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Posted 14 October 2010 - 11:29 AM

WORLD PREMIERES BY ALEXEI RATMANSKY
AND CHRISTOPHER WHEELDON TO HIGHLIGHT
AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE’S
SPRING SEASON AT THE METROPOLITAN OPERA HOUSE,
MAY 16-JULY 9, 2011

SEASON TO INCLUDE NEW YORK COMPANY PREMIERE of
ALEXEI RATMANSKY’S THE BRIGHT STREAM AND
U.S. PREMIERE OF A NEW WORK BY BENJAMIN MILLEPIED

Revival Premiere of Antony Tudor’s Shadowplay set for May 24

American Ballet Theatre’s 2011 Spring Season at the Metropolitan Opera House,
May 16-July 9, was announced today by Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie. Highlights
of the season include World Premieres by Alexei Ratmansky and Christopher Wheeldon,
the New York Company Premiere of Alexei Ratmansky’s The Bright Stream and the U.S.
Premiere of a new work by Benjamin Millepied.

Principal Dancers for the 2011 Metropolitan Opera Season include Maxim
Beloserkovsky, Roberto Bolle, Jose Manuel Carreño, Angel Corella, Herman Cornejo,
Irina Dvorovenko, Marcelo Gomes, David Hallberg, Paloma Herrera, Julie Kent, Gillian
Murphy, Veronika Part, Xiomara Reyes, Ethan Stiefel, Diana Vishneva and Michele
Wiles. Natalia Osipova, a principal dancer with the Bolshoi Ballet, and Alina Cojocaru, a
principal dancer with The Royal Ballet, will return for the Spring season as guest artists.

American Airlines is the Official Airline of American Ballet Theatre. Northern
Trust is the Leading Corporate Sponsor of the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at
American Ballet Theatre. Mandarin Oriental, New York is the Preferred Hotel of
American Ballet Theatre. LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton is the Official Sponsor
of ABT II. The 2011 Metropolitan Opera House Season is also made possible with funds
from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts,
a state agency, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership
with the City Council.

American Ballet Theatre’s 2011 Spring season opens with a Gala performance
featuring ABT’s Principal Dancers on Monday, May 16 at 6:30 P.M. For information on
ABT’s Spring Gala, please call the Special Events Office at 212-477-3030, ext. 3239.

World Premieres and Major Revival

New works by two of the dance world’s most acclaimed choreographers, Alexei
Ratmansky and Christopher Wheeldon, will be given their World Premieres on Tuesday
evening, May 24. American Ballet Theatre Artist in Residence Alexei Ratmansky has
previously created On the Dnieper (2009), Seven Sonatas (2009) and Waltz Masquerade
(2009) on the Company. Mr. Ratmansky’s all-new production of The Nutcracker will be
given its World Premiere on December 23, 2010 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

The World Premiere of a new work by Mr. Wheeldon will be his first creation especially
for American Ballet Theatre. ABT previously gave the Company Premiere of
Mr. Wheeldon’s VIII in 2004.

The World Premieres by Mr. Ratmansky and Mr. Wheeldon will be part of an all-
repertory program to be given four performances May 24-26. The program will also
include the Revival Premiere of Antony Tudor’s Shadowplay and the U. S. Premiere of a
work for cello by Benjamin Millepied.

Created by Antony Tudor for The Royal Ballet in 1967, Shadowplay is based on a
theme from Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book and is set to music by Charles Koechlin.
With scenery and costumes by Michael Annals and lighting by Nananne Porcher,
Shadowplay received its American Ballet Theatre Company Premiere at the New York
State Theater, New York on July 23, l975, performed by Mikhail Baryshnikov (Boy With
Matted Hair), Gelsey Kirkland (Celestial) and Jonas Kage (Terrestrial).
Herman Cornejo will dance the role of the Boy With Matted Hair in the Revival
Premiere of Shadowplay on May 24, and Daniil Simkin will debut in the role at the
matinee on Wednesday, May 25. The ballet will be staged for ABT by Christopher Newton.


Benjamin Millepied’s new work was commissioned by American Ballet Theatre
for the Rostropovich Festival in honor of the birthday of the late Mstislav Rostropovich.
The new work, Mr. Millepied’s third for ABT, will be given its World Premiere on
March 29, 2011 in Moscow. His previous works for the Company include From Here
On Out (2007) and Everything Doesn’t Happen at Once (2009).

New York Company Premiere

The Bright Stream, a comic ballet in two acts choreographed by Alexei
Ratmansky, will be given its New York Company Premiere on Thursday evening, June 9
with Paloma Herrera, Marcelo Gomes, Gillian Murphy and David Hallberg in the leading
roles. Set to Dmitri Shostakovich’s The Bright Stream, the ballet features sets by
Yevgeny Monakhov and Illya Utkin, costumes by Yelena Markavska and lighting by
Brad Fields. The libretto, by Adrian Piotrovsky and Fyodor Lopukhov, tells the story of
the members of a Russian farm collective in the 1930’s and their humorous interactions
with a group of visiting performers during the harvest festival. Mr. Ratmansky’s
The Bright Stream received its World Premiere by the Bolshoi Ballet on April 18, 2003
with sets and costumes by Boris Messerer. The original production of The Bright Stream,
with choreography by Lopukhov, was premiered on April 4, 1935 by the Maly Opera and
Ballet Theater at the Maly Theatre in Leningrad.

The Bright Stream will receive its Company Premiere by American Ballet Theatre
on January 21, 2011 at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.
Tatiana Ratmansky will assist Mr. Ratmansky in staging the ballet for ABT.

Full-Length Ballets

American Ballet Theatre’s 2011 Spring Season at The Metropolitan Opera House
will feature an additional seven full-length ballets during the eight-week engagement.

The season’s first performance of Don Quixote will be led by Paloma Herrera and
Jose Manuel Carreño on Tuesday evening, May 17. Staged by Kevin McKenzie and
Susan Jones, with choreography after Marius Petipa and Alexander Gorsky, Don Quixote
is set to music by Ludwig Minkus and features scenery and costumes by Santo Loquasto
and lighting by Natasha Katz. The McKenzie/Jones staging of the current production
was first performed by ABT in June 1995.

Eight performances of Giselle will be given beginning Friday evening, May 27
with Diana Vishneva in the title role dancing opposite Marcelo Gomes as Albrecht. Hee
Seo will make her debut in the title role dancing opposite David Hallberg as Albrecht at
the matinee on Wednesday, June 1. Set to music by Adolphe Adam and orchestrated
by John Lanchbery, Giselle is staged by Kevin McKenzie with choreography after Jean
Coralli, Jules Perrot and Marius Petipa. The two-act ballet features scenery by Gianni
Quaranta and costumes by Anna Anni. This production, with scenery by Quaranta and
costumes by Anni, was created for the film Dancers in 1987.

John Neumeier’s Lady of the Camellias will be given seven performances
beginning Friday evening, June 3 with Julie Kent as Marguerite and Roberto Bolle as
Armand. Set to music by Frédéric Chopin, Lady of the Camellias was choreographed by
Mr. Neumeier after the novel by Alexandre Dumas fils. The ballet features scenery and
costumes by Jürgen Rose with original lighting design by Mr. Neumeier, reconstructed
by Ralf Merkel. Lady of the Camellias was given its World Premiere by the Stuttgart
Ballet at the Weurttemberg Staatstheatre, Stuttgart, Germany on November 4, 1978, with
Marcia Haydée and Egon Madsen in the leading roles. The ballet received its United
States premiere by the Stuttgart Ballet at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts,
Washington, D.C. on May 15, 1979, with the same cast. Lady of the Camellias was given
its Company Premiere by American Ballet Theatre on May 25, 2010 at The Metropolitan
Opera House with Julie Kent as Marguerite and Roberto Bolle as Armand. Kevin Haigen
and Victor Hughes will stage Lady of the Camellias for ABT.

Frederic Franklin’s staging of Coppélia will have its Revival Premiere on
Thursday evening, June 16 with Xiomara Reyes as Swanilda and Herman Cornejo as
Franz. Staged and directed by Mr. Franklin after Nicholas Sergeyev and the original
staging by Arthur Saint Léon, Coppélia features music by Léo Delibes, scenery by Tony
Straiges, costumes by Patricia Zipprodt and lighting by Brad Fields.

Coppélia received its World Premiere on May 25, l870 at the Theatre Imperial de
l’Opera, Paris, danced by Giuseppina Bozacchi (Swanilda) and Eugenie Fiocre (Franz).
It received its American Ballet Theatre premiere at the Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico
City on September 1, l942, with choreography by Simon Semenoff, in one act and three
scenes, from the original by Arthur Saint Léon, with scenery and costumes by Roberto
Montenegro and danced by Irina Baronova (Swanilda) and Anton Dolin (Franz).

A production of the full-length Coppélia, with choreography by Enrique Martinez
from the original by Saint-Léon and scenery and costumes by William Pitkin, was given
its American Ballet Theatre premiere at the Brooklyn Academy of Music on December
24, 1968, danced by Carla Fracci (Swanilda) and Erik Bruhn (Franz). A new production
with choreography by Enrique Martinez, scenery by Tony Straiges, and costumes by

Patricia Zipprodt, received its ABT premiere at the Kennedy Center for the Performing
Arts in Washington, D.C. on January 18, 1991, danced by Cheryl Yeager (Swanilda) and
Julio Bocca (Franz). Frederic Franklin’s new staging received its ABT premiere at the
Orange County Performing Arts Center in Costa Mesa, California on February 14, 1997,
danced by Paloma Herrera (Swanilda) and Angel Corella (Franz). The ballet was last
performed by ABT in 2004.

Gillian Murphy and David Hallberg will lead the season’s first performance of
James Kudelka’s Cinderella on Tuesday evening, June 21. American Ballet Theatre will
give seven performances of the ballet through Saturday evening, June 25. This
production of Cinderella was given its World Premiere by The National Ballet of Canada
in Toronto, Canada on May 8, 2004. The ballet received its American Ballet Theatre
Company Premiere on June 2, 2006 at the Metropolitan Opera House, danced by Julie
Kent (Cinderella) and Marcelo Gomes (Her Prince Charming).

Eight performances of Swan Lake, choreographed by Kevin McKenzie after
Marius Petipa, will be given beginning Monday, June 27 with Irina Dvorovenko and
Maxim Beloserkovsky leading the opening night cast. Swan Lake is set to the score by
Peter Ilyitch Tchaikovsky and features scenery and costumes by Zack Brown and lighting
by Duane Schuler. This production of Swan Lake premiered on March 24, 2000 at the
Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.

American Ballet Theatre’s final week of its eight-week Metropolitan Opera House
season will feature seven performances of The Sleeping Beauty, July 5-9. Set to a score
by Peter Ilyitch Tchaikovsky, The Sleeping Beauty, choreographed after Marius Petipa,
has additional choreography and staging by Kevin McKenzie, Gelsey Kirkland and
Michael Chernov. The production features scenery by Tony Walton, costumes by Willa
Kim with additional costume designs by Holly Hynes, and lighting by Richard Pilbrow
and Dawn Chiang. Veronika Part and Marcelo Gomes will lead the season’s first
performance of The Sleeping Beauty on Tuesday evening, July 5. This production
of The Sleeping Beauty received its World Premiere at the Metropolitan Opera House on
June 1, 2007.

Jose Manuel Carreño Farewell

Principal Dancer Jose Manuel Carreño will give his final New York performance
with American Ballet Theatre on Thursday evening, June 30. The evening will be
highlighted by a special performance of Swan Lake featuring Mr. Carreño in the role of
Prince Siegfried dancing opposite Julie Kent as Odette and Gillian Murphy as Odile.
Tickets for Carreño’s farewell performance are priced from $30-$115.

ABTKids, American Ballet Theatre’s annual one-hour introduction to ballet, is
scheduled for Saturday morning, May 21 at 11:30 A.M.. All tickets for ABTKids are
$25. The ABTKids performance is generously supported through an endowed gift from
Thomas and Lydia West, in loving memory of Vivian B. West.

ABTKids Workshop Series

ABTKids Workshop Series, activity-based programs led by ABT Teaching Artists,
are available to ABTKids ticket holders only on Saturday, May 21 (9:30 A.M.). On
Saturday, June 18, ABT will hold a Coppélia Workshop at 11:00 A.M. and a Cinderella
Workshop on Saturday, June 25 at 11:00 A.M.. Saturday workshops will be held in the
rehearsal studios of the Metropolitan Opera House. Tickets to the workshops are $20 per
person. For tickets and more information on ABTKids Workshop series, please call 212-
Early Bird 7:30 P.M. Friday Series

American Ballet Theatre introduces a new Early Bird Series with 7:30 P.M.
curtain times for all Friday evening performances. Performances Monday through Friday
will begin at 7:30 P.M., with Wednesday and Saturday matinees at 2:00 P.M. Saturday
evening performances will remain at 8:00 P.M.

Subscriptions for American Ballet Theatre’s 2011 Spring Season at the
Metropolitan Opera House, on sale beginning Friday, October 15, are available by phone
at 212-362-6000, or online at ABT’s website www.abt.org.

The Bright Stream is generously supported through an endowed gift from The Toni and
Martin Sosnoff New Works Fund. This production has been made possible with public
funds from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Cinderella is generously supported through an endowed gift from Monica, Stefano, Cosima,
and Tassilo Corsi. This production has been made possible with public funds from the
National Endowment for the Arts and the New York State Council on the Arts, a State
Agency.

Funding for Coppélia was provided by The Lucia Chase Foundation and The Green Fund,
Inc.

Don Quixote is generously supported through an endowed gift from Anka K. Palitz, in
memory of Clarence Y. Palitz, Jr.

American Ballet Theatre's performances of Giselle are generously supported through
an endowed gift from Sharon Patrick. ABT gratefully acknowledges Linda Allard as the
Leading Costume Sponsor of Giselle.

Lady of the Camellias is generously supported through an endowed gift from The Toni and
Martin Sosnoff New Works Fund. This production is generously sponsored through an
endowed gift from Ruth and Harold Newman.

Swan Lake has been generously underwritten by The Rosh Foundation. Costumes for Swan
Lake are generously sponsored by the Ellen Everett Kimiatek Costume Preservation Trust.

Joan Taub Ades and Alan M. Ades, Adrienne Arsht, Arlene and Harvey Blau, Devon and
Peter Briger, Susan and Leonard Feinstein, Edward A. Fox, Lori and Stephen Garofalo,
Julia and David H. Koch, Konrad R. Kruger, Jill L. Leinbach, Charlotte and MacDonald
Mathey, and Jean and Lawrence Shaw are Co-Underwriters of The Sleeping Beauty.
Additional funding provided by the NIB Foundation. Special thanks to Caroline Newhouse.
This production has been made possible with public funds from the National endowment

The works by Alexei Ratmansky, Christopher Wheeldon and Benjamin Millepied are
generously supported through an endowed gift from The Toni and Martin Sosnoff New
Works Fund. Christopher Wheeldon’s ballet is made possible with public funds from the
New York State Council on the Arts, a State Agency. Additional funding for Benjamin
Millepied’s ballet has been provided by Michele and Steven Pesner.

CA Technologies is a Sponsor of ABT’s Family Initiatives.

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Posted 14 October 2010 - 11:31 AM

The schedule came in an exel file - not easily posted. I'm sure the actual schedule will be up at abt.org soon.

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Posted 14 October 2010 - 12:14 PM

Christopher Newton will be staging "Shadowplay" - that bit was cut off. Also, any word on what Osipova and Cojocaru will be dancing? My guess is that Osipova can repeat Don Q, Giselle and Sleeping Beauty - but anything new for her? Also, Cojocaru I would suspect is giving her first New York Giselle and might repeat Princess Aurora - anything new for her? The ingenue role in "Bright Stream" would be suitable - I saw Svetlana Lunkina shine in that part when the Bolshoi danced it here. She has similarities to Cojocaru. Other point of interest - NO ROMEO AND JULIET!!! Was it accidentally left off? I can't believe it. The first season in 800 years ABT has not performed it at the end of the Met season!!!

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Posted 14 October 2010 - 12:30 PM

No Romeo and Juliet. I wouldn't just drop an entire section of a release. So far, the only casting for Shadowplay is Cornejo and Simkin. I fixed the other one-word drop. The way the doc. is now formatted, it double-spaces everything. I try to take the spaces out.

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Posted 14 October 2010 - 03:07 PM

The same press release is now available on the ABT site this afternoon:
http://www.abt.org/i...asp?News_ID=322

But I don't see a schedule anywhere, including the "Calendar" section. Did they send you the actual schedule in an Excel file? I'm dying to see it. Any chance you could do a copy-paste here? Or perhaps a save-as into html format, which might copy-paste?

I'm looking at old print-outs I kept for the spring 2010 season. They just said TBA in early announcements and those were filled in much later with Osipova and Cojocaru.

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Posted 14 October 2010 - 05:14 PM

I'm so excited to have the chance to see Cojocaru again. I'd break my "no more Giselles rule" for her.

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Posted 14 October 2010 - 06:10 PM

I am keeping my fingers crossed for Osipova to have the opportunity to debut in Swan Lake, opposite Hallberg :blushing:

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Posted 15 October 2010 - 03:53 AM

Hopefully we'll see Osipova in Giselle, Coppelia, and Bright Stream!

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Posted 15 October 2010 - 06:57 AM

Hopefully we'll see Osipova in Giselle, Coppelia, and Bright Stream!


I'd love to see her in Coppelia!!!! I'm actually hoping for Cojocaru in Giselle rather than Osipova.

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Posted 15 October 2010 - 08:26 AM

The 2011 spring season calendar has now been posted:

http://www.abt.org/p...ndar_index1.asp

Edited to add:

Cojocaru:
Don Quixote (May 20), Giselle (May 28 evening), The Sleeping Beauty (July 8)

Osipova:
The Bright Stream (June 11 and 14), Coppelia (June 17 and 20), The Sleeping Beauty (July 6)

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Posted 15 October 2010 - 08:59 AM

Corella is only listed for one performance- a Coppelia w. Herrera. This is sad. No Sarah Lane in any lead parts. Simkin is getting a Don Q., but his partner is Kajiya- not exactly my favorite dancer. Stella is not getting a Giselle- something many ballettalkers have been looking forward to for years. The new Giselle in town will be Hee Seo. Simkin and Ricetto in Coppelia?? That seems like an odd couple. I can't picture Ricetto as Swanilda.

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Posted 15 October 2010 - 09:09 AM

Some points of interest:

Angel Corella is listed on the season roster as per the announcement but his schedule is not worked out yet - he just listed on the calendar for "Coppelia". Plenty of TBA's though.

Diana Vishneva has a singularly uninteresting season - just Giselle, Lady of the Camellias and nothing else...

Daniil Simkin as Basilio in "Don Quixote" YESSSS!!! :clapping:

Bolle also has a skimpy season with just Armand again. Hopefully he will take over some tba slots in "Giselle" and "Swan Lake".

Part has a new role as Zina in "Bright Stream" with Hammoudi who clearly is now on a promotion track.

No Giselle for Abrera :wallbash:

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Posted 15 October 2010 - 11:24 AM

Is there an error on the casting for the June 30 Swan Lake? It lists both Julie Kent and Gillian Murphy (and Carreno). Surely Kent and Murphy are not sharing the part? Gillian Murphy has her own Swan Lake on June 8, and Julie Kent has her own on the July 2 matinée.

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Posted 15 October 2010 - 11:32 AM

Is there an error on the casting for the June 30 Swan Lake? It lists both Julie Kent and Gillian Murphy (and Carreno). Surely Kent and Murphy are not sharing the part? Gillian Murphy has her own Swan Lake on June 8, and Julie Kent has her own on the July 2 matinée.



Kent is doing White Swan Odette; Murphy is doing Black Swan Odile. Normally the role is not split, but since it is an honor for other principals to appear w. Carreno in his final show, they are doing a split. I'm hoping for Gomes as Purple Rothbart.

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Posted 15 October 2010 - 11:55 AM

Ah, that makes sense. Thanks for the explanation :)


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