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CASTING ANNOUNCED FOR FIRST TWO WEEKS OF

AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE’S

2003 FALL SEASON AT CITY CENTER

Performances to Include the Debuts of Gillian Murphy as Hagar in Pillar of Fire and David Hallberg in Theme and Variations

Casting for the first two weeks of American Ballet Theatre’s 2003 season at City Center, October 22 through November 9, was announced today by Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie.

American Ballet Theatre’s Fall 2003 season will kick off with an opening night gala performance highlighted by the Revival Premieres of Agnes de Mille’s Three Virgins and a Devil and Sir Frederick Ashton’s Symphonic Variations. The program will also include the Company Premiere of Le Grand Pas de Deux performed by Xiomara Reyes and Vladimir Malakhov.

The first week of the Fall season will feature the Revival Premiere of Antony Tudor’s Pillar of Fire on Thursday, October 23 danced by Gillian Murphy as Hagar, Carlos Molina as The Friend and Marcelo Gomes as The Man from the House Opposite, plus a preview of a new staging of Raymonda (Grand Pas Classique), danced by Paloma Herrera and Jose Manuel Carreño. Michele Wiles and Carlos Acosta will dance the roles at the Sunday evening, October 26 performance. The first week will also include the Company Premiere of William Forsythe’s workwithinwork on Friday, October 24.

Highlighting the season’s second week will be the World Premiere of Robert Hill’s Dorian danced by David Hallberg, Julie Kent and Marcelo Gomes, and the Company Premieres of Jiri Kylian’s Petite Mort and Sechs Tänze on Thursday,

October 30. Other debuts for the week include David Hallberg in Theme and Variations at the matinee on Saturday, November 1 and Herman Cornejo in Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux at the matinee on Sunday, November 2.

American Ballet Theatre’s Fall season at City Center continues through November 9. The season is sponsored by Movado Watch Company, a leading benefactor. ABT’s 2003 City Center season is made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a State Agency.

Tickets priced from $30 to $80 can be purchased by calling CityTix at 212-581-1212 or at the City Center box office. 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.

Complete casting follows:

FIRST WEEK

Wed. Eve., Oct. 22, 7 P.M. GALA

THREE VIRGINS AND A DEVIL (REVIVAL PREMIERE) –

Waddell*, Schulte*, Fischbach*, Molina*, Bragado-Young*

SYMPHONIC VARIATIONS (REVIVAL PREMIERE) –

Butler*, Tuttle*, Riccetto*, Salstein*, Belotserkovsky*,

Lopez*

DIANA AND ACTEON Pas de Deux and Coda only – Murphy,

Carreño

TCHAIKOVSKY PAS DE DEUX Pas de Deux and Coda only –

Dvorovenko, Corella

LE GRAND PAS DE DEUX (COMPANY PREMIERE) –

Reyes, Malakhov+

THEME AND VARIATIONS – Herrera, Gomes

Thurs. Eve., Oct. 23, 8 P.M. MASTER WORKS

DIVERSION OF ANGELS – Abrera, TBA, S.Brown,

Malakhov, E. Cornejo, H. Cornejo

SYMPHONIC VARIATIONS – Butler, Tuttle, Riccetto,

Salstein, Belotserkovsky, Lopez

PILLAR OF FIRE (REVIVAL PREMIERE) –

Murphy*, Molina*, Gomes*

RAYMONDA (Grand Pas Classique) (PREVIEW

NEW STAGING) - Herrera, Carreño

Fri. Eve., Oct. 24, 8 P.M. INNOVATIVE WORKS

WITHOUT WORDS - S. Brown, Saveliev*, Herrera, Corella,

Murphy, Molina*, Kent, Malakhov

workwithinwork (COMPANY PREMIERE) – Company

WITHIN YOU WITHOUT YOU:

A TRIBUTE TO GEORGE HARRISON – Company

Sat. Mat., Oct. 25, 2 P.M. FAMILY FRIENDLY

THEME AND VARIATIONS – Herrera, Gomes

LE GRAND PAS DE DEUX – Reyes, Malakhov

THREE VIRGINS AND A DEVIL – Waddell, Schulte, Fischbach,

Molina, Bragado-Young

TCHAIKOVSKY PAS DE DEUX – Dvorovenko, Corella

FANCY FREE – H. Cornejo, Radetsky, Carreño, Abrera, Murphy,

Snow

Sat. Eve., Oct. 25, 8 P.M. INNOVATIVE WORKS

WITHOUT WORDS – Abrera, Torres*, Tuttle, Tidwell*, Milewski,

Stappas*, Dvorovenko*, Belotserkovsky*

workwithinwork – Company

WITHIN YOU WITHOUT YOU:

A TRIBUTE TO GEORGE HARRISON – Company

Sun. Mat., Oct. 26, 2 P.M. FAMILY FRIENDLY

THEME AND VARIATIONS – Tuttle, Corella

LE GRAND PAS DE DEUX – Dvorovenko*, Belotserkovsky*

THREE VIRGINS AND A DEVIL – Waddell, Schulte, Fischbach,

Molina, Bragado-Young

TCHAIKOVSKY PAS DE DEUX – Herrera, Acosta+

FANCY FREE – H. Cornejo, Radetsky, Carreño, Abrera, Murphy,

Snow

Sun. Eve., Oct. 26, 7:30 P.M. MASTER WORKS

DIVERSION OF ANGELS – Abrera, TBA, S. Brown, Malakhov,

E. Cornejo, H. Cornejo

SYMPHONIC VARIATIONS – Butler, Tuttle, Riccetto, Salstein,

Belotserkovsky, Lopez

PILLAR OF FIRE – Kent*, Hallberg*, Corella*

RAYMONDA (Grand Pas Classique) (PREVIEW NEW STAGING) –

Wiles*, Acosta+

SECOND WEEK

Tue., Oct. 28, 7:30 P.M. MASTER WORKS

DIVERSION OF ANGELS – Abrera, TBA, S. Brown, Stappas,

E. Cornejo, H. Cornejo

SYMPHONIC VARIATIONS – Butler, Tuttle, Riccetto, Salstein,

Belotserkovsky, Lopez

PILLAR OF FIRE – Murphy, Molina, Gomes

RAYMONDA (Grand Pas Classique) – Herrera, Carreño

Wed., Oct. 29, 7:30 P.M. INNOVATIVE WORKS

WITHOUT WORDS – Abrera, Torres, Tuttle, Tidwell, Milewski,

Stappas, Kent, Stiefel

workwithinwork – Company

WITHIN YOU WITHOUT YOU:

A TRIBUTE TO GEORGE HARRISON – Company

Thurs., Oct. 30, 8 P.M. CONTEMPORARY

PETITE MORT (COMPANY PREMIERE) – Company

SECHS TÄNZE (COMPANY PREMIERE) – Company

DORIAN (WORLD PREMIERE) – Hallberg, Kent, Gomes

Fri., Oct. 31, 8 P.M. CONTEMPORARY WORKS

PETITE MORT – Company

SECHS TÄNZE – Company

DORIAN – Hallberg, Kent, Gomes

Sat., Nov. 1, 11:30 A.M. ABTKIDS

SECHS TÄNZE – TBA

THEME AND VARIATIONS – TBA

THREE VIRGINS AND A DEVIL – TBA

PAS DE DEUX (To be announced) - TBA

Sat. Mat., Nov. 1, 2 P.M. FAMILY FRIENDLY

THEME AND VARIATIONS – Murphy, Hallberg*

LE GRAND PAS DE DEUX – Reyes, H. Cornejo*

THREE VIRGINS AND A DEVIL – Butler*, Riccetto*,

Dmochowski*, Salstein*, Lopez*

TCHAIKOVSKY PAS DE DEUX – Herrera, Acosta

FANCY FREE – Corella, Stiefel, Carreño, S. Brown, Kent, Thomas**

Sat. Eve., Nov. 1, 8 P.M. MASTER WORKS

DIVERSION OF ANGELS – Abrera, TBA, S. Brown, Stappas,

E. Cornejo, H. Cornejo

SYMPHONIC VARIATIONS – Butler, Tuttle, Riccetto, Salstein,

Belotserkovsky, Lopez

PILLAR OF FIRE – Kent, Hallberg, Corella

RAYMONDA (Grand Pas Classique) – Wiles, Acosta

Sun. Mat., Nov. 2, 2 P.M. FAMILY FRIENDLY

THEME AND VARIATIONS – Herrera, Gomes

LE GRAND PAS DE DEUX – Dvorovenko, Belotserkovsky

THREE VIRGINS AND A DEVIL – Butler, Riccetto, Dmochowski,

Salstein, Lopez

TCHAIKOVSKY PAS DE DEUX – Tuttle, H. Cornejo*

FANCY FREE – Corella, Stiefel, Carreño, S. Brown, Kent, Thomas

Sun. Eve., Nov. 2, 7:30 P.M. CONTEMPORARY WORKS

PETITE MORT – Company

SECHS TÄNZE – Company

DORIAN – Belotserkovsky*, Dvorovenko*, Saveliev*

*Editors please note: first time in a role:

Wed. Eve., Oct. 22 – Waddell, Schulte, Fischbach, Molina, Bragado-Young in Three Virgins and a

Devil; Butler, Tuttle, Riccetto, Salstein, Belotserkovsky, Lopez in Symphonic Variations

Thurs. Eve., Oct. 23 – Murphy, Molina (The Friend), Gomes (Young Man From the House Opposite)

Fri. Eve., Oct. 24 – Saveliev, Molina in Without Words

Sat. Eve., Oct. 25 – Torres, Tidwell, Stappas, Dvorovenko, Belotserkovsky in Without Words

Sun. Mat., Oct. 26 – Dvorovenko, Belotserkovsky in Le Grand Pas de Deux

Sun. Eve., Oct. 26 – Kent, Hallberg (The Friend), Corella (Young Man From the House Opposite) in

Pillar of Fire; Wiles in Raymonda (Grand Pas Classique)

Sat. Mat., Nov. 1 – Hallberg in Theme and Variations; H. Cornejo in Le Grand Pas de Deux; Butler,

Riccetto, Dmochowski, Salstein, Lopez in Three Virgins and a Devil

Sun. Mat., Nov. 2 – H. Cornejo in Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux

Sun. Eve., Nov. 2 – Belotserkovsky, Dvorovenko, Saveliev in Dorian

**Editors please note: first time in a role in New York:

Sat. Mat., Nov. 1 – Thomas in Fancy Free

+Editors please note: first time in a role with ABT:

Wed. Eve., Oct. 22 – Malakhov in Le Grand Pas de Deux

Sun. Mat., Oct. 26 – Acosta in Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux

Sun. Eve., Oct. 26 – Acosta in Raymonda (Grand Pas Classiqae)

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I sound like a broken record but, where are Meunier and Part?!

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Thanks much, Alexandra! I can now plan my first two weeks!

Oh, Dale. I know. Maybe week 3 will be a Monique/Veronika festival? :shrug:

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I've been looking forward to this City Center season ever since they announced the repertory, can't wait for it to start already!! I'm as surprised as everyone else that Meunier and Part are nowhere to be found on the casting but I'm hoping they'll show up in some of the TBA's or the new works where the casting is just listed as "company". One can only hope

:D

On another note, I haven't seen Pillar of Fire since the late 70's, when Sallie Wilson danced Hagar. Does anyone know whether ABT has revived this previously in recent years, or if all of the dancers are new to their roles? Seems like a lot of debuts on the casting.

Susan

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Kathleen Moore was a stunning Hagar in the 90s. She was such a sensitive and intelligent dancer -- wonderful dance-actress. :D I miss her terribly.

She often danced Hagar opposite Ethan Brown as the Young Man From the House Opposite and Michael Owen as her Friend.

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