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  1. 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.
  2. 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/.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Dale

    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.
  6. Dale

    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.
  7. Dale

    Mel Johnson

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

    ABT Fall Season 2018

    Here's the official release: AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE ANNOUNCES THE ABT WOMEN’S MOVEMENT MULTI-YEAR INITIATIVE TO SUPPORT THE CREATION OF NEW WORK BY FEMALE CHOREOGRAPHERS ABT WOMEN’S MOVEMENT GALA TO OPEN FALL 2018 SEASON AT THE DAVID H. KOCH THEATRE ON OCTOBER 17 American Ballet Theatre announced the formation of the ABT Women’s Movement, a multi-year initiative to support the creation, exploration and staging of new works by female choreographers for ABT and the ABT Studio Company. The initiative was announced today by ABT Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie. The ABT Women’s Movement will support at least three female choreographers each season to create new works for American Ballet Theatre. In most years, one work will be designated for ABT’s main company, one for the ABT Studio Company and one will be a work-in-process workshop for ABT or Studio Company dancers. Each choreographer will work with her respective group of dancers for a two-to-five week period, receiving guidance and feedback from ABT’s artistic staff. The opening night Gala performance of American Ballet Theatre’s 2018 Fall season will celebrate the ABT Women’s Movement with an evening devoted to works by female choreographers. The Gala program on October 17 will include a new work by tap dancer and choreographer Michelle Dorrance, Le Jeune by New York City Ballet principal dancer Lauren Lovette, created in 2017 and performed by the ABT Studio Company, and In the Upper Room by Twyla Tharp. The 2018 Fall season will also feature a new work by choreographer Jessica Lang. The ABT Studio Company will premiere a new work by choreographer Claudia Schreier for its 2018-2019 season performances, and the Studio Company’s annual residency with Duke University, beginning January 2019, will include a new work by New York-based choreographer Stefanie Batten Bland. The ABT Women’s Movement took shape in 2016 as the Women Choreographers Initiative, having supported the ABT World Premiere of The Gift by Jessica Lang and the return of Lang’s Her Notes during the Company’s 2017 Fall season. The Initiative also funded new works for the ABT Studio Company by Lovette and former San Francisco Ballet soloist Dana Genshaft. In addition, choreographer Pam Tanowitz was in residency with ABT last November on a work-in-process. The workshop explored and developed movement phrases and concepts and culminated in an informal studio showing. “The ABT Women’s Movement takes inspiration from the groundbreaking female choreographers who have left a lasting impact on ABT’s legacy, including Agnes de Mille and Twyla Tharp,” said McKenzie. “This Fall, we are pleased to welcome Michelle Dorrance, who will create her first work for ABT, and Jessica Lang, in her third work for the Company.” “The artistic staff at American Ballet Theatre has embraced and encouraged my work for nearly 20 years,” said Lang. “I am proud to be a part of this initiative. If we can ignite all imaginations to find creative potential, we can move from possible to probable that the future will have equality and be rich with inventive ideas and engaging art.” The ABT Women’s Movement is generously supported by the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation, Rockefeller Brothers Fund and Elizabeth Benedict Yntema.
  9. Dale

    2018 Met Season

    First two weeks of casting: AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE Metropolitan Opera House - Spring, 2018 FIRST WEEK Mon. Eve., May 14, 7:30 P.M. GISELLE Seo, Bolle, Murphy Tue. Eve., May 15, 7:30 P.M. GISELLE Copeland, Cornejo, Abrera Wed. Mat., May 16, 2:00 P.M. GISELLE Lane, Simkin, Shevchenko Wed. Eve., May 16, 7:30 P.M. GISELLE Boylston, Whiteside, Teuscher Thu. Eve., May 17, 7:30 P.M. GISELLE Abrera, Stearns, K.Williams* Fri. Eve., May 18, 7:30 P.M. GISELLE Osipova+, Hallberg, Shevchenko Sat. Mat., May 19, 2:00 P.M. GISELLE Murphy, Stearns, K.Williams Sat. Eve., May 19, 8:00 P.M. GISELLE Seo, Bolle, Teuscher SECOND WEEK Mon. Eve., May 21, 6:30 P.M. GALA HARLEQUINADE (excerpts) Boylston, Whiteside PIÈCE D’OCCASION (Dorrance World Premiere) Company AFTERITE (World Premiere) Ferri+, Copeland, Seo, Trenary, S. Williams, Cornejo, Whiteside, Stearns, Hoven, Royal, Cirio, Bell, Lyle Tue. Eve., May 22, 7:30 P.M. FIREBIRD Shevchenko**, Forster**, Abrera, Stearns AFTERITE Ferri+, Copeland, Seo, Trenary, S. Williams, Cornejo, Whiteside, Stearns, Hoven, Royal, Cirio, Bell, Lyle Wed. Mat., May 23, 2:00 P.M. FIREBIRD Copeland, Cornejo, Trenary, Lyle** AFTERITE Teuscher*, Boylston*, Brandt*, Hurlin*, Shealy*, Shayer*, Forster*, Sebastian*, Scott*, Ahn*, Simkin*, Maloney*, Whiteley* Thursday, May 3, 2018 Wed. Eve., May 23, 7:30 P.M. FIREBIRD Teuscher**, Hammoudi, Brandt*, Zhurbin AFTERITE Ferri+, Copeland, Seo, Trenary, S. Williams, Cornejo, Whiteside, Stearns, Hoven, Royal, Cirio, Bell, Lyle Thu. Eve., May 24, 7:30 P.M. FIREBIRD Shevchenko, Forster, Abrera, Stearns AFTERITE Teuscher, Boylston, Brandt, Hurlin, Shealy, Shayer, Forster, Sebastian, Scott, Ahn, Simkin, Maloney, Whiteley Fri. Eve., May 25, 7:30 P.M. FIREBIRD Teuscher, Hammoudi, Brandt, Zhurbin AFTERITE Ferri+, Copeland, Seo, Trenary, S. Williams, Cornejo, Whiteside, Stearns, Hoven, Royal, Cirio, Bell, Lyle Sat. Mat., May 26, 2:00 P.M. FIREBIRD Shevchenko, Forster, Hurlin**, Zhurbin AFTERITE Ferri+, Copeland, Seo, Trenary, S. Williams, Cornejo, Whiteside, Stearns, Hoven, Royal, Cirio, Bell, Lyle Sat. Eve., May 26, 8:00 P.M. FIREBIRD Copeland, Cornejo, Trenary, Lyle AFTERITE Teuscher, Boylston, Brandt, Hurlin, Shealy, Shayer, Forster, Sebastian, Scott, Ahn, Simkin, Maloney, Whiteley + Guest Artist *Editors please note first time in a role Thu., 5/17 K.Williams (Myrta) in Giselle Wed. Mat., 5/23 Teuscher, Boylston, Brandt, Hurlin, Shealy, Shayer, Forster, Sebastian, Scott, Ahn, Simkin, Maloney, Whiteley in AFTERITE Wed. Eve., 5/23 Brandt (Maiden) in Firebird **Editors please note first time in a role in New York Tue., 5/22 Shevchenko (Firebird), Forster (Ivan) in Firebird Wed. Mat., 5/23 Lyle (Kaschei) in Firebird Wed. Eve., 5/23 Teuscher (Firebird) in Firebird Sat. Mat., 5/26 Hurlin (Maiden) in Firebird CASTING ANNOUNCED FOR FIRST TWO WEEKS OF AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE’S 2018 SPRING SEASON AT METROPOLITAN OPERA HOUSE Guest Artist Alessandra Ferri to Dance in World Premiere Cast of AFTERITE at Spring Gala, Monday, May 21 at 6:30 P.M. Casting for the first two weeks of American Ballet Theatre’s 2018 Spring Season at the Metropolitan Opera House was announced today by Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie. The season will begin with eight performances of Giselle, beginning Monday, May 14, with Hee Seo, Roberto Bolle and Gillian Murphy in the leading roles. Katherine Williams will debut as Myrta on Thursday, May 17. Guest Artist Natalia Osipova will dance the role of Giselle on Friday, May 18, opposite David Hallberg as Albrecht. Set to music by Adolphe Adam, with scenery by Gianni Quaranta, costumes by Anna Anni and lighting by Jennifer Tipton, Giselle features choreography after Jean Coralli, Jules Perrot and Marius Petipa and has been staged for ABT by Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie. The 2018 Spring Gala on Monday, May 21 at 6:30 P.M. will feature excerpts from Alexei Ratmansky’s Harlequinade, led by Isabella Boylston as Columbine and James Whiteside as Harlequin. An all-new production of Harlequinade, staged by Ratmansky after the original by Marius Petipa, will be given its World Premiere by American Ballet Theatre on June 4, 2018. The Spring Gala will also be highlighted by a pièce d’occasion by tap dance choreographer Michelle Dorrance. A work for fifteen dancers, Dorrance’s work is set to recorded music by the Brooklyn-based acoustic ensemble Dawn of Midi. Co-commissioned with the Vail Dance Festival, the World Premiere by Dorrance is her first work for ABT. The World Premiere of AFTERITE by Wayne McGregor, Resident Choreographer at The Royal Ballet, will round out the May 21 Gala program. In his first work for ABT, McGregor creates a new scenario set to Igor Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring, with sets and costumes by Vicki Mortimer, video designs by Ravi Deepres and lighting by Lucy Carter. The World Premiere of AFTERITE will be danced by Guest Artist Alessandra Ferri, Misty Copeland, Hee Seo, Cassandra Trenary, Stephanie Williams, Herman Cornejo, James Whiteside, Cory Stearns, Blaine Hoven, Calvin Royal III, Jeffrey Cirio, Aran Bell and Duncan Lyle. The second week of the Spring season will continue with seven performances of McGregor’s AFTERITE sharing the program with Ratmansky’s Firebird. Devon Teuscher, Isabella Boylston, Skylar Brandt, Catherine Hurlin, Courtney Shealy, Gabe Stone Shayer, Thomas Forster, Jose Sebastian, Arron Scott, Joo Won Ahn, Daniil Simkin, Tyler Maloney and Marshall Whiteley will debut in AFTERITE at the matinee on Wednesday, May 23. The season’s first performance of Firebird features Christine Shevchenko and Thomas Forster in their New York debuts as the Firebird and Ivan, respectively, alongside Stella Abrera as The Maiden and Cory Stearns as Kaschei. On Wednesday, May 23, Duncan Lyle will make his New York debut as Kaschei at the matinee and Devon Teuscher will dance the title role for the first time in New York and Skylar Brandt will debut as The Maiden at the evening performance. Catherine Hurlin will make her New York debut as The Maiden at the Saturday, May 26 matinee. The one-act Stravinsky classic with original choreography by Ratmansky features scenery by Simon Pastukh, costumes by Galina Solovyeva, lighting by Brad Fields and projections by Wendall K. Harrington. Ratmansky’s production of Firebird was given its World Premiere at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Costa Mesa, California on March 29, 2012, danced by Natalia Osipova (Firebird), Marcelo Gomes (Ivan), David Hallberg (Kaschei) and Simone Messmer (Maiden). Ratmansky’s Firebird, co-commissioned by American Ballet Theatre and Dutch National Ballet, is American Ballet Theatre’s fourth 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. American Ballet Theatre's performances of Giselle are generously supported through an endowed gift from Sharon Patrick. Leadership support for AFTERITE is generously supported through the Leila and Mickey Straus Family Foundation. Additional support through an endowed gift from The Toni and Martin Sosnoff New Works Fund. The World Premiere by Michelle Dorrance is generously supported through an endowed gift from The Toni and Martin Sosnoff New Works Fund. Leadership support for The Ratmansky Project, including Harlequinade and Whipped Cream, has been generously 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 major support has been provided by Linda Allard, Sarah Arison, Lisa and Dick Cashin, Lloyd E. Rigler - Lawrence E. Deutsch Foundation, The Susan and Leonard Feinstein Foundation, William J. Gillespie, Brian J. Heidtke, Howard S. Paley, the Pearl T. Maxim Trust, Bernard L. Schwartz, Melissa A. Smith, The H. Russell Smith Foundation/Stewart R. Smith and Robin A. Ferracone, the Martin and Toni Sosnoff Foundation and Sutton Stracke. ABT gratefully acknowledges Dr. Joan Taub Ades, Steven Backes, Mark Casey and Carrie Gaiser Casey, Linda and Martin Fell, Vicki Netter Fitzgerald, The Abraham Fuchsberg Family Foundation, Robin Chemers Neustein, John Leland Sills and Elizabeth Papadopoulos-Sills, and Sedgwick Ward for their generosity. Firebird is 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 partnership with the City Council.
  10. From the company: AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE LAUNCHES NEW WEBSITE ALL-NEW ABT.ORG ENHANCES USER EXPERIENCE WITH STREAMLINED NAVIGATION AND MOBILE OPTIMIZATION American Ballet Theatre has launched a newly designed and upgraded website at www.abt.org. It was announced today by ABT Executive Director Kara Medoff Barnett. American Ballet Theatre’s new site, abt.org, was conceived with the Company’s wide variety of users in mind, from ticket buyers and members, to students, families and balletomanes worldwide. The elevated design highlights ABT’s breadth while improving the user experience through streamlined navigation, offering a wealth of Company information at a glance. An overhauled master calendar encapsulates ABT’s array of activities, including performances, educational opportunities and social events, in New York City, on tour and around the world. Members can explore the range of benefits available at each giving level in an interactive chart. Expanded dancer profiles offer images and milestones from their respective careers. New site- wide visual elements, including in-depth photo galleries, video content and testimonials, extend the ABT experience. The site connects the multiple aspects of the Company, linking upcoming performances to their history in the repertory archive and illustrating how current dancers have advanced through ABT’s training pipeline. Designed by Ascender Studios, the new abt.org is optimized for all devices. The website has been made possible by Karen Phillips and Infor. Individual tickets for American Ballet Theatre’s 2018 Spring season at the Metropolitan Opera House are available now at the Met box office, by phone at 212-362-6000 or online at ABT’s website www.abt.org. Tickets start at $22. The Metropolitan Opera House is located on Broadway between 64th and 65th streets in New York City.
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    A release: TAP DANCE CHOREOGRAPHER MICHELLE DORRANCE TO CREATE FIRST WORK FOR AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE WORLD PREMIERE, CO-COMMISSIONED WITH THE VAIL DANCE FESTIVAL, SCHEDULED FOR SPRING GALA, MAY 21, 2018 AT METROPOLITAN OPERA HOUSE Tap dance choreographer Michelle Dorrance, in her first work for American Ballet Theatre, will create a pièce d’occasion for the Company’s Spring Gala performance on May 21, 2018 at the Metropolitan Opera House. It was announced today by ABT Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie. The new Dorrance work is the first of a trio of works by the choreographer, co-commissioned with Vail Dance Festival, for which Dorrance is an artist-in- residence. The pièce d’occasion will be followed up in July 2018 with the premiere of a new work for American Ballet Theatre’s first appearance at the Vail Dance Festival. Dorrance’s Vail work will incorporate dancers from ABT and guest artists from the Festival’s roster, leading towards an ABT World Premiere for the Company’s Fall season at the Koch Theater in New York, October 17-28, 2018. Michelle Dorrance, a New York City based tap dancer, choreographer, director and performer, is founder and Artistic Director of Dorrance Dance. She is an Artist-in-Residence at the American Tap Dance Foundation, a 2016-17 New York City Center Choreography Fellow and a 2015 MacArthur Foundation Fellow. “To have Michelle’s imaginative artistry on the same program with works by Alexei Ratmansky and Wayne McGregor is a dream come true,” said McKenzie. “For me, it recalls Ballet Theatre’s early days when diverse choreographers, working in distinct styles, offered variety to both dancers and audiences.” Dorrance’s work in Vail over the past summers has drawn her into collaborations with a wide range of dancers beyond the tap world, from modern dance to street dance to ballet. “We are ecstatic to be partnering on this project, which furthers our mission of promoting creative alchemy,” said Vail Dance Festival Director Damian Woetzel.
  12. From ABT: DUKE ANNOUNCES THREE-YEAR PARTNERSHIP WITH AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE DURHAM, NC -- Duke University and American Ballet Theatre have announced a three-year partnership to begin in January 2019. The wide-ranging, immersive partnership marks a significant new investment in the arts at Duke, said Duke University President Vince Price and ABT Executive Director Kara Medoff Barnett, who announced the partnership at a recent gala opening of Duke’s Rubenstein Arts Center (“The Ruby”). It was initiated and will be managed by Duke Performances, the university’s presenting organization for the arts. “Duke has long been home to world-class dance. I am delighted that we now have the opportunity to build on this rich history in partnership with American Ballet Theatre,” Price said. “ABT is among the premier ballet companies in the world, and this partnership will enrich the cultural landscape in Durham and give our students and faculty exciting new opportunities for collaboration. ABT will also help us initiate the Ruby -- what better way to open our new dance studios than with the greatest ballet dancers and choreographers in the world.” The partnership includes: • American Ballet Theatre’s first appearances in North Carolina since 1969 -- five performances of Giselle at the Durham Performing Arts Center in downtown Durham in March 2020. • A two-week ABT Studio Company residency at Duke each year for three years, during which guest choreographers will create new work for 12 members of this professional training ensemble. The annual residencies will incorporate public performances, master classes and engagement activities with Duke students and the local community, and will culminate in the development of one world premiere ballet each year. • Monthly master classes for students in the Duke Dance Program led by instructors from the ABT Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School. • A three-year project called Endless House, directed by Duke Dance Professor Michael Kliën in collaboration with current and former ABT dancers and ABT Studio Company dancers. Culminating in a public presentation in New York City in Spring 2021, Endless House may also be exhibited in contemporary art museums. At once a research project and a work of choreography, Endless House will be a point of intersection between ABT and Duke’s new MFA in Dance. “As a Duke alumna and a lifelong fan of American Ballet Theatre, I couldn’t be more thrilled to launch a collaboration between these two world-class institutions,” said ABT’s Barnett. “With the opening of The Ruby and a robust partnership with America’s national ballet company, Duke is claiming a leadership role in the performing arts and will be poised to attract the most talented student-artists in the country. With Duke residencies as catalysts, ABT will continue to innovate and extend the canon and the reach of classical ballet.” ____ Duke Performances, which will manage the ABT partnership, is at the forefront of university performing arts presenters nationwide, attracting artists of the highest caliber and commissioning, developing, and producing a growing number of new works for the world stage. Duke University’s three-year partnership with ABT will make use of Duke’s new Rubenstein Arts Center (“The Ruby”), a campus hub for artistic production with state-of-the-art dance studios and its presentation space, von der Heyden Studio Theater
  13. From the company: AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE TO APPEAR AT 2018 VAIL DANCE FESTIVAL COMPANY’S FIRST FESTIVAL APPEARANCE, JULY 28 AND 29, 2018, TO INCLUDE WORKS BY ALEXEI RATMANSKY AND JEROME ROBBINS American Ballet Theatre will make its first Company appearance at the Vail Dance Festival, July 28 and 29, 2018, performing works by Alexei Ratmansky and Jerome Robbins. Both evenings will take place at 7:30 p.m. at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in Vail, Colorado. On Saturday evening, July 28, American Ballet Theatre will appear on a joint program with artists from the Festival’s roster, as part of a mixed bill opening night celebration of the Festival’s 30th Anniversary season. The performance will include the Vail premiere of Souvenir d’un lieu cher choreographed by ABT Artist in Residence Alexei Ratmansky. On Sunday evening, July 29, American Ballet Theatre will perform an evening of mixed repertory including the Vail premiere of Serenade after Plato’s Symposium, created by Ratmansky for the Company in 2016 and set to music of the same name by Leonard Bernstein. The program will also be highlighted by a performance of Jerome Robbins’ Other Dances, in which New York City Ballet principal dancer Tiler Peck will appear as a guest artist. Other Dances was created in 1976 for Natalia Makarova and Mikhail Baryshnikov. Serenade after Plato’s Symposium and Other Dances pay homage to the centennials of Bernstein and Robbins. Both works feature live musical accompaniment by the Breckenridge Music Festival Orchestra. Additional repertory will be announced at a later date. “The Vail Dance Festival has established the scenic Rocky Mountain town as a center for dance,” said Kevin McKenzie, ABT Artistic Director. “I am proud to join with Artistic Director Damian Woetzel for ABT’s first appearance at the Festival.” Established in 1989, the annual Vail Dance Festival features both performance and educational elements. American Ballet Theatre’s performances in Vail are part of the Festival’s two-week season July 28 through August 11, 2018. Tickets go on sale Tuesday, February 20 at 11:00 a.m. (MST). For more information, please visit https://vaildance.org. American Ballet Theatre’s 2018 national and international tour began January 30 in Washington, D.C. The 2018 tour includes engagements in Detroit, Lincoln, Chicago, Singapore, Hong Kong, New York, Los Angeles, Vail and Orange County, California. For more information, please visit www.abt.org.
  14. This seems a good place to put events relating to Jerome Robbins Centennial events. NYPL Performing Arts Library has a day-long free symposium: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/jerome-robbins-symposium-tickets-38774112414
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