ABT Gives Restored Sylvia U.S. Premiere

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American Ballet Theatre presents the United States premiere of a new two-act version of Frederick Ashton's Sylvia tonight at the Metropolitan Opera House.

Performances of the ballet run through June 15.

Gillian Murphy and Maxim Beloserkovsky will play the lead roles in the ballet about the love of the shepherd Aminta for the chaste nymph Sylvia. Sylvia, set to the score by L_o Delibes, was staged by Christopher Newton, former dancer and ballet master for the Royal Ballet, where the new production premiered last November.

The new Sylvia is a recreation of Ashton's original three-act ballet, which was created for the ballerina Margot Fonteyn and first performed in 1952. After 1959, it was no longer performed, and in 1967 Ashton later cut the work down to one act. The current version was created from archival film and Newton's own experience, because Ashton did not use dance notation.

The new production features costumes by Christopher and Robin Ironside and additional designs by Peter Farmer.

Other dancers to be featured in the lead roles include Julie Kent and Ethan Stiefel, Paloma Herrera and Angel Corella, and Michele Wiles and Marcelo Gomes.

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