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Past Events: Ballet

  • Ballet West: The Nutcracker

    Dec. 10 - 14, 2014
    2014-2015 Season
    Ballet West returns to the Kennedy Center with Willam Christensen's beloved production of The Nutcracker danced to Tchaikovsky's timeless score.

  • The Suzanne Farrell Ballet

    Nov. 28 - 30, 2014
    2014-2015 Season
    The Suzanne Farrell Ballet returns to the Opera House with three Balanchine works (1951 version of Swan Lake, Allegro Brillante, Monumentum & Movements) and Robbins's The Concert (Or, The Perils of Everybody).

  • Pennsylvania Ballet: Balanchine's A Midsummer Night's Dream

    Jun. 6 - 8, 2014
    2013-2014 Season
    Celebrating its 50th anniversary, Pennsylvania Ballet follows its Kennedy Center Ballet Across America III engagement with the vibrant, mystical fantasy of Balanchine's A Midsummer Night's Dream.

  • Boston Ballet

    Jun. 3 - 5, 2014
    2013-2014 Season
    Celebrating its 50th anniversary, Boston Ballet follows its Kennedy Center Ballet Across America III engagement with a mixed repertory program featuring works by George Balanchine, Jirí Kylián, and Petr Zuska.

  • Bolshoi Ballet: Giselle

    May 20 - 25, 2014
    2013-2014 Season
    Russia's Bolshoi Ballet returns with "unparalleled intensity and brilliance" (Washington Post) to the Opera House to dance Giselle, one of the most romantic and visually striking works in the classical canon.

  • American Ballet Theatre: Don Quixote (Apr. 17-20) / Works by Fokine, Ashton, and Gomes (Apr. 15 & 16)

    Apr. 15 - 20, 2014
    2013-2014 Season
    ABT offers a feast of choreographic fireworks with its spirited staging of Don Quixote--praised for its "glorious passages of choreography" (The New York Times)--plus works by Michel Fokine, Sir Frederick Ashton, and Marcelo Gomes.

  • New York City Ballet: Jewels (Apr. 1 & 4-6) / Works by Wheeldon, Peck, and Ratmansky (Apr. 2 & 3)

    Apr. 1 - 6, 2014
    2013-2014 Season
    Boasting "an impressive new generation of dancers" (The New York Times), the company performs Balanchine's dazzling full-length Jewels, plus a program of works by Christopher Wheeldon, Justin Peck, and Alexei Ratmansky.

  • The Kennedy Center Exploring Ballet with Suzanne Farrell FOR ADULTS! 201

    Sat., Feb. 22, 2014, 11:00 AM
    2013-2014 Season

  • Mariinsky Ballet: Swan Lake

    Jan. 28 - Feb. 2, 2014
    2013-2014 Season
    St. Petersburg's historic Mariinsky Ballet presents its signature staging of Tchaikovsky's mysterious, lyrical, and dramatic Swan Lake, hailed by the San Francisco Chronicle as "a vision of Romantic ballet heaven."

  • The Joffrey Ballet's The Nutcracker

    Nov. 27 - Dec. 1, 2013
    2013-2014 Season
    The Joffrey Ballet brings back its beloved version of Tchaikovsky's family classic, just in time for the holidays. Says the Chicago Sun-Times: "Joffrey's vast Nutcracker is the stuff of dreams!"

  • The Suzanne Farrell Ballet

    Nov. 6 - 10, 2013
    2013-2014 Season
    As "one of the most courageous projects in ballet today" (The New York Times), the Kennedy Center's own The Suzanne Farrell Ballet--led by Balanchine's famed muse--returns with two mixed repertory programs.

  • Ballet Across America III

    Jun. 4 - 9, 2013
    2012-2013 Season
    Since its debut in 2008, the Kennedy Center's Ballet Across America series continues to showcase the best of ballet from regional companies across the nation. 

  • American Ballet Theatre

    Apr. 9 - 14, 2013
    2012-2013 Season
    American Ballet Theatre continues to prove "why dance is not a luxury or a frill but a necessity of life" (The Washington Post) with Le Corsaire, Petipa's tale of dashing pirates and kidnapped maidens, and a mixed repertory program.

  • New York City Ballet

    Mar. 26 - 31, 2013
    2012-2013 Season
    Renowned for its linear purity, speed, and musicality, the acclaimed New York City Ballet performs two mixed repertory programs accompanied by the New York City Ballet Orchestra.

  • The National Ballet of Canada: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

    Jan. 18 - 27, 2013
    2012-2013 Season
    The National Ballet of Canada brings an outrageous, eye-popping theatrical production of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon, that is "certain to impress, delight, and amuse" (Toronto Sun).

  • Ballet West: The Nutcracker

    Dec. 5 - 9, 2012
    2012-2013 Season
    Utah's preeminent ballet company, Ballet West, brings America's oldest complete Nutcracker, called by the New York Times "one of the best productions I've ever seen."

  • San Francisco Ballet

    Nov. 13 - 18, 2012
    2012-2013 Season
    The first professional ballet company in the United States, San Francisco Ballet, headed by artistic director Helgi Tomasson, is "one of the world's top ballet companies" (London's Sunday Times).

  • The Suzanne Farrell Ballet

    Nov. 7 - 11, 2012
    2012-2013 Season
    The Kennedy Center's own The Suzanne Farrell Ballet presents two mixed programs, including four company premieres by Balanchine, Valse-Fantaisie, Danses Concertantes, Prodigal Son, and Intermezzo from Brahms-Schoenberg Quartet.

  • Mariinsky Ballet

    Oct. 16 - 21, 2012
    2012-2013 Season
    St. Petersburg's Mariinsky Ballet, boasting an artistic legacy that spans more than 200 years, returns with Alexei Ratmansky's "superbly conceived and superbly danced" (The New York Times) Cinderella.

  • Paris Opera Ballet: Giselle

    Jul. 5 - 8, 2012
    2011-2012 Season
    Making a rare international appearance, Paris Opera Ballet brings their beautiful production of the classic evening-length ballet Giselle, choreographed by Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot.

  • Bolshoi Ballet: Coppélia

    May 29 - Jun. 3, 2012
    2011-2012 Season
    Moscow's renowned Bolshoi Ballet returns with an evening-length production of Petipa and Enrico Cecchetti's Coppélia, classical ballet's greatest comedy, a story of mistaken identity and a beautiful mechanical doll.

  • The Kennedy Center New York City Ballet

    Apr. 3 - 8, 2012
    2011-2012 Season
    The acclaimed New York City Ballet, renowned for its linear purity, speed, and musicality, performs two mixed repertory programs accompanied by the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra.

  • American Ballet Theatre

    Jan. 31 - Feb. 5, 2012
    2011-2012 Season
    American Ballet Theatre's elegant stars continue to prove ballet's enduring power with Petipa's evening-length work La Bayadère and a mixed repertory program.

  • Mariinsky Ballet: Les Saisons Russes

    Jan. 17 - 22, 2012
    2011-2012 Season
    Boasting an artistic legacy that spans more than 200 years, Mariinsky Ballet returns with Les Saisons Russes ("The Russian Seasons"), featuring three works by Mikhail Fokine: Chopiniana, Scheherazade, and The Firebird.

  • American Ballet Theatre: The Nutcracker

    Dec. 8 - 11, 2011
    2011-2012 Season
    American Ballet Theatre performs Alexei Ratmansky's production--"[it] seizes your attention…like no other" (The New York Times)--of Tchaikovsky's family holiday classic.

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