ABT 2017 Spring Season. American Ballet Theatre.
At The Metropolitan Opera House. New York.
May 15 – July 8, 2017
ABT 2017 Spring Season Repertory:
A NEW YORK PREMIERE “WHIPPED CREAM”
A dollop of delightful whimsy, this thoroughly inventive full-length premiere springs from the imagination of Artist in Residence Alexei Ratmansky and pop surrealist visionary, Mark Ryden. In this fantastical confection, a young boy overindulges at a Viennese pastry shop, and falls into a delirium. To help the boy escape from his attending physician, the boy dreams of his triumphant rescue by Princess Praline and her court, replete with Princess Tea Flower, Prince Coffee as well as marching Marzipan, concluding in a festive celebration! As light as meringue, Richard Strauss’ score is the perfect inspiration for this all-new production destined to delight ballet fans of all ages.
A brand-new work specially created for American Ballet Theatre by resident artist Alexei Ratmansky, Whipped Cream makes its deliciously sweet mark in New York this coming May ! Set to the music of Richard Strauss‘ Schlagobers (originally created in 1924 for the Vienna State Opera), and designed by Mark Ryden, the world premiere will take place in Los Angeles in March before residing for a limited period at Metropolitan Opera House. A must-see for dances fans with a sweet tooth who didn’t quite get their fill of the Nutcracker ballet, this candied confection will put a spring in your step in 2017!
Pop Surrealist artist Mark Ryden takes us into a world of over-indulgence, as a young boy starts fantasising about a dream world following a surfeit of cake whilst visiting a Viennese patisserie. Whilst his physician prescribes drastic measures to snap him out of his reverie, the boy escapes with the help of the lovely Princess Praline and her court, together with Princess Tea Flower, Prince Coffee and marching Marzipan, all winding up in a truly colorful and sweet celebration!
New York Premiere of Alexei Ratmansky’s Whipped Cream and the Company Premiere of Ratmansky’s Souvenir d’un lieu cher, it was announced today by Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie.
Guest Artist Alessandra Ferri will perform the role of Tatiana in Onegin on Wednesday evening, June 21 and Saturday evening, June 24. Principal Dancer Diana Vishneva will give her American Ballet Theatre farewell performance in the same role on Friday evening, June 23.
Principal Dancers for the 2017 Metropolitan Opera House season include Stella Abrera, Roberto Bolle, Isabella Boylston, Jeffrey Cirio, Misty Copeland, Herman Cornejo, Marcelo Gomes, Maria Kochetkova, Alban Lendorf, Gillian Murphy, Veronika Part, Hee Seo, Daniil Simkin, Cory Stearns, Diana Vishneva and James Whiteside.
Set to Tchaikovsky’s glorious score, this romantic tale of love and forgiveness is often considered the world’s most beloved ballet. With breathtaking choreography, lavish costumes and visually spectacular sets evoking a lakeside Renaissance court, ABT’s production “glides to the forefront of stagings all over the world. The fabled lake of the swans has risen into view, inspiring awe for its mystery and magic.” (The Wall Street Journal)
Eight performances of Swan Lake, choreographed by Kevin McKenzie after Marius Petipa, will be given beginning Monday, June 12 with Isabella Boylston and Alban Lendorf 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. with Julie Kent (Odette-Odile), Angel Corella (Prince Siegfried) and Marcelo Gomes (von Rothbart)
The epitome of Romantic ballet, Giselle is a poignant tale of unrequited love, remorse, and forgiveness. The role of Giselle, often described as the Hamlet of the ballet world, requires an exquisite stylist with daring dramatic and technical skills. ABT’s unrivalled roster of international ballet stars brings Giselle’s mystery and ethereal beauty vividly to life in this universally acclaimed production.
The stage explodes with one show-stopping performance after another in this feast of choreographic fireworks. Celebrated knight Don Quixote and his devoted squire, Sancho Panza, are positively heroic when it comes to aiding the spirited maiden Kitri and her charming amour in Cervantes’ delightful comedy.
Discover a treasure trove of virtuoso dancing in the swashbuckling adventure, Le Corsaire. From the Pasha’s dazzling palace to a spectacular shipwreck on a windswept desert island, this exotic fable of a dashing pirate’s love for a beautiful harem girl never fails to delight. Le Corsaire is the perfect showcase for daring and explosive bravura from ABT’s star-studded roster of male dancers.
Pushkin’s great 19th-century verse-novel, Eugene Onegin, is interpreted with flawless storytelling skill by John Cranko. With a wealth of magical moments, this compelling tale features an unusual twist of double unrequited love – while the high-handed Onegin at first spurns the young, naive Tatiana, she blooms to become a sophisticated St. Petersburg aristocrat who, in turn, rejects his subsequent advances in a a final crushing blow. Tchaikovsky’s vivid music brings alive the world of Imperial Russia with beauty, drama and passion in this new production.
John Cranko’s Onegin will be given eight performances during the Company’s Spring season beginning on Monday, June 19 with Diana Vishneva as Tatiana and Marcelo Gomes as Eugene Onegin. Set to music by Peter Ilyitch Tchaikovsky, arranged and orchestrated by Kurt-Heinz Stolze, Onegin is based on the verse-novel Eugene Onegin by Alexander Pushkin. Onegin received its World Premiere on April 13, 1965 by the Stuttgart Ballet in Stuttgart, Germany. The ballet received its Company Premiere by American Ballet Theatre on June 1, 2001 at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York with Julie Kent (Tatiana), Robert Hill (Onegin), Vladimir Malakhov (Lensky) and Maria
Riccetto (Olga). This new production, with sets and costumes by Santo Loquasto and lighting by James F. Ingalls, was premiered by the National Ballet of Canada onJune 19, 2010 at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, Toronto, Canada and was first performed by ABT on June 4, 2012 at the Metropolitan Opera House. Le Corsaire is staged for ABT by Reid Anderson and Jane Bourne.
The Golden Cockerel
Based on Alexandre Pushkin’s folktale, The Golden Cockerel was the hit of Diaghilev’s Ballet Russes season in 1914. Alexei Ratmansky creates rich characters for the seductive Queen, a marvelously gullible King and the darkly magical cockerel – all set against a kaleidoscope of vibrant color that evoke a mythical Russia.
ABT presents a sparkling showcase of breathtaking athleticism and lyrical beauty in works inspired by Peter Ilyitch Tchaikovsky’s genius, including the Company Premiere of Alexei Ratmansky’s Souvenir d’un lieu cher, George Balanchine’s Mozartiana and Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux, Marcelo Gomes’ AfterEffect and Ratmansky’s The Nutcracker pas de deux and Aurora’s Wedding from The Sleeping Beauty.
The Company Premiere of Alexei Ratmansky’s Souvenir d’un leiu cher will be part of a Tchaikovsky Spectacular program beginning Monday evening, July 3. Souvenir d’un leiu cher is set to music of the same name by Peter Ilyitch Tchaikovsky, orchestrated by Alexander Glazunov. Featuring sets and costumes by Keso Dekker with lighting by James F. Ingalls, the ballet for four dancers received its World Premiere by Het National Ballet on February 16, 2012 in Amsterdam. Souvenir d’un lieu cher will be presented on alternating programs with George Balanchine’s Mozartiana and Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux, Marcelo Gomes’AfterEffect and Ratmansky’s Nutcracker Pas de Deux and Aurora’s Wedding. Aurora’s Wedding, Act III of Ratmansky’s staging of The Sleeping Beauty with choreography by Marius Petipa, will the omit the Hop ‘o my Thumb and Cinderella dances and add The Porcelain Trio and Three Ivans, divertissements originally choreographed by Bronislava Nijinska. Set to music from The Nutcracker, both divertissements were created for Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes staging of The Sleeping Princess in 1921. Three Ivans was first presented by Ballet Theatre as part of Princess Aurora (a suite of divertissements from The Sleeping Beauty) in 1941. Performances of the Tchaikovsky Spectacular run through July 8.
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