American Ballet Theatre Fall 2019 Season ~ Herman Cornejo 20 Years!

American Ballet Theatre’s Fall 2019 Season is at the David H. Koch Theater in Lincoln Center from October 16 through 27, 2019.

This season Argentine Principal dancer Herman Cornejo celebrates his 20th anniversary with ABT on what promises to be a starry, starry night on October 26.

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American Ballet Theatre Dancers to Watch

American Ballet Theatre is a diversity leader in the ballet world. It is a Company of great dancers, some of whom have global impact.

When you come to New York City, you see all these amazing things. You wish that somewhere, you could see just a little bit of yourself among the many fine artists in this city. New York Latin Culture Magazine readers will especially enjoy these ABT dancers.

Herman Cornejo 20th Anniversary

The Principal dancer, originally from Argentina, celebrates his 20th anniversary with ABT.

Herman was trained in Buenos Aires by the legendary Julio Bocca, danced as a Principal in Bocca’s Ballet Argentino and followed his teacher’s footsteps to American Ballet Theatre.

Cornejo combines Latin passion with perfect technique. He extends every movement and stretches every moment into perfect grace. He really is something to watch. He is a huge star, but is very humble and kind. ¡Te amamos!

  • A Gathering of Ghosts on October 17 at 7:30pm
  • A Gathering of Ghosts on October 19 at 8pm
  • A Gathering of Ghosts on October 22 at 7:30pm
  • October 26 Anniversary Celebration at 8pm
    Apollo (Apollo)
    El Chamuyo
    A Gathering of Ghosts

Herman Cornejo and Luciana Paris interview

Misty Copeland

Misty Copeland has to be mentioned. She is the most popular ballet dancer in the United States since Baryshnikov.

She is not Latin, but has opened doors for dancers of color across the ballet world. Copeland’s talent, determination and poise have completely changed the game for everyone. Now we can all dance ballet.

  • Deuce Coupe on October 18 at 7:30pm
  • Deuce Coupe on October 20 at 2pm
  • Apollo (Terpischore) on October 26 at 8pm

Stella Abrera

The Principal dancer is an American with a Filipino heritage. She was promoted to Principal in 2015.

  • Deuce Coupe on October 18 at 7:30pm
  • Apollo (Terpsichore) on October 18 at 7:30pm
  • Deuce Coupe, and Apollo (Terpsichore) on October 20 at 2pm
  • The Seasons (The Spirit of the Corn) on October 22 at 7:30pm

Luciana Paris

The Soloist, originally from Argentina was also trained by Julio Bocca. She was his professional dance partner for many years. She is back in New York after becoming a mom. ¡Bravo!

I danced a set of tangos with Luciana once and it was one of the best dances I ever had. I’ve danced with many tango stars and ballerinas including New York City Ballet’s Suki Schorer. Paris was light as a feather. Every movement was fully extended, and she used all the time in the music. In the way that tango can be, it was a bit of a transcendental experience. She is lovely to watch.

  • The Seasons (Snow) on October 17 at 7:30pm
  • Deuce Coupe on October 19 at 2pm
  • The Seasons (Snow) on October 19 at 8pm
  • Deuce Coupe on October 24 at 7:30pm
  • Deuce Coupe on October 26 at 2pm

Herman Cornejo and Luciana Paris interview

Alexandre Hammoudi

Soloist Alexandre Hammoudi is originally from Paris, France. His path to ABT went through the National Ballet of Cuba, the school where Latin American dancers dream of training.

  • A Time There Was on October 15 at 7:30pm

Calvin Royal III

The Soloist is a young dancer from Florida. He has risen rapidly since joining ABT as an apprentice in 2010. Royal was promoted to Soloist in 2017. He has the charisma, technique and discipline to be a huge star.

  • The Seasons (Bacchus) on October 17 at 7:30pm
  • Deuce Coupe on October 18 at 7:30pm
  • Apollo (Apollo) on October 19 at 2pm
  • The Seasons (Bacchus) on October 19 at 8pm
  • Deuce Coupe on October 20 at 2pm
  • Apollo (Apollo) on October 24 at 7:30pm

Thank you American Ballet Theatre for including us. Seeing all the colors in life is part of what makes you America’s National Ballet Company.


ABT’s Fall 2019 Season

Opening Night Gala

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 ~ The fall gala celebrates the ABT Women’s Movement with work by female choreographers at 6:30pm.

  • Balanchine’s Russian classical ballet Theme and Variations (1947) to Tchaikovsky
  • Jessica Lang’s jazz ballet Let Me Sing Forevermore to music by Tony Bennett
  • Twyla Tharp’s world premiere for Herman Cornejo, A Gathering of Ghosts to music by Brahms with costumes by Lebanese-Spanish designer Norma Kamali.

The ABT Women’s Movement is an ongoing initiative to commission new work by female choreographers. The goal is to commission one piece for the main Company, one for ABT’s Studio Company and one work-in-process workshop each year.

Herman Cornejo 20th Anniversary

Saturday, October 26, 2019 ~ OMG. Go, go, go! If anybody dancing today really is Apollo, it is Herman Cornejo.

It will be a starry, starry night. The theater is likely to be filled with ballet royalty from around the world. Look around before the show and during intermission. You can tell who dances by how they walk.

  • George Balanchine’s classic Apollo to music by Stravinsky. How interesting to compare American Ballet Theatre’s version of the first neoclassical ballet with New York City Ballet’s version.
  • Ana María Stekelman’s El Chamuyo (Piéce d’occasion) to tango music by Francisco Canaro. Danced by Herman and Erica Cornejo. Canaro was one of the old guard of early tango composers.
  • Twyla Tharp’s A Gathering of Ghosts to Brahms was choreographed for Cornejo’s anniversary.

Herman Cornejo and Luciana Paris interview


Additional Programs

The Masters

This is a program of legends. combines the Russian legend George Balanchine, American legend Twyla Tharp and ABT Artist-in-residence Alexei Ratmansky.

  • George Balanchine’s Russian classical ballet Theme and Variations (1947) to Tchaikovsky.
  • Twyla Tharp’s A Gathering of Ghosts to Brahms was choreographed for Cornejo’s anniversary. (World Premiere)
  • Alexei Ratmansky’s The Seasons to Alexander Glazunov reimagines Petipa’s 1900 ballet.

Balanchine, Bennett & The Beach Boys

This program mixes classical and contemporary music.

The New Romantics

This program presents the next generation of ABT choreographers creating the future of ballet.

  • James Whiteside’s New American Romance (July 2019) to Debussy
  • Jessica Lang’s Garden Blue to Antonín Dvořák
  • Gemma Bond’s A Time There Was to Benjamin Britten (World Premiere)

Family Friendly Matinee

Saturday, October 26, 2019 ~ Lighter pieces and special pricing make this a great way to introduce your entire family to the ballet.

  • George Balanchine’s Russian classical ballet Theme and Variations (1947) to Tchaikovsky
  • Alexei Ratmansky’s The Nutcracker pas de deux to Tchaikovsky
  • Jessica Lang’s Let Me Sing Forevermore to Tony Bennett
  • Twyla Tharp’s Deuce Coupe to the Beach Boys. Argentine soloist Luciana Paris dances.

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