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American Ballet Theatre

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American Ballet Theatre
Kevin McKenzie, Artistic Director
with the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra

Whipped Cream (Feb. 1–4) [Timing: Act One – 37 min.; Intermission – 20 min.; Act Two – 40 min.]
D.C. premiere
“Inspired enchantment… making the company look more brilliantly refined than ever.”—The New York Times

Ratmansky, Millepied & Wheeldon (Jan. 30 & 31)
Serenade after Plato’s Symposium (Bernstein/Ratmansky), D.C. premiere, part of Leonard Bernstein at 100
Other Dances (Chopin/Robbins), part of ABT’s Robbins Centennial celebration
I Feel the Earth Move (Glass/Millepied), D.C. premiere
Thirteen Diversions (Britten/Wheeldon)

ABT’s starry roster of dancers is just one of many assets fueling its ever-growing fan base. Another is Artist in Residence Alexei Ratmansky, who keeps our audiences in a state of awe—from his retelling of The Sleeping Beauty here in 2016 to repertory gems like Seven Sonatas presented in 2010.

Jan. 30 & 31, the company performs Ratmansky’s Serenade after Plato’s Symposium, a showcase for seven male dancers hailed as “a marvel of musicality” (The New York Times) following its 2016 world premiere, on a program that also includes Jerome Robbins’s Other Dances, an homage to Chopin’s romanticism with two dramatic dancers in a series of folk-infused dances, as part of ABT’s centennial celebration of the famed choreographer; the D.C. premiere of Benjamin Millepied’s I Feel the Earth Move, the choreographer’s latest work for the company that premiered in October 2017, set to music by Philip Glass including a selection from his opera Einstein on the Beach; and Christopher Wheeldon’s Thirteen Diversions, a spectacle of energy and contrast performed to Britten’s “Diversions for Piano (Left-Hand) and Orchestra.”

Feb. 1-4, the company performs the D.C. premiere of Ratmansky’s full-length story ballet Whipped Cream, which had its world premiere in 2017. In this wondrous confection, a young boy overindulges at a pastry shop and falls into a whimsical delirium. Princess Praline and her court race to the rescue, all concluding with a festive celebration! A “lost ballet” score by Richard Strauss is the inspiration for this light-as-meringue production, featuring sets and costumes by pop surrealist Mark Ryden.

PRINCIPAL CASTING (subject to change)

  • = first time in the role

Tue., Jan. 30 evening
Serenade after Plato’s Symposium: Cirio, Hammoudi, Hoven, Royal, Shayer, Simkin, Whiteside, Teuscher
Other Dances: Boylston, Stearns
I Feel the Earth Move: Teuscher, Copeland, Seo, Hallberg, Cornejo, Stearns
Thirteen Diversions: Lane, Gorak, Boylston, Ahn*, Abrera, Forster, Brandt, Zhang

Wed., Jan. 31 evening
Serenade after Plato’s Symposium: Zhang, Ahn, Forster, Sebastian, Maloney, Scott, Gorak, Seo
Other Dances: Lane*, Cornejo*
I Feel the Earth Move: S. Williams, Trenary, Hurlin, Hoven, Simkin*, Hammoudi
Thirteen Diversions: Hurlin, Sebastian, Copeland, Davis, Murphy, Hoven, Giangeruso, Bell*

Thu., Feb. 1 evening
Whipped Cream: Simkin, Abrera, Hallberg, Lane

Fri., Feb. 2 evening
Whipped Cream: Klein*, Seo, Stearns, Trenary

Sat., Feb. 3 matinee
Whipped Cream: Shayer*, Teuscher, Forster*, Brandt

Sat., Feb. 3 evening
Whipped Cream: Cirio, Murphy, Whiteside, Copeland

Sun., Feb. 4 matinee
Whipped Cream: Simkin, Boylston, Hallberg, Lane

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