World Premieres by Alexei Ratmansky and Christopher Wheeldon, U.S. Premiere of Troika by Benjamin Millepied, and Revival Premiere of Antony Tudor’s Shadowplay to Highlight ABT’s Spring Season at The Metropolitan Opera House
* Season to include special celebrations for Jose Manuel Carreño, Paloma Herrera and Julie Kent
* Alina Cojocaru, Natalia Osipova and Polina Semionova to appear as guest artists
* Box office opens Sunday, April 3
--- American Ballet Theatre’s 2011 Spring Season at the Metropolitan Opera House, May 16-July 9, will be highlighted by World Premieres by Alexei Ratmansky and Christopher Wheeldon and the U.S. Premiere of Benjamin Millepied’s Troika, as well as the Revival Premiere of Antony Tudor’s Shadowplay. Tickets for ABT’s Spring Season at the Metropolitan Opera House go on sale at the box office on Sunday, April 3.
Principal Dancers for the 2011 Metropolitan Opera Season include Maxim Beloserkovsky, Roberto Bolle, Jose Manuel Carreño, Angel Corella, Herman Cornejo, Irina Dvorovenko, Marcelo Gomes, David Hallberg, Paloma Herrera, Julie Kent, Gillian Murphy, Veronika Part, Xiomara Reyes, Cory Stearns, Ethan Stiefel, Diana Vishneva and Michele Wiles.
American Airlines is the Official Airline of American Ballet Theatre. Northern Trust is the Leading Corporate Sponsor of the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at American Ballet Theatre. Mandarin Oriental, New York is the Preferred Hotel of American Ballet Theatre. The 2011 Metropolitan Opera House Season is also made possible with 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, in partnership with the City Council.
American Ballet Theatre’s 2011 Spring Season opens with a Gala performance featuring ABT’s Principal Dancers on Monday, May 16 at 6:30 P.M. For information on ABT’s Spring Gala, please call the Special Events Office at 212-477-3030, ext. 3239. The 2011 Spring Gala is sponsored by Graff.
Alina Cojocaru, a principal dancer with The Royal Ballet; Natalia Osipova, a principal dancer with the Bolshoi Ballet; and Polina Semionova, a principal dancer with Berlin State Opera Ballet, will appear as guest artists for the Spring season. For ABT, Cojocaru will perform Kitri in Don Quixote opposite Jose Manuel Carreño as Basilio on Friday, May 20, and Monday, May 23; the title role in Giselle opposite Ethan Stiefel on Saturday evening, May 28; and Princess Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty opposite Herman Cornejo on Friday, July 8. Osipova will perform the Ballerina in The Bright Stream at the matinee on Saturday, June 11, and the evening of Tuesday, June 14; Coppélia opposite Ethan Stiefel on Friday evening, June 17, and Monday evening, June 20; and Princess Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty opposite David Hallberg on the evening of Wednesday, July 6. Semionova will perform Kitri in Don Quixote at the matinee on Saturday, May 21, opposite David Hallberg as Basilio, and the dual role of Odette/Odile in Swan Lake on Saturday evening, July 2, opposite Hallberg as Prince Siegfried.
World Premieres and Major Revival
New works by two of the dance world’s most acclaimed choreographers, Alexei Ratmansky and Christopher Wheeldon, will be given their World Premieres on Tuesday evening, May 24. Set to the music of Igor Stravinsky’s Dumbarton Oaks, Ratmanksy’s new ballet will feature costumes by Richard Hudson and lighting by Brad Fields. As American Ballet Theatre’s Artist in Residence, Ratmansky has previously created On the Dnieper (2009), Seven Sonatas (2009), Waltz Masquerade (2009) and The Nutcracker (2010) on the Company.
The World Premiere of a new work by Wheeldon, set to Benjamin Britten’s Diversions for Piano (left hand) and Orchestra, Op. 21, will be his first creation especially for American Ballet Theatre. ABT previously performed Wheeldon’s VIII in 2004.
The World Premieres by Ratmansky and Wheeldon will be part of an all-repertory program to be given four performances, May 24-26. The program will also include the Revival Premiere of Antony Tudor’s Shadowplay and the U.S. Premiere of Benjamin Millepied’s Troika.
Created by Antony Tudor for The Royal Ballet in 1967, Shadowplay is based on a theme from Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book and set to music by Charles Koechlin. With scenery and costumes by Michael Annals and lighting by Nananne Porcher, Shadowplay received its American Ballet Theatre Company Premiere at the New York State Theater, New York on July 23, l975, performed by Mikhail Baryshnikov (Boy With Matted Hair), Gelsey Kirkland (Celestial) and Jonas Kage (Terrestrial). Shadowplay was last performed by the Company in May 26, 1979 at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York.
Herman Cornejo will dance the role of the Boy With Matted Hair in the Revival Premiere of Shadowplay on May 24, and Daniil Simkin will debut in the role at the matinee on Wednesday, May 25. The ballet is staged for ABT by Christopher Newton.
Benjamin Millepied’s Troika, set to the music of Johann Sebastian Bach’s Suite for Solo Cello No. 2 in D Minor and Suite for Solo Cello No. 3 in C Major, was commissioned by American Ballet Theatre for the Rostropovich Festival in honor of the birthday of the late Mstislav Rostropovich. With costumes by Paul Cox and lighting by Brad Fields, Troika will be given its U.S. Premiere on Tuesday, May 24, performed by Daniil Simkin, Sascha Radetsky and Alexandre Hammoudi. Troika is Millepied’s third work for ABT, and was given its World Premiere on March 29, 2011 in Moscow. His previous works for the Company include From Here On Out (2007) and Everything Doesn’t Happen at Once (2009).
New York Company Premiere
The Bright Stream, a comic ballet in two acts choreographed by Alexei Ratmansky, will be given its New York Company Premiere on Thursday evening, June 9, with Paloma Herrera, Marcelo Gomes, Gillian Murphy and David Hallberg in the leading roles. Set to Dmitri Shostakovich’s The Bright Stream, the ballet features sets by Illya Utkin, costumes by Elena Markovskaya and lighting by Brad Fields. The libretto, by Adrian Piotrovsky and Fyodor Lopukhov, tells the story of the members of a Russian farm collective in the 1930’s and their humorous interactions with a group of visiting performers during the harvest festival. Ratmansky’s The Bright Stream received its World Premiere by the Bolshoi Ballet on April 18, 2003 with sets and costumes by Boris Messerer. The original production of The Bright Stream, with choreography by Lopukhov, was premiered on April 4, 1935 by the Maly Opera and Ballet Theater at the Maly Theatre in Leningrad.
The Bright Stream received its Company Premiere by American Ballet Theatre on January 21, 2011 at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. Tatiana Ratmansky assisted Ratmansky in staging the ballet for ABT.
American Ballet Theatre’s 2011 Spring Season at The Metropolitan Opera House will feature an additional seven full-length ballets during the eight-week engagement.
The Season’s first performance of Don Quixote will be led by Paloma Herrera and Jose Manuel Carreño on Tuesday evening, May 17. Staged by Kevin McKenzie and Susan Jones, with choreography after Marius Petipa and Alexander Gorsky, Don Quixote is set to music by Ludwig Minkus and features scenery and costumes by Santo Loquasto and lighting by Natasha Katz. The McKenzie/Jones staging of the current production was first performed by ABT in June 1995.
Eight performances of Giselle will be given beginning Friday evening, May 27, with Diana Vishneva in the title role dancing opposite Marcelo Gomes as Albrecht. Hee Seo will make her debut in the title role dancing opposite David Hallberg as Albrecht at the matinee on Wednesday, June 1. Set to music by Adolphe Adam and orchestrated by John Lanchbery, Giselle is staged by Kevin McKenzie with choreography after Jean Coralli, Jules Perrot and Marius Petipa. The two-act ballet features scenery by Gianni Quaranta and costumes by Anna Anni. This production, with scenery by Quaranta and costumes by Anni, was created for the film Dancers in 1987.
John Neumeier’s Lady of the Camellias will be given seven performances beginning Friday evening, June 3 with Julie Kent as Marguerite and Roberto Bolle as Armand. Set to music by Frédéric Chopin, Lady of the Camellias was choreographed by Neumeier after the novel by Alexandre Dumas, fils. The ballet features scenery and costumes by Jürgen Rose with original lighting design by Neumeier, reconstructed by Ralf Merkel. Lady of the Camellias was given its World Premiere by the Stuttgart Ballet at the Weurttemberg Staatstheatre, Stuttgart, Germany on November 4, 1978. The ballet received its United States premiere by the Stuttgart Ballet at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, D.C. on May 15, 1979 and was given its Company Premiere by American Ballet Theatre on May 25, 2010 at The Metropolitan Opera House with Julie Kent as Marguerite and Roberto Bolle as Armand. Lady of the Camellias is staged for ABT by Kevin Haigen and Victor Hughes.
Frederic Franklin’s staging of Coppélia will have its Revival Premiere on Thursday evening, June 16, with Xiomara Reyes as Swanilda and Herman Cornejo as Franz. Staged and directed by Franklin after Nicholas Sergeyev and the original staging by Arthur Saint Léon, Coppélia features music by Léo Delibes, scenery by Tony Straiges, costumes by Patricia Zipprodt and lighting by Brad Fields.
Coppélia received its world premiere on May 25, l870 at the Theatre Imperial de l’Opera, Paris, danced by Giuseppina Bozacchi (Swanilda) and Eugenie Fiocre (Franz). It received its American Ballet Theatre Premiere at the Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico City on September 1, l942, with choreography by Simon Semenoff, in one act and three scenes, from the original by Arthur Saint Léon, danced by Irina Baronova (Swanilda) and Anton Dolin (Franz).
A production of the full-length Coppélia, with choreography by Enrique Martinez from the original by Saint-Léon and scenery and costumes by William Pitkin, was given its American Ballet Theatre Premiere at the Brooklyn Academy of Music on December 24, 1968, danced by Carla Fracci (Swanilda) and Erik Bruhn (Franz). A new production with choreography by Enrique Martinez, scenery by Tony Straiges, and costumes by Patricia Zipprodt, received its ABT premiere at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. on January 18, 1991, danced by Cheryl Yeager (Swanilda) and Julio Bocca (Franz). Frederic Franklin’s new staging received its ABT Premiere at the Orange County Performing Arts Center in Costa Mesa, California on February 14, 1997, danced by Paloma Herrera (Swanilda) and Angel Corella (Franz). The ballet was last performed by ABT in 2004.
Gillian Murphy and David Hallberg will lead the Season’s first performance of James Kudelka’s Cinderella on Tuesday evening, June 21. American Ballet Theatre will give seven performances of the ballet through Saturday evening, June 25. Xiomara Reyes will dance opposite Sascha Radetsky in his debut as Her Prince Charming on Wednesday evening, June 22. This production of Cinderella was given its world premiere by The National Ballet of Canada in Toronto, Canada on May 8, 2004. The ballet received its American Ballet Theatre Company Premiere on June 2, 2006 at the Metropolitan Opera House, danced by Julie Kent (Cinderella) and Marcelo Gomes (Her Prince Charming).
Eight performances of Swan Lake, choreographed by Kevin McKenzie after Marius Petipa, will be given beginning Monday, June 27 with Irina Dvorovenko and Maxim Beloserkovsky leading the opening night cast. Swan Lake is set to the score by Peter Ilyitch Tchaikovsky and features scenery and costumes by Zack Brown and lighting by Duane Schuler. This production of Swan Lake premiered on March 24, 2000 at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.
American Ballet Theatre’s final week of its eight-week Metropolitan Opera House Season will feature seven performances of The Sleeping Beauty, July 5-9. Set to a score by Peter Ilyitch Tchaikovsky, The Sleeping Beauty, choreographed after Marius Petipa, has additional choreography and staging by Kevin McKenzie, Gelsey Kirkland and Michael Chernov. The production features scenery by Tony Walton, costumes by Willa Kim with additional costume designs by Holly Hynes, and lighting by Richard Pilbrow and Dawn Chiang. Veronika Part and Marcelo Gomes will lead the Season’s first performance of The Sleeping Beauty on Tuesday evening, July 5. This production of The Sleeping Beauty received its World Premiere at the Metropolitan Opera House on June 1, 2007.
Jose Manuel Carreño Farewell
Principal Dancer Jose Manuel Carreño will give his final New York performance with American Ballet Theatre on Thursday evening, June 30. The evening will be highlighted by a special performance of Swan Lake featuring Carreño in the role of Prince Siegfried dancing opposite Julie Kent as Odette and Gillian Murphy as Odile.
Anniversary Celebrations for Julie Kent and Paloma Herrera
American Ballet Theatre will commemorate milestone anniversaries for Principal Dancers Julie Kent and Paloma Herrera. To celebrate her 25 years with American Ballet Theatre, Kent will dance the role of the Parisian courtesan Marguerite Gautier, opposite Roberto Bolle’s Armand Duval, in John Neumeier’s Lady of the Camellias on Friday evening, June 3. Marking her 20th anniversary with the Company. Herrera will dance the role of Swanilda, the role she originated in this production of Coppélia, on Saturday evening, June 18.
ABTKids, American Ballet Theatre’s annual one-hour introduction to ballet, is scheduled for Saturday morning, May 21 at 11:30 A.M.. All tickets for ABTKids are $25. The ABTKids performance is generously supported through an endowed gift from Thomas and Lydia West, in loving memory of Vivian B. West.
ABTKids Workshop Series
ABTKids Workshop Series, activity-based programs led by ABT Teaching Artists, are available to ABTKids ticket holders only on Saturday, May 21 (9:30 A.M.). A Coppélia Workshop will be held on Saturday, June 18, at 11:00 A.M. and a Cinderella Workshop on Saturday, June 25 at 11:00 A.M. Saturday workshops will be held in the rehearsal studios of the Metropolitan Opera House. Tickets to the workshops are $20 per person. For tickets and more information on ABTKids Workshop series, please call 212-419-4321.
Early Bird 7:30 P.M. Friday Series
American Ballet Theatre introduces a new Early Bird Series with 7:30 P.M. curtain times for all Friday evening performances. Performances Monday through Friday will begin at 7:30 P.M., with Wednesday and Saturday matinees at 2:00 P.M. Saturday evening performances will remain at 8:00 P.M.
Tickets for American Ballet Theatre’s 2011 Spring Season at the Metropolitan Opera House, on sale beginning Sunday, April 3, are available by phone at 212-362-6000, or online at ABT’s website www.abt.org.
The Bright Stream is generously supported through an endowed gift from The Toni and Martin Sosnoff New Works Fund. This production has been made possible with public funds from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Cinderella is generously supported through an endowed gift from Monica, Stefano, Cosima, and Tassilo Corsi. This production has been made possible with public funds from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York State Council on the Arts, a State Agency.
Funding for Coppélia was provided by The Lucia Chase Foundation and The Green Fund, Inc.
Don Quixote is generously supported through an endowed gift from Anka K. Palitz, in memory of Clarence Y. Palitz, Jr.
American Ballet Theatre’s performances of Giselle are generously supported through an endowed gift from Sharon Patrick. ABT gratefully acknowledges Linda Allard as the Leading Costume Sponsor of Giselle.
Lady of the Camellias is generously supported through an endowed gift from The Toni and Martin Sosnoff New Works Fund. This production is generously sponsored through an endowed gift from Ruth and Harold Newman.
Swan Lake has been generously underwritten by The Rosh Foundation. Costumes for Swan Lake are generously sponsored by the Ellen Everett Kimiatek Costume Preservation Trust.
Joan Taub Ades and Alan M. Ades, Adrienne Arsht, Arlene and Harvey Blau, Devon and Peter Briger, Susan and Leonard Feinstein, Edward A. Fox, Lori and Stephen Garofalo, Julia and David H. Koch, Konrad R. Kruger, Jill L. Leinbach, Charlotte and MacDonald Mathey, and Jean and Lawrence Shaw are Co-Underwriters of The Sleeping Beauty. Additional funding provided by the NIB Foundation. Special thanks to Caroline Newhouse. This production has been made possible with public funds from the National Endowment for the Arts.
The works by Alexei Ratmansky, Christopher Wheeldon and Benjamin Millepied are generously supported through an endowed gift from The Toni and Martin Sosnoff New Works Fund. Christopher Wheeldon’s ballet is made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a State Agency. Additional funding for Benjamin Millepied’s ballet has been provided by Michele and Steven Pesner.
Shadowplay is generously supported by a gift from Nancy Zeckendorf.
CA Technologies is a Sponsor of ABT’s Family Initiatives.
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