American Ballet Theatre principal dancer Jose Manuel Carreño will dance Prince Siegfried in Swan Lake, alongside Julie Kent in the role of Odette and Gillian Murphy as Odile, in his final company performance on June 30.
An on-stage reception with Carreño and ABT company members will immediately follow the performance. The performance is set for 7:30pm, with the reception beginning at 10:30pm, at the Metropolitan Opera House, New York City. All guests must have a performance ticket to attend the reception.
For more information on tickets, and to submit a reservation form to attend the reception, visit www.abt.org/performances/performance_display_1.asp?Event_ID=548.
A tribute to principal dancer Jose Manuel Carreño will highlight American Ballet Theatre’s opening-night gala May 16 at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City.
In honor of his farewell season, Carreño will be joined onstage by ABT’s Paloma Herrera and Xiomara Reyes, San Francisco Ballet’s Lorena Feijoo, Joan Boada, and Taras Domitro; and Boston Ballet’s Lorna Feijoo and Nelson Madrigal in the ABT premiere of Jorge Garcia’s Majisimo. Majisimo is set to music from Jules Massenet’s opera El Cid. The evening will also feature ABT principal dancers in highlights from the spring season.
Performance-only tickets, beginning at $25, are available online at www.abt.org, at the Metropolitan Opera House box office, or by calling 212.362.6000.
A gala dinner under the tent at Lincoln Center will follow the performance. Gala benefit tickets prices at $1,500, $2,000, and $2,500 include the performance and post-performance dinner. For gala benefit ticket information only, call ABT’s special events office at 212.477.3030 ext. 3239. A portion of the proceeds from the spring gala will support ABT’s education and community outreach programs.
Auditions for the Peridance Summer Intensive will be held March 20 and April 17 from 2:30 to 4pm at the Peridance Capezio Center, 126 East 13th Street, New York.
The intensive for dancers ages 14 to 18 will run July 5 to 30. Faculty already on board include: Igal Perry, Peridance artistic director; Jose Manuel Carreño, American Ballet Theatre principal; Susan Jaffe, former ABT principal; Luc de Lairesse, international master teacher; Andrea Miller, Gallim Dance artistic director; and Sidra Bell, Sidra Bell Dance New York artistic director.
Also, Jana Hicks, co-artistic director of The Next Stage Project; choreographer Korhan Basaran; Mary Ann Lamb and Mary Macleod of Chicago and Fosse; Bill Hastings, Broadway veteran of more than 50 musicals and plays; Nina Goldman of Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures; and Marnie Thomas, a former Martha Graham Dance Company dancer.
A New York farewell is scheduled for June 30, 2011, at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York, highlighted by a special performance of Swan Lake featuring Carreño as Prince Siegfried, with Julie Kent as Odette and Gillian Murphy as Odile.
After his retirement from ABT, Carreño plans to continue performing as a guest artist.
Carreño was born in Cuba, where he received his training at the Provincial School of Ballet and the National Ballet School. He won the Gold Medal at the New York International Ballet Competition in 1987 and the Grand Prix at the International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Mississippi, in 1990.
Carreño joined English National Ballet in 1990, where he danced leading roles in Romeo and Juliet, The Taming of the Shrew, A Stranger I Came, Études, Graduation Ball, and Prince Igor. In 1993, he joined The Royal Ballet as a principal dancer. His repertoire included the Bluebird in The Sleeping Beauty, Basilio in Don Quixote, Oberon and Puck in The Dream and a leading role in Herman Schmerman.
He joined ABT as a principal dancer in June 1995. His repertoire with the company includes the title role in Apollo, the leading role in Ballet Imperial, Solor in La Bayadère, Franz in Coppélia, Conrad, Ali, the Slave, and Lankendem in Le Corsaire, Basilio in Don Quixote, the third sailor in Fancy Free, Albrecht in Giselle, Des Grieux in Manon, the Cavalier in The Nutcracker, the pas de deux Diana and Acteon, the Man From the House Opposite in Pillar of Fire, the Warrior Chieftain in Polovtsian Dances, the Son in Prodigal Son, Jean de Brienne in Raymonda, Romeo in Romeo and Juliet, Prince Désiré in The Sleeping Beauty, Prince Siegfried in Swan Lake, the second movement in Symphony in C, the first and second variations in Variations for Four and leading roles in Push Comes to Shove, Theme and Variations, Without Words, Clear, Études, Overgrown Path, Petite Mort and Rabbit and Rogue. He created a leading role in Within You Without You: A Tribute to George Harrison.