Tag Archives: American Ballet Theatre

Interview: Wes Chapman

Interview with Wes Chapman

How does ABT2 function in relation to the main company?
New choreographers get tried out on us first so the main company doesn’t have to take big risks. During my time, we’ve had quite a bit of success.

We also have the function of getting the talent ready for the main company. We give our kids more experience, more stage time, more chance to work with choreographers—so they’re more seasoned by the time they get to the big league. They also need a little more nurturing time to develop as people, to strengthen their personalities and their artistic qualities.

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New Works at American Ballet Theater and New York City Ballet

American Ballet Theatre presented their recently acquired Lady of the Camellias. If you’re familiar with Ashton’s 1963 Marguerite and Armand you’ll find John Neumeier’s 1978 re-telling of the Dumas tale more graphic and less stylised.

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A preview of ABT’s upcoming 70th anniversary season

The Metropolitan Opera House was packed for American Ballet Theatre’s gala, this season marking their 70th anniversary at the opera house. The programme, a generous collection of 13 parts, whet one’s appetite for the upcoming season. Michele Wiles climbed to … Continue reading

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American Ballet Theater at Avery Fisher Hall

In recent years, American Ballet Theater has held their Fall season in New York’s City Center theatre, but this year they performed at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center.

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New York Galas: ABT and NYCB

American Ballet Theater and New York City Ballet each hosted their season galas at New York’s Lincoln Center.

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Interview: Herman Cornejo

Interview with Herman Cornejo

Both you and your sister Erica are principal dancers. Tell me about your
early training together.

We always took class together. At Teatro Colon we had a Vaganova school but many of the teachers came here to the U.S. to keep learning—which is good since everything is changing. So our training was a combination of styles, which has helped in interpreting different roles, different ballets, from classical to modern. It’s good to have a mix in one’s training.

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Dances from the Heart

Cedar Lake Theatre New York City A number of excellent works and performers shone on this benefit programme for Dancers Responding to Aids.

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New York City Ballet: Jerome Robbins would be 80;
American Ballet Theatre: Tharp’s Rabbit and Rogue disappoints

Choreographer Jerome Robbins would have been 80 years old this year. Overshadowed, perhaps, by his contemporary George Balanchine, one can only imagine what the difference might have been in Robbins’ stature had these two geniuses lived during separate periods in history. Continue reading

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Interview: Gennadi Saveliev

Gennadi Saveliev

Gennadi Saveliev is not just a soloist at American Ballet Theater, but he’s also a co-founder of the highly-esteemed Youth America Grand Prix competition.

Tell me about your training at the Bolshoi.
The school had a very different approach than schools here. The government paid for us so they could pick each student and they only picked the people they knew they could turn into ballet dancers.

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