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Ballet & Contemporary Dance

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Upcoming Events

American Ballet Theatre: Whipped Cream / Works by Ratmansky, Robbins, Millepied & Wheeldon

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. 

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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Feb 6 - Feb 11, 2018

Now more than ever, the world needs the power of dance to bring people together and connect us all by our common humanity. For its annual Kennedy Center engagement, the beloved company will continue to push the art form into fascinating new territory, with multiple programs as unique and phenomenal as the Ailey dancers themselves.

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Feb 23 - Feb 24, 2018

Highly original contemporary dance ensemble DIAVOLO uses "architecture in motion" to explore the relationship between the human body and its environment. Artistic Director Jacques Heim leads a team of dancers, designers, choreographers, and engineers who create visceral and awe-inspiring works that reveal how we are affected emotionally, physically, and socially by the spaces we inhabit.

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DEMO by Damian Woetzel: Now

Wed, Mar 7, 2018, 7:30 PM

The former NYCB principal dancer curates and hosts an evening of recent commissions and D.C. premieres from some of today’s most creative voices in dance and music.

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Mark Morris Dance Group and Silk Road Ensemble: Layla and Majnun

Mar 22 - Mar 24, 2018

Based on an ancient Persian tale as poignant and beautiful as Romeo and Juliet, Layla and Majnun tells a passionate story of tragic love. When a young man's zealous feelings for his childhood love Layla earn him the nickname Majnun, or "possessed," his perceived madness turns their would-be union into scandal, misfortune, and eternal longing.

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New York City Ballet: Works by Balanchine, Martins & Peck / Robbins Centennial Program

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.

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Nederlands Dans Theater

Apr 4 - Apr 6, 2018

Known for pushing boundaries with its bold repertory and distinct virtuosity, Nederlands Dans Theater (NDT) is prominently imprinted with an avant-garde aesthetic. Based in The Hague, this pioneering Dutch company's non-conformist, progressive productions have put its collective of astonishingly talented dancers on the international map.

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Andersson Dance and Scottish Ensemble: Goldberg Variations--ternary patterns for insomnia

Apr 26 - Apr 28, 2018

Art forms merge and surge with sublime synergy as Stockholm-based Andersson Dance and Glasgow-based Scottish Ensemble become true partners, interacting onstage in a seamless display of talent. Johann Sebastian Bach's sparkling masterpiece comes to stunning life through a whirlwind of movement and sound in this entrancing collaboration.

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Ballet Nacional de Cuba: Don Quixote / Giselle (part of Artes de Cuba)

May 29 - Jun 3, 2018

Known as the highest expression of the Cuban school of ballet, the company brings two full-evening signature classics by Artistic Director Alicia Alonso.


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