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Companhia de Dança Deborah Colker: Dog without Feathers (Cão Sem Plumas)

Oct 19 - Oct 20, 2018

Last at the Kennedy Center in 2010, Companhia de Dança Deborah Colker returns with an evocative performance inspired by a poem by Brazilian author João Cabral de Melo Neto. 

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DEMO by Damian Woetzel: Gathering

Mon, Oct 29, 2018, 7:30 PM

The former NYCB principal dancer Damian Woetzel 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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Master Class: Ragamala Dance Company

Thu, Nov 1, 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 (sorry, no observers allowed) is led by company members from Ragamala Dance Company. Please respect the targeted skill level for the class and enjoy!

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Ragamala Dance Company: Written in Water

Nov 2 - Nov 3, 2018

Ragamala Dance Company, the creation of mother/daughter team Ranee Ramaswamy and Aparna Ramaswamy, returns with one of the company's newest productions. 

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Malavika Sarukkai: Thari—The Loom

Nov 9 - Nov 10, 2018

Last seen at the Kennedy Center in 2013, master bharatanatyam dancer and choreographer Malavika Sarukkai presents the U.S. premiere of her latest production Thari—The Loom.

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Matthew Bourne's New Adventures: Cinderella

Jan 15 - Jan 20, 2019

Following the dazzling adaptation of The Red Shoes in 2017, Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures return with one of its most popular and beloved productions, Cinderella—a thrilling twist on the classic fairy tale.

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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Feb 5 - Feb 10, 2019

Now more than ever, the world needs the power of dance to bring people together and connect us all by our common humanity. Celebrating its 60th anniversary, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater continues to push the art form into fascinating new territory while still honoring signature classics.

On Sale 11/14/2018


Revelations Workshop with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Sat, Feb 9, 2019, 5:30 PM

One of America's favorite dance companies offers a special workshop, teaching choreography from Revelations, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's most iconic work.


Akiko Kitamura's Cross Transit

Tue, Mar 19, 2019, 7:30 PM

Cross Transit steps into the history of folk culture in Cambodia as captured by photographer Kim Hak and transformed into movement by international choreographer and dancer Akiko Kitamura. 

On Sale 11/14/2018


Master Class: Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company

Tue, Mar 26, 2019, 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 (sorry, no observers allowed) is led by company members from Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company.

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Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company: Analogy Trilogy (part of DIRECT CURRENT)
 

Mar 28 - Mar 30, 2019

A true pillar of modern dance, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company makes a triumphant return to the Kennedy Center with three separate evening-length works that delve into the voice of the marginalized in our society. 

On Sale 11/14/2018


DEMO by Damian Woetzel (part of DIRECT CURRENT)

Mar 29 - Mar 30, 2019

The former NYCB principal dancer Damian Woetzel 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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Master Class: Lucky Plush Productions

Tue, Apr 30, 2019, 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 (sorry, no observers allowed) is led by company members from Lucky Plush Productions. Please respect the targeted skill level for the class and enjoy!

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Lucky Plush: Rooming House

May 2 - May 4, 2019

Lucky Plush Productions makes its Kennedy Center debut with this insightful and surprisingly humorous dance/theater “whodunit.”

On Sale 2/27/2019