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Ananiashvili to celebrate 10th anniversary with aBT

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Occasion Marked during Season’s Final Performance of Swan Lake on Saturday, June 28

American Ballet Theatre Principal Dancer Nina Ananiashvili will mark her 10th Anniversary with the Company performing the role of Odette-Odile in the season’s final performance of Swan Lake on Saturday evening, June 28, 2003 at the Metropolitan Opera House.

Ananiashvili was born in Tbilisi, Georgia and studied dance at the Choreographic School of Georgia before going to Moscow to study at the Moscow Ballet School from which she graduated in 1981. She won a Gold Medal at Varna at the age of 17, the First Prize and the Gold Medal at both the Fourth (1984) and Fifth (1985) International Ballet Competitions in Moscow, and the Grand Prix and Gold Medal at the International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Mississippi in 1986. Upon graduation from the Moscow Ballet School, Ananiashvili joined the Bolshoi Ballet where her repertoire includes Nikiya in La Bayadère, Kitri in Don Quixote, the title role in Giselle, Rita in The Golden Age, the title roles in the ballet/opera Mlada and in Raymonda, Juliet in Romeo and Juliet and Odette-Odile in Swan Lake, as well as The Dying Swan and A Dream of the Rose.

Ananiashvili made her first appearance with American Ballet Theatre in 1993, dancing Odette-Odile in Swan Lake. Her repertoire with the Company also includes Medora in Le Corsaire, Kitri in Don Quixote, Lise in La Fille mal gardée, a leading role in Mark Morris’ Gong, Hanna Glawari in The Merry Widow, the title roles in Giselle and Manon, the Operetta Star in Offenbach in the Underworld, Princess Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty, the leading role in The Snow Maiden, the second movement in Symphony in C and the Sylph in La Sylphide.

American Ballet Theatre’s 2003 Metropolitan Opera House season is sponsored by UBS, ABT’s National Presenting Sponsor, and Movado Watch Company, a leading benefactor. ABT’s Spring season is also made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Tickets for American Ballet Theatre’s 2003 Spring season are on sale at the Metropolitan Opera House box office or by calling 212-362-6000. For more information, visit ABT’s website at www.abt.org

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