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  1. He just posted a multi-part post on IG: https://www.instagram.com/alastair.macaulay/?hl=en I'm happy for him as it sounds like he's got some things he wants to do but I fear they won't replace him and the coverage of dance will be diminished.
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    ABT 2018 Fall season

    From the company: TRICK-OR-TREAT WITH AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE AT THE FAMILY FRIENDLY MATINEE, DAVID H. KOCH THEATER, SATURDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2018, 2:00 P.M. DISCOUNTED TICKETS FOR CHILDREN AGES 4 AND UP ON SALE A special matinee on Saturday, October 27 at the David H. Koch Theater will feature family friendly programming from American Ballet Theatre’s 2018 Fall Season, Halloween- themed activities and discounted pricing for children. The matinee performance will include Lauren Lovette’s Le Jeune danced by the ABT Studio Company, the pas de deux from Alexei Ratmansky’s The Nutcracker performed by Misty Copeland and Aran Bell, and Jerome Robbins’s Fancy Free with Arron Scott, Thomas Forster, Calvin Royal III, Luciana Paris and Isabella Boylston. Families are invited to wear their favorite costumes and Trick-or-Treat with ABT at 1:15 P.M. prior to the performance and during intermission. A variety of activities designed for children to learn about the art of ballet will be stationed on the Promenade of the Koch Theater. Families can meet an ABT dancer, explore different styles of dance shoes at the “Dance Shoe Petting Zoo,” pose for photos on ABT’s “Costume Catwalk” and enter a contest for “Best Ballet-Inspired Costume.” Children (ages 4-18) receive a 50% discount off tickets with the purchase of a full-priced adult ticket. Family discount tickets are available only by phone at 212-496-0600 or at the Koch Theater box office. The David H. Koch Theater is located at Lincoln Center, Broadway and 63rd Street in New York City.
  3. Sorry. Late to post this as I was out enjoying the first nice day in three weeks! from Nycb: NEW YORK CITY BALLET ANNOUNCES IMMEDIATE TERMINATIONS OF PRINCIPAL DANCERS ZACHARY CATAZARO AND AMAR RAMASAR New York City Ballet announced today that Principal Dancers Zachary Catazaro and Amar Ramasar have been terminated, effective immediately. Earlier this summer, following an internal investigation, NYCB determined that Catazaro, Ramasar, and former Principal Dancer Chase Finlay had engaged in inappropriate communications, that while personal, off-hours and off-site, had violated the norms of conduct that NYCB expects from its employees and were unacceptable. As a result, on August 27, NYCB took the initial action of suspending Catazaro and Ramasar until NYCB’s 2019 Winter Season. NYCB had also made the decision to terminate Finlay prior to receiving notice of his resignation. After further assessment of their conduct and the impact on the NYCB community, the Company has made the decision to terminate Catazaro and Ramasar. In making the announcement NYCB Executive Director Katherine Brown and Interim Artistic Team leader Jonathan Stafford said, “We have no higher obligation than to ensure that our dancers and staff have a workplace where they feel respected and valued, and we are committed to providing that environment for all employees of New York City Ballet. We will not allow the private actions of a few to undermine the hard work and strength of character that is consistently demonstrated by the other members of our community or the excellence for which the Company stands.”
  4. A release: SLEEPING BEAUTY DREAMS A NEW KIND OF LIVE THEATRICAL EXPERIENCE COMBINING ART, THEATRE, AND TECHNOLOGY Diana Vishneva, Principal Dancer Thijs de Vlieger, Composer Bart Hess, Costume Design Tobias Gremmler, Digital Artist Marcelo Gomes, Principal Dancer fuse*, Technology Artists Laurent Fort, Light Artist Edward Clug, Choreographer World Premiere December 7th and 8th | Miami | The Adrienne Arch Center December 14th and 15th | New York City | Beacon Theater New York, NY (September 2018) – Sleeping Beauty Dreams is an innovative artistic performance that unifies dance, contemporary art, and cutting-edge digital technology. Artists of different medias draw inspiration from the famous legend and explore the untold story of Princess Aurora’s 100 years of dreams. Combining real-time digital imaging technology, contemporary choreography, electronic music, and new media art Sleeping Beauty Dreams will show that the world of dreams is unique and doesn’t have to be confined by time or space. The team of artists includes Diana Vishneva (Princess Aurora), Tobias Gremmler (Digital Artist), Thijs de Vlieger of NOISIA (Composer), Edward Clug (Choreographer), Bart Hess (Costume Design), fuse* (Technology Artists), and Laurent Fort (Light Artist). Dancing as the Prince will be Marcelo Gomes. Diana and Marcelo will be reunited on stage for the first time since retiring from American Ballet Theatre. Tobias Gremmler has visualised and fuse* brought to life the digital avatars – virtual characters that will react in real time to the dancers' movements on stage. No two performances will be identical. Thijs de Vlieger, of the musical group NOISIA, has composed music specially for this production. Lady Gaga's slime dress creator, Bart Hess, will design costumes that interact with the digital projections. Bart’s designs express his ongoing fascination with the human form using instinctive and futuristic textiles. Sleeping Beauty Dreams will premiere in Miami at The Adrienne Arch Center on December 7th and 8th and then comes to New York’s Beacon Theater December 14th and 15th. In 2019 Sleeping Beauty Dreams will tour nationally to 20 cities and in 2020, internationally. Tickets can be purchased at www.ticketmaster.com. For more information visit www.sbdart.com. Diana Vishneva, Principal Dancer Diana Vishneva is one the worlds most celebrated dancers. Prima Ballerina with the Mariinsky Theatre, Principal Dancer with the American Ballet Theatre (until 2017), she is also one of those rare artists who, quoting William Forsythe, "define the vector of their practice" and distinguish themselves as "dance philosophers". A graduate of the Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet in St Petersburg, from the start of her career she combined extraordinary accomplishments in classical dance with an ardent desire for experimentation. This led to collaborations with outstanding contemporary choreographers, from Hans van Manen and Mats Ek to Edouard Lock and Ohad Naharin. In 2013, Vishneva performed in Maurice Béjart's Bolero, being the first Russian ballerina after Maya Plissetskaya to dance the highly coveted principal part with Ballet Béjart Lausanne. Vishneva is the recipient of numerous awards and distinctions, including the Gold Medal and Grand Prix of the International Ballet Competition in Lausanne (1994), the Divine prize, the Benois de la Danse award, the Golden Soffit, the Spirit of Dance prize in the category «Queen of Dance», Europe’s Best Dancer award, six Golden Masks, and the Ballerina of the Decade prize. In 2010, she established the Diana Vishneva Foundation, aimed at increasing access to ballet for every social strata, promoting dance as a modern art form, and providing support to young and retired performers. She is the founder of Context. Diana Vishneva, an international festival giving the Russian audience access to the best in contemporary dance and supporting Russian talent in this field. Vishneva has initiated a series of projects in various artistic fields. New dance pieces have been created for her by renowned choreographers such as John Neumeier, Carolyn Carlson, Alexei Ratmansky, Jean-Christophe Maillot, and Moses Pendleton. She starred in the award-winning film Gravitation (2016) that used state-of-the art technology to translate the language of dance into that of cinema, and initiated Multiverse (2017), a publication focused on the new, emerging forms of art. The book features interviews with some of the leading contemporary choreographers Vishneva had collaborated with, as well as artists Bill Viola and Olafur Eliasson; designer Ross Lovegrove, fashion creator Iris van Herpen, and photographer Nick Knight to name but a few. Thijs de Vlieger (NOISIɅ), Composer Together, Thijs de Vlieger, Nik Roos and Martijn van Sonderen form Noisia – the three-musicians, one-Vision collective that aims to "explore the outer edges and capabilities of electronic musicality without compromise, turn sound design into an art" and translate their discoveries into records "that sound like nothing else". Sharing a passion for progression, technical innovation and ruthless quality control, the trio have worked together since leaving school. Within two years of their 2003 debut release, they already appeared on some of the most agenda-setting labels in drum & bass: Moving Shadow, Subtitles, Renegade Hardware, Shogun, Ram, and many more. A decade later, they proceeded to become one of the most established and uncompromised acts in electronic music. From their unique, custom-built floating triple-studio complex in Groningen, Netherlands, they have created benchmark productions, established three respected labels (Vision, Division, Invisible), remixed rave titans such as The Prodigy and Skrillex, curated their own Noisia Invites festival, and scored games (Devil May Cry, Counter Strike) and music for movies (The Man From U.N.C.L.E., Transformers 3). The defining chapter in the trio’s ambitious vision so far, the album and performance concept Outer Edges expands their palette still further. Visually heightening, physically stimulating, technically unique and immersive, it lends itself to a broad range of contexts, from festival mainstages to underground clubs. Exploring other dimensions independently, de Vlieger has cooperated with several dance and live music performances. These include (non-electronic) scoring for a wind quintet and mixing a live string quartet with electronic music for the symphony orchestra NNO (2014); electronic/acoustic scores for interdisciplinary dance & live music performances by renowned contemporary dance ensemble Club Guy & Roni (2015, 2017), and for Dijanne Italianer’s theatre & dance performance at this year’s Noorderzon Performing Arts Festival. Bart Hess, Costume Design An artist with a gift for producing magic from the most basic materials, Bart Hess creates art films, performances, installations and texture designs that suspend the viewer between meditation and addiction. Hess’s untamed imagination is backed by his sophisticated craftsmanship and proficiency in new media. "Today I’m a filmmaker, but tomorrow I can be a textile designer," says the artist whose workshop in Eindhoven, Netherlands, keeps transforming on a regular basis. The outcome is visually arresting work that blurs the boundaries between dream and reality, beauty and ugliness, attraction and repulsion, nature and technology. Hess has collaborated with Lady Gaga; "science fiction artist and body architect" Lucy McRae; eminent fashion photographer and digital imaging pioneer Nick Knight. In 2015, Hess created stage design and costumes for the renowned Dance Company Nanine Linning’s production Silver. His work has been shown in a solo exhibition Future Bodies in Stedelijk Museum ’s-Hertogenbosch; as well as in exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Montreal; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; The Institute Of Contemporary Arts, Singapore, and Saatchi Gallery, London, among others. Tobias Gremmler, Digital Artist A pioneer of media scenography, Tobias Gremmler is continuously reinventing the scope of what’s possible in performance arts. This German-born, Hong Kong-based artist is known as the one who "breaks the wall between virtuality and reality" (designNET). "In our cultural projects we can go beyond the digital; we can break the rules, transfer them to other media and develop hybrid forms," the artist says. Blending his profound expertise in digital media, motion graphics & interface design with bold artistic exploration, Gremmler creates unique immersive experiences for brands, musicians and theatre productions. Gremmler’s pursuits range from academic research to multimedia art. His mind-bending artistry spans various genres, from collaborations with the world’s leading brands including Apple, Nike, BMW, Daimler Chrysler and Siemens to real-meet-digital creations celebrating the London Symphony Orchestra; sophisticated virtual actors for a 21st century, new-media version of the Chinese Opera at Asia’s leading theatre festival Zuni Icosahedron; powerful media scenography for a concert of Asia Pacific’s influential music duo Tat Ming Pair or for a theater show by Oscar-winning art director Tim Yip. Marcelo Gomes Marcelo Gomes is a principal dancer who is widely admired for his combination of technical prowess, fine acting and beautiful form. His other assets include being one of the top three male dancers in the world – known for his athleticism, artistry, dedication, work ethic and collaborative nature – his movie-star good looks and his fashionable style. Beyond his ballet and acting talents, Marcelo is articulate in multiple languages, has a warm engaging voice, and projects a charismatic stage and television presence. A native of Brazil, Marcelo was born in Manaus and raised in Rio de Janeiro, where he began his dance studies at the Helena Lobato and Dalal Achcar Ballet Schools. He set off alone at age 12 to study at The HARID Conservatory in Boca Raton, Florida, and subsequently at the schools of the Paris Opera Ballet, Houston Ballet, Boston Ballet, and Cuballet. Marcelo was invited to join ABT in 1997 at age 18 and was rapidly promoted to principal dancer in 2002 until 2017. He was ABT’s lead male dancer and has an enthusiastic following of 31,000 Facebook and 66,000 Instagram fans. He was awarded the the "Hope Prize" at the Prix de Lausanne and received the prestigious " Benois de la Danse". Marcelo has starred as a guest artist with the Mariinsky Ballet and The Royal Ballet, among many international companies. He has appeared with the Kings of the Dance since 2006. He made his debut with the Bolshoi Ballet in July 2013, dancing the title role in Onegin opposite Diana Vishneva. Marcelo choreographed the Under Armour “I Will What I Want” television campaign starring ballerina Misty Copeland, which has gone viral on the internet, receiving over 10 million views on YouTube alone. He also created a solo for Misty’s appearance on The Late Show with Steven Colbert this October, accompanied by YoYo Ma. Recently, Marcelo had a smashing success at Lincoln Center with AfterEffect, a ballet he choreographed for ABT, collaborating in the scenic design with the remarkable 93-year-old artist, Françoise Gilot. Marcelo both choreographed and performs in the newly released music video by country singer Lindi Ortega. In November 2015, he created a solo for a sold-out Frick Collection Salon Evening, in tandem with an exhibition by Renaissance painter Andrea del Sarto. In 2015, media coverage includes Marcelo featured on the cover of American Airlines’ NEXOS in-flight magazine in the December-January edition. In January 2016, Marcelo received Dance Magazine’s Dancer of the Year Award, one of the highest honors in the field. Marcelo is also the subject of a full-length documentary that is nearing release called " The anatomy of a male ballet dancer" fuse*, Technology Artists fuse* is a creative studio and production company that operates at the intersection of art and science, exploring the expressive potential of emerging digital technologies. From the outset, the Italy-based studio’s research was focused primarily on the production of immersive installations and live media performances that profoundly engage the audience creating a powerful emotional impact. Taking a holistic approach to art, fuse* develop work that inspires, pushes the limits, and fascinates the viewer with new kinds of interplay between light, space, sound and movement. fuse* has always linked its evolution to that of the community in which it operates – supporting, promoting and developing projects aimed at spreading culture and knowledge. For this purpose, it co-produces NODE since 2016, an electronic music and digital arts festival. Laurent Fort, Light Artist Laurent Fort’s art is focused on the beauty and emotional power of light. The works by this French-born, US-based artist transport the viewer into mysterious, immersive environments defined by ever-changing, moving and 'breathing’ reflections of light. Guided by Leonardo da Vinci’s idea of simplicity as the ultimate sophistication, Fort uses familiar materials and techniques to produce an infinite variety of breathtaking luminous effects. In his installations, the artist seeks to achieve "an unusual balance between nature and artifice". Exploring the poetic dimension of light and colour, he wishes to create moments of contemplation and serenity and bypass our rational thinking to directly address our emotions and feelings. The winner of The Architectural Digest’s Young Designer Award (2005), Fort is involved in multiple art and design collaborations, notably with prestigious Italian fashion brand ETRO and the Baglioni Hotel in London, and exhibits internationally, including the participation in the Governors Island Art Fair (New York), spectacular exhibitions in Rome and Paris during the UNESCO-sponsored International Year of Light (2015), and the Biwako Biennale in Japan (2016, 2018). Edward Clug, Choreographer Edward Clug is a contemporary dance choreographer and a long-time artistic director of the Slovenian National Theatre’s Maribor Ballet who has succeeded in putting the company on the international dancing map. Bachtrack praises Clug’s "unusually athletic but poetic works, dances that reveal and play upon the foibles and ironies of the human condition". His profound sense of theatre allies with an openness towards new creative disciplines as Clug seeks to reach beyond the familiar scope of a dance production and deliver work that speaks to "the 21st century’s mind". Under Clug’s artistic direction, the Maribor Ballet participated in the largest theatre festivals, such as Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival in the US, The Stars of the White Nights festival in the Mariinski Theatre St.Petersburg, Arts Festival in Singapore, and Seoul International Dance Festival in Korea. The Slovenia-based, globe-trotting choreographer received international acclaim with Radio & Juliet (2005), followed by Rite of Spring (2012), Stabat Mater (2012), and Peer Gynt (2015). Clug was repeatedly invited to create new works for Stuttgart Ballet, Zurich Ballet, Royal Ballet of Flanders, Les Grands Ballets in Montréal and other companies around the world. In 2014, German magazine Tanz acknowledged him as one of the future's hopes in the field of choreography. In 2015, his work for one of the world’s most innovative and prestigious contemporary dance companies, Nederlands Dans Theater, received rave reviews, leading to further collaborations with NDT. Faust for Zürich Ballet in April and Petrushka for the Bolshoi Theatre in November are Clug’s other 2018 premieres besides Sleeping Beauty Dreams.
  5. I noticed that Catazaro has been removed from the Bloomingdales ad campaign and he deleted the items from his social media: https://www.bloomingdales.com/b/campaigns/mixmasters/men/?cm_sp=Zachary-Catazaro-image
  6. Just read the court docs - ugly stuff. Extremely Inappropriate, if proven true (and it does seem as if copies of the correspondence has been captured). I think this comes from the top down. Agree with all who are saying how the female members of the company must be feeling (and I hope some of the men are disgusted with what has been going on!) and how new leadership is needed. This doesn't seem like a healthy workplace.
  7. Dale

    ABT 2018 Fall season

    CASTING ANNOUNCED FOR AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE’S 2018 FALL SEASON AT DAVID H. KOCH THEATER ALESSANDRA FERRI TO APPEAR AS GUEST ARTIST Casting for American Ballet Theatre’s 2018 Fall Season at the David H. Koch Theater was announced today by Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie. Principal Dancers for the 2018 Fall season include Stella Abrera, Isabella Boylston, Misty Copeland, Herman Cornejo, Sarah Lane, Gillian Murphy, Hee Seo, Christine Shevchenko, Cory Stearns, Devon Teuscher and James Whiteside. Alessandra Ferri returns to ABT for the Fall season as a Guest Artist. American Ballet Theatre’s Fall season will open with a Gala performance on Wednesday, October 17 at 6:30pm. As part of the ABT Women’s Movement initiative, the Fall Gala performance will be devoted to works by female choreographers. The evening will feature Le Jeune, choreographed by Lauren Lovette and performed by the ABT Studio Company, and a World Premiere by tap dancer and choreographer Michelle Dorrance, co-commissioned with the Vail Dance Festival. Rounding out the Gala performance will be Twyla Tharp’s In the Upper Room, led by Cassandra Trenary, Devon Teuscher, Gillian Murphy, Herman Cornejo, Roman Zhurbin, Blaine Hoven, Isabella Boylston and Joseph Gorak. Skylar Brandt, Alexandra Basmagy, Catherine Hurlin, Cory Stearns, Calvin Royal III, Duncan Lyle, Misty Copeland and Thomas Forster will dance these roles on Friday, October 19. Last performed by American Ballet Theatre in 2012, In the Upper Room is set to music by Philip Glass with costumes by Norma Kamali and lighting by Jennifer Tipton. A ballet in nine parts, In the Upper Room was given its World Premiere by Twyla Tharp Dance on August 28, 1986. In the Upper Room received its ABT Company Premiere on December 10, 1988 at the Orange County Performing Arts Center in Costa Mesa, California. The ballet will be staged for ABT by Shelley Washington and Richard Colton. American Ballet Theatre will give the season’s first performance of George Balanchine’sSymphonie Concertante on Thursday evening, October 18 with Hee Seo, Isabella Boylston and Blaine Hoven debuting in the leading roles. Stella Abrera, Gillian Murphy and Alexandre Hammoudi will lead the cast at the matinee on Saturday, October 20, with Hammoudi making his debut in the ballet. Christine Shevchenko, Devon Teuscher and Thomas Forster will dance these roles for the first time at the matinee on Sunday, October 21. Last performed by ABT in 2007, Symphonie Concertante is set to music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Sinfonia Concertante in E flat Major for Violin and Viola K. 364) with costumes by Theoni V. Aldredge and lighting by David K. H. Elliott. Symphonie Concertante received its World Premiere by Ballet Society at the City Center Theater in New York on November 12, 1947, with Maria Tallchief, Tanaquil LeClerq and Todd Bolender. The ballet received its American Ballet Theatre Company Premiere at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on January 19, 1983, danced by Cynthia Gregory, Martine van Hamel and Patrick Bissell. Symphonie Concertante is staged for ABT by Susan Jones. The 2018 Fall season will present Jerome Robbins’s Fancy Free and Other Dances in tribute to the choreographer’s centennial. Performances of Fancy Free, which also commemorate the centennial of composer Leonard Bernstein, begin Thursday evening, October 18, danced by Herman Cornejo, Cory Stearns, James Whiteside, Stella Abrera and Gillian Murphy. At the matinee on Saturday, October 20, Arron Scott will dance the role of the first sailor for the first time in New York, while Thomas Forster and Calvin Royal III will make their debuts as the second and third sailors, respectively. Staged for ABT by Jean-Pierre Frohlich, the ballet features scenery by Oliver Smith, costumes by Kermit Love and lighting by Jennifer Tipton, after Nananne Porcher. Fancy Free received its World Premiere by American Ballet Theatre on April 18, 1944 at the Metropolitan Opera House. The season’s first performance of Other Dances will take place on Saturday evening, October 20, danced by Hee Seo and Cory Stearns. Sarah Lane and Herman Cornejo will make their New York debuts in the ballet at the matinee on Sunday, October 28. 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 Guérin. The first of four performances of Alexei Ratmansky’s Songs of Bukovina will take place on Friday, October 19, led by Isabella Boylston and Blaine Hoven, in his debut in the role. Set toBukovinian Songs (24 Preludes for Piano) by Leonid Desyatnikov, the ballet features costumes by Moritz Junge and lighting by Brad Fields. Songs of Bukovina received its World Premiere on October 18, 2017 at the David H. Koch Theater in New York danced by Christine Shevchenko and Calvin Royal III. Tickets for American Ballet Theatre’s 2018 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 $30. The David H. Koch Theater is located at Lincoln Center, Broadway and 63rd Street in New York City. For more information, please visit ABT’s website at www.abt.org. The World Premiere by Michelle Dorrance has been generously supported by Denise Littlefield Sobel, the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation and through an endowed gift from the Toni and Martin Sosnoff New Works Fund. The World Premiere by Jessica Lang has been generously supported by Denise Littlefield Sobel, the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation and through an endowed gift from the Toni and Martin Sosnoff New Works Fund. Symphonie Concertante has been generously supported through an endowed gift from the Toni and Martin Sosnoff New Works Fund. Fancy Free is generously underwritten by an endowed gift by Avery and Andrew F. Barth, in honor of Laima and Rudolf Barth. Leadership support for The Ratmansky Project has been provided by Avery and Andrew F. Barth, the Blavatnik Family Foundation, Mr. and Mrs. Hamilton E. James, and The Ted and Mary Jo Shen Charitable Gift Fund. Additional support has been provided by Dr. Joan Taub Ades, Linda Allard, Sarah Arison, Steven Backes, Lisa and Dick Cashin, Mark Casey and Carrie Gasier Casey, The Susan and Leonard Feinstein Foundation, Linda and Martin Fell, Vicki Netter Fitzgerald, William J. Gillespie, Brian J. Heidtke, Caroline and Edward Hyman, The Marjorie S. Isaac/Irving H. Isaac Fund, Robin Chemers Neustein, Howard S. Paley, Pearl T. Maxim Trust, Lloyd E Rigler – Lawrence E. Deutsch Foundation, Bernard L. Schwartz, John Leland Sills and Elizabeth Papadopoulos-Sills, Melissa A. Smith, The H. Russell Smith Foundation/Stewart R. Smith and Robin A. Ferracone, Martin and Toni Sosnoff Foundation, Sutton Stracke, and Sedgwick Ward. Leadership support for AFTERITE has been provided by The Leila and Mickey Straus Family Foundation. Additional support is provided through an endowed gift from The Toni and Martin Sosnoff New Works Fund. Le Jeune was commissioned with leadership support from the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation. Additional support provided by Denise Littlefield Sobel. 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.
  8. AUDITORIUM THEATRE AND AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE ANNOUNCE FOUR-YEAR PARTNERSHIP AMERICA’S NATIONAL BALLET COMPANY® TO PERFORM AT CHICAGO’S AUDITORIUM THEATRE ANNUALLY THROUGH 2022 AS VISITING RESIDENT COMPANY CHICAGO, IL – Auditorium Theatre Chief Executive Officer Tania Castroverde Moskalenko, American Ballet Theatre (ABT) Executive Director Kara Medoff Barnett, and ABT Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie announced a four-year partnership between the two institutions, beginning with the already announced engagement of Whipped Cream in April of 2019 and continuing with engagements each spring through 2022. “As one of Chicago’s major dance presenters, it is exciting and inspiring to partner with the renowned American Ballet Theatre for the next four years as our visiting resident company,” says Castroverde Moskalenko. “This partnership honors the extended history between the Auditorium and ABT, a company that first appeared at the Auditorium in 1969. We look forward to having the company perform its magnificent story ballets, such as Whipped Cream, on our historic stage for many years to come.” “American Ballet Theatre’s long relationship with the Auditorium Theatre will be continued with this new partnership, and we look forward to adding to the vibrant array of dance offerings in Chicago,” said Barnett. “ABT’s dancers will shine on the Auditorium’s landmark stage. It is a special privilege for our dancers to perform for Chicago audiences who have so loyally followed the Company for decades.” Recognized by an act of the United States Congress as America’s National Ballet Company®, American Ballet Theatre is one of the great dance companies in the world. Few ballet companies equal ABT for its combination of size, scope and outreach. Founded in 1940, ABT performs for more than 400,000 people annually. It has made more than 30 international tours to 50 countries, including recent triumphant engagements in Hong Kong, Brisbane, Singapore, Oman and Paris. The Auditorium Theatre is an Illinois, not-for-profit organization committed to presenting the finest in international, cultural, community and educational programming to all of Chicago and beyond as The Theatre for the People. The organization also is committed to the continued restoration and preservation of the National Historic Landmark.
  9. Sorry to be so late in posting this: SASCHA RADETSKY APPOINTED ABT STUDIO COMPANY ARTISTIC DIRECTOR Sascha Radetsky has been named Artistic Director of ABT Studio Company. It was announced today by American Ballet Theatre Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie. Radetsky succeeds Kate Lydon, who joins St. Paul’s School as the director of dance at the start of the 2018-19 academic year. Lydon has served as ABT Studio Company Artistic Director since 2013. Radetsky joined American Ballet Theatre’s corps de ballet in 1996 and was promoted to Soloist in 2003. He also danced as principal and guest principal with the Dutch National Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Staatsballett Berlin and Mongolian State Academic Theatre of Ballet. Radetsky retired from ABT in 2014. Radetsky has served as Ballet Master with ABT Studio Company since 2016. That same year, he became a Company Teacher with American Ballet Theatre and was named Director of the ABT/NYU Master’s in Ballet Pedagogy Program. He has taught for institutions such as the ABT Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School, Youth America Grand Prix, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Adelphi University and Ballet West Academy. He has lectured at the University of California at Santa Barbara and AMDA College and Conservatory and choreographed for The Juilliard School, Bucknell University’s Department of Theatre and Dance, ABT’s Young Dancer Program and Under Armour® athletic wear. Radetsky has written for publications such as Playbill, Vogue and Dance Magazine and starred in the films Center Stage, Center Stage 3 and the Starz television series Flesh and Bone. He studied at Long Island University and St. Mary’s College and served as a fall 2015 artistic fellow at NYU’s Center for Ballet and the Arts. “I feel deeply invested in ABT Studio Company, having journeyed from one of its young members to its most recent ballet master,” said Radetsky. “As Studio Company Artistic Director, I’ll strive to strengthen its tradition of cultivating talented dancers and innovative choreography, honor the extraordinary work of my predecessor and help realize ABT’s broader artistic vision.” ABT Studio Company is a classical ensemble made up of 12 dancers of outstanding potential aged 16-20. As the highest level of the ABT training ladder, ABT Studio Company serves as a crucial bridge between ballet training and professional performance. Over two-thirds of the current dancers in American Ballet Theatre began their careers in ABT Studio Company, including nine Principal Dancers. ABT Studio Company performs masterworks of the classical and neoclassical canons, alongside new commissions. Notable choreographers have developed new works on ABT Studio Company in recent years, including Jessica Lang, Benjamin Millepied and Liam Scarlett. For more information on ABT Studio Company, please visithttp://www.abt.org/training/dancer-training/abt-studio-company/.
  10. The release: ZHONG-JING FANG, CATHERINE HURLIN AND KATHERINE WILLIAMS PROMOTED TO SOLOIST WITH AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE Zhong-Jing Fang, Catherine Hurlin and Katherine Williams have been promoted to the rank of Soloist with American Ballet Theatre. The promotions, announced today by ABT Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie, become effective September 1, 2018. Zhong-Jing Fang was born in Shanghai, China and received her early training at the Shanghai Ballet School. She graduated from the Performing Arts College of Shanghai Drama University prior to joining the ABT Studio Company in 2002. Fang joined ABT as an apprentice in 2003 and became a member of the corps de ballet in 2004. Her roles with the Company include Aya, Lead D’Jampé and a Shades soloist in La Bayadère, Twig in Cinderella, Prayer in Coppélia, Zulma in Giselle, Old Mother in The Green Table, Nanny, Sugar Plum Fairy and one of the Nutcracker’s sisters in Alexei Ratmansky’s The Nutcracker, Lady Montague, Rosaline’s Friend and a Harlot in Romeo and Juliet, Canari qui chante in Ratmansky’s The Sleeping Beauty, Hungarian Princess, Lead Czardas, a big Swan and the pas de trois in Swan Lake, the Prelude in Les Sylphides, Diana and Ceres in Sylvia, Mademoiselle Marianne Chartreuse in Whipped Cream, Mercedes in Don Quixote and roles in AfterEffect, Black Tuesday, Continuo, Kaleidoscope, Sinfonietta, Songs of Bukovina and Symphonic Variations. She created a leading role in Pretty Good Year. Catherine Hurlin was born in New York City and began her dance training at Scarsdale Ballet Studio and Westchester Dance Academy. She won the Hope Award at the Youth America Grand Prix and received a full scholarship to study at the ABT Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School. Hurlin performed the role of Clara in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular for three years. She joined the ABT Studio Company in 2012, became an apprentice with the main company in 2013 and a member of ABT’s corps de ballet in 2014. Her repertoire with the Company includes Lead D’Jampé and a Shades soloist in La Bayadère, an Odalisque in Le Corsaire, a Flower Girl in Don Quixote, the peasant pas de deux in Giselle, a Harlot in Romeo and Juliet, the pas de trois and a big Swan in Swan Lake, the Maiden in Firebird and roles in AfterEffect, AFTERITE, The Brahms-Haydn Variations, Company B, Her Notes, I Feel The Earth Move, Songs of Bukovina and Thirteen Diversions. She created Mademoiselle Marianne Chartreuse in Whipped Cream and a role in Mark Morris’ After You. Katherine Williams was born in Honolulu, Hawaii and began her early training with the Hawaii State Ballet. She studied at the Ballet Royal Institute in Baltimore and at ABT and Boston Ballet Summer Dance programs before joining the ABT Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School in 2005. She joined the ABT Studio Company in January 2007, became an apprentice with the main company in December 2007 and a member of ABT’s corps de ballet in June 2008. Her repertoire with the Company includes a Shades soloist in La Bayadère, an Odalisque in Le Corsaire, a Flower Girl and Driad Queen in Don Quixote, peasant pas de deux, Moyna and Myrta in Giselle, Spanish Dance and one of the Nutcracker’s Sisters in Ratmansky’s The Nutcracker, the Fairy Violente, Gold Fairy and Cinderella in Ratmansky’s The Sleeping Beauty, the pas de trois, a big Swan and Italian Princess in Swan Lake and roles in Airs, Company B, Continuo, Her Notes, In the Upper Room and Jardin aux Lilas. Williams created roles in AfterEffect, Everything Doesn’t Happen at Once and Songs of Bukovina. American Ballet Theatre’s Spring season at the Metropolitan Opera House continues through July 7, 2018. For tickets and information, please visit www.abt.org.
  11. WORLD PREMIERES BY MICHELLE DORRANCE AND JESSICA LANG TO HIGHLIGHT AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE’S FALL SEASON AT THE DAVID H. KOCH THEATER, OCTOBER 17-28, 2018 PERFORMANCES OF FANCY FREE TO COMMEMORATE CENTENNIALS OF JEROME ROBBINS AND LEONARD BERNSTEIN BOX OFFICE TO OPEN JULY 23 Programming for American Ballet Theatre’s 2018 Fall season, October 17-28 at the David H. Koch Theater, was announced today by Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie. The season will feature World Premieres by Michelle Dorrance and Jessica Lang, as well as centennial tribute performances of Jerome Robbins’s and Leonard Bernstein’s Fancy Free. Principal Dancers for the 2018 Fall season include Stella Abrera, Isabella Boylston, Misty Copeland, Herman Cornejo, Sarah Lane, Alban Lendorf, Gillian Murphy, Hee Seo, Christine Shevchenko, Cory Stearns, Devon Teuscher and James Whiteside. Fall Gala and World Premieres American Ballet Theatre’s Fall season will open with a Gala performance on Wednesday, October 17 at 6:30pm. As part of the ABT Women’s Movement initiative, the Fall Gala performance will be devoted to works by female choreographers. The evening will feature a World Premiere by tap dancer and choreographer Michelle Dorrance, co-commissioned with the Vail Dance Festival, Le Jeune, choreographed by Lauren Lovette and performed by the ABT Studio Company, and Twyla Tharp’s In the Upper Room. A new work by Jessica Lang will receive its World Premiere on Friday, October 19. Lang’s new work, her third for ABT, will feature scenery and costumes by American artist Sarah Crowner and lighting by Nicole Pearce. The ballet will be given six performances during ABT’s Fall season. Revival and Returning Repertory The 2018 Fall season at the Koch Theater will include a revival of George Balanchine’s Symphonie Concertante. Last performed by ABT in 2007, Symphonie Concertante is set to music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Sinfonia Concertante in E flat Major for Violin and Viola K. 364) with costumes by Theoni V. Aldredge and lighting by David K. H. Elliott. Symphonie Concertante received its World Premiere by Ballet Society at the City Center Theater in New York on November 12, 1947, with Maria Tallchief, Tanaquil LeClerq and Todd Bolender in the principal roles. The ballet received its American Ballet Theatre Company Premiere at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on January 19, 1983, danced by Cynthia Gregory, Martine van Hamel and Patrick Bissell. Staged for ABT by Susan Jones, Symphonie Concertante will be given five performances beginning Thursday, October 18. American Ballet Theatre’s Fall season will present Jerome Robbins’s Fancy Free and Other Dances in tribute to the choreographer’s centennial. Performances of Fancy Free, which will also commemorate the centennial of composer Leonard Bernstein, begin Thursday evening, October 18. The ballet features scenery by Oliver Smith, costumes by Kermit Love and lighting by Jennifer Tipton, after Nananne Porcher. Fancy Free received its World Premiere by American Ballet Theatre on April 18, 1944 at the Metropolitan Opera House. Fancy Free is staged for ABT by Jean-Pierre Frohlich. Other Dances returns to the repertory on Saturday evening, October 20. 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 Isabelle Guérin, Other Dances will receive three performances during the season. Twyla Tharp’s In the Upper Room will be given five performances beginning Wednesday evening, October 17. Last performed by ABT in 2012, In the Upper Room is set to music by Philip Glass with costumes by Norma Kamali and lighting by Jennifer Tipton. A ballet in nine parts, In the Upper Room was given its World Premiere by Twyla Tharp Dance on August 28, 1986. In the Upper Room received its American Ballet Theatre Company Premiere on December 10, 1988 at the Orange County Performing Arts Center in Costa Mesa, California. The ballet will be staged for ABT by Richard Colton and Shelley Washington. Wayne McGregor’s AFTERITE returns this Fall for four performances beginning Wednesday evening, October 24. In his first work for ABT, McGregor created a new scenario set to Igor Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring. The ballet features sets and costumes by Vicki Mortimer, with video designs by Ravi Deepres and lighting by Lucy Carter. A co-commission with The Royal Danish Ballet, AFTERITE received its World Premiere on Monday, May 21, 2018 at the Metropolitan Opera House. Alexei Ratmansky’s Songs of Bukovina, set to Bukovinian Songs (24 Preludes for Piano) by Leonid Desyatnikov, will be given four performances during the Fall season beginning Friday evening, October 19. A work for 12 dancers, the ballet has costumes by Moritz Junge and lighting by Brad Fields. Songs of Bukovina received its World Premiere on October 18, 2017 at the David H. Koch Theater in New York. Family Friendly Matinee A special matinee on Saturday, October 27 will feature family-friendly programming including the ABT Studio Company in Lauren Lovette’s Le Jeune, a classical pas de deux and Jerome Robbins’ Fancy Free. Children (ages 6-18) receive a 50% discount off tickets with the purchase of a full-priced adult ticket. Tickets for American Ballet Theatre’s 2018 Fall season at the David H. Koch Theater go on sale beginning July 23, 2018 at 10:00am. Tickets priced from $25 are available online, at the Koch Theatre 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, please visit ABT’s website at www.abt.org. The World Premiere by Michelle Dorrance has been generously supported by Denise Littlefield Sobel, the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation and through an endowed gift from the Toni and Martin Sosnoff New Works Fund. The World Premiere by Jessica Lang has been generously supported by Denise Littlefield Sobel, the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation and through an endowed gift from the Toni and Martin Sosnoff New Works Fund. Symphonie Concertante has been generously supported through an endowed gift from the Toni and Martin Sosnoff New Works Fund. Fancy Free is generously underwritten by an endowed gift by Avery and Andrew F. Barth, in honor of Laima and Rudolf Barth. Leadership support for The Ratmansky Project has been provided by Avery and Andrew F. Barth, the Blavatnik Family Foundation, Mr. and Mrs. Hamilton E. James, and The Ted and Mary Jo Shen Charitable Gift Fund. Additional support has been provided by Dr. Joan Taub Ades, Linda Allard, Sarah Arison, Steven Backes, Lisa and Dick Cashin, Mark Casey and Carrie Gasier Casey, The Susan and Leonard Feinstein Foundation, Linda and Martin Fell, Vicki Netter Fitzgerald, William J. Gillespie, Brian J. Heidtke, The Marjorie S. Isaac/Irving H. Isaac Fund, Howard S. Paley, Pearl T. Maxim Trust, Lloyd E. Rigler, Lawrence E. Deutsch Foundation, Bernard L. Schwartz, John Leland Sills and Elizabeth Papadopoulos-Sills, Melissa A. Smith, The H. Russell Smith Foundation/Stewart R. Smith and Robin A. Ferracone, Martin and Toni Sosnoff Foundation, Sutton Stracke, and Sedgwick Ward. Leadership support for AFTERITE has been provided by The Leila and Mickey Straus Family Foundation. Additional support is provided through an endowed gift from The Toni and Martin Sosnoff New Works Fund. Le Jeune was commissioned with leadership support from the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation. Additional support provided by Denise Littlefield Sobel. 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.
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    ABT Incubator

    From the company: AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE LAUNCHES ABT INCUBATOR TWO-WEEK CHOREOGRAPHIC WORKSHOP OPEN TO ABT DANCERS AND FREELANCE CHOREOGRAPHERS, OCTOBER 31 – NOVEMBER 10, 2018 Audition for Freelance Choreographers to be Held September 18 American Ballet Theatre has announced a continuation of its in-house choreographic program with the launch of ABT Incubator. It was announced today by Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie. ABT Incubator, a two-week choreographic workshop, is committed to providing a focused lab to generate and inspire ideas for the creation of new work. Directed by American Ballet Theatre Principal Dancer David Hallberg, ABT Incubator will be held October 31 – November 10, 2018 at ABT’s New York studios and is open to ABT dancers and freelance choreographers. Participating choreographers will be chosen through an audition process with selections made by a panel of choreographers, directors and artists in ballet and dance, including ABT Artist in Residence Alexei Ratmansky, ABT Principal Dancer David Hallberg, ABT Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie, Danspace Executive Director Judy Hussie-Taylor and choreographers Jessica Lang and Lar Lubovitch. During the two-week workshop, choreographers will be provided studio space, a stipend, collaborators, panel discussions and mentorships to create new work on dancers from ABT and the ABT Studio Company. ABT Incubator will conclude with a private studio showing on November 10. “It has always been my vision to establish a process-oriented hub to explore the directions ballet can forge now and in the future,” said Hallberg. “I am thrilled that Incubator will provide the resources for emerging and established creators to explore movement and new paths in dance.” “ABT Incubator exemplifies our shared commitment to innovation and the exploration of artistic boundaries,” said David R. Weinreb, CEO of The Howard Hughes Corporation. “Cultural events are an integral part of the communities we build and a pillar of our revitalization of the Seaport District in Lower Manhattan; we are pleased to help bring forward-thinking, dynamic arts and entertainment initiatives to the city.” “ABT has always provided a door into the creation of new choreography,” said McKenzie. “Our mission includes extending the great canon of classical dance.ABT Incubator offers artists the time and resources to experiment, develop and create.” Audition information and guidelines for freelance choreographers is available by visiting: www.abt.org/abtincubator Lead Support for ABT Incubator is generously provided by The Howard Hughes Corporation.
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    2018 Met Season

    CASTING ANNOUNCED FOR THIRD AND FOURTH WEEKS OF AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE’S 2018 SPRING SEASON AT METROPOLITAN OPERA HOUSE Isabella Boylston, James Whiteside, Gillian Murphy and Thomas Forster to Lead World Premiere of Alexei Ratmansky’s Harlequinade on Monday, June 4 Casting for the third and fourth weeks of American Ballet Theatre’s 2018 Spring Season at the Metropolitan Opera House was announced today by Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie. The first of seven performances of La Bayadère begins Tuesday, May 29 featuring Hee Seo as Nikiya, Guest Artist Kimin Kim as Solor and Gillian Murphy as Gamzatti. The matinee on Wednesday, May 30 will feature debuts by Devon Teuscher (Nikiya), Joo Won Ahn (Solor) and Christine Shevchenko (Gamzatti). Other debuts for the week include Sarah Lane as Nikiya and Skylar Brandt as Gamzatti on Wednesday evening, May 30, Isabella Boylston as Nikiya and Jeffrey Cirio as Solor on Thursday, May 31 and Cassandra Trenary as Gamzatti at the matinee on Saturday, June 2. Choreographed by Natalia Makarova after Marius Petipa, La Bayadère is set to music by Ludwig Minkus, specially arranged by John Lanchbery, and features scenery by PierLuigi Samaritani, costumes by Theoni V. Aldredge and lighting by Toshiro Ogawa. The full-length La Bayadère received its World Premiere by the Imperial Ballet at the Bolshoi Kamenny in St. Petersburg on February 4, 1877. La Bayadère, Act II (The Kingdom of the Shades) was first performed in the West by the Leningrad-Kirov Ballet in 196l. 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. An all-new production of Harlequinade, staged by Alexei Ratmansky after the original by Marius Petipa, will be given its World Premiere by American Ballet Theatre on Monday, June 4, led by Isabella Boylston as Columbine, James Whiteside as Harlequin, Gillian Murphy as Pierrette and Thomas Forster as Pierrot. Sarah Lane, Jeffrey Cirio, Stella Abrera and David Hallberg will lead the ballet for the first time on Tuesday, June 5. On Wednesday, June 6, the ballet will feature debuts by Misty Copeland (Columbine), Daniil Simkin (Harlequin), Hee Seo (Pierrette) and Alexandre Hammoudi (Pierrot) at the matinee, and by Cassandra Trenary (Columbine), Gabe Stone Shayer (Harlequin), Christine Shevchenko (Pierrette) and Blaine Hoven (Pierrot) at the evening performance. A comic ballet in two-acts, Harlequinade is set to music by Riccardo Drigo and first premiered in 1900 in St. Petersburg, Russia. The new production will feature sets and costumes by Robert Perdziola and lighting by Brad Fields. A co-production with The Australian Ballet, Harlequinade is ABT’s first full-length production of the ballet. Tickets for American Ballet Theatre’s 2018 Metropolitan Opera House season, 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.
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    Mel Johnson

    So sorry to hear this. He was a big part of our BA community.
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