The Leaves are Fading by Julie Kent and Sascha Radetsky, choreography by Antony Tudor, music by Antonin Dvorak. Taken on 20.1.2014, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Malakhov and Friends — The Final ballet gala.
Julie Kent (born 1969) is an American ballet dancer; she currently performs as a principal dancer with the American Ballet Theatre. She was born Julie Cox in Bethesda, Maryland, to an American father and a mother from New Zealand who was a flight attendant and a former ballet dancer. Her early dance training took place under Hortensia Fonseca at the Academy of the Maryland Youth Ballet. She also studied at the American Ballet Theatre II summer school and the School of American Ballet. She took the stage name Julie Kent at the suggestion of Mikhail Baryshnikov. Kent joined American Ballet Theatre as an apprentice in 1985, became a member of the company’s corps de ballet in 1986, was promoted to soloist in 1990, and to principal dancer in 1993.
Sascha Radetsky (born 1977) is a soloist danseur with the American Ballet Theatre and an actor. He was born in Santa Cruz, California, and began studying ballet in the San Francisco Bay Area. He was invited to study at the Bolshoi Academy in Moscow when he was 15 and after spending a year there, he went to The Kirov Academy of Ballet. He later studied on a scholarship in the summer programs of the School of American Ballet, the American Ballet Theatre’s School of Classical Ballet with Mikhail Baryshnikov and the San Francisco Ballet School. Radetsky joined the American Ballet Theatre as an apprentice in 1995, moving up to corps de ballet the following year and named a soloist in 2003. In September 2008, Radetsky joined the Dutch National Ballet as a principal dancer. In September 2008, Sascha Radetsky left ABT to join Dutch National Ballet as a principal dancer. On January 1, 2010, Radetsky returned to American Ballet Theater as a Soloist.
Photo by Jack Devant ballet photography © with kind permission of the Staatsballett Berlin and Vladimir Malakhov. Special thanks to Eva Czaja