April 17, 2015 at 7:00 pm

 

This spectacular evening of dance offered an intimate look at some of the world’s most renowned ballet companies performing varied and rarely-seen contemporary works representative of each world-famous institution, many never seen in NYC. Celebrated international ballet star, David Hallberg, created a program in which he shared his unique perspective of the companies where he has performed extensively throughout his career and which have left indelible impressions on him as an artist.

The evening was presented in association with Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP), a non-profit educational organization with a mission to support and develop world-class dancers ages 9 to 19 of all ethnic, economic, and geographic backgrounds by providing scholarship auditions and educational and performance opportunities. YAGP is a global network of dance, connecting students, teachers, schools, dancers, dance companies, and audiences worldwide.

 

PROGRAM

TOKYO BALLET – US DEBUT
Bhakti III (Maurice Bejart) – US PREMIERE
Japan’s most celebrated ballerina, Mizuka Ueno, leads the dancers of Tokyo Ballet to present the U.S. debut of this 20th Century masterpiece by one of the most celebrated choreographers of our era – after it has thrilled audiences at the Paris Opera, La Scala, and Mariinsky.

MARIINSKY BALLET
Choreographic Game 3×3 (Anton Pimonov) – US PREMIERE
The incomparable ballerina Ekaterina Kondaurova leads an all-star cast from the Mariinsky Ballet in a new work by one of the most exciting young Russian choreographers working today.

BOLSHOI BALLET
Marco Spada (Pierre Lacotte) – US PREMIERE
Evgenia Obraztsova and Igor Tsvirko bring to life the revival of Rudolph Nureyev’s favorite ballet – created for him, reconstructed exclusively for Bolshoi Ballet last year, and never before seen in the US.

AUSTRALIAN BALLET
Unspoken Dialogues (Stephen Baynes) – US PREMIERE
Iconic Australian ballerina, Amber Scott, brings to the American audiences one of Australian Ballet’s most cherished, intimate love duets.

AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE STUDIO COMPANY
Untitled (Pontus Lidberg) – WORLD PREMIERE
This new work by a rising star on the international choreographic scene was specially commissioned by David Hallberg exclusively for the LEGACY program, fulfilling David’s passion for developing the stars of tomorrow.

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Photography: Henry Leutwyler