ABT Studio Company at MHC December 8-9

Posted: November 27, 2006

The nationally acclaimed second company of American Ballet Theatre will present a program of classic ballet works complimented by innovative modern choreography Friday, December 8, at 8 pm and Saturday, December 9, at 2 pm and 8 pm in the Studio Theatre at Kendall Sports and Dance Complex.

ABT Studio Company, now entering its twelfth season, is a small classical company of 12 young dancers of outstanding talent. The dancers, ages 16-20, are handpicked from around the world by the artistic staff of American Ballet Theatre. Studio Company dancers train in the program for one or two years before joining American Ballet Theatre's main company or other leading national and international professional companies. In addition to classic repertory pieces, ABT Studio Company performs works created specifically for the company, which provide opportunities for the emergence of new and established choreographers and composers. The New York Times has said of the company: "The most successful and prominent second company in the country."

Highlights from the program this year will include works by new artistic director Kirk Peterson. Peterson brings a wealth of experience and choreographic breadth to the Studio Company. Eyes That Gently Touch, set to the music of Philip Glass, is a series of pas de deuxs with intricately expressive choreography. Jardin Aux Lilias, choreographed by Antony Tudor and staged by Donald Mahler, will also be performed. One of Tudor's great masterpieces, Jardin Aux Lilias portrays the lovers' bittersweet relationship constrained by Victorian strictures.

Mount Holyoke College gratefully acknowledges the Rosh Foundation Artistic Initiatives Fund and Robin Chemers Neustein '75 for supporting the ABT Studio Company performance at Mount Holyoke.

Reservations are strongly recommended and can be made by calling 413-538-2848 or emailing dance-reservations@mtholyoke.edu beginning November 28. Ticket prices are $16 for general admission and $8 for students and seniors.

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