Overview

Following sold–out performances of The Sleeping Beauty two years ago, American Ballet Theatre returns with one of their signature productions. The Shakespeare tragedy of star-crossed lovers comes to life in this rich and sensual interpretation by Kenneth MacMillan. Sergei Prokofiev’s instantly recognizable music underscores the lyric beauty and passion of this beloved ballet.

Stephen Lord – “This work, which I saw many years ago with Margot Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev, was a revelation for me artistically. Sometimes, music and dance alone can speak emotionally much louder than words.”


Presented in partnership with University Musical Society.

Dance Talk
Begins in the theater one hour before curtain. Informative, fun, and free to all ticketed patrons.

Principal Casting*

Thu., Feb. 8 at 7:30 PM
Misty Copeland, Juliet
Herman Cornejo, Romeo
Jeffrey Cirio, Mercutio

Fri., Feb. 9 at 7:30 PM
Hee Seo, Juliet
Cory Stearns, Romeo
Daniil Simkin, Mercutio

Sat., Feb. 10 at 2:00 PM
Stella Abrera, Juliet
James Whiteside, Romeo
Arron Scott, Mercutio

Sat., Feb. 10 at 7:30 PM
Isabella Boylston, Juliet
David Hallberg, Romeo
Gabe Stone Shayer, Mercutio

Sun., Feb. 11 at 2:30 PM
Misty Copeland, Juliet
Herman Cornejo, Romeo
Jeffrey Cirio, Mercutio

*Casting subject to change.

Artists

Misty Copeland

Juliet

February 8 & 11

Born in Kansas City, Missouri and raised in San Pedro, California, Misty Copeland began her ballet studies at the age of 13 at the San Pedro Dance Center.  At the age of 15 she won first place in the Music Center Spotlight Awards and continued her training at the Lauridsen Ballet Center.  Copeland has studied at American Ballet Theatre’s Summer Intensive on full scholarship and was awarded ABT’s National Coca-Cola Scholar in 2000.  Copeland joined ABT’s Studio Company in September 2000, became a member of the corps de ballet in April 2001 and was appointed a Soloist in August 2007.  She was appointed Principal Dancer with ABT in August 2015.  Copeland was a recipient of a 2008 Annenberg Fellowship. She is the recipient of a 2014 Dance Magazine Award and was named to the 2015 TIME 100 by TIME Magazine.  Copeland is the author of the best-selling memoir, Life in Motion, children’s book Firebird and Ballerina Body.

Misty Copeland

Juliet

February 8 & 11

Herman Cornejo

Romeo

February 8 & 11

Herman Cornejo was born in Argentina and began his ballet studies in Buenos Aires at Teatro Colon’s Instituto Superior de Arte. He continued his studies at the School of American Ballet and in 1997 won the Gold Medal at the VIIII International Dance Competition in Moscow   Cornejo has performed with Julio Bocca’s Ballet Argentino and has appeared as a Guest Artist with New York City Ballet, Boston Ballet, Teatro Argentino de La Plata, Barcelona Ballet and Ballet Dortmund.  In 1999 he joined American Ballet Theatre, was promoted to Soloist in 2000 and to Principal Dancer in 2003. Cornejo’s awards include the Peace Messenger by UNESCO, the Benois de la Danse in 2005 and 2014, the Argentinian Pride Award and the 2013 Bessie Award for male dancer of the year.

Herman Cornejo

Romeo

February 8 & 11

Jeffrey Cirio

Mercutio

February 8 & 11

Jeffrey Cirio began his ballet training at the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, under the direction of Marcia Dale Weary. In 2006, he was awarded a gold medal in the New York finals of Youth America Grand Prix and went on to win a bronze medal at the 2006 U.S. International Ballet Competition in Jackson, MS.  Cirio was the first American to be awarded a gold medal at the Helsinki International Ballet Competition in 2009, and won a coveted Princess Grace Fellowship that same year. Cirio joined Boston Ballet as a member of the corps de ballet in 2009, was promoted to Second Soloist in 2010, Soloist in 2011 and Principal in 2012. He joined American Ballet Theatre as a Soloist in 2015 and was appointed a Principal Dancer in August 2016.

Jeffrey Cirio

Mercutio

February 8 & 11

Hee Seo

Juliet

Feb 9

Born in Seoul, South Korea, Hee Seo began her ballet training in her hometown at the Sun-hwa Arts Middle School.  She was awarded a three-year full scholarship to continue her training at the Universal Ballet Academy in Washington, D. C.  In 2003, Seo won a scholarship to train at the John Cranko Ballet Academy in Stuttgart.  She is the recipient of the 2003 Prix de Lausanne Award and the 2003 Grand Prix at Youth American Grand Prix in New York.  She joined ABT’s Studio Company in 2004, the main Company as an apprentice in May 2005, and the corps de ballet in March 2006.  Seo was appointed a Soloist in August 2010 and a Principal Dancer in July 2012.

Hee Seo

Juliet

Feb 9

Cory Stearns

Romeo

February 9

Born on Long Island, New York, Cory Stearns began his classical training at Seiskaya Ballet with Mme. Valia Seiskaya.  At 15, he participated in the Youth America Grand Prix and was offered a full scholarship to The Royal Ballet School in London.  Upon graduating from The Royal Ballet School, he received, for the second year, the Dame Ruth Railton Award for excellence in dance.  Stearns joined American Ballet Theatre’s Studio Company in September 2004, the main Company as an apprentice in 2005, and the corps de ballet in 2006. He was appointed a Soloist in 2009 and promoted to Principal Dancer in 2011.  Stearns won the 2009 Erik Bruhn Prize for best male dancer.

Cory Stearns

Romeo

February 9

Daniil Simkin

Mercutio

February 9

Daniil Simkin was born in Russia to a ballet family.  In 1990, the family settled in Wiesbaden, Germany, where Simkin first appeared on the stage often alongside his father Dmitrij Simkin.  At age 10, Simkin began his training under the direction of his mother, Olga Aleksandrova. He joined the ballet company of the Vienna State Opera in 2006 as a demi-soloist and danced his first principal role, Basilio in Don Quixote, as a guest with the Lithuanian National Opera in 2007.  Simkin joined American Ballet Theatre as a Soloist in October 2008 and was promoted to Principal Dancer in November 2012. Simkin’s awards include the Senior Gold Medal at the USA International Ballet Competition in Jackson 2006, Grand Prix International Ballet Competition Helsinki 2005 and First Prize and Gold Medal at the 21st International Ballet Competition in Varna 2004.

Daniil Simkin

Mercutio

February 9

Stella Abrera

Juliet

February 10, 2:00PM

Stella Abrera of South Pasadena, California, began her studies with Philip and Charles Fuller and Cynthia Young at Le Studio in Pasadena. She joined American Ballet Theatre as a member of the corps de ballet in 1996 and was appointed a Soloist in 2001. She was promoted to Principal Dancer in August 2015.

Abrera created the roles of His Memory and His Experiences in HereAfter, the Spanish Dance in Ratmansky’s The Nutcracker, the Fairy Violente (Temperament) in Ratmansky’s The Sleeping Beauty, His Mistress in Weren’t We Fools?, and leading roles in Pièce d’Occasion with Herbie Hancock.

Abrera received the Gold Medal at the Royal Academy of Dancing’s Adeline Genée Awards in London in 1995.

Stella Abrera

Juliet

February 10, 2:00PM

James Whiteside

Romeo

February 10, 2:00PM

Born in Fairfield, Connecticut, James Whiteside joined the corps de ballet of Boston Ballet in 2003 and became a second soloist in 2006. He was promoted to first soloist in 2008 and to principal dancer with Boston Ballet in 2009.

Whiteside joined American Ballet Theatre as a Soloist in September 2012 and was named a Principal Dancer in October 2013.

He created The Man in AfterEffect and leading roles in Serenade after Plato’s Symposium and With a Chance of Rain.

James Whiteside

Romeo

February 10, 2:00PM

Arron Scott

Mercutio

February 10, 2:00PM

Raised in State College, Pennsylvania, Arron Scott started his training at the Ballet Theatre of Central Pennsylvania at nine. He has danced on full scholarships at American Ballet Theatre, Pacific Northwest Ballet School and the School of American Ballet summer programs as well as being 2002-2003 ABT National Training Scholar. He trained for two years at the School of American Ballet where he was awarded the Rudolf Nureyev Scholarship.

Arron Scott

Mercutio

February 10, 2:00PM

Isabella Boylston

Juliet

February 10, 7:30 PM

Born in Sun Valley, Idaho, Isabella Boylston began dancing at the age of three. While training at the Academy of Colorado Ballet, she won the gold medal in 2001 at Youth America Grand Prix Finals in New York City. In 2002, she began training at the Harid Conservatory in Boca Raton, Florida on a full scholarship.  Boylston joined the ABT Studio Company in 2005, the main Company as an apprentice in May 2006 and the corps de ballet in March 2007.  She won the 2009 Princess Grace Award and was nominated for the 2010 Prix Benois de la Danse.  She was promoted to Soloist in June 2011 and received the Clive Barnes Award in the same year.  Boylston was a recipient of the 2014 Annenberg Fellowship and was promoted to Principal Dancer in August 2014.

Isabella Boylston

Juliet

February 10, 7:30 PM

David Hallberg

Romeo

February 10, 7:30PM

Born in Rapid City, South Dakota, David Hallberg began his ballet training at 13 with Kee Juan Han at the Arizona Ballet School in Phoenix.  In 1999, he was accepted into the Paris Opera Ballet School where he continued his studies under the direction of Claude Bessy, Jacques Namont and Gilbert Meyer.  Hallberg attended American Ballet Theatre’s New York Summer Intensive in 1999 and 2000, joined ABT’s Studio Company in 2000, and became a member of the corps de ballet in 2001.  He was promoted to Soloist in 2004 and to Principal Dancer in 2006.  Hallberg’s numerous awards include the Princess Grace Fellowship and the Chris Hellman Dance Award for 2002-2003, a nomination for the Benois de la Danse Award in 2006 and the Benois de la Danse Award in 2010.  Hallberg is the author of the memoir A Body of Work.

David Hallberg

Romeo

February 10, 7:30PM

Gabe Stone Shayer

Mercutio

February 10, 7:30PM

Gabe Stone Shayer was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1993. He began his formal training at 11 with Alexei Boltov and Alexei and Natalia Cherov in Philadelphia. At 13 he was offered the lead role in the world premiere of a modern ballet, Darfur as a guest principal with the Rebecca Davis Dance Company which subsequently toured the United States.

Gabe Stone Shayer

Mercutio

February 10, 7:30PM

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