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Author:  Poohtunia [ Wed Jan 04, 2006 10:24 pm ]
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Casting for the Washington, DC run Jan 31 - Feb 5 has been posted on the ABT website. Clear your calendars to go Wednesday to see Hallberg and Abrera in Afternoon of a Faun. It will leave you breathless. Hallberg and Stappas are equally riveting as Death in The Green Table.

Tue - Jan 31
Afternoon of a Faun - Kent, Beloserkovsky
Swan Lake III PdD - Herrera, Carreno
The Green Table - Hallberg

Wed - Feb 1
Afternoon of a Faun - Abrera, Hallberg (You MUST see this!!)
Swan Lake III PdD - Murphy, Gomes
The Green Table - Stappas

Thu - Feb 2
Afternoon of a Faun - Riccetto, Carreno
Swan Lake III PdD - Dvorovenko, Beloserkovsky
The Green Table - Stappas

Friday - Feb 3
Romeo & Juliet - Kent, Gomes

Saturday - Feb 4
Matinee Romeo & Juliet - Reyes, Carreno
Evening Romeo & Juliet - Dvorovenko, Beloserdovsky

Sunday - Feb 5
Romeo & Juliet - Herrera, Hallberg

Author:  ksneds [ Fri Jan 06, 2006 9:57 am ]
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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.

Wörtmeyer joins ABT as the inaugural recipient of The Australian Ballet’s Walter Bourke Award, which recognizes a dancer who displays extraordinary talent, as well as a commitment to continual improvement of their art, their company, and their performances. The grant can be used for an extended overseas placement with another company, to enable two dancers to enter a ballet competition, or to have new choreography placed on two dancers for an international competition.

The Walter Bourke Award recognizes the life of Walter Bourke, a former dancer, choreographer and Board member of
The Australian Ballet who passed away in 2003. Given at the discretion of Australian Ballet Artistic Director David McAllister, in consultation with Bourke’s wife, Maria, a former Principal Dancer with The Australian Ballet, the award is designed to provide a promising dancer with experiences not readily available in Australia.

“We are pleased to have Remi as part of the corps de ballet,” McKenzie said. “He has a reputation as an enthusiastic and professional member of The Australian Ballet, and his talent will be a welcome addition to the Company this season.”

Wörtmeyer was born in Glenelg, Adelaide, Australia and trained as a member of the South Australian Children’s Ballet Company and the South Australian Classical Youth Ballet Company. He also attended The Australian Ballet School, where he won a silver medal at the Asian Pacific International Competition in Japan in his graduating year. He joined The Australian Ballet in 2002 and was promoted to Soloist in 2005. Wörtmeyer’s repertoire with The Australian Ballet includes Benvolio in Romeo and Juliet and the Earl in Graeme Murphy’s Swan Lake, as well as featured roles in Stanton Welch’s Velocity and Walter Bourke’s Grand Tarantella.

Wörtmeyer is scheduled to perform with ABT on tour and during the Company’s 2006 Spring Season at the Metropolitan Opera House. He will return to The Australian Ballet in July 2006.

Author:  corrival [ Mon Jan 30, 2006 12:26 pm ]
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Putting Politics on the 'Table'

By Lisa Traiger
Special to The Washington Post
Friday, January 27, 2006; Page WE28

It was 1932. F.D.R. was elected president. The Yankees trounced the Chicago Cubs in the World Series. "Grand Hotel" won the Oscar for Best Picture. Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly solo over the Atlantic. The Nazis' march to power in Germany had begun. And Kurt Jooss's balletic indictment of politics and war, "The Green Table," had its world premiere in Paris.

Author:  corrival [ Thu Feb 02, 2006 9:40 am ]
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ABT's Antiwar Movements
By Sarah Kaufman
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, February 2, 2006; Page C01

American Ballet Theatre opened its engagement at the Kennedy Center Opera House on Tuesday night with a rewarding repertory program of unusual depth, and something rarer still: a political statement. Or at least that's how it seemed, with current events conspiring to sharpen the edge. As President Bush was delivering his State of the Union address just a few miles away, the dance company was capping its evening with an antiwar ballet.

Author:  Poohtunia [ Thu Feb 02, 2006 10:35 am ]
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As President Bush was delivering his State of the Union address just a few miles away, the dance company was capping its evening with an antiwar ballet.

I love it! I wonder how many people in the audience were thinking about that!

Author:  Tom Skelton [ Thu Feb 02, 2006 10:51 am ]
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I wonder how many weren't.

In any event, it's a safe bet that ABT's audience was more aware of the irony than was President Bush's.

Author:  corrival [ Mon Feb 06, 2006 9:57 am ]
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ABT's 'Romeo And Juliet': A Man's World
Male Roles Stand Tallest In the MacMillan Classic

By Alexandra Tomalonis
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, February 6, 2006; Page C05

The late Sir Kenneth MacMillan's "Romeo and Juliet" may not be the most poetic or the most exciting balletic version of Shakespeare's famous play, but it's certainly the most durable. American Ballet Theatre's strong ensemble performance Friday night -- the first of several over the weekend at the Kennedy Center Opera House -- showed why.

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