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ABT Studio Company and Royal Ballet School Exchange

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Royal Ballet School to Perform at New York’s Kaye Playhouse, February 11-13 ABT Studio Company to Appear at Covent Garden’s Linbury Theatre, March 28, 29

In a unique exchange program, the ABT Studio Company and the Royal Ballet School will travel to each other’s respective homes in February and March to perform, conduct master classes and take part in training sessions with senior coaching staff.

The Royal Ballet School director Gailene Stock will bring the entire third year class of the Royal Ballet School to New York for performances at The Kaye Playhouse in New York, February 11 through 13. The RBS repertory will include the choreography of Kenneth MacMillan, Frederick Ashton, Christopher Wheeldon and Stanton Welch. While in New York, Ms. Stock and the senior coaching staff from the Royal Ballet School will hold teachers’ seminars to discuss and demonstrate the methodology of the school. The staff will also conduct a master class for students aged 10 through 18 on February 8 and 9, 10 A.M.-3 P.M., at the Alvin Ailey Studios, 211 W. 61st Street.

On March 28 and 29, the ABT Studio Company will perform at London’s Linbury Theatre at Covent Garden. Performances include Antony Tudor’s Continuo, Stanton Welch’s Long and Winding Road, Brian Reeder’s Lost Language of the Flight Attendant and a World Premiere of a new duet by Robert Hill, set to music by Lowell Liebermann.

Performances at the Kaye Playhouse, February 11-13, are at 8 P.M. Tickets priced at $28, $18 for members and $10 for students are available at the Kaye Playhouse box office, Monday-Saturday, 12:00-6:00pm, or by calling (212) 772-4448. The Sylvia and Danny Kaye Playhouse is located at Hunter College, 68th Street between Park and Lexington Avenues.

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I don't know what pieces they are bringing over. But last summer, the Royal Ballet School performances included the pas de douze from Ashton's version of Swan Lake, done by the Upper School. It's long gone from the Royal's production, and it was a rare chance to glimpse this. Wheeldon has made a number of pieces for the School, including one called, I think, Souvenirs, which was very popular. The MacMillan item on last summers performance was Concerto: there was a good performance of the very testing central pas de deux from this. One of the participants in this was Ross Clarke who is now with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre.

As I say, I don't know what they will be bringing, but last summer's performances included some very well chosen items, a nicely balanced programme.

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