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Past Events: Ballet

  • The Kennedy Center American Ballet Theatre: Ratmansky's The Sleeping Beauty

    Jan. 27 - 31, 2016
    2015-2016 Season
    The beloved story of the princess Aurora--cursed to sleep for 100 years by an evil sorceress until awakened by a prince's kiss--is certain to cast a spell with the D.C. premiere of Alexei Ratmansky's monumental new staging.

  • The Kennedy Center The National Ballet of Canada: Wheeldon's The Winter's Tale

    Jan. 19 - 24, 2016
    2015-2016 Season
    The company brings another fabulous international success story from British choreographer Christopher Wheeldon and his acclaimed creative team: the U.S. premiere of a dazzling new ballet based on Shakespeare's classic play.

  • The Kennedy Center The Joffrey Ballet: Joffrey's The Nutcracker

    Nov. 25 - 29, 2015
    2015-2016 Season
    Robert Joffrey's awe-inspiring staging of the perennial classic boasts larger-than-life Victorian America scenery and costumes, entrancing storytelling, Tchaikovsky's beloved score, and invigorating dancing that could only be found in a dream.

  • The Kennedy Center The Suzanne Farrell Ballet: Balanchine, Béjart, and the Bard

    Oct. 30 - Nov. 1, 2015
    2015-2016 Season
    The company adds Balanchine's Walpurgisnacht Ballet and Emeralds to its pantheon of classics--plus brings back favorite pas de deux by Balanchine and Béjart marking the 400th anniversary season of Shakespeare's death.

  • The Royal Ballet

    Jun. 9 - 14, 2015
    2014-2015 Season
    Great Britain's acclaimed company returns with the U.S. premiere of Carlos Acosta's new Don Quixote, which follows the eccentric knight and his loyal squire--and young lovers Kitri and Basilio--through hilarious misadventures.

  • Scottish Ballet: A Streetcar Named Desire

    May 28 - 30, 2015
    2014-2015 Season
    In their Kennedy Center debut, Scottish Ballet infuses drama and dance in a bold new take on Tennessee Williams's A Streetcar Named Desire.

  • New York City Ballet

    Apr. 7 - 12, 2015
    2014-2015 Season
    New York City Ballet performs two programs: 20th-Century Classics, featuring three of Balanchine's most iconic ballets, and 21st-Century Choreographers, which includes works by Peck, Ratmansky, Martins, and Wheeldon.

  • The Kennedy Center Installation by Dustin Yellin: Psychogeographies

    Apr. 1 - May 6, 2015
    2014-2015 Season
    Dustin Yellin's Psychogeographies, commissioned and originally exhibited by New York City Ballet for their annual Art Series, are 12 large-scale, glass and mixed-media pieces created with inspiration from NYCB's dancers.

  • American Ballet Theatre

    Mar. 24 - 29, 2015
    2014-2015 Season
    American Ballet Theatre returns for its annual engagement with Ashton's romantic Cinderella and a program featuring Balanchine's Theme & Variations, Tudor's Pillar of Fire, and de Mille's Rodeo.

  • Mariinsky Ballet

    Jan. 27 - Feb. 1, 2015
    2014-2015 Season
    Russia's Mariinsky Ballet brings a program featuring Hodson's Le sacre du printemps inspired by Nijinsky, Fokine's Le Spectre de la Rose and The Swan, and Petipa's Paquita Grand Pas.

  • 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, JirĂ­ 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).

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