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#256 Dale

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Posted 18 April 2014 - 12:51 PM

More injury (guest star) news:

 

 

DENIS MATVIENKO TO WITHDRAW FROM PERFORMANCES AT METROPOLITAN OPERA HOUSE DUE TO INJURY

 

Guest Artists Alban Lendorf and

Exchange Artist Kevin Jackson to Perform

 

 

            Due to injury, Denis Matvienko, a guest artist with American Ballet Theatre, will withdraw from scheduled performances with the Company this Spring, it was announced today by Kevin McKenzie, Artistic Director. 

            A principal dancer with the Mariinsky Ballet, Matvienko made his debut with American Ballet Theatre in 2012 dancing Solor in La Bayadère.  His repertoire with ABT also includes Conrad in Le Corsaire and Basilio in Don Quixote.

            Guest artist Alban Lendorf, a principal dancer with the Royal Danish Ballet, will replace Matvienko as Basilio in Don Quixote on Wednesday evening, May 14.  Kevin Jackson, a principal dancer with Australian Ballet, will make his debut with ABT as an exchange artist, replacing Matvienko as Des Grieux in Manon at the matinee on Wednesday, June 4 and Friday evening, June 6ABT Soloist Jared Matthews replaces Matvienko as Albrecht in Giselle on Thursday evening, June 19.



#257 abatt

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Posted 18 April 2014 - 01:24 PM

 Jared is finally getting his due at ABT.  Good for him!  Never heard of Kevin Jackson.  Loved Lendorf last season. Too bad about Matvienko.  Now Kevin has to figure out who will replace Stearns.

 

So who is replacing Matvienko for his one Bayadere?  Vasliev  please.



#258 bingham

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Posted 18 April 2014 - 03:10 PM

I hope the folks at ABT are reading this and will act accordingly.

 

With Stearns out, there is now a shortage of tall men for the season.  Since Hallberg is unavailable, this leaves only Gomes and Whitside for all the tall girl assignments. For whatever reason, they don't cast Bolle much.   Maybe they are planning to throw the not-yet-ready Hammoudi into the fire and see what happens.

ABT has lots of talented tall men in the corps( T Forster, G Davis, D Mantei ) who have not been given any big breaks.It's time they are given chances to shine or this will always be a problem in the future.



#259 onxmyxtoes

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Posted 18 April 2014 - 04:09 PM

aww I wish we got gomes to reprise his basillo, which the DC audience was so lucky to see last night! wahhh



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Posted 18 April 2014 - 04:42 PM

aww I wish we got gomes to reprise his basillo, which the DC audience was so lucky to see last night! wahhh

Indeed! You can get a brief glimpse of them in Don Q in this clip about their guest appearance a few years ago with Festival Ballet in southern California. He mentions in an interview that he doesn't do this role very much at ABT:

 

 

 

At the Alonso birthday celebration in 2010, he did the first act, but I can't remember who his partner was for that. (They had different principals for each act.)



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Posted 18 April 2014 - 06:10 PM

Sooooo happy Matthews is getting a Met Giselle (unfortunately due to Matvienko's injury). It's about time!

#262 spinning2night

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Posted 18 April 2014 - 06:20 PM

AHHHHHH!!! I'm so excited for Jared...FINALLY!!!

(His Albrecht was the one I would have loved to see when they were here in Minneapolis...but I had another commitment...but I heard it was splendid.) I can't wait to hear about his MET performance!



#263 Dale

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Posted 21 April 2014 - 01:08 PM

Opening Night casting:

 

Opening Night Gala Program

Don Quixote (Act I Entrance): Paloma Herrera

Cinderella (Act II Pas de Deux): Hee Seo, Marcelo Gomes

Manon (Act II Solo & Adagio): Polina Semionova

La Bayadère (Pas d'Action): Gillian Murphy, Ivan Vasiliev

The Dream (Scherzo): James Whiteside, Daniil Simkin

Manon (Act I Bedroom Pas de Deux): Julie Kent, Roberto Bolle

Coppélia (Act II Excerpt): Xiomara Reyes

Nuages: Diana Vishneva, Marcelo Gomes

Gaîté Parisienne (Peruvian, Pas de Deux & Can-Can): Herman Cornejo, Veronika Part, Alexandre Hammoudi



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Posted 21 April 2014 - 01:14 PM

Perhaps this means that Vasiliev will dance Solor w. Murphy on May 27, replacing Matvienko?  I hope so.  I think they would be  excellent together.



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Posted 22 April 2014 - 07:58 AM

Full casting, from ABT:

 

CASTING ANNOUNCED FOR FIRST TWO WEEKS OF

AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE’S 2014 SPRING SEASON

AT METROPOLITAN OPERA HOUSE

 

Hee Seo and Marcelo Gomes to Lead Revival Premiere of

Léonide Massine’s Gaîté Parisienne, Tuesday Evening, May 20

 

Alban Lendorf and Andrew Veyette to Appear as Guests Artists

 

 

            Casting for the first two weeks of American Ballet Theatre’s 2014 Spring Season at the Metropolitan Opera House was announced today by Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie. 

 

The season will begin on Monday, May 12 at 6:30 P.M. with the Company’s Opening Night Gala, featuring excerpts from Leonide Massine’s Gaîté Parisienne, led by Herman Cornejo, Veronika Part and Jared Matthews, and the Company Premiere in Jiří Kylian’s Nuages, danced by Diana Vishneva and Marcelo Gomes.  The evening will also include Paloma Herrera in an excerpt from Don Quixote, Hee Seo and Marcelo Gomes in the pas de deux from Cinderella, Polina Semionova in an excerpt from Manon, Gillian Murphy and Ivan Vasiliev in the pas d’action from La Bayadère, James Whiteside and Daniil Simkin in an excerpt from The Dream, Julie Kent and Roberto Bolle in the bedroom pas de deux from Manon, Xiomara Reyes in an excerpt from Coppélia and a performance by students of the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at American Ballet Theatre.  American Ballet Theatre’s Spring Gala is sponsored by Lanvin.

 

The first of eight performances of Don Quixote will take place on Tuesday, May 13, with Polina Semionova and Marcelo Gomes in the leading roles.  Guest artist Alban Lendorf, a principal dancer with the Royal Danish Ballet, will dance the role of Basilio for the first time with ABT on Wednesday evening, May 14, opposite Gillian Murphy as Kitri.  Guest Artist Maria Kotchetkova will dance the role of Kitri for the first time with ABT on Thursday, May 15, opposite Herman Cornejo as Basilio.  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 on June 12, 1995.  This production is generously supported through an endowed gift from Anka K. Palitz, in memory of Clarence Y. Palitz, Jr.

 

On Tuesday, May 20, the Revival Premiere of Léonide Massine’s Gaîté Parisienne will be led by Hee Seo as the Glove Seller and Marcelo Gomes as the Baron.  Veronika Part and Jared Matthews will debut in these roles at the matinee on Wednesday, May 21.  Staged for ABT by Lorca Massine, Gaîté Parisienne is set to music by Jacques Offenbach and features costumes by Christian Lacroix, scenery by Zack Brown and lighting by Steven Shelley.  The ballet was given its Company Premiere on January 19, 1988 in Tampa, Florida with Cheryl Yeager as the Glove Seller, Victor Barbee as the Baron and Johan Renvall as the Peruvian.  Gaîté Parisienne received its World Premiere by the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo in 1938 at the Theatre de Monte Carlo in Monaco with Nina Tarakanova as the Glove Seller, Frederic Franklin as the Baron and Léonide Massine as the Peruvian.  The ballet was last performed by the Company in 1999.  Gaîté Parisienne is generously supported through an endowed gift from The Toni and Martin Sosnoff New Works Fund.

 

Gaîté Parisienne will share the program with George Balanchine’s Theme and Variations and Duo Concertant.  Polina Semionova and James Whiteside will lead the season’s first performance of Theme and Variations on Tuesday, May 20.  Guest artist Andrew Veyette, a principal dancer with New York City Ballet, will make his ABT debut in the ballet’s leading role opposite Gillian Murphy at the evening performance on Wednesday, May 21.  Theme and Variations, set to music by Peter Ilyitch Tchaikovksy, received its World Premiere on November 26, 1947, danced by Alicia Alonso and Igor Youskevitch.  This production, featuring sets and costumes by Zach Brown, with lighting by David K.H. Elliott, received its World Premiere at the David H. Koch Theater on October 30, 2013, led by Gillian Murphy and James Whiteside.  ABT gratefully acknowledges Mr. and Mrs. John C. Sites, Jr. for their generous support of Theme and Variations through an endowed gift and a Leading Sponsor gift for costumes.  Cindy and Chip Murphy are Leading Sponsors of Theme and Variations. Additional support has been provided by the Lloyd E. Rigler-Lawrence E. Deutsch Foundation and Richard S. Ungerleider, M.D.

 

Misty Copeland and Eric Tamm, in a role debut, will lead the first performance of Duo Concertant on Tuesday, May 20.  James Whiteside will debut in the ballet at the matinee on Wednesday, May 21, dancing opposite Paloma Herrera.  Set to music by Igor Stravinsky, Duo Concertant received its World Premiere by New York City Ballet at the New York State Theatre on June 22, 1972, danced by Kay Mazzo and Peter Martins.  The ballet was first performed by American Ballet Theatre at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. on January 18, 2011, with Paloma Herrera and Cory Stearns in the leading roles.

 

            The season’s first performances of La Bayadère begin on Friday, May 23 with Diana Vishneva as Nikiya, Marcelo Gomes as Solor and Gillian Murphy as Gamzatti.  Choreographed by Natalia Makarova after Marius Petipa, La Bayadère is set to a score by Ludwig Minkus, specially arranged by John Lanchbery.  The ballet features scenery by PierLuigi Samaritani, costumes by Theoni V. Aldredge and lighting by Toshiro Ogawa.  Natalia Makarova first staged The Kingdom of the Shades scene for American Ballet Theatre in 1974 and it received its premiere at the State Theater in New York City on July 3 of that year, danced by Cynthia Gregory as Nikiya and Ivan Nagy as Solor.  Makarova subsequently produced and choreographed the complete version of La Bayadère (in three acts) for American Ballet Theatre, which received its World Premiere on May 21, 1980 with Natalia Makarova as Nikiya, Anthony Dowell as Solor, and Cynthia Harvey as Gamzatti.  Le Bayadère is generously sponsored through an endowed gift from Drs. Philip and Marjorie Gerdine. La Bayadère is presented in loving memory of Mrs. Caroline Newhouse.  A generous grant from the Rockefeller Foundation has made this production possible.  Major funding for this production has been provided by 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. 
ABT is supported, in part, with public funds from the National Endowment for the Arts; the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.

 

Tickets for American Ballet Theatre’s 2014 Metropolitan Opera House season, beginning at $20, are available online, at the Met box office or by phone at 212-362-6000.

 

Performance-only tickets for the Opening Night Gala begin at $25.  The Metropolitan Opera House is located on Broadway between 64th and 65th streets in New York City.  For more information, visit ABT’s website at www.abt.org.

 

AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE

Metropolitan Opera House - Spring, 2014

 

  FIRST WEEK

 

Mon. Eve., May 12, 6:30 P.M.       GALA

                                                      DON QUIXOTE, Act I Entrance – Herrera

                                                      JKO SCHOOL

                                                      CINDERELLA, Act II Pas de Deux – Seo, Gomes

                                                      MANON, Act II Solo and Adagio – Semionova

                                                      LA BAYADÈRE, Paa d’Action – Murphy, Vasiliev

                                                      THE DREAM, Scherzo – Whiteside, Simkin

                                                      MANON, Act I Bedroom Pas de Deux – Kent, Bolle

                                                      COPPÉLIA, Act II excerpt – Reyes

                                                      NUAGES – Vishneva, Gomes

                                                      GAÎTÉ PARISIENNE, Peruvian, Pas de Deux, Can-can –

                                                            Cornejo, Part, Matthews

                                                                       

Tues. Eve., May 13, 7:30 P.M.       DON QUIXOTE – Semionova, Gomes

 

Wed. Mat., May 14, 2 P.M.             DON QUIXOTE – Part, Whiteside 

 

Wed. Eve., May 14, 7:30 P.M.        DON QUIXOTE – Murphy, Lendorf*

 

Thurs. Eve., May 15, 7:30 P.M.            DON QUIXOTE – Kochetkova*, Cornejo

 

Fri. Eve., May 16, 7:30  P.M.         DON QUIXOTE – Herrera, Vasiliev          

 

Sat. Mat., May 17, 2 P.M.               DON QUIXOTE – Boylston, Simkin         

 

Sat. Eve., May 17, 8 P.M.               DON QUIXOTE – Semionova, Gomes

 

 

SECOND WEEK

 

Mon. Eve., May 19 7:30 P.M.        DON QUIXOTE – Reyes,Vasiliev

 

Tues. Eve., May 20, 7:30 P.M.       THEME AND VARIATIONS – Semionova, Whiteside

                                                      DUO CONCERTANT – Copeland, Tamm+

                                                      GAÎTÉ PARISIENNE – Seo+, Gomes+

 

Wed. Mat., May 21, 2 P.M.             THEME AND VARIATIONS – Lane, Cornejo

                                                      DUO CONCERTANT – Herrera, Whiteside+      

                                                      GAÎTÉ PARISIENNE – Part+, Matthews+

                                                                                   

Wed. Eve., May 21, 7:30 P.M.        THEME AND VARIATIONS – Murphy, Veyette*

                                                      DUO CONCERTANT – Copeland, Tamm

                                                      GAÎTÉ PARISIENNE – Seo, Gomes

 

Thurs. Eve., May 22, 7:30 P.M.            THEME AND VARIATIONS – Boylston, Simkin

                                                      DUO CONCERTANT – Herrera, Whiteside

                                                      GAÎTÉ PARISIENNE – Part, Matthews

                                                     

Fri. Eve., May 23, 7:30 P.M.          LA BAYADÈRE – Vishneva, Gomes, Murphy

 

Sat. Mat., May 24, 2 P.M.               LA BAYADÈRE – Part, Whiteside+, Abrera

                                                     

Sat. Eve., May 24, 8 P.M.               LA BAYADÈRE – Cojocaru, Cornejo, Copeland



#266 abatt

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Posted 22 April 2014 - 08:24 AM

It's shocking that ABT can't simply teach Theme and Variations, a one act ballet that's less than 25 minutes, to one of their own male dancers to fill in for Stearns.  Instead they have to  hire Veyette from NYCB.  This isn't the first time this has happened. ABT borrowed Damian Woetzel to dance w.Julie Kent a number of years ago in a Balanchine one act (maybe T&V, but I'm not certain).  It's like Deja Vu all over again.

 

Happy that Gomes picked up some Don Basilios, but I can't imagine him trying to lift Semionova in overhead one handed lifts. In fact, I don't even want him to try, because he is too valuable to lose for the season due to back injuries.

 

Waiting with bated breath to hear who is replacing Cory in the other ballets he's scheduled for.



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Posted 22 April 2014 - 08:45 AM

Gomes partnered Semionova in the Ratmansky Symphony No. 9, which included a spectacular one-armed lift, although she was in a deep backbend over his head. Bolle needed both hands for that one. Still, that's a heavy-duty schedule for him in the first week of the season and I, too, hope he isn't injured.



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Posted 22 April 2014 - 08:52 AM

Happy that Gomes picked up some Don Basilios, but I can't imagine him trying to life Semionova in overhead one handed lifts. In fact, I don't even want him to try, because he is too valuable to lose for the season due to back injuries.

Marcelo can do anything tiphat.gif but you are right. What is ABT going to do if he is injured ?  This is what happens when you don't prepare the dancers you have.



#269 fondoffouettes

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Posted 22 April 2014 - 09:11 AM

Even though T&V is short, it seems to be one that really tests the technique of ABT's male dancers. With David Hallberg MIA for the first few weeks and Eric Tamm and Jared Matthews involved in other mixed program pieces, they may not have had an obvious partner for Murphy. It seems like ABT is willing to test dancers in T&V on the road or at City Center/Koch Theatre but that they'd prefer someone more experienced to dance the role at Met. It seems like a role in which the male dancer is very exposed, so I can understand that reasoning. I'd be interested to see Veyette after ABT's underwhelming T&V performances last fall.

 

I imagine Gomes would be able to lift Semionova as well as Stearns, if not better. When I've seen tall casts in DQ (Hallberg/Wiles, Whiteside/Part), they tend to do the lifts in a less bravura manner. Same goes for Kitri's running leaps into Basilio's arms. 



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Posted 22 April 2014 - 09:21 AM

I'd be curious to know what sort of cover system ABT has in place for these roles. We hear snippets about soloists learning roles they never get to dance. Is there always a cover in place in the event KM cannot swiftly fill a role with a principal or guest artist? We hear so much about the cover system at the Met Opera that it makes me wonder how it works in the ballet world. 




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