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Julie Kent in Michel Fokine's Les Sylphides.
Photo:Marty Sohl.



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AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE'S OPENING NIGHT GALA AT CITY CENTER, OCTOBER 20 AT 7 PM, TO SALUTE THE WORKS OF MICHEL FOKINE

 
ALESSANDRA FERRI TO BEGIN 20TH ANNIVERSARY SEASON

 
9/23/2004 - American Ballet Theatre's Opening Night Gala at City Center, Wednesday, October 20 at 7pm, will salute the Company's heritage with a special tribute to legendary choreographer Michel Fokine. The evening will also honor Principal Dancer Alessandra Ferri as she begins her 20th Anniversary season with ABT.

The Gala evening, which opens American Ballet Theatre's three week season, will be chaired by Muffie Potter Aston and Sherrell Aston, Julia and David Koch, Cynthia and Dan Lufkin and Grace and Chris Meigher.

In tribute to one of ABT's founding choreographers, the Company will perform two works by Michel Fokine, Le Spectre de la Rose (Revival Premiere) and the Nocturne from Les Sylphides. The program will also include pas de deux from Swan Lake and Le Corsaire and a complete performance of Jirí Kylián's Sinfonietta.

Principal Dancer Alessandra Ferri will perform Jerome Robbins' Other Dances in a special celebration to kick off her 20th Anniversary season with American Ballet Theatre. Other Dances, set to the music of Frederic Chopin, will be performed by Miss Ferri and Angel Corella for the Opening Night Gala only.

A Gala dinner at New York's Plaza Hotel will immediately follow the performance. Gala benefit tickets, which include prime seats to the performance and the post-performance dinner dance, are priced at $1,500 and $1,000. For Gala benefit ticket information ONLY, please call American Ballet Theatre's Special Events office at 212-477-3030, ext. 3239.

Performance-only tickets for American Ballet Theatre's opening night at City Center are priced at $45 to $125 and are available by calling CityTix at 212-581-1212. City Center is located on West 55th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues in New York City.

American Ballet Theatre's City Center season, which continues through November 7, is sponsored by Countrywide Financial, ABT's National Sponsor, and by Cole Haan, a leading benefactor. Graff Jewelers is the 2004 season sponsor of ABT at NY City Center. ABT's 2004 NY City Center 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.