News: American Ballet Theatre back in London

Monday 12 February 2007

After a gap of seventeen years, ABT will perform three programmes at Sadler’s Wells this week. The critics couldn’t wait and have been to meet the dancers in New York and Paris…

“They will have plenty of opportunity to prove themselves in London. A sensational repertoire — 19th-century classics, 20th-century Modernism, the finest examples of Americana — will reflect ABT’s enormous versatility, from Jerome Robbins’s hit sailor comedy Fancy Free (1944) to Kurt Jooss’s Expressionist antiwar classic The Green Table (1932).” Read more from Debra Craine, in the Times, 12 Nov 07

Mark Monahan went to New York to meet some of the dancers to talk about the repertoire they will bring to London – and about their relationship with New York City Ballet – with whom they share a venue. Principal dancer Ethan Stiefel tells him: “I think there are certain dancers in this company, as well as theirs, who never walk 30 feet across the Lincoln Center to see each other, which is a disaster.

“Because whether we’re ABT or City Ballet or Paris Opera or the Mariinsky, we’re all in this hopefully because we believe in the same thing, which is that this is something unique and special that we do, and we need to support each other.”
Read more in the Telegraph, 12 Feb 07

And Jenny Gilbert went to Paris to see the company last week – and found them possibly suffering the effects of jetlag. Read more in the Independent on Sunday, 11 Feb


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