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American Ballet Theatre

American Ballet Theatre

Tuesday, January 26, 2010 - Sunday, January 31, 2010


American Ballet Theatre returns with an evening-length production of Kenneth MacMillan's Romeo and Juliet and a program of mixed repertory featuring works by Frederick Ashton, Alexei Ratmansky, and Twyla Tharp.

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American Ballet Theatre
Kevin McKenzie, Artistic Director
"One of the most beautiful sights in dance is American Ballet Theatre in full flight."
--New York Post
"[American Ballet Theatre] reminds you is not a luxury or a frill but a necessity of life."
--The Washington Post
Evening-length and Mixed Repertory Programs
A mainstay of the Kennedy Center's ballet programming since the beginning, American Ballet Theatre returns to the Opera House with two programs, including an evening-length production of Kenneth MacMillan's Romeo and Juliet (Thu.–Sun.) and a mixed repertory program (Tue. & Wed.) featuring Birthday Offering (Ashton/Glazunov), Seven Sonatas (Ratmansky/Scarlatti), and The Brahms-Haydn Variations (Tharp/Brahms). As the Center's long-time patrons know, every American Ballet Theatre performance is an event not to be missed. In talent, size, scope of work, and every other measure of a ballet company's greatness, ABT ranks among the most respected in the world. The company stands unparalleled in its sheer ability to transport an audience through form, motion, and drama.
The Company's emphasis on artistic outreach--mounting 15 international tours to 126 cities in 42 countries--secures ABT its place as "America's ballet company." In Washington, the Company's productions have been recipients of the highest praise from audiences and critics alike for the past decade. In recent years, the Company has brought such favorites to the Kennedy Center as Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, and Petipa's full-length La Bayadère. Now, celebrating its 70th year as an artistic tour de force and national treasure, American Ballet Theatre brings the best of ballet to Washington once again.
Tue., Jan. 26 at 7:30 p.m.
Birthday Offering: Murphy, Tamm (Ormsby Wilkins, conductor)  (26 min.)
--Intermission - 20 min.
Seven Sonatas: Abrera, Reyes, Kent, Saveliev, Cornejo, Hallberg  (33 min.)
--Intermission - 20 min.
The Brahms-Haydn Variations: Murphy, Carreño, Kent, Radetsky, Herrera, Gomes, Part, Hallberg, Lane, Lopez (Charles Barker, conductor)  (20 min.)
Wed., Jan. 27 at 7:30 p.m.
Birthday Offering: Abrera, Beloserkovsky (Wilkins, conductor)
Seven Sonatas: Kajiya, Lane, Seo, Lopez, Phillips, Matthews
The Brahms-Haydn Variations: Abrera, Hammoudi, Reyes, Cornejo, Underwood, Stearns, Seo, Saveliev, Riccetto, Simkin (Barker, conductor)
--Act I - 59 min.; Intermission - 20 min.; Act II - 34 min.; Intermission - 20 min.; Act III - 38 min.
Thu., Jan. 28 at 7:30 p.m.
Juliet: Kent
Romeo: Gomes
Mercutio: Cornejo
Conductor: Wilkins
Fri., Jan. 29 at 7:30 p.m.
Juliet: Murphy
Romeo: Hallberg
Mercutio: Matthews
Conductor: Wilkins

Sat., Jan. 30 at 1:30 p.m.
Juliet: Dvorovenko
Romeo: Stearns
Mercutio: Lopez
Conductor: Wilkins

Sat., Jan. 30 at 7:30 p.m.
Juliet: Reyes
Romeo: Cornejo
Mercutio: Salstein
Conductor: Barker
Sun., Jan. 31 at 1:30 p.m.
Juliet: Herrera
Romeo: Gomes
Mercutio: Scott
Conductor: Wilkins