Programming for Ballet, Dance, DEMO with Damian Woetzel, Mason Bates’s KC Jukebox, Renée Fleming VOICES, DIRECT CURRENT, and Leonard Bernstein at 100
From iconic classics by the masters to the impactful and breathtaking new works by original voices, the dance season features some of the world's preeminent ballet and contemporary companies and choreographers. Programming curated by artistic partners Damian Woetzel, Mason Bates, and Renée Fleming brings premier performers and ensembles for new and diverse experiences. DIRECT CURRENT, a new annual celebration of contemporary culture, is a convergence of modern masterpieces, cutting-edge composition, dance, drag, film, jazz, electronica, ecology, and activism. The Center is the centerpiece for the launch of Leonard Bernstein at 100, the yearlong international centennial celebration of the American icon.
Matthew Bourne's company New Adventures returns with The Red Shoes, an intoxicating tale of obsession, possession, and one girl's dream to be the greatest dancer in the world.
The Center's own The Suzanne Farrell Ballet celebrates its 16th anniversary and final season.
Highly acclaimed choreographer Camille A. Brown brings two influential works as part of her trilogy about culture, race, and identity—BLACK GIRL: Linguistic Play and ink (co-commissioned by the Kennedy Center).
Internationally renowned Ballet Nacional de Cuba returns with Giselle and Don Quixote.
DIRECT CURRENT: Focusing on interdisciplinary creations in which artistic worlds collide, the inaugural season is collaboratively curated by three of the Center's resident artistic leaders: Composer-in-Residence Mason Bates, Artistic Director for Jazz Jason Moran, and DEMO series director Damian Woetzel.
The third season of Damian Woetzel’s DEMO features a rehearsal-style performance in tribute to Jerome Robbins’s centennial year as well as a program as part of DIRECT CURRENT.
Mason Bates’s third season of KC Jukebox includes a rare D.C. appearance by German music pioneers Mouse on Mars, and more.
Renée Fleming VOICES season two showcases performances by Christian McBride, Leslie Odom Jr., Cynthia Erivo, Barbara Hannigan, Angélique Kidjo, Ute Lemper, Isabel Leonard, and Gregory Porter.
Leonard Bernstein at 100: A celebration of the iconic American composer, conductor, pianist, educator, and humanitarian. Programming reaches across a variety of the Kennedy Center's presentations—symphonic, opera, chamber music and song, film, dance, and education.
More season announcements to come later this spring: Theater and Performances for Young Audiences in April 2017; and Jazz , Hip Hop, Comedy, International Programming, and NSO Pops in May 2017.