The Kennedy Center

The Washington Ballet, Symphonic Variations by Dean Alexander

The Washington Ballet presents Mixed Masters

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 - Sunday, April 15, 2018

The Washington Ballet closes its Kennedy Center season with a program of ballets from three renowned master choreographers—George Balanchine, Frederick Ashton, and Jerome Robbins.

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The Washington Ballet
Julie Kent, artistic director
Mixed Masters
Featuring The Washington Ballet Orchestra

Masterworks by the great choreographers continue to be widely performed today because they remain as inspiring, relevant, and amusing as they were when they premiered. Serenade is the first ballet George Balanchine choreographed in America and a milestone in the history of dance. Frederick Ashton’s Symphonic Variations is an abstract celebration of movement and physicality. The Concert (or, The Perils of Everybody) is Jerome Robbins’s timeless and humorous one-act charade which depicts with satirical glee the thoughts and fantasies of a concert audience..

Choreography George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust
Music               Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

"...all of the hallmarks of his choreography - fast footwork, voluminous attack within classical positions, and the fusing of music and movement..." (The New York Times)

Symphonic Variations
Choreography Frederick Ashton
Music              Cesar Franck

" of the purest pure-dance classics ever made." (The New York Times)

The Concert (or, The Perils of Everybody)
Choreography Jerome Robbins 
Music               Frédéric Chopin

"...surely the most comic ballet in existence." (The New York Times)

Performance Timing: 1st Piece - 34 min.; Intermission - 20 min.; 2nd Piece - 20 min.; Intermission - 20 min.; 3rd Piece - 32 min.