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Xiomara Reyes and Sascha Radetsky in Coppélia.© MIRA. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – Coppélia – New York

The three dancers who took their leave this week – Sascha Radetsky, Yuriko Kajiya and Jared Matthews – are all soloists. Each led a different cast of the company’s 1997 production of Coppélia.

Gillian Murphy in The Dream.© Rosalie O'Connor. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – The Dream, The Tempest – New York

Who but Frederick Ashton could turn a marital spat into one of the most delightful, touching works in the ballet repertoire? His 1964 The Dream is precisely that…

Hee Seo and Roman Zhurbin in Swan Lake.© Gene Schiavone. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – Swan Lake – New York

American Ballet Theatre’s Swan Lake is looking tired …bogged down by reams of flavorless dancing.

Polina Semionova and David Hallberg in Giselle.© Gene Schiavone. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – Giselle – New York

Few nineteenth-century story ballets are as satisfying as Giselle, with its simple and poetic plot, compact structure and starkly contrasting moods. This week I watched four Giselles, with four distinctly different casts…

Roman Zhurbin and Craig Salstein in Cinderella.© Rosalie O'Connor. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – Cinderella – New York

To fully enjoy Ashton, one has to be willing to acquiesce to one’s own softer impulses, a sense of wonder and perhaps a little nostalgia, and to surrender the loveliness of small things.

Veronika Part and Cory Stearns in The Moor's Pavane.© Gene Schiavone. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – Theme and Variations, The Moor’s Pavane, A Month in the Country, Piano Concerto #1 – New York

On Sunday, American Ballet Theatre’s two-week fall season draws to a close. By most measures, it’s been a success…

Twyla Tharp.© Richard Avedon. (Click image for larger version)

Bringing Twyla Tharp’s Bach Partita Back

Because of the ephemeral nature of choreography, it’s unusual for a ballet that has lain dormant for decades to return to life. But this fall, it will…

Polina Semionova in Sylvia.© MIRA. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – Sylvia – New York

Like a Fabergé egg with a tiny golden bird inside, Sylvia is decadent, a bit indulgent, but delightful.

Gillian Murphy in Swan Lake.© Rosalie O'Connor. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – Swan Lake – New York

The previous night had been dominated by Gillian Murphy’s performance. She is an absolute powerhouse in this role, a kind of super-stylized, inhuman creature, an art-deco distillation of speed and daring.

Scene from Le Corsaire.© Gene Schiavone. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – Le Corsaire – New York

American Ballet Theatre have a new production of Le Corsaire. Eric Taub sees the headline casting of Natalia Osipova and Ivan Vasiliev – but was he moved and wowed? Not really…

Hee Seo in Romeo and Juliet.© John Grigaitis. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – Romeo and Juliet – New York

American Ballet Theatre are dancing Kenneth MacMillan’s Romeo and Juliet. Marina Harss reviews 2 casts: Polina Semionova / David Hallberg and Roberto Bolle / Hee Seo…

Natalia Osipova in Piano Concerto #1.© Gene Schiavone. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – Ratmansky Shostakovich Trilogy – New York

I have to say that after seeing the Shostakovich Trilogy twice, and picking up many more details …I found it very compelling indeed, especially the opening and closing ballets.

Julie Kent and Roberto Bolle in Marcelo Gomes' Apothéose.© Marty Sohl. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – Spring Gala – New York

Symphony in C, a luminous outpouring of legs and arms, crisp geometries, bobbing rhythms, and articulate patter-like conversations for the feet, is a vivid reminder of why one goes to the ballet at all. Luminosity and classical logic, laced with wit and intelligence.

Mikhail Baryshnikov.© Annie Leibowitz. (Click image for larger version)

Mikhail Baryshnikov – the Art Collector

What one does not see much of, at least at first glance, is nostalgia for the motherland. “I never had nostalgia about anything,” Baryshnikov says.

Herman Cornejo.© Manuel de Los Galanes. (Click image for larger version)

Interview: Herman Cornejo – American Ballet Theatre – Principal

Well, performing for me is really about that experience of giving to the audience. In the studio you work and perfect things, you collaborate with your partner, but for me it’s about what happens on the stage, the ability to give something, to your partner, to the audience.

Gennadi Saveliev as Conrad in Le Corsaire.© Rosalie O'Connor. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – Gennadi Saveliev farewell in Le Corsaire – New York

Ten or so years ago, I was watching ABT soloist Gennadi Saveliev dance Lankendem, the red-pajamad slave-dealer in ABT’s nicely condensed Le Corsaire, when he uncorked a step that made my jaw drop.

Emery LeCrone in the studio. © Rosalie O’Connor. (Click image for larger version)

Interview: Emery LeCrone, Choreographer

Equal parts free spirit and self-disciplinarian, Emery LeCrone manages to make the creative life look easy.

Angel Corella in Swan Lake. © Rosalie O'Connor. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – Swan Lake, Angel Corella Farewell – New York

Corella’s final performance alongside Paloma Herrera – theirs is an enduring partnership – was just as one would have imagined it: ardent, joyful, and full of charm. He gave and gave…

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American Ballet Theatre – Firebird, Thirteen Diversions, Apollo – New York

Sometimes the second time is the charm. This seems to be especially true when it comes to new ballets by Alexei Ratmansky. Often, they’re not easy to take in on first viewing, indigestible as an over-rich meal. But then, something in us changes, our eye evolves.

Diana Vishneva and Marcelo Gomes in Onegin. © Gene Schiavone. (Click image for larger version)

American Ballet Theatre – Onegin – New York

And yet, even on its own terms, it leaves one wanting, despite the performances of two excellent casts… And it does not blossom with repeated viewing. Much to the contrary. What are its short-comings? First, the music…

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