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American Ballet Theatre
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School
Spring Performance 2008
(ABT/JKO School Website)
Kevin McKenzie, Artistic Director
Rachel Moore, Exec. Director
Franco De Vita, JKO School Principal
Mary Jo Ziesel, Dir., Education and Training
Molly Schnyder, Dir., Training Programs
Rebecca Schwartz, Educ. Asst.
Brian Sciara, Production Mgr. and Lighting Designer
Anna Frangos, Stage Manager
Julie Dougherty, Physical Therapist

Instructors: Franco De Vita, Principal
Wes Chapman, Artistic Dir., ABT II
Olga Dvorovenko, Susan Jaffe, Jessica Lang
Raymond Lukens, Clarice Marshall, Kirk Peterson
Lupe Serrano, Martine Van Hamel

At
Ailey Citigroup Theatre
405 West 55th Street at Ninth Avenue
New York, NY 10019
(Theatre Website)


Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower
March 22, 2008


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Program:

Primo Duetto: Choreography by Raymond Lukens, Music by Roberto De Simone, Performed by David Alvarez, Lindsay Karchin.

Coppélia (Friend’s Dance): Choreography by Frederic Franklin, Music by Léo Delibes, Staged by Lupe Serrano, Performed by Elise Miller, with Larissa Baseman, Kathryn Boren, Dembo, Daphne Fernberger, Alexandra McGlade, Cece Montgomery, Amber Neff, Seika Paradeis.

Flower Festival in Genzano (Male Variation): Choreography by August Bournonville, Music by Edvard Helsted, Staged by Kirk Peterson, Performed by David Alvarez.

Little Improvisations: Choreography by Antony Tudor, Music by Robert Schumann, Staged by Amanda McKerrow, Performed by Austin Finley and Angela Kenny.

Swan Lake (Act I, Pas de Trois) Choreography by Kevin McKenzie after Marius Petipa, Music by Peter Ilyitch Tchaikovsky, Staged by Kirk Peterson, Performed by Skylar Paley Brandt, Jonnathan Ramirez, Alison Stroming.

Inspired by… Choreography by Jessica Lang, Music by Arvo Pärt, Rehearsal Assistant, Kanji Segawa, Performed by Charlotte Campagnuolo, with Larissa Baseman, Kathryn Boren, Parker Brasser Vos, Clay Crider, Jennifer Florquin, Melisa Garat, Angela Kenny, Amber Neff, Colby Parsons, Olga Podprugin, Jonnathan Ramirez, Victor Rocha, Alison Stroming, Ariel Tagle Rose, Andrea Thompson, Miki Wakuta.

Grieg (World Premiere): Choreography by Raymond Lukens, Music by Edvard Grieg, Performed by David Alvarez and Seika Paradeis, with Anastasia Barsukova, Elias Baseman, Connie Bowman, Meghan Brulé, Selina Correa, Gabriella Czarniak, Katherine Farrell, Ellie Greenhouse, Lindsay Karchin, Catherine Martin, Cece Montgomery, Marie O’Keefe, Avery Reiners, Brandon Reiners, Erika Silverman.

Continuo: Choreography by Antony Tudor, Music by Johann Pachelbel, Staged by Donald Mahler, Performed by ABT II, Marie Thompson de la Rosa, Ty Gurfein, April Giangeruso, Calvin Royal III, Jainie Hieley, Brian Waldrep.

Renaissance Suite (World Premiere): Choreography by Kirk Peterson, Music by Tylman Susato, Performed by Parker Brasser-Vos, Charlotte Campagnuolo, Clay Crider, Thibaut Eiferman, Austin Finley, Jennifer Florquin, Melisa Garat, Jake Helgenberg, Jhonatan Mendez, Colby Parsons, Olga Podprugin, Jonnathan Ramirez, Victor Rocha, Ariel Tagle Rose, Andrea Thompson, Miki Wakuta.


In nine separate works presented tonight during the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at ABT’s Spring Performance, students from the Elementary, Intermediate, and Advanced Divisions were poised, confident, balanced, and visibly thrilled to entertain family, friends, and the New York ballet community. Franco De Vita, JKO School Principal, and his staff put together a diverse selection of traditional and new ballets that showed the talent and strengths of the JKO ballet students. Showcased tonight were upcoming male virtuosos, such as David Alvarez, Jonnathan Ramirez, Austin Finley, and upcoming female ballerinas, such as Lindsay Karchin, Elise Miller, Angela Kenny, Skylar Paley Brandt, Alison Stroming, Charlotte Campagnuolo, and Seika Paradeis. In addition, three couples from ABT II performed the eighth of nine dances with showmanship and persuasion.

Raymond Lukens choreographed Primo Duetto, a sensitive and romantic work, with David Alvarez and Lindsay Karchin using their heads and torsos for enhanced expression of the lovely mood. Elise Miller was a buoyant Swanhilda, in Coppélia, as she led her “friends” in a lacy peasant motif, with up-stretched arms and impressive elevation. The Bournonville work, a solo for David Alvarez, included en air spins, rapid leaps, and awesome choreography for a young man with a compact, taut physique. The Tudor duo, staged by the retired ABT principal, Amanda McKerrow, was uncomplicated with a shawl as a changeable prop. Angela Kenny and Austin Finley were charming and charismatic.

Before the intermission, we were treated to a talented trio in the Swan Lake Act I, Pas de Trois. Skylar Paley Brandt used expansiveness and personality in developing her character. Her spins were presented with passion. Jonnathan Ramirez, like David Alvarez, is a powerhouse of youthful exuberance, and Alison Stroming was beyond her years in professional poise. The partnering was well-timed and seamless. After the intermission, the Lang work was performed by Charlotte Campagnuolo and an ensemble of sixteen. In a vision of purple, the students worked their motion into the mood of Arvo Pärt’s soulful score. Raymond Lukens choreographed a world premiere to music by Edvard Grieg, simply called Grieg, and I recognized passages from Peer Gynt. David Alvarez appeared again, this time with Seika Paradeis and an ensemble of fifteen. David will be starring in the upcoming Broadway production of Billy Elliott, and he and Seika took command of the stage in an astounding few minutes of ravishing energy. The ensemble was indicative of the growing talent of the JKO School.

Another Tudor work, Continuo, was showcased by the three couples from ABT II. At first, one couple at a time appeared in silky white, and the smoothness of this dance in Canon form (as in Pachelbel’s Canon in D) was fascinating. Renaissance Suite, another premiere, choreographed by Kirk Peterson, featured an ensemble of sixteen, again from the JKO School students. The students individually and in ensemble persuaded the audience that the future of ballet is exciting, as these young dancers will surely join the ranks of companies around the globe. Kudos to the administration, staff, and students of the JKO School at ABT, as well as the ABT II performers for a stunning Spring Performance 2008.



Students of the JKO School at ABT
Spring Performance
Courtesy of Rosalie O'Connor


Students of the JKO School at ABT
Spring Performance
Courtesy of Rosalie O'Connor


Students of the JKO School at ABT
Spring Performance
Courtesy of Rosalie O'Connor


Students of the JKO School at ABT
Spring Performance
Courtesy of Rosalie O'Connor


Students of the JKO School at ABT
Spring Performance
Courtesy of Rosalie O'Connor




For more information, contact Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower at zlokower@bestweb.net