Lang World Premiere
A pièce d’occasion
by Jessica Lang performed by ABT apprentices, members of the ABT Studio Company and students from the upper level of the ABT Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School.
Millepied World Premiere
Benjamin Millepied | Philip Glass
This new work by Benjamin Millepied, the choreographer's fourth for the Company, is set to music by Philip Glass.
Ratmansky World Premiere
Alexei Ratmansky | Leonid Desyatnikov
Two world premieres in one performance. As part of The Ratmansky Project, Alexei Ratmansky's newest work for ABT also marks the world premiere of a new piece by Leonid Desyatnikov, Bukovinian Songs (24 Preludes for Piano)
.Twelve dancers will be featured with a live performance by guest piano soloist Alexey Goribol.
Daphnis and Chloe
Benjamin Millepied | Maurice Ravel
Designed in one movement and three parts, the history of Daphnis and Chloe
is that of a sentimental education. Inspired by the Greek novel by Longus, it tells of Daphnis discovering his love for Chloe, the appearance of the seductive and disturbing Lycenion, the cunning of the enterprising Dorcon, the kidnapping of Chloe by Bryaxis and the pirates, the intervention of the nymphs and the god Pan, and the happy ending that brings the young lovers together.
Elegy pas de deux (from With a Chance of Rain)
Liam Scarlett | Sergei Rachmaninoff
The prodigiously talented Liam Scarlett, The Royal Ballet's first Artist in Residence, is one of today's most sought-after choreographers. Mr Scarlett uses the classical ballet vocabulary to affect mood and drama in this pas de deux from his innovative work With a Chance of Rain
Jessica Lang | Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel
A self-proclaimed "visual artist whose medium is dance," choreographer Jessica Lang incorporates striking design elements and transforms classical ballet language to conceive a complete universe, both artfully crafted and emotionally engaging. Lang finds an intriguing inspiration for her "visual music" in a piano suite by Fanny Mendelssohn, the sister of composer Felix Mendelssohn, for her ABT commission.
Jerome Robbins | Frédéric Chopin
Set to a waltz and four mazurkas by Frédéric Chopin, the plotless classical character pas de deux was created by Jerome Robbins for a Gala evening for the Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center at the Metropolitan Opera House on May 9, 1976. The piece was first performed by Natalia Makarova and Mikhail Baryshnikov and staged for American Ballet Theatre by Isabel Guerin.
Serenade after Plato's Symposium
Alexei Ratmansky | Leonard Bernstein
This ballet is an abstract exploration of some of the themes that Plato investigated with his Symposium. In Plato's original text, a group of men convene and deliver speeches on the topic of love, with each man bringing a unique perspective to the proceedings. They explore how love can help the soul to understand truth in the pursuit of wisdom and beauty.
Souvenir d'un lieu cher
Alexei Ratmansky | Peter Ilyitch Tchaikovsky, arranged by Alexander Glazunov
Consisting of two movements, Meditation
, The Dutch National Ballet premiered this piece in their 2011-2012 season, as part of its anniversary program. At its premiere it was received with unanimous praise. In 2012, The Financial Times
called it "a miniature jewel for two couples, so ripe with emotion it seems to compress several novels into 14 minutes... the rich, lush texture and sinuous expressivity of the choreography matched Tchaikovsky's concerto every step of the way."
Christopher Wheeldon | Benjamin Britten
Geometries shift in refreshing ways to create Christopher Wheeldon's choreographic kaleidoscope of surprising images and spectacular contrasts. With four principal couples and 16 corps de ballet members, this is ballet on a grand scale.
Frederick Ashton | César Franck
Acclaimed as one of Frederick Ashton's finest works, Symphonic Variations
is a radiant classical showpiece for its six dancers, full of flowing lines and gleaming footwork. It is one of the great challenges of the ballet repertory, needing soft grace in demanding steps, as dancers coalesce in quartets, duets, sextets and solos but always with a sense of serenity, grandeur and spirituality, perfectly reflecting Franck's masterful score for piano and orchestra.