Above photo: Elisabeth Beyer. Check out the American Ballet Theatre Studio Company Winter Festival Tuesday and Wednesday at 7 pm on ABT’s YouTube channel. The festival features new works from New York City Ballet’s Lauren Lovette and Hope Boykin along with works by Amy Hall Garner, Marius Petipa, Alexei Ratmansky, Brendan Saye, Antony Tudor, and Rostislav Zakharov. The dancers rehearsed at a ballet bubble at Goodspeed Musicals in East Haddam, Connecticut, and at Kaatsbaan Cultural Park in Tivoli, New York, following protocol to protect against the pandemic. The performances were filmed at Kaatsbaan.
The Tuesday performance will open with a mix of classic and neo-classical works, along with Studio Company premieres and a world premiere. Lovette, a Principal Dancer with the New York City Ballet, choreographed La Follia Variations just before the pandemic forced the studio to close. It is her second work for the company. Also on the program are Garner’s Escapades and a suite from Seven Sonatas by Ratmansky, who is the resident choreographer at ABT. The ballet was premiered by ABT in 2009. The evening will also include excerpts from the Ukrainian folk dance Gopak by Zakharov, and from Antony Tudor’s The Leaves are Fading.
The festival continues Wednesday with For What Is It All Worth? by Boykin, a dancer with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater; Class Concert choreographed by Studio Company director Sascha Radetsky; Grey Verses by Brendan Saye, a principal dancer with the National Ballet of Canada; and a suite from the classic Le Corsaire by Petipa, staged by Radetsky.
The virtual event features 14 dancers from the company, which is affiliated with ABT and often serves as a feeder into the main troupe. It is hosted by ABT Studio Company alumni Isabella Boylston and Calvin Royal III.
Check out Hadley Suter’s article in Pointe Magazine for more detail.
This production looks promising coming off of the dreadful ABT Today-The Future Starts Now gala performance in the fall. ABT’s fall effort was dull, having little impact and lasting value.