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Nutcracker 2012


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#1 Dale

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Posted 15 August 2012 - 11:24 AM

The release:

AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE’S THE NUTCRACKER

RETURNS TO BAM HOWARD GILMAN OPERA HOUSE

DECEMBER 7-16, 2012


Xiomara Reyes and Herman Cornejo to Lead Opening Night Cast


Box Office Opens Monday, August 20



American Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker will return to the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House for 12 performances beginning December 7, 2012, it was announced today by Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie. Tickets go on sale Monday, August 20, 2012 online, by phone and at the BAM box office.
The Opening Night cast on December 7 at 7:30pm will be led by Xiomara Reyes as Clara, the Princess and Herman Cornejo as the Nutcracker Prince. Hee Seo will debut as Clara, the Princess at the matinee on Saturday, December 8, and Misty Copeland will dance the role for the first time on Thursday, December 13.
The Nutcracker, set to a score by Peter Ilyitch Tchaikovsky, features choreography by ABT Artist in Residence Alexei Ratmansky, scenery and costumes by Richard Hudson and lighting by Jennifer Tipton. This production was given its World Premiere at the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House on December 23, 2010, led by Gillian Murphy as Clara, the Princess and David Hallberg as the Nutcracker Prince.
The BAM box office opens Monday, August 20 for advance ticket sales. Tickets for American Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker, beginning at $25, can be purchased in person at the BAM box office, by phone at 718-636-4100 or online at www.bam.org. The BAM box office is located in the Peter Jay Sharp Building at 30 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn, New York. For more information, please visit ABT’s website at www.abt.org.

David H. Koch is the Lead Underwriter of American Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker.


Linda Allard is the Original Underwriting Sponsor of costumes for The Nutcracker.


Joan Taub Ades and Alan M. Ades, the Susan and Leonard Feinstein Foundation, and Brian and Darlene Heidtke are Co-Underwriting Sponsors of The Nutcracker.


A gift as Co-Underwriting Sponsor of costumes for The Nutcracker has been provided in loving memory of Ellen Everett Kimiatek.


Lisa and Dick Cashin, Linda and Martin Fell, and Ruth and Harold Newman are Co-Underwriting Partners of The Nutcracker.


ABT’s The Nutcracker is generously supported through an endowed gift from

The Toni and Martin Sosnoff New Works Fund.


Additional support has been provided by Ed Fox, Theresa Khawly,

The Rockefeller Brothers Fund and The National Endowment for the Arts.


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.


MasterCard is the Official Card of American Ballet Theatre.


ABT is supported, in part, with public 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.


WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY MAT. SATURDAY EVE. SUNDAY MAT.
12/5 12/6 12/7 12/8 12/8 12/9

7:30 p.m. 2:00 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 1:00 p.m.

Reyes Seo Part Kajiya
Cornejo Stearns Hammoudi Gorak



WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY MAT. SATURDAY EVE. SUNDAY MAT.
12/12 12/13 12/14 12/15 12/15 12/16

7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 2:00 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 1:00 p.m.

Seo Copeland Lane Reyes Herrera Lane
Stearns Hammoudi Simkin Cornejo Tamm Simkin






#2 California

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Posted 15 August 2012 - 12:53 PM

Thanks for posting this. Nothing is listed on the ABT site yet, either under Calendar or News. It's interesting that Gomes/Part are not listed among the principals, although they were prominent last year in this production.

I see that Mikhailovsky has a busy fall season, with many casting announcements yet to be filled in, so I wonder if Gomes will be more active there with his new status as "Guest Principal."

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Posted 15 August 2012 - 01:06 PM

I thought Semionova was full time w. ABT, so I'm surprised she's not on the schedule.

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Posted 15 August 2012 - 01:13 PM

That is indeed interesting to note, abatt. I didn't notice it at first sight because it is just still so new to include her in the list of regular principals. She has also not yet been put up in the dancers section of the website, has she? Even after it was updated taking down Angel Corella and the other retired dancers.

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Posted 15 August 2012 - 01:38 PM

That is indeed interesting to note, abatt. I didn't notice it at first sight because it is just still so new to include her in the list of regular principals. She has also not yet been put up in the dancers section of the website, has she? Even after it was updated taking down Angel Corella and the other retired dancers.


Her contract begins officially in September, so they won't update to include her until then. They did this with someone else (maybe Sascha when he returned?) and it seemed a little bizarre then as well.


Glad Misty is getting a go... she is doing a Nutcracker with Festival Ballet Theatre out here in southern California as well this year. Also excellent to see Joseph Gorak back on the list this year!!

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Posted 15 August 2012 - 02:09 PM

It's interesting that Gomes/Part are not listed among the principals, although they were prominent last year in this production.

Veronika Part is listed to dance, with Alexandre Hammoudi, Saturday evening, Dec. 8.

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Posted 16 August 2012 - 05:10 AM

:( no Gomes, Hallberg, or Murphy

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Posted 16 August 2012 - 05:34 AM


That is indeed interesting to note, abatt. I didn't notice it at first sight because it is just still so new to include her in the list of regular principals. She has also not yet been put up in the dancers section of the website, has she? Even after it was updated taking down Angel Corella and the other retired dancers.


Her contract begins officially in September, so they won't update to include her until then. They did this with someone else (maybe Sascha when he returned?) and it seemed a little bizarre then as well.


That makes sense, thank you.


Has there been any news on Hallberg's injury?
Gillian Murphy is supposed to be in New Zealand at that time if I remember correctly.

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Posted 19 November 2012 - 11:38 AM

Updated release (casting should be up now on abt.org):

PRINCIPAL CASTING ANNOUNCED FOR
AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE’S THE NUTCRACKER
AT BAM HOWARD GILMAN OPERA HOUSE
DECEMBER 7-16, 2012

Xiomara Reyes and Eric Tamm to Lead Opening Night Cast

Xiomara Reyes and Eric Tamm will lead the opening night cast of American

Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker at the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House on Friday,

December 7, 2012 at 7:30 P.M. Choreographed by ABT Artist in Residence Alexei

Ratmansky, the holiday classic will be given 12 performances through December 16 at

Hee Seo will make her debut as Clara, the Princess at the matinee on Saturday,

December 8, dancing opposite Cory Stearns as the Nutcracker Prince. James Whiteside

will dance the role of the Nutcracker Prince for the first time with ABT, opposite Paloma

Herrera on Sunday evening, December 9. Additional casts will be led by Veronika Part

and Alexandre Hammoudi, Yuriko Kajiya and Joseph Gorak and Sarah Lane and Daniil

The Nutcracker, set to a score by Peter Ilyitch Tchaikovsky, features

choreography by Alexei Ratmansky, scenery and costumes by Richard Hudson and

lighting by Jennifer Tipton. This production was given its World Premiere at the BAM

Howard Gilman Opera House on December 23, 2010, led by Gillian Murphy as Clara,

the Princess and David Hallberg as the Nutcracker Prince.

Tickets for American Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker, beginning at $25, can

be purchased in person at the BAM box office, by phone at 718-636-4100 or online at

www.bam.org. The BAM box office is located in the Peter Jay Sharp Building at

30 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn, New York. For more information, please visit ABT’s

website at www.abt.org.

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Posted 19 November 2012 - 11:56 AM

I guess Herman is still injured. I hope the injury is not too severe.

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Posted 20 November 2012 - 04:10 PM

I wonder what happened to Misty's Nutcracker? Has there been report of an injury? Now that the casting has shifted, both of the performances I'm attending will be Part/Hammoudi, but I suppose there are worse dilemmas to be in!

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Posted 21 November 2012 - 08:54 AM

Misty was not present for the ABT City Center engagement in October either.

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Posted 11 December 2012 - 11:56 PM

Daniil Simkin tweeted

Updated my schedule! Performing the Prince in American Ballet Theatre's Nutcracker this week in NYC on Friday,... http://fb.me/2BcYX9YtW



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Posted 14 December 2012 - 05:02 AM

I went to see the Nutcracker last night. I don't have a lengthy review (no coffee yet!) but a few words on it.

I really love this production. I find it funny and more emotionally moving, ultimately, than any Nutcracker I've seen. I still love Balanchines (which for me is THE classic) but right now, this has a lot more interest to me.

I know this was discussed last year (I may have participated in it) but I cannot express how wonderful the snow scene is. The way it builds, growing more and more frenzied and ominous and drawing on a major musical element that, due to the way it is usually staged (or ways), I never really recognized before. I think it is genius.

I don't love all the divertisements in act II. I'd much prefer that Spanish was cut to a single couple. with 3 couples in busy outfits (I love the costumes throughout) it is impossible to see anything. Chinese is great. I *am* a fan of the bees.

In my view, there should have been an announcement at the end of the performance, that the leads were being promoted.
Yuriko Kajiya and Joseph Gorak were stupendous. I believe* (I'd only seen this once before a year ago) they simplified a lift or two, but my belief is based only on memory and something I read in a review regarding the lifting sequences. He showed no obvious strain in the partnering, was gracious, elegant, princely, gorgeous, and danced beautifully.

She was strong but sweet, elegant, showed exquisite control.

I really thought they were both fantastic.

I was very impressed by her last season at the MET and do hope she will be promoted. I think she deserves it and would make a good principal dancer. The fact he is in the corps, however, is something that should be rectified ASAP. They have a newly minted opening in the soloist rank... FILL IT!

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Posted 14 December 2012 - 06:23 AM

I would be more than happy to see Kajiya and Gorak promoted. But only after Stella Abrera is promoted to Principal. It breaks my heart to see all the promotions that leave her behind.


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