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ABT News

May 21, 2007

ON MAY 23, 31 AND JUNE 19, 2007

Performances include Lar Lubovitch's Othello,
Frederick Ashton's The Dream and
Kenneth MacMillan's Romeo and Juliet

American Ballet Theatre’s Spring season at the Metropolitan Opera House continues with performances of ballets adapted from William Shakespeare’s masterpieces, Othello, May 22-24, The Dream, based on “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” May 25-May 31*, and Romeo and Juliet, June 18-23. ABT’s Shakespeare Festival includes performances of these three works, along with pre-performance talks featuring Principal Dancers from each of the ballets.

ABT’s pre-performance talks on Wednesday, May 23, Thursday, May 31 and Tuesday, June 19, begin at 6:30pm in List Hall at the Metropolitan Opera House. Admission to the talks is $20 and open to all ticket-holders of these performances. Moderated by noted dance writers, the talks offer audience members a deeper understanding how the world’s most famous playwright has inspired the world of dance.

The schedule for ABT’s pre-performance talks is as follows:

Wednesday, May 23 at 6:30pm
Featuring Principal Dancers Julie Kent, Marcelo Gomes and

Choreographer Lar Lubovitch
Moderator Anna Kisselgoff

The Dream
Thursday, May 31 at 6:30pm
Featuring Principal Dancers Gillian Murphy and Ethan Stiefel
Moderator David Vaughan

Romeo and Juliet
Tuesday, June 19 at 6:30pm
Featuring Principal Dancer Alessandra Ferri

Moderator Wendy Perron

American Ballet Theatre’s Shakespeare Festival is generously supported by the Audrey Love Charitable Foundation. Performance tickets for the Festival, priced from $24-$110, are available in-person at the Metropolitan Opera House box office, by phone at 212-362-6000 and online.

*Program includes performance of George Balanchine’s Symphonie Concertante.

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