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In the history of ballet, there's never been another event like it. For two incredible weeks, the most magnificent companies from around the globe converge at the nation's performing arts center to celebrate some of ballet's greatest choreographers. You won't want to miss these once-in-a-lifetime performances, featuring a dazzling spectacle of treasured masterworks; no where else can you see three world-class ballet companies come together for one performance.

American Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet, Royal Danish Ballet, March 4 thru 9, 2003

On the first week's program, American Ballet Theatre pays tribute to Jerome Robbins with a re-staging of his first ABT ballet, the youthful and utterly American Fancy Free. The renowned Royal Danish Ballet performs the pas de six and tarantella from August Bournonville's romantic Napoli. And the Bolshoi Ballet presents breathtaking dance in its own bravura style.

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About the Royal Danish Ballet

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Kirov Ballet. Miami City Ballet. Adam Cooper and Company with dancers from English National Ballet, March 12 thru 16, 2003
On the second program, the Kirov Ballet honors Marius Petipa with the spellbinding "Kingdom of the Shades" from La Bayadère. Miami City Ballet brings George Balanchine's The Four Temperaments. And "The Best of Britain," featuring former Royal Ballet principal Adam Cooper and Company with dancers from English National Ballet, performs Sir Kenneth Macmillan's electrifying Sea of Troubles.
About the Kirov Ballet
About the Miami City Ballet
About the Adam Cooper and Company with dancers from English National Ballet

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The International Ballet Festival is supported by gifts from Jay and Toshiko Tompkins; Perry and Marty Granoff; and the HRH Foundation. International Programming at the Kennedy Center is supported through the generosity of The Kennedy Center International Committee on the Arts.

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American Ballet Theatre Feb. 18 - 23, 2003
The American company brings elegance, spectacle, and virtuoso dancing to the world's most famous love story.

PLUS: Dance Treasures Talks Mar. 3 - 10, 2003
Enhance your Kennedy Center experience with a Explore the Arts™ event offering insight into the cultural and historical context of the work presented. Sample events include workshops, demonstrations, dinner/discussions, and open rehearsals.


Schedule and Tickets

International Ballet Festival
(Mar. 4 - 16, 2003)
Part of the Kennedy Center Ballet Series

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