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  1. 2017 Fall Season

    Original cast: Darci Kistler, Wendy Whelan, Albert Evans, Peter Boal
  2. Daniil Simkin Joining Staatsballett Berlin

    Official release: DANIIL SIMKIN TO JOIN STAATSBALLETT BERLIN AT START OF THE 2018-2019 SEASON SIMKIN TO CONTINUE APPEARANCES WITH AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE Daniil Simkin, a Principal Dancer with American Ballet Theatre since 2012, will join Staatsballett Berlin as a permanent member at the start of the company’s 2018-2019 season. It was announced today by Staatsballett Berlin. Simkin will continue to perform as a Principal Dancer with American Ballet Theatre as scheduling allows. “In the time that Daniil has been a member of ABT, he has been a frequent guest at companies around the world,” said American Ballet Theatre Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie. “While Berlin will be his primary residence, I am happy to report that he will now be a frequent visitor to ABT. I look forward to witnessing his continued success and artistry.” Commenting on his new affiliation, Simkin said, “I am extremely grateful for the ten fantastic years I spent calling ABT ‘home.’ As a new chapter begins, I am thankful to Kevin McKenzie, who not only has been very supportive, but who is also allowing me to return to the wonderful New York audience in the future. Having grown up in Germany, I am looking forward to returning with everything that ABT has taught me and to joining Staatsballett Berlin under the directorship of Sasha Waltz and Johannes Öhman starting in the 2018/2019 season. But as of now, I am just very excited for the Fall season to begin and cannot wait for another great year at ABT!” Daniil Simkin was born in Russia to a ballet family. In 1990, the family left for the West and, after several international engagements, settled in Wiesbaden, Germany. From the age of six he often appeared onstage, dancing alongside his father Dmitrij Simkin. At age ten, Simkin began his training under the direction of his mother, Olga Aleksandrova. At 12, he began participating in ballet competitions and galas around the world and, at the same time, he finished his academic education. He joined the ballet company of the Vienna State Opera in 2006 as a demi-soloist and danced many roles in the classical, neoclassical and contemporary repertoire of the company. In 2007, he danced his first principal role, Basilio in Don Quixote, as a guest with the Lithuanian National Opera. Simkin’s awards include the Senior Gold Medal at the USA International Ballet Competition in Jackson 2006, Grand Prix International Ballet Competition Helsinki 2005 and First Prize and Gold Medal at the 21st International Ballet Competition in Varna 2004, among others. Simkin joined American Ballet Theatre as a Soloist in October 2008. His repertoire with the Company includes the Bronze Idol in La Bayadère, Ballet Dancer in The Bright Stream, Franz in Coppélia, Ali, the slave and Lankendem in Le Corsaire, Basilio and the Lead Gypsy in Don Quixote, Puck in The Dream, the first sailor in Fancy Free, Albrecht, the Flames of Paris pas de deux, Albrecht and the peasant pas de deux in Giselle, Profiteer in The Green Table, Lescaut in Manon, Kolia in A Month in the Country, the Nutcracker-Prince in Alexei Ratmansky’s The Nutcracker, Lensky in Onegin, the Son in Prodigal Son, Romeo, Mercutio and Benvolio in Romeo and Juliet, Boy With Matted Hair in Shadowplay, Prince Désiré and the Bluebird in The Sleeping Beauty, the Rose in Le Spectre de la Rose, the pas de deux from Stars and Stripes, Prince Siegfried, Benno and the pas de trois in Swan Lake, Gurn in La Sylphide, Eros and a Goat in Sylvia, the Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux and leading roles in Allegro Brillante, Black Tuesday, Company B, The Brahms-Haydn Variations, Duets, In the Upper Room, The Leaves Are Fading, Monotones I, Mozartiana, Piano Concerto #1, Sinfonietta and Symphony in C. He created the Chinese Dance in Alexei Ratmansky’s The Nutcracker, the Bluebird in Ratmansky’s The Sleeping Beauty, Ariel in The Tempest, The Boy in Whipped Cream and roles in Everything Doesn’t Happen at Once, Serenade After Plato’s Symposium and Troika. Throughout his international career, Simkin received acclaim performing throughout North and South America, Asia and the Middle East. He organized International Ballet Galas in Greece in 2009 and in Japan in 2012. In 2015, together with The Joyce Theater in New York, Simkin spearheaded and produced INTENSIO, an evening of original contemporary choreography, which toured the United States and internationally. His latest endeavor is the production of Falls the Shadow, a multi-disciplinary dance installation at the Guggenheim Museum in New York which involves generative video projections and costumes by Dior. Tickets for American Ballet Theatre’s 2017 Fall season at the David H. Koch Theater, priced from $25, are available online, at the Koch Theater box office or by phone at 212-496-0600. Performance-only tickets for the Opening Night Gala begin at $25. The David H. Koch Theater is located at Lincoln Center, Broadway and 63rd Street in New York City. For more information, visit ABT’s website at www.abt.org
  3. 2017 Fall Season

    Another link to both weeks of casting: https://www.nycballet.com/Season-Tickets/Casting.aspx
  4. Fall 2017 Season

  5. Fall 2017 Season

    Casting released: CASTING ANNOUNCED FOR AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE’S 2017 FALL SEASON AT DAVID H. KOCH THEATER Casting for American Ballet Theatre’s 2017 Fall Season at the David H. Koch Theater was announced today by Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie. American Ballet Theatre opens its Fall season on Wednesday, October 18 at 6:30 P.M. with a special opening night Gala performance highlighted by the World Premiere of a new work by Artist in Residence Alexei Ratmansky. The work for twelve dancers will be led by Isabella Boylston and Alban Lendorf at the World Premiere. Christine Shevchenko and Calvin Royal III will debut in the roles at the matinee on Saturday, October 21. Ratmansky’s new work is set to new music Bukovinian Songs (24 Preludes for Piano) by Leonid Desyatnikov, performed live by guest soloist Alexey Goribol. The Opening Night Gala will also feature the World Premiere of a new work by Jessica Lang performed by ABT apprentices, the ABT Studio Company and students from the upper level of the ABT Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School. Christopher Wheeldon’s Thirteen Diversions will round out the opening night program with Sarah Lane, Misty Copeland, Stella Abrera, Skylar Brandt, Joseph Gorak, Gray Davis, Thomas Forster and Zhiyao Zhang in the leading roles. American Ballet Theatre will give the season’s first performance of Jessica Lang’s Her Notes on Thursday evening, October 19 danced by Gillian Murphy, Misty Copeland, Devon Teuscher, Stephanie Williams, Skylar Brandt, Cassandra Trenary, Thomas Forster, Gabe Stone Shayer, Cory Stearns and Blaine Hoven. The October 19 performance will mark debuts by Forster and Shayer in the ballet. On Friday evening, October 20, Luciana Paris and Catherine Hurlin will dance the ballet for the first time, alongside Stella Abrera, Christine Shevchenko, Stephanie Williams, Sarah Lane, James Whiteside, Arron Scott, Alexandre Hammoudi and Calvin Royal III. Set to music by Fanny Mendelssohn, with costumes by Bradon McDonald, scenery by Lang and lighting design by Nicole Pearce, Her Notes received its World Premiere on October 20, 2016 at the Koch Theater in New York City. Misty Copeland, Christine Shevchenko, Luciana Paris, Arron Scott, Calvin Royal III and Joseph Gorak will dance the season’s first performance of Frederick Ashton’s Symphonic Variations on Thursday evening, October 19, with Scott and Gorak making debuts. Symphonic Variations is set to music by César Franck, with costumes by Sophie Fedorovitch and lighting by Michael Somes. A plotless ballet for six dancers, Symphonic Variations was given its World Premiere by the Sadler’s Wells Ballet in London on April 24, 1946. It was first performed by American Ballet Theatre at the Civic Opera House in Chicago, Illinois on March 20, 1992. The ballet is staged for ABT by Wendy Somes and Malin Thoors. Hee Seo will debut in Jerome Robbins’ Other Dances performing opposite David Hallberg on Thursday evening, October 19. On Thursday evening, October 26, Cory Stearns will dance the male lead for the first time alongside Gillian Murphy. Set to a waltz and four mazurkas by Frédéric Chopin, Other Dances features costumes by Santo Loquasto and original lighting by Nananne Porcher. The plotless, classical character pas de deux was created by Robbins for a Gala evening for the Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center at the Metropolitan Opera House on May 9, 1976, performed by Natalia Makarova and Mikhail Baryshnikov. Other Dances is staged for American Ballet Theatre by Isabelle Guerin. On Thursday evening, October 19, Herman Cornejo, Alban Lendorf in a role debut, Blaine Hoven, Calvin Royal III, Gabe Stone Shayer, Daniil Simkin, James Whiteside and Devon Teuscher will dance the season’s first performance of Ratmansky’s Serenade after Plato’s Symposium. Zhiyao Zhang in a role debut, Alexandre Hammoudi, Thomas Forster, Jose Sebastian, Tyler Maloney, Arron Scott, Joseph Gorak and Hee Seo take over the same roles at the matinee on Saturday, October 21. Set to music by Leonard Bernstein, the ballet features scenery and costumes by Jérôme Kaplan and lighting by Brad Fields. Serenade after Plato’s Symposium received its World Premiere by American Ballet Theatre on May 16, 2016 at the Metropolitan Opera House. Liam Scarlett’s Elegy pas de deux, from his 2014 work With a Chance of Rain will receive its first performance of the season on Tuesday, October 24 performed by Hee Seo and Roman Zhurbin in a role debut. Thomas Forster will debut in the ballet at the matinee of Saturday, October 28. Set to music by Sergei Rachmaninoff, the ballet features costumes by Scarlett and lighting by Brad Fields. Scarlett’s complete work was given its World Premiere by American Ballet Theatre on October 22, 2014. The World Premiere of a new work by Benjamin Millepied will be given on Wednesday evening, October 25 with Devon Teuscher, Misty Copeland, Hee Seo, David Hallberg, Herman Cornejo and Cory Stearns in the leading roles. Stephanie Williams, Cassandra Trenary, Catherine Hurlin, Blaine Hoven, Daniil Simkin and Alexandre Hammoudi will debut in the roles at the matinee on October 28. The new Millepied work, set to music by Philip Glass, features costumes by Alessandro Sartori, Artistic Director of Italian luxury brand Ermenegildo Zegna and lighting by Brad Fields. Last season’s Company Premiere of Ratmansky’s Souvenir d’un lieu cher will return to the repertory on Wednesday evening, October 25 performed by Stella Abrera, Sarah Lane, Thomas Forster in a role debut and Alban Lendorf. Souvenir d’un lieu cher is set to music of the same name by Peter Ilyitch Tchaikovsky, orchestrated by Alexander Glazunov. Featuring sets and costumes by Keso Dekker with lighting by James F. Ingalls, the ballet for four dancers received its World Premiere by Het National Ballet on February 16, 2012 in Amsterdam. Millepied’s Daphnis and Chloe will be performed for the first time during the Fall season on Wednesday evening, October 25 featuring Stella Abrera, Cassandra Trenary, Cory Stearns and Calvin Royal III and Herman Cornejo making role debuts as Dorcon and Bryaxis respectively. Isabella Boylston, Skylar Brandt, Blaine Hoven and Arron Scott take over these roles on Thursday evening, October 26 with James Whiteside debuting as Daphnis. Set to music by Maurice Ravel, Daphnis and Chloe features costumes by Holly Hynes, scenery by Daniel Buren and lighting by Brad Fields. Daphnis and Chloe, adapted from the second century A.D. novel by the Greek writer Longus, was choreographed by Millepied for the Paris Opera Ballet in 2014. Daphnis and Chloe was originally commissioned in 1912 by Serge Diaghilev for the Ballets Russes. The ballet, which is staged for ABT by Janie Taylor and Sebastien Marcovici, was given its Company Premiere on October 20, 2016 at the Koch Theater. Tickets for American Ballet Theatre’s 2017 Fall season at the David H. Koch Theater, priced from $25, are available online, at the Koch Theater box office or by phone at 212-496-0600. Performance-only tickets for the Opening Night Gala begin at $25. The David H. Koch Theater is located at Lincoln Center, Broadway and 63rd Street in New York City. For more information, visit ABT’s website at www.abt.org Leadership support for Serenade after Plato’s Symposium and Ratmansky’s World Premiere, part of The Ratmansky Project, has been provided by Mr. and Mrs. Hamilton E. James and the Blavatnik Family Foundation, with additional support provided by Linda Allard, Sarah Arison, Avery and Andrew F. Barth, Lisa and Dick Cashin, The Susan and Leonard Feinstein Foundation, Brian J. Heidtke, Lloyd E. Rigler – Lawrence E. Deutsch Foundation, Bernard L. Schwartz, The Ted and Mary Jo Shen Charitable Gift Fund, Melissa A. Smith, The H. Russell Smith Foundation/Stewart R. Smith and Robin A. Ferracone, Martin and Toni Sosnoff Foundation, and Sutton Stracke. Daphnis and Chloe has been generously supported by The Leila and Mickey Straus Family Charitable Trust and through an endowed gift from the Toni and Martin Sosnoff New Works Fund. Her Notes was commissioned with leadership support from the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation. This production has been generously supported through an endowed gift from the Toni and Martin Sosnoff New Works Fund. American Airlines is the Official Airline of American Ballet Theatre. Northern Trust is the Leading Corporate Sponsor of the American Ballet Theatre Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School. 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.
  6. Those are helpful, volcanohunter. I also keep track of Fathom Events, since they'll often pick up cultural offerings, sometimes even at the last minute. https://www.fathomevents.com/
  7. There's talk of this elsewhere but here's the ABT release: VERONIKA PART TO GIVE FINAL PERFORMANCES WITH AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE FAREWELL PERFORMANCE SCHEDULED FOR SATURDAY MATINEE, JULY 8 AT METROPOLITAN OPERA HOUSE Veronika Part, a Principal Dancer with American Ballet Theatre since 2009, will retire from the Company on the final day of the 2017 Spring season at the Metropolitan Opera House. For her farewell performance, Part will dance the Preghiera in George Balanchine’s Mozartiana opposite Blaine Hoven and Arron Scott on Saturday, July 8 at 2:00PM. Born in St. Petersburg, Russia, Veronika Part began her early training in artistic gymnastics before entering the Vaganova Ballet Academy in 1988. Part graduated in 1996 and joined the Kirov Ballet. She was promoted to soloist in 1998. Her repertoire with the Kirov included Nikiya in La Bayadère, the Queen of the Dryads in Don Quixote, Myrta, Moyna and Zulma in in Giselle, Raymonda and Henrietta in Raymonda, the Lilac Fairy in The Sleeping Beauty and Odette-Odile in Swan Lake. She also danced roles in Balanchine’s Apollo (Terpsichore), Jewels (Emeralds and Diamonds), Symphony in C (second movement) and Serenade, and in John Neumeier's The Sounds of Empty Pages. She was the winner of the BALTIKA Prize in 1999. Part joined American Ballet Theatre as a Soloist in August 2002 and was promoted to Principal Dancer in May 2009. Her roles with the Company include Terpsichore in Apollo, Nikiya in La Bayadère, Zina in The Bright Stream, the Fairy Godmother in Frederick Ashton's Cinderella, Twig in James Kudelka's Cinderella, Prayer in Coppélia, Medora in Le Corsaire, Kitri, Mercedes and the Queen of the Driads in Don Quixote, the Glove Seller in Gaîté Parisienne, Myrta in Giselle, Queen of Shemakhan in The Golden Cockerel, An Episode in His Past in Jardin aux Lilas, Manon in Lady of the Camellias, Lescaut's Mistress in Manon, His Wife in The Moor's Pavane, the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Snow Queen in Kevin McKenzie's The Nutcracker, Clara, the Princess in Alexei Ratmansky's The Nutcracker, Emilia in Othello, Other Dances, the Chief Nursemaid in Petrouchka, Eldest Sister in Pillar of Fire, the Siren in Prodigal Son, Raymonda, Henrietta, the White Lady and the Lead Spanish Dancer in Raymonda, Lady Capulet in Romeo and Juliet, Princess Aurora and the Lilac Fairy in The Sleeping Beauty, Odette-Odile in Swan Lake, the Sylph in La Sylphide, Sylvia and Terpsichore in Sylvia, the leading roles in Bach Partita, Les Sylphides, Sinfonietta, Symphonie Concertante, Ballet Imperial, The Leaves Are Fading, Mozartiana, Monotones II, Symphony in C, Birthday Offering, The Brahms-Haydn Variations, Duets, The Garden of Villandry, Overgrown Path, Seven Sonatas and Symphony #9. She created Natalia in On the Dnieper and the Lilac Fairy in Ratmansky’s The Sleeping Beauty and featured roles in Dumbarton, Triptych and Within You Without You: A Tribute to George Harrison.
  8. Fall 2017 Season

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  9. Fall 2017 Season

    WORLD PREMIERES BY ALEXEI RATMANSKY, JESSICA LANG AND BENJAMIN MILLEPIED TO HIGHLIGHT AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE’S FALL SEASON AT THE DAVID H. KOCH THEATER, OCTOBER 18-29, 2017 BOX OFFICE TO OPEN JULY 17 Programming for American Ballet Theatre’s 2017 Fall season, October 18-29, at the David H. Koch Theater, was announced today by Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie. The season will feature World Premieres by Artist in Residence Alexei Ratmansky and choreographers Jessica Lang and Benjamin Millepied. Principal Dancers for the 2017 Fall Season include Stella Abrera, Isabella Boylston, Jeffrey Cirio, Misty Copeland, Herman Cornejo, David Hallberg, Alban Lendorf, Gillian Murphy, Hee Seo, Daniil Simkin, Cory Stearns and James Whiteside. Fall Gala and World Premieres American Ballet Theatre’s 2017 Fall season opens with a Gala performance on Wednesday, October 18 at 6:30pm featuring the World Premieres of a new work by Alexei Ratmansky and a pièce d’occasion by Jessica Lang performed by ABT apprentices, members of the ABT Studio Company and students from the upper level of the ABT Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School. Christopher Wheeldon’s Thirteen Diversions will round out the evening. The Fall Gala will pay tribute to the 25th Anniversary of Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie and Project Plié, ABT’s educational and diversity program. Speaking about his anniversary year, McKenzie said, “For this season, I’ve selected works by choreographers working today that extend ABT’s repertoire with fresh ideas on what the art form can say. Alexei Ratmansky, Jessica Lang, Benjamin Millepied, Christopher Wheeldon and Liam Scarlett are among the freshest and most innovative voices in dance, and yet they continue to honor the great masters who have come before. And with the presence of the masters (Frederick Ashton and Jerome Robbins) to remind us that innovation matters, I feel proud to claim we can present such depth as we look to the future.” The World Premiere work by Ratmansky will be set to new music, Bukovinian Songs (24 Preludes for Piano) by Leonid Desyatnikov performed live by guest soloist Alexey Goribol. The October 18 performance will also mark the World Premiere of Desyatnikov’s composition. A work for 12 dancers, the ballet will be given five performances during the Fall season. Created for American Ballet Theatre, Thirteen Diversions is set to music by Benjamin Britten (Diversions for Piano (left hand) and Orchestra, Op. 21) and features costumes by Bob Crowley and lighting by Brad Fields. Thirteen Diversions received its World Premiere by American Ballet Theatre at the Metropolitan Opera House, New York on May 24, 2011. Last performed by ABT in 2014, the ballet will be given six performances during the Fall season. The World Premiere of a new work by Benjamin Millepied will be given on Wednesday evening, October 25. The new Millepied work, the choreographer’s fourth for the Company, will be given four performances during the season. Returning Repertory American Ballet Theatre’s 2017 Fall season at the Koch Theater will also feature performances of Jessica Lang’s Her Notes, Frederick Ashton’s Symphonic Variations, Jerome Robbins’ Other Dances, Alexei Ratmansky’s Serenade after Plato’s Symposium and Souvenir d’un lieu cher, Benjamin Millepied’s Daphnis and Chloe and the Elegy pas de deux from Liam Scarlett’s With a Chance of Rain. Jessica Lang’s Her Notes will be given its first performance of the season on Thursday evening, October 19. Set to music by Fanny Mendelssohn, with costumes by Bradon McDonald, scenery by Lang and lighting design by Nicole Pearce, Her Notes received its World Premiere on October 20, 2016 at the Koch Theater in New York City. Her Notes will be given five performances during the Fall season. Alexei Ratmansky’s Serenade after Plato’s Symposium will receive the first of five performances on Thursday evening, October 19. Set to music by Leonard Bernstein, the ballet features scenery and costumes by Jérôme Kaplan and lighting by Brad Fields. Serenade after Plato’s Symposium received its World Premiere by American Ballet Theatre on May 16, 2016 at the Metropolitan Opera House. Ratmansky’s Souvenir d’un lieu cher, set to music of the same name by Peter Ilyitch Tchaikovsky and orchestrated by Alexander Glazunov, will have four performances during the Fall season beginning Wednesday evening, October 25. Featuring sets and costumes by Keso Dekker with lighting by James F. Ingalls, the ballet for four dancers received its World Premiere by Het National Ballet on February 16, 2012 in Amsterdam. Souvenir d’un lieu cher will receive its American Ballet Theatre Company Premiere on July 3, 2017 at the Metropolitan Opera House. Frederick Ashton’s Symphonic Variations, set to music by César Franck, with costumes by Sophie Fedorovitch and lighting by Michael Somes, will be given four performances during the season beginning Thursday, October 19. A plotless ballet for six dancers, Symphonic Variations was given its World Premiere by the Sadler’s Wells Ballet in London on April 24, 1946. It was first performed by American Ballet Theatre at the Civic Opera House in Chicago, Illinois on March 20, 1992. The ballet is staged for ABT by Wendy Somes and Malin Thoors. Benjamin Millepied’s Daphnis and Chloe will have the first of four performances on Wednesday, October 25. Set to music by Maurice Ravel, Daphnis and Chloe features costumes by Holly Hynes, scenery by Daniel Buren and lighting by Brad Fields. Daphnis and Chloe, adapted from the second century A.D. novel by the Greek writer Longus, was choreographed by Millepied for the Paris Opera Ballet in 2014 and received its ABT premiere on October 26, 2016 at the Koch Theater in New York City. The ballet was originally commissioned in 1912 by Serge Diaghilev for the Ballets Russes. Daphnis and Chloe is staged for ABT by Janie Taylor and Sebastien Marcovici. Jerome Robbins’ Other Dances returns to the repertory on Thursday evening, October 19 for the first time since 2013. Set to a waltz and four mazurkas by Frédéric Chopin, Other Dances features costumes by Santo Loquasto and original lighting by Nananne Porcher. The plotless, classical character pas de deux was created by Robbins for a Gala evening for the Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center at the Metropolitan Opera House on May 9, 1976, performed by Natalia Makarova and Mikhail Baryshnikov. Staged for American Ballet Theatre by Isabel Guerin, Other Dances will receive five performances during the season. Liam Scarlett’s Elegy pas de deux, from his 2014 work With a Chance of Rain, will be given three performances beginning Tuesday, October 24. Set to music by Sergei Rachmaninoff, the ballet features costumes by Scarlett and lighting by Brad Fields. Scarlett’s complete work was given its World Premiere by American Ballet Theatre on October 22, 2014. Tickets for American Ballet Theatre’s 2017 Fall season at the David H. Koch Theater go on sale beginning July 17, 2017. Tickets priced from $25 are available on line, at the Koch Theater box office or by phone at 212-496-0600. Performance-only tickets for the Opening Night Gala begin at $25. The David H. Koch Theater is located at Lincoln Center, Broadway and 63rd Street in New York City. For more information, visit ABT’s website at www.abt.org. Leadership support for Serenade after Plato’s Symposium and Ratmansky’s World Premiere, part of The Ratmansky Project, has been provided by Mr. and Mrs. Hamilton E. James and the Blavatnik Family Foundation, with additional support provided by Linda Allard, Sarah Arison, Avery and Andrew F. Barth, Lisa and Dick Cashin, The Susan and Leonard Feinstein Foundation, Brian J. Heidtke, Lloyd E. Rigler – Lawrence E. Deutsch Foundation, Bernard L. Schwartz, The Ted and Mary Jo Shen Charitable Gift Fund, Melissa A. Smith, The H. Russell Smith Foundation/Stewart R. Smith and Robin A. Ferracone, Martin and Toni Sosnoff Foundation, and Sutton Stracke. Daphnis and Chloe has been generously supported by The Leila and Mickey Straus Family Charitable Trust and through an endowed gift from the Toni and Martin Sosnoff New Works Fund. Her Notes was commissioned with leadership support from the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation. This production has been generously supported through an endowed gift from the Toni and Martin Sosnoff New Works Fund. American Airlines is the Official Airline of American Ballet Theatre. Northern Trust is the Leading Corporate Sponsor of the American Ballet Theatre Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School. 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.
  10. James Whiteside

    For all of you Whiteside fans: JAMES WHITESIDE PREPARES FOR A WHITE-HOT SUMMER WITH GUEST APPEARANCES ACROSS THE GLOBE This Summer’s Dance Card is Full with Evening of Original Work at Jacob’s Pillow, Five Celebrated Festivals and Tokyo Disney NEW YORK, JUNE 21, 2017 — James Whiteside, ballet’s most daring principal artist known for his theatrical and technical versatility, will begin an extensive and varied summer tour, with seven appearances worldwide, after the close of the American Ballet Theatre’s Metropolitan Opera House Season. Whiteside kicks off the summer at Fire Island Dance Festival, followed by an evening of self-choreographed work at Jacob’s Pillow, performances at Joyce Theater with Gemma Bond, BALLETNOW, Vail Dance Festival and Ballet Sun Valley, and lastly a tour to Japan late summer to work with Tokyo Disney. Performances will showcase a variety of dance styles including classical ballet, contemporary ballet, modern, theater jazz and hip-hop. Now in its 23rd season, the Fire Island Dance Festival, having nearly raised $5 million dollars on behalf of Dancers Responding to AIDS, will invite James to perform in a new work by musical theater choreographer Al Blackstone. How Come You Don’t Call Me Anymore? premiering at the festival, July 15 and 16 and set to a soundscape by Prince, centers around a character portrait of a contemporary man, played by James, who has everything—money, power, sex appeal—and the disturbing truth about the lengths he will go to get what he wants. The following week, James will produce and premiere 5 Dances on Jacob’s Pillow Dance’s “Inside/Out” stage, July 19. A collection of original works in varied styles that he has created over the last few years, Whiteside will perform with American Ballet Theatre soloist Cassandra Trenary, with narration by actor/show maker Jack Ferver. This program consists of Zero Hour, set to Vivaldi’s classic “Winter” and originally co-choreographed by Whiteside and Melissa Hough; On the Water, a pas de deux to Schubert’s “Auf Dem Wasser zu Singen”; and You Rascal You, a solo to Louis Armstrong’s song of the same name and a murder mystery jazz dance; among other works. On July 25 and 26, James will join Skylar Brandt, Tyler Maloney, Calvin Royal III, Gabe Stone Shayer, Devon Teuscher, and Cassandra Trenary on the Joyce Stage in the world premiere of Impressions, part of an evening with Gemma Bond. With costume design conceptualized and designed on the Joyce stage by James, the work explores the connection between everyday events and the aesthetics of ballet. Bond’s choreography is a study in placing ballet in a less traditional setting—without scenery, without mime and gesture, but through pure dance that creates and inspires emotion and audience connection. On July 28- 30, James will join guest curator Tiler Peck and an exciting roster of dance superstars for BALLETNOW, a 3-day dance series at The Music Center, in Los Angeles California. James will dance the pas de deux from both Romeo and Juliet and Rubies with American Ballet Theater principal Isabella Boylston and Lauren Cuthbertson, principal dancer at the Royal Ballet in London. To round out the summer, Whiteside will take the stage at the Vail Dance Festival, August 4 and 5, and Ballet Sun Valley, August 22 and 24 under the direction of Isabella Boylston. There, James will reprise the Rubies pas de deux with Boylston, while also mounting his own You Rascal You. Finally, James will end his extensive calendar of appearances in Tokyo to both dance in and choreograph a specially arranged Beauty and the Beast excerpt, Tale as Old as Time for a Tokyo Disney’s release of Beauty and the Beast. James Whiteside Calendar Highlights: July 15-16 – Fire Island Dance Festival, Fire Island: How Come You Don’t Call Me Anymore? by Al Blackstone July 19 - Jacob’s Pillow Dance’s Inside/Out, Becket, MA: James Whiteside Presents 5 Dances July 25-26 – Joyce Theater, NYC: Impressions with Gemma Bond July 28-30 – BALLETNOW, Los Angeles CA: Romeo and Juliet and Rubies Pas de Deux August 4-5 – Vail Dance Festival, Vail, CO: International Evenings of Dance August 22-24- Ballet Sun Valley, Sun Valley, ID: Romeo and Juliet pas de deux, You Rascal You August Dates TBD – Tokyo Disney, Japan: Beauty and the Beast
  11. From the company: CASSANDRA TRENARY AND JAMES WHITESIDE TO DEBUT AT LINCOLN CENTER’S MIDSUMMER NIGHT SWING ON JUNE 30, 2017 American Ballet Theatre Soloist Cassandra Trenary and Principal Dancer James Whiteside will be special guests at Lincoln Center’s annual Midsummer Night Swing on Friday, June 30. Trenary and Whiteside will dance a rhumba to Sway at Lincoln Center’s ballroom- themed evening at 8:15 PM, accompanied by Brooklyn-based band Margi & the Dapper Dots playing golden age classics by Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, Cole Porter and more. Midsummer Night Swing, Lincoln Center’s premier summer dance party in Damrosch Park, presents 15 evenings of social dance under the stars, featuring a lineup of artists who reflect the various music styles New York City has to offer. Salsa, disco, ballroom, rhythm and blues, jazz, boogaloo, nu disco, tango and Western swing will be featured throughout the summer. Each evening of Midsummer Night Swing is a ticketed event, beginning at 6:30 pm with a dance lesson for people of all skill levels by some of New York’s foremost instructors. Live music begins at 7:30 pm and lasts until 10:00 pm. Tickets and passes can be purchased through CenterCharge, by calling 212.721.6500, at MidsummerNightSwing.org or at The Swing box office in the lobby of David Geffen Hall or the box office in Damrosch Park. American Ballet Theatre’s 2017 Metropolitan Opera House season runs though July 8. Tickets, beginning at $22, are available online, at the Met box office or by phone at 212-362-6000. 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.
  12. Week's 7 and 8 casting.
  13. Wondering about A.S.Scheller

    She posted a farewell here:
  14. Sergei Vikharev RIP

    Very sad news. His reconstructions were eye-opening.
  15. A release: 3,500 NEW YORK CITY PUBLIC SCHOOL CHILDREN TO ATTEND AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE’S YOUNG PEOPLE’S BALLET WORKSHOP AT METROPOLITAN OPERA HOUSE, TUESDAY, JUNE 6, 2017 AT 11:00 A.M. ABT DANCERS TO PERFORM EXCERPTS OF ALL-NEW PRODUCTION OF ALEXEI RATMANSKY’S WHIPPED CREAM On Tuesday, June 6, over 3,500 New York City Public School children will attend American Ballet Theatre’s Young People’s Ballet Workshop at the Metropolitan Opera House at 11:00A.M. Hosted by ABT Studio Company Artistic Director Kate Lydon, the program will include original pieces by students participating in ABT’s Make a Ballet program, as well as excerpts from ABT’s Spring Season repertoire performed by Company dancers. Thirty-five schools will attend the workshop from all five boroughs. The Make a Ballet schools to perform include Waterside School (Stamford, CT), PS 1 (Chinatown), PS 20 (Lower East Side) and Frank Sinatra School of the Arts (Astoria). The hour-long program will include performances by the dancers of American Ballet Theatre in excerpts from Le Corsaire, The Sleeping Beauty and ABT’s all-new production of Whipped Cream. Principal Dancer Misty Copeland and Soloist Alexandre Hammoudi will also perform a mime demonstration from the opening section of Act II of Swan Lake. Make a Ballet offers students the opportunity to design, choreograph, construct, produce and perform their own original dance. Students work throughout the school year under the tutelage of ABT teaching artists and school faculty. In addition to exposing students to classical dance, Make a Ballet emphasizes career opportunities in the arts, onstage and backstage. In 1999, the Make a Ballet program was awarded a prestigious Governor’s Arts Award by New York State. 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.
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