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The Eisenhower Theater, traditionally home to many of the Kennedy Center's theater and dance performances, opened in 2008 after a 16-month, $17.9 million renovation. The theater now seats 1,164 people (up from 1100), making it approximately comparable in size to many Broadway theater houses. The theater contains an orchestra pit for 35 musicians that is convertible to a forestage or additional seating space. The gold [fabric is from France] curtain was also replaced during the recent renovations.

Cosmetically, the theater boasts a new color scheme (blue and gold with bronze and stainless steel railings and trim, instead of the previous red and dark wood paneling) and improved décor—the light fixtures, ash wall paneling, and wood-backed seats are all new. Additionally, there is new stage lighting, a new state-of-the-art sound system, and better sound isolation from the Terrace Theater, which is directly above the Eisenhower.

Coming to the Eisenhower Theater :

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Ardani Artists presents: Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg


Ardani Artists presents
Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg
Boris Eifman, artistic director

Choreography: Boris Eifman
Music: Maurice Ravel, Camille Saint-Saëns, Jules Massenet

The Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg makes its Kennedy Center debut with the Washington, D.C. premiere of Rodin, a full-length ballet based on the life and creative work of renowned French sculptor Auguste Rodin (1840-1917) and his turbulent relationship with his apprentice, mistress and muse, Camille Claudel. The breakup of their passionate 15-year collaboration dealt a serious blow to Camille's mental health and marked the beginning of her descent into madness.

Visionary choreographer Boris Eifman's full-length ballets combine dramatic stagecraft, exquisite technique, and powerful dramatic interpretation.

Performance Timing: Act I - 50 min.; Intermission - 15 min.; Act II - 50 min.