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American Ballet Theatre To Russia


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 MOSCOW (AP) -- American Ballet Theatre has returned to Moscow for the first time since the 1960s and since the defection of Mikhail Baryshnikov, who brought his star power to the U.S. company.

ABT opened a three-night run Tuesday at the Bolshoi Theatre, the company Baryshnikov was touring with when he defected from the Soviet Union in 1974.

Artistic director Kevin McKenzie says the dancers feel the pressure of performing in a country with such a rich ballet tradition. What the U.S. company brings to Russian audiences, he says, is versatility and an ease with changing styles.

The program features modern ballets, including a world premiere, but also the George Balanchine classic "Theme and Variations."

ABT last performed in Moscow in 1966 after making its first appearance in 1960.

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