"There was a purity that was inspiring: a bare stage, marvelous costumes, a smart mix of classic
and contemporary ballet. And most important, a group of poised young dancers on
the cusp of their careers."
–St. Petersburg Times
ABT II represents the next generation of world-class ballet
with twelve dancers hand selected from around the world by American Ballet
Theatre. Now entering their 16th season, their youthful flexibility
molds to the traditions of American Ballet Theatre even excelling beyond to
include contemporary choreography. ABT II serves as a bridge between professional ballet training,
performance, and American Ballet Theatre's educational outreach program.
Their talent cascades throughout George Balanchine's Allegro Brillante, a fast-paced fusion
of precise timing, strong dancing, and breadth of gesture in which Balanchine
said: "It contains everything I know about the classical ballet in 13 minutes."
The dancers then morph to the wildly creative dance of Canadian choreographer
Aszure Barton using quick turns, and exhilarating moves to the French music of
Barbara (also known as Monique Andrée Serf). As if their energy never stops,
the program includes Interplay, an
infectiously high-spirited ballad of playful dance by famed choreographer,
Wes Chapman, Artistic Director
Barbara (2008) Aszure Barton
Music by Barbara
Interplay (1945) Jerome Robbins
Music by Morton Gould
Allegro Brillante (1956) George Balanchine
Music by Pyotr Ilyich
The Sleeping Beauty "Rose Adagio" (1890)
Choreography by Wes Chapman after Marius Petipa
Choreography by Roger VanFleteren
Music by Karen LeFrak
ABT II Commission
Flames of Paris (1932) Pas de Deux
Choreography by Wes Chapman after Vasily Vainonen
Funding is provided in part by a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature, a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and private funders.
The 10-11 Northrop Season is presented with special support from Project SUCCESS.
Presented as part of U of M Parents Weekend.
Artists and programs subject to change.