Initial Casting Announced for American Ballet Theatre's 2013 Fall Season; Guillaume Cote Set to Appear as Guest Artist

Casting for American Ballet Theatre's 2013 Fall Season at the David H. Koch Theater was announced today by Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie.

The Opening Night Program on Wednesday, October 30 will be highlighted by the World Premiere of Alexei Ratmansky's The Tempest led by Marcelo Gomes as Prospero, Daniil Simkin as Ariel, and Herman Cornejo as Caliban. Cory Stearns, Gabe Stone Shayer and James Whiteside will debut in the roles at the Sunday matinee, November 3 performance. The ballet, set in one act, will be performed to music written for the Shakespeare play by Jean Sibelius. Adapted from William Shakespeare's play The Tempest, the ballet features sets and costumes by Santo Loquasto and lighting by Robert Wierzel. Tony-Award winning director Mark Lamos will serve at the production's dramaturg.

The Opening Night Gala will also include a new production of George Balanchine's Theme and Variations danced by Gillian Murphy and James Whiteside, making his debut with ABT in the role. Polina Semionova will debut in the ballet's leading role opposite Cory Stearns on Saturday evening, November 2. This new production, set to music by Peter Ilyitch Tchiakovsky, features new costumes by Zach Brown, with lighting by David K.H. Elliott.

American Ballet Theatre's Revival Premiere of Twyla Tharp's Bach Partita, set for Friday evening November 1, features debuts by Polina Semionova, Gillian Murphy, Stella Abrera, James Whiteside, Marcelo Gomes and Calvin Royal. On Tuesday, November 5, Veronika Part, Paloma Herrera, Isabella Boylston, JarEd Matthews, Joseph Gorak and Craig Salstein will debut in the principal roles. Staged by Susan Jones, Bach Partita is set to Johann Sebastian Bach's Partita No. 2 in D minor for solo violin and features costumes by Santo Loquasto and lighting by Jennifer Tipton. Bach Partita was created for ABT in 1983 and was last performed by the Company in 1985.

Michel Fokine's Les Sylphides will be given its Revival Premiere on Friday, November 1 with Hee Seo, Isabella Boylston and Sarah Lane making their debuts in leading roles. Cory Stearns and Polina Semionova will debut in the leading roles, alongside Veronika Part and Melanie Hamrick, at the matinee on Saturday, November 2. Set to music by Frédéric Chopin, Les Sylphides, a one act plotless work, was given its Company Premiere at Ballet Theatre's inaugural performance on January 11, 1940 at the Center Theatre in New York City. The ballet received its first performance at the Maryinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg on March 8, 1908. Les Sylphides, which features scenery by Alexandre Benois and lighting by David K.H. Elliott, was last performed by ABT in 2005.

More On: American Ballet Theatre, Marcelo Gomes, Herman Cornejo, Cory Stearns, James White, William Shakespeare, Santo Loquasto, Robert Wierzel, Mark Lamos, George Balanchine.

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