American Ballet Theatre Kevin McKenzie, Artistic Director
"Gorgeous…a radiant eyeful. A marvel to witness." --The Washington Post
A living national treasure since its founding in 1940, American Ballet Theatre continues to unlock classics from its expansive repertoire in two programs. They include Swan Lake, Tchaikovsky's glorious fable of dreamlike transformation, mistaken identity, and ill-fated passion. For nearly a decade, Washington audiences have had an ongoing love affair with Kevin McKenzie's spellbinding production. For its world premiere at the Kennedy Center in 2000, the Washington Post hailed the ballet as "a spectacle of shimmering light that builds in force until its most luminescent moment--the moonlit entrance of the enchanted Princess Odette." And when ABT's Swan Lake returned in 2005, PBS filmed the sumptuous production in the Opera House for its acclaimed national TV broadcast.
The engagement will also include a mixed repertory program. The Company premiere of George Balanchine's Allegro Brillante, performed to Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 3, is the embodiment of Russian romanticism. As a nod to the Kennedy Center's "Modern Masters of American Dance" celebration this season, Twyla Tharp's Brief Fling is a kinetic Scottish-inspired ballet created for the company in 1990, featuring Percy Grainger's Country Gardens and Handel in the Strand. The program will also feature Antony Tudor's Pillar of Fire danced to Schoenberg's Verklärte Nacht. ABT celebrates its close association with Tudor over the centenary season of his birth.
Mixed Repertory performance timing: approximately 2-1/2 hours, with two 20-minute intermissions Feb. 17–19 Allegro Brillante (16 min.) Choreography by George Balanchine Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Staged by Darla Hoover Flames of Paris, Pas de deux (Feb. 17 & 19) (7 min.) Choreography from the original by Vasily Vainonen Music by Boris Asafiev TchaikovskyPas de deux (Feb. 18 only) (10 min.) Choreography by George Balanchine Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Brief Fling (27 min.) Choreography by Twyla Tharp Music by Michel Colombier and Percy Grainger Staged by Keith Roberts Pillar of Fire (32 min.) Choreography by Antony Tudor Music by Arnold Schoenberg Staged by Amanda McKerrow and John Gardner
Swan Lake performance timing: Acts I & II - 64 min.; Intermission - 20 min.; Acts III & IV - 54 min. Feb. 20–22 Swan Lake Choreography by Kevin McKenzie after Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
PRINCIPAL CASTING Tue., Feb. 17 at 7:30 p.m. Allegro Brillante Gillian Murphy and Cory Stearns Flames of Paris Pas de Deux Sarah Lane and Daniil Simkin Pillar of Fire Michele Wiles, David Hallberg, and Marcelo Gomes Brief Fling Xiomara Reyes and Herman Cornejo
Wed., Feb. 18 at 7:30 p.m. Allegro Brillante Irina Dvorovenko and Maxim Beloserkovsky Tschaikovsky Pas de Deux Michele Wiles and David Hallberg Pillar of Fire Gillian Murphy, Gennadi Saveliev, and Jose Manuel Carreño Brief Fling Yuriko Kajiya and Marcelo Gomes
Thu., Feb. 19 at 7:30 p.m. Allegro Brillante Irina Dvorovenko and Maxim Beloserkovsky Flames of Paris Pas de Deux Sarah Lane and Daniil Simkin Pillar of Fire Michele Wiles, David Hallberg, and Marcelo Gomes Brief Fling Xiomara Reyes and Herman Cornejo
Fri., Feb. 20 at 7:30 p.m. Swan Lake Veronika Part, Marcelo Gomes, and David Hallberg
Sat., Feb. 21 at 1:30 p.m. (mat.) Swan Lake Gillian Murphy, Gennadi Saveliev, and Cory Stearns
Sat., Feb. 21 at 7:30 p.m. (eve.) Swan Lake Nina Ananiashvili, Jose Manuel Carreño, and Jared Matthews
Sun., Feb. 22 at 1:30 p.m. (mat.) Swan Lake Michele Wiles, David Hallberg, and Marcelo Gomes