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CASTING ANNOUNCED FOR FIRST TWO WEEKS OF AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE’S 2003 SPRING SEASON AT METROPOLITAN OPERA HOUSE

 
World Premiere of HereAfter Scheduled for Friday, May 16 at 8 P.M.

 
4/25/2003 - Casting for the first two weeks of American Ballet Theatre spring season at the Metropolitan Opera House was announced today by Kevin McKenzie, Artistic Director.

American Ballet Theatre’s spring season opens Monday, May 5 with a special opening night gala featuring ABT’s Principal Dancers. The program includes classical highlights from the season’s ballets and a performance of Within You Without You: A Tribute to George Harrison.

The first two weeks of the season will be highlighted by the World Premiere of HereAfter on Friday evening, May 16 featuring Julie Kent, Ethan Stiefel, Ashley Tuttle and Angel Corella in the leading roles. Choreographed by Stanton Welch and Natalie Weir, HereAfter will include 120 members of the New York Choral Society performing on stage. Set to John Adams’ Harmonium and Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana, HereAfter features scenery and costumes by Santo Loquasto and lighting by Brian MacDevitt. Xiomara Reyes and Julio Bocca will dance the leading roles (Carmina Burana) in HereAfter at the Saturday, May 17 matinee. The ballet will be given seven performances through May 22.

On Saturday evening, May 10, Principal Guest Artist Alina Cojocaru will make her debut with American Ballet Theatre in the role of Nikiya in La Bayadère. A principal dancer with the Royal Ballet in London, Ms. Cojocaru will dance opposite Angel Corella as Solor on the evenings of May 10 and May 12. Other role debuts in La Bayadère include Carlos Lopez as the Bronze Idol at the Saturday, May 10 matinee and Stella Abrera as Gamzatti on Saturday evening, May 10.

The first of two repertory programs will be performed May 6 through May 8. The program will include Antony Tudor’s Offenbach in the Underworld, Stanton Welch’s Clear, Within You Without You and the Diana and Acteon Pas de Deux. On Wednesday evening, May 7, John Gardner, guest artist and former ABT Soloist, will perform the pas de deux from Tudor’s The Leaves Are Fading with Amanda McKerrow.

American Ballet Theatre’s 2003 Metropolitan Opera House season is sponsored by UBS, ABT’s National Presenting Sponsor, and Movado Watch Company, a leading benefactor. ABT’s spring season is 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 production of HereAfter has been made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional funding for this production has been provided by the Altria Group. Clear was generously funded by The Carl and Marsha Hewitt Foundation.

Tickets for American Ballet Theatre’s 2003 spring season are on sale at the Metropolitan Opera House box office or by calling 212-362-6000. For more information, visit ABT’s website at www.abt.org.

Casting subject to change.

AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE
Metropolitan Opera House - Spring, 2003


FIRST WEEK

Mon. Eve., May 5, 6:30 P.M. - OPENING NIGHT GALA

LA BAYADÈRE, (Pas D’Action) – Dvorovenko, Stiefel
THE LEAVES ARE FADING Pas de Deux (adagio only) – McKerrow, Gardner
ESMERALDA Pas de Deux – Herrera, Gomes
HEREAFTER Carmina Burana (Estuans Interius) – Corella
DIANA AND ACTEON (pas de deux and coda only) – Murphy, Carreño
DON QUIXOTE Grand Pas de Deux, Act III – Ananiashvili, Tuttle, Reyes, Bocca
SWAN LAKE, (Act I Waltz) – Belotserkovsky
WITHIN YOU WTHOUT YOU: A TRIBUTE TO GEORGE HARRISON – Corella, Kent, Stiefel, H. Cornejo, Reyes, Wiles, E. Cornejo, Tanatanit, Part, De Luz, Molina, Salstein, Reed, Hallberg, Stiefel, Murphy

Tues. Eve., May 6, 8 P.M. - REPERTORY PROGRAM I
OFFENBACH IN THE UNDERWORLD – Ananiashvili, E. Brown, Abrera, Gomes, Reyes, Lopez
CLEAR – Kent, Corella
DIANA AND ACTEON Pas de Deux – Murphy, Stiefel
WITHIN YOU WITHOUT YOU: A TRIBUTE TO GEORGE HARRISON - Company

Wed. Mat., May 7, 2 P.M. - REPERTORY PROGRAM I
OFFENBACH IN THE UNDERWORLD – Dvorovenko, Saveliev, Abrera, Gomes,
E. Cornejo, Radetsky
CLEAR – Kent, Corella
DIANA AND ACTEON Pas de Deux – Herrera, Carreño
WITHIN YOU WITHOUT YOU: A TRIBUTE TO GEORGE HARRISON - Company

Wed. Eve., May 7, 8 P.M. - REPERTORY PROGRAM I


OFFENBACH IN THE UNDERWORLD – Ananiashvili, E. Brown, Riccetto, Molina, Reyes, Lopez
CLEAR – Murphy, Gomes
THE LEAVES ARE FADING Pas de Deux – McKerrow, Gardner
WITHIN YOU WITHOUT YOU: A TRIBUTE TO GEORGE HARRISON – Company

Thurs. Eve., May 8, 8 P.M. - REPERTORY PROGRAM I
OFFENBACH IN THE UNDERWORLD – Dvorovenko, Saveliev, Meunier*, Molina, E. Cornejo, Radetsky
CLEAR – Murphy, Gomes
DIANA AND ACTEON Pas de Deux – Herrera, Carreño
WITHIN YOU WITHOUT YOU: A TRIBUTE TO GEORGE HARRISON - Company

Fri. Eve., May 9, 8 P.M. LA BAYADÈRE – Kent, Stiefel, Dvorovenko, H. Cornejo


Sat. Mat., May 10, 2 P.M. LA BAYADÈRE – Ananiashvili, Bocca, Murphy, Lopez*


Sat. Eve., May 10, 8 P.M. LA BAYADÈRE – Cojocaru+, Corella, Abrera*, De Luz

SECOND WEEK


Mon. Eve., May 12, 8 P.M. LA BAYADÈRE – Cojocaru, Corella, Abrera .

Tues. Eve., May 13, 8 P.M. LA BAYADÈRE – Herrera, Carreño, Wiles

Wed. Mat., May 14, 2 P.M. LA BAYADÈRE – Kent, Stiefel, Dvorovenko

Wed. Eve., May 14, 8 P.M. LA BAYADÈRE – Ananiashvili, Bocca, Murphy

Thurs. Eve., May 15, 8 P.M. LA BAYADÈRE – Herrera, Carreño, Wiles

Fri. Eve., May 16, 8 P.M. HEREAFTER (World Premiere)

Harmonium – Stiefel, Kent, TBA, Gomes;
Carmina Burana – Corella, Tuttle, TBA, Kent, De Luz, H. Cornejo

Sat. Mat., May 17, 2 P.M. HEREAFTER
Harmonium – Corella*, TBA, TBA, TBA;
Carmina Burana – Bocca*, Reyes*, TBA, TBA, Carreño*, Gomes*

Sat. Eve., May 17, 8 P.M. HEREAFTER

Harmonium – Stiefel, Kent, TBA, Gomes;
Carmina Burana – Corella, Tuttle, TBA, Kent, De Luz, H. Cornejo

*Editors please note: first time in a role:
Thurs. Eve., 5/8 – Meunier (Queen of the Carriage Trade) in Offenbach in the Underworld
Sat. Mat., 5/10 – Lopez (Bronze Idol) in La Bayadère
Sat. Eve., 5/10 – Abrera (Gamzatti) in La Bayadère
Sat. Mat., 5/17 – HereAfter Corella in Harmonium; Bocca, Reyes Carreño, Gomes in Carmina Burana

+Editors please note: first time in a role with ABT:
Sat. Eve., 5/10 – Cojocaru (Nikiya) in La Bayadère