Suzanne Farrell, Artistic Director
"Too distinctive, too juicy, too fabulously fearless to miss"
–The Washington Post
"The company consistently nails something more elusive than ballet technique. It gets the tone right."
--The Washington Post
Two Mixed Repertory Programs
Featuring works by George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, and Paul Mejia
--with the Opera House Orchestra
Each season, The Suzanne Farrell Ballet takes on the immense responsibility of preserving great works of ballet, but the company achieves so much more by bringing these works fresh, new life that soars above where memory leaves off. This season, the company performs the works of Ms. Farrell's mentors and contemporaries: Jerome Robbins, Paul Mejia, Maurice Béjart, and George Balanchine. The company will present two programs of mixed repertory.
The programs feature ballets by Balanchine, including two works fused with music by Igor Stravinsky, the grave and reverential Monumentum Pro Gesualdo and Movements for Piano and Orchestra, which Stravinsky once remarked should have been called "Electric Currents," as well as La Sonnambula, a dance of intrigue set in a shadowy and mysterious masquerade ball, and La Source, an homage to French Romantic ballet to music by Delibes. Robbins's In Memory of..., a ballet created for and premiered by Suzanne Farrell, is a poignant struggle between the beautiful earthly soul and death come to take it. Béjart's Sonate No. 5 takes its title from Bach's Sonata No. 5 for Harpsichord and Violin. The company will perform its first work by Paul Mejia, entitled Eight by Adler. Choreographed for Suzanne Farrell, Eight by Adler is full of the kind of Broadway bravado that wins over audiences and which won Ms. Farrell an Emmy Award for its televised debut.
Program A: Nov. 17, 18, & 20 at 7:30 p.m., Nov. 21 at 1:30 p.m.
La Source (Balanchine/Delibes) [26 min., followed by a 20-min. intermission]
Sonate No. 5 (Béjart/Bach) [20 min., followed by a 20 min. intermission]
In Memory Of… (Robbins/Berg) [26 min.]
Program B: Nov. 19 & 21 at 7:30 p.m., Nov. 20 at 1:30 p.m.
La Sonnambula (Balanchine/Rieti) [31 min., followed by a 20-min. intermission]
Monumentum Pro Gesualdo (Balanchine/Stravinsky) [8 min., followed by 1-min. pause]
Movements for Piano and Orchestra (Balanchine/Stravinsky) [9 min.; 20-min. intermission]
Eight by Adler (Mejia/Adler) [25 min.]
Explore the Arts: On Nov. 20 (matinee), join a free post-performance discussion with company members as they offer insights into their creations and elicit your comments and reactions.
Watch and Listen
Portrait Series: Suzanne Farrell
The Suzanne Farrell Ballet: Photoshoot
Generous support for The Suzanne Farrell Ballet is provided by The Shen Family Foundation and Emily Williams Kelly.
Major support is provided by The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation, the Monica and Hermen Greenberg Foundation and The Suzanne Farrell Ballet Advancement Committee.
The Kennedy Center Ballet Season is sponsored by Altria Group.
Additional support is provided by Elizabeth and Michael Kojaian.
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