Celebrating the remarkable breadth and depth of American ballet as never before, the Kennedy Center brings together nine renowned companies, many of which are rare visitors to Washington. Through three mixed repertory programs--each featuring an envoy of dance from the eastern, middle, and western U.S.--audiences can immerse themselves in a full range of our nation's magnificent ballet spirit.
East coast companies include Pennsylvania Ballet with In the Night, Jerome Robbins's masterpiece that reveals the soul of Chopin's nocturnes through three romantic pas de deux. D.C.'s own The Washington Ballet performs Twyla Tharp's Nine Sinatra Songs danced to "My Way," "Strangers in the Night," and more. Boston Ballet stages Brake the Eyes, a new work by their Choreographer-in-Residence Jorma Elo.
From America's heartland comes Kansas City Ballet with Artistic Director Emeritus Todd Bolender's The Still Point, taking inspiration from Debussy's music and T.S. Eliot's poetry. Chicago's Joffrey Ballet performs Lilac Garden, Antony Tudor's haunting, Edwardian vision of lovers torn between society and their passionate longings. Houston Ballet's Velocity, by Artistic Director Stanton Welch, has been described as his "hyperkinetic tutu extravaganza."
Arriving from beyond the Rocky Mountains is Salt Lake City's Ballet West performing Serenade, the first ballet George Balanchine created in the U.S., performed to the music of Tchaikovsky. Seattle's Pacific Northwest Ballet stages Jardí Tancat, Spanish choreographer Nacho Duato's first work, based on Catalonian folk songs. And Oregon Ballet Theatre will bring RUSH, a work by Christopher Wheeldon.
June 10 & 11 at 7:30 p.m. Ballet West--Serenade (Balanchine/Tchaikovsky) Pennsylvania Ballet--In the Night (Robbins/Chopin) Houston Ballet--Velocity (Welch/Torke)
June 12 at 7:30 p.m. & June 14 at 1:30 & 7:30 p.m. Pacific Northwest Ballet--Jardí Tancat (Duato/del Mar Bonet) Kansas City Ballet--The Still Point (Bolender/Debussy) The Washington Ballet--Nine Sinatra Songs (Tharp/various)
June 13 at 7:30 p.m. & June 15 at 1:30 p.m. Boston Ballet--Brake the Eyes (Elo/Mozart) The Joffrey Ballet--Lilac Garden (Tudor/Chausson) Oregon Ballet Theatre--RUSH (Wheeldon/Martinu)