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Prelude 2008: Arts Across America

Open House Arts Festival

24th Annual!
Saturday, September 13 from 12 noon to 11 p.m.

A free day of performances all throughout the Kennedy Center

It's a new season of Performing Arts for Everyone! The Kennedy Center is kicking off its 37th birthday with a celebration of American innovators and artists carrying on and developing traditions. Continuing the theme of Prelude 2008: Arts Across America, which highlights the diversity of the United States, Open House features artists from across the country and the D.C. area in more than 30 performances, demonstrations, and events.

Performance Schedule

Great for children in kindergarten and up and their families
Open Captioned event
American Sign Language interpreted
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Eisenhower Theater

12:30-1:30 p.m.
Nevada Ballet Theatre (Nevada)

A classically based thirty-six member company, Nevada Ballet Theatre’s repertoire includes works from classic choreographers as well as contemporary ones. For Open House, the company performs James Canfield’s Equinoxe and George Balanchine’s Who Cares?.

2:15-3:15 p.m.
Aspen Santa Fe Ballet (Colorado/New Mexico)

With its fusion of classical good sense and western ingenuity, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet blends the best of both worlds to create a dance company that is truly unique. For Open House, ASFB performs Twyla Tharp’s Sinatra Suite, the pas de deux from Gerald Arpino’s Light Rain, and Jorma Elo’s 1st Flash.

4-5 p.m.
The Suzanne Farrell Ballet (Washington, D.C.)

The Kennedy Center’s own ballet company, founded by legendary ballerina and Balanchine protégé Suzanne Farrell, performs Balanchine’s Apollo, “Contrapuntal Blues” pas de deux from Clarinade, and Tzigane.

6-7:30 p.m.
Ballet Triple Bill

In an unprecedented Open House event, three ballet companies perform together. Aspen Santa Fe Ballet presents Jorma Elo’s 1st Flash, Nevada Ballet Theatre performs James Canfield’s Equinoxe, and The Suzanne Farrell Ballet performs George Balanchine’s Apollo.

Artists and programming subject to change.