June 25, 2002
AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE TO VISIT FIVE CITIES DURING TWO-WEEK TOUR OF JAPAN, SEPTEMBER 12-22
American Ballet Theatre will visit Tokyo, Sagamihara, Hamamatsu, Fuchu and Ohtsu during the Company‚Äôs tour of Japan, September 12-22, 2002. This tour will mark ABT‚Äôs first return to Japan since its last engagement in July 1999.
Performances for American Ballet Theatre‚Äôs two-week tour will include Le Corsaire, staged by Anna-Marie Holmes, at the Bunka Kaikan in Tokyo on September 12 and 14 and at Biwako Hall in Ohtsu on September 22, and Ronald Hynd‚Äôs The Merry Widow at the Bunka Kaikan on September 18, 19 and 21. Gala programs, which will include Stanton Welch‚Äôs Clear, Jerome Robbins‚Äô Other Dances, George Balanchine‚Äôs Sylvia Pas de Deux and excerpts from Le Corsaire and The Sleeping Beauty, will be performed at Green Hall Sagami-ohno in Sagamihara on September 13, at NHK Hall in Tokyo on September 15, at Act City in Hamamatsu on September 17 and at Fuchu-no-mori Art Theater in Fuchu on September 20.
Principal Dancers for the engagement are Nina Ananiashvili, Maxim Belotserkovsky, Julio Bocca, Jose Manuel Carre≈Ño, Angel Corella, Irina Dvorovenko, Alessandra Ferri&##44; Marcelo Gomes, Paloma Herrera, Julie Kent, Gillian Murphy and Ethan Stiefel.
Portions of American Ballet Theatre‚Äôs Japan tour have been generously underwritten by The Freeman Foundation. The Freeman Foundation‚Äôs support will enable ABT to provide education and outreach programs while in Japan, as well as scholarships to the Company‚Äôs Summer Intensive training program for five Japanese students of outstanding potential chosen through auditions in several of the tour cities.