AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE TO PRESENT
THREE PREMIERES AT AVERY FISHER HALL,
OCTOBER 7-10, 2009
Season to Include New Works by Aszure Barton,
Benjamin Millepied and Alexei Ratmansky
American Ballet Theatre will present three premieres in its
first-ever performances at Avery Fisher Hall, October 7-10, 2009, it was
announced today by Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie.
Choreographers Aszure Barton, Benjamin Millepied and Alexei
Ratmansky will present new works during six performances at Lincoln Center¹s
Avery Fisher Hall. All three works will be given their New York City
premieres at the Opening Night Gala performance on Wednesday, October 7 at
6:30pm. The works will receive their World Premieres during ABT¹s
engagement at the Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard
College, Annandale-On-Hudson, New York, October 2-4, 2009. ABT¹s World
Premiere works have been generously supported through an endowed gift from
The Toni and Martin Sosnoff New Works Fund.
Performances at Avery Fisher Hall will also include Jerome
Robbins¹ Other Dances and Clark Tippet¹s Some Assembly Required on
Aszure Barton will present a new work set to the music of
Maurice Ravel. Barton, who previously created Barbara for ABT II, was named
the Altria/ABT Choreography Fellow for 2008. She is the Resident
Choreographer for Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal and has been an
Artist-in-Residence at the Baryshnikov Arts Center (BAC) since 2005.
Benjamin Millepied¹s new work will be set to music by David
Lang. The premiere at Avery Fisher Hall marks Millepied¹s second work for
American Ballet Theatre. Millepied is a principal dancer with New York City
Ballet. His previous work for ABT, From Here On Out, premiered at New York
City Center in 2007. Additional support for Benjamin Millepied¹s new work
has been generously provided by Cosby W. and Timothy M. George. Millepied's
new work is generously sponsored by Michele and Steve Pesner.
Alexei Ratmansky will premiere a new work set to Keyboard
Sonatas by Domenico Scarlatti. The former Artistic Director of the Bolshoi
Ballet, Ratmansky was named ABT¹s Artist in Residence in January 2009.
Ratmansky¹s new work is his second for ABT; he previously choreographed On
the Dnieper for ABT in June 2009. Additional support for Alexei Ratmansky¹s
new work has been generously provided by Leila and Mickey Straus.
Jerome Robbins¹ Other Dances, set to music by Frederic Chopin,
will be presented Thursday evening, October 8 at 7:30pm, Friday evening,
October 9 at 8pm and Saturday matinee, October 10 at 2pm. Other Dances, a
plotless, classical character pas de deux, set to a waltz and four mazurkas
by Chopin, was created by Robbins for a gala evening for the Library for the
Performing Arts at Lincoln Center at the Metropolitan Opera House on May 9,
1976. It received its Company Premiere at the Metropolitan Opera House on
June 22, 1976. Other Dances will be staged for ABT by Isabel Guerin. The
ballet was last performed by ABT in 2006.
Clark Tippet¹s Some Assembly Required is scheduled for
performances Friday matinee, October 9 at 2pm, Friday evening, October 9 at
8pm and Saturday evening, October 10 at 8pm. Set to music by William
Bolcolm, Some Assembly Required received its World Premiere by American
Ballet Theatre on April 14, 1989 at the Kennedy Center for the Performing
Arts in Washington, D. C., danced by Amanda McKerrow and John Gardner.
McKerrow and Gardner will stage the ballet for ABT. Some Assembly Required
was last performed by ABT in 1997.
Superfund Asset Management, Inc. is the sponsor of American
Ballet Theatre¹s Fall Gala at Avery Fisher Hall. Saks Fifth Avenue is the
Leading Corporate Sponsor of American Ballet Theatre's Costume Fund. J.P.
Morgan is the Official Sponsor of Make a Ballet. American Airlines is the
Official Airline of American Ballet Theatre. Northern Trust is the leading
underwriter of the Jacqueline Kennedy Onnasis School at American Ballet
Theatre. The 2009 Fall Season is also made possible with public funds from
the New York State Council on the Arts and the New York City Department of
Cultural Affairs. ABT acknowledges The Toni and Martin Sosnoff New Works
Fund for its generous support of the 2009 Avery Fisher Hall season.
Tickets for American Ballet Theatre¹s Fall season at Avery
Fisher Hall, priced $20-$135, are on sale beginning July 20 at Avery Fisher
Hall¹s box office or by calling 212-721-6500. Avery Fisher Hall is located
at the northern end of the Lincoln Center Plaza, at the corner of Broadway
and 65th Street. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit