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Devon Teuscher and James Whiteside in Symphonic Variations.
Photo: Marty Sohl.

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Ballet Theatre Foundation, Inc.
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2017 Fall Season
David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center
October 18 - 29, 2017

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2017 Fall Repertory

Lang World Premiere
Jessica Lang
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.

Her Notes
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.

Other Dances
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 and Scherzo, 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."

Thirteen Diversions
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.

Symphonic Variations
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.



Performance Calendar

TUE 7:30pm WED 7:30pm THU 7:30pm FRI 7:30pm SAT 2pm SAT 8pm SUN 2pm
October 18

FALL GALA
6:30 PM

Lang World Premiere

ABT Apprentices
ABT Studio Company
ABT JKO School

Ratmansky World Premiere

Boylston
Lendorf

Thirteen Diversions

Lane
Gorak
Copeland
Davis
Abrera
Forster
Brandt
Zhang
October 19

Her Notes

Murphy
Copeland
Teuscher
S. Williams
Brandt
Trenary
Forster
Shayer
Stearns
Hoven

Symphonic Variations

Copeland
Shevchenko
Brandt
Scott
Royal
Gorak

Other Dances

Seo
Hallberg

Serenade after Plato's Symposium

Cornejo
Lendorf
Hoven
Royal
Shayer
Simkin
Whiteside
Teuscher
October 20

Ratmansky World Premiere

Boylston
Lendorf

Her Notes

Waski
Abrera
Lane
Shevchenko
K. Williams
Hurlin
Whiteside
Scott
Hammoudi
Royal

Thirteen Diversions

Lane
Gorak
Seo
Stearns
Murphy
Hoven
Brandt
Zhang
October 21

Ratmansky World Premiere

Shevchenko
Royal

Symphonic Variations

Trenary
Teuscher
McBride
McCune
Whiteside
Lendorf

Other Dances

Murphy
Stearns

Serenade after Plato's Symposium

Zhang
Hammoudi
Forster
Sebastian
Maloney
Scott
Gorak
Seo
October 21

Serenade after Plato's Symposium

Cornejo
Lendorf
Hoven
Royal
Shayer
Simkin
Whiteside
Teuscher

Ratmansky World Premiere

Boylston
Lendorf

Thirteen Diversions

Hurlin
Sebastian
Seo
Stearns
Murphy
Hoven
Giangeruso
Hammoudi
October 22

Her Notes

Abrera
Lane
Shevchenko
K. Williams
Waski
Hurlin
Whiteside
Scott
Hammoudi
Royal

Symphonic Variations

Trenary
Teuscher
McBride
McCune
Whiteside
Lendorf

Other Dances

Seo
Hallberg

Thirteen Diversions

Hurlin
Sebastian
Copeland
Davis
Abrera
Forster
Giangeruso
Hammoudi
October 24

Her Notes

Murphy
Copeland
Teuscher
S. Williams
Brandt
Trenary
Forster
Shayer
Stearns
Hoven

Symphonic Variations

Copeland
Shevchenko
Paris
Scott
Royal
Gorak

Elegy pas de deux

Seo
Zhurbin

Thirteen Diversions

Paris
Sebastian
Seo
Stearns
Abrera
Forster
Giangeruso
Hammoudi
October 25

Souvenir d'un lieu cher

Abrera
Forster
Lane
Lendorf

Millepied World Premiere

Teuscher
Copeland
Seo
Hallberg
Cornejo
Stearns

Daphnis and Chloe

Abrera
Stearns
Trenary
Royal
Cornejo
October 26

Souvenir d'un lieu cher

Teuscher
Hallberg
Trenary
Maloney

Other Dances

Murphy
Stearns

Daphnis and Chloe

Boylston
Whiteside
Brandt
Hoven
Scott
October 27

Ratmansky World Premiere

Shevchenko
Royal

Other Dances

TBA

Millepied World Premiere

Teuscher
Copeland
Seo
Hallberg
Cornejo
Stearns

Serenade after Plato's Symposium

Zhang
Hammoudi
Forster
Sebastian
Maloney
Scott
Gorak
Seo
October 28

Her Notes

Abrera
Paris
Shevchenko
K. Williams
Lane
Hurlin
Whiteside
Scott
Hammoudi
Royal

Elegy pas de deux

Boylston
Forster

Millepied World Premiere

S. Williams
Trenary
Hurlin
Hoven
Simkin
Hammoudi

Thirteen Diversions

Lane
Gorak
Copeland
Davis
Murphy
Hoven
Brandt
Zhang
October 28

Souvenir d'un lieu cher

Teuscher
Hallberg
Trenary
Maloney

Elegy pas de deux

Seo
Zhurbin

Millepied World Premiere

S. Williams
Trenary
Hurlin
Hoven
Simkin
Hammoudi

Daphnis and Chloe

Boylston
Whiteside
Brandt
Hoven
Scott
October 29

Serenade after Plato's Symposium

Cornejo
Lendorf
Hoven
Royal
Shayer
Simkin
Whiteside
Teuscher

Daphnis and Chloe

Abrera
Stearns
Trenary
Royal
Cornejo

Full Calendar

Casting and programming are subject to change.