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ABT press release: first 2 weeks of casting

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CASTING ANNOUNCED FOR FIRST TWO WEEKS OF

AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE'S 2002 SPRING SEASON

AT METROPOLITAN OPERA HOUSE

(I'd note, for those who may not know it, that "Walk This Way" was Clark Tippet's first work for ABT -- very funny when new, with Van Hamel and Tippet. It's a Victorian couple trying to communicate. I'd also note that there's a question mark in nearly every line of this casting. It's either a living reminder that "Programs and Casting subject to change" or a typing glitch. I doubt that it means the company is really wondering who will be dancing which night. The full press release follows, for those interested.)

FIRST WEEK

Mon. Eve., May 13, 6:30 P.M. GALA

SWAN LAKE, Act II Waltz

THE DREAM Pas de Deux ? Ferri, Stiefel

LA FILLE MAL GARDÉE, Variation ? Reyes

ONEGIN, Olga/Lensky Pas de Deux - Tuttle, Malakhov

TCHAIKOVSKY PAS DE DEUX ? Dvorovenko, Belotserkovsky

GISELLE, Excerpt from Act II ? McKerrow, Corella, Abrera

LE CORSAIRE, Act II Bedroom Pas de Deux ? Ananiashvili, Bocca

WALK THIS WAY ? Jaffe**, Graffin**

MANON, Act I Pas de Deux ? Kent, Hill

LE CORSAIRE, Act II Pas de Deux à Trois ? Herrera, Acosta,

Carreño

SYMPHONY IN C, Fourth Movement ? Murphy, Belotserkovsky,

Dvorovenko, Gomes, Reyes, De Luz, Wiles, Torres

Tue. Eve., May 14, 8 P.M. ONEGIN ? Kent, Hill, Malakhov, Riccetto

Wed. Mat., May 15, 2 P.M. ONEGIN ? Dvorovenko, Graffin, Corella, Tuttle

Wed. Eve., May 15, 8 P.M. ONEGIN ? Jaffe, Molina, Belotserkovsky,

Reyes

Thurs. Eve., May 16, 8 P.M. ONEGIN ? Kent, Hill, Malakhov, Riccetto

Fri. Eve., May 17, 8 P.M. ONEGIN ? Dvorovenko, Graffin, Corella, Tuttle

Sat. Mat., May 18, 2 P.M. ONEGIN ? Jaffe, Molina, Belotserkovsky, Reyes

Sat. Eve., May 18, 8 P.M. ONEGIN ? Ferri**, Graffin, Stiefel, Tuttle

SECOND WEEK

Mon. Eve., May 20, 8 P.M. TCHAIKOVSKY SPECTACULAR

THEME AND VARIATIONS ? Murphy, Stiefel

TCHAIKOVSKY PAS DE DEUX ? McKerrow, Malakhov

THE NUTCRACKER Pas de Deux ? Kent, Carreño

ROSE ADAGIO ? Dvorovenko

THE SLEEPING BEAUTY, Act III ? Jaffe, Acosta**

Tue. Eve., May 21, 8 P.M. TCHAIKOVSKY SPECTACULAR

THEME AND VARIATIONS ? Tuttle, Carreño

WALK THIS WAY ? Jaffe, Hill*

TCHAIKOVSKY PAS DE DEUX ? Herrera, Gomes

THE SLEEPING BEAUTY, Act III ? Ananiashvili, Bocca

Wed. Mat., May 22, 2 P.M. TCHAIKOVSKY SPECTACULAR

THEME AND VARIATIONS ? Murphy, Stiefel

THE NUTCRACKER Pas de Deux ? Jaffe, Malakhov

SWAN LAKE, Act II Pas de Deux ? Herrera, Gomes

ROSE ADAGIO ? Dvorovenko

THE SLEEPING BEAUTY, Act III ? Kent, Corella

Wed. Eve., May 22, 8 P.M. TCHAIKOVSKY SPECTACULAR

THEME AND VARIATIONS ? Tuttle, Belotserkovsky

TCHAIKOVSKY PAS DE DEUX ? Ananiashvili, Carreño

SWAN LAKE, Act II Pas de Deux ? Kent, Corella

THE SLEEPING BEAUTY, Act III ? Jaffe, Acosta

Thurs. Eve, May 23, 8 P.M. TCHAIKOVSKY SPECTACULAR

THEME AND VARIATIONS ? Herrera, Gomes

TCHAIKOVSKY PAS DE DEUX ? McKerrow, Malakhov

SWAN LAKE, Act III Pas de Deux ? Dvorovenko, Bocca

THE SLEEPING BEAUTY, Act III ? Tuttle, Corella

Fri. Eve., May 24, 8 P.M.

THE DREAM (Company Premiere) ? Ferri, Stiefel, H. Cornejo

SYMPHONY IN C ? Dvorovenko, Belotserkovsky, Ananiashvili,

Carreño, Tuttle, Corella, Wiles, Torres

Sat. Mat., May 25, 2 P.M.

THE DREAM ? Kent*, Acosta**, De Luz*

SYMPHONY IN C ? Murphy, Stiefel, Jaffe, Molina, Reyes, De Luz,

Liceica, Stewart

Sat. Eve., May 25, 8 P.M. TCHAIKOVSKY SPECTACULAR

THEME AND VARIATIONS ? Herrera, Gomes

WALK THIS WAY ? Jaffe, Hill

TCHAIKOVSKY PAS DE DEUX ? Tuttle, Corella

THE SLEEPING BEAUTY, Act III ? Ananiashvili, Bocca

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*Editors please note: first time in a role:

Tues. Eve., 5/21 ? Hill in Walk This Way

Sat. Mat., 5/25 ? Kent, De Luz in The Dream

**Editors please note: first time in role with ABT:

Mon. Eve., 5/13 ? Jaffe, Graffin in Walk This Way

Sat. Eve., 5/18 ? Ferri in Onegin

Mon. Eve., 5/20 ? Acosta in The Sleeping Beauty, Act III

Sat. Mat., 5/25 ? Acosta in The Dream

Company Premiere of Sir Frederick Ashton's The Dream to Highlight

Opening Weeks

Carlos Acosta to Make ABT Debut at Opening Night Gala

Casting for the first two weeks of American Ballet Theatre's

2002 Metropolitan Opera House season was announced today by Kevin McKenzie, Artistic Director. American Ballet Theatre's Spring Season opens May 13 with a one-time-only Opening Night Gala beginning at 6:30pm. President George W. Bush and Mrs. Laura Bush will serve as Honorary Chairmen of the event. The program will feature excerpts from the 2002 season including ABT's Company Premieres of La Fille mal gardée and The Dream choreographed by Sir Frederick Ashton. Carlos Acosta, a Principal Dancer with Houston Ballet and guest artist with The Royal Ballet, will make his ABT debut on opening night dancing the role of Conrad in the "pas de deux à trios" for Medora, Conrad and Ali from Le Corsaire.

Following the Opening Night Gala, American Ballet Theatre will

present seven performances of John Cranko's Onegin beginning Tuesday, May 14 with Julie Kent as Tatiana, Robert Hill as Eugene Onegin, Vladimir Malakhov as Lensky and Maria Riccetto as Olga. The Saturday evening, May 18 performance will feature the ABT debut of Alessandra Ferri in the role of Tatiana. Set to music by Peter Ilyitch Tchaikovsky, arranged and orchestrated by Kurt-Heinz Stolze, Onegin received its Company Premiere by American Ballet Theatre during the 2001 Metropolitan Opera House season. Originally created for the Stuttgart Ballet in 1965, Onegin was staged for ABT by Reid Anderson and Jane

Bourne. The ballet features costumes by Jürgen Rose and lighting by Sholem Dolgoy.

A Tchaikovsky Spectacular, celebrating the music of ballet's

favoritecomposer, will highlight the second week of American Ballet Theatre's 2002 season. With performances scheduled for Monday evening, May 20 through Thursday evening, May 23 and for Saturday evening, May 25, a Tchaikovsky Spectacular includes classical pas de deux and excerpts from The Nutcracker, The Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake. The programs also include performances of George Balanchine's Theme and Variations and Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux and David Parsons' Walk This Way. The week will also feature the ABT debut of Carlos Acosta as Prince Désiré in The Sleeping Beauty Act III.

As part of its Modern Master's program, American Ballet Theatre

will present the Company Premiere of Sir Frederick Ashton's The Dream on Friday, May 24 with Alessandra Ferri as Titania, Ethan Stiefel as Oberon and Herman Cornejo as Puck. The Dream, set to music by Felix Mendelssohn with sets and costumes by David Walker and lighting by John B. Reed, received its World Premiere by The Royal Ballet in 1964. The Dream is being staged for ABT by Anthony Dowell, with the assistance of Christopher Carr. Julie Kent, Carlos Acosta and Joaquin De Luz wil take over the leading roles in the ballet at the Saturday, May 25 matinee.

George Balanchine's Symphony In C, which received its ABT Company Premiere in 2001, will complete the Modern Masters program on May 24 and Saturday May 25 matinee.

Tickets for American Ballet Theatre's 2002 Metropolitan Opera

House season are on sale now at the Met box office or by calling

212-362-6000.

American Ballet Theatre's 2002 season at The Metropolitan Opera House is sponsored by the Movado Watch Company. For the past 16 years, Movado Watch Company has been a principal benefactor of American Ballet Theatre.

The 2002 Metropolitan Opera House season is made possible with

public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a State

Agency.

Complete casting follows:

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