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Past Events: Dance

  • Voices of Strength: Two Programs of Contemporary Dance & Theater by Women from Africa

    Oct. 4 - 5, 2012
    2012-2013 Season
    Celebrating the diversity and talent of contemporary African choreographers, Voices of Strength is a moving mixed repertory program that covers a range of dance genres.

  • Jo Kanamori/Dance Company Noism

    Apr. 26 - 27, 2012
    2011-2012 Season
    Japan's imaginative leading contemporary dance company, last seen at the Kennedy Center's JAPAN: culture + hyperculture festival, returns for the 100th anniversary of Japan's gift of cherry trees to the People of the United States.

  • Ballet Preljocaj

    Mar. 30 - Apr. 1, 2012
    2011-2012 Season
    Angelin Preljocaj's French dance company performs Snow White ("Blanche Neige"), a contemporary romantic ballet based on the popular Grimm Brothers tale with costumes by Jean-Paul Gaultier set to a selection of Mahler's symphonies.

  • Kabuki Dance by Bando Kotoji

    Fri., Mar. 23, 2012, 7:30 PM
    2011-2012 Season


    Mar. 2 - 3, 2012
    2011-2012 Season
    Known for provocative, witty, and engaging dances, KEIGWIN + COMPANY returns with a program that includes Megalopolis, a fun and serious blend of formalism and pop performed to a mash-up of music by Steve Reich and M.I.A.

  • Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

    Feb. 7 - 12, 2012
    2011-2012 Season
    America's cultural ambassador to the world, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater returns for its annual engagement with electrifying new works and a compilation of classics, including the iconic Revelations on every program.

  • Mark Morris Dance Group: L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato

    Jan. 26 - 28, 2012
    2011-2012 Season
    The innovative Mark Morris Dance Group performs L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato to music by Handel accompanied by the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra, The Washington Bach Consort, and four vocalists.

  • Merce Cunningham Dance Company

    Dec. 2 - 3, 2011
    2011-2012 Season
    The late Kennedy Center Honoree and legendary choreographer Merce Cunningham's namesake company returns for the final time on its Legacy Tour with a program presented to live music, including Antic Meet, Squaregame, and Sounddance.

  • Beijing Dance Theater

    Oct. 26 - 27, 2011
    2011-2012 Season
    China's contemporary troupe fuses ballet and modern dance with traditional dance in its Kennedy Center debut with Haze, performed on a modified stage where the dancers fight to stay afoot, a metaphor linking pollution with spiritual confusion.

  • Paul Taylor Dance Company

    Mar. 22 - 24, 2011
    2010-2011 Season
    The quintessentially American Paul Taylor Dance Company returns with Three Dubious Memories, Brief Encounters, and Also Playing by its founder, "the most inventive and versatile choreographer alive today" (The New York Post).

  • Shantala Shivalingappa: Swayambhu

    Sat., Mar. 12, 2011, 7:30 PM
    2010-2011 Season
    Treasured in both India and Europe, Shantala Shivalingappa is an acclaimed dancer and choreographer of kuchipudi, a 2,000-year-old classical style based on the Natya Shastra, an ancient codification of dance, music, and theater.

  • Malavika Sarukkai: Sakthi Sakthimaan – Energies Auspicious and Fearsome

    Thu., Mar. 10, 2011, 7:30 PM
    2010-2011 Season
    A firm believer in the continuity of Indian classical tradition, Chennai choreographer and dancer Malavika Sarukkai preserves key elements of bharatanatyam style dance while providing a personal interpretation of its cultural significance.

  • Ragamala Dance & Dakshina/Daniel Phoenix Singh Dance Company

    Wed., Mar. 9, 2011, 7:30 PM
    2010-2011 Season
    Drawing from Pandanallur bharatanatyam, Ragamala Dance's work provides a bridge between cultures both ancient and modern. Dakshina is an emerging, DC-based dance company.

  • The Daksha Sheth Dance Company: Sarpagati: The Way of the Serpent

    Tue., Mar. 8, 2011, 7:30 PM
    2010-2011 Season
    The first Indian woman soloist in chhau, Daksha Sheth brings a powerful dance-theater work that features aerial technique and has become a landmark in contemporary Indian dance.

  • Priyadarsini Govind and Nrityagram Dance Ensemble

    Sun., Mar. 6, 2011, 7:30 PM
    2010-2011 Season
    Specializing in abhinaya, Priyadarsini Govind has been performing the bharatanatyam dance around the world since age 16. The stunning Nrityagram Dance Ensemble eats, sleeps, and breathes classical dance.

  • Madhavi Mudgal and Alarmel Valli in Samanvaya: A Coming Together

    Wed., Mar. 2, 2011, 8:00 PM
    2010-2011 Season
    Two of India's foremost classical dancers, Madhavi Mudgal and Alarmel Valli bring together two classical dance forms--odissi and bharatanatyam--in a joint creative experience.

  • Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company

    Feb. 24 - 25, 2011
    2010-2011 Season
    The Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company brings Fondly Do We Hope…Fervently Do We Pray, which looks at pivotal moments in Abraham Lincoln's life.

  • Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

    Feb. 1 - 6, 2011
    2010-2011 Season
    Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, America's cultural ambassador to the world, performs a compilation of classics and electrifying new works, including Revelations, which celebrates its 50th anniversary.

  • Hubbard Street Dance Chicago

    Nov. 12 - 13, 2010
    2010-2011 Season
    The feisty company known for cutting-edge choreography presents a mixed repertory program, including Kylián's 27'52", the U.S. premiere of Cerrudo's Malditos, and Barton's Untouched.

  • Five First Ladies of Dance

    Nov. 1 - 2, 2010
    2010-2011 Season
    Five First Ladies of Dance features modern dance icons Carmen de Lavallade, Germaine Acogny, Dianne McIntyre, Bebe Miller, and Jawole Willa Jo Zollar in solo performances. New second show added!

  • Companhia de Dança Deborah Colker

    Oct. 28 - 30, 2010
    2010-2011 Season
    Known for visually striking designs, Brazilian dance ensemble Companhia de Dança Deborah Colker presents Mix, a full-length program showcasing daring feats of athleticism and acrobatics deemed "impossible" (The Sunday Times).

  • Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo

    Oct. 6 - 7, 2010
    2010-2011 Season
    Blasting onto the scene with tutus, tiaras, and tights, the all-male Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo makes its Kennedy Center debut with a one-of-kind parody of classical dance that combines slapstick sequences with traditional ballet techniques.

  • Tania Pérez-Salas Compañia De Danza

    Sep. 28 - 29, 2010
    2010-2011 Season
    In celebration of Mexico's 200th Anniversary, Tania Pérez-Salas Compañia de Danza brings "visually arresting" (The Boston Globe) choreography, including 3.Fourteen Sixteen, Waters of Forgetfulness, and EX-STASIS.

  • Compañía Nacional de Danza

    May 14 - 15, 2010
    2009-2010 Season
    Spain's Compañía Nacional de Danza makes its D.C. debut with Bach: Multiplicity. Forms of Silence and Emptiness, a choreographic reflection inspired by the music and life of Johann Sebastian Bach.

  • Shen Wei Dance Arts

    Apr. 29 - 30, 2010
    2009-2010 Season
    Known for visually rich compositions, Shen Wei Dance Arts presents Re- (Parts I, II, and III), a choreographic journey through Tibet, Angkor Wat, and the new Silk Road.

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