American Ballet Theatre's ABT II

Barbara, Interplay, Allegro Brillante, The Sleeping Beauty "Rose Adagio," Pavlovsk, Flames of Paris Pas de Deux
Past event
Oct 09, 2010
American Ballet Theatre's ABT II

"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,
Jerome Robbins.

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

Pavlovsk (2009)
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.

Presented with support from Alliance Française of Minneapolis/St Paul, David Abele Realty, Bradstreet Craftshouse, and Fleur de Lis Fresh Flowers.

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.

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