The Russians Are Coming

Two big names arrive at ABT.
Published in the June/July 2009 issue.

Osipova Guest Stars

Twenty-three-year-old Bolshoi dynamo Natalia Osipova, known for her buoyant jump and vibrant stage presense, will appear as a guest artist with American Ballet Theatre during its spring season at the Metropolitan Opera House dancing Giselle and La Sylphide. Visit abt.org for more information. --MF

 

Ratmansky's On the Dnieper Premieres

Since last fall's announcement that Alexei Ratmansky--who recently stepped down as artistic director of the Bolshoi Ballet--would become American Ballet Theatre's resident choreographer, audiences have eagerly awaited his first work for the company. Will his creations for ABT rival the two ballets he's made so far for New York City Ballet--particularly the acclaimed Concerto DSCH?

Soon, they'll have an answer: ABT performs Ratmansky's new staging of On the Dnieper, a little-known Prokofiev piece, during the first weekk in June.  On the Dnieper is the highlight of an all-Prokofiev program that also features the company's premiere of James Kudelka's Desire and a revival of Balanchine's Prodigal Son (which will give ABT a chance to show off some of its spectacular male dancers--Ethan Stiefel, Angel Corella and Herman Cornejo are all cast in the title role). www.abt.org --MF