NEW YORK—The American Ballet Theatre (ABT) has returned to the Metropolitan Opera House for its spring season, and includes such classics as “La Bayadere,” “Gisele,” “Coppélia,” and “Swan Lake” among others in a season that runs through July 5.
A recent performance featured two works choreographed by the late, legendary George Balanchine. “Theme and Variations” and “Duo Concertant” appeared in a program with the revival of “Gaîté Parisienne,” staged for ABT by Leonide Massine. The company last performed this ballet in 1999.
“Themes and Variations” was danced to Tchaikovsky’s Suite No. 3, with stunning costumes by Zack Brown. The principal dancers were Isabella Boylston (in for the injured Gillian Murphy) and guest artist Andrew Veyette.
“Duo Concertant” was movingly performed by Misty Copeland and Eric Tamm. The musicians playing the Stravinsky were on stage throughout.
The classic “Gaîté Parisienne” was artfully performed by the company to Offenbach’s music, leading up to the stunning Can can. Christian Lacroix’s fabulous costumes added to the beauty and drama of the piece.
In addition to its school and children’s workshops during the season, ABT is known for its world travels from Oman to Tokyo.
Being constantly on the go has only heightened the American Ballet Theatre’s reputation and the anticipation preceding every performance and every season is well deserved.
One bit of trivia you may not know, each dancer is allocated 10 pair of pointe shoes per week!