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#46 MelissaNY

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Posted 09 September 2007 - 05:35 AM

Angel Corella will be very busy this fall organizing his new company, guesting with Wheeldon's Morphoses company in London, and then the Kings of Dance tour in Russia (Moscow, St. Petersburg, Perm, Novoborisk?)--according to the websites of all three companies. A loss to ABT at City Center, but not world audiences; it gives others at ABT a chance to shine too. And what I said about "Clear" last year still applies.



Do you know which performances Angel Corella will be in at Sadler's Wells on September 19 and 20? I am trying to book before I leave for London.

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Posted 09 September 2007 - 06:06 AM

Angel Corella will be very busy this fall organizing his new company, guesting with Wheeldon's Morphoses company in London, and then the Kings of Dance tour in Russia (Moscow, St. Petersburg, Perm, Novoborisk?)--according to the websites of all three companies. A loss to ABT at City Center, but not world audiences; it gives others at ABT a chance to shine too. And what I said about "Clear" last year still applies.



Do you know which performances Angel Corella will be in at Sadler's Wells on September 19 and 20? I am trying to book before I leave for London.


Program information is here - http://www.sadlerswe...heeldon-Company

Casting is not listed.

Try writing the theater. reception@sadlerswells.com or ticket.office@sadlerswells.com - they may already have casting or know when it will be announced.

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Posted 10 September 2007 - 04:34 PM

Wow! The good neighbor policy, NYCB to the rescue!

... a new work by choreographer Benjamin Millipied, which will be set to a commissioned score by composer Nico Muhly. The unnamed work will be the first for ABT by Mr. Millipied, a principal dancer with New York City Ballet, who has previously choreographed pieces for NYCB and ABT's Studio Company.
The season will also feature... George Balanchine's "Ballo della Regina," which will be staged by former NYCB principal dancer Merrill Ashley...

Perhaps ABT could loan the occasional tall male dancer to NYCB in return? WHY NOT?


I have seen an evening of Balachine ,a few years ago, that ABT did at the Met. If you saw that program, you wouldn't want an ABT dancer loaned to NYCB. Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake and even R+J that NYCB does, doesn't have the same romance and beauty that ABT's versions have. One evening (I believe it was 2 years ago) Julio Bocca did a guest appearance with NYCB. Peter Martins choreographed a tango piece. I was embarrassed for the NYCB male principals who were on stage with him. They were out-classed and out-danced. Nope, the 2 companies in my opinion don't mix well together, but I am sure they can learn a lot from each other.

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Posted 17 September 2007 - 06:55 AM

There has been some tweaking to the casting of Fancy Free. Hallberg will now be the second sailor for three performances.

#50 Dale

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Posted 17 September 2007 - 11:30 AM

A rather run of the mill Opening Night announcement from the company:

OPENING NIGHT GALA AT NEW YORK CITY CENTER
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 23 AT 6:30 PM
TO FEATURE COMPANY PREMIERE OF
GEORGE BALANCHINE’S BALLO DELLA REGINA

9/17/2007 - American Ballet Theatre’s Opening Night Gala at New York City Center, Tuesday, October 23 at 6:30 PM, will feature highlights from the Fall season, including the Company Premiere of George Balanchine’s Ballo della Regina and a performance of Jerome Robbins’ Fancy Free.

Gala chairmen include Muffie Potter Aston and Sherrell Aston, Anne and Mario Grauso and Julia and David Koch. Gala Vice-Chairs are Pamela Fielder and David B. Ford. Superfund Asset Management, Inc. is the sponsor of ABT’s 2007 New York City Center season.

A sold-out Gala Dinner at New York’s Mandarin Oriental Hotel will immediately follow the performance. ABT’s Opening Night will pay special tribute to Lewis S. Ranieri for his commitment and leadership during his six years of service as Chairman of the Board of Governing Trustees.

Performance-only tickets for American Ballet Theatre’s Opening Night at New York City Center are priced from $30 to $135 and are available online 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. Saks Fifth Avenue is the Leading Sponsor of ABT’s Costume Fund and CA, Inc. is the Leading Sponsor of ABT’s 2007 Family Initiative. American Airlines is ABT’s Official Airline. Ballo della Regina is generously supported through an endowed gift from Susan Fawcett Sosin. Fancy Free is generously underwritten by an endowed gift from Avery and Andy Barth in honor of Laima and Rudolph Barth. Additional support has been provided by the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

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Posted 26 September 2007 - 01:33 PM

Some more casting has been added for the first week of City Center:

Opening night Oct

Ballo della Regina
G. Murphy
D. Hallberg

The Leaves Are Fading pas de deux
M. Wiles
A. Hammoudi

Clear pas de deux
X. Reyes
H. Cornejo

Don Quixote Act III pas de deux
P. Herrera
J. Carreño

Fancy Free
H. Cornejo
S. Radetsky
M. Gomes
S. Abrera
J. Kent

Wednesday

Clear
X. Reyes
H. Cornejo

The Leaves Are Fading
J. Kent
M. Gomes

Fancy Free
C. Salstein
D. Hallberg
J. Carreño
P. Herrera
G. Murphy

Thursday
Clear
P. Herrera
J. Carreño

Meadow-
J. Kent
M. Gomes

Ballo della Regina
M. Wiles
M. Beloserkovsky

Friday

Ballo della Regina
G. Murphy
D. Hallberg

The Leaves Are Fading
X. Reyes
G. Saveliev

From Here On Out (New Millepied Work)
Company

Saturday Matinee

Ballo della Regina
M. Wiles
M. Beloserkovsky

Meadow
S. Abrera
D. Hallberg

Fancy Free
H. Cornejo
S. Radetsky
M. Gomes
P. Herrera
J. Kent

Saturday evening

Clear
P. Herrera
J. Carreño

New Elo/Glass/Close Work
M. Copeland
J. Kent
K. Boone
H. Cornejo
M. Gomes
J. Matthews

From Here On Out (New Millepied Work)-
Company

Sunday matinee

Ballo della Regina
M. Wiles
M. Beloserkovsky

New Elo/Glass/Close Work
M. Copeland
J. Kent
K. Boone
H. Cornejo
M. Gomes
J. Matthews

Fancy Free
C. Salstein
D. Hallberg
J. Carreño
S. Abrera
G. Murphy

Sunday evening

The Leaves Are Fading
X. Reyes
G. Saveliev

Meadow
J. Kent
M. Gomes

From Here On Out (New Millepied Work)
Company

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Posted 03 October 2007 - 04:52 PM

where is veronika part?
dvorovenko?

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Posted 04 October 2007 - 10:09 AM

Here's the official casting for the City Center season:

CASTING ANNOUNCED FOR ABT's
2007 NEW YORK CITY CENTER SEASON

10/4/2007 - Casting for American Ballet Theatre’s 2007 season at New York City Center was announced today by Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie.

American Ballet Theatre’s Fall 2007 season will open on Tuesday, October 23 at 6:30 P.M. with a Gala performance highlighted by the Company Premiere of George Balanchine’s Ballo della Regina, led by Gillian Murphy and David Hallberg. The program will also feature pas de deux from Antony Tudor’s The Leaves Are Fading, Stanton Welch’s Clear, and Act III of Don Quixote. A performance of Jerome Robbins' Fancy Free will round out the evening.

The first week at NY City Center will feature the World Premieres of Benjamin Millepied’s From Here On Out on Friday, October 26, and a new work by Jorma Elo on Saturday evening, October 27, led by Misty Copeland, Julie Kent, Kristi Boone, Herman Cornejo, Marcelo Gomes and Jared Matthews. The Leaves Are Fading will have its Revival Premiere on Wednesday, October 24, led by Julie Kent and Marcelo Gomes, who will dance the role for the first time. Xiomara Reyes and Gennadi Saveliev will debut in these roles on Friday, October 26. On Thursday, October 25, Paloma Herrera and Jose Manuel Carreño will debut the leading roles in Clear and Michele Wiles and Maxim Beloserkovsky will debut the leading roles in Ballo della Regina.

American Ballet Theatre’s second week at NY City Center will include the Company Premiere of Twyla Tharp’s Baker’s Dozen on Tuesday, October 30, and the Revival Premiere of Agnes de Mille’s Fall River Legend, led by Julie Kent and Gennadi Saveliev, on Thursday, November 1. Gillian Murphy and Sascha Radetsky will make their debuts in Fall River Legend on Friday, November 2, and Michele Wiles and Isaac Stappas will dance these roles for the first time at the matinee on Sunday, November 4. Additional highlights of ABT’s second week include the debuts of Jacquelyn Reyes, Xiomara Reyes, Stella Abrera, Craig Salstein, Sascha Radetsky and Blaine Hoven in the new Elo/Glass/Close work on Tuesday, October 30, Stella Abrera and Sascha Radetsky in The Leaves Are Fading on Wednesday, October 31, and Sarah Lane and Herman Cornejo in Ballo della Regina at the matinee on Sunday, November 4.

Tickets for American Ballet Theatre’s 2007 Fall Season at New York City Center, priced from $27-$93, are available online or by calling CityTix at 212-581-1212. Performance-only tickets for American Ballet Theatre’s Opening Night at NY City Center are priced from $30 to $135. NY 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. Superfund Asset Management, Inc. is the sponsor of ABT’s 2007 New York City Center season. Saks Fifth Avenue is the Leading Sponsor of ABT’s Costume Fund and CA, Inc. is the Leading Sponsor of ABT’s 2007 Family Initiative. American Airlines is ABT’s Official Airline. Additional support has been provided by the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

Complete casting follows:

FIRST WEEK
Tues. Eve., Oct. 23, 6:30 P.M. OPENING NIGHT GALA
BALLO DELLA REGINA (Company Premiere) – Murphy, Hallberg
THE LEAVES ARE FADING Pas de Deux – Wiles, Hammoudi
CLEAR Pas de Deux – Reyes, Cornejo
DON QUIXOTE Pas de Deux – Herrera, Carreño
FANCY FREE – Cornejo, Radetsky, Gomes, Abrera, Kent

Wed. Eve., Oct. 24, 7:30 P.M CLEAR – Reyes, Cornejo
THE LEAVES ARE FADING – Kent, Gomes*
FANCY FREE – Salstein, Hallberg, Carreño, Herrera, Murphy

Thur. Eve., Oct. 25, 7:30 P.M CLEAR – Herrera* ,Carreño*
MEADOW – Kent, Gomes
BALLO DELLA REGINA – Wiles*, Beloserkovsky*

Fri. Eve., Oct. 26, 8:00 P.M. BALLO DELLA REGINA – Murphy, Hallberg
THE LEAVES ARE FADING – Reyes*, Saveliev*
FROM HERE ON OUT (World Premiere) - Company

Sat. Mat., Oct. 27, 2:00 P.M. BALLO DELLA REGINA – Wiles, Beloserkovsky
MEADOW – Abrera, Hallberg
FANCY FREE – Cornejo, Radetsky, Gomes, Herrera, Kent

Sat. Eve., Oct. 27, 8:00 P.M. CLEAR – Herrera, Carreño
NEW ELO BALLET (World Premiere) – Copeland, Kent, Boone, Cornejo, Gomes, Matthews
FROM HERE ON OUT - Company

Sun. Mat., Oct. 28, 1:30 P.M. BALLO DELLA REGINA – Wiles, Beloserkovsky
NEW ELO BALLET – Copeland, Kent, Boone, Cornejo, Gomes, Matthews
FANCY FREE – Salstein, Hallberg, Carreño, Abrera, Murphy

Sun. Eve., Oct. 28, 7:00 P.M. THE LEAVES ARE FADING – Reyes, Saveliev
MEADOW – Kent, Gomes
FROM HERE ON OUT – Company


SECOND WEEK

Tues. Eve., Oct. 30, 7:30 P.M. BAKER’S DOZEN (Company Premiere) – Company
SINATRA SUITE – Gomes, Paris
NEW ELO BALLET – J. Reyes*, Reyes*, Abrera*, Salstein*, Radetsky*, Hoven*
FANCY FREE – Salstein, Hallberg, Carreño, Herrera, Murphy

Wed. Eve., Oct. 31, 7:30 P.M. THE LEAVES ARE FADING – Abrera*, Radetsky*
MEADOW – Kent, Gomes
FROM HERE ON OUT – Company

Thur. Eve., Nov. 1, 7:30 P.M FROM HERE ON OUT – Company
NEW ELO BALLET – J. Reyes, Reyes, Abrera, Salstein, Radetsky, Hoven
FALL RIVER LEGEND – Kent*, Saveliev*

Fri. Eve., Nov. 2, 8:00 P.M. BAKER’S DOZEN – Company
SINATRA SUITE – Carreño, Copeland+
MEADOW – Abrera, Hallberg
FALL RIVER LEGEND – Murphy*, Radetsky*

Sat. Mat., Nov. 3, 2:00 P.M. BAKER’S DOZEN – Company
SINATRA SUITE – Cornejo, Lane
THE LEAVES ARE FADING – Kent, Gomes
FROM HERE ON OUT – Company

Sat. Eve., Nov. 3, 8:00 P.M. BALLO DELLA REGNA – Murphy, Hallberg
BAKER’S DOZEN – Company
SINATRA SUITE – Gomes, Paris
FALL RIVER LEGEND – Kent, Saveliev

Sun. Mat., Nov. 4, 1:30 P.M. BALLO DELLA REGINA – Lane*, Cornejo*
FROM HERE ON OUT – Company
FALL RIVER LEGEND – Wiles*, Stappas*

Sun. Eve., Nov. 4, 7:00 P.M. BAKER’S DOZEN – Company
SINATRA SUITE – Carreño, Paris
NEW ELO BALLET – Copeland, Kent, Boone, Cornejo, Gomes, Matthews
FALL RIVER LEGEND – Murphy, Radetsky


*Please note: First time in a role:
Wed. Eve., Oct. 24 – Gomes in The Leaves Are Fading
Thurs. Eve., Oct. 25 – Herrera and Carreño in Clear; Wiles and Beloserkovsky in Ballo della Regina
Fri. Eve., Oct. 26 – Reyes and Saveliev in The Leaves Are Fading
Tue. Eve., Oct. 30 – J. Reyes, Reyes, Abrera, Salstein, Radetsky, Hoven in New Elo Ballet
Wed. Eve., Oct. 31 – Abrera and Radetsky in The Leaves Are Fading
Thurs. Eve., Nov. 1 – Kent and Saveliev in Fall River Legend
Fri. Eve., Nov. 2 – Murphy and Radetsky in Fall River Legend
Sun. Mat., Nov. 4 – Lane and Cornejo in Ballo della Regina; Wiles and Stappas in Fall River Legend

+Please note: First time in a role in New York:
Fri. Eve., Nov. 2 – Copeland in Sinatra Suite

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Posted 04 October 2007 - 01:52 PM

*Please note: First time in a role:

Thurs. Eve., Nov. 1 – Kent and Saveliev in Fall River Legend

Really? Kent? This is surprising. I guess FRL has been dormant for longer than I thought.

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Posted 09 October 2007 - 06:33 AM

:off topic: I'm so frustrated and thought I could get some advice from readers that attend more performances than I. I bought tickets for one evening of the fall ABT season based on the pieces being offered and hoping Hallberg was dancing. I bought them as soon as they went on sale before casting was announced. I was prepared to buy another evening if I was unlucky in my wish to see Hallberg. Well no luck, no Hallberg so I bought a second evening of tickets for Oct. 31st after seeing casting listed. Now I see Hallberg isn't dancing that night either. Instead I'll see Meadow twice, both with Kent/Gomes. Not that I don't love them but not twice in the same performance. Now I have to decide if my wallet can handle yet another set of tickets. (My outlay is double since I always buy tickets for my daughter to join me.) If I'd known I was buying tickets for 3 performances I could have purchased them at the same time and saved a little money. Certainly I realize that casting is subject to change but I'm feeling very unlucky. So my question to you all is this: Do you wait until casting is announced before purchasing tickets risking inferior seats? Do you purchase early to get the best seats and don't mind who is cast? And finally - Is the ABT website the best place for casting info? I'm afraid I took as accurate listings I'd seen in the NY Times. Thanks for any advice about strategic ticket-buying!

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Posted 09 October 2007 - 07:40 AM

I've had bad luck with seeing a cast I wanted. Usually I selected the performances based on the ABTweb site calendar, called up, ordered a bunch only to find out, often the night of the performance that there was a cast change.

What I find curious is WHY can't they organize this sooner? What is actually going on which prevents the ABT from announcing as soon as they set up which ballets they are going to stage which casts will perform them? When some is ill or injured we can understand a last minute change, but why drive balletomanes crazy when this simple bit of planning might even boost ticket sales?

Is this simply being lazy? Or being smug? Or incompetent? I can tell you, like Barbara it is very frustrating to be psyched up to see X and have to see Y regardless of how talented Y is. In a sense you are NOT getting what you paid for. Don't they get it?

The next strategy is to just go the day of the performance and hope to find good seats at the BO. At least you have a better chance of being assured of the cast, if not the seat. And with the fact that there always seems to always be seats available you won't be sitting in a coffee shop banging your head on the counter.

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Posted 09 October 2007 - 09:02 AM

:off topic: I'm so frustrated and thought I could get some advice from readers that attend more performances than I. I bought tickets for one evening of the fall ABT season based on the pieces being offered and hoping Hallberg was dancing. I bought them as soon as they went on sale before casting was announced. I was prepared to buy another evening if I was unlucky in my wish to see Hallberg. Well no luck, no Hallberg so I bought a second evening of tickets for Oct. 31st after seeing casting listed. Now I see Hallberg isn't dancing that night either. Instead I'll see Meadow twice, both with Kent/Gomes. Not that I don't love them but not twice in the same performance. Now I have to decide if my wallet can handle yet another set of tickets. (My outlay is double since I always buy tickets for my daughter to join me.) If I'd known I was buying tickets for 3 performances I could have purchased them at the same time and saved a little money. Certainly I realize that casting is subject to change but I'm feeling very unlucky. So my question to you all is this: Do you wait until casting is announced before purchasing tickets risking inferior seats? Do you purchase early to get the best seats and don't mind who is cast? And finally - Is the ABT website the best place for casting info? I'm afraid I took as accurate listings I'd seen in the NY Times. Thanks for any advice about strategic ticket-buying!

Hey, Barbara, they haven't announced any casting for the new Millipied piece yet; so there is still that chance that Hallberg may be dancing on Oct. 31st. With regard to your first performance choice, if it's Oct 25th -- you won't be paying much attention to Meadow anyway, having just spent a half hour watching JM Carreno cavort around in Clear with his shirt off!! Trust me.

It is frustrating how ABT holds back the casting on the rep performances. But I guess there are just too many variables to pin it down any sooner. To make things more difficult for us, there is no longer an exchange privilege that goes with the City Center packages.

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Posted 09 October 2007 - 09:32 AM

Hagland,

Just what ARE the variables you refer to?

I'm thinking I run a company of professionals and I call in the AD and set the program and select the dancers. Then call them up or send them an email and tell them when they are expected to dance, organize rehearsal schedule as necessary and publish it on the web site.

Did I miss something?

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Posted 09 October 2007 - 10:00 AM

Hagland,

Just what ARE the variables you refer to?

I'm thinking I run a company of professionals and I call in the AD and set the program and select the dancers. Then call them up or send them an email and tell them when they are expected to dance, organize rehearsal schedule as necessary and publish it on the web site.

Did I miss something?


I'm not Hagland, nor do I know to what precisely he was refering, nor have I run a company, all that notwithstanding, I think there are more variables than you've allowed for.

1) injuries. Injuries are frequent in dance companies. Most of the last minute switches (including one that was really heartbreaking for me during the MET season) are due to injury.

2) scheduling. Remember, these aren't full-length, evening-long works. That's great right? More opportunities to see more dancers!
But given that they are not doing the same program on multiple nights, but rather mixing and matching the works, the casting has to balance out so that one dancer isn't working in all 3-4 pieces one night.

It seems to me that this sort of programming inevitably leads to more variables, and as they scramble to cover for one dancer who is injured, instead of just replacing him or her in one ballet, shifts all up and down the programming need to be made to accommodate the replacement.

3) With the new works, those that are being set on the company right now, they simply may not know yet who is best in the piece, and again, who is cast when can cause changes throughout the programming.

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Posted 09 October 2007 - 10:16 AM

And even if a dancer is listed to appear in certain ballets, an injury during the rehearsal period may prevent adequate preparation time for a new role. That would require shifting some dancers around, making sure replacements aren't overworked, a whole chain reaction of rescheduling, as aurora notes.


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