventurousness in the choice of repertoire, as most of the works they brought on this occasion had already been seen here in 1990.
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American Ballet Theatre - 'Theme and Variations,' 'Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux,' 'Mozartiana,' 'Ballet Imperial'
by Kate Snedeker - May 31, 2004, Metropolitan Opera House, New York City

...If the test of a real principal dancer is the ability to not just do the fancy tricks, but to do them with control and blend them seamlessly into the rest of the performance, than Cornejo has passed with flying colors...
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American Ballet Theatre - 'Don Quixote': Vishneva from 0 to 180
by Jerry Hochman - May 26, 2005 -- Met Opera House, New York
Eventually, when American Ballet Theatre takes stock of its history of great performances, Diana Vishneva’s portrayal of Kitri in “Don Quixote” will surely rank among the best.
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American Ballet Theatre - 'Pretty Good Year,' 'Pillar of Fire,' 'Petite Mort,' 'Sechs Tänze'
by Lori Ibay - October 23, 2004, City Center, New York City
Murphy has complete command of the principal role, expressing Hagar's misery and frustration with her entire being.
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American Ballet Theatre - 'Sylvia': Beauty in Simplicity
by Cecly Placenti - June 15, 2005, Metropolitan Opera House, New York City
The curtain rises on a pastoral scene as nymphs and woodland creatures dance before the shrine of Eros, God of Love. Triumphant and Amazonian enters Sylvia, one of Diana’s huntress nymphs sworn to chastity, and her attendants, victorious from their hunt. Out of Greek mythology comes a simple story of love- a boy loves a girl, the girl is captured by evil men, the girl is then restored to the boy, and love conquers all.
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American Ballet Theatre - 'Swan Lake'
by Harry Matthews - July 1, 2005, Metropolitan Opera House, New York City
ABT is very conscious of its responsibilities as a conservator of ballet history, as it explicitly demonstrated at Friday’s performance of “Swan Lake.” Who should appear in the mime role of “Wolfgang, tutor to the prince” than living legend Frederic Franklin. It was immediately clear that the ageless master (he’s pushing 91) had been a tutor to the entire company, which danced with the technical precision and weightless elegance that characterize the classic Maryinsky style, which Franklin, Danilova, and their Ballets Russes colleagues brought to the West.
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American Ballet Theatre - 'Apollo,' 'Gong,' 'The Green Table,' 'Les Sylphide,' 'Dark Elegies'
by Cecly Placenti - October 25 and 30 (matinee) , 2005, City Center, New York City
Programming is a very important element when setting up an evening of dance, and on Tuesday evening, October 25th, American Ballet Theatre provided an exciting and varied sample of work. Opening with Balanchine’s “Apollo,” the evening began with the birth of a god. As true of Balanchine’s genius, even the birth scene was succinct and inventive. Keeping in tune with the Stravinsky score, the choreography was beautiful in its line and efficiency, pleasing in its lack of pretension and extraneous movement. Jose Manuel Carreno was everything a god should be -- handsome, chiseled, regal, gracious, and strong.
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American Ballet Theatre - 2007 Met Season
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I'm sorry to see a season-ending injury to any dancer, but from previous performances I've seen, and despite the fact that Vishneva and Malakhov apparently are partnered often and to general acclaim, I prefer Vishneva with Corella or (based on last Sat. night), Steifel. So I'm disappointed in the replacement casting listed; Vishneva/Hallberg doesn't seem like it would work. But I guess that stranger things have happened -- maybe I'll be pleasantly surprised."
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American Ballet Theatre - US Tour 2007
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I agree that this kind of repertory is ABT at its best. I'm glad the company looked well."
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American Ballet Theatre - City Center 2006
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Veronika Part sent four of us an e-mail today saying that she had an injury this morning and will be out for the season. She was scheduled to perform tomorrow and Saturday. I wish her a very quick recovery."
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American Ballet Theatre - 2006 Met Season
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I agree, this is wonderful news! I had no idea that Kirk Peterson was not only Principal dancer with ABT but also with San Francisco as well. A very nice man and a talented teacher and choreographer, ABT Studio Company is in for another ten years of great leadership!"
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American Ballet Theatre - Orange County 2006
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I attended last night's performance and was also looking forward to Jeu Des Cartes. I am a Cranko fan and have read much about this piece when it was newly created as well as seen many photos. It was an uneven performance by ABT dancers, but Irena and Heman stood out in their fun campy roles as Queen of Hearts and the Joker."
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American Ballet Theatre - Chicago
"Whatever the process, the result was an instant hit in New York, "a fabulous machine for dancing," in the words of one critic, and an electrifying showcase for the stable of star male dancers who coalesced at ABT during McKenzie's tenure, including Julio Bocca, Angel Corella, Jose Manuel Carreno and Marcelo Gomes
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American Repertory Ballet 2006
"The accent was on women on Saturday night when the American Repertory Ballet performed at Symphony Space
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American Ballet Theatre - Cleveland
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The endless parade of show-stopping numbers in the first two acts was memorable and truly exciting to see. (and a young corps member we know explained to us afterwards that the unreal series of flying, leaping turns that Herman Cornejo does in Act I is called a "540": It can't really be described, but suffice it to say, seeing it is one of the few honestly jaw-dropping moments I have ever experienced in watching a live performance.)"
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American Ballet Theatre - Washington, DC 2006
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Remi Wörtmeyer, a Soloist with The Australian Ballet, will join American Ballet Theatre as a member of the corps de ballet for the remainder of the 2005-2006 season, it was announced today by ABT Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie."
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American Ballet Theatre Management Changes
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A shocker? Louis G. Spisto quits ABT... But it shouldn't be a surprise to Critical-Dance readers who had been following this thread..."
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