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29.03.2011

The ABT tour program covers approximately the same — perhaps an even longer — period in this famous Company’s history. It includes 4 one-act ballets. Winding up the tour will be the veteran-opus Fancy Free (1944), the first and very famous, almost of Broadway stature, ballet by Jerome Robbins, created by him in close cooperation with the equally young — and then too little known — composer Leonard Bernstein (their cooperation would continue and resulted in the all-time masterpiece Westside Story). ABT will present another veteran-opus — Theme and Variations to music by Pyotr Ilych Tchaikovsky, created in 1947 by Balanchine for New York City Ballet, the other ‘top’ American ballet company of which he was the founder. True, the present ABT production, born of a wish to demonstrate its skill at interpreting Russian emigre Balanchine’s choreography, is much younger — 1986.
But the main attraction of the evening for a real balletomane will be the world premiere of Troika and the Russian premiere of Seven Sonatas. Troika (2011) is seen by its creator, Benjamin Millepied (he was the choreographer of the recent Oscar winning Black Swan), as a personal ‘homage’ to maestro Rostropovich. In bringing Seven Sonatas to Moscow, ABT gives our audiences a chance to see what sort of ballets Alexei Ratmansky, now ABT resident choreographer, is producing on ‘other shores’.

Cast
Theme and Variations — Gillian Murphy, Cory Stearns (March 29);
Isabella Boylston, David Hallberg (March 30);
Sarah Lane, Herman Cornejo (March 31)

Troika — Daniil Simkin, Sascha Radetsky, Alexandre Hammoudi (March 29);
Jared Matthews, Blaine Hoven, Thomas Forster (March 30);
Daniil Simkin, Sascha Radetsky, Alexandre Hammoudi (March 31)

Seven Sonatas — Julie Kent, Xiomara Reyes, Stella Abrera,
David Hallberg, Herman Cornejo,Gennadi Saveliev (March 29);

Christine Shevchenko, Sarah Lane, Yuriko Kajiya,
Alexandre Hammoudi, Joseph Phillips, Carlos Lopez (March 30);

Julie Kent, Xiomara Reyes, Stella Abrera,
David Hallberg, Joseph Phillips, Gennadi Saveliev (March 31)

Fancy Free — Craig Salstein, Carlos Lopez, Marcelo Gomes,
Maria Riccetto, Isabella Boylston (March 29);

Herman Cornejo, Sascha Radetsky, Jose Manuel Carreno,
Kristi Boone, Gillian Murphy (March 30);

Craig Salstein, Carlos Lopez, Marcelo Gomes,
Maria Riccetto, Isabella Boylston (March 31)

 

 
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