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Ballet Across America with Dance Theatre of Harlem and Miami City Ballet

Tuesday, May 28, 2019 - Sunday, June 2, 2019

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Our fifth extraordinary Ballet Across America series returns, featuring full engagements from renowned companies Dance Theatre of Harlem and Miami City Ballet plus a spectacular shared celebration program.

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Ballet Across America with Dance Theatre of Harlem and Miami City Ballet
with the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra

“Admirably enriches knowledge of this country’s highly diverse ballet scene”
—The New York Times

Illustrating the dynamic variety of artistry happening across American companies today, the Kennedy Center’s Ballet Across America series returns for a weeklong festival with a spotlight on women’s creativity and leadership in ballet. This season’s engagement showcases companies led by distinguished Artistic Directors Virginia Johnson and Lourdes Lopez with their respective companies, Dance Theatre of Harlem and Miami City Ballet. Each company will present a full program, with a shared celebration uniting them on May 31 to feature a world premiere Kennedy Center commission by renowned choreographer Pam Tanowitz.

What are you seeing and hearing in each ballet? Read our helpful guide.

DANCE THEATRE OF HARLEM PROGRAM (May 28–30)
Virginia Johnson, Artistic Director
Conducted by Tania Leon

Valse Fantaisie (Glinka/Balanchine)
Change (Spirituals “By and By” and “Don’t Let Nobody Turn You Round”/McIntyre)
Passage, a new Claudia Schreier commission (Montgomery/Schreier)* with live music
Dougla (León and Holder/Holder) with original percussive band

Performance Timing: Approximately 2 hours, including two 20-minute intermissions.

SHARED CELEBRATION PROGRAM (May 31)
Conducted by Tania Leon and Gary Sheldon

Walpurgisnacht Ballet (Gounod/Balanchine)
Passage, a new Claudia Schreier commission (Montgomery/Schreier)* with live music
Gustave Le Grey No. 1, a new Pam Tanowitz commission with music by Caroline Shaw**
Dougla (León and Holder/Holder) with original percussive band

Performance Timing: Approximately 2 hours, including two 20-minute intermissions.

MIAMI CITY BALLET PROGRAM (June 1 & 2)
Lourdes Lopez, Artistic Director
Conducted by Gary Sheldon

Walpurgisnacht Ballet (Gounod/Balanchine)
Carousel Pas de Deux (Rodgers/MacMillan)
Brahms/Handel (Handel/Tharp, Robbins)
Heatscape (Martinu/Peck)

Performance Timing: Approximately 2 hours, 15 minutes, including two 20-minute intermissions.

*D.C. premiere
**World premiere

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From Virginia Johnson:
“Dance Theatre of Harlem's participation in Ballet Across America this year is particularly meaningful to me. It is a sign of a dawning moment in ballet. As Artistic Director of an institution that has for 50 years been at the forefront of diversity in ballet, I am proud to continue that legacy with a personal mission to ensure that the inclusion of women’s perspectives and women’s choreographic voices, especially women of color, has the potential to define ballet as a 21st century art form.”

From Lourdes Lopez:
“We are honored to partner with the Dance Theatre of Harlem for this week of performances celebrating women and the arts. There truly could not be a better time to celebrate the creativity and leadership of women—especially considering the diverse women leading our ballet company. We are delighted to share this artistry with lovers of dance in our nation’s capital.”

Watch and Listen

Miami City Ballet - "Heatscape" Trailer | Ballet Across America at the Kennedy Center

Dance Theater of Harlem - "Dougla" | Ballet Across America at the Kennedy Center

Dance Theater of Harlem - "Change" | Ballet Across America at the Kennedy Center