Maybe it's the dancers' graceful beauty and delicate steps.
Perhaps it’s their athletic leaps and energetic abandon.
Whatever the dance, you can be assured that Dance Theatre of
Harlem honors the vision of its founder and artistic director,
Kennedy Center Honoree Arthur Mitchell. With their spirit,
their rigorous training, and their sheer talent, this company
has joined the ranks of the elite.
For its 23rd annual Kennedy Center engagement, the world-renowned
Dance Theatre of Harlem presents the Washington premiere of
Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer's St. Louis Woman: A Blues Ballet.
Set in 1946 St. Louis, the production recreates the high-flying
heyday of horseracing with a tale of gamblers, jockeys,
ne'er-do-wells, and their beautiful women. Choreographed by
Michael Smuin, this lively dance interpretation combines glitzy
Broadway sets and costumes with spectacular songs such as
"Come Rain or Come Shine" and "A Woman’s Prerogative."
The company’s engagement also features four famous works by
legendary choreographer George Balanchine: The Four Temperaments
widely regarded as one of Balanchine’s greatest translations of
music into pure dance; the serenely beautiful Apollo
powerful The Prodigal Son
, based on the parable of sin and
redemption; and Agon
, featuring a groundbreaking pas de deux.
Tuesday, June 8 - Thursday, June 10
Apollo, The Prodigal Son, Agon
Friday, June 11 - Sunday, June 13
The Four Temperaments
, Dance Theatre of Harlem presents Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer's
St. Louis Woman: A Blues Ballet
Program is subject to change. Performances will be with live orchestra.
Standing Room tickets for presentations in the Opera House, Eisenhower Theater and Terrace Theater will be sold at the Kennedy Center Box
Office and by phone (202) 467-4600 or (800) 444-1324 when a performance sells out, but only if it is sold out. There is a limit of two tickets per order.