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ABT News

June 21, 2004


Soloist Ethan Brown will give his farewell performance with American Ballet Theatre on Friday, July 2 as Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet, it was announced today by Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie. Brown retires from the stage this season following a 23-year career with ABT.

Born in New York City, Brown began his dance training with his father, Kelly Brown, in Phoenix, Arizona. Both his father and his mother, Isabel Mirrow, were members of American Ballet Theatre, as was his sister, Leslie Browne. At the age of 13, he moved to New York to train at the School of American Ballet.

Brown joined American Ballet Theatre as a member of the corps de ballet in 1981 and was promoted to Soloist in 1988. Throughout his career, Brown performed numerous leading roles and was a leading interpreter of character roles. His repertoire with the Company included the Rajah in La Bayadère, Pat Garrett in Billy the Kid, the Pasha in Le Corsaire, He Wore a White Tie in Dim Lustre, Espada and Lorenzo in Don Quixote, Demetrius in The Dream, Her Pastor and The Father in Fall River Legend, the third sailor in Fancy Free, Thomas in La Fille Mal Gardée, Hilarion in Giselle, The Man She Must Mary in Jardin aux Lilas, the fourth pas de deux in The Leaves Are Fading, Lescaut and the Jailor in Manon, the Painter in Offenbach in the Underworld, the Man From the House Opposite in Pillar of Fire, the Head Wrangler in Rodeo, Paris, Tybalt and Lord Capulet in Romeo and Juliet, von Rothbart and the Tutor in Swan Lake and Baptista in The Taming of the Shrew. In addition, Brown danced a variety of leading roles in such works as Martha Graham’s A Diversion of Angels, Jiri Kylian’s Sechs T√§nze and Sinfonietta, Martha Clarke’s The Garden of Villandry and Clark Tippet’s Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1 and Some Assembly Required.

Brown created the Wolf in Michael Smuin’s Peter and the Wolf and leading roles in Twyla Tharp’s Americans We and Paul Taylor’s Black Tuesday, as well as featured roles in Mark Morris’ Drink To Me Only With Thine Eyes and Ulysses Dove’s Serious Pleasures.

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