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American Ballet Theatre’s autumn season

Posted on June 27, 2013


ratmansky1ffAmerican Ballet Theatre (ABT) has announced details of its autumn 2013 season, including the world premiere of The Tempest by Alexei Ratmansky (pictured) and revivals of ballets by Twyla Tharp, Mikhail Fokine, Mark Morris and Stanton Welch.


The season opens with a charity Fall Gala on October 30 at the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center, New York. The programme will be George Balanchine’s Theme and Variations and the world premiere of The Tempest, a one-act based on Shakespeare’s play. Ratmansky’s new ballet is set to music written for the play by Jean Sibelius, with designs by Santo Loquasto and lighting by Robert Wierzel. Tony award-winning director Mark Lamos is dramaturg for the production.


The season, which runs until November 10, also includes new revivals of Tharp’s Bach Partita, Fokine’s Les Sylphides, Stanton Welch’s Clear and Gong by Mark Morris. Ratmansky’s Piano Concerto #1, José Limón’s The Moor’s Pavane and Frederick Ashton’s A Month in the Country also return to the repertory.


Principal dancers for the season will include Paloma Herrera, Julie Kent, Gillian Murphy, Veronika Part, Xiomara Reyes, Polina Semionova, Hee Seo, Herman Cornejo, Marcelo Gomes, Daniil Simkin and Cory Stearns.


Tickets go on sale on July 22 from or by calling (00 1) 212 496 0600.


Photograph: Fabrizio Ferri



Zoë was born in Edinburgh, and saw her first dance performances at the Festival there. She is the dance critic of The Independent, and has also written for The Independent on Sunday, The Scotsman and Dancing Times. In 2002, she received her doctorate from the University of York for a thesis on “Nationhood and epic romance: Ariosto, Sidney, Spenser”. She is the author of The Royal Ballet: 75 Years and The Ballet Lover’s Companion.

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