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American Ballet Theatre

Tuesday, January 18, 2011 - Sunday, January 23, 2011

Ballet JFK Centennial Celebration

American Ballet Theatre's elegant stars continue to prove ballet's enduring power with Ratmansky's evening-length work The Bright Stream and a mixed program as part of The Presidency of John F. Kennedy: A 50th Anniversary Celebration.

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American Ballet Theatre
Kevin McKenzie, Artistic Director
"A victory for American dance."
--San Francisco Chronicle
"One of the most beautiful sights in dance is American Ballet Theatre in full flight."
--New York Post
A continual presence within the Kennedy Center's ballet program that spans decades, American Ballet Theatre returns with both new works full of vigor and D.C. favorites rich with heritage. ABT dances seven performances in the Opera House accompanied by the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra, with repertoire including the company premiere of The Bright Stream by Artist-in-Residence Alexei Ratmansky. A comic ballet in two acts set to music by Dmitri Shostakovich, The Bright Stream tells the story of the members of a Russian farm collective in the 1930s and their humorous interactions with a group of visiting performers during the harvest festival. "I am thrilled to add this wonderful production to ABT's repertoire," said Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie.  "It so reflects Alexei's inventiveness and good humor."
The company will also perform a very special repertory program as part of The Presidency of John F. Kennedy: A 50th Anniversary Celebration. American Ballet Theatre performed a number of times at Kennedy White House events and State Dinners. This program will capture both the elegance of the Kennedy White House and the promise of that period in American artistic history. Works chosen as Kennedy family favorites include Balanchine's Theme and Variations, Tudor's Jardin aux Lilas, Balanchine's Duo Concertant, and Robbins's Fancy Free.

Tue., Jan. 18 at 7:30 p.m. (2 hrs. 13 min.)
Theme and Variations (Balanchine/Tchaikovsky): Kajiya, Hallberg (23 min.)
Intermission - 20 min.
Jardin aux Lilas (Tudor/Chausson): Kent, Forster, Boone, Zhurbin (18 min.)
Pause - 1 min.
Duo Concertant (Balanchine/Stravinsky): Herrera, Stearns (20 min.)
Intermission - 20 min.
Fancy Free (Robbins/Bernstein): Cornejo, Radetsky, Carreño, Riccetto, Boylston (30 min.)
Wed., Jan. 19 at 7:30 p.m.
Theme and Variations: Lane, Cornejo
Jardin aux Lilas: Hamrick, Stearns, Part, Krauchenka
Duo Concertant: Riccetto, Hallberg
Fancy Free: Salstein, Lopez, Gomes, Boone, Kent
Thu., Jan. 20 at 7:30 p.m.
Theme and Variations: Wiles, Stearns
Jardin aux Lilas: Kent, Forster, Boone, Zhurbin
Duo Concertant: Riccetto, Hallberg
Fancy Free: Cornejo, Stiefel, Carreño, Riccetto, Boylston
THE BRIGHT STREAM (Ratmansky/Shostakovich): PRINCIPAL CASTING (subject to change) & PROGRAM TIMING
--Act I - 40 min.; Intermission - 20 min.; Act II - 44 min.
Fri. & Sat., Jan. 21 & 22 at 7:30 p.m.
Herrera, Gomes, Murphy, Hallberg
Sat. & Sun., Jan. 22 & 23 at 1:30 p.m.
Reyes, Cornejo, Boylston, Simkin