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June 25, 2012

ABT to Present Three-Part World Premiere Ballet by Alexei Ratmansky Set to Shostakovich Symphonies

New Work Set to Shostakovich's Symphony No. 9 to Premiere
Thursday, October 18 at New York City Center

Second and Third Works to Premiere
Spring 2013 at the Metropolitan Opera House

Alexei Ratmansky. Photo: Fabrizio Ferri.

American Ballet Theatre will premiere the first of a three-part work, choreographed by Artist in Residence Alexei Ratmansky and set to symphonies by Dmitri Shostakovich, during its Fall 2012 season at New York City Center, it was announced today by Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie. The first work, set to Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 9, will have its World Premiere on Thursday,
October 18. The second and third works, set to Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 1 and Chamber Symphony for Strings (Op. 110a) respectively, will receive their World Premieres during the Company’s 2013 Spring season at the Metropolitan Opera House. The complete trio of works will be presented as a full evening of one-act ballets during the Spring season.

Ratmansky’s World Premiere Shostakovich works will feature sets by George Tsypin and costumes by Keso Dekker. Tsypin previously designed the sets for ABT’s production of Othello, choreographed by Lar Lubovitch in 1997. Dekker designed Ratmansky’s Souvenir dƒÅ‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢un Lieu Cher celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Dutch National Ballet in March of this year.

American Ballet Theatre performs at New York City Center
October 16-20, 2012. Repertory and ticket information to be announced.

David H. Koch is the Lead Underwriter of the World Premiere Shostakovich works. The World Premiere works are generously supported through an endowed gift from The Toni and Martin Sosnoff New Works Fund. Mary Jo and Ted Shen are Lead Sponsors of the World Premiere at New York City Center. Support for the World Premiere Shostakovich works has been generously provided by Michele and Steven Pesner and Mary Jo and Ted Shen.

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