American Ballet Theatre Announces World Premiere of Kevin McKenzie's Sleeping Beauty

Classic Arts News   American Ballet Theatre Announces World Premiere of Kevin McKenzie's Sleeping Beauty
 
The world premiere of the American Ballet Theatre's new production of Tchaikovsky's Sleeping Beauty will take place on June 1 at the Metropolitan Opera House.

The four-act ballet will be choreographed by Kevin McKenzie, assisted by Gelsey Kirkland, after the 19th-century original by Marius Petipa; scenery will be by Tony Walton, costumes by Willa Kim and lighting by Richard Pilbrow and Dawn Chiang.

Sleeping Beauty will receive eleven performances through June 9 at the Met, followed by performances in Segerstrom Hall at the Orange County Performing Arts Center in Costa Mesa, California from July 20-22.

Kevin McKenzie, a former ABT soloist and now the company's artistic director, has previously choreographed Swan Lake and The Nutcracker and has staged Don Quixote (in collaboration with Susan Jones) for ABT.

Gelsey Kirkland is a former dancer with New York City Ballet and joined ABT as principal dancer in 1974. Since 1986 she has primarily taught and coached at ABT, the Royal Ballet School, English National Ballet and the Australian Ballet.


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