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 Post subject: American Ballet Theatre - 2005 Met Season
PostPosted: Mon Nov 01, 2004 1:00 pm 
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U.S. REVIVAL PREMIERE OF SIR FREDERICK ASHTON’S SYLVIA AND ALL-FOKINE PROGRAM TO HIGHLIGHT AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE’S 2005 SPRING SEASON, MAY 23-JULY 16, AT THE METROPOLITAN OPERA HOUSE

 
ALESSANDRA FERRI TO CELEBRATE 20 YEARS WITH ABT
Carlos Acosta and Diana Vishneva Join ABT as Principal Dancers

 
10/29/2004 - American Ballet Theatre’s 2005 Spring Season at the Metropolitan Opera House, May 23-July 16, was announced today by Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie. Highlighting the engagement will be the United States Revival Premiere of a new two-act production of Sir Frederick Ashton’s Sylvia, as well as a Fokine celebration featuring a full evening of the works of choreographer Michel Fokine.
Principal Dancers for the engagement will include Carlos Acosta, Nina Ananiashvili, Maxim Beloserkovsky, Julio Bocca, Jose Manuel Carreño, Angel Corella, Herman Cornejo, Alessandra Ferri, Marcelo Gomes, Guillaume Graffin, Paloma Herrera, Julie Kent, Vladimir Malakhov, Amanda McKerrow, Gillian Murphy, Xiomara Reyes, Ethan Stiefel and Diana Vishneva.
Countrywide Financial is the National Sponsor of American Ballet Theatre and Cole Haan is a Leading Benefactor. Graff Jewelers is the 2005 season sponsor of ABT at The Metropolitan Opera House. ABT’s 2005 Spring season is also made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
The 2005 Spring season will kick-off with an Opening Night gala performance on Monday, May 23 at 6:30 P.M. For information about the Opening Night Spring Gala, please call the Special Events Office at 212-477-3030, ext. 3239.
United States Premiere
American Ballet Theatre will present the United States Revival Premiere of an all-new production of Sir Frederick Ashton’s Sylvia on Friday, June 3 at 8 P.M. Ashton’s Sylvia, performed by ABT in two acts, will be staged by Christopher Newton, former dancer and ballet master for The Royal Ballet.
Set to a score by Léo Delibes, Sylvia was Ashton’s second full-length work when it was premiered by The Royal Ballet in 1952 with Margot Fonteyn, Michael Somes and Alexander Grant in the leading roles. Last performed by The Royal Ballet in 1965, Sylvia is set in mythical Greece and tells the story of the chaste nymph Sylvia who is united by the deity Eros with the lovelorn shepherd Aminta.
This new production, with scenery and costumes by Christopher and Robin Ironside, with additional designs by Peter Farmer, will receive its revival premiere in three acts by The Royal Ballet on November 4, 2004 at Covent Garden, London.
Following the U.S. premiere, ABT will give seven performances of Sylvia, June 4 and 6 and June 13-15.
Fokine Celebration
Four works by legendary choreographer Michel Fokine will include the New York Revival Premiere of Petrouchka and the New York Company Premiere of Polovtsian Dances. The program, which will be given eight consecutive performances beginning Thursday, June 16, will also include Fokine’s Les Sylphides and Le Spectre de la Rose. The New York Revival Premiere of Fokine’s Petrouchka, staged by Gary Chryst, is scheduled for Thursday evening, June 16 with Ethan Stiefel in the title role. Set to music by Igor Stravinsky with scenery and costumes by Alexandre Benois and a story by Stravinsky and Benois, the one-act ballet is set amid a Russian carnival and tells the tragic story of the puppet Petrouchka.
Petrouchka was given its World Premiere by Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes at the Theatre du Chatelet in Paris, France on June 13, 1911. American Ballet Theatre premiered Petrouchka at the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City on August 27, 1942, danced by Irina Baronova (Ballerina), Yurek Lazowsky (Petrouchka), David Nillo (Blackamoor) and Simon Semenoff (Charlatan). A second production of Petrouchka, staged by Dimitri Romanoff and Yurek Lazowsky, was given its first performance by the Company at the New York State Theatre on June 19, 1970.
ABT’s Revival Premiere of Petrouchka is scheduled for Friday, February 4, 2005 at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.
American Ballet Theatre’s Fokine Celebration will also feature the New York Company premiere of Polovtsian Dances from Act II of the opera Prince Igor by Alexander Borodin.
Staged for ABT by Frederic Franklin with scenery and costumes by Leon Bakst, Polovtsian Dances will receive its Company Premiere on Friday, February 4, 2005 at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. Polovtsian Dances received its World Premiere by Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes in May 18, 1909.
Carlos Acosta and Diana Vishneva
Carlos Acosta, a principal guest artist with The Royal Ballet in London, will rejoin American Ballet Theatre as a Principal Dancer for the Company’s 2005 Spring season at the Metropolitan Opera House,
Mr. Acosta last appeared with ABT in the Fall of 2003. His repertoire with the Company includes Conrad in Le Corsaire, Oberon in The Dream, Colas in La Fille mal gardée, Prince Désiré in The Sleeping Beauty, Act III and leading roles in George Balanchine’s Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux and Raymonda (Grand Pas Classique), staged by Anna-Marie Holmes after Marius Petipa.
Mr. Acosta’s performances this Spring will include Ali, the Slave in Le Corsaire on Saturday evening, June 25 and Thursday, June 30 and Prince Siegfried in Swan Lake on Friday, July 8.
Diana Vishneva, a Principal Dancer with the Kirov Ballet, will also join ABT as a Principal Dancer for the Spring season performing George Balanchine’s Ballet Imperial on Monday May 30 and Wednesday evening, June 1, Kitri in Don Quixote on Thursday, May 26, Odette-Odile in Swan Lake on Tuesday July 5 and Saturday matinee, July 9, and the title role in Giselle on Tuesday, July 12.
Ms. Vishneva made her debut with American Ballet Theatre in May 2003 appearing as a guest artist in a special exchange with the Kirov Ballet.
Returning Classics and a Tribute to Alessandra Ferri
American Ballet Theatre’s 2005 Spring Season will feature six full-length ballets. The season will lead off with four performances of Don Quixote, staged by Kevin McKenzie and Susan Jones, beginning Tuesday, May 24 with Paloma Herrera and Angel Corella in the leading roles.
Last season’s premiere of Raymonda, choreographed by Anna-Marie Holmes and conceived and directed by Holmes and Kevin McKenzie, will be given seven performances beginning Tuesday, June 7. Set to a score by Alexander Glazounov, Raymonda features scenery and costumes by Zack Brown. The all-new Raymonda, as co-production with the Finnish National Ballet, was given its World Premiere in Helsinki by the Finnish National Ballet in May 2003 and received its American Ballet Theatre premiere on May 21, 2004.
Nina Ananiashvili, Julio Bocca and Angel Corella will lead the cast in the season’s first performance of Le Corsair on Thursday evening, June 23. With choreography by Konstantin Sergeyev, after Marius Petipa and staging by Anna-Marie Holmes, after Petipa and Sergeyev, Le Corsaire features music by Adolphe Adam, Cesare Pugni, Léo Delibes, Riccardo Drigo and Prince Oldenbourg. Based on the Lord Byron poem The Corsaire (1814), the ballet has sets and costumes by Irina Tibilova with additional costume designs by Robert Perdziola.
Julie Kent and Jose Manuel Carreño will lead the season’s first performances of Swan Lake on Friday, July 1. Choreographed by Kevin McKenzie after Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov, Swan Lake is set the score by Peter Ilyitch Tchaikovsky and features scenery and costumes by Zack Brown. This production of Swan Lake premiered on March 24, 2000 at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D. C., performed by Julie Kent (Odette-Odile) and Angel Corella (Prince Siegfried). Swan Lake will continue for eleven performances through July 9.
American Ballet Theatre will close its 2005 Spring season at the Metropolitan Opera House with eight performances of the classic Giselle beginning Monday, July 11 with Alessandra Ferri in the title role opposite Julio Bocca as Albrecht and Gillian Murphy as Myrta. A special tribute to Ms. Ferri on her 20th Anniversary season with the Company is scheduled for the Friday, July 15 performance.
Set to music Adolphe Adam, orchestrated by John Lanchbery, Giselle was staged by Kevin McKenzie with choreography after Jean Coralli, Jules Perrot and Marius Petipa. The two-act ballet features scenery by Gianni Quaranta and costumes by Anna Anni. This production, featuring scenery by Quaranta and costumes by Anni with staging by Mikhail Baryshnikov, was created for the film Dancers, produced in 1987 by Cannon Films.
All-Star Tchaikovsky Spectacular
American Ballet Theatre will present eight programs featuring all-Tchaikovsky music, May 27 through June 2. The program will include George Balanchine’s Ballet Imperial, Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux and Theme and Variations, as well as pas de deux from The Nutcracker and Acts II and III of Swan Lake with choreography by Kevin McKenzie. In addition, the pas de deux from Onegin, choreographed by John Cranko, will be performed by Alessandra Ferri and Julio Bocca on Friday evening, May 27 and Wednesday evening, June 1.
ABTKids
ABTKids, a one-hour introduction to ballet geared toward children ages 4-12, is scheduled for Saturday, June 18 at 11:30am. All tickets for ABTKids are $18. Reckson Associates is the Official Corporate Sponsor of ABTKids.
Pre –Performance Workshops
Pre-performance workshops, a one-hour activity based program led by ABT Teaching Artists, are available to matinee ticket holders on Saturday, June 18 (9:30-10:30am), Saturday, June 25 (11:00am-12:00 noon) and Saturday, July 9 (11:00am-12:00 noon). Workshops are held in the rehearsal studios of the Metropolitan Opera House. Tickets to the workshops are $20 per person and are only available to ticket holders for the matinee performance following the workshop.
Subscriptions for American Ballet Theatre’s 2005 Metropolitan Opera House season are on sale now by phone at 212-362-6000 and by mail.      


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 Post subject: Re: American Ballet Theatre - 2005 Met Season
PostPosted: Mon Nov 01, 2004 8:59 pm 
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Here are some dates to consider setting aside for a trip to the Met:

July 12 - Giselle (Vishneva, Malakhov, Part)
July 15 - Giselle (Ferri, Bocca, Abrera) Abrera is a sensational, no-nonsense, don't-mess-with-me Myrta.
July 7 - Swan Lake (Part, Gomes)Last year's was steamy.
July 5 & 9 - Swan Lake (Vishneva, Stiefel)
July 8 - Swan Lake (Herrera, Acosta)
June 23 & 28 - Le Corsaire (Ananiashvili, Bocca, Corella, Murphy, Carreno, H. Cornejo) Whew!

No casting as yet for Sylvia. And of course, all casting is subject to change and often does. But the season as a whole looks wonderful. Can't wait to see the reviews of the Royal Ballet's Sylvia which opens this Thursday.


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NORTHERN TRUST NAMED AS LEAD CORPORATE SPONSOR OF AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE’S 2005 METROPOLITAN OPERA HOUSE SEASON

 
1/7/2005 - American Ballet Theatre proudly announced today the addition of Northern Trust as lead corporate sponsor of its 2005 Metropolitan Opera House season. In addition, Northern Trust will also serve as Principal Corporate Sponsor of ABT’s 2005 Spring Gala.
Founded in 1889, The Northern Trust Company is one of the world’s leading financial institutions. Its global reach, industry-leading technology and expert staff combine to provide custody, trust, investments and banking services with the highest quality service. Through strategic philanthropy, Northern Trust contributes substantially to many cultural, civic and charitable organizations.
Jeff Kauffman, President & CEO of Northern Trust Greater New York said, “Northern Trust is proud to be a sponsor of American Ballet Theatre. Throughout our 115 year history, we have a long tradition of caring for the communities in which we do business and of giving back to them. Northern Trust applauds ABT for its role in advancing excellence in the arts.”
“Central to both institutions is excellence: Excellence in financial services for Northern Trust and excellence in classical dance for American Ballet Theatre,” said Rachel Moore, ABT Executive Director. “As a result, we feel there is a natural alliance between the two organizations. We are extremely grateful for the support of Northern Trust.”
Lewis Ranieri, Chairman of ABT’s Board of Governing Trustees, said, "On behalf of the Board, I am delighted to welcome Northern Trust to the ABT Family. We hope that this represents the first year of a long and lucrative partnership."
American Ballet Theatre’s 2005 Spring Season at the Metropolitan Opera House opens May 23 and continues through July 16.  

AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE APPOINTED AS A MEMBER OF UNESCO

 
1/5/2005 - American Ballet Theatre will serve on the U.S. National Commission for the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as a representative of non-governmental organizations. The appointment, which became effective November 15, 2004, was made by United States Secretary of State Colin L. Powell.
In joining the National Commission, American Ballet Theatre, led by Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie, will become a member of a Federal Advisory Committee that supports worldwide humanitarian development and values by coordinating efforts from federal, state and local governments and from non-governmental organizations on issues of education, science, communications and culture. The Federal Advisory Committee is comprised of over 40 non-governmental organizations including the American Film Institute, the Carnegie Corporation, Fort Worth Zoo, Gettysburg National Foundation, National Geographic Society and Freedom House, among others.
Through the work of its members, UNESCO’s global efforts include promoting cultural diversity, improving literacy rates, protecting world ecosystems, promoting freedom of expression and preserving human rights.
“It is an honor for American Ballet Theatre to serve on the National Commission for UNESCO,” said Kevin McKenzie. “As America’s National Ballet Company, we hope to bring our own brand of cultural excellence to the important committees serving UNESCO.”          


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 04, 2005 8:25 pm 
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Oh, no. From the ABT website:

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NINA ANANIASHVILI TO WITHDRAW FROM PERFORMANCES AT METROPOLITAN OPERA HOUSE


2/4/2005 - Due to personal considerations, American Ballet Theatre Principal Dancer Nina Ananiashvili has announced she will withdraw from scheduled performances this Spring.

Ananiashvili plans to return to the Company in early 2006.


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 09, 2005 12:51 pm 
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From Playbill Arts,

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Nina Ananiashvili Withdraws From American Ballet Theatre's Met Season
By Emily Quinn

American Ballet Theatre principal dancer Nina Ananiashvili has announced that she will not perform in the company’s Metropolitan Opera House season this spring.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 14, 2005 9:00 pm 
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From the ABT website:
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TAMÁS SOLYMOSI TO JOIN AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE AS PRINCIPAL GUEST ARTIST FOR METROPOLITAN OPERA HOUSE SEASON


3/10/2005 - Tamás Solymosi will join American Ballet Theatre as a Principal Guest Artist for the 2005 Metropolitan Opera House season, it was announced today by ABT Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie.

Solymosi was born in Budapest, Hungary and trained at the Hungarian Dance Academy in Budapest. After graduation, he joined Dutch National Ballet and later danced with English National Ballet.

In 1993, Solymosi joined the Vienna State Opera Ballet. His repertoire with the company included Lescaut and Des Grieux in Manon, Albrecht in Giselle, Prince Siegfried in Rudolf Nureyev’s Swan Lake, the pas de deux from Le Corsaire, George Balanchine’s Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux, Romeo and Mercutio in John Cranko’s Romeo and Juliet and Danilo in The Merry Widow.

Solymosi has appeared as a guest artist with the Bolshoi Ballet, Berlin State Opera, Finnish National Ballet and the Hungarian National Ballet, among others. He is the brother of Zoltan Solymosi, a former dancer with The Royal Ballet in London.

With American Ballet Theatre, Solymosi is scheduled to perform Conrad in Le Corsaire, von Rothbart (Ballroom) in Swan Lake and the pas de deux from Act III of Swan Lake.


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ADDITIONAL CASTING ANNOUNCED FOR AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE’S 2005 SPRING SEASON AT THE METROPOLITAN OPERA HOUSE, May 23-July 16

U.S. PREMIERE OF ALL-NEW SYLVIA AND ALL-FOKINE CELEBRATION TO HIGHLIGHT SEASON

AMANDA McKERROW DANCES FINAL PERFORMANCES WITH ABT AND JULIO BOCCA BIDS FAREWELL TO DON QUIXOTE

Alessandra Ferri To Celebrate 20th Anniversary Season

3/15/2005 - The U.S. Premiere of an all-new production of Sir Frederick Ashton’s Sylvia and an all-Fokine Celebration will highlight American Ballet Theatre’s 2005 Spring season at the Metropolitan Opera House, May 23-July 16. Additional casting was announced today by Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie.

Principal Dancers for the engagement will include Carlos Acosta, Maxim Beloserkovsky, Julio Bocca, Jose Manuel Carreño, Angel Corella, Herman Cornejo, Alessandra Ferri, Marcelo Gomes, Guillaume Graffin, Paloma Herrera, Julie Kent, Vladimir Malakhov, Amanda McKerrow, Gillian Murphy, Xiomara Reyes, Ethan Stiefel and Diana Vishneva. Tamás Solymosi also joins the Company for the 2005 season as a Principal Guest Artist.

Countrywide Financial is the National Sponsor of American Ballet Theatre and Cole Haan is a Leading Benefactor. Graff Jewelers and Northern Trust are the 2005 Season Sponsors at The Metropolitan Opera House. ABT’s 2005 Spring season is also made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

The 2005 Spring season will kick-off with an Opening Night gala performance on Monday, May 23 at 6:30 P.M. For information about the Opening Night Spring Gala, please call the Special Events Office at 212-477-3030, ext. 3239.

American Ballet Theatre’s 2005 Spring season will also include Amanda McKerrow’s final performances with ABT, a celebration of Alessandra Ferri’s 20th Anniversary with the Company and Julio Bocca’s farewell to the role of Basilio in Don Quixote.

United States Premiere of All-New Sylvia

Gillian Murphy (Sylvia) and Maxim Beloserkovsky (Aminta) will lead the cast of the United States Premiere of an all-new production of Sir Frederick Ashton’s Sylvia on Friday, June 3 at 8 P.M. Ashton’s Sylvia, performed by American Ballet Theatre in two acts, will be staged by Christopher Newton, former dancer and ballet master for The Royal Ballet.

Set to a score by Léo Delibes, Sylvia was Ashton’s second full-length work when it was premiered by The Royal Ballet in 1952 with Margot Fonteyn, Michael Somes and Alexander Grant in the leading roles. Last performed by The Royal Ballet in 1965, Sylvia is set in mythical Greece and tells the story of the chaste nymph Sylvia, who is united by the deity Eros with the lovelorn shepherd Aminta.

This new production, with scenery and costumes by Christopher and Robin Ironside, with additional designs by Peter Farmer, received its revival premiere in three acts by The Royal Ballet on November 4, 2004 at The Royal Opera House in London.

Sylvia will be given seven performances, June 3-6 and June 13-15. Additional lead casts include Julie Kent and Ethan Stiefel, on Saturday matinee, June 4, Paloma Herrera and Angel Corella on Saturday evening, June 4 and Wednesday matinee, June 15, and Michele Wiles and Marcelo Gomes on Monday evening, June 13 and Wednesday evening, June 15.

Fokine Celebration

Four works by legendary choreographer Michel Fokine will include the New York Revival Premiere of Petrouchka and the New York Company Premiere of Polovtsian Dances. The program, which will be given eight consecutive performances beginning Thursday, June 16, will also include Fokine’s Les Sylphides and Le Spectre de la Rose.

American Ballet Theatre’s New York Revival Premiere of Fokine’s Petrouchka, staged by Gary Chryst, is scheduled for Thursday evening, June 16 with Ethan Stiefel in the title role. Set to music by Igor Stravinsky with scenery and costumes by Alexandre Benois and a story by Stravinsky and Benois, the one-act ballet is set amid a Russian carnival and tells the tragic story of the puppet Petrouchka. Additional casts of Petrouchka include Herman Cornejo, Angel Corella and Julio Bocca in the title role.

Petrouchka was given its World Premiere by Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes at the Theatre du Chatelet in Paris, France on June 13, 1911. American Ballet Theatre premiered Petrouchka at the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City on August 27, 1942, danced by Irina Baronova (Ballerina), Yurek Lazowsky (Petrouchka), David Nillo (Blackamoor) and Simon Semenoff (Charlatan). A second production of Petrouchka, staged by Dimitri Romanoff and Yurek Lazowsky, was given its first performance by the Company at the New York State Theatre on June 19, 1970. It was last performed by ABT in 1980.

Petrouchka received its Revival Premiere by American Ballet Theatre on February 4, 2005 at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. with Ethan Stiefel as Petrouchka, Amanda McKerrow as the Dancer and Marcelo Gomes as the Moor.

American Ballet Theatre’s Fokine Celebration will also feature the New York Company Premiere of Polovtsian Dances from Act II of the opera Prince Igor by Alexander Borodin.

Staged for ABT by Frederic Franklin, with scenery and costumes by Elizabeth Dalton, after Nicholas Roerich, Polovtsian Dances received its World Premiere by Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes in May, 1909. It was first performed by ABT on February 4, 2005 at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. with Gennadi Saveliev, Stella Abrera and Misty Copeland in the leading roles. Polovtsian Dances will have its New York Company Premiere on Thursday evening, June 16 led by the same cast. Carlos Acosta, Veronika Part and Laura Hidalgo will dance the roles on Friday evening, June 17 and Sascha Radetsky and Carmen Corella will perform the leading roles at the matinee performance on Saturday, June 18.

Returning Classics and a Tribute to Alessandra Ferri

American Ballet Theatre’s 2005 Spring Season will feature six full-length ballets. The season will lead off with four performances of Don Quixote, staged by Kevin McKenzie and Susan Jones, on Tuesday evening, May 24 with Paloma Herrera and Angel Corella in the leading roles. Set to music by Ludwig Minkus, Don Quixote features scenery and costumes by Santo Loquasto and Natasha Katz. The McKenzie/Jones staging received its Company Premiere in June, 1995. On Wednesday evening, May 25, Julio Bocca will perform the role of Basilio in Don Quixote for the final time, opposite Xiomara Reyes in the role of Kitri. A Principal Dancer since 1986, Bocca first performed the role of Basilio with ABT in 1987. He will continue to perform with ABT following his final bow in Don Quixote. This season Bocca will debut as Petrouchka and perform leading roles in Raymonda, Le Corsaire, Swan Lake and Giselle, as well as the pas de deux in John Cranko’s Onegin opposite Alessandra Ferri.

Last season’s premiere of Raymonda, choreographed by Anna-Marie Holmes and conceived and directed by Holmes and Kevin McKenzie, will be given seven performances beginning Tuesday evening, June 7 with Paloma Herrera, Maxim Beloserkovsky and Julio Bocca in the leading roles. Set to a score by Alexander Glazounov, Raymonda features scenery and costumes by Zack Brown. The all-new Raymonda, a co-production with the Finnish National Ballet, was given its World Premiere in Helsinki by the Finnish National Ballet in May 2003 and received its American Ballet Theatre premiere on May 21, 2004. The season’s performances of Raymonda will feature new fight sequences and some restructured choreography.

Julie Kent, Julio Bocca and Angel Corella will lead the cast in the season’s first performance of Le Corsaire on Thursday evening, June 23. With choreography by Konstantin Sergeyev, after Marius Petipa and staging by Anna-Marie Holmes, after Petipa and Sergeyev, Le Corsaire features music by Adolphe Adam, Cesare Pugni, Léo Delibes, Riccardo Drigo and Prince Oldenbourg. Based on the Lord Byron poem The Corsaire (1814), the ballet has sets and costumes by Irina Tibilova with additional costume designs by Robert Perdziola.

Gillian Murphy, Jose Manuel Carreño and Marcelo Gomes will lead the season’s first performances of Swan Lake on Friday evening, July 1. Choreographed by Kevin McKenzie after Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov, Swan Lake is set to the score by Peter Ilyitch Tchaikovsky and features scenery and costumes by Zack Brown. This production of Swan Lake premiered on March 24, 2000 at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D. C., performed by Julie Kent (Odette-Odile) and Angel Corella (Prince Siegfried). Swan Lake will continue for eleven performances through July 9.

American Ballet Theatre will close its 2005 Spring season at the Metropolitan Opera House with eight performances of Giselle beginning Monday, July 11 with Alessandra Ferri in the title role opposite Julio Bocca as Albrecht and Gillian Murphy as Myrta. A special tribute to Ms. Ferri on her 20th Anniversary season with the Company is scheduled for Friday evening, July 15. In addition, Amanda McKerrow will give her final performance with ABT on Thursday evening, July 14 in the title role.

Set to music Adolphe Adam, orchestrated by John Lanchbery, Giselle was staged by Kevin McKenzie with choreography after Jean Coralli, Jules Perrot and Marius Petipa. The two-act ballet features scenery by Gianni Quaranta and costumes by Anna Anni. This production, featuring scenery by Quaranta and costumes by Anni with staging by Mikhail Baryshnikov, was created for the film Dancers, produced in 1987 by Cannon Films.

All-Star Tchaikovsky Spectacular

American Ballet Theatre will present eight programs featuring all-Tchaikovsky music, May 27 through June 2. The programs will include George Balanchine’s Ballet Imperial, Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux and Theme and Variations, as well as pas de deux from The Nutcracker and Acts II and III of Swan Lake with choreography after Marius Petipa. In addition, the pas de deux from Onegin, choreographed by John Cranko, will be performed by Alessandra Ferri and Julio Bocca on Friday evening, May 27 and Wednesday evening, June 1.

ABTKids

ABTKids, a one-hour introduction to ballet geared toward children ages 4-12, is scheduled for Saturday, June 18 at 11:30am. The program will include a special appearance by Angelina Ballerina™. All tickets for ABTKids are $18. Reckson Associates is the Official Corporate Sponsor of ABTKids.

Pre–Performance Workshops

Pre-performance workshops, a one-hour activity based program led by ABT teaching artists, are available to matinee ticket holders on Friday, June 17 (4:30-5:30pm at 890 Broadway), Saturday, June 18 (9:30-10:30am), Saturday, June 25 (11:00am-12:00 noon) and Saturday, July 9 (11:00am-12:00 noon). Unless otherwise noted, workshops are held in the rehearsal studios of the Metropolitan Opera House. Tickets to the workshops are $20 per person and are only available to ticket holders for the matinee performance following the workshop. Tickets for ABT’s pre-performance workshops can be purchased by calling (212) 419-4321.

Single tickets for American Ballet Theatre’s 2005 Metropolitan Opera House season go on sale on April 10 at the Met box office or are available by phone at 212-362-6000. The Metropolitan Opera House is located on Broadway between 64th and 65th streets in New York City.


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Very exciting news indeed, especially with Solymosi joining the company. All the more reason to make that additional trip to NYC...


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TONY AWARD WINNER SAVION GLOVER TO PERFORM AT AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE’S SPRING GALA, MONDAY, MAY 23, 6:30 P.M., AT METROPOLITAN OPERA HOUSE

Gala Performance to Include Roland Petit’s Carmen (pas de deux) with Alessandra Ferri and Julio Bocca and All-Star Don Quixote Suite

5/3/2005 - Internationally acclaimed tap sensation Savion Glover will perform a Piéce d’Occasion for American Ballet Theatre’s Opening Night Spring Gala on Monday evening, May 23 at 6:30 P.M. at the Metropolitan Opera House. Sponsored by Cole Haan, Griffin Corporation and Northern Trust, ABT’s Opening Night Gala will include a special performance by Alessandra Ferri and Julio Bocca in the pas de deux from Roland Petit’s Carmen, Le Spectre de la Rose with Herman Cornejo and Amanda McKerrow, the pas de deux from Act II of Swan Lake performed by Julie Kent and Vladimir Malakhov and the New York Company Premiere of Michel Fokine’s Polovtsian Dances.

American Ballet Theatre’s gala performance, which celebrates the Company’s 65th Anniversary, will also feature an all-star Don Quixote Suite featuring ABT’s Principal Dancers and Soloists. The Don Quixote Suite will include Diana Vishneva and Jose Manuel Carreño in the adagio from Act III, Erica Cornejo, Maria Riccetto and Maxim Beloserkovsky in the pas de trois from Act I, Gillian Murphy in Kitri’s Act I variation, Veronika Part in Mercedes’ Act I variation, Marcelo Gomes in Espada’s Act II variation, Paloma Herrera in Kitri’s Act II variation (dream sequence), Carlos Acosta in Basilio’s Act III variation, Xiomara Reyes in Kitri’s Act III variation, Michele Wiles and Angel Corella in the coda from Act III and the entire cast in the coda from Act I.

Co-Chairmen for American Ballet Theatre’s Spring Gala are Susan Fales-Hill, Aileen Mehle and Blaine Trump. Honorary Chairmen are President George W. Bush and Mrs. Laura Bush and Caroline Kennedy. Corporate Co-Chairmen are Arlene and Harvey Blau, J. Jeffery Kauffman and Matthew E. Rubel. International Committee Chairman is Mrs. Thomas L. Kempner and Vice Chairmen are Sloan Lindemann Barnett, Tory Burch and Blair Husain.

A Gala dinner under the Tent at Lincoln Center will immediately follow the performance. Gala benefit tickets priced at $1,500 and $2,000 include the performance and post-performance dinner. For Gala benefit ticket information only, call American Ballet Theatre’s Special Events office at 212-477-3030, ext. 3239. Performance-only tickets are priced $25-$130 and are available at the Metropolitan Opera House box office or by calling 212-362-6000.


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Oh, wow. I don't think the text is big enough, Pooh.

And what will Mr Glover perform I wonder. Tapping Beauty? Or perhaps Don Quixotap?


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What sort of floor will he be tapping on? I remember seeing a touring flamenco company from Spain, many years ago, performing at the Felt Forum. I don't remember hearing them, though.


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Savion Glover - a curious artistic ??? choice.


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Some wonderful casting news for the Met season as currently posted on the ABT website‘s calendar. Artisitic Director Kevin McKenzie is going to show us that his soloist bench is, indeed, deeply talented -- half of whom are worthy of being named principals this year.

For starters, Veronica Part debuts as the principal in Ballet Imperial. There are doubters out there about whether she will be able to get through it. Assigning her a Saturday evening debut at the Met suggests McKenzie is 110% confident that she will. This might be the most exciting performance of the first week. Second bill with Part is Stella Abrera who has already won rave reviews when she performed the role in a cast led by Gillian Murphy. Part also has been given the lead in Raymonda for the Wednesday, June 8th matinee.

Abrera will debut as the lead in Les Sylphides opposite Marcello Gomes on Friday evening, June 17th -- another strong vote of confidence from McKenzie. She will also debut as the lead in Petrouchka at the matinee on Saturday, June 18th opposite Angel Corella. At the June 22nd matinee, she’s currently scheduled to dance the leads in both Les Sylphides and Polovtsian Dances. Then at the June 22nd evening performance, she’s scheduled to dance the lead in Petrouchka. Could this be a bit much for one day?! Her best role to date, which no one should miss, is Myrtha in Giselle. She is currently scheduled to dance that twice -- including the Friday evening of Alessandra Ferri’s 20th Anniversary Celebration.

Gennadi Saveliev’s responsibilites are quite significant for the Met season: the leads in Theme and Variations with Gillian Murphy; Ballet Imperial with Paloma Herrera, Sylvia with Julie Kent, Raymonda with Murphy and Carreno, Les Sylphides with Alessandra Ferri, Polovtsian Dances with Abrera, plus his regular duties in Le Corsaire and many other productions.

Michele Wiles is dancing principal roles in nearly everything this year including Sylvia, Raymonda, Swan Lake, Le Corsaire, Theme and Variations, Ballet Imperial, Giselle (Myrtha), and more. The only productions from which she seems to have escaped principal responsibilities are the Fokine Celebration and Don Quixote.

All four of these soloists are incredibly talented artists -- and hopefully the next named principals.


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Great thread! The only thing that saddens me about it is that David Hallberg is not on your list as being used alot! I wish he was being used so you could have added him. It seemed that last year he was progressing so well and his Swan Lake with Michelle Wiles was fabulous! He is such a strong beautiful dancer. He is young though, so he will have all the chances ahead!


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Yes, David Hallberg was becoming a favorite of mine to watch. While he is brushing up on injury management skills, Michelle Wiles is growing as the result of working with more advanced partners, like Marcello Gomes, and soon, Carlos Acosta. There's a positive side to most everything, even injuries. People who attend ABT in the coming weeks will not be able to forget Hallberg, because he is featured most prominently in the poster billboards outside the Met with Gillian Murphy in his arms. It's a very nice portrait.


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