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Onstage This Week: British Premieres at the Joffrey, ABT Studio Company at the Joyce, NYCB's Spring Season Opens, and More!

American Ballet Theatre Studio Company in Lauren Lovette's Le Jeune. Erin Baiano, Courtesy The Joyce Theater.

Wonder what's going on in ballet this week? We've rounded up some highlights.


The Joffrey Ballet Celebrates British Choreographers With a Program of Premieres

April 24-May 5, Joffrey Ballet presents Across the Pond, a program celebrating British choreographers that includes two world premieres. First up is a new work by Andrew McNicol, a London-based freelancer who's worked with The Royal Ballet, Royal Ballet of Flanders, The New York Choreographic Institute and many more. Also on the list are the world premiere of Andrea Walker's Home, inspired by by the personal stories of the DREAMers, and the company premiere of Liam Scarlett's Vespertine.

NYCB's Spring Season Opens This Week

Spring must be upon us, because New York City Ballet is back in season. The company will present 28 ballets over the next six weeks, starting with a week of contemporary repertoire April 23-28. The first of the two programs on display this week includes Alexei Ratmansky's Pictures at an Exhibition, Mauro Bigonzetti's Oltremare and Justin Peck's Rodeo: Four Dance Episodes. The second program features Peter Martin's Hallelujah Junction, William Forsythe's Herman Schmerman, Matthew Neenan's The Exchange and Ratmansky's Concerto DSCH.

Orlando Ballet Presents the World Premiere of "Arcadian Broad's Wonderland"

April 26-28 marks the world premiere of choreographer and Orlando Ballet dancer Arcadian Broad's Arcadian Broad's Wonderland: Mad Tales of the Hatter at Orlando Ballet. For his take on Lewis Carroll's classic Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Broad sets the ballet in 1980's London. And not only did Broad choreograph the work; he also composed the score, and will star in its titular role.

ABT Studio Company Returns to the Joyce

American Ballet Theatre Studio Company presents a mixed repertoire bill at New York City's Joyce Theater April 24, 25 and 27. The program features classic works like George Balanchine's Tarantella and a suite from Don Quixote, as well as New York premieres by Ma Cong and Ethan Stiefel. The company also brings a number of new works to the stage as part of ABT's Women's Movement, including pieces by Claudia Schreier, Gemma Bond and Stefanie Batten Bland.

Four World Premieres Take the Stage at Alabama Ballet

Alabama Ballet's Ovation program, running April 26-28, features four world premieres. Three are by company affiliates: dancers Nadine Barton and Frederick Lee Rocas and associate artistic director Roger VanFleteren. The last is by Germaul Barnes, an AB newcomer. Barnes is a multifaceted artist; he's currently a répétiteur for Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, for which he formally danced. His new work will explore the idea of folding, and feature a commissioned score by hip-hop/rap artist KAMAU.

Smuin Ballet's Dance Series 02 Includes a World Premiere by Amy Seiwert

Smuin Ballet kicks off its Dance Series 02 this week at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco before embarking on a tour around California through June 1. From April 26-May 5, San Francisco audiences can catch the company in two works: founder Michael Smuin's The Best of Smuin and a world premiere by former Smuin Ballet choreographer in residence Amy Seiwert titled Renaissance.

Ben Folds Performs Live With Nashville Ballet

April 26-28, Nashville Ballet presents Ben Folds With Nashville Ballet, a quadruple bill featuring Paul Vasterling's The Ben Folds Project: Concerto to music by the American singer-songwriter performed live. This work returns to Nashville for the first time since its 2014 debut. Also on the program are Annabelle Lopez Ochoa's Bloom, George Balanchine's Duo Concertant and Val Caniaparoli's The Lottery.

Sarasota Ballet Closes Its Season With "Giselle"  

Sarasota Ballet's 2018/2019 season closes this week with a classic: Giselle. Running April 26-27 at the Sarasota Opera House, this romantic masterpiece will feature accompaniment by The Sarasota Orchestra with Royal Ballet principal guest conductor Gary Wordsworth. Check out a preview in the above video.

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The Joffrey Ballet's Amanda Assucena and Greig Matthews in Cathy Marston's Jane Eyre. Cheryl Mann, Courtesy Joffrey Ballet.

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Herman Cornejo in Don Quixote. Gene Schiavone, Courtesy ABT.

American Ballet Theatre's fall season at Lincoln Center's Koch Theater offers a chance to see the company in shorter works and mixed-repertoire programs. This year's October 16–27 run honors principal Herman Cornejo, who's celebrating his 20th anniversary with the company. Cornejo will be featured in a special celebratory program as well as a new work by Twyla Tharp (her 17th for the company), set to Johannes Brahms' String Quartet No. 2 in G Major, Op. 111. The October 26 program will include Cornejo in a pas de deux with his sister, former ABT dancer Erica Cornejo.

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Gray Davis with wife, ABT soloist Cassandra Trenary, after his graduation from the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy. Courtesy Trenary.

When Gray Davis retired from American Ballet Theatre in July of 2018, he moved home to South Carolina, unsure of what would come next. Last month, just over a year later, Davis graduated from the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy. Today, he's working as a deputy for the Abbeville County Sheriff's Office.

Though Davis danced in ABT's corps for 11 years and is married to soloist Cassandra Trenary, to many he's best known for saving the life of a man who was pushed onto the subway tracks in New York City in 2017. The heroic effort earned him the New York State Liberty Medal, the highest civilian honor bestowed by a member of the New York State Senate. We caught up with Davis to hear about how the split second decision he made in the subway affected the course of his life, what it's been like starting a second career and what he sees as the similarities between ballet and law enforcement.

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