New York Diary


Ratmansky's Harlequinade

A brand new production of Harlequinade, staged by Alexei Ratmansky after the original by Marius Petipa, will be premiered by American Ballet Theatre on 4 June with Isabella Boylston as Columbine, James Whiteside as Harlequin, Gillian Murphy as Pierrette and Thomas Forster as Pierrot. Sarah Lane, Jeffrey Cirio, Stella Abrera and David Hallberg will lead the ballet for the first time on 5 June. There will be debuts by Misty Copeland (Columbine), Daniil Simkin (Harlequin), Hee Seo (Pierrette) and Alexandre Hammoudi (Pierrot) at the 6 June matinee, and by Cassandra Trenary (Columbine), Gabe Stone Shayer (Harlequin), Christine Shevchenko (Pierrette) and Blaine Hoven (Pierrot) at the evening performance. A comic ballet in two-acts, Harlequinade is set to music by Riccardo Drigo and was originally premiered in 1900 in St Petersburg. The new production will feature sets and costumes by Robert Perdziola and lighting by Brad Fields. Harlequinade is a co-production with The Australian Ballet. 

This short film is by Ezra Hurwitz.

ABT at the Met


Royal Ballet principal dancer who will be performing Giselle with ABT at the Met in May. © Emma Kauldhar by courtesy of the ROH

Casting for ABT at the Met has been announced. Guest artists include Natalia Osipova who is scheduled to partner David Hallberg in Giselle, and Alessandra Ferri who will perform in the world premiere cast of Wayne McGregor's AFTERITE at the Spring gala on 21 May. See complete LISTINGS below.

Screen shot Duncan


The Annual Isadora Duncan Birthday Celebration will take place on 24 May, 4:30 - 5:30 pm near the Bethesda Fountain in Central Park. 

YAGP, New York Finals and Gala


Youth America Grand Prix is the world’s largest global dance network, and there can be no doubting that it admirably fulfils its mission statement: “To support and develop world-class dancers, ages 9-19, of all economic, ethnic and geographic backgrounds by providing scholarship auditions, performance and education opportunities, and by serving as the global network of dance, connecting students, teachers, schools, dance companies, dancers, and audiences.” Since its foundation in 1999 by the awe-inspiring Larissa and Gennadi Saveliev, the organisation has extended and expanded to achieve a truly global reach; this year no fewer than 10,000 young dancers entered the competition from countries on every continent except Antarctica. The logistical difficulties involved in such an enterprise, with preliminary heats all over the world, hardly bear thinking about, and it is testament to the determination and sheer hard work of the founders that the concept develops and gains in stature each year. Highly respected judges came from all quarters. 

Of the original 10,000+ entrants, 1,500 were selected to attend the finals in New York, taking place over several days and culminating in the Final Round at Lincoln Center, where 50 Juniors (aged 12-14) and 45 Seniors (15-19) danced their hearts out in pursuit of the various opportunities on offer, including the chance to perform at the YAGP gala the following evening. A full report on the YAGP New York Finals and Gala will be published in the June issue of Dance Europe.


Metropolitan Opera House,, Lincoln Center

Tel +1 212 362 600


Thu. Eve., May 24, 7:30 P.M.
FIREBIRD Shevchenko, Forster, Abrera, Stearns
AFTERITE Teuscher, Boylston, Brandt, Hurlin, Shealy, Shayer, Forster, Sebastian, Scott, Ahn, Simkin, Maloney, Whiteley

Fri. Eve., May 25, 7:30 P.M.
FIREBIRD Teuscher, Hammoudi, Brandt, Zhurbin
AFTERITE Ferri+, Copeland, Seo, Trenary, S. Williams, Cornejo, Whiteside, Stearns, Hoven, Royal, Cirio, Bell, Lyle

Sat. Mat., May 26, 2:00 P.M. 
FIREBIRD Shevchenko, Forster, Hurlin**, Zhurbin
AFTERITE Ferri+, Copeland, Seo, Trenary, S. Williams, Cornejo, Whiteside, Stearns, Hoven, Royal, Cirio, Bell, Lyle

Sat. Eve., May 26, 8:00 P.M.
FIREBIRD Copeland, Cornejo, Trenary, Lyle
AFTERITE Teuscher, Boylston, Brandt, Hurlin, Shealy, Shayer, Forster, Sebastian, Scott, Ahn, Simkin, Maloney, Whiteley

Tue. Eve., May 29, 7:30 P.M. 
La Bayadère Seo, Kim+, Murphy

Wed. Mat., May 30, 2:00 P.M.
La Bayadère Teuscher*, Ahn*, Shevchenko*

Wed. Eve., May 30, 7:30 P.M.
La Bayadère Lane*, Cornejo, Brandt*

Thu. Eve., May 31, 7:30 P.M.
La Bayadère Boylston*, Cirio*, Copeland

Fri. Eve., June 1, 7:30 P.M.
La Bayadère Seo, Kim+, Murphy

Sat. Mat., June 2, 2:00 P.M.
La Bayadère  Teuscher, Ahn, Trenary*

Sat. Eve., June 2, 8:00 P.M.
La Bayadère Boylston, Cirio, Copeland

Mon. Eve., June 4, 7:30 P.M.
Harlequinade (World Premiere)
Boylston, Whiteside, Murphy, Forster

Tue. Eve., June 5, 7:30 P.M.
Harlequinade Lane*, Cirio*, Abrera*, Hallberg*

Wed. Mat., June 6, 2:00 P.M.
Harlequinade Copeland*, Simkin*, Seo*, Hammoudi*

Wed. Eve., June 6, 7:30 P.M.
Harlequinade Trenary*, Shayer*, Shevchenko*, Hoven*

Thu. Eve., June 7, 7:30 P.M.
Harlequinade Boylston, Whiteside, Murphy, Forster

Fri. Eve., June 8, 7:30 P.M.
Harlequinade  Lane, Cirio, Abrera, Hallberg

Sat. Mat., June 9, 2:00 P.M.
Harlequinade Trenary, Shayer, Shevchenko, Hoven

Sat. Eve., June 9, 8:00 P.M.
Harlequinade Copeland, Simkin, Seo, Hammoudi

 + Guest Artist * Debut in role ** Debut in role in New York 

David H. Koch Theater, Lincoln Center

Tel +1 212 496 0600

New York City Ballet

Concerto Barocco/Agon/The Four Temperaments 
3/06, 15:00 

(Spring Gala) Circus Polka/New Peck 2/New Carlyle/The Four Seasons 
3/06, 19:00; 5/05, 20:00

Mozartiana/Not Our Fate/Pulcinella Variations/Glass Pieces 
24, 29, 30, 31/05, 19:30

25/05, 1/06, 20:00; 26/05, 2/06, 14:00 & 20:00; 27/05, 15:00.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
CELEBRATE WOMENEN (World Premiere)/A Case of You (New Production)/Shelter (New Production)/Revelations 13/06, 19:30 & 16//06, 20:00

Ailey Spirit Gala Performance (includes Revelations) 14/06, 19:00

AILEY THEN & NOW: Stack-Up (New Production)/Mass/In/Side/Revelations 15/06, 20:00 & 17/06, 15:00

MUSICAL ICONS: Members Don't Get Weary/The Golden Section/Ella/Revelations 16/06, 14:00; 17/06. 19:30

The Joyce Theater  

175 Eighth Avenue, NY 10011

Tel +1 212 242 0800

Parsons Dance
WP ch: Parsons/Ma Maison/Wolfgang 15 - 27/05.

Rioult Dance NY Dream Suite 30/05 - 3/06.

Ballet Tech Kids Dance 7 - 10/06.

Philadanco! Folded Prism 12 - 17/06.

Madboots Dance MASC 19 - 23/06.

Sean Dorsey Dance The Missing Generation 20 - 23/06.

Dimensions Dance Theatre of Miami 
Light Rain/Esferas 26, 27/06.

The Masque of the Red Death 28, 29/06.

BalletX 30/06, 1/07.

Ashley Bouder Project 
In Pursuit of… 2 - 5/07.

The Tank

312 West 36th St
Reservations: 800.838.3006

The Sokolow Theater/Dance Ensemble 
Modern Rebels 29 & 30/05.