Mar 28 - Apr 2, 2017
Returning for the first time in 13 years, the company performs the D.C. premiere of John Neumeier's adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen fable. This stunning production is a darker meditation on love, loss, and alienation.
Mon, Apr 3, 2017, 8:00 PM
Dubbed the "Matchmaker" by the New York Times, Damian Woetzel has recently garnered acclaim for creating unusual combinations of music, dance, and theater. He brings together skilled artists to explore music and dance in this unique event.
Apr 17 - Apr 23, 2017
Our celebration of innovation and diversity in American ballet returns, this season curated by stars Justin Peck and Misty Copeland, who'll explore ideas central to the John F. Kennedy centennial with several companies across multiple programs. The week begins with a spectacular opening night celebration spotlighting two world premiere commissions among the performances along with several special guests.
May 25 - May 27, 2017
Artistic Director Julie Kent's first-ever commissioned work, Frontier (working title) will be choreographed by Ethan Stiefel for The Washington Ballet. The work is inspired by President Kennedy and his aspirations for America to be a leader of artistic, cultural, and intellectual excellence.
Jun 6 - Jun 11, 2017
The acclaimed company's annual visit brings two programs featuring works by today's hottest choreographers--Justin Peck, Christopher Wheeldon, and Alexei Ratmansky--along with George Balanchine's Square Dance, Tarantella, and The Four Temperaments.
Mon, Oct 16, 2017, 7:00 PM
The Explore the Arts Master Class series gives you an opportunity to take classes led by some of the most talented and creative artists in the world of dance. This participatory, intermediate to advanced level, class for adults is led by company members from Mariinsky Ballet.
Tue, Oct 17, 2017, 12:30 PM
Join dance scholars for an insider's look at Mariinsky Ballet as they prepare onstage for performance. Dance scholars provide informational commentary, via wireless headsets, about the choreography, dancers, and history of the form as the companies rehearse on stage.
Oct 17 - Oct 22, 2017
Replete with forbidden love, shocking betrayal, and a spectral voyage to the afterlife, this enchanting journey to a fabled past radiates with colorful characters, vibrant sets and costumes, and virtuosic moments. Petipa created La Bayadère for the Mariinsky more than 140 years ago, and this dazzling ballet continues to be "theirs" well into the 21st century.
Oct 20 - Oct 21, 2017
A stellar cast celebrates the launch of legendary choreographer Jerome Robbins's centennial in a rehearsal-style performance hosted by Damian, who worked closely with Robbins during his career at NYCB. This special DEMO will explore the magnificent repertory created for ballet and Broadway, from Fancy Free to West Side Story, revealing the work behind the work of one of America's greatest dance visionaries.
Nov 22 - Nov 26, 2017
From the moment we meet toymaker Drosselmeier in his workshop, elaborate sets, sparkling costumes, and impressive choreography will take your breath away. Plenty of inventive twists also abound, from a toy bear that comes to life and a grandfather with Hip Hop moves to a line of giant Russian nesting dolls. It all adds up to a delicious ballet feast impossible to resist!
Dec 7 - Dec 9, 2017
This season we celebrate the culmination of our own ballet company, led by the beloved muse of choreographer George Balanchine. Throughout her career as a dancer, Suzanne Farrell created and redefined many of the great roles of the Balanchine canon. The farewell program is a pageant of favorites, all handpicked for their special meaning to Ms. Farrell.
Ballet 360°: The Choreographer and the Muse: The Extraordinary Relationship of George Balanchine and Suzanne Farrell
Sat, Dec 9, 2017, 4:00 PM
Dance critic Alexandra Tomalonis uses discussion and video to explore various topics in the art form. In this session, explore the deep connection between legendary choreographer George Balanchine and Suzanne Farrell, one of the greatest ballerinas of the 20th century.
Dec 12 - Jan 7, 2018
Inspired by the Academy Award–winning film and featuring the music of George and Ira Gershwin, An American in Paris has captivated both audiences and critics, winning four 2015 Tony Awards including Best Choreography. Its stunning combination of classic music, timeless story, breathtaking dance, and state-of-the-art design results in a spectacular production the New York Times declares "outshines anything else currently on Broadway."
Tue, Jan 30, 2018, 1:30 PM
Join dance scholars for an insider's look at American Ballet Theatre as they prepare onstage for performance. Dance scholars provide informational commentary, via wireless headsets, about the choreography, dancers, and history of the form as the companies rehearse on stage.
Jan 30 - Feb 4, 2018
ABT's starry roster of dancers is just one of many assets fueling its ever-growing fan base. Another is Artist in Residence Alexei Ratmansky, who keeps our audiences in a state of awe. The company performs a stunning lineup of works, including the D.C. premiere of Ratmansky's full-length story ballet Whipped Cream.
Sat, Feb 3, 2018, 4:00 PM
Dance critic Alexandra Tomalonis uses discussion and video to explore various topics in the art form. In this session, delve into Serenade after Plato's Symposium, Whipped Cream, and other ballets by Alexei Ratmansky, ABT's Artist in Residence.
Wed, Mar 7, 2018, 7:30 PM
This special DEMO event will present recently commissioned works and D.C. premieres by creative voices of today, including Alexei Ratmansky's critically acclaimed Fandango, set to the music of Luigi Boccherini.
Mon, Mar 26, 2018, 7:00 PM
The Explore the Arts Master Class series gives you an opportunity to take classes led by some of the most talented and creative artists in the world of dance. This participatory, intermediate to advanced level, class for adults is led by company members from New York City Ballet.
Mar 27 - Apr 1, 2018
New York City Ballet returns with two sensational repertory programs for its annual appearance, including a program to celebrate the centennials of Jerome Robbins, one of the most influential dance-makers in the company's history, and legendary composer Leonard Bernstein. It also presents three works by NYCB's George Balanchine and Peter Martins's Zakouski, while Resident Choreographer and Soloist Justin Peck offers the Kennedy Center premiere of a brand new piece.
Sat, Mar 31, 2018, 10:30 AM
Experience New York City Ballet in a brand new way in this 75-minute movement workshops for adults with little or no dance training. NYCB dancers lead participants through a ballet warm-up and movement combinations inspired by repertory in the current season. Workshops also include a brief Q&A with the artists.
Sat, Apr 7, 2018, 4:00 PM
Dance critic Alexandra Tomalonis uses discussion and video to explore various topics in the art form. In this session, enjoy a discussion on Jerome Robbins's ballets set to Leonard Bernstein's music, including Fancy Free and West Side Story, two of their legendary collaborations.
May 29 - Jun 3, 2018
The dancers of Ballet Nacional de Cuba are known around the world for their exuberant flair--and their uniquely Cuban, athletic training based in the Russian style infuses classics from the ballet repertoire with a special passion all their own. The company made its landmark U.S. debut at the Kennedy Center forty years ago, and Ballet Nacional de Cuba now returns for the first time since 2011 with two signature classics by Artistic Director Alicia Alonso that bridge the gap between refined taste and pure entertainment.