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PostPosted: Mon Jul 11, 2005 11:31 am 
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An official announcement:

AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE’S 2005 SEASON AT CITY CENTER,
OCTOBER 19-NOVEMBER 6, ANNOUNCED

COMPANY PREMIERES OF JEROME ROBBINS’ AFTERNOON OF A FAUN AND KURT JOOSS’ THE GREEN TABLE AND WORLD PREMIERE OF NEW WORK BY PETER QUANZ TO HIGHLIGHT SEASON


Revivals of Agnes de Mille’s Rodeo, George Balanchine’s Apollo,
Twyla Tharp’s In The Upper Room and Antony Tudor’s Dark Elegies Also Planned


The Company Premieres of Jerome Robbins’ Afternoon of a Faun and Kurt Jooss’The Green Table will highlight American Ballet Theatre’s 2005 City Center season, October 19-November 6. A World Premiere by choreographer Peter Quanz and the revivals of Agnes de Mille’s Rodeo, George Balanchine’s Apollo, Twyla Tharp’s In The Upper Room and Antony Tudor’s Dark Elegies are also scheduled. The season was announced today by Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie.

Principal Dancers for the City Center engagement include Maxim Beloserkovsky, Jose Manuel Carreño, Angel Corella, Herman Cornejo, Irina Dvorovenko, Marcelo Gomes, Paloma Herrera, Julie Kent, Gillian Murphy, Xiomara Reyes, Ethan Stiefel and Michele Wiles.

American Ballet Theatre’s 2005 Fall season at City Center will kick off with an Opening Night Gala at 7:00 P.M. on Wednesday evening, October 19 featuring ABT’s Principal Dancers performing selections of the season’s works. ABT’s Opening Night Gala is generously sponsored by Malo.

Countrywide Financial is the National Sponsor of American Ballet Theatre and Cole Haan is a Leading Benefactor. Graff is the 2005 City Center Season Sponsor. ABT’s 2005 City Center 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.



World Premiere

A new work by choreographer Peter Quanz will receive its World Premiere on Thursday evening, October 20. Quanz’s new work is set to Piano Concerto No. 5 in F Major by Charles Camille Saint-Saëns and features costumes by Holly Hynes, scenery by Robert Perdziola and lighting by Brad Fields. This new ballet will be Quanz’s first work for American Ballet Theatre. He previously choreographed SpringScape for the ABT Studio Company in 2003.

American Ballet Theatre gratefully acknowledges The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for its generous support of this new work.



Company Premieres

American Ballet Theatre will present Jerome Robbins’ Afternoon of a Faun and Kurt Jooss’ The Green Table for the first time this season.

Robbins’ Afternoon of a Faun will be given its ABT Company Premiere on Thursday evening, October 20. Set to music by Claude Debussy with costumes by Irene Sharaff and décor and lighting by Jean Rosenthal, Afternoon of a Faun was given its World Premiere by New York City Ballet at City Center in 1953. A pas de deux based on the themes of a poem by Stéphane Mallarmé, Afternoon of a Faun is dedicated to Tanaquil Le Clercq for whom Robbins choreographed the ballet. Jean-Pierre Frohlich will stage the production for ABT.

Kurt Jooss’ The Green Table (The Dance of Death in 8 Scenes), staged by Anna Markard, will have its Company Premiere on Friday evening, October 21. Inspired by World War I and its aftermath, The Green Table is set to music by Frederick Cohen with costumes by Hein Heckroth, and lighting and masks by Hermann Markard. The Green Table was given its World Premiere by Jooss Ballet in Paris in 1932 with the choreographer portraying the role of Death.

American Ballet Theatre’s production of The Green Table has been made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.



Revivals


The 2005 City Center season will also be highlighted by four revivals of works from American Ballet Theatre’s repertory. Agnes de Mille’s Rodeo will be performed for the first time since 2001 at the matinee on Saturday, October 22. Celebrating de Mille’s centennial this year, the Company will give five performances of Rodeo, one of the choreographer’s signature works. Set to music by Aaron Copland with scenery by Oliver Smith and costumes by Santo Loquasto, Rodeo, subtitled The Courting at Burnt Ranch, was given its World Premiere at the Metropolitan Opera House by the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo in 1942. It was first presented by Ballet Theatre in 1950 in Wiesbaden, Germany. Paul Sutherland will stage the revival of Rodeo for ABT, with assistance from Christine Sarry.

George Balanchine’s Apollo, set to music by Igor Stravinsky, will be given seven performances beginning Friday evening, October 21. ABT’s production of Apollo, staged by Richard Tanner, will include the birth scene. Apollo was given its World Premiere by Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes in 1928 and was first performed by Ballet Theatre in 1943 at the Metropolitan Opera House. The Company last performed Apollo in 1998.

Antony Tudor’s Dark Elegies will also be revived this year with six performances being given beginning Wednesday evening, October 26. Dark Elegies, a ballet portraying members of a community mourning the loss of their children, is set to music by Gustav Mahler with scenery and costumes by Nadia Benois and lighting by Jean Rosenthal. Dark Elegies received its World Premiere by Ballet Rambert in 1937 and was first presented by Ballet Theatre in 1940. Last performed by ABT in 1990, the ballet will be staged by Donald Mahler.

Twyla Tharp’s In The Upper Room will be given its Revival Premiere on Wednesday, October 26. A ballet in nine parts, In The Upper Room, staged for ABT by Keith Roberts, features music by Philip Glass, costumes by Norma Kamali and lighting by Jennifer Tipton. Last performed by ABT in 1995, In The Upper Room received its World Premiere by Twyla Tharp Dance in 1986 and was given its ABT Premiere in 1988.


Returning Repertory


American Ballet Theatre’s three-week season at City Center will feature the return of Michel Fokine’s Les Sylphides and Mark Morris’ Gong.

Les Sylphides, set to the music of Frederic Chopin, will be given six performances beginning Thursday evening, October 20. This romantic one-act plotless work was premiered by Ballet Theatre, staged by Fokine, at the Company’s inaugural performance on January 11, 1940. Les Sylphides received its World Premiere as Chopiniana by the Maryinsky Theatre in 1908 and was staged for Serge Diaghilev’s Ballet Russes a year later in the form we know today. ABT’s current production, which received its Revival Premiere during the Company’s 2004 City Center season, is staged by Kirk Peterson with assistance from Susan Jones. The ballet features scenery by Alexandre Benois and lighting by David K.H. Elliott.

Mark Morris’s Gong, last performed by ABT in 2002, will be given six performances beginning Friday evening, October 21. Gong, staged by Tina Fehlandt, features music by Colin McPhee with costumes by Isaac Mizrahi and lighting by Michael Chybowski. A ballet for fifteen dancers, Gong was given its World Premiere by ABT in 2001.

Tickets for American Ballet Theatre’s 2005 Fall season at City Center are priced from $25-$90 and are on sale now by mail, online at www.abt.org or by calling CityTix at 212-581-1212. Discounts are available for packages of three of more performances. The box office will open Sunday, August 28. City Center is located on West 55th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues in New York City. For more information, please visit ABT’s website at www.abt.org <http://www.abt.org/> .


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Wow, The Green Table. What a perfect choice for this company right now. One of my earliest childhood ballet memories is that of Christian Holder as Death waving his arms and body over his victims and taking them one by one. I had frequent nightmares about the character. He was so riveting. The range of sizes and shapes of the ABT dancers really approximates that of the 1960's Joffrey, and will make delicious casting for the diplomats. My casting dream for Death: Chris Holder, of course, followed by Gomes and Hallberg.

Another Wow for Dark Elegies. Common peasants mourning the death of their children. The video of this with Martine van Hamel and Johan Renval is numbing. I remember reading that Tudor insisted on no makeup for the women, so as to make them look as plain as possible and to let the movement convey the meaning. Upon examining pictures of this year's Joffrey production, it looked to me as though they couldn't resist glamming up the women with lipstick and eye makeup. I hope ABT holds to Tudor's wishes in its production.

These two works will knock the socks off the New York audience again.

When I heard a while back that ABT would be doing Faun, I hoped it would be the Nijinsky version which the Joffrey has done. Oh, well. The Robbins version is fine, but it has no scarf-sniffing or ero-animalism(animal-eroticism) of the Nijinsky version. Some think that Nijinsky's Faun only looked good when done by Nijinsky. But now we have Cornejo.

It looks like a better than average Fall City Center season. For anyone thinking of making a trip here to see some dance, Halloween weekend looks like it has the most content.


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Is there anything at all happening at the ABT studios right now? Does anybody know? I am in NY and wanting to check out whatever i can on the dance scene!


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Tatiana, I don't know that the dancers are in (closed) rehearsal for the fall City Center program yet -- but, I sort of doubt it. There may be some open classes you can attend at either 10am or 6pm Monday - Thursday at the ABT studios. Before making the trip to 890 Broadway, I suggest you call 212-477-3030 to ask if the open classes are in session at this time. If you are looking for another place to take class, a great place to start is Steps on the Upper West Side. The morning classes are advanced-professional level; the afternoon and evening are intermediate and lower. Enjoy your stay!


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ABT has updated its roster for 2005 - 06

The only major change is that Monique Meunier is no longer listed as a member of the company. Four ABT Studio Company members are apprentices: Nicola Curry, Hee Seo, Abigail Simon and Cory Stearns.

Out of the studio company, Alex Wong has joined Miami City Ballet and Jospeh Gatti has joined Cincinnati Ballet as a soloist.

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More roster news at ABT:

Studio Company: Leanne Underwood and Thomas Forster have been added

Corp: Danny Tidwell is no longer listed

Also Cory Stearns is now back as a Studio Company member, so perhaps they are using fewer apprentices in the City Center/touring season.


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Some casting information is listed in the Sunday print edition of The New York Times. The ABT website continues to lag behind. I can't list all of the casting, but am happy to report that Abrera & Hallberg will be doing at least two performances of Afternoon of the Faun as will Kent & Stiefel and Riccetto & Beloserkovsky. Hallberg & Erica Cornejo will be the leads in Rodeo as will Reyes & Radetsky. Carreno, Stiefel and Beloserkovsky will dance Apollo. The only female lead announced for Apollo is Kent. Dvorovenko and Beloserkovsky will dance the Paquita PdD. Reyes and Corella will dance the Le Corsaire PdD. Herrera and Carreno will dance Diana & Acteon PdD, and Herrera and Corella will dance the Tchaikovsky PdD. Les Sylphides leads will be Abrera & Hallberg, Kent & Beloserkovsky, and Riccetto & Saveliev.

Opening Night will be Gong, Afternoon of the Faun, Pas de Deuxs, and Rodeo. No casting listed.

There are many blanks still left to be filled. There is no casting for The Green Table, which I didn't expect to see printed because it is such an ensemble piece. However, if I can twist some information out of the Press Office, I'll let you know. Ditto for Dark Elegies. In the Upper Room and Gong are also ensemble pieces for which casting is unlikely to be included in any ads.

The full page ad in the Times features Erica Cornejo in the famous Agnes de Mille saute croise en avant (I know my French is wrong). The brochure that was mailed out featured the original de Mille photo, a Joffrey photo of The Green Table, and an old photo of In the Upper Room with Kathy Moore, Cynthia Anderson (I think) and Kevin O'Day.

It is a great, great line up. I cannot wait to see Hallberg and Abrera in Les Sylphides and Faun!


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The above referenced casting has found its way to the ABT website.


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From the ABT website:

AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE’S OPENING NIGHT GALA AT NEW YORK CITY CENTER, OCTOBER 19 AT 7 PM, TO FEATURE THE WORKS OF AGNES DE MILLE, MARK MORRIS AND JEROME ROBBINS

Opening Night Gala Sponsored by Malo and Superfund Asset Management, Inc.

9/14/2005 - American Ballet Theatre’s Opening Night Gala at New York City Center, Wednesday, October 19 at 7 PM, will be highlighted by the Company Premiere of Jerome Robbins’ Afternoon of a Faun, a performance of Mark Morris’ Gong and the Revival Premiere of Agnes de Mille’s Rodeo, celebrating the choreographer’s centenary.

The pas de deux from Paquita and excerpts from Kirk Peterson’s The Howling Cat will complete ABT’s Gala Opening Night program. The evening will also honor Principal Dancer Julie Kent as she begins her 20th Anniversary season with ABT.

Gala chairmen include Muffie Potter Aston and Sherrell Aston, Arlene and Harvey Blau, Grace Hightower De Niro and Robert De Niro and Julia and David Koch. American Ballet Theatre’s Opening Night Gala is generously underwritten by Malo and Superfund Asset Management, Inc., with additional support from Lee Angel Jewelry.

A Gala dinner at New York’s landmark Pierre Hotel will immediately follow the performance. Gala benefit tickets, which include prime seats to the performance and post-performance dinner dance, are priced at $1,500 and $1,000. For Gala benefit ticket information only, please call American Ballet Theatre’s Special Events office at 212-477-3030, ext. 3239.

Performance-only tickets for American Ballet Theatre’s Opening Night at New York City Center are priced from $35 to $130 and are available online at www.nycitycenter.org or by calling CityTix at 212-581-1212. New York City Center is located on West 55th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues in New York City.

Countrywide Financial is the National Sponsor of American Ballet Theatre and Cole Haan is a Leading Benefactor. Superfund Asset Management, Inc. and Graff Jewelers are the 2005 City Center Season Sponsors. ABT’s 2005 New York City Center 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.

American Ballet Theatre’s 2005 Fall season at New York City Center continues through November 6. For more information, click here.


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 Post subject: Casting update
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Here's a casting update.

Already David Hallberg has been replaced for the first couple of Rodeos, although he is still cast with Stella Abrera in Les Sylphides and Afternoon of a Faun. Craig Hallstein will be performing with Erica Cornejo and Isaac Stappas in Rodeo on Opening Night and Saturday evening. Kirk Peterson's The Howling Cat will be performed on Opening Night only by Herrera and Carreno. Kent and Steifel will do Afternoon of a Faun, and Dvorovenko and Beloserkovsky will dance the Paquita PdD.

The premiere of the Quantz piece on Thursday 10/20, now titled Kaleidoscope lists Murphy, Steifel, Part and Beloserkovsky.

The first performance of Apollo will feature Carreno, Kent, Abrera and Dvorovenko.

The first performance of The Green Table is Friday, 10/21. It will probably be the highlight of the week, perhaps even the highlight of the fall season (if our favorite evil one is cast as Death), followed closely by the pairing of Hallberg and Abrera in their debuts in Afternoon of a Faun at the Saturday 10/22 matinee.

The Sunday 10/23 matinee Apollo will feature Steifel, Herrera, Riccetto, and Murphy.

Who's going? Balletomaniac? Fedora? Leftyvaldez? MorrisNeighbor, Littletutu? Others? Hello?!


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Here's an update. Note that David Hallberg will be Death in The Green Table, and Michele Wiles has the lead in Dark Elegies. It's going to be one fabulous season!

CASTING ANNOUNCED FOR FIRST TWO WEEKS OF AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE’S 2005 FALL SEASON AT NEW YORK CITY CENTER

9/30/2005 - Casting for the first two weeks of American Ballet Theatre’s 2005 season at New York City Center, October 19 through November 6, was announced today by Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie.

American Ballet Theatre’s Fall 2005 season will kick off with an Opening Night gala performance highlighted by the Company Premiere of Jerome Robbins’ Afternoon of a Faun, danced by Julie Kent and Ethan Stiefel, the Revival Premiere of Agnes de Mille’s Rodeo, led by Erica Cornejo, Craig Salstein and Isaac Stappas, and a performance of Mark Morris’ Gong. The program will also include the pas de deux from Paquita, performed by Irina Dvorovenko and Maxim Beloserkovsky, and excerpts from Kirk Peterson’s The Howling Cat, with Paloma Herrera and Jose Manuel Carreño.

The World Premiere of Peter Quanz’s Kaleidoscope on Thursday, October 20, led by Gillian Murphy, Ethan Stiefel, Veronika Part and Maxim Beloserkovsky, will highlight the first week of ABT’s Fall season at New York City Center. Xiomara Reyes and Herman Cornejo will debut in the leading roles at the evening performance on Saturday, October 22. The Friday, October 21 performance will include the Company Premiere of Kurt Jooss’ The Green Table (A Dance of Death in Eight Scenes), featuring David Hallberg in the role of Death, and the Revival Premiere of George Balanchine’s Apollo, led by Jose Manuel Carreño, Julie Kent, Stella Abrera and Irina Dvorovenko. Paloma Herrera, Maria Riccetto and Gillian Murphy will debut in Apollo at the matinee on Sunday, October 23, with Ethan Stiefel dancing the title role. The matinee on Saturday, October 22 will feature debuts by Stella Abrera and David Hallberg in Afternoon of a Faun and by Xiomara Reyes and Jared Matthews in Rodeo.

The season’s second week will be highlighted by the Revival Premiere of Antony Tudor’s Dark Elegies on Wednesday, October 23, led by Michele Wiles, Julie Kent, Grant DeLong, Sascha Radetsky, Adrienne Schulte and Jesus Pastor. At the matinee on Sunday, October 30, Kristi Boone, Simone Messmer, Isaac Stappas, Jared Matthews, Sarawanee Tanatanit and Carlos Lopez will dance the leading roles for the first time. The matinee on Saturday, October 29, will feature debuts by Julie Kent and David Hallberg in Kaleidoscope and by Isaac Stappas as Death in The Green Table. Other debuts for the week include Veronika Part, Melanie Hamrick and Michele Wiles in Apollo on Thursday, October 27, and Irina Dvorovenko, Melanie Hamrick and Veronika Part in Les Sylphides on Friday, October 28.

Countrywide Financial is the National Sponsor of American Ballet Theatre and Cole Haan is a Leading Benefactor. Graff is the 2005 City Center Season Sponsor. ABT’s 2005 City Center 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. American Ballet Theatre’s Opening Night Gala is generously underwritten by Malo and Superfund Asset Management, Inc., with additional support from Lee Angel Jewelry.

Tickets for American Ballet Theatre’s 2005 Fall season at New York City Center are priced from $35 to $80 and are on sale now at the New York City Center box office, online at www.nycitycenter.org or by calling CityTix at 212-581-1212. Discounts are available for packages of three or more performances. City Center is located at West 55th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues in New York City.

Complete casting follows:

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FIRST WEEK
Wed. Eve., Oct.19, 7:00 P.M. OPENING NIGHT GALA
AFTERNOON OF A FAUN (COMPANY PREMIERE) – Kent, Stiefel
PAQUITA Pas de Deux – Dvorovenko, Beloserkovsky
THE HOWLING CAT Excerpts (COMPANY PREMIERE) - Herrera, Carreño
GONG – Company
RODEO (REVIVAL PREMIERE) – E. Cornejo, Salstein*, Stappas*

Thur. Eve., Oct. 20, 7:30 P.M
LES SYLPHIDES– Abrera, Hallberg, E. Cornejo, Riccetto
AFTERNOON OF A FAUN – Kent, Stiefel
PAQUITA Pas de Deux – Herrera*, Carreño*
KALEIDOSCOPE (WORLD PREMIERE) – Murphy, Stiefel, Part, Beloserkovsky
Fri. Eve., Oct. 21, 8:00 P.M.
APOLLO– Carreno, Kent, Abrera*, Dvorovenko*
GONG – Company
THE GREEN TABLE (COMPANY PREMIERE) – Hallberg
Sat. Mat., Oct. 22, 2:00 P.M. LES SYLPHIDES– Riccetto, Saveliev, Kajiya, Fang
AFTERNOON OF A FAUN – Abrera*, Hallberg*
PAQUITA Pas de Deux – Dvorovenko, Beloserkovsky
RODEO – Reyes*, Radetsky, Matthews*
Sat. Eve., Oct. 22, 8:00 P.M. KALEIDOSCOPE – Reyes*, H. Cornejo*, Part, Beloserkovsky
GONG - Company
RODEO – E. Cornejo, Salstein, Stappas
Sun. Mat., Oct. 23, 2:00 P.M.
GONG - Company
APOLLO – Stiefel, Herrera*, Riccetto*, Murphy*
RODEO – Reyes, Radetsky, Matthews



SECOND WEEK
Tues. Eve., Oct. 25, 7:30 P.M.
APOLLO – Carreño, Kent, Abrera, Dvorovenko
GONG - Company
TTHE GREEN TABLE – Hallberg

Wed. Eve., Oct. 16, 7:30 P.M.
KALEIDOSCOPE – Reyes, H. Cornejo, Part, Beloserkovsky
DARK ELEGIES – Wiles*, Kent*, DeLong*, Radetsky*, Schulte*, Pastor*
IN THE UPPER ROOM - Company

Thur. Eve., Oct. 27, 7:30 P.M
APOLLO – Beloserkovsky, Part*, Hamrick*, Wiles*
TCHAIKOVSKY PAS DE DEUX – Reyes, Corella
PAQUITA Pas de Deux – Dvorovenko, Carreño
RODEO – E. Cornejo, Salstein, Stappas
Fri. Eve., Oct. 28, 8:00 P.M.
LES SYLPHIDES – Dvorovenko*, Beloserkovsky, Hamrick*, Part*
DARK ELEGIES – Wiles, Kent, DeLong, Radetsky, Schulte, Pastor
IN THE UPPER ROOM - Company
Sat. Mat., Oct. 29, 2:00 P.M. KALEIDOSCOPE – Murphy, Stiefel, Kent*, Hallberg*
GONG - Company
THE GREEN TABLE – Stappas*
Sat. Eve., Oct. 29, 8:00 P.M. LES SYLPHIDES – Dvorovenko, Beloserkovsky, Hamrick, Part
LE CORSAIRE Pas de Deux – Herrera, Corella
IN THE UPPER ROOM - Company
Sun. Mat., Oct. 30, 2:00 P.M.
LES SYLPHIDES – Abrera, Hallberg, E. Cornejo, Riccetto
DARK ELEGIES – Boone*, Messmer*, Stappas*, Matthews*, Tanatanit*, Lopez*
THE GREEN TABLE – Stappas


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*Please note: First time in a role:

Wed. Eve., Oct. 19 – Dvorovenko, Beloserkovsky in Paquita Pas de Deux; Salstein (Champion Roper), Stappas (Head Wrangler) in Rodeo
Thurs. Eve., Oct. 20 – Herrera, Carreño in Paquita Pas de Deux
Fri. Eve., Oct. 21 – Abrera (Polyhymnia), Dvorovenko (Calliope) in Apollo
Sat. Mat., Oct 22 – Abrera, Hallberg in Afternoon of a Faun; Reyes, Matthews (Head Wrangler) in Rodeo
Sat. Eve., Oct. 22 – Reyes, H. Cornejo in Kaleidoscope
Sun. Mat., Oct 23 – Herrera (Terpsichore), Riccetto (Polyhymnia), Murphy (Calliope) in Apollo
Wed. Eve., Oct. 26 – Wiles, Kent, DeLong, Radetsky, Schulte, Pastor in Dark Elegies
Thurs. Eve., Oct. 27 – Part (Terpsichore), Hamrick (Polyhymnia), Wiles (Calliope) in Apollo
Fri. Eve., Oct. 28 – Dvorovenko, Hamrick, Part in Les Sylphides
Sat. Mat., Oct. 29 – Kent, Hallberg in Kaleidoscope; Stappas in The Green Table
Sun. Mat., Oct. 30 – Boone, Messmer, Stappas, Matthews, Tanatanit, Lopez in Dark Elegies


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David Nillo, a Dancer of Ballet and Broadway, Dies at 89
by JACK ANDERSON for the New York Times

David Nillo, a founding member of American Ballet Theater and a dancer in many musical theater productions, died Sept. 28 in Los Angeles. He was 89 and lived in Hollywood.

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This article on Ballet Pacifica at Playbill Arts reports that Gillian Murphy has requested a year's leave (2006-07) from ABT to dance with Ballet Pacifica full time for the first year. However, no official decision has been made.


http://www.playbillarts.com/news/article/3055.html


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Tobi Tobias previews ABT's "Afternoon of a Faun" for the NY Times:

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THE first vision to greet viewers at the Oct. 19 opening of American Ballet Theater's three-week season at the City Center will be what the program calls "a room with a mirror." It is Jean Rosenthal's ethereal evocation of a ballet studio, created from diaphanous white silk, for Jerome Robbins's "Afternoon of a Faun," a 10-minute boy-meets-girl duet with the evanescent, shimmering quality of a soap bubble. Ingeniously made and perennially popular, the 52-year-old work has just been staged for the company by the veteran Robbins expert Jean-Pierre Frohlich.


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Dance, Memory: When Looking Back Is Looking Ahead
By JOHN ROCKWELL
The New York Times
October 16, 2005

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IN all the arts, at different rates and in different ways, we seem more and more to be backing into the future.

American Ballet Theater's fall season starting this week at City Center is chock full of revivals from throughout the last century: Kurt Jooss's landmark antiwar ballet "The Green Table" (1932), Jerome Robbins's take on "Afternoon of a Faun" (1953), Antony Tudor's mysterious "Dark Elegies" (1937), Agnes de Mille's joyful "Rodeo" (1942), Twyla Tharp's landmark "In the Upper Room" (1986). Ballet Theater offered a whole program of Michel Fokine revivals at the Met this spring.

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Rockwell apparently gave some thought to this before penning it out. I have to disagree that the reconstruction of Nijinski’s Sacre du Pritemps, as performed by the Joffrey, was dismissed. Dismissed, perhaps by a dance critic here or there, but audiences loved it. I found it riveting, and as a teenager, it initiated my head first dive into Stravinsky. Listening to the score still conjures up images of Beatrice Rodriguez poised for sacrifice.

Interest in reconstruction is driven as much by dissatisfaction with the present artistic product as by desire to restore lost relics. Our generation can be blamed for dumbing down its new choreography the same way it has dumbed down most culture. Harboring a taste for excess and demand for immediate ROI, it has produced Choreography Removed of All Passion which celebrates being different without being creative. Ever rarely is there underlying craft and discipline.

To quote a million teachers from every generation and art form: one learns a craft by first imitating the masters. Study Frost, Yeats, Shakespeare and Joyce to learn how to write. Study Mozart, Vivaldi, Bach, etc. to learn the fundamentals of writing music. One has to own the craft and discipline before he can exploit it without offending it. Those who have no time or initiative to study their craft and its masters simply come up with a new form, call it modern, and go out begging for grant money. It is modern without being progressive. It illuminates what is wrong with our generation.

There is not a resistance to reconstructions/revivals as Rockwell claims. There is only lack of money, and time is running out for our retired artists to pass down their gifts to the upcoming generation. Interest in reconstruction is on the rise everywhere as audiences get tired of fad choreography and fad music. One example is the great success of Lincoln Center presenting chamber music actually performed on the period instruments in a smaller, intimate venue. Still there are casual concert goers who, having heard Vivaldi’s Four Seasons played by a symphony, will not embrace the sound of the period instruments.

Back to dance. This is not a call for putting a damper on the creative spirit. It’s just a call to acknowledge that there is a certain amount of studying, apprenticing, and practicing that precedes the development of art. Hopefully, Christopher Wheeldon and a few others will return to the study from time to time. We have much to lose if they don’t.


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