Now in its 75th season, American Ballet Theatre is recognized as one of world's leading dance companies. Few ballet companies equal ABT for its combination of size, scope and outreach. ABT annually tours the United States, performing for more than 600,000 people. It has made more than 15 international tours to 41 countries and has been sponsored by the United States State Department on many of these engagements.
When American Ballet Theatre was launched in 1939, its aim was to develop a repertoire of the best ballets from the past and to encourage the creation of new works by the world's most gifted young choreographers. As a result, the Company's repertoire, perhaps unmatched in the history of ballet, includes all of the great full-length ballets of the nineteenth century, the finest works from the early part of this century, and acclaimed contemporary masterpieces. In acquiring such an extraordinary repertoire, ABT has commissioned works by all of the great choreographic geniuses of the 20th century: George Balanchine, Antony Tudor, Jerome Robbins, Agnes de Mille and Twyla Tharp, among others.
Here is a comprehensive list of the Company's repertoire, which should provide some idea of the remarkable versatility and artistic vision of American Ballet Theatre, as well as the vast scope of its unparalleled performance history.