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Julie Kent and Ethan Stiefel in Jerome Robbins' Afternoon of a Faun
Photo:Marty Sohl.



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CASTING ANNOUNCED FOR FIRST TWO WEEKS OF AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE’S 2005 FALL SEASON AT NEW YORK CITY CENTER

 
9/30/2005 - Casting for the first two weeks of American Ballet Theatre’s 2005 season at New York City Center, October 19 through November 6, was announced today by Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie.

American Ballet Theatre’s Fall 2005 season will kick off with an Opening Night gala performance highlighted by the Company Premiere of Jerome Robbins’ Afternoon of a Faun, danced by Julie Kent and Ethan Stiefel, the Revival Premiere of Agnes de Mille’s Rodeo, led by Erica Cornejo, Craig Salstein and Isaac Stappas, and a performance of Mark Morris’ Gong. The program will also include the pas de deux from Paquita, performed by Irina Dvorovenko and Maxim Beloserkovsky, and excerpts from Kirk Peterson’s The Howling Cat, with Paloma Herrera and Jose Manuel Carreño.

The World Premiere of Peter Quanz’s Kaleidoscope on Thursday, October 20, led by Gillian Murphy, Ethan Stiefel, Veronika Part and Maxim Beloserkovsky, will highlight the first week of ABT’s Fall season at New York City Center. Xiomara Reyes and Herman Cornejo will debut in the leading roles at the evening performance on Saturday, October 22. The Friday, October 21 performance will include the Company Premiere of Kurt Jooss’ The Green Table (A Dance of Death in Eight Scenes), featuring David Hallberg in the role of Death, and the Revival Premiere of George Balanchine’s Apollo, led by Jose Manuel Carreño, Julie Kent, Stella Abrera and Irina Dvorovenko. Paloma Herrera, Maria Riccetto and Gillian Murphy will debut in Apollo at the matinee on Sunday, October 23, with Ethan Stiefel dancing the title role. The matinee on Saturday, October 22 will feature debuts by Stella Abrera and David Hallberg in Afternoon of a Faun and by Xiomara Reyes and Jared Matthews in Rodeo.

The season’s second week will be highlighted by the Revival Premiere of Antony Tudor’s Dark Elegies on Wednesday, October 23, led by Michele Wiles, Julie Kent, Grant DeLong, Sascha Radetsky, Adrienne Schulte and Jesus Pastor. At the matinee on Sunday, October 30, Kristi Boone, Simone Messmer, Isaac Stappas, Jared Matthews, Sarawanee Tanatanit and Carlos Lopez will dance the leading roles for the first time. The matinee on Saturday, October 29, will feature debuts by Julie Kent and David Hallberg in Kaleidoscope and by Isaac Stappas as Death in The Green Table. Other debuts for the week include Veronika Part, Melanie Hamrick and Michele Wiles in Apollo on Thursday, October 27, and Irina Dvorovenko, Melanie Hamrick and Veronika Part in Les Sylphides on Friday, October 28.

Countrywide Financial is the National Sponsor of American Ballet Theatre and Cole Haan is a Leading Benefactor. Graff is the 2005 City Center Season Sponsor. ABT’s 2005 City Center season is also made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts. American Ballet Theatre’s Opening Night Gala is generously underwritten by Malo and Superfund Asset Management, Inc., with additional support from Lee Angel Jewelry.

Tickets for American Ballet Theatre’s 2005 Fall season at New York City Center are priced from $35 to $80 and are on sale now at the New York City Center box office, online at www.nycitycenter.org or by calling CityTix at 212-581-1212. Discounts are available for packages of three or more performances. City Center is located at West 55th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues in New York City.

Complete casting follows:

FIRST WEEK
Wed. Eve., Oct.19, 7:00 P.M. OPENING NIGHT GALA
AFTERNOON OF A FAUN (COMPANY PREMIERE) – Kent, Stiefel
PAQUITA Pas de Deux – Dvorovenko, Beloserkovsky
THE HOWLING CAT Excerpts (COMPANY PREMIERE) - Herrera, Carreño
GONG – Company
RODEO (REVIVAL PREMIERE) – E. Cornejo, Salstein*, Stappas*
Thur. Eve., Oct. 20, 7:30 P.M LES SYLPHIDES– Abrera, Hallberg, E. Cornejo, Riccetto
AFTERNOON OF A FAUN – Kent, Stiefel
PAQUITA Pas de Deux – Herrera*, Carreño*
KALEIDOSCOPE (WORLD PREMIERE) – Murphy, Stiefel, Part, Beloserkovsky
Fri. Eve., Oct. 21, 8:00 P.M. APOLLO– Carreno, Kent, Abrera*, Dvorovenko*
GONG – Company
THE GREEN TABLE (COMPANY PREMIERE) – Hallberg
Sat. Mat., Oct. 22, 2:00 P.M. LES SYLPHIDES– Riccetto, Saveliev, Kajiya, Fang
AFTERNOON OF A FAUN – Abrera*, Hallberg*
PAQUITA Pas de Deux – Dvorovenko, Beloserkovsky
RODEO – Reyes*, Radetsky, Matthews*
Sat. Eve., Oct. 22, 8:00 P.M. KALEIDOSCOPE – Reyes*, H. Cornejo*, Part, Beloserkovsky
GONG - Company
RODEO – E. Cornejo, Salstein, Stappas
Sun. Mat., Oct. 23, 2:00 P.M. GONG - Company
APOLLO – Stiefel, Herrera*, Riccetto*, Murphy*
RODEO – Reyes, Radetsky, Matthews
SECOND WEEK
Tues. Eve., Oct. 25, 7:30 P.M. APOLLO – Carreño, Kent, Abrera, Dvorovenko
GONG - Company
THE GREEN TABLE – Hallberg
Wed. Eve., Oct. 16, 7:30 P.M. KALEIDOSCOPE – Reyes, H. Cornejo, Part, Beloserkovsky
DARK ELEGIES – Wiles*, Kent*, DeLong*, Radetsky*, Schulte*, Pastor*
IN THE UPPER ROOM - Company
Thur. Eve., Oct. 27, 7:30 P.M APOLLO – Beloserkovsky, Part*, Hamrick*, Wiles*
TCHAIKOVSKY PAS DE DEUX – Reyes, Corella
PAQUITA Pas de Deux – Dvorovenko, Carreño
RODEO – E. Cornejo, Salstein, Stappas
Fri. Eve., Oct. 28, 8:00 P.M. LES SYLPHIDES – Dvorovenko*, Beloserkovsky, Hamrick*, Part*
DARK ELEGIES – Wiles, Kent, DeLong, Radetsky, Schulte, Pastor
IN THE UPPER ROOM - Company
Sat. Mat., Oct. 29, 2:00 P.M. KALEIDOSCOPE – Murphy, Stiefel, Kent*, Hallberg*
GONG - Company
THE GREEN TABLE – Stappas*
Sat. Eve., Oct. 29, 8:00 P.M. LES SYLPHIDES – Dvorovenko, Beloserkovsky, Hamrick, Part
AFTERNOON OF A FAUN – Abrera, Hallberg
LE CORSAIRE Pas de Deux – Herrera, Corella
IN THE UPPER ROOM - Company
Sun. Mat., Oct. 30, 2:00 P.M. LES SYLPHIDES – Abrera, Hallberg, E. Cornejo, Riccetto
DARK ELEGIES – Boone*, Messmer*, Stappas*, Matthews*, Tanatanit*, Lopez*
THE GREEN TABLE – Stappas



*Please note: First time in a role:

Wed. Eve., Oct. 19 – Dvorovenko, Beloserkovsky in Paquita Pas de Deux; Salstein (Champion Roper), Stappas (Head Wrangler) in Rodeo
Thurs. Eve., Oct. 20 – Herrera, Carreño in Paquita Pas de Deux
Fri. Eve., Oct. 21 – Abrera (Calliope), Dvorovenko (Polyhymnia) in Apollo
Sat. Mat., Oct 22 – Abrera, Hallberg in Afternoon of a Faun; Reyes, Matthews (Head Wrangler) in Rodeo
Sat. Eve., Oct. 22 – Reyes, H. Cornejo in Kaleidoscope
Sun. Mat., Oct 23 – Herrera (Terpsichore), Riccetto (Calliope), Murphy (Polyhymnia) in Apollo
Wed. Eve., Oct. 26 – Wiles, Kent, DeLong, Radetsky, Schulte, Pastor in Dark Elegies
Thurs. Eve., Oct. 27 – Part (Terpsichore), Hamrick (Calliope), Wiles (Polyhymnia) in Apollo
Fri. Eve., Oct. 28 – Dvorovenko, Hamrick, Part in Les Sylphides
Sat. Mat., Oct. 29 – Kent, Hallberg in Kaleidoscope; Stappas in The Green Table
Sun. Mat., Oct. 30 – Boone, Messmer, Stappas, Matthews, Tanatanit, Lopez in Dark Elegies