American Ballet Theatre
Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - Sunday, March 29, 2015

American Ballet Theatre returns for its annual engagement with Ashton's romantic Cinderella and a program featuring Balanchine's Theme & Variations, Tudor's Pillar of Fire, and de Mille's Rodeo.

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Casting Update as of 3/28: Julie Kent is injured and will not perform in Cinderella on Saturday evening, Mar. 28.  In that performance, Gillian Murphy will dance the role of Cinderella.

American Ballet Theatre

Kevin McKenzie, Artistic Director
with the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra
March 26–29
Choreography by Frederick Ashton
Music by Sergei Prokofiev
Sets and Costumes by David Walker

Performance Timing: Approx. 2-1/2 hours--Act I - 42 min.; Intermission - 20 min.; Act II - 39 min.; Intermission - 20 min.; Act III - 23 min.

PRINCIPAL CASTING (subject to change)

Thu., Mar. 26 at 7:30 p.m.  [Murphy, Whiteside, Part] 
Fri., Mar. 27 at 7:30 p.m.  [Seo, Stearns, Abrera]
Sat., Mar. 28 at 1:30 p.m.  [Reyes, Gorak, Teuscher]
Sat., Mar. 28 at 7:30 p.m.  [Murphy, Gomes, Boylston]
Sun., Mar. 29 at 1:30 p.m.  [Seo, Stearns, Part]

March 24 & 25
Theme and Variations   (23 min.)
Tue., Mar. 24 at 7:30 p.m.  [Boylston, Simkin], Wed., Mar. 25 at 7:30 p.m.  [Lane, Gorak]

Pillar of Fire   (32 min.)
Tue., Mar. 24 at 7:30 p.m.  [Murphy, Hammoudi, Gomes]. Wed., Mar. 25 at 7:30 p.m.  [Murphy, Zhurbin, Stearns]

Rodeo   (32 min.)
(de Mille/Copland)
Tue., Mar. 24 at 7:30 p.m.  [Reyes, Whiteside], Wed., Mar. 25 at 7:30 p.m.  [Copeland, Salstein] 

Program Timing: Approximately 2 hours, including two 20-minute intermissions between pieces.

"A victory for American dance"
--San Francisco Chronicle
"One of the world's great classical troupes"
--The New York Times
American Ballet Theatre, recognized as America's National Ballet Company(r), celebrates its 75th Anniversary of bringing the greatest dance to America and American dance to the world. A Washington favorite and a company that has performed here every year since the Center's opening in 1971, ABT returns with Frederick Ashton's exquisitely romantic and magical Cinderella. Loosely following the traditional fairy tale, the story begins with Cinderella's solo in the kitchen as she dreams of one day becoming a ballerina. The dream is realized when she steps into the Grand Ballroom of the Prince's castle. At the end of the ball, she takes her place back in the kitchen; it is there that she recalls the "glass slippers," which in Ashton's ballet are replaced by pointe shoes.
The Company will also dance a program of repertory works. Created in 1947 by Balanchine, Theme and Variations is set to the final movement of Tchaikovsky's Suite No. 3 for Orchestra. The piece, which made stars of Alicia Alonso and Igor Youskevitch, is a plotless ballet intended to, as Balanchine once wrote, "evoke that great period in classical dancing when Russian ballet flourished."
Antony Tudor's very first American project after arriving from London, Pillar of Fire debuted in 1942. Filled with passion and anguish, it tells the story of Hagar, who fears becoming a spinster like her elder sister. When the man she unrequitedly loves seems to show preference for her younger sister, Hagar gives herself in distraction to another. The resulting crisis, however, unites her with the man she really cares for.

Rodeo, subtitled "The Courting at Burnt Ranch," is a love story of the American Southwest, created in 1942 by Agnes de Mille to a score by Aaron Copland. The problem it deals with is perennial: how an American girl, with the odds seemingly all against her, sets out to get herself a man. The girl in this case is a cowgirl, a tomboy whose desperate efforts to become one of the ranch's cowhands create a problem for the cowboys and make her the laughingstock of womankind.



Watch and Listen

Agnes de Mille’s “Rodeo”

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