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Past Events: Dance

  • The Kennedy Center Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

    Feb. 2 - 7, 2016
    2015-2016 Season
    Led by Artistic Director Robert Battle, the company makes its annual Kennedy Center appearance with seven performances in the Opera House.

  • The Kennedy Center Twyla Tharp 50th Anniversary Tour

    Nov. 11 - 14, 2015
    2015-2016 Season
    An evening of new work by Tony Award–winning choreographer and Kennedy Center Honoree Twyla Tharp celebrates Tharp's five decades of dance-making.

  • The Kennedy Center Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE with Jason Moran and The Bandwagon

    Oct. 28 - 30, 2015
    2015-2016 Season
    Collaborating for Jason+, a new multidisciplinary series, Kennedy Center Artistic Director for Jazz Jason Moran and celebrated choreographer Ronald K. Brown bring together their respective ensembles for a night of jazz and dance.

  • Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

    Feb. 3 - 8, 2015
    2014-2015 Season
    Led by Artistic Director Robert Battle, "America's cultural ambassador to the world" returns for its annual engagement for more captivating new works and enduring classics, including Alvin Ailey's signature masterpiece Revelations.

  • Batsheva Dance Company: Sadeh21

    Nov. 18 - 19, 2014
    2014-2015 Season
    Israel's acclaimed company returns for the first time in a decade with Artistic Director Ohad Naharin's newest work, which he created in collaboration with 18 dancers using a style he calls "Gaga" to take audiences through 21 fields of movement study.

  • Carmen de Lavallade: As I Remember It

    Oct. 29 - 30, 2014
    2014-2015 Season
    In this intimate multimedia portrait, legendary artist Carmen de Lavallade weaves together dance, personal writings, projections of her younger self, and films featuring some of her significant collaborators to trace a career that spans six decades.

  • Beijing Dance Theater: Wild Grass

    Oct. 22 - 25, 2014
    2014-2015 Season
    Following its 2011 engagement of Haze, the company returns with Wild Grass, a three-part performance by renowned choreographer Wang Yuanyuan inspired by poems of Lu Xun: "Dead Fire," "The Shadow's Leave-taking," and "Dance of Extremity."

  • Martha Clarke's Chéri featuring Alessandra Ferri, Herman Cornejo, Amy Irving, and Sarah Rothenberg

    Oct. 1 - 4, 2014
    2014-2015 Season
    Adapted from Colette's classic story of forbidden love, Martha Clarke's newest work combines theater, live music, and dance with ballet stars Alessandra Ferri and Herman Cornejo, actress Amy Irving, and pianist Sarah Rothenberg.

  • Wayne McGregor | Random Dance

    May 1 - 3, 2014
    2013-2014 Season
    Helmed by multi award-winning British choreographer Wayne McGregor, Random Dance brings their multimedia work FAR, with score by Ben Frost and jaw-dropping visuals, including a computerized pin board of 3,200 LED lights.

  • Compagnie Käfig / CCN Creteil et Val-de-Marne

    Feb. 28 - Mar. 1, 2014
    2013-2014 Season
    Compagnie Käfig makes its Kennedy Center debut with Artistic Director Mourad Merzouki's Agwa and Correria. The all-male Brazilian cast performs these celebrated works inspired by hip-hop, bossa nova, and capoeira.

  • Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

    Feb. 4 - 9, 2014
    2013-2014 Season
    America's cultural ambassador to the world, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater returns to the Kennedy Center for its annual engagement with its winning combination of captivating new works and enduring classics.

  • Ballet Hispanico

    Dec. 5 - 6, 2013
    2013-2014 Season
    Last seen at the Kennedy Center in 2007, Ballet Hispanico returns with a dazzling mixed repertory program to include the DC premiere of Sortijas by Cayetano Soto, one of the most dynamic and groundbreaking Spanish choreographers of his generation.

  • Matthew Bourne's Sleeping Beauty--New Adventures

    Nov. 12 - 17, 2013
    2013-2014 Season
    Renowned British choreographer Matthew Bourne returns with his latest re-imagining of a ballet classic. Danced by his company, this haunting new production is a gothic romance; a supernatural love story that even the passage of time cannot hinder.

  • Susan Marshall & Company

    Oct. 29 - 31, 2013
    2013-2014 Season
    A recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship in 2000, Susan Marshall brings her New York–based company for Play/Pause, a new work that blends virtuoso athleticism, ordinary movement, and gesture.

  • Hubbard Street Dance Chicago

    Oct. 17 - 19, 2013
    2013-2014 Season
    Chicago's Hubbard Street Dance returns with a mixed repertory program to include the DC premiere of Mats Ek's Casi-Casa, "the masterwork of a supremely keen observer of human behavior" (Time Out Chicago).

  • Saburo Teshigawara / KARAS

    Sep. 12 - 13, 2013
    2013-2014 Season
    For their Kennedy Center debut, Japanese choreographer Saburo Teshigawara and KARAS bring the work Mirror and Music, which explores the simultaneously tangible and intangible nature of music and the reflection we see when we look into the mirror.

  • Shen Wei Dance Arts

    May 23 - 25, 2013
    2012-2013 Season
    Blending a traditional Chinese aesthetic with Western dance to extraordinary results, Shen Wei Dance Arts presents Undivided Divided, a site-specific piece where the dancers interact with multimedia, including video and sculpture.

  • Monica Bill Barnes & Company

    May 8 - 9, 2013
    2012-2013 Season
    "One of the wittiest young choreographers around" (The Village Voice), Monica Bill Barnes debuts at the Kennedy Center with dances imbued with not only grace and theatricality but relatable humor.

  • Malavika Sarukkai

    Mar. 29 - 30, 2013
    2012-2013 Season
    A significant player in the Indian classical dance style bharatanatyam, dancer and choreographer Malavika Sarukkai returns with Ganga: Nitya Vaahini (The Eternal River), continuing to push the style's boundaries.

  • Nordic Cool 2013: GöteborgsOperans Danskompani

    Mar. 15 - 16, 2013
    2012-2013 Season
    Having transitioned from solely classical ballet to an additional focus on contemporary dance, Sweden's GöteborgsOperans Danskompani brings three contemporary works created on the company.

  • Nordic Cool 2013: Tero Saarinen Company (Finland)

    Tue., Mar. 12, 2013, 8:00 PM
    2012-2013 Season
    Finland's Tero Saarinen Company, which aims to promote a humane worldview and basic human values through the language of dance, makes its Kennedy Center debut with a triple bill of works choreographed by Saarinen.

  • Nordic Cool 2013: Carte Blanche (Norway)

    Mar. 6 - 7, 2013
    2012-2013 Season
    The Norwegian National Company of Contemporary Dance, Carte Blanche brings Sharon Eyal and Gai Bachar's Corps de Walk, a work about a static condition of unique moments and tiny, subtle changes in body posture.

  • Nordic Cool 2013: Danish Dance Theatre

    Mar. 1 - 2, 2013
    2012-2013 Season
    One of the foremost contemporary dance companies in Scandinavia, Copenhagen's Danish Dance Theatre makes its Kennedy Center debut with the U.S. premiere of Love Songs, which revolves around a cinema noir universe.

  • Nordic Cool 2013: Iceland Dance Company

    Wed., Feb. 27, 2013, 7:30 PM
    2012-2013 Season
    A world-class contemporary dance company, Iceland Dance Company brings a mixed repertory program that includes Jo Strömgren's Großstadtsafari, Lára Stefánsdóttir's The Swan, and Frank Fannar Pedersen's Til.

  • Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

    Feb. 5 - 10, 2013
    2012-2013 Season
    America's cultural ambassador to the world, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater returns to the Kennedy Center for its annual engagement with its winning combination of captivating new work and enduring classics.

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