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    SEGERSTROM CENTER FOR THE ARTS AND AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE ANNOUNCE

    THREE-YEAR PARTNERSHIP TO INCLUDE WORLD PREMIERE BY ALONZO KING

    AND THE U.S. PREMIERE OF

    LIKE WATER FOR CHOCOLATE

    BY CHRISTOPHER WHEELDON

    American Ballet Theatre Named the Official Dance Company of Segerstrom Center for the Arts

    NEW YORK, NY and COSTA MESA, CA  Segerstrom Center for the Arts President Casey Reitz and American Ballet Theatre (ABT) Executive Director Kara Medoff Barnett announced today a three-year partnership combining the resources of America’s National Ballet Company® and one of the nation’s leading presenters of dance. The partnership will commence in December 2021 with three additional years of the co-presented annual productions of Alexei Ratmansky’s The Nutcracker and continue with World and West Coast Premieres and engagements each spring through 2024.

    “We are proud to designate the renowned American Ballet Theatre as the Official Dance Company of Segerstrom Center for the Arts. This partnership reflects the extended history and long-term commitment between Segerstrom Center for the Arts and ABT, a company that has graced our stage and entertained patrons with exciting and inspiring performances since 1987. The Center is committed to these premieres because we recognize each has been beautifully and uniquely crafted to provide enjoyment to dance audiences throughout Southern California for many years to come.” says Casey Reitz.

    Segerstrom Center and ABT have a robust long-standing relationship. At the Center, ABT gave the World Premiere of Mikhail Baryshnikov’s Swan Lake in 1988. In 1999, the ABT production of Le Corsaire was taped for broadcast on PBS’s Dance in America, winning an Emmy Award. In 2003, The Dream was also taped at the Center for broadcast on Dance in America. In 2008, ABT co-commissioned Twyla Tharp’s Rabbit and Rogue with Segerstrom Center for the Arts, which received its World Premiere in New York and its West Coast Premiere at the Center. Other ABT productions at the Center have included the West Coast Premiere of Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie’s production of The Sleeping Beauty in 2007, the World Premiere of a new production of Firebird by ABT Artist in Residence Alexei Ratmansky, and three additional ballets by Ratmansky including the West Coast premiere of The Nutcracker in 2015, the World Premiere of Whipped Cream in 2017, the West Coast Premiere of Harlequinade in 2019, and the World Premiere and co-commissioned production Of Love and Rage in 2020. Most recently, the Center presented Uniting in Movement, in April of 2021, a unique dance project bringing 18 ABT dancers together for safe collaboration and an exhilarating performance of new works by Jessica Lang, Lauren Lovette, and Darrell Grand Moultrie. Since 2015, ABT has wowed Southern California audiences at Segerstrom Center for the Arts with annual holiday engagements of The Nutcracker for over 63 performances!

    “American Ballet Theatre’s mission calls us to preserve the classics and extend the repertoire of classical ballet,” says Kara Medoff Barnett, ABT Executive Director. “As the Official Dance Company of Segerstrom Center, ABT brings both the beloved classics and exciting new works to Southern California audiences. With talented students at the ABT William J. Gillespie School and enthusiastic audiences, Orange County offers ABT’s artists the warmest of welcomes. Segerstrom Center’s leadership recognizes the importance of innovation, inclusion, and invention to the future of the art form.

    The three-year partnership between American Ballet Theatre and Segerstrom Center for the Arts will include three Premiere works. Beginning March 2022, ABT and the Center will present a mixed repertory program to include a World Premiere by Alonzo King and West Coast Premieres of Ratmansky’s Bernstein in a Bubble and Lang’s ZigZag, featuring songs recorded by Tony Bennett.

    In March 2023, American Ballet Theatre will give the North American Premiere of Like Water for Chocolate at the Center. From the award-winning team of choreographer Christopher Wheeldon

    and composer Joby Talbot, with costumes by Bob Crowley, this co-production with the Royal Ballet is inspired by Laura Esquivel’s bestselling novel of the same name. The evening-length production tells the story of Tita, a young Mexican woman whose restrictive upbringing prevents her from marrying until her mother dies. Overwhelmed by a sense of duty and family tradition, Tita’s only form of expression is through cooking, but her life takes an unexpected turn when she falls in love with her wealthy neighbor Pedro. Their forbidden passion has far-reaching and devastatingconsequences. Laura Esquivel comments, “Having Christopher and his team transform my story into a ballet is truly magical for me. It was a great pleasure to have them visit Mexico for extensive research and to develop the scenario together. I am amazed at how Christopher can translate deep emotions into movement, and I can’t wait to see this wonderful creative adventure unfold.”

    ABT and the Centers partnership in 2024 will include a third World Premiere. Details to follow at a later date.

    “I am so pleased to continue our long relationship with Segerstrom Center for the Arts, a place I consider a second home to ABT,” said Kevin McKenzie, ABT Artistic Director. “This partnership will allow ABT to expand our programming and experiment with new ways of telling stories. In our first collaboration with renowned dance maker Alonzo King, ABT dancers will stretch their wings with King’s unique form of expression and brand of movement. I am excited to see the results. And from page to stage, Christopher Wheeldon will bring Laura Esquivel’s celebratednovel Like Water for Chocolate to life for its U.S. Premiere at Segerstrom Center.”

    The Segerstrom Center for the Arts also houses the ABT Gillespie Ballet School. The school

    offers unrivaled training, performing opportunities, Master Classes, lectures by visiting artists, and the highest quality of classical ballet training through the American Ballet Theatre National Training Curriculum. Forty students are featured annually in ABT’s production of The Nutcracker; and have performed alongside ABT dancers in the World Premiere productions of The Sleeping Beauty (2015), Whipped Cream (2017), and the West Coast premiere of ABT’s Harlequinade (2019).

    AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE
    American Ballet Theatre 
    is one of the great dance companies in the world. Revered as a

    national treasure since its founding season in 1940, its mission is to create, present, and extend the great repertoire of classical dancing for the widest possible audience. Headquartered in New York City, ABT is the only cultural institution of its size and stature to extensively tour, engaging and inspiring audiences for eight decades in 50 US states, 45 countries, and over 480 cities worldwide. ABT’s extraordinary dancers hail from 14 countries and 24 US states. ABT’s repertoire includes full-length classics from the nineteenth century, the finest works from the early twentieth century, and diverse and dynamic contemporary work by the leading choreographers of today. In 2006, by an act of Congress, ABT was designated America's National Ballet Company®.

    SEGERSTROM CENTER FOR THE ARTS
    Segerstrom Center for the Arts 
    is an acclaimed arts institution as well as a beautiful multi-disciplinary cultural campus. It is committed to supporting artistic excellence, offering unsurpassed experiences and to engaging the entire community in new and exciting ways through the unique power of live performance as well as a diverse array of inspiring arts-based education and community engagement programs. Previously called the Orange County Performing Arts Center, Segerstrom Center is Orange County’s largest non-profit arts organization. In addition to its six performance venues, Segerstrom Center is also home to the American Ballet Theatre William J. Gillespie School and Studio 😧 Arts School for All (previously named School of Dance and Music for Children with Disabilities).

    The Center presents a broad range of programming for audiences of all ages, featuring international ballet and dance companies, national tours of top Broadway shows, jazz and cabaret, contemporary artists, classical music performed by renowned chamber orchestras and ensembles, family-friendly programming, and free performances on its plaza, such as outdoor movie screenings, concerts, community, and cultural festivals.

    Segerstrom Center is a leader among the nation’s performing arts centers for providing education programs designed to inspire young people through the arts. The Center’s programs reach hundreds of thousands of students each year in five Southern California counties. The CDI supports flagship artistic programming and a wide range of projects that celebrate innovation, nurture creativity, and engage audiences of the future. The Center Without Boundaries develops partnerships with non-cultural organizations to help them in their own efforts to respond to the ever-changing needs of the community.

    Segerstrom Center for the Arts is also proud to serve as the artistic home to three of the region’s major performing arts organizations: Pacific Symphony, Philharmonic Society of Orange County and Pacific Chorale. Each contributes greatly to the artistic life of the region with annual seasons performed at the Center.

    In addition to Segerstrom Center for the Arts as a presenting and producing institution, it also identifies the beautiful 14-acre campus that embraces the Center’s own facilities as well as two independently acclaimed organizations: Tony Award®-winning South Coast Repertory and the Orange County Museum of Art.

    Information provided is accurate at the time of printing but is subject to change. Segerstrom Center for the Arts is a public, non-profit organization. “Segerstrom Center for the Arts” is a registered trademark.

  2. Casting is up:

     

    AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE’S 2021 FALL SEASON AT DAVID H. KOCH THEATER, OCTOBER 20-31

    BOX OFFICE OPENS SEPTEMBER 8 AT 10:00 A.M.

    Casting for American Ballet Theatre’s 2021 Fall season has been announced today by Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie.

    Principal Dancers for the 2021 Fall season at the Koch Theater include Joo Won Ahn, Aran Bell, Isabella Boylston, Skylar Brandt, Herman Cornejo, Thomas Forster, Gillian Murphy, Calvin Royal III, Hee Seo, Christine Shevchenko, Cory Stearns, Devon Teuscher, Cassandra Trenary, and James Whiteside.

    The 2021 Fall season will open on Wednesday evening, October 20 at 7:30 P.M. with the first of six performances of the full-length production of Giselle. Hee Seo will lead the cast in the title role on opening night, alongside Cory Stearns as Albrecht and Devon Teuscher as Myrta. Cassandra Trenary, Calvin Royal III, and Zhong-Jing Fang will dance these leading roles for the first time at the matinee on Saturday, October 23. Christine Shevchenko will debut as Giselle on Saturday evening, October 23, dancing opposite Aran Bell in his New York debut as Albrecht. On Thursday, October 21, Skylar Brandt will make her New York debut in the title role dancing opposite Herman Cornejo as Albrecht, and Catherine Hurlin will also make her New York debut as Myrta. Thomas Forster will make his New York debut as Albrecht on Friday evening, October 22 dancing opposite Gillian Murphy as Giselle and Katherine Williams as Myrta.

    Staged by Kevin McKenzie with choreography after Jean Coralli, Jules Perrot, and Marius Petipa, Giselle is set to music by Adolphe Adam, orchestrated by John Lanchbery, with scenery by Gianni Quaranta, costumes by Anna Anni, and lighting by Jennifer Tipton. The world premiere of Giselle, one of the oldest continually performed ballets, occurred at the Theatre de l’Academie Royale de Musique in Paris on June 28, 1841. The ballet was first presented by ABT (then Ballet Theatre) at the Center Theatre in New York City on January 12, 1940, with choreography by Anton Dolin and scenery and costumes by Lucinda Ballard. The leading roles were danced by Annabelle Lyon and Anton Dolin. ABT’s sixth production, featuring scenery by Gianni Quaranta and costumes by Anna Anni, was created for the film

    Dancers, produced in 1987 by Cannon Films. This production’s first public performance was given on March 20, 1987 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California, with Marianna Tcherkassky as Giselle and Kevin McKenzie as Albrecht. The current staging is by McKenzie, using the Quaranta and Anni designs.

    The New York stage premiere of Christopher Rudd’s Touché will highlight American Ballet Theatre’s Fall Gala performance on Tuesday, October 26 at 6:30 P.M. with Calvin Royal III and João Menegussi in the leading roles.

    Touché, choreographed by Rudd and set to music by Woodkid (Que Te Mate el Desierto) and Ennio Morricone (Giuseppe Tornatore Suite from Malena) with intimacy direction by Sarah Lozoff, was created in Silver Bay, New York and received its digital World Premiere on November 23, 2020 as part of ABT Today: The Future Starts Now. The New York stage premiere of Touché will be celebrated with two dedicated Pride Nights at the Koch Theater on Wednesday evening, October 27 and Saturday evening, October 30. These special evenings will highlight LGBTQIA+ diversity, equity, and visibility.

    American Ballet Theatre’s Fall Gala program will also include the World Premiere of Jessica Lang’s ZigZag set to songs recorded by Tony Bennett, with costumes by Wes Gordon, scenery by Derek McLane, and lighting by Nicole Pierce. Performances of Lauren Lovette’s La Follia Variations and an excerpt of Darrell Grand Moultrie’s Indestructible Light will complete the evening.

    Gabe Stone Shayer will debut in Clark Tippet’s Some Assembly Required, dancing opposite Skylar Brandt on Wednesday evening, October 27. Some Assembly Required, choreographed by Clark Tippet, received its World Premiere by American Ballet Theatre in 1989. The pas de deux, created for Amanda McKerrow and John Gardner, is set to music by William Bolcolm, with costumes by Gary Lisz, and lighting by Jennifer Tipton. The ballet is staged for ABT by McKerrow and Gardner.

    Thomas Forster will debut as The Friend and James Whiteside will make his debut as The Young Man From the House Opposite in Antony Tudor’s masterwork Pillar of Fire on Friday evening, October 29, dancing opposite Devon Teuscher as Hagar. The season’s first performance of the work on Thursday evening, October 28 will feature Gillian Murphy in the lead role of Hagar. Staged for ABT by Amanda McKerrow and John Gardner, Pillar of Fire is set to music by Arnold Schoenberg (Verklärte Nacht) with scenery and costumes by Robert Perdziola and lighting by Duane Schuler. The ballet was given its World Premiere on April 8, 1942 at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City.

    Tickets for American Ballet Theatre’s 2021 Fall season, starting at $30, are available beginning (more) Wednesday, September 8 at 10:00 A.M. in person at the Koch Theater box office, by phone by calling 212- 496-0600, and online. Performance-only tickets for ABT’s 2021 Fall Gala on Tuesday evening, October 26 begin at $35. ABT will offer audience members the opportunity to exchange their tickets or receive refunds free of charge up until Noon on the day of the performance during the 2021 Fall season. In addition, ABT will require the following protocol for all audience members attending its performances:

    • All audience members must be fully vaccinated. You are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving a second dose in a two-dose vaccine series or two weeks after receiving a single- dose vaccine.

    • All audience members must provide in-person proof of vaccination against Covid-19 with a vaccine approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or by the World Health Organization (WHO), and a valid state or government issued photo ID.

    • Children under the age of 12, for whom there is no currently available vaccine, are not permitted to attend performances regardless of the vaccination status of their guardian.

    Based on CDC and New York State guidelines at the time of performance, additional safety protocols may include proper mask usage, contact tracing survey, limitations on belongings in the David H. Koch Theater, assigned entry times, social distancing, and more. Specific health & safety protocols are determined by the David H. Koch Theater and Studios in its sole discretion and are subject to change. We will continue to consult with medical advisors and monitor CDC and New York City and State guidelines, and these policies may be updated as conditions evolve. American Ballet Theatre will strive to communicate substantial changes to health and safety protocols in advance of performances. Ticket holders should review ABT’s website (www.abt.org) periodically to identify changes impacting one's ability to attend based on individual circumstances. The David H. Koch Theater may, in its sole discretion, refuse to allow admission to any ticket holder who does not comply with the Theater's policies.

    The David H. Koch Theater is located at Lincoln Center, Broadway and 63rd Street in New York City. For more information, please visit www.abt.org. Casting and programs to follow.

  3. From the company:

     

    KARA MEDOFF BARNETT TO STEP DOWN AS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE

    Kara Medoff Barnett, Executive Director at American Ballet Theatre since February 2016, will step down this fall to assume a new leadership role at First Republic Bank leading social impact marketing and strategy and developing the First Republic Foundation. Barnett will continue to advise ABT, part-time through the end of the calendar year, while the Board of Governing Trustees oversees a search for her successor. She will also serve on the ABT Global Council and the ABT RISE Advisory Council, two new advisory groups launched in 2020.

    “Kara has given this Company such a shot in the arm, and we are all better and more broadly capable for it,” said Kevin McKenzie, ABT Artistic Director. “She transitions to another role where she can continue to promote the health of ABT after spearheading many programs that have extended the Company’s reach to the widest possible audience. An inspirational and aspirational leader, she has been an amazingly energetic partner as well as a consensus builder with board, staff, and funders. She will be missed for her daily support of staff and dancers’ needs and goals. I look forward to Kara’s continued advice and leadership in the field as she takes on her new role at First Republic.”

    Barnett’s tenure at American Ballet Theatre was marked by large strides forward in advancing innovation and inclusion. In the last five years, under the artistic direction of Kevin McKenzie, ABT experienced a period of creative vitality with 22 new works created during the pandemic year alone. The ABT Women’s Movement, introduced in 2017, has led to commissions of 28 new ballets by female choreographers. Since 2016, the Ratmansky Project supported seven new works by MacArthur Fellow and ABT Artist in Residence Alexei Ratmansky, including Whipped Cream, Of Love and Rage, Songs of Bukovina, and most recently, Bernstein in a Bubble. ABT Incubator, founded by David Hallberg and now directed by Jose Sebastian, has provided opportunity for ABT dancers to choreograph on their peers and has allowed ABT dancers to participate in the creative process.

    Under Barnett’s leadership, the ABT community has engaged deeply and meaningfully to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion in ballet as the Company examines its past, encourages important conversations, and shapes its future. With the launch of ABT RISE (Representation and Inclusion Sustain Excellence), ABT has committed to centering inclusion in all strategic decisions and daily operations across the organization. ABT’s training pipeline is thriving, and ABT Education programs have expanded to include ABTots and adult open classes. During the past year, ABT’s education and engagement offerings have pivoted online, reaching 240,000 students and 45 countries. ABT Studio Company, under the leadership of Sascha Radetsky and Claire Florian, has generated a robust slate of new work and introduced diverse creative voices to ABT’s repertoire. 90% of the dancers in ABT’s mainCompany today are alumni of ABT Education programs.

    In recent years, ABT has built on its mission by embracing a vision of engaging and inspiring communities through the diversity, dynamism, and power of world-class dance. Since 2016, the Company has toured to Paris, Muscat, Hong Kong, Singapore, Costa Mesa, Chicago, Detroit, and Washington, DC (Kennedy Center), continuing a tradition of cultural ambassadorship as America’s National Ballet Company®. This month, ABT presented free outdoor performances in eight cities nationwide with the ABT Across America tour. In addition, ABT’s digital transformation has been rapid, providing unprecedented access to the Company’s artistry. Pre-pandemic, ABT reached 300,000 audience members annually; from May 2020 to May 2021, the Company garnered nearly 10 million views for its digital content, including three virtual galas, a docu-series, short films, ABTKids family content, and online classes. ABT has 1.7 million followers on social media across its channels and launched an official TikTok channel in 2020.

    Barnett’s tenure has been a time of financial stability and growth for the Company, with the addition of over 20 new trustees, the introduction of the ABT Global Council and ABT RISE Advisory Council, as well as 3,000 new donors in the last year alone. Multi-year partnerships have been established with LG, Celebrity Cruises, Bank of America, Duke University, Oliver Wyman, Bloomberg, First Republic Bank, American Express, Random House Children’s Books, Ginger (mental health), the Fresh Air Fund, and Mount Sinai Hospital, and existing partnerships with Segerstrom Center for the Arts, the Auditorium Theatre, and the Abu Dhabi Music and Arts Festival have been extended.

    “I will greatly miss Kara,” said Andrew Barth, Chairman of ABT’s Board of Governing Trustees. “We have a wonderful working relationship as Chairman and Executive Director – so good that I prefer to think of it as a working friendship. I know that we will be able to count on Kara to continue to be an active supporter and cheerleader for ABT as she will remain a member of our Global Council and our RISE Advisory Council  two amazing groups founded by Kara in her time here. Kara leaves ABT in fantastic shape, and I am proud of how we are working to maintain our traditions, but also to find our best self.”

    “It has been an honor and a privilege to work so closely with Kara over the past five years,” said Sarah Arison, President of ABT’s Board of Governing Trustees. “I remain consistently impressed by her and what she’s accomplished for ABT and look forward to continuing to work with her in her new capacity at the organization. I’m invigorated for the future at ABT and look forward to building on Kara’s phenomenal work with our new leadership team.”

    “As I evolve my relationship with ABT from Executive Director to advisor, partner and sponsor, ABT JKO School parent, friend and super-fan for life, I do so with tremendous gratitude for the experience of stewarding America’s National Ballet Company®,” said Barnett. “I will always cherish my incredible colleagues  the extraordinary staff and awe-inspiring artists  and our shared adventures. ABT’s Trustees have been supportive at every turn, and it has been an honor to serve in collaboration with such an energetic and optimistic Board. The ABT Across America tour embodied everything that I wish for this Company and for the performing arts in this country. Witnessing crowds of thousands experiencing and embracing ballet outdoors has been thrilling. I am committed to ensuring a smooth transition as the Company builds from strength to strength, and I look forward to propelling and celebrating ABT’s bright future.”

    Following last week’s performances at Rockefeller Center, which completed the ABT Across America tour, ABT will perform outdoors at Lincoln Center in August with the BAAND Together Dance Festival and will return to Lincoln Center this October with a two-week Fall season at the David H. Koch Theater.

    For more information on American Ballet Theatre, please visit www.abt.org.

  4. State Theatre season announcement:

     

    AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE ANNOUNCES 2021 FALL SEASON AT DAVID H. KOCH THEATER,
    OCTOBER 20-31, 2021

    FIRST FALL SEASON IN TWO YEARS TO INCLUDE WORLD PREMIERE OF ZIGZAG BY JESSICA LANG AND SIX PERFORMANCES OF GISELLE

    BOX OFFICE TO OPEN WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 8 AT 10 A.M.

     

    Skylar Brandt and Herman Cornejo in Giselle. Photo: João Menegussi.

    Chloe Misseldine and Jose Sebastian in La Follia Variations.
    Photo: Todd Rosenberg Photography.

    In its return to indoor performances in New York City, American Ballet Theatre will present the 2021 Fall season at the David H. Koch Theater, October 20-31, 2021. The season was announced today by Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie. ABT’s first New York Fall season since 2019 will feature the World Premiere of ZigZag by Jessica Lang, co-commissioned by Abu Dhabi Festival, the stage premieres of Bernstein in a Bubble by Alexei Ratmansky and Touché by Christopher Rudd, and ABT masterworks Pillar of Fire and Some Assembly Required.

    Principal Dancers for the 2021 Fall season at the Koch Theater include Joo Won Ahn, Aran Bell, Isabella Boylston, Skylar Brandt, Herman Cornejo, Thomas Forster, Gillian Murphy, Calvin Royal III, Hee Seo, Christine Shevchenko, Cory Stearns, Devon Teuscher, Cassandra Trenary, and James

    Whiteside.

    Giselle

    American Ballet Theatre’s 2021 Fall season will open on Wednesday, October 20 with the full- length Giselle. Staged by Kevin McKenzie with choreography after Jean Coralli, Jules Perrot, and Marius Petipa, Giselle is set to music by Adolphe Adam, orchestrated by John Lanchbery, with scenery by Gianni Quaranta, costumes by Anna Anni, and lighting by Jennifer Tipton. The world premiere of Giselle, one of the oldest continually performed ballets, occurred at the Theatre de l’Academie Royale de Musique in Paris on June 28, 1841. The ballet was first presented by ABT (then Ballet Theatre) at the Center Theatre in New York City on January 12, 1940, with choreography by Anton Dolin and scenery and costumes by Lucinda Ballard. The leading roles were danced by Annabelle Lyon and Anton Dolin. ABT’s sixth production, featuring scenery by Gianni Quaranta and costumes by Anna Anni, was created for the film Dancers, produced in 1987 by Cannon Films. This production’s first public performance was given on March 20, 1987 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California, with Marianna Tcherkassky as Giselle and Kevin McKenzie as Albrecht. The current staging is by McKenzie, using the Quaranta and Anni designs. Giselle will be given six performances through Sunday, October 24.

    Fall Gala and World Premiere

    The Fall Gala on Tuesday evening, October 26 at 6:30 P.M. will feature ABT’s Company dancers in a program of two of the 22 new works created in quarantined bubbles over the last 17 months, as well as the World Premiere of Jessica Lang’s ZigZag, co-commissioned by Abu Dhabi Festival. ABT Trustee Jenna Segal, champion supporter of the ABT’s Women’s Movement, will be honored at the Gala with The Melville Strauss Leadership Achievement Award. To date, the Women’s Movement has produced 28 World and Company Premieres for ABT and ABT Studio Company.

    ZigZag, choreographed by Jessica Lang and set to 11 recorded songs sung by Tony Bennett, will have its World Premiere at American Ballet Theatre’s 2021 Fall Gala. A work for 14 dancers, ZigZag will feature costumes by Wes Gordon (creative director for Carolina Herrera), scenery by Emmy and Tony Award® winner Derek McLane, incorporating artwork by Bennett, and lighting by Nicole Pearce. “ZigZag celebrates the legendary career of Tony Bennett as a singer and visual artist,” said Lang. “With 11 songs carefully selected from Bennett’s masterful catalog of recordings spanning more than seven decades, and scenic elements that incorporate his art, ZigZag will highlight the unwavering quality and genuine humanity of his vocal performances. My approach to ZigZag will be to deliver a balance between physical intricacy and visual simplicity, to convey art as entertainment, and to highlight the physically brilliant range of the American Ballet Theatre dancers.” ZigZag, Lang’s fourth work for ABT, will be given four performances through Sunday matinee, October 31.

    Classic Repertory

    Antony Tudor’s masterwork Pillar of Fire, last performed by ABT in 2015, will be given three performances at the Koch Theater beginning Thursday evening, October 28. Staged for ABT by Amanda McKerrow and John Gardner, Pillar of Fire is set to music by Arnold Schoenberg (Verklärte Nacht) with scenery and costumes by Robert Perdziola and lighting by Duane Schuler. The ballet was given its World Premiere on April 8, 1942 at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City.

    Clark Tippet’s Some Assembly Required will be given two performances during the Fall season, Wednesday evening, October 27 and Saturday evening, October 30. Staged by McKerrow and Gardner, Some Assembly Required is set to music by William Bolcom (Second Sonata for Violin and Piano) and features costumes by Gary Lisz and lighting by Jennifer Tipton. The ballet received its World Premiere at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. on April 14, 1989.

    2020-2021 Creations and New York Premieres

    Lauren Lovette’s La Follia Variations, Darrell Grand Moultrie’s Indestructible Light, Alexei Ratmansky’s Bernstein in a Bubble, and Christopher Rudd’s Touché will be featured during the second week of American Ballet Theatre’s Fall season. All three works were created in quarantined settings over the course of the COVID pandemic.

    La Follia Variations, choreographed by Lovette and set to music of the same name by Francesco Geminiani and arranged by Michi Wiancko, with costumes by Victor Glemaud and lighting by Brad Fields, will receive its New York stage premiere on Tuesday evening, October 26. La Follia Variations received its digital World Premiere by ABT Studio Company on February 9, 2021, and its ABT Company Premiere on April 25, 2021 at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa, California. The ballet will be given four performances during the Fall season.

    Moultrie’s Indestructible Light, set to recorded music by Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Neal Hefti, Billy Strayhorn, and Chuck Harmony, will be given two performances beginning Wednesday evening, October 27. Indestructible Light features costumes by Marc Eric and lighting by Brad Fields. The work was created at P.S. 21 in Chatham, New York and given its digital World Premiere on November 23, 2020. Indestructible Light was reimagined for the stage and received its West Coast premiere at Segerstrom Center for the Performing Arts on April 25, 2021.

    Ratmansky’s Bernstein in a Bubble is set to Divertimento by Leonard Bernstein, with costumes by Moritz Junge and lighting by Brad Fields. Created in January and February 2021 in Silver Bay, New York, the ballet received its digital World Premiere at ABT Live from City Center | A Ratmansky Celebration on March 23, 2021. Bernstein in a Bubble, Ratmansky’s 18th work for ABT, will be given two performances through Sunday matinee, October 30.

    Touché, choreographed by Rudd and set to music by Woodkid (Que Te Mate el Desierto) and Ennio Morricone (Giuseppe Tornatore Suite from Malena) with intimacy direction by Sarah Lozoff, will receive its New York stage premiere on Tuesday evening, October 26. Touché, which will be given three performances during the Fall season, was created in Silver Bay, New York and received its digital World Premiere on November 23, 2020 as part of ABT Today: The Future Starts Now. The New York Premiere of Touché will be celebrated with two dedicated Pride Nights at the Koch Theater on Wednesday evening, October 27 and Saturday evening, October 30. These special evenings will highlight LGBTQIA+ diversity, equity, and visibility. Commenting on Pride Nights, Kara Medoff Barnett, Executive Director of ABT said: “These special evenings of Christopher Rudd’s intimate and powerful pas de deux will celebrate and elevate LGBTQIA+ experiences on stage. We are proud to produce and present art that advances equity and visibility in ballet.”

    Tickets for American Ballet Theatre’s 2021 Fall season, starting at $30, are available beginning Wednesday, September 8 at 10 A.M. in person at the Koch Theater box office, by phone by calling 212-496-0600, and online. Up until noon on the day of performance during the 2021 Fall Season, ABT will offer audience members the opportunity to exchange their tickets or receive refunds free of charge. Based on CDC and New York State guidelines at the time of performance, entry requirements for both adults and children may include valid proof of vaccination with a CDC approved COVID vaccine and/or negative test verification, mask usage, and more.

    For more information, please visit www.abt.org. Complete programming follows.
    American Ballet Theatre’s performances of Giselle are generously supported through an endowed gift from

    Sharon Patrick.

    Pillar of Fire is generously underwritten by an endowed gift by Avery and Andrew F. Barth and Carmen Barth Fox, in honor of Antony Tudor.

    Costumes for Some Assembly Required are generously sponsored through the Ellen Everett Kimiatek Costume Preservation Trust.

    American Ballet Theatre recognizes The Straus Family Foundation for its leadership support in honor of ABT Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie.

    Commissions and presentations of new works by women choreographers are supported by the ABT Women’s Movement. Champion support for the ABT Women’s Movement is provided by Jenna Segal. Additional leadership support is provided by the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation.

    ABT’s Choreographic Innovation and Inspiration and Inclusion programs are generously supported by the Blavatnik Family Foundation. Additional major support of ABT’s Innovation and Inclusion programs is provided by Mark Casey and Carrie Gaiser Casey, the Ford Foundation, The Ted and Mary Jo Shen Charitable Gift Fund and through an endowed gift from the Toni and Martin Sosnoff New Works Fund.

    Special thanks to Denise Littlefield Sobel for her leadership gifts to: ABT’s Media Fund, advancing the Company’s digital endeavors; and ABT RISE, fueling the Company’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

    American Airlines, the Official Airline of American Ballet Theatre.
    LG Electronics, Global Electronics Partner of American Ballet Theatre. Bank of America, Lead Corporate Partner of ABT Studio Company.

    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. ABT ACROSS AMERICA ROLLS INTO ROCKEFELLER CENTER, WEDNESDAY, JULY 21, 2021

    ROCKEFELLER CENTER TO PRESENT
    AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE IN TWO OUTDOOR PERFORMANCES OF CLASSICAL AND CONTEMPORARY WORKS

    America’s National Ballet Company® will take to the road this summer, traveling by bus and truck to 8 U.S. cities and arriving in New York on Wednesday, July 21, 2021. The tour concludes with two performances on the plaza at Rockefeller Center, the site where Ballet Theatre offered its first public performances in 1940. The performances at 6:00 P.M. and 8:30 P.M. are free to the public with registration on Rockefeller Center’s website.

    ABT Across America builds on ABT’s history of cross-country tours in the 1940s and 1950s. 20 ABT dancers and 28 support crew will travel across 15 states, for a total of 3,100 miles, performing outdoors for socially distanced audiences. The unique final performances in New York will take place with 21 dancers on a custom-built 40’ x 40’ stage on the South Plaza at Rockefeller Center between 48th and 49th Streets.

    Each show will be performed without an intermission. Repertory for ABT Across America at Rockefeller Center will feature James Whiteside’s New American Romance, a work for eight dancers set to music by Claude Debussy, an excerpt from Alexei Ratmansky’s Seven Sonatas, Jessica Lang’s pas de deux Let Me Sing Forevermore set to songs recorded by Tony Bennett, and Darrell Grand Moultrie’s Indestructible Light, a celebration of American jazz music. Dancers scheduled to perform at Rockefeller Center include Joo Won Ahn, Aran Bell, Skylar Brandt, Thomas Forster, Calvin Royal III, Christine Shevchenko, Cory Stearns, Devon Teuscher, Catherine Hurlin, Katherine Williams, Sierra Armstrong, Jacob Clerico, Michael de la Nuez, Anabel Katsnelson, Kanon Kimura, Erica Lall, Melvin Lawovi, Hannah Marshall, Duncan McIlwaine, Betsy McBride, and Stephanie Petersen.

    “As necessity is the mother of invention, I am delighted to announce ABT Across America,” said ABT Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie. “With most indoor performing arts centers still closed, these outdoor settings will allow ABT’s dancers to share their artistry, excellence, and optimism.”

    A complete list of tour dates and venues follows:

    July 1, 2021 (rain date July 2)

    July 4, 2021 (rain date July 5)

    July 8, 2021

    July 10, 2021

    July 11, 2021 (rain date July 12)

    July 14, 2021 (rain date July 15)

    July 17, 2021 (rain date July 18)

    July 19, 2021 (rain date July 20)

    July 21, 2021 (rain date July 22)

    ABT Across America

    Pioneers Park, Lincoln, NE Hancher Green, Iowa City, IA

    Chicago Park TBA/Auditorium Theatre, Chicago, IL

    Minnesota Landscape Arboretum/Northrop
    at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

    Forest Park, St. Louis, MO
    Charleston Gaillard Center, Charleston, SC Salamander Resort & Spa, Middleburg, VA Rockefeller Center, New York, NY

    8:45 P.M.

    8:00 P.M.

    7:30 P.M.

    5:00 & 8:00 P.M. 2:00 & 5:00 P.M.

    5:30 & 8:30 P.M. 7:30 P.M.
    5:00 & 8:00 P.M. 6:00 & 8:30 P.M.

    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. Recognized as a living national treasure since its founding in 1940, ABT annually tours the United States, performing for more than 300,000 people, and is the only major cultural institution to do so. For over 80 years, the Company has appeared in a total of 45 countries and has performed in all 50 states of the United States. ABT has recently enjoyed triumphant successes with engagements in Paris, Singapore, and Hong Kong. On April 27, 2006, by an act of Congress, American Ballet Theatre was designated America’s National Ballet Company®.

    For tickets and information, please visit https://www.rockefellercenter.com/events/abt-across- america-/.

    ABT Across America is generously supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies.

    American Ballet Theatre recognizes Dalio Philanthropies and one anonymous donor for their champion support of ABT Across America. Special thanks to Susan Sherman for her guidance and enthusiasm in bringing this tour to St. Louis.

    ABT extends deepest gratitude to: Dr. Robert Galvin, Medical Advisor

    ABT’s Choreographic Innovation and Inspiration and Inclusion programs are generously supported by the Blavatnik Family Foundation. Additional major support of ABT’s Innovation and Inclusion programs is provided by Mark Casey and Carrie Gaiser Casey, the Ford Foundation, The Ted and Mary Jo Shen Charitable Gift Fund and through an endowed gift from the Toni and Martin Sosnoff New Works Fund.

    Commissions and presentations of new works by women choreographers are supported by the ABT Women’s Movement. Champion support for the ABT Women’s Movement is provided by Jenna Segal. Additional leadership support is provided by the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation.

    Special thanks to Denise Littlefield Sobel for her leadership gifts to: ABT’s Media Fund, advancing the Company’s digital endeavors; and ABT RISE, fueling the Company’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

    American Airlines, the Official Airline of American Ballet Theatre

    Bank of America, Lead Corporate Partner of ABT Studio Company

    LG Electronics, Global Electronics Partner of American Ballet Theatre

  6.  

    American Ballet Theatre Studio Company Spring Festival, a two-night virtual showcase of filmed performances by 15 dancers of ABT Studio Company, will take place on Wednesday, June 2 and Thursday, June 3 at 7pm ET, streaming for free on ABT’s YouTube channel. The evenings will be hosted by Misty Copeland, ABT Principal Dancer and ABT Studio Company alumna.

    ABT Studio Company, under the artistic direction of Sascha Radetsky, is an ensemble of ballet dancers of outstanding potential aged 1721. As the highest level of the ABT training ladder, ABT Studio Company represents the next generation of talent at American Ballet Theatre and other top ballet companies around the world.

    Highlights of ABT Studio Company Spring Festival include the World Premiere of Jessica Lang’s Children’s Songs Dance, created in January 2020 in collaboration with the late American jazz musician Chick Corea, and a World Premiere work by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Scurry Night, inspired by the artwork of Banksy. The Festival will also feature two World Premieres created over Zoom: Lora, a solo by Yannick Lebrun set to music by Mpho Sebina, and Advice to the Young, a work by Emily Kikta and Peter Walker for the entire company of dancers incorporating Patti Smith’s speech of the same name. The artistry and virtuosity of ABT Studio Company will be displayed in additional selections from ABT’s repertoire, including Alexei Ratmansky’s Seven Sonatas, Twyla Tharp’s Known By Heart duet, and Paul Taylor’s Airs, as well as in classical excerpts from Flames of Paris, Kermesse in Bruges, and Swan Lake.

    Wednesday, June 2 and Thursday, June 3, 2021 7:00 pm ET

  7. A press release:

    WORLD PREMIERES BY JESSICA LANG, YANNICK LEBRUN, ANNABELLE LOPEZ OCHOA, AND

    EMILY KIKTA AND PETER WALKER TO LEAD ABT STUDIO COMPANY SPRING FESTIVAL, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 2 AND THURSDAY, JUNE 3, 7 P.M. ET ON YOUTUBE

    Scenes from ABT Studio Company Spring Festival. All photos by Erin Baiano.

    World Premieres by Jessica Lang, Yannick Lebrun, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, and Emily Kikta and Peter Walker will be performed over two evenings during the ABT Studio Company Spring Festival, Wednesday, June 2 and Thursday, June 3 at 7 P.M. ET on American Ballet Theatre’s YouTube channel. Featuring 15 exceptionally promising, pre-professional dancers, this two-night virtual festival will also include works by August Bournonville, Kevin McKenzie, Alexei Ratmansky, Paul Taylor, Twyla Tharp, and Vasily Vainonen.

    The ABT Studio Company Spring Festival was filmed at Kaatsbaan Cultural Park in Tivoli, New York following the Studio Company’s spring bubbles in March and April 2021 at Kaatsbaan and the Silver Bay YMCA Conference & Family Retreat Center in Silver Bay, New York. All works were created, rehearsed, and filmed following strict COVID-19 health and safety protocols.

    Speaking of the Spring Festival, ABT Studio Company Artistic Director Sascha Radetsky said, “During a four-week ballet bubble this spring, we prepared and created a range of ballets, including four original commissions from emerging and leading choreographers. The resulting program, filmed at Kaatsbaan Cultural Park by kw creative, features these world premieres plus select classical, neoclassical,

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    and modern works, and showcases our young dancers’ talent, versatility, and ardent devotion to their art 
    form.”

    ABT Studio Company dancers featured in the Spring Festival are Elisabeth Beyer, Tristan Brosnan, Finnian Carmeci, Kyra Coco, Cy Doherty, Teresa D’Ortone, Tillie Glatz, Elwince Magbitang, SunMi Park, Andrew Robare, Jake Roxander, Yoon Jung Seo, Olivia Tweedy, Aleisha Walker, and Kotomi Yamada.

    Wednesday, June 2  Act I

    The ABT Studio Company Spring Festival opens on Wednesday, June 2 and will feature three World Premieres, as well as excerpts from the classical and neo-classical repertory.

    Emily Kikta and Peter Walker, dancers with New York City Ballet, have choreographed Advice to the Young, a World Premiere and their first work for ABT Studio Company. A work for 15 dancers, Advice to the Young, set to Night Drive (Deconstructed)  Instrumental by Twiceyoung, with voiceover by Patti Smith, was created over Zoom with dancers filming themselves performing the choreography outdoors in their hometowns and at Kaatsbaan Cultural Park.

    Describing their creative process, Kikta and Walker said, “This ballet is set to a speech by Patti Smith. Although the speech dates to 2012, it feels just as relevant to the struggles of young artists today. Among other topics, Patti discusses the necessity of incorporating technology into art to adapt to our rapidly changing world. We worked with the Studio Company dancers in their homes around the world to create movement that complimented our customized filming directions. Advice to the Young is ourattempt at utilizing technology to keep dancing and creating during this unpredictable time.”

    The World Premiere of Yannick Lebrun’s Lora is set to music of the same name by Mpho Sebina. A solo, Lora was created over Zoom during the winter and spring of 2021. “For this solo, I was inspired to write a letter to my younger self about future dreams and hopes,” said Lebrun. Lora, Lebrun’s first work for ABT Studio Company, features costume design by Jermaine Terry.

    Annabelle Lopez Ochoa has choreographed Scurry Night, her first work for ABT Studio Company, which will have its World Premiere on June 2. Set to Dzovarev by Ara Malikian and Ciocårlia performed by Patricia Kopatchinskaja, the ballet for eight dancers features costumes by Mark Eric. Scurry Night was inspired by Banksy’s work, and particularly by his alter ego, the rat,” said Lopez Ochoa. “The rat is a nocturnal rodent, who like the graffiti artist engages in activities without being caught. The rat, also an anagram for the word ‘art,’ is a resilient entity that adapts to any given situation.


    During the pandemic, dancers have proven that nothing will prevent them from expressing and sharing the beauty of ballet.”

    The first duet from Alexei Ratmansky’s Seven Sonatas, staged by Stella Abrera, will receive its ABT Studio Company premiere on Wednesday evening, June 2. The duet is set to Keyboard Sonata in F Minor, K. 481 by Domenico Scarlatti, performed by Michael Scales. The ballet features costumes by Holly Hynes and original lighting by Brad Fields. Seven Sonatas was given its World Premiere by American Ballet Theatre in 2009. A suite from Seven Sonatas, featuring other excerpts from the ballet, was previously performed for the 2021 ABT Studio Company Winter Festival.

    Act I of the ABT Studio Company Spring Festival will also include a performance of the pas de deux from Kermesse in Bruges by Bournonville and the pas de deux from Flames of Paris. Set to music by Holger Simon Paulli, Kermesse in Bruges is staged by Petrusjka Broholm. Flames of Paris is set to music by Boris Asafyev and staged by ABT Studio Company Artistic Director Sascha Radetsky, after choreography by Vainonen

    Thursday, June 3 - Act II

    The ABT Studio Company Spring Festival (Act II) will continue Thursday, June 3 at 7 P.M., featuring a World Premiere and works from ABT’s extensive repertoire, including both classic and contemporary works showcasing a range of choreographic styles.

    Jessica Lang has choreographed Children’s Songs Dance for seven members of ABT Studio Company. Set to selections from Children’s Songs by the late American jazz composer Chick Corea, the ballet features film direction by Lang and Kanji Segawa, and costumes styled by Isabella Boylston. Children’s Songs Dance was created in January 2020 during a residency at The Pocantico Center in Tarrytown, New York, and will receive its World Premiere on Thursday, June 3. Segawa served ascreative associate to the work. “My creative process with Chick was magical,” said Lang. “He was extraordinarily generous, passionate about sharing his music, and excited about creating a ballet to his music, Children’s Songs. It was a true collaboration. Children’s Songs Dance draws its inspiration from the transition in life between being a child and becoming an adult, with the goal of never losing the spirit of play.”

    Twyla Tharp’s Known By Heart duet will have its ABT Studio Company Premiere during Act II of the Spring Festival. Set to selections from “Junk Music” by Donald Knaack, the Known By Heart duet has costumes by Santo Loquasto and original lighting by Jennifer Tipton. The Known By Heart duet was

    Act II of the ABT Studio Company Spring Festival will include excerpts from Paul Taylor’s masterwork Airs and the classic Swan Lake.

    Airs was staged for ABT Studio Company over Zoom by Laura Halzack. Set to music by George Frederic Handel, Airs features costumes by Gene Moore and original lighting by Jennifer Tipton. Airs received its World Premiere by the Paul Taylor Dance Company in 1975 and was given its American Ballet Theatre Premiere in 1981.

    Odette’s variation from Act II of Swan Lake and the Pas de Trois from Act I will round out the ABT Studio Company performance. Set to music by Peter Ilyitch Tchaikovsky, Odette’s variation was staged over Zoom by Yan Chen and the Pas de Trois was staged by ABT Studio Company Artistic Director Sascha Radetsky. Swan Lake features choreography by Kevin McKenzie, after Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov, with costumes by Zack Brown.

    ABT Studio Company, under the artistic direction of Sascha Radetsky, is a classical ensemble of dancers of outstanding potential aged 1721. As the highest level of the ABT training ladder, ABT Studio Company serves as a crucial bridge between ballet training and professional performance. 80% of the current dancers in American Ballet Theatre began their careers in ABT Studio Company, including seven Soloists and twelve Principal Dancers. Each season, ABT Studio Company commissions new choreography, allowing the dancers to participate in the process of new work creation. ABT Studio Company engages the broadest possible ballet audience by performing varied, vital repertoire in a range of venues around the globe.

    ABT Studio Company Spring Festival, streaming free through July 3, 2021, is produced by kw creative and filmed and edited by Emily Kikta and Peter Walker. Lighting direction is by Ash Umhey, courtesy of Kaatsbaan Cultural Park. Brad Fields served as lighting consultant for the Spring Festival.

    A complete schedule of works for ABT Studio Company Spring Festival follows. Wednesday, June 2, 2021 at 7 P.M.  Act I

    • Flames of Paris (Vainonen)

    • Seven Sonatas, Pas de Deux (Ratmansky)

    • Advice to the Young (Kikta and Walker)

    • Lora (Lebrun)

    • Kermesse in Bruges, Pas de Deux (Bournonville)

    • Scurry Night (Lopez Ochoa)

      Known By Heart Duet (Tharp) ©Choreography by Twyla Tharp

    • Airs excerpt (Taylor)

    • Swan Lake, Odette Variation from Act II (McKenzie after Ivanov)

    • Swan Lake, Pas de Trois from Act I (McKenzie after Petipa)

    • Children’s Songs Dance (Lang)

      For more information on ABT Studio Company Spring Festival, please visit ABT’s website. Bank of America - Lead Corporate Partner of ABT Studio Company

      American Ballet Theatre recognizes the following donors for their extraordinary giving in support of ABT Studio Company: Rod Brayman, Sofia Elizalde, Bruce Grivetti, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, and The Ted and Mary Jo Shen Charitable Gift Fund. Additional support provided by Sandra and Charles Carmeci, Mr. and Mrs. Peter L. Malkin, Nicole Boutmy de Katzmann and Stuart Gordon, Amy and Gary Churgin, Karen C. Phillips, The Agnes Varis Fund, and four anonymous donors.

      Special thanks to the ABT Education and Training Committee for their bold and steadfast engagement, advancing excellence in all our dancer training and education endeavors: Co-Chairs Carrie Gaiser Casey and Karen C. Phillips; Members Susan Feinstein, Suzanne Hall, Christian Keesee, Paula Mahoney, Nancy McCormick, Kara Moore, and Shari Siadat

      Commissions and presentations of new work by women choreographers are supported by the ABT Women’s Movement.

      Champion support for the ABT Women’s Movement is provided by Jenna Segal. Additional leadership support provided by the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation.

      ABT’s Choreographic Innovation and Inspiration and Inclusion programs are generously supported by the Blavatnik Family Foundation. Additional major support of ABT’s Innovation and Inclusion programs is provided by Mark Casey and Carrie Gaiser Casey, the Ford Foundation, and through an endowed gift from the Toni and Martin Sosnoff New Works Fund.

      Special thanks to Denise Littlefield Sobel for her leadership gifts to: ABT's Media Fund, advancing the Company's digital endeavors; and ABT RISE, fueling the Company's commitment to diversity,
      equity and inclusion.

  8. From the company:

    AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE TO PRESENT

    ABT ACROSS AMERICA

    ABT’s Tour Bus, The Pioneer

    COMPANY TO TRAVEL BY BUS AND TRUCK TO EIGHT U.S. CITIES OVER THREE WEEKS IN JULY

    America’s National Ballet Company® will take to the road this summer traveling by bus and truck to 8 U.S. cities beginning July 1, 2021. ABT Across America builds on ABT’s history of cross- country tours in the 1940s and 1950s. ABT Across America was announced today by Kevin McKenzie, Artistic Director.

    From its starting point in Lincoln, Nebraska, ABT Across America will cross the United States in a caravan of 6 sleeper buses and 3 production trucks. 20 ABT dancers and 28 support crew will travel across 14 states, for a total of 3,100 miles, performing outdoors for socially distanced audiences.

    Cities that will host ABT Across America include Lincoln, Iowa City, Chicago, Minneapolis, St. Louis, Charleston, and Middleburg (VA). The tour will conclude on July 21 with a performance at Rockefeller Center in New York City, the site where Ballet Theatre offered its first public performances in 1940.

    These unique performances, free to the public in most cities, will take place on a custom-built 40’ x 76’ stage that folds out of an 18-wheeler truck. Dancers scheduled to participate in the ABT Across America tour include Lauren Bonfiglio, Jacob Clerico, Michael de la Nuez, Carlos Gonzalez, Kiely Groenewegen, Sung Woo Han, Catherine Hurlin, Anabel Katsnelson, Kanon Kimura, Melvin Lawovi, Tyler Maloney, Joseph Markey, Abbey Marrison, Hannah Marshall, Betsy McBride, Duncan McIlwaine, João Menegussi, Chloe Misseldine, Cory Stearns, and Devon Teuscher.

    Each 50-minute show will be performed without an intermission. Repertory for ABT Across America will feature Lauren Lovette’s La Follia Variations, a work for eight dancers set to music by Francesco Geminani, Jessica Lang’s Let Me Sing Forevermore, a pas deux blending ballet and jazz vocabulary set to songs sung by Tony Bennett, Darrell Grand Moultrie’s Indestructible Light, a celebration of American jazz, and a classical pas de deux from ABT’s extensive repertoire. Family activities, fitness classes, and community engagement programs for local audiences are scheduled at each tour stop. All activity will take place according to state and local guidelines for health and safety.

    “As necessity is the mother of invention, I am delighted to announce ABT Across America,” said McKenzie. “With most indoor performing arts centers still closed, these outdoor settings will allow ABT’s dancers to share their artistry, excellence, and optimism. For the past year, we have been pursuing our mission of reaching the widest possible audience through virtual programs and digital channels. With ABT Across America, we will go beyond the digital divide to provide access to live performance experiences. The planning of this tour has galvanized our staff and company, and we hope that these performances will be joyful and uplifting for communities nationwide.”

    A complete list of tour dates and venues follows:

    July 1, 2021 (rain date July 2)

    July 4, 2021 (rain date July 5)

    July 8, 2021

    July 10, 2021

    July 11, 2021 (rain date July 12)

    July 14, 2021 (rain date July 15)

    July 17, 2021 (rain date July 18)

    July 19, 2021 (rain date July 20)

    July 21, 2021 (rain date July 22)

    ABT Across America

    Pioneers Park, Lincoln, NE

    Hancher Green, Iowa City, IA

    Chicago Park TBA/Auditorium Theatre, Chicago, IL

    Minnesota Landscape Arboretum/Northrop
    at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

    Forest Park, St. Louis, MO
    Charleston Gaillard Center, Charleston, SC Salamander Resort & Spa, Middleburg, VA Rockefeller Center, New York, NY

    8:45 P.M.

    8:00 P.M.

    7:30 P.M.

    5:00 & 8:30 P.M. 2:00 & 6:00 P.M.

    5:30 & 8:30 P.M. 7:30 P.M.
    TBA
    TBA

    For more information on locations, ticketing, and protocols for ABT Across America, please visit www.abt.org/abt-across-america.

    ABT Across America is generously supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies.

    American Ballet Theatre recognizes Dalio Philanthropies and one anonymous donor for their champion support of ABT Across America. Special thanks to Susan Sherman for her guidance and enthusiasm in bringing this tour to St. Louis.

    ABT extends deepest gratitude to: Dr. Robert Galvin, Medical Advisor

    ABT’s Choreographic Innovation and Inspiration and Inclusion programs are generously supported by the Blavatnik Family Foundation. Additional major support of ABT’s Innovation and Inclusion programs is provided by Mark Casey and Carrie Gaiser Casey, the Ford Foundation, The Ted and Mary Jo Shen Charitable Gift Fund and through an endowed gift from the Toni and Martin Sosnoff New Works Fund.

    Commissions and presentations of new works by women choreographers are supported by the ABT Women’s Movement. Champion support for the ABT Women’s Movement is provided by Jenna Segal. Additional leadership support is provided by the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation.

    Special thanks to Denise Littlefield Sobel for her leadership gifts to: ABT’s Media Fund, advancing the Company’s digital endeavors; and ABT RISE, fueling the Company’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

    American Airlines, the Official Airline of American Ballet Theatre

    Bank of America, Lead Corporate Partner of ABT Studio Company

    LG Electronics, Global Electronics Partner of American Ballet Theatre

     

  9. From the company:

    KEVIN MCKENZIE TO RETIRE AS ARTISTIC DIRECTOR OF AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE
    AT THE CONCLUSION OF 2022 SEASON

    Kevin McKenzie today announced his retirement as Artistic Director of American Ballet Theatre at the end of 2022, following three decades of leadership. He will oversee ABT’s creation of new works and performances throughout 2021 and 2022, ensuring ABT’s vitality and artistic integrity, while working with the Board of Governing Trustees to provide a seamless transition to the Company’s next Artistic Director.

    A search for McKenzie’s successor will begin this summer.

    As we enter a time of renewal, I find this is the moment to plan thoroughly for it. ABT has given me my artistic identity and taught me the lessons of aspiration, guidance, and responsibility from the age of 15 through nearly 30 years as its Artistic Director,” said McKenzie. “ABT defined my aspirations as a student watching the greats from the 60’s and early 70’s. These examples guided me through a performing career and informed my sense of responsibility as a director, as I guided future generations and inspired them to consistently deliver excellence. I am proud of the programs I helped pioneer for the Company, the generations of dancers I helped develop into leaders in the field, and the incredible range of work that Alexei Ratmansky has contributed to ABT’s repertoire. And now, it is time to pass the torch  to new leadership and to the next great leaps in ABT’s history. I look forward to guiding the Company through 2021 and 2022, re-entering the exciting world of live performances, reinvigorated and ready for the challenge. I’m eager to apply the lessons over the past year, to relish in our newfound agility to create new works in dedicated residencies, to pick up the planning of long-anticipated commissions still waiting in the wings, and, once a transition is made to new leadership, swell with pride for having led one of our nation’s artistic institutions. I am ever grateful for the trust instilled in me by trustees, colleagues, and artists.”

    “Kevin’s commitment to ABT as our Artistic Director for three decades has allowed us to thrive,” said Andrew Barth, Chairman of Ballet Theatre’s Board of Governing Trustees. “He has an uncanny

    ability to find optimism, joy, and renewal in each season and with every generation of dancers. Because of his unwavering commitment to excellence, ABT has repeatedly been asked to represent the USA on the world’s greatest stages. On a personal note, I will greatly miss Kevin. He is intelligent, perceptive, and caring, and he has been a source of stability and calm for all of us, trustees, staff, and dancers, through the immense challenges of this pandemic. I speak for all my fellow trustees in expressing our gratitude and appreciation for his devotion, loyalty, and service.

    A leading classical dancer of his generation, McKenzie was hired by ABT’s co-founder and director Lucia Chase. He performed with many of the greatest artists of ballet’s boom era of the 1970’s and 1980’s and was appointed Artistic Director of American Ballet Theatre in October 1992, succeeding co-directors Jane Hermann and Oliver Smith. McKenzie’s leadership tenure represents more than a third of the Company’s history. As an artist and director, his knowledge of both the contemporary and classical repertoire led to an expansion of ABT’s repertory. McKenzie has emphasized the theatrical and American qualities of versatility, diversity, and dynamism, that distinguish ABT from the other great classical ballet companies of the world.

    Under McKenzie’s leadership, the Company has experienced unprecedented growth. Guiding the troupe into the 21st century, he identified new talent and extraordinary choreographers. He commissioned and presented new works by wide-ranging choreographers including Gemma Bond, William Forsythe, Jessica Lang, Lauren Lovette, Lar Lubovitch, Cathy Marston, Wayne McGregor, Benjamin Millepied, Darrell Grand Moultrie, Mark Morris, Helen Pickett, Alexei Ratmansky, Christopher Rudd, Pam Tanowitz, Sonya Tayeh, Twyla Tharp, Christopher Wheeldon, and James Whiteside, among others. He has curated traditional choreography of the classics, lovingly revived ABT heritage works, and further extended the Company’s repertoire with acclaimed works by Frederick Ashton, John Cranko, Kurt Joos, Jiří Kylián, Kenneth MacMillan, John Neumeier, and Jerome Robbins.

    McKenzie’s choreography for American Ballet Theatre includes the full-length classics The Nutcracker (1993), Don Quixote (1995, in collaboration with Susan Jones), and a new production of Swan Lake (2000). Additionally, he spearheaded the ABT Women’s Movement, increasing the number of female choreographers working at ABT. Since its inception in 2017, a total of 27 new works by female choreographers have been premiered by the main Company and ABT Studio Company.

    Since becoming Artistic Director, McKenzie has championed American Ballet Theatre’s education and training efforts, initiating the formation of the American Ballet Theatre Jacqueline

    Kennedy Onassis School in 2004. The ABT JKO School has grown to an enrollment of over 400 students pre-pandemic, and ABT’s National Training Curriculum has over 1,600 certified teachers in 44 countries worldwide.

    In 2009, McKenzie appointed Alexei Ratmansky as American Ballet Theatre’s first Artist in Residence, ushering in a new era of artistic innovation. To date, Ratmansky has created 18 new works for the company, furthering ABT’s mission “to create, preserve and extend the great repertoire of classical dancing.

    In addition to leading the Company on numerous international tours, including historic returns to Moscow and Havana, and first-ever engagements in Abu Dhabi, Australia, and Oman, McKenzie has overseen production for five broadcast films for PBS’s Dance In America series and the documentary ABT: A History by filmmaker Ric Burns.

    In his 30 years as Artistic Director, Kevin has guided the careers of two generations of ABT dancers. Eight former ABT dancers currently hold Artistic Director positions around the world including Stella Abrera, Angel Corella, David Hallberg, Paloma Herrera, Susan Jaffe, Julie Kent, Maria Riccetto, and Ethan Stiefel.

    Over the past twelve months, with ABT’s tours and New York seasons cancelled due to the pandemic, the Company has continued to evolve artistically. During this time, under McKenzie’s direction, 17 new works have been created and filmed for digital distribution. In addition, ABT strengthened its commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion by launching ABT RISE, Representation and Inclusion Sustain Excellence. Building on the success of Project Plié, ABT is actively fostering inclusion and diversity on its stages, in the studios and classrooms where ABT rehearses and trains, behind the scenes in ABT’s administrative staff and creative teams, as well as in the audiences and communities ABT serves in New York City and around the world.

    Kara Medoff Barnett, ABT Executive Director for five years, said: “Kevin has extraordinary knowledge and keen insights, and he shares both, generously and patiently. I am deeply grateful for his collaborative spirit and have learned so much from observing his unflappable leadership. He has devoted three decades to renewing and strengthening America’s National Ballet Company®, and he has done so guided by an unwavering commitment to excellence. He doesn’t believe in multi-tasking, and he is fully present in the moment, in every rehearsal, every conversation. Kevin is fond of saying that energy begets energy,’ and his energy has fueled ABT’s evolution, resilience, and growth for three decades.

    Above all else, Kevin is a coach, and he has helped generations of dancers and colleagues discover and unleash their superpowers. Ultimately, he believes in the power of ballet to illuminate truth and the power of theater to connect us with our shared humanity.”

    Kevin McKenzie

    A native of Vermont, McKenzie received his ballet training at the Washington School of Ballet. In 1972, he was awarded a Silver medal at the Sixth International Competition in Varna, Bulgaria. He was a leading dancer with both the National Ballet of Washington and The Joffrey Ballet before joining ABT as a Soloist in March 1979. McKenzie was appointed a Principal Dancer the following December and danced with the Company until 1991. In September 1989, McKenzie was appointed a permanent guest artist with The Washington Ballet, and in 1991, he was named Artistic Associate of that company. He also served as Associate Artistic Director and a choreographer for Martine van Hamel’s New Amsterdam Ballet.

    As a Principal Dancer with American Ballet Theatre, McKenzie performed leading roles in all the major full-length classics and was acclaimed for his partnering and grounded interpretations of such roles as Solor in La Bayadère, the Prince in Mikhail Baryshnikov’s production of the full-length Cinderella, Franz in Coppélia, Basilio in Don Quixote (Kitri’s Wedding), Albrecht in Giselle, Romeo in Romeo and Juliet, Prince Désiré in The Sleeping Beauty, Prince Siegfried in Swan Lake, and James in La Sylphide. His numerous contemporary roles included the Gentleman With Her in Dim Lustre, Her Lover in Jardin aux Lilas, the Friend in Pillar of Fire, and the Champion Roper in Rodeo. McKenzie was also noted for his interpretations of leading roles in The Garden of Villandry, The Leaves Are Fading, Other Dances, Paquita, Les Sylphides, Nine Sinatra Songs, and Theme and Variations. He created the role of Amnon in van Hamel’s Amnon V’Tamar and a leading role in Clark Tippet’s S.P.E.B.S.Q.S.A.

    During his performing career, McKenzie performed as a guest artist in cities throughout the world, including Spoleto, Paris, London, Tokyo, Havana, Moscow, Vienna and Seoul, dancing with, among others, the London Festival Ballet, the Bolshoi Ballet, the National Ballet of Cuba, and the Universal Ballet in Seoul. His choreographic credits include Groupo Zamboria (1984) and Liszt Études, now called Transcendental Études, (1991), both for van Hamel’s New Amsterdam Ballet, and Lucy and the Count (1992) for The Washington Ballet,

    Kevin McKenzie, American Ballet Theatre Artistic Director, Hamilton E. James Chair, holds honorary degrees of Doctor of Arts from Saint Michael’s College in Colchester, Vermont (1993) and Doctor of Fine Arts from Adelphi University (2019) and was awarded the Dance Magazine Award (1999). He is co-founder and Chair of Kaatsbaan Cultural Park in Tivoli, New York.

    For more information on American Ballet Theatre, please visit: www.abt.org

  10. A release:

    2021 ABT INCUBATOR TO STREAM FREE EACH MONDAY, MARCH 29 THROUGH MAY 3,
    12:00 NOON ET ON YOUTUBE

    ABT ARTISTS CREATE SIX NEW WORKS OVER ZOOM AND IN BALLET BUBBLES

    Andrii Ishchuk and Fangqi Li in Zhong-Jing Fang’s The Unforseen. Photo: Pierce Jackson.

    For six weeks beginning Monday, March 29, American Ballet Theatre will present the works of the 2021 ABT Incubator with weekly premieres of new choreography created within the past year by ABT artists. Each online presentation, scheduled to premiere at 12:00 Noon ET/9:00 AM PT on American Ballet Theatre's YouTube Channel, will showcase short ballets by this year’s cohort of choreographers. Creators for the 2021 ABT Incubator are Zhong-Jing Fang, Joseph Markey, Sung Woo Han, Luciana Paris, Luigi Crispino, Sung Woo Han, and Melvin Lawovi. See trailer for ABT Incubator here.

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    Under the directorship of ABT dancer Jose Sebastian, with mentorship by choreographer Jessica Lang, ABT Incubator provides a focused lab to inspire new choreographic voices and generate ideas for the creation of new work. Sebastian was appointed director of ABT Incubator in October 2020, succeeding ABT Principal Dancer David Hallberg, who led the program since its inception in 2010.

    Work on this year’s ABT Incubator began in Spring 2020, as Lang provided composition workshops for ABT dancers wanting to explore choreography. Due to the studio shutdown forced by the pandemic, ABT Incubator participants adapted to unprecedented circumstances to create new work on their colleagues over Zoom and in isolated “ballet bubbles,” while following strict health and safety protocols. Each final work was filmed for presentation.

    I expected that stepping into David Hallberg's shoes would not be an easy feat,” said Sebastian. “David left some pretty big shoes to fill, and then, the pandemic was thrown into the mix. I did not expect how rewarding it would all be. The success of this year's ABT Incubator season is owed to the fantastic team that stood by patiently teaching me the ropes, and the awesome choreographers and dancers selected for this year's program. Watching the artists develop their creations, always rising to the challenges with an I can do this enthusiasm, was a privilege. I look forward to sharing these beautiful films with everyone.

    The schedule for the 2021 ABT Incubator presentations, shown each Monday on YouTube, is as follows:

    Monday, March 29

    The Unforseen

    Choreography by Zhong-Jing Fang
    Music by Camille 
    Saint-Saëns (Danse Macabre) Costumes by Sylvie Rood
    Cast: Andrii Ishchuk, Fangqi Li
    Created at Long Island City School of Ballet Filmed at ABT Studios in New York City

    Monday, April 5

    She didn’t

    Choreography by Joseph Markey
    Music by John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman (
    My One and Only Love) and Taylor Deupree (Seep) Lighting by Oleg Balitskiy
    Cast: Kanon Kimura, Javier Rivet
    Created and filmed at PS21, Chatham, New York

     

    Monday, April 12

    Death and Life

    Choreography by Sung Woo Han
    Music by Johann Sebastian Bach (Adagio from Concerto No. 3 in D Minor performed by Alessandro Marcello)
    Cast: Joo Won Ahn, SunMi Park
    Created in Seoul, South Korea.
    Filmed in Lakai Sandpine Resort in South Korea

    Monday, April 19

    Nunanu

    Choreography by Luciana Paris
    Music by Future Natives Project (
    Erial featuring Rodrigo Aranjuelo & Federico Diaz) Lighting by Oleg Balitskiy
    Cast: Isadora Loyola, Michael de la Nuez
    Created and filmed at PS21, Chatham, New York

    Monday, April 26

    Thread of Memories

    Choreography by Luigi Crispino
    Music by Joe Hisaishi (
    Howl’s Moving Castle Theme, Etude, A Wish to the Moon, One Summer’s Day). Performed by Michael Scales
    Costumes by Paola Salvi
    Cast: Virginia Lensi, Rachel Richardson and Nathan Vendt
    Created and filmed at ABT Studios in New York City, and in Milan, Italy

    Monday, May 3

    Soirée Nocturne

    Choreography by Melvin Lawovi
    Music by Frédéric Chopin (Nocturne No. 20 in C# Minor, Op. Posth.) Lighting by Oleg Balitskiy
    Cast: Leah Baylin, Cameron McCune
    Created in Silver Bay, New York
    Filmed at PS21, Chatham, New York

    ABT Incubator works were filmed by Pierce Jackson. Death and Life was filmed by Doodoorino. Virginia Lensi’s solo in Thread of Memories was filmed by Giovanni Saviano with lighting by Roberto Bertali.

    For more information on ABT Incubator and ABT’s digital offerings, please visit www.abt.org.


    Special thanks to ABT Trustees Karen C. Phillips and Yongsoo Huh for helping to make possible this

    first-ever virtual ABT Incubator.

    Commissions and presentations of new work by women choreographers are supported by the
    ABT Women’s Movement. Champion support for the ABT Women’s Movement is provided by Jenna Segal. Additional leadership support is provided by the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation.

    ABT’s Choreographic Innovation and Inspiration and Inclusion programs are generously supported by the

    Blavatnik Family Foundation. Additional major support of ABT’s Innovation and Inclusion programs is provided by Mark Casey and Carrie Gaiser Casey, the Ford Foundation, The Ted and Mary Jo Shen Charitable Gift Fund and through an endowed gift from the Toni and Martin Sosnoff New Works Fund.

    Special thanks to Denise Littlefield Sobel for her leadership gifts to: ABT's Media Fund, advancing the Company's digital endeavors; and ABT RISE, fueling the Company's commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

    Bank of America, Lead Corporate Partner of ABT Studio Company LG Signature, The Global Electronics Partner of American Ballet Theatre American Airlines is the Official Airline of American Ballet Theatre

     

  11. News:

    American Ballet Theatre returns to New York City Center for digital program filmed live on stage

    Four works by ABT Artist in Residence Alexei Ratmansky; including a World Premiere created in a ballet bubble

    Available on demand March 23  April 18 $25 Digital Access on sale March 1 at Noon

    Patrick Frenette, Skylar Brandt, and Tyler Maloney
    in 
    Bernstein in a Bubble. Photo by Christopher Duggan Photography

    February 26, 2021 (New York, NY)  New York City Center President & CEO Arlene Shuler today announced a new digital program, ABT Live from City Center | A Ratmansky Celebration, featuring American Ballet Theatre (ABT) premiering Tuesday, March 23 at 7 PM, and available on demand through Sunday, April 18. Filmed live on the City Center stage, the program marks ABT’s much anticipated return to the historic theater for their first full evening program at City Center since 2012.

     

    Co-presented by American Ballet Theatre and New York City Center, the program will feature many of the company’s renowned dancers in works by acclaimed choreographer and ABT Artist in Residence Alexei Ratmansky. Hosted by author and American Ballet Theatre Co-Chair of the Trustees Emeriti Susan Fales-Hill, highlights include excerpts from The Seasons (2019), Seven Sonatas (2009), and The Sleeping Beauty (2015), and Bernstein in a Bubble, a World Premiere set to the music of legendary composer Leonard Bernstein. The new work, Ratmansky’s first since March 2020, was created in January and February of this year during a quarantined “ballet bubble in Silver Bay, New York. The program features ABT dancers Aran Bell, Isabella Boylston, Skylar Brandt, Herman Cornejo, Patrick Frenette, Carlos Gonzalez, Blaine Hoven, Catherine Hurlin, Tyler Maloney, Luciana Paris, Devon Teuscher, Cassandra Trenary, and James Whiteside.

    The program will also feature a special intermission conversation with Ratmansky and the curator of the Jerome Robbins Dance Division at the New York Public Library, Linda Murray. Together, they discuss the program’s four pieces, including Ratmansky’s approach to choreographing in a bubble.

    City Center has been a valuable creative home to ABT throughout the company’s history—hosting them first in the 1940s, shortly after both institutions were founded,” said Arlene Shuler, New York City Center President and CEO. “We’re delighted to be presenting the company as part of our digital season of great artists and companies performing back on our stage.”

    “We’re so pleased to return to this beloved stage at City Center and to do so with a program that celebrates the artistic imagination and range of Alexei Ratmansky,” said Kevin McKenzie, ABT Artistic Director. “The program reflects ABT’s mission of preserving the classics—as exemplified by Alexei’s re- staging of Petipa’s The Sleeping Beautyand extending the repertoire with his newest work, Bernstein in a Bubble. This digital presentation allows us to reach an even wider audience.”

    American Ballet Theatre’s relationship with New York City Center began in 1947, headlined by the world premiere of George Balanchine’s masterpiece Theme and Variations, created for Ballet Theatre luminaries Alicia Alonso and Igor Youskevitch. Over its 81-year history, ABT’s performances at City Center have featured more than 30 World Premieres, 30 Company Premieres, and seven major revivals

    created by leading choreographers of the 20th and 21st centuries, including Agnes de Mille, William Forsythe, Jiří Kylián, Lar Lubovitch, Kenneth MacMillan, Alexei Ratmansky, Jerome Robbins, Twyla Tharp, Antony Tudor, and Christopher Wheeldon. In 1997, after an absence of more than two decades, ABT returned to City Center for regular fall seasons through 2012. ABT’s City Center engagements came to be known as a place to see new choreography and established repertoire in an intimate setting. The Company performed in City Center’s first Fall for Dance Festival in 2004 and has been a proud participant throughout the festival’s celebrated history. Most recently, ABT appeared in Balanchine: The City Center Years as part of City Center’s 75th Anniversary Season 2018-2019.

    Digital access for ABT Live from City Center starts at $25 and goes on sale at noon on March 1, online at NYCityCenter.org. The program premieres on Tuesday, March 23 at 7 PM ET and will be available on demand through Sunday, April 18.

    Produced by American Ballet Theatre, New York City Center, and Nel Shelby Productions.

    New York City Center is located at 131 West 55th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues. For information call 212.581.1212 or visit NYCityCenter.org. Programming subject to change.

    ABT Live from City Center | A Ratmansky Celebration Mar 23  Apr 18
    Digital access $25

    “Rose Adagio” from The Sleeping Beauty
    Choreography by Marius Petipa, with staging and additional choreography by Alexei Ratmansky, assisted by Tatiana Ratmansky
    Music by Peter Ilyitch Tchaikovsky
    Staging by Nancy Raffa
    Costume Design by Richard Hudson, inspired by Léon Bakst
    Lighting Design by James F. Ingalls
    Featuring Skylar Brandt, Aran Bell, Patrick Frenette, Blaine Hoven, and Tyler Maloney

    Originally choreographed by Marius Petipa, The Sleeping Beauty received its world premiere by the Imperial Ballet at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg on January 15, 1890. ABT’s present production was reconstructed from the notations of Petipa’s original choreography by ABT’s Artist in Residence

    Alexei Ratmansky. With steps and style reflecting the original 19th century production, Ratmansky brought the iconic classic to life for modern audiences.

    Seven Sonatas Second Movement
    Choreography by 
    Alexei Ratmansky
    Music by Domenico Scarlatti (“Sonata in E Minor K. 198”)
    Staging by Nancy Raffa, with special assistance from Stella Abrera
    Costume Design by Holly Hynes
    Lighting Design by Brad Fields
    Featuring Herman Cornejo, Luciana Paris, Carlos Gonzalez, Devon Teuscher

    Seven Sonatas was the second ballet that Ratmansky choreographed as Artist in Residence with ABT. Created in 2009 and set to piano sonatas by Domenico Scarlatti, the work presents six dancers in various solos, pas de deux, and group sections. In the second movement of the ballet, four of the dancers follow each other in a series of solos that demonstrate Ratmansky’s distinctive compositional style and innate musicality.

    The Seasons Pas de Deux
    Choreography by 
    Alexei Ratmansky
    Music by Alexander Glazunov (The Seasons) Coaching by Irina Kolpakova
    Costumes by Robert Perdziola
    Lighting Design by Mark Stanley
    Featuring Isabella Boylston and James Whiteside

    In 2019, as a gift to ABT on the occasion of his tenth anniversary with the company, Ratmansky created The Seasons to the rich and romantic ballet score by Alexander Glazunov. The main pas de deux, danced to the Petit Adagio from the Autumn Section of the music, is a tender duet towards the end of the ballet that unfolds with the warmth and ease of a late summer day.

    Bernstein in a Bubble World Premiere Choreography by Alexei Ratmansky
    Music by Leonard Bernstein (Divertimento) Lighting Design by Brad Fields

    Featuring Aran Bell, Skylar Brandt, Patrick Frenette, Blaine Hoven, Catherine Hurlin, Tyler Maloney, and Cassandra Trenary

    Four years after the success of his first work to Leonard Bernstein’s iconic music, the critically acclaimed Serenade after Plato’s Symposium, Ratmansky’s new work explores the artistic personas of ABT’s world- class dancers. Inspired by the variety, charm, and quintessentially American spirit of Bernstein’s Divertimento, this piecechoreographed in a quarantined bubble residency in upstate New Yorkis an exciting reflection of artistic creativity in these challenging times.

    Major support for digital dance programs at New York City Center is provided by Bloomberg Philanthropies.

    Additional major support is provided by the Howard Gilman Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the JL Greene Arts Access Fund in the New York Community Trust, and the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation.

    American Ballet Theatre launched The Ratmansky Project in 2016 to foster the artistry of Artist in Residence Alexei Ratmansky and his creation of new works for the Company. We are grateful to the following donors for their commitment to this endeavor.

    Lead Gifts for The Ratmansky Project have been provided by Avery and Andrew F. Barth, the Blavatnik Family Foundation, Mr. and Mrs. Hamilton E. Jones, and The Ted and Mary Jo Shen Charitable Gift Fund. Pacesetting gifts have been made by Linda Allard, Sarah Arison, The Susan and Leonard Feinstein Foundation, Lloyd E. Rigler - Lawrence E. Deutsch Foundation, The H. Russell Smith Foundation/Stewart R. Smith and Robin A. Ferracone, and Martin and Toni Sosnoff Foundation. Major gifts have been provided by Dr. Joan Taub Ades, Steven Backes, Mark Casey and Carrie Gaiser Casey, Lisa and Dick Cashin, William Gillespie†, Brian J. Heidtke, Caroline and Edward Hyman, The Marjorie S. Isaac/Irving H. Isaac Fund, Pearl T. Maxim Trust, Robin Chemers Neustein, Howard Paley†, John Rallis and Mary Lynn Bergman-Rallis, Bernard Schwartz, Elizabeth Segerstrom, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, John Leland Sills and Elizabeth Papadopoulos-Sills, Melissa A. Smith, Sutton Stracke, and Sedgwick A. Ward.

    ABT gratefully acknowledges the Lead Sponsor of The Sleeping Beauty, David H. Koch† with additional leadership support provided by the Lloyd E. Rigler - Lawrence E. Deutsch Foundation. Linda Allard is recognized for her generous gift toward the costumes for The Sleeping Beauty. Special thanks to Avery and Andrew F. Barth, The Susan and Leonard Feinstein Foundation, Caroline and Edward Hyman, Howard S. Paley†, Linda and Martin Fell, Mr. and Mrs. Austin T. Fragomen, The Ted and Mary Jo Shen Charitable Gift Fund, Michael and Sue Steinberg for their major gifts.

    The Sleeping Beauty and Seven Sonatas are generously supported through an endowed gift from The Toni and Martin Sosnoff New Works Fund. Additional support for Seven Sonatas was provided by Leila and Mickey Straus.

    ABT’s Choreographic Innovation and Inspiration and Inclusion programs are generously supported by the Blavatnik Family Foundation. Additional major support of ABT’s Innovation and Inclusion programs is provided by Mark Casey and Carrie Gaiser Casey, the Ford Foundation, The Ted and Mary Jo Shen Charitable Gift Fund and through an endowed gift from the Toni and Martin Sosnoff New Works Fund.

    Champion support for the ABT Women’s Movement is provided by Jenna Segal. Special thanks to Denise Littlefield Sobel for her leadership gifts to: ABT's Media Fund, advancing the Company's digital endeavors; and ABT RISE, fueling the Company's commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

    ABT gratefully acknowledges Lead Foundation donors: Bloomberg Philanthropies, Ford Foundation, Howard Gilman Foundation, The Hearst Foundation, Inc., Rockefeller Brothers Fund, The Shubert Foundation, Leila and Mickey Straus Family Foundation, and Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation.

    Bank of America -- Lead Corporate Partner of ABT Studio Company
    LG Signature, The Global Electronics Partner of American Ballet Theatre American Airlines is the Official Airline of American Ballet Theatre

    ABT is supported, in part, with public funds from the National Endowment for the Arts; the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.

    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. Recognized as a living national treasure since its founding in 1940, ABT annually tours the United States, performing for more than 300,000 people, and is the only major cultural institution to do so. For 81 years, the Company has appeared in a total of 45 countries and has performed in all 50 states of the United States. ABT has recently enjoyed triumphant successes with engagements in Paris, Singapore, and Hong Kong. On April 27, 2006, by an act of Congress, American Ballet Theatre became America’s National Ballet Company®.

    NEW YORK CITY CENTER (Arlene Shuler, President & CEO) has played a defining role in the cultural life of the city since 1943. The distinctive neo-Moorish theater welcomes over 300,000 annual visitors to experience internationally acclaimed artists on the same stage where legends like George Balanchine, Leonard Bernstein, and Barbara Cook made their mark. Its landmark 75th Anniversary Season (2018 – 2019) paid tribute to this rich history and celebrated the institution’s singular role in the arts today. City Center’s Tony-honored Encores! series has celebrated the tradition of American musical theater for over 25 years. In 2013, City Center launched the Encores! Off-Center series, which brings today’s innovative artists into contact with groundbreaking musicals from the more recent past. Dance has also been integral to the theater’s mission from the start and programs like the annual Fall for Dance Festival, with all tickets $15, remain central to City Center’s identity. Home to a roster of renowned national and international companies including Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (City Center’s Principal Dance Company) and Manhattan Theatre Club, New York City Center is Manhattan’s first performing arts center, founded by Mayor Fiorello La Guardia with the mission of making the best in music, theater, and dance accessible to all audiences. That mission continues today through its dynamic programming, art exhibitions, studio events, and master classes, which are complemented by education and community engagement programs that bring the performing arts to over 11,000 New York City students, teachers, and families each year. NYCityCenter.org

  12. AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE AND NATIONAL SAWDUST PRESENT THE WORLD PREMIERE OF WHAT BECOMES OF LOVE? CHOREOGRAPHED BY SONYA TAYEH,
    THURSDAY, MARCH 4, 6 P.M. ET ON FACEBOOK

    Rhye. Photo: Emma Marie Jenkinson.

    Sonya Tayeh. Photo: Shervin Lainez.

    In a unique collaboration, American Ballet Theatre and National Sawdust, the non-profit Brooklyn-based music venue, have joined forces to present the World Premiere of
    What Becomes of Love?, a dance film choreographed and directed by Sonya Tayeh and set to music by Rhye (Mike Milosh). What Becomes of Love? will be co-hosted by American Ballet Theatre and National Sawdust on Facebook on Thursday, March 4 at 6 P.M. ET.

    What Becomes of Love? is ABT’s first collaboration with Tayeh, the Tony Award®-nominated choreographer and director whose most recent credits include Moulin Rouge! and Sing Street for Broadway. Tayeh’s new work, created in November 2020 in a “ballet bubble” in Silver Bay, New York, features ABT dancers Cory Stearns, Zimmi Coker, Courtney Lavine, Jose Sebastian, Ingrid Thoms, and Joseph Markey.

    What Becomes of Love? also marks Tayeh’s first collaboration with Rhye, whose recorded tracks, Dark, Awake, and Outro, provide a medley of vocals alongside piano, synthesizer, and violin instrumentation.

    "What Becomes of Love? is a dance film that explores the mystery of love in all forms,” said (more)

       

     

    Tayeh. How to hold onto it, what the fall feels like, what the first drop of it does to the mind, the body, and the soul. Love, to me, is an unguarded mystery filled with sensuality, wonder, and trickery all at the same time. Exploring the dance with ABT dancers was a process filled with such intimacy and courage. They hold a depth inside of movement that is thick and refined. It was a gift to watch them push themselves into such a vulnerable, raw place.”

    Speaking of the collaboration, ABT Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie commented: “Sonya exposed our dancers to an entirely new way of approaching creation, with intimacy and trust informing the aesthetic and vocabulary.”

    A conversation with Sonya Tayeh, Rhye, Courtney Lavine, and Ingrid Thoms will immediately follow the performance. See trailer for What Becomes of Love on Vimeo.

    What Becomes of Love? is produced in conjunction with American Ballet Theatre, National Sawdust, Sharing Spaces Productions, and MATTE PROJECTS.

    For more information on American Ballet Theatre, please visit: www.abt.org

    Commissions and presentations of new work by women choreographers are supported by the ABT Women’s Movement. Champion support for the ABT Women’s Movement is provided by Jenna Segal. Additional leadership support provided by the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

    ABT’s Choreographic Innovation and Inspiration and Inclusion programs are generously supported by the Blavatnik Family Foundation. Additional major support of ABT’s Innovation and Inclusion programs is provided by Mark Casey and Carrie Gaiser Casey, the Ford Foundation, and through an endowed gift from the Toni and Martin Sosnoff New Works Fund.

    Special thanks to Denise Littlefield Sobel for her leadership gifts to: ABT's Media Fund, advancing the Company's digital endeavors; and ABT RISE, fueling the Company's commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

      

    American Ballet Theatre recognizes with deepest gratitude the dedication and dynamism of the ABT RISE

    Advisory Council, co-chaired by ABT Trustees David Rabkin and Shari Siadat. The Council's championship

    of ABT RISE strengthens diversity, equity, and inclusion at American Ballet Theatre.

  13. A good thing:

    AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE TO HOST
    ABT RISE WEEKEND WORKSHOPS, APRIL 10 AND 11, 2021

    VIRTUAL TWO-DAY WORKSHOP OPEN TO 2ND AND 3RD GRADE PUBLIC SCHOOL CHILDREN ACROSS AMERICA

    ABT RISE Weekend Workshop, February 2020. Photo: Dennis Walters.

    In keeping with its commitment to fostering inclusion and increasing diversity in ballet, American Ballet Theatre will host ABT RISE Weekend Workshop, April 10 and 11, 2021, a series of dance classes for 2nd and 3rd grade students across the United States, offered free of charge. The two-day weekend workshop, conducted virtually and taught by ABT dancers, faculty, and teaching artists, will introduce children to classical ballet and offer classes in character dance, jazz, modern, acting, and mime. Students will also have a special opportunity to learn an excerpt from ABT’s expansive repertory and participate in a “Meet the Artist” discussion with an ABT dancer.

    ABT RISE Workshops thrive on the support and participation of ABT Company dancers who serve as ABT RISE Ambassadors. “I am honored to be an ABT RISE Ambassador and to share my passion

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    for classical ballet with future generations of dancers and ballet lovers,” said ABT dancer Courtney Lavine. “Our goal is to provide a ‘day in the life experience,’ while showing the students that ballet is for everyone.

    ABT RISE Workshops provide access to training for students from populations historically underrepresented in classical ballet. Eligibility is limited to 2nd and 3rd grade students in the United States, with a goal of enrolling students from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. The
    April 10 and 11 workshops will be held from 1:00 P.M. to 4:30 P.M. ET. Commitment for the entirety of the weekend is required and space is limited.

    ABT RISE, Representation and Inclusion Sustain Excellence, is a reinvigorated institutional commitment to increasing diversity throughout American Ballet Theatre. Through initiatives existing and growing under the ABT RISE umbrella, ABT will champion, enhance, and support inclusion and diversity on its stages, in the studios and classrooms where ABT operates, behind the scenes in ABT’s administrative staff and creative teams, as well as in the audiences and communities ABT serves in
    New York City and around the world.

    To apply for the ABT RISE Weekend Workshop, please click here. Applications must be received by March 11, 2021 to be considered. For more information, please email schoolprograms@abt.org.

    American Ballet Theatre recognizes with deepest gratitude the dedication and dynamism of the ABT RISE Advisory Council, co-chaired by ABT Trustees David Rabkin and Shari Siadat. The Council's championship of ABT RISE strengthens all our DEI initiatives.

    ABT Trustee Education and Training Committee guides with bold and steadfast engagement, advancing excellence in all our dancer training and education endeavors: Co-Chairs Carrie Gaiser Casey and Karen C. Phillips; Members Amy R. Churgin, Susan Feinstein, Suzanne Hall, Christian Keesee, Paula Mahoney, Nancy McCormick, Kara Moore, and Shari Siadat.

    ABT RISE is growing and expanding thanks to the generosity of numerous individuals, foundations, and corporations who help make possible ABT's Education and Community Engagement programs. Major support provided by:
    The Hearst Foundation Inc., The Hope Foundation, Dmitri Potishko and Heidi Ho, Marguerite D'Aloia, and
    The Harkness Foundation for Dance, Inc.

    ABT’s Choreographic Innovation and Inspiration and Inclusion programs are generously supported by the Blavatnik Family Foundation.

    Special thanks to Denise Littlefield Sobel for her leadership gifts to: ABT's Media Fund, advancing the Company's digital endeavors; and ABT RISE, fueling the Company's commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

  14. On 2/5/2021 at 1:12 PM, canbelto said:

    Casting wish list:

    Prodigal Son - Reichlen, Ulbricht

    T&V - Tiler Peck with Joaquin de Luz

    Stravinsky Violin Concerto - Sterling Hyltin and Sara Mearns 

    Fingers crossed.

    You're really close! Just swap out Andrew Veyette for De Luz. 

  15. AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE STUDIO COMPANY WINTER FESTIVAL, FEBRUARY 9-10, 2021 AT 7PM EST ON ABT’S YOUTUBE CHANNEL

     

    HOSTED BY ABT PRINCIPAL DANCERS ISABELLA BOYLSTON AND CALVIN ROYAL III

     

    WORLD PREMIERES BY HOPE BOYKIN AND LAUREN LOVETTE, ALONGSIDE CLASSICAL EXCERPTS AND WORKS BY AMY HALL GARNER, ALEXEI RATMANSKY, AND BRENDAN SAYE

     

    WHAT:  American Ballet Theatre Studio Company Winter Festival, a two-night virtual showcase of filmed performances by 14 dancers of ABT Studio Company, will take place on Tuesday, February 9 and Wednesday, February 10 at 7pm EST, streaming for free on ABT’s YouTube channel. The evenings will be hosted by ABT Studio Company alumni Isabella Boylston and Calvin Royal III, Principal Dancers with American Ballet Theatre.

     

    ABT Studio Company, under the artistic direction of Sascha Radetsky, is a classical ensemble of dancers of outstanding potential aged 17–21. As the highest level of the ABT training ladder, ABT Studio Company represents the next generation of talent at American Ballet Theatre and other top ballet companies around the world.

     

    Highlights of ABT Studio Company Winter Festival include Hope Boykin’s World Premiere work For What Is It All Worth? set to music featuring Billy Porter, the Voices of East Harlem, and Bill Laurance, with original spoken word by Boykin, and Lauren Lovette’s World Premiere La Follia Variations. The artistry and virtuosity of ABT Studio Company dancers will be displayed in additional contemporary works, including Amy Hall Garner’s Escapades, Alexei Ratmansky’s Seven Sonatas, Brendan Saye’s Grey Verses, and Sascha Radetsky’s stylized ballet exercise, Class Concert, as well as in classical excerpts from Gopak, The Leaves Are Fading, and Le Corsaire.

     

    WHEN:  Tuesday, February 9 and Wednesday, February 10, 2021, 7:00 pm ET

     

    WHERE:  FREE on ABT’s YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T_RwH3YGsbo

  16. From ABT:

    PREMIERES BY HOPE BOYKIN AND LAUREN LOVETTE TO HEADLINE ABT STUDIO COMPANY WINTER FESTIVAL, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 9 AND WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 10,

    7 P.M. ET ON YOUTUBE

    ABT PRINCIPAL DANCERS ISABELLA BOYLSTON AND CALVIN ROYAL III TO HOST TWO-NIGHT ONLINE EVENT

    World Premieres by Hope Boykin and Lauren Lovette will be presented over two evenings during the ABT Studio Company Winter Festival on Tuesday, February 9 and Wednesday, February 10 at 7 P.M. on American Ballet Theatre’s YouTube channel. Featuring 14 exceptionally promising dancers, this two- night virtual festival, hosted by ABT Studio Company alumni Isabella Boylston and Calvin Royal III,
    also includes the work of Amy Hall Garner, Marius Petipa, Alexei Ratmansky, Brendan Saye, Antony Tudor, and Rostislav Zakharov.

    ABT Studio Company dancers from New York, California, Oregon, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Texas, South Korea, Japan, and the Philippines gathered in the Fall of 2020 for a “ballet bubble” at Goodspeed Musicals in East Haddam, Connecticut and at Kaatsbaan Cultural Park in Tivoli, New York. Dancers, staff, and creators followed stringent Covid-19 safety protocols in order to train and 

    collaborate in person. Filmed at Kaatsbaan, the ABT Studio Company Winter Festival highlights ABT Studio Company’s mission to develop the next generation of ballet dancers, choreographers, and audiences.

    ABT Studio Company dancers featured in the Festival are Elizabeth Beyer, Tristan Brosnan, Finnian Carmeci, Kyra Coco, Cy Doherty, Teresa D’Ortone, Tillie Glatz, Elwince Magbitang, Andrew Robare, Jake Roxander, Yoon Jung Seo, Olivia Tweedy, Aleisha Walker, and Kotomi Yamada. 

    Tuesday, February 9 – ACT I

    ABT Studio Company Winter Festival will open on Tuesday, February 9 with a mix of classic and neo-classical works, presented along with Studio Company premieres and a World Premiere.

    Lauren Lovette, a principal dancer with New York City Ballet, has choreographed La Follia Variations for eight members of ABT Studio Company. Set to music by Francesco Geminiani, recorded by East Coast Chamber Orchestra, La Follia Variations was created in March 2020 in the final days before the Covid-19 pandemic forced the studios to close. La Follia Variations, set for its World Premiere on Tuesday, February 9, is Lovette’s second work for ABT Studio Company following Le Jeune in 2017. “The progression of steps is one of my favorites among the classical ballet style,” said Lovette. “These dancers give me hope for the future of dance, and this piece of choreography is a celebration of that hope.”

    The digital premiere of Amy Hall Garner’s Escapades, choreographed in 2019 and intended to be performed in London in spring 2020, is set to music by Ezio Bosso and Guy Sigsworth. With costumes styled by Garner, Escapades received its World Premiere by ABT Studio Company in Manila, the Philippines on November 7, 2019. “Escapades is an homage to the spirit, sensitivity, and passion of youth,” said Garner. “The duality of vulnerability and the intersection of expertise through movement reflect the parallel space of expression and exposure.”

    A suite from Seven Sonatas, choreographed by Alexei Ratmansky and staged by Stella Abrera, will receive its ABT Studio Company premiere on Tuesday evening, February 9. Seven Sonatas suite, set to Sonata in E Minor K. 198 and Sonata in A Major K. 39 by Domenico Scarlatti and performed by Michael Scales, features costumes by Holly Hynes. Seven Sonatas was given its World Premiere by American Ballet Theatre in 2009.

    Act I of ABT Studio Company Winter Festival will also include performances of Gopak 

    (Variation) and the first pas de deux from The Leaves Are Fading.
    Gopak, a Ukrainian folk dance variation, is staged by Gennadi Saveliev after Rostislav Zakharov.

    Gopak is set to music by Vasily Solovyov-Sedoi.
    The first pas de deux from Antony Tudor’s The Leaves Are Fading (1975) is staged for ABT

    Studio Company by Amanda McKerrow and John Gardner. The Leaves Are Fading, which received its World Premiere by American Ballet Theatre in 1975, is set to music by Antonin Dvořák and features costumes by Patricia Zipprodt.

    Wednesday, February 10  ACT II

    ABT Studio Company Winter Festival will continue on Wednesday, February 10 at 7 P.M. featuring a World Premiere and returning repertory.

    In her first work for ABT Studio Company, recently retired Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater leading dancer, choreographer, and creator Hope Boykin has created For What Is It All Worth? The piece uses a pallet of sound created and inspired by Stephen Stills’s classic For What It’s Worth, featuring renditions of the song by the Voices of East Harlem, Bill Laurance, and Billy Porter, with original spoken word by Boykin. With costumes styled by Boykin, For What Is It All Worth? was choreographed for 14 dancers during ABT Studio Company’s bubble residency in Fall 2020 at Kaatsbaan Cultural Park. “During a time of uprising and protest, declaration and independence, For What Is It All Worth? explores the rights and freedoms of today’s youthful voices,” said Boykin. “For What Is It All Worth? gives permission to the young artist to shout: ‘It is for me!’”

    Class Concert, choreographed by ABT Studio Company Artistic Director Sascha Radetsky and set to music arranged and performed by Michael Scales, will receive its premiere on Wednesday, February 10 performed by 14 members of ABT Studio Company. Describing the work, Radetsky explained, “In Class Concert, a tribute to the dancer’s ritual morning practice, our young artists drill their technique first at the barre, then gather speed and space until they rise above the floor in flights of virtuosic and joyous movement.” Class Concert is Radetsky’s first work for ABT Studio Company.

    Grey Verses, choreographed by Brendan Saye, a principal dancer with The National Ballet of Canada, is set to music by Claude Debussy, John Corigliano, and Sergei Rachmaninoff. Grey Verses received its ABT Studio Company Premiere in Manila, the Philippines on November 8, 2019. “My intent with Grey Verses was to manifest loss, love, and humanity,” said Saye. “I wanted the piece to feel  

    intimate, accessible, and above all, honest, in the hopes that the audience may see something of their own in its open identity.”

    Act II of the ABT Studio Company Winter Festival will round out with a suite from Le Corsaire, staged by Radetsky after Marius Petipa. The suite is set to music by Adolphe Adam, performed by Michael Scales.

    “The repertoire in these programs, which ranges from classical and neoclassical to modern works, reflects ABT’s commitment to cultivating both innovative new choreography and a promising new generation of dancer,” said Radetsky. “We all feel deeply fortunate to have safely gathered in our ballet bubble. The opportunity to train, create, and perform in person once again, after a long period of isolation and during a crucial point in our young dancers' artistic development, was a gift. We are grateful as well for the privilege of working with choreographers like Hope, Lauren, Amy, and Brendan, who animated our studios  in person and virtually  with artistry and imagination.”

    ABT Studio Company, under the artistic direction of Sascha Radetsky, is a classical ensemble of dancers of outstanding potential aged 1721. As the highest level of the ABT training ladder, ABT Studio Company serves as a crucial bridge between ballet training and professional performance. 80% of the current dancers in American Ballet Theatre began their careers in ABT Studio Company, including seven Soloists and twelve Principal Dancers. Each season, ABT Studio Company commissions new choreography, allowing the dancers to participate in the process of new work creation. ABT Studio Company engages the broadest possible ballet audience by performing varied, vital repertoire in a range of venues around the globe.

    ABT Studio Company Winter Festival was filmed and produced by creative director Henry Evans and Zipline Media, with lighting by Ash Umhey.

    A complete schedule of works for ABT Studio Company Winter Festival follows.

     

    Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at 7 P.M.  Act I

    • Gopak variation (Saveliev after Zakharov)

    • The Leaves are Fading, first pas de deux (Tudor)

    • Escapades (Garner)

    • Seven Sonatas suite (Ratmansky)

    • La Follia Variations (Lovette)

      Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 7 P.M.  Act II

    • Class Concert (Radetsky)

    • Le Corsaire suite (Radetsky after Petipa)

    • Grey Verses (Saye)

    • For What Is It All Worth? (Boykin)

      For more information on ABT Studio Company Winter Festival, please visit ABT’s website.

     

     

  17. ABT STUDIO COMPANY TO PREMIERE VISCERAL HARMONIES, CHOREOGRAPHED BY AMY HALL GARNER, WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 16 AT 6 P.M. ET ON YOUTUBE AND IGTV

    A FIRST-EVER WORLDWIDE, TECH-ENABLED COLLABORATION BETWEEN YOUNG DANCERS WITH ABT STUDIO COMPANY
    AND YOUNG MUSICIANS WITH THE COLLECTIVE CONSERVATORY

    A unique collaboration between ABT Studio Company and the Collective Conservatory, an immersive online music-making initiative, will premiere on Wednesday, December 16 at 6 P.M. ET on American Ballet Theatre’s YouTube channel and @ABTStudioCo IGTV.

    Visceral Harmonies was choreographed remotely by Amy Hall Garner in August 2020, as she created movement for 13 dancers of ABT Studio Company. The work is set to music composed by Steven Hackman and students from the Collective Conservatory. The composition was performed and recorded remotely by 100 students from the Peabody Institute’s “Tuned In” program and Harmony Project of Los Angeles, Tulsa, and Phoenix. A preview of Visceral Harmonies is available here.

    Visceral Harmonies is Garner’s second work for ABT Studio Company following Escapades, commissioned and created in 2019. The new work was created and rehearsed over Zoom with Studio Company dancers filming the movements from their home studios or outdoor locations. Visceral Harmonies was edited and synced by ABT Studio Company alumna Hanna Bass.

    ABT Studio Company dancers appearing in Visceral Harmonies participated from their home locations in the United States, South Korea, and the Philippines. Student musicians performing with the Collective Conservatory, under founder and artistic director Daniel Trahey, were recruited from across the country.

    "Visceral Harmonies is a work celebrating the future of the arts,” said Amy Hall Garner. “ABT Studio Company and the Collective Conservatory came together during an extraordinary moment in time to further the kinship of music and dance. The entire creative vocabulary was built directly from descriptive dialogue. It was an honor to be involved in this relationship and interpret both languages developed exclusively through the gift of technology. Blending together these young artists in this way, and especially at this time, is something I am definitely proud of."

    “We were overjoyed when ABT was interested in our progressive idea of students composing 

    music for Studio Company,” said Daniel Trahey, founder and artistic director of the Collective Conservatory. “The music we composed is themed around movement and dance. To partner with ABT Studio Company to help lift, elevate, and accentuate the importance of youth’s voices has been a dream come true for the students.”

    “What I valued most about participating in Visceral Harmonies was the uniqueness and vision of the collaborative process, as laid out by Dan Trahey and the Collective Conservatory, Amy Hall Garner, and ABT Studio Company,” said Steven Hackman, composer and cultural ambassador for the Collective Conservatory. “It was a process which kept at its core, the mission of exploring the creative voice of the many young musicians involved. Assisting in bringing those students’ musical ideas to life, seeing how those ideas inspired Amy's choreography, and finally, witnessing the exquisite dancing of ABT Studio Company, was a wonderful journey.”

    Under the artistic direction of Sascha Radetsky, ABT Studio Company is a classical ensemble of 15 dancers, aged 17-21, with outstanding potential. ABT Studio Company seeks to develop the next generation of ballet dancers, choreographers, and audiences and serves as a crucial transition from ballet student to professional performer. 80% of current American Ballet Theatre dancers are alumni of ABT Studio Company.

    The Collective Conservatory is an online initiative to facilitate meaningful, active, and immersive music-making experiences for communities, inspired by the philosophy of nurturing and inspiring the whole person. The Collective Conservatory works with students from across the world, specifically from underrepresented and underserved communities. Experienced teaching artists work alongside professional musicians and other cultural ambassadors to curate dynamic offerings, addressing community needs for social connectivity, wellness, creative expression, and independent learning.

    For more information on ABT Studio Company and American Ballet Theatre, please visit www.abt.org. For more information on the Collective Conservatory, please visit www.collectiveconservatory.com.

  18. More on YouTube:

    AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE TO PREMIERE THE RITUAL, CHOREOGRAPHED BY GABE STONE SHAYER,
    ON LINCOLN CENTER AT HOME AND YOUTUBE, SUNDAY, DECEMBER 13 AT 7:30 P.M.

     

    The Ritual, created by American Ballet Theatre Soloist Gabe Stone Shayer, will premiere on Sunday, December 13 at 7:30 P.M., as part of Lincoln Center at Home (#LincolnCenterAtHome). Filmed on the Lincoln Center campus in September of this year, The Ritual is performed by Shayer and ABT Principal Dancer Cassandra Trenary. The work will premiere digitally on Lincoln Center at Home and American Ballet Theatre’s YouTube channel.

    Set to Góða Tungl recorded by Samaris, The Ritual represents the last movement of a larger work Shayer choreographed over the summer of 2020. Describing the work, he explained, “The Ritual represents human discovery. Performing at Lincoln Center in a different capacity was a manifestation of how we all need to find a new way to move forward. It was sort of an exploration of a familiar place that we often call home.”

    The Ritual, created and filmed under strict COVID-19 safety protocols, is part of Lincoln Center at Home, activating Lincoln Center’s outdoor campus with small-scale performances, arts and civic engagements, and more.

    For more information on American Ballet Theatre, please visit www.abt.org. For more information on Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, please visit www.LincolnCenter.org.

     

  19. AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE WHIPS UP A DIGITAL COOKBOOK

    ABT KITCHEN FEATURES 65 RECIPES FROM THE ABT COMMUNITY WITH ARTWORK BY JAVIER RIVET

    “I enjoy meeting the many talented dancers and musicians at my restaurant across from Lincoln

    Center. This beautifully illustrated cookbook is a playful peek into the American Ballet Theatre family’s love for food. There is humor, passion, and devotion to the art of dancing and cooking.” Daniel Boulud, Chef & Restaurateur

     

     

    American Ballet Theatre is taking technique from the barre to the kitchen with its first-ever digital cookbook, ABT Kitchen. A creative compilation from contributors across the organization,
    ABT Kitchen includes 65 personal recipes from ABT dancers, musicians, and staff. With illustrations by ABT dancer and artist Javier Rivet, this digital cookbook is a feast for eyes and appetites. Beginning Monday, December 7, ABT Kitchen is available for purchase for $15 on ABT’s website.

    Cooked up while members of the Company quarantined in their homes due to the COVID-19 pandemic, ABT Kitchen showcases recipes alongside personal anecdotes and ABT memories from performers and behind-the-scenes staff and crew. With chapters including Warm-Up (Breakfast), Overture (Appetizers), Act I (Soups and Pastas), Act II (Entrees), and Curtain Call (Desserts),
    ABT Kitchen evokes a night at the ballet with each course. Foodies and balletomanes alike will delight in dishes such as Pirouette Pumpkin Muffins by Executive Director Kara Medoff Barnett, “Cindy’s Carbonara from Principal Dancer Isabella Boylston, “Puttanesca  la Pierrot” by corps de ballet dancer Connor Holloway, and Adagio Braised Short Ribs by Principal Dancer Hee Seo.

    ABT Kitchen is brought to life by Javier Rivet’s custom artwork. Rivet, a member of ABT’s corps de ballet since 2018, created eight original, food-inspired illustrations and several ballet motifs that capture the creativity in both cooking and dance.

    With eye-catching designs and mouth-watering meals, ABT Kitchen will add color and joy to any chef’s virtual bookshelf and will brighten the holiday season. For more information and to purchase
    ABT Kitchen, please visit www.abt.org/abt-kitchen/. A gifting option is available. All proceeds benefit American Ballet Theatre.

     

     

  20. This seems to have come together quickly as the announcement comes with the performance tonight:

    AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE TO PREMIERE HIGHLIGHTS OF THE NUTCRACKER,
    FRIDAY, DECEMBER 4 AT 6 P.M.
    ON YOUTUBE, IGTV, AND LG TIMES SQUARE BILLBOARD

    ISABELLA BOYLSTON AND JAMES WHITESIDE TO PERFORM THE PAS DE DEUX AND VARIATIONS FOR CLARA AND THE PRINCE, CHOREOGRAPHED BY ALEXEI RATMANSKY

    HOLIDAY 2020 FILMING OF THE NUTCRACKER SPONSORED BY LG SIGNATURE, THE GLOBAL ELECTRONICS PARTNER OF ABT

    This holiday season, American Ballet Theatre will premiere a special presentation of The Nutcracker with a filmed performance of the Grand Pas de Deux for Clara and The Prince on Friday, December 4 at 6pm ET on American Ballet Theatre’s YouTube Channel, IGTV, and on the Segerstrom Center for the Arts website, Facebook, and Instagram. The Nutcracker will also premiere on the LG Times Square billboard in New York City.

    These magical highlights of Alexei Ratmansky’s choreography for The Nutcracker, filmed in early November at New York City’s Highline Hotel, feature ABT Principal Dancers Isabella Boylston and James Whiteside  who have safely isolated and collaborated together during the pandemic  dancing the pas de deux to the iconic Tchaikovsky score. For the first time, Ratmansky's staging of the female variation will include the original 1892 choreography by Lev Ivanov from notations by Nicholas Sergeyev.

    “While we are unable to come together to perform The Nutcracker at Segerstrom Center in Southern California as we do each year, we are delighted to carry on ballet’s beloved holiday tradition with this spectacular film,” said Kevin McKenzie, ABT Artistic Director. “Alexei’s brilliant choreography and ABT’s renowned dancers, combined with the latest digital technology, bring Clara and The Prince to life on screens large and small in a way they’ve never been seen before. I’m so proud to be able to share this holiday gift with our fans around the world.”

    The Nutcracker pas de deux is one of the most beautiful and romantic pieces in classical ballet,” said Isabella Boylston. “I was so happy to have my performance captured on film by LG this holiday season, dancing with my best friend James Whiteside, and to be able to share the magic of The Nutcracker with households around the world.”

    The Nutcracker was my very first taste of ballet,” said James Whiteside. “It’s often an introduction to the electric art of ballet for so many the world over. I’m thrilled to be able to immortalize Ratmansky’s singularly exquisite choreography with my best friend, Isabella Boylston, and grateful that LG has captured it so beautifully.”

    Produced for ABT by Matador Content and filmed in 8K Ultra HD, this special presentation of The Nutcracker is sponsored by LG SIGNATURE OLED 8K. LG SIGNATURE is the Global Electronics Partner of American Ballet Theatre.

    Following its premiere, The Nutcracker will be available for viewing on ABT’s website and distributed free of charge to ABT’s presenters in Abu Dhabi, Costa Mesa, Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Washington, D.C., and other cities. Additionally, the film will be available to the following ABT partner organizations: Children’s Museum of Manhattan, Keen NYC, The Fresh Air Fund, Harlem School of the Arts, Lincoln Center’s Passport to the Arts, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Mount Sinai Kravis Children’s Hospital and all NYC Department of Education public school dance teachers.

    For more information on American Ballet Theatre, please visit www.abt.org.

  21. Release:

     

    AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE ANNOUNCES THE CANCELLATION OF 2021 SEASON AT THE METROPOLITAN OPERA HOUSE

    DIGITAL AND OUTDOOR PERFORMANCES PLANNED FOR THE FIRST HALF OF 2021

    American Ballet Theatre announced today the cancellation of its 2021 Season at the Metropolitan Opera House. The season, originally planned for June and July of 2021, has been cancelled due to health and safety concerns related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and restrictions on non-essential gatherings.

    “While we cannot safely gather to rehearse this spring and perform live for our beloved audiences at Lincoln Center, we are inspired by the resiliency and optimism of our dancers and staff,” said Kara Medoff Barnett, ABT Executive Director. “We will continue to find novel ways to create through crisis and to share our artistry with the widest possible audience nationwide andworldwide.”

    “It is with deep regret that ABT will miss another season at the Metropolitan Opera House,” said Kevin McKenzie, ABT Artistic Director. “Since 1976, the Company has performed regular seasons at the Met, so the loss of two seasons on the iconic Met stage weighs heavily. Our dancers, musicians, staff, and crew look forward to the day when we can return to this magnificent opera house and perform live for our loyal fans.”

    In the months ahead, American Ballet Theatre plans robust offerings of new choreography, created in remote ballet bubbles under strict medical and health guidelines in upstate New York and Southern California, and additional locations to be announced. Digital productions and outdoor socially distanced performances around the United States are planned for spring 2021. Outdoor performances in and around New York City are in the works for summer 2021.

    Choreographers premiering new works with ABT in 2021 include New York City Ballet principal dancer Lauren Lovette, Darrell Grand Moultrie, ABT Artist in Residence Alexei Ratmansky, and Sonya Tayeh.

    “The unprecedented challenges of the pandemic have been catalytic fuel for transformation,” said McKenzie. “This has been a time of exploring new ways of working and collaborating as we extend the repertoire, and as we find new storytelling partners and platforms to bring the artistry of ABT to the world.”

    Additional creative activity planned for 2021 includes ABT Incubator, in its first year under the Artistic Directorship of ABT dancer Jose Sebastian, and new commissions for ABT Studio Company.

    For more information on American Ballet Theatre, please visit www.abt.org.

  22. From the company:

    AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE PRESENTS

    ABT TODAY: THE FUTURE STARTS NOW

    MONDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2020 at 7 P.M. EST ON ABT’s YOUTUBE CHANNEL

    A DIGITAL PROGRAM OF NEW WORKS TO INCLUDE FOUR WORLD PREMIERES, CREATED IN ISOLATED “BALLET BUBBLES,”
    BY GEMMA BOND, DARRELL GRAND MOULTRIE, CHRISTOPHER RUDD, AND PAM TANOWITZ

    ABT TODAY TO ANNOUNCE ABT RISE: REPRESENTATION AND INCLUSION SUSTAIN EXCELLENCE,
    A RENEWED COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION

     

    Celebrating the trailblazing spirit that has propelled American Ballet Theatre for eight decades, ABT announces a program that exemplifies innovation and inclusion. ABT Today: The Future Starts Now will feature the Company’s world-class dancers in four World Premiere performances on Monday, November 23 at 7 P.M. EST on ABT’s YouTube Channel. The program will also include the public launch of ABT RISE (Representation and Inclusion Sustain Excellence), ABT’s commitment to becoming a markedly more inclusive and diverse organization.

    World Premieres

    ABT Today will feature four World Premieres: Convivium, a work for four dancers by Gemma Bond; Indestructible Light, a work by Darrell Grand Moultrie for six dancers; Touché, a male pas de deux by Christopher Rudd; and David, a solo choreographed by Pam Tanowitz for David Hallberg. All new works were created in isolation in upstate New York and New York City during the months of September and October. Each work will feature a brief introduction by the choreographer, along with behind-the- scenes footage.

    Gemma Bond

    Bond’s Convivium, set to Variations for Clarinet, Violin, and Piano by John Harbison, was created on ABT dancers and filmed while safely quarantined at the Silver Bay YMCA Conference and Family Retreat Center in Silver Bay, New York. The cast for Convivium includes Breanne Granlund, Soloist Katherine Williams, Principal Dancer Thomas Forster, and Carlos Gonzalez. Convivium is Bond’s second work for ABT following her debut work for the Company, A Time There Was (2019).

    "I wanted to make a new work that would celebrate the dancers finally coming together in a studio after eight months of being apart,” said Bond. “When I arrived, it seemed almost impossible to ignore the new normal and just create a celebration piece. The dancers were extremely careful with each other, not only physically, but emotionally. Each one of their personalities and actions during our time together created the structure of Convivium."

    Darrell Grand Moultrie

    Moultrie’s Indestructible Light, his first work for American Ballet Theatre, was created and filmed during ABT’s “ballet bubble” residency at P.S. 21 in Chatham, New York. Set to songs from Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Neal Hefti, and Billy Strayhorn (Little Pony, Tricky’s Licks, Such Sweet Thunder  The Star-Crossed Lovers, Battle Royal), Indestructible Light is a celebration of American jazz created on ABT dancers Anabel Katsnelson, Erica Lall, Betsy McBride, Jacob Clerico, Melvin Lawovi, and Duncan McIlwaine. Moultrie’s new work features costumes by Mark Eric and lighting by Oleg Balitskiy.

    Speaking about his new work, Moultrie said, “Indestructible Light is inspired by where we are now in our lives and how important it is to stay connected to hope, love, and joy. I wanted the great

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    music of American composers Duke Ellington, Neal Hefti, Billy Strayhorn, and Count Basie to serve as the foundation to take the dancers on an exciting, physical journey that resonates with audiences. I'm always excited about finding ways to use great music and the dancers' bodies to bring inspiration to people. No matter what's happening around us, we must always remember there's a light within that can never be shut off.”

    Christopher Rudd

    In his first work for American Ballet Theatre, Rudd has choreographed Touché for Principal Dancer Calvin Royal III and corps de ballet member João Menegussi. The work is set to Que Te Mate el Desierto, an original score by Woodkid from the motion picture Desierto, and Giuseppe Tornatore Suite by Ennio Morricone, recorded by Yo-Yo Ma from the motion picture Malèna. Touché, created and filmed in Silver Bay, New York, explores themes of male love. Sarah Lozoff served as intimacy director.

    "My works are driven by my desire to better the world through dance,” said Rudd. “When Kevin McKenzie offered me the commission a year ago, I was worried that I would have to compromise my voice in order to fit into an existing culture. Instead, I spoke and was heard. That proved to be the first step towards the creation of Touché, and what I hope will be the first of many steps towards using dance to push culture forward and using culture to push dance forward. I believe both dance and culture are ready for this push."

    Pam Tanowitz and Jeremy Jacob

    Through a reflective look at Godard's Contempt, Principal Dancer David Hallberg dances in isolation in David, a new film by Pam Tanowitz and Jeremy Jacob. Classical, modern, and quotidian vocabularies of dance are deconstructed and juxtaposed to make evident the tension between the external pose and the internal imaginary.

    Crafted outdoors on Tanowitz’s patio at her New York City apartment, David was created in collaboration with cinematographer Daniel Rampulla with costumes created by Reid Bartelme and Harriet Jung. It is set to music by Lawrence Baldwin and Luigi Boccherini and was filmed at the Pavilion in the Pond on the grounds of The Philip Johnson Glass House in New Canaan, Connecticut.

    ABT Today will also offer a preview of new works created by Lauren Lovette, Hope Boykin, and Amy Hall Garner for ABT Studio Company.

    ABT RISE

    ABT Today: The Future Starts Now will point to the future of the Company with the introduction of ABT RISE, Representation and Inclusion Sustain Excellence, a reinvigorated institutional commitment to fostering inclusion and increasing diversity at all levels of the organization. Through initiatives existing and growing under the ABT RISE umbrella, ABT will champion, enhance, and support inclusion and diversity on its stages, in the studios and classrooms where ABT operates, behind the scenes in ABT’s administrative staff and creative teams, as well as in the audiences and communities ABT serves in New York City and around the world.

    “As America’s National Ballet Company®, our continued excellence will be fueled by the inclusion of diverse individuals and viewpoints in all that we do,” said Kara Medoff Barnett, ABT Executive Director. “As we continue to listen, reflect, and learn, we will foster consistent, candid dialogue, and we will produce art that explores and elevates our shared humanity. Diversity, equity, and inclusion are now, and will continue to be, lenses for all decision making and planning. In launching ABT RISE, we will build on Project Plié, continuing and expanding access to education programs that diversify our talent pipeline and embedding new initiatives and practices across the Company.”

    ABT RISE initiatives and activities already underway are guided by ABT Chief Administrative Officer Kimberly Ayers Shariff and supported by the DEI Working Group, an Employee Resource Group, as well as the ABT RISE Advisory Council, a group of trustee and non-trustee advisors and ambassadors committed to helping ABT learn, improve, and lead. Training sessions, keynotes, and webinars, professionally facilitated and peer-guided conversations, as well as formal mentorship programs are being provided to all members of the ABT community.

    “The recent events in our country have spurred the ABT community to prioritize, re-imagine, and build upon the significant DEI work that has been done at ABT over the years.” said Kimberly Ayers Shariff. “The aim is to assure that our culture fosters a sense of belonging where all voices will be heard and can be expressed authentically.” With the support of ABT leadership at all levels and the dedicated and energetic spirit of individuals from all constituencies in the ABT community, Shariff said, “we are poised to weave the commitment embodied by ABT RISE into the fabric of our organization assuring that everyone in our community is supported, positioned to thrive, and deeply engaged in demonstrating that equitable representation sustains excellence in our artform.”


    Some of the artistic initiatives, education programs and organizational partnerships that further the

    ABT RISE commitment include:

    • ABT Women’s Movement: launched in 2018 (and building on the Women’s Choreographic Initiative launched in 2017) to increase and expand opportunity for women choreographers with annual main Company and Studio Company commissions.

    • ABT RISE Creative: launched in 2020 with the aim of highlighting and elevating the talents and perspectives of BIPOC choreographers and creative team members through commissions and collaborations for the main Company and ABT Studio Company.

    • ABT RISE Scholarships: expanding access to training opportunities in ABT Summer Intensives, the ABT Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School, ABT Studio Company, and National Training Curriculum offerings (for ballet teachers).

    • ABT RISE Intensives: offered in February (in-person), August (virtual), and October (virtual) 2020 and to be continued in 2021 and beyond, these engagement programs for 8-and-9-year-olds across New York City are provided and planned in partnership with community organizations to make the art form of classical ballet widely accessible and to increase diversity in the talent pipeline of the ABT Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School.

    • ABT Random House Children’s Books: a multi-year, multi-book publishing program to educate children and foster a love of dance. The books exemplify ABT’s commitment to representation in stories that reveal the humanity, tenacity, resilience, and camaraderie behind the scenes as dancers pursue their dreams.

    • Community Partnerships: ongoing public school residencies and performances in New York City and ABT tour cities introduce 12,000 children annually to ABT Teaching Artists and performers, providing opportunities for students of all abilities to engage with ABT’s extensive repertoire. ABT also partners with Fresh Air Fund, KEEN, Harlem School of the Arts, the Children’s Museum of Manhattan, and Lincoln Center Passport to the Arts.

      For more information about ABT RISE, please visit www.abt.org/ABTRISE.
      ABT Today will include highlights of artistic and education activities advancing ABT RISE,”

      said Kevin McKenzie, ABT Artistic Director. With renewed resolve, ABT is prioritizing representation 

    across America’s National Ballet Company®, reflecting the diversity and dynamism of our country, and introducing an array of perspectives into decision-making and storytelling.”

    ABT Today: The Future Starts Now is produced by Matador Content. Additional segments were filmed and edited by Henry Evans and Zipline Media, Matthew Donnelly, and Nic Petry and Dancing Camera.

    A pre-performance “Bubbly Barre” at 6 P.M. EST on November 23, Zoom receptions with ABT artists, and other unique experiences begin at $1,000. For more information, please email specialevents@abt.org. For more information on ABT Today: The Future Starts Now, please visit www.abt.org/ABTToday.

    Funds raised through ABT Today will be directed to supporting people and programs that advance diversity, equity, and inclusion on and off the stage.

    Special thanks to ABT Today’s wine sponsor, Gérard Bertrand.

      

    ABT Today is generously supported by Executive Producer The Blavatnik Family Foundation and Co-Executive

    Producers Sarah Arison and Andrew F. Barth. Additional support provided by Producers Lisa Smith Cashin,

    Susan and Leonard Feinstein, First Republic Bank, Robin Chemers Neustein, Oliver Wyman, Annie Pell, and

    Sutton Stracke.

    Commissions and presentations of new work by women choreographers are supported by the ABT Women’s

    Movement.

    Champion support for the ABT Women’s Movement is provided by Jenna Segal. Additional leadership support

    provided by the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation.

    ABT's Choreographic Innovation and Inspiration and Inclusion programs are generously supported by the

    Blavatnik Family Foundation. Additional major support of ABT's Innovation and Inclusion programs is provided

    by Mark Casey and Carrie Gaiser Casey, the Ford Foundation, and through an endowed gift from the Toni and

    Martin Sosnoff New Works Fund.

    Special thanks to Denise Littlefield Sobel for her leadership gift to ABT's Media Fund, advancing the Company's

    digital endeavors.

    Special thanks to Dr. Robert Galvin, Medical Advisor.
    Bank of America – Lead Corporate Partner of ABT Studio Company.
    LG Signature, The Global Electronics Partner of American Ballet Theatre. American Airlines is the Official Airline of American Ballet Theatre.

     

  23. More video collabs:

     

    AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE PARTNERS WITH CHANEL TO LAUNCH PAS DE DEUX, A DOCU-SERIES CREATED BY
    ABT SOLOIST GABE STONE SHAYER, CELEBRATING CREATIVE COLLABORATION ACROSS DISCIPLINES

    ALICIA KEYS, MARCUS SAMUELSSON, KAT SULLIVAN, AND CHLOE WISE JOIN ABT DANCERS IN EPISODIC CONVERSATIONS ON DANCE AND ART

    PAS DE DEUX TO PREMIERE THURSDAY, OCTOBER 29 AT 7:00PM EDT ON YOUTUBE AND IGTV

    As a longstanding patron of dance, fashion icon Gabrielle Chanel was a symbol of innovation, having catalyzed artistic connections across disciplines throughout her career  a distinctly modern approach that was embraced by Karl Lagerfeld and carried on today by Virginie Viard. In a new collaboration, American Ballet Theatre partners with CHANEL to launch Pas de Deux, a limited documentary series exploring the intersection of dance and other diverse art forms. Premiering Thursday, October 29, 2020 at 7:00PM EDT on American Ballet Theatre’s YouTube channel and IGTV, ABT dancers and pioneering creators in art, music, food, and film come together to discuss their unique approaches and their shared inspirations.

    Produced by Oscar®-winning Little Monster Films, each Pas de Deux episode sets the stage for two artists to delve into each other’s process and craft in intimate 15-minute conversations that culminate in new artistic creations. Created by ABT Soloist Gabe Stone Shayer, Pas de Deux takes viewers into the homes and workspaces of each dancer and collaborator, allowing these diverse creators the opportunity to connect virtually for an exchange of ideas.

    Pas de Deux is inspired by one of those nights in New York City where you meet interesting people who inspire you,” said Shayer. “The idea first hit me when thinking about how I could continue to create in quarantine. I wanted to highlight the innovation that is magnified by an artist feeling stifled.
    I’m obsessed with multimedia collaborations and felt this was the moment where we could explore the intersection of art and artists.”

    “Dance as an art form has always inspired me,” said director Chai Vasarhelyi, head of Little Monster Films. “Whether our subjects are climbing vertical cliff faces or choreographing a ballet, we are inspired by movement, ambition, and creation. I have long been a fan of the ballet and having this opportunity to collaborate with some of the world's best dancers alongside other iconic artists and creators has been so fulfilling for me. By connecting these great artists, we aim to transcend individual

    performance to create something entirely new.”

    Creative pairings include:

    • ABT Principal Dancer Isabella Boylston with master chef and restaurateur Marcus Samuelsson

    • ABT Principal Dancer Cassandra Trenary with Kat Sullivan, Artist in Residence at RLAB, New

      York City’s virtual and augmented reality lab

    • ABT Soloist Luciana Paris with visual artist Chloe Wise

    • Pas de Deux creator and ABT Soloist Shayer with Grammy Award®-winning singer, songwriter

      and actor Alicia Keys. Additional dance footage for this episode was directed and filmed by

      Pierce Jackson.
      View 30-second trailer for 
      Pas De Deux HERE.

      Artists appearing in Pas de Deux include:

      Marcus Samuelsson is the acclaimed chef behind many restaurants worldwide. He has won multiple James Beard Foundation awards for his work as a chef and as host of No Passport Required, his public television series with Vox/Eater. Samuelsson was crowned champion of Top Chef Masters and Chopped All Stars, and was the guest chef for President Obama’s first state dinner. A committed philanthropist, Samuelsson is co-chair of Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP), which focuses on underserved youth. Author of several cookbooks, in addition to the New York Times bestselling memoir Yes, Chef, Samuelsson also co-produces the annual Harlem EatUp! festival, which celebrates the food, art, and culture of Harlem. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Samuelsson converted his restaurants Red Rooster Harlem, Marcus B&P in Newark, and Red Rooster Overtown in Miami into community kitchens in partnership with World Central Kitchen, serving well over 200,000 meals to those in need. His podcast titled This Moment with Swedish rapper Timbuktu is out now. His newest cookbook, The Rise, was released this fall.

      Kat Sullivan is a Brooklyn based artist, technologist, and educator. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Dance at Skidmore College, and worked as a software engineer and a freelance dancer in the Boston area. While earning her masters degree at NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP), she developed a practice around creative coding, live performance, machine learning, motion capture, and other emerging technologies. Sullivan has presented works at Lincoln Center, National Sawdust, SXSW, and the Liberty Science Center, and was selected for residencies by Yale, Pioneer Works, RLab, and Ponderosa Dance. She has lectured at Brown University, Complutense University of Madrid, and The Center for Ballet and the Arts, and is currently an adjunct professor at NYU Tandon School of Engineering and Tisch School of the Arts.

       

    Artist Chloe Wise was born in Montreal, Quebec. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in studio art and art history from Concordia University in 2013. Her work spans diverse media, including painting, sculpture, video, and installation. Wise is now based in New York, where she creates paintings and objects rooted in societal critique and self-deprecating humor. Her work has been featured in 10 solo gallery exhibitions, including shows in Geneva, Paris, London, and New York.

    Alicia Keys is a modern-day Renaissance womana 15-time Grammy Award®-winning artist/songwriter/musician/producer, an accomplished actress, a New York Times best-selling author, a film/television and Broadway producer, an entrepreneur, and a powerful force in the world of activism. Since the release of her monumental 2001 debut album, Songs in A Minor, Keys has sold over 65 million records and built an unparalleled repertoire of hits and accomplishments. Keys’ seventh studio album ALICIA was released in September 2020 to critical acclaim, topping Billboard’s Top R&B Albums Chart. The first single, “Show Me Love,” earned Keys a record-extending 11th number 1 on the Billboard Adult R&B Songs airplay chart, and her follow-up hit single, “Underdog,” went number 1 on the overall iTunes chart and became the most added song at Top 40 radio in the U.S. upon its release. Keys released her new book, More Myself: A Journey, on March 31, 2020 via Flatiron Books, which debuted and spent multiple weeks on the New York Times Bestseller List.

    Born in Sun Valley, Idaho, Isabella Boylston began dancing at the age of three. While training at the Academy of Colorado Ballet, she won the gold medal in 2001 at the Youth America Grand Prix Finals in New York City. In 2002, she began training at the Harid Conservatory in Boca Raton, Florida, on a full scholarship. She joined ABT Studio Company in 2005, the main Company as an apprentice in May 2006, and the corps de ballet in March 2007. She was promoted to Soloist in June 2011 and to Principal Dancer in August 2014. She won the 2009 Princess Grace Award and was nominated for the 2010 Prix Benois de la Danse. She received the Clive Barnes Award in 2011 and the Annenberg Fellowship in 2014. She has appeared as a guest artist with the Mariinsky Ballet in St. Petersburg and the Royal Danish Ballet.

    Cassandra Trenary, a native of Georgia, began her dance training at Lawrenceville School of Ballet. She joined the school's company, Southern Ballet Theatre, in 2006 under the direction of Phyllis Allen and went on to receive additional training at Southeast Regional Ballet Association conventions and Brookwood High School’s Dance department. Trenary trained at American Ballet Theatre's Summer Intensive programs as a National Training Scholar and went on to join the ABT Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School in 2009. She performed with ABT II (now ABT Studio Company) in 2011, joined the main Company as an apprentice in April of that year, and the corps de ballet in November. She was promoted to Soloist in August 2015 and appointed a Principal Dancer in September 2020. She was named a 2011 National YoungArts Foundation Winner and became a 2011 U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts nominee. She is the recipient of a 2015 Princess Grace Dance Honorarium and the 2017 Annenberg Fellowship for Dance.

    Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Luciana Paris began her ballet training at the age of seven with Elena Perez. From 19911996 she studied at the Colon Theater Superior de Art Institute. She won a Gold Medal at the Latin American Dance Competition in 1995. In 1996, Paris was invited to join Ballet Camara and tour with the company in Argentina. She then joined the Teatro Colon Ballet as a soloist. In December 1996, she joined Julio Bocca’s Ballet Argentino as a principal dancer and became Bocca’s dance partner, touring nationally and internationally. She joined American Ballet Theatre as a member of the corps de ballet in October 2001 and was appointed a Soloist in August 2015. In 2008, she performed Twyla Tharp’s Sinatra Suite at the Kennedy Center Honors. In 2012, American Ballet Theatre designated Paris as a Certified Teacher.

    Gabe Stone Shayer is a talented Soloist with American Ballet Theatre (ABT), known for his creative ability and desire to break barriers in the world of art and beyond. Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Shayer fell in love with dance at the age of three. At age 11, he began his formal training with Alexei Boitsov and Natalia Cherov and at age 14, Shayer began training at The Rock School for Dance. Shayer has received numerous awards and placed in several competitions, including the Grand Prix Award at the 2010 Youth America Grand Prix, finalist at the New York International Competition and the Clive Barnes Award for Dance in 2016. In 2009, he traveled to Moscow to attend the Bolshoi Ballet Academy Program where he won First Place for Best Male Dancer. He continued his studies at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow under the tutelage of Ilya Kuznetsov. In 2011 he became the first African American male to graduate from the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in its nearly 250-year history. He joined ABT Studio Company in September 2011, the main Company as an apprentice in April 2012, and the corps de ballet in November 2012. Shayer was appointed Soloist with ABT in September 2020. As founder of Creative Genesis and the creative director of Pas de Deux, he continues to break creative boundaries on and off the stage.

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    Pierce Jackson was born in New York City. He has been directing films based on, and inspired by, dance for the last seven years. He has collaborated with brands and institutions including Kenneth Cole, LVMH, MoMA, The Whitney Museum, The Shed, and PERFORMA as well as publications such as Vogue, Interview Magazine, Paper Magazine, The New York Times, Visionaire, and Pin-Up Magazine to develop stories in fashion, culture, and the arts. Since 2014, along with his wife Dianna Mesion, Jackson has worked with the esteemed Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow to create promotional material and content for their live performance-to-cinema series campaigns.

    Little Monster Films is the production company of Oscar®-winning filmmakers Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin (FREE SOLO, MERU), who have made some of the most critically and commercially successful documentaries of the last decade. Little Monster strives to tell stories that are meditations on curiosity, ingenuity, creativity, perseverance, and ultimately the human spirit.

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