2012 Workshop Performances to Feature Works by Balanchine, Martins, and Lavery

SAB students performing Twinkliana. Photo by Paul Kolnik

Heather Jurgensen and Gordon Stevens in the 1986 Workshop premiere of Cortège Hongrois. Photo by Paul Kolnik

The School of American Ballet’s 2012 Workshop Performances featuring many of the School's most advanced students in their pre-professional debuts will be presented on June 2 and June 5 at Lincoln Center’s Peter Jay Sharp Theater. This year's program will feature George Balanchine's Cortège Hongrois, Les Petits Riens, choreographed by Peter Martins, and a ballet by Sean Lavery for young dancers entitled Twinkliana.

The performances are scheduled for Saturday, June 2 (2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.), and Tuesday, June 5 (7:00 p.m.). The June 5 performance is a benefit. Tickets are now on sale via sab.org.

SAB’s annual Workshop Performances have served as a public introduction to many of the most-talented classical ballet students in the nation since 1965, when faculty member Alexandra Danilova initiated the annual spring productions under the supervision of SAB founder George Balanchine. Many of the advanced students who perform in the fully staged presentations of classic and contemporary ballets go on to sign professional contracts with the New York City Ballet and other major dance companies in the U.S. and abroad. Among the scores of notable SAB alumni who made their pre-professional debuts at SAB’s Workshop are Ethan Stiefel, Paloma Herrera, Wendy Whelan, Peter Boal, Jock Soto, Fernando Bujones, Kyra Nichols, James Sewell, Gelsey Kirkland, Leslie Browne, Darci Kistler, Maria Kowroski, Damian Woetzel, Ashley Bouder, Albert Evans, Sara Mearns and Tiler Peck.

The 2012 Workshop Ballets have been taught and rehearsed by members of SAB's permanent faculty. Darci Kistler and Jock Soto are staging Les Petits Riens, which was originally created for New York City Ballet and will be presented at Workshop for the first time this year. Katrina Killian is setting Twinkliana, also presented at the 2007 Workshop, on students enrolled in the children's and intermediate divisions. Susan Pilarre and Suki Schorer are jointly staging Cortège Hongrois, which features 36 advanced students performing both classical choreography and Hungarian-style character dancers inspired by Balanchine's memories of the original Imperial Ballet production of Petipa's Raymonda. Cortège Hongrois was first performed as part of SAB's Workshop in 1986.