Ballet At The Met
American Ballet Theater
Founded in 1940, the American Ballet Theater is now recognised as one of the most esteemed dance companies in the world. Honoured by US Congress in 2006 by being named the National Ballet Company of America, the troupe’s productions of both new and classic ballets have toured the nation every year since the beginning, as well as entertained audiences in 42 countries around the globe.
With May 2013 marking their return to New York’s famed Metropolitan Opera House, ABT celebrates with a month-long run on the iconic stage featuring 5 stellar performances. From May 31-June the company will perform the world premiere of the Shostakovich Trilogy - three one-act ballets choreographed by Alexei Ratmansky and exploring the musical genius of Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich. Led by a star-studded cast of male dancers, and telling the exotic tale of a pirate’s infatuation with a beautiful harem girl, Le Corsaire runs June 4-8, before Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s masterful interpretation of Shakespeare’s ill-fated love story Romeo and Juliet takes to the stage for 6 performances starting on June 10. The world’s best loved ballet, Swan Lake, then arrives set to Tchaikovsky’s beautiful score, before the fast-paced fantasy fable of Sylvia rounds off the month, running from June 24-29. Curtain up!