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2006 Spring Season casting for weeks 1 and 2


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CASTING ANNOUNCED FOR FIRST TWO WEEKS OF

AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE’S 2006 SPRING SEASON

AT METROPOLITAN OPERA HOUSE

Julie Kent and Marcelo Gomes to Lead Company Premiere

of James Kudelka’s Cinderella, Friday Evening, June 2

Angel Corella Celebrates 10th Anniversary as Principal Dancer

on Tuesday Evening, May 23

Casting for the first two weeks of American Ballet Theatre’s 2006 Spring Season at the Metropolitan Opera House was announced today by Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie.

The Company will give four performances of Le Corsaire staged by Anna-Marie Holmes, after Marius Petipa and Konstantin Sergeyev, beginning Tuesday evening, May 23, led by Paloma Herrera, Julio Bocca, Angel Corella, Xiomara Reyes, Jose Manuel Carreño and Herman Cornejo. This performance will also celebrate Mr. Corella’s 10th Anniversary as a Principal Dancer with ABT. At the matinee on Wednesday, May 24, Erica Cornejo will dance the role of Gulnare for the first time, and the Wednesday, May 24, evening performance will feature New York debuts by David Hallberg as Conrad and Stella Abrera as Gulnare.

Eight performances of the All-Star Stravinsky program will be presented May 26 through June 1. The New York Company Premiere of John Cranko’s Jeu de Cartes, staged by Jane Bourne and featuring scenery and costumes by Dorothee Zippel, will highlight the performance on Friday, May 26, with Herman Cornejo, Irina Dvorovenko and Xiomara Reyes in the leading roles. Craig Salstein (Joker) and Gillian Murphy (Queen of Hearts) will debut in Jeu de Cartes at the Saturday, May 27, matinee, alongside Erica Cornejo (Two of Diamonds) making her New York debut. Julio Bocca (Joker) and Maria Riccetto (Two of Diamonds) will debut on the evening of Saturday, May 27, with Carmen Corella (Queen of Hearts) dancing the role for the first time in New York. Sarah Lane will debut as the Two of Diamonds on Tuesday, May 30. Jeu de Cartes received its Company Premiere on May 2, 2006 at the Orange County Performing Arts Center in Costa Mesa, CA.

The All-Star Stravinsky program will also feature George Balanchine’s Apollo and Michel Fokine’s Petrouchka. David Hallberg will make his New York debut in the title role of Apollo at the matinee of Saturday, May 27, and Carlos Acosta will dance the same role for the first time with ABT on Saturday evening, May 27. Irina Dvorovenko will make her New York debut as Terpsichore on Monday evening, May 29. In addition, Sascha Radetsky will dance the title role in Petrouchka for the first time at the matinee on Saturday, May 27.

James Kudelka’s Cinderella will be given its Company Premiere on Friday evening, June 2, led by Julie Kent and Marcelo Gomes. Gillian Murphy and David Hallberg will dance the leading roles at the matinee on Saturday, June 3. Cinderella is set to music by Sergei Prokofiev and features scenery and costumes by David Boechler.

Countrywide Financial Corporation is the National Sponsor of American Ballet Theatre. Northern Trust is a season sponsor of ABT at the Metropolitan Opera House. ABT's 2006 Spring Season is also made possible with public funds from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. American Airlines is the Official Airline of America Ballet Theatre.

Tickets for American Ballet Theatre’s 2005 Metropolitan Opera House season, priced $23-$100, are available at the Met box office or by phone at

212-362-6000. The Metropolitan Opera House is located on Broadway between 64th and 65th streets in New York City. For more information, visit ABT’s website at www.abt.org <http://www.abt.org/> .

Complete casting follows:

FIRST WEEK

Mon. Eve., May 22, 6:30 P.M. GALA PROGRAM

GISELLE (Harvest Dance) – Company

OTHER DANCES – Kent, Corella

SHADOW SONG (with Ruth Ann Swenson) (World Premiere) –Abrera, Saveliev

LE CORSAIRE SUITE – Murphy, Gomes, Carreño, Reyes, H. Cornejo

MANON, Act II (solo and adagio) – Vishneva

SWAN LAKE, Act III (pas de deux and coda) – Dvorovenko, Beloserkovsky

APOLLO (variations and pas de deux) – Herrera, Acosta

CHACONNE (Company Premiere) – Bocca

SYLVIA, Act III (pas de deux and coda) - Wiles, Hallberg

Tues. Eve., May 23, 8 P.M. LE CORSAIRE – Herrera, Bocca, Corella, Reyes, Carreño, H. Cornejo

Wed. Mat., May 24, 2 P.M. LE CORSAIRE – Dvorovenko, Beloserkovsky, Corella, E. Cornejo*, H. Cornejo, Radetsky

Wed. Eve., May 24, 8 P.M. LE CORSAIRE – Murphy, Hallberg+, Carreño, Abrera+, Saveliev, Pastor

Thurs. Eve., May 25, 8 P.M. LE CORSAIRE – Kent, Gomes, Acosta, Riccetto, Radetsky, Lopez

Fri. Eve., May 26, 8 P.M. ALL-STRAVINSKY PROGRAM

APOLLO – Carreño, Kent, Riccetto, Murphy

JEU DE CARTES – H. Cornejo+, Dvorovenko+, Reyes+

PETROUCHKA – Bocca, Abrera, Gomes

Sat. Mat., May 27, 2 P.M. ALL-STRAVINSKY PROGRAM

APOLLO – Hallberg+, Part, Abrera, Wiles

JEU DE CARTES – Salstein*, Murphy*, E. Cornejo+

PETROUCHKA – Radetsky*, Reyes, Stappas

Sat. Eve., May 27, 8 P.M. ALL-STRAVINSKY PROGRAM

APOLLO – Acosta**, Herrera, Riccetto, Wiles

JEU DE CARTES – Bocca*, C. Corella+, Riccetto*

PETROUCHKA – Corella, E. Cornejo, Zhurbin

SECOND WEEK

Mon. Eve., May 29, 8 P.M. ALL-STAR STRAVINSKY PROGRAM

APOLLO – Beloserkovsky, Dvorovenko+, Hamrick, Thomas

JEU DE CARTES – H. Cornejo, C. Corella, Riccetto

PETROUCHKA –Corella, Abrera, Gomes

Tues. Eve., May 30, 8 P.M. ALL-STAR STRAVINSKY PROGRAM

APOLLO – Carreño, Kent, Riccetto, Murphy

JEU DE CARTES – Lopez+, Dvorovenko, Lane*

PETROUCHKA – Bocca, Reyes, Stappas

Wed. Mat., May 31, 2 P.M. ALL-STAR STRAVINSKY PROGRAM

APOLLO – Beloserkovsky, Dvorovenko, Hamrick, Thomas

JEU DE CARTES – Bocca, C. Corella, Reyes

PETROUCHKA – Radetsky, E. Cornejo, Zhurbin

Wed. Eve., May 31, 8 P.M. ALL-STAR STRAVINSKY PROGRAM

APOLLO – Acosta, Herrera, Riccetto, Wiles

JEU DE CARTES – Salstein, Murphy, E. Cornejo

PETROUCHKA – H. Cornejo, Abrera, Gomes

Thurs. Eve., June 1, 8 P.M. ALL-STAR STRAVINSKY PROGRAM

APOLLO – Hallberg, Part, Abrera, Wiles

JEU DE CARTES – Lopez, Dvorovenko, Lane

PETROUCHKA – H. Cornejo, Reyes, Stappas

Fri. Eve., June 2, 8 P.M. CINDERELLA (COMPANY PREMIERE) – Kent, Gomes

Sat. Mat., June 3, 2 P.M. CINDERELLA – Murphy*, Hallberg*

Sat. Eve., June 3, 8 P.M. CINDERELLA – Kent, Gomes

*Please note: First time in a role:

Wed Mat., May 24 - E. Cornejo (Gulnare) in Le Corsaire

Sat. Mat., May 27 – Salstein, Murphy (Queen of Hearts) in Jeu de Cartes; Radetsky (Petrouchka)

in Petrouchka

Sat. Eve., May 27 – Bocca, Riccetto (Two of Diamonds) in Jeu de Cartes

Tues. Eve., May 30 – Lane (Two of Diamonds) in Jeu de Cartes

Sat. Mat., June 3 – Murphy, Hallberg in Cinderella

**Please note: First time in a role with ABT:

Sat. Eve., May 27 – Acosta in Apollo

+Please note: First time in a role in New York:

Wed. Eve., May 24 – Hallberg (Conrad), Abrera (Gulnare) in Le Corsaire

Fri. Eve., May 26 – H. Cornejo, Dvorovenko, Reyes in Jeu de Cartes

Sat. Mat., May 27 – Hallberg in Apollo; E. Cornejo (Two of Diamonds) in Jeu de Cartes

Sat. Eve., May 27 – C. Corella (Queen of Hearts) in Jeu de Cartes

Mon. Eve., May 29 – Dvorovenko (Terpsichore) in Apollo

Tues . Eve., May 30 – Lopez in Jeu de Cartes

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