August 24, 2009
ABT TO MAKE HISTORIC VISIT TO BEIJING,
NOVEMBER 12-15, 2009
Engagement Marks First Performances by
American Ballet Company at
National Centre for the Performing Arts
American Ballet Theatre will give six performances in Beijing, China, November 12-15, 2009, it was announced today by Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie. The tour represents ABT’s first visit to China’s capital city and the first performances by an American ballet company at the recently constructed National Centre for the Performing Arts, also known as The Egg.
American Ballet Theatre’s Beijing engagement includes four performances of the full-length ballet Don Quixote, staged by Kevin McKenzie and Susan Jones, with choreography after Marius Petipa and Alexander Gorsky. Two repertory programs of works from the Company’s Avery Fisher Hall season (October 7-10) will also be presented. Ballets on the repertory program include works by Aszure Barton, Benjamin Millepied and ABT Artist in Residence Alexei Ratmansky.
American Ballet Theatre previously performed in Hong Kong and Shanghai in 2000.