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Isabella Boylston and Isaac Stappas in Clark Tippet's Some Assembly Required.
Photo:Katsuyoshi Tanaka.



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CASTING ANNOUNCED FOR
AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE'S FALL SEASON AT
AVERY FISHER HALL, OCTOBER 7-10, 2009

 
Opening Night to be Highlighted by
the New York City Premieres of New Works by
Alexei Ratmansky, Aszure Barton and Benjamin Millepied

 
9/14/2009 - Casting for American Ballet Theatre's 2009 Fall Season at Avery Fisher Hall was announced today by Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie. The engagement marks the Company's first appearance at Avery Fisher Hall.

The Opening Night Gala performance at 6:30 P.M. will feature the debut of David Hallberg in a new work by Alexei Ratmansky. The six-member opening night ensemble also includes Julie Kent, Xiomara Reyes, Stella Abrera, Herman Cornejo and Gennadi Saveliev. Set to Domenico Scarlatti's Keyboard Sonatas, the new Ratmansky ballet will receive its World Premiere at the Richard B. Fisher Center's Sosnoff Theater at Bard College, Annandale-On-Hudson, New York on October 2, 2009. Costumes for Ratmansky's new work are by Holly Hynes and lighting is by Brad Fields.

A new work by Aszure Barton, set to Maurice Ravel's Violin Sonata in G, will also receive its New York City premiere on Opening Night, October 7. The new Barton ballet features costumes by Yannik Larivée and lighting by Brad Fields.

Isabella Boylston and Marcelo Gomes will lead the opening night cast of the New York City Premiere of a new work by Benjamin Millepied. Set to music by composer David Lang, the new ballet features costumes by Karen Young and lighting by Brad Fields. The new ballets by Aszure Barton and Benjamin Millepied will receive their World Premieres at the Richard B. Fisher Center's Sosnoff Theater at Bard College, Annandale-On-Hudson, New York on October 2, 2009.

American Ballet Theatre's Opening Night will also feature a performance by Veronika Part in Michel Fokine's The Dying Swan. Set to music from Charles Camille Saint-Saens' Carnival of the Animals, The Dying Swan was created by Fokine for Anna Pavlova and given its World Premiere in 1905 in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Isabella Boylston and Isaac Stappas will make their New York City debuts in the Revival Premiere of Clark Tippet's Some Assembly Required at the Friday, October 9 matinee, at 2:00 P.M. Maria Riccetto and Jared Matthews will make their New York City debuts in the roles on Saturday evening, October 10.

Superfund Asset Management, Inc. is the sponsor of American Ballet Theatre's Fall Gala at Avery Fisher Hall. Saks Fifth Avenue is the Leading Corporate Sponsor of American Ballet Theatre's Costume Fund. J.P. Morgan is the leading corporate sponsor of Make a Ballet. American Airlines is the Official Airline of American Ballet Theatre. Northern Trust is the leading underwriter of the Jacqueline Kennedy Onnasis School at American Ballet Theatre. The 2009 Fall Season is also made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. ABT acknowledges The Toni and Martin Sosnoff New Works Fund for its generous support of the 2009 Avery Fisher Hall season.

Tickets for American Ballet Theatre's Fall season at Avery Fisher Hall, priced $20-$135, are available at Avery Fisher Hall's box office at 212-721-6500. Avery Fisher Hall is located at the northern end of the Lincoln Center Plaza, at the corner of Broadway and 65th Street. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit www.abt.org.

Complete casting follows:

Wed. Eve., Oct. 7, 6:30 P.M. GALA PROGRAM
NEW RATMANSKY (New York City Premiere) - Kent, Reyes, Abrera, Hallberg*, Cornejo, Saveliev
NEW BARTON (New York City Premiere) - Company
THE DYING SWAN - Part
NEW MILLEPIED (New York City Premiere) - Boylston, Gomes
Thurs. Eve., Oct 8. , 7:30 P.M NEW RATMANSKY - Seo+, Lane+, Kajiya+, Matthews+, Phillips+, Lopez+
NEW BARTON - Company
OTHER DANCES - TBA
NEW MILLEPIED - Boylston, Gomes
Fri.. Mat., Oct. 9, 2 P.M. NEW RATMANSKY - Shevchenko*, Reyes, Abrera, Hammoudi+, Cornejo, Saveliev
NEW BARTON - Company
SOME ASSEMBLY REQUIRED - Boylston+, Stappas+
NEW MILLEPIED - Abrera+, Stearns+
Fri. Eve., Oct. 9, 8 P.M. NEW RATMANSKY - Kent, Reyes, Abrera, Hallberg, Cornejo, Saveliev
OTHER DANCES - TBA
SOME ASSEMBLY REQUIRED - Boylston, Stappas
NEW MILLEPIED - Abrera, Stearns
Sat. Mat., Oct. 10, 2 P.M. NEW RATMANSKY - Seo, Lane, Kajiya, Matthews, Phillips, Lopez
NEW BARTON - Company
OTHER DANCES - TBA
NEW MILLEPIED - Boylston, Gomes
Sat. Eve., Oct. 10, 8 P.M. NEW RATMANSKY - Kent, Reyes, Abrera, Hallberg, Cornejo, Saveliev
NEW BARTON - Company
SOME ASSEMBLY REQUIRED - Riccetto+, Matthews+
NEW MILLEPIED - Boylston, Gomes


*Editors please note first time in a role:
Wed. Eve., Oct. 7 - Hallberg in New Ratmansky
Fri. Mat., Oct. 9 - Shevchenko in New Ratmansky

+Editors please note first time in a role in New York City:
Thurs. Oct. 8 - Seo, Lane, Kajiya, Matthews, Phillips, Lopez in New Ratmansky;
Fri. Mat., Oct 9 - Hammoudi in New Ratmansky; Boylston, Stappas in Some Assembly Required; Abrera, Stearns in New Millepied
Sat. Eve., Oct. 10 - Riccetto, Matthews in Some Assembly Required