Our First Look at ABT's Harlequinade Is Here (And It Includes Puppies!)

The wait for Alexei Ratmansky's restaging of Petipa's Harlequinade is almost over! But if you can't wait until American Ballet Theatre officially debuts the ballet at the Metropolitan Opera House on June 6, we've got you covered. ABT brought the Harlequinade characters to life (and to the Alder Mansion in Yonkers, NY) in a short film by Ezra Hurwitz, and it's a guaranteed to make you laugh.



Starring ABT's James Whiteside as Harlequin, Isabella Boylston as Columbine, Gillian Murphy as Pierrette and Thomas Forster as Pierrot, the video also features some adorable puppies that we not-so-secretly hope are part of the onstage performance, too. While there isn't any dancing involved in this video, the dancers do show off their comedic skills, which we can't wait to see more of next month.

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San Francisco Ballet in Petrouchka with the Moor (left) in blueface. Photo by Erik Tomasson, courtesy SFB

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