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Local Dance Commissioning Project

The Millennium Stage Local Dance Commissioning Project (LDCP) supports the local dance community by nurturing the creation of new dance work and presenting that new work to a wide audience via the Millennium Stage, the Kennedy Center's free daily performance series. Learn More

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Learn about the goals and mission of the Performing Arts for Everyone initiative.

Conservatory Project

Music's rising stars from the nation's top conservatories performing in the Terrace Theater

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Free Performances Every Day, No Tickets Required

Performance Time: 6 p.m. Eastern, unless otherwise noted

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  • Friday, August 29, 2014

    [August 29, 2014]
    MetroPerforms! 2014 Showcase
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    The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority presents the talents of D.C’s best street performers.
    Come back at 6:00 PM Eastern time to view today's live broadcast.
  • Saturday, August 30, 2014

    [August 30, 2014]
    13th Annual Page-to-Stage Festival: In His Own Words: A Concert in Tribute to Walter Dean Myers
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    The Kennedy Center, in collaboration with the University of Maryland, presents a performance recognizing the acclaimed writer. During a career spanning more than 45 years, Walter Dean Myers wrote more than 100 books for children of all ages, including 2 Newbery Honor Books, 3 National Book Award Finalists, and 6 Coretta Scott King Award/Honor–winning books. In 2012, he was appointed the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, serving a two-year term in the position. This theatrical tribute to Mr. Myers combines music, dance, and spoken word with text from some of his most famous books, including excerpts from his picture book We Are America, his gritty teen novel Monster, his memoir Bad Boy, and from Kennedy Center–commissioned adaptations of his work, Harlem and Blues Journey.  This one-night-only celebration of Walter Dean Myers is a fitting tribute to a man who changed the face of young adult literature and touched so many with his eloquent and unflinching portrayal of young African American lives. Part of Page-to-Stage.
  • Sunday, August 31, 2014

    [August 31, 2014]
    30th Annual VSA Playwright Discovery Performance
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    This performance recognizes the eight Senior Division (grades 10–12) winners of the VSA Playwright Discovery Competition: Andrew Child, On the Isle of Lotus-Eaters; Nayereh Doosti, In Your Shoes; Hannah Jarzombek, Skin Deep; Emma Morris, Space-Girl; Billy Recce, Happy; Caitlin “Cat” Reynolds, Group; Madalyn Rymer, Layover; and Jc Statt, Ikelos. Excerpts of four scripts will be performed as staged readings on the Millennium Stage and four scripts will be workshopped by a professional director and cast. The VSA Playwright Discovery Competition invites middle and high school students with and without disabilities to examine the disability experience and express their views through the art of script writing. A Jean Kennedy Smith Arts and Disability Program. Part of Page-to-Stage.

  • Monday, September 1, 2014

    [September 1, 2014] [Add this event to your Microsoft Outlook calendar.]
    The company showcases its training methods and pieces of its latest physical theater adaption, the horror classic The Island of Dr. Moreau. Drama. Recommended for age 13 and up. Part of Page-to-Stage.
  • Tuesday, September 2, 2014

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    The Peruvian singer offers an Afro-Peruvian jazz concert.
  • Wednesday, September 3, 2014

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    The trio brings zany wit to its eclectic mix of New Orleans jazz, zydeco, Cajun and original compositions.
  • Thursday, September 4, 2014

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    The dancer and choreographer presents Grains, her new work combining movement, lighting, organic materials, and a sound-score by Jeffrey Dorfman. Part of the Local Dance Commissioning Project.

  • Friday, September 5, 2014

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    The dancer and choreographer presents Grains, her new work combining movement, lighting, organic materials, and a sound-score by Jeffrey Dorfman. Part of the Local Dance Commissioning Project.

  • Saturday, September 6, 2014

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    IN THE TERRACE THEATER
    The Okinawa Prefectural Government presents acclaimed practitioners of Ryuku dance, traditional karate, and so-saku Eisa. Presented in cooperation with the Embassy of Japan.
  • Sunday, September 7, 2014

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    The Virginia group performs contemporary gospel as well as praise and worship songs.
  • Monday, September 8, 2014

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    The band blends South Asian musical traditions with the sounds and sensibilities of Eastern Europe, the Balkans, and New York.
  • Tuesday, September 9, 2014

    [September 9, 2014] [Add this event to your Microsoft Outlook calendar.]
    The popular reggae, rock, and gnawa (a mixture of African, Berber, and Arabic religious songs and rhythms) band returns following its 2009 appearance in the Kennedy Center’s ARABESQUE: Arts of the Arab World festival. Part of Center Stage, a program created by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, in partnership with New England Foundation for the Arts.
  • Wednesday, September 10, 2014

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    Members of the band play chamber music.
  • Thursday, September 11, 2014

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    IN THE FAMILY THEATER
    Cesar Castro, Xohi Flores, Artemio Posadas, Delores Garcia, Luis Sarimiento, and Ana Urzua blend the complex music, song, dance, and poetry of the Mexican son Jarocho tradition. Part of Homegrown: The Music of America.
  • Friday, September 12, 2014

    [September 12, 2014]
    Char Prescott & Ryo Yanagitani Duo
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    The S&R Foundation presents a duo performance by the cellist and pianist, both 2011 S&R Washington Award winners.
  • Saturday, September 13, 2014

    [September 13, 2014]
    Chocolate City Rocks! presents Hung Tao Choy Mei Leadership Institute
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    Students of the D.C. institute teach a comprehensive course of traditional martial arts training featuring kung fu and capoeira demonstrations.
  • Sunday, September 14, 2014

    [September 14, 2014]
    Chocolate City Rocks! Presents I Remember U: A Live Mixtape Experience
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    D.C. company LiL SoSo Productions uses various mediums to produce and create meaningful experiences for audiences.
  • Monday, September 15, 2014

    [September 15, 2014]
    U.S. Army Field Band Soldiers' Chorus
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    IN THE THEATER LAB
    The chorus presents scenes from operas including Hansel and Gretel, Abduction from the Seraglio, Don Giovanni, and The Magic Flute accompanied by members of the Concert Band with instrumental arrangements by SSG Kevin Walko.
  • Tuesday, September 16, 2014

    [September 16, 2014]
    A Center Stage Double Bill featuring Ribab Fusion and Khumariyaan
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    Peshawar’s hyper-folk jam quartet and Morocco’s Amazigh (Berber) funk sensation make their U.S. debuts and kick off their month-long American tours. Part of Center Stage, a program created by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, in partnership with New England Foundation for the Arts.
  • Wednesday, September 17, 2014

    [September 17, 2014]
    Strathmore Artist-in-Residence: Amadou Kouyate
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    The 2013–2014 Strathmore Artist-in-Residence, D.C. native, and dynamic djembe and koutiro drummer plays a mix of Manding music, traditional 13th-century songs, and contemporary original compositions incorporating blues and jazz.
  • Thursday, September 18, 2014

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    The violinist and Strathmore Artist-in-Residence blends classical Hindustani music with elements of jazz, rock, and beat box to put an entirely new spin on Indian classical music.
  • Friday, September 19, 2014

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    The popular D.C. psychedelic pop rock band featuring Alex Tebeleff, Eduardo Rivera, and Danny Bentley performs.
  • Saturday, September 20, 2014

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    The Serbian accordionist showcases his unique range and musicality. Presented in cooperation with the Embassy of Serbia.
  • Sunday, September 21, 2014

    [September 21, 2014] [Add this event to your Microsoft Outlook calendar.]
    Representing more than 50 years of music, this band features the talents of D.C. musicians who have performed nationally and internationally with their own bands and other renowned performers such as Wilson Pickett, James Brown, Elvis Pressley, Ray Charles, Al Green, The Manhattans, and others.
  • Monday, September 22, 2014

    [September 22, 2014]
    Comedy at the Kennedy Center: Aparna Nancherla
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    IN THE THEATER LAB
    Comedian and D.C. native Aparna Nancherla takes the stage with an opening set by Chelsea Shorte. Nancherla was most recently a writer and correspondent of FX’s Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell. An alumna of the NBC Stand Up for Diversity program, she was one of the breakout New Faces at the 2013 Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal. She has been a contributing writer for NPR, Reader’s Digest, The Huffington Post, and The Washington Post Magazine, and can regularly be seen performing at the Upright Citizen’s Brigades in Los Angeles and New York City. This program contains mature themes and strong language. Free general admission tickets will be distributed in the States Gallery starting at approximately 5:30 p.m., up to 2 tickets per person.
  • Tuesday, September 23, 2014

    [September 23, 2014]
    Tri Minh’s Quartet
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    The Hanoi Conservatory–trained composer, jazz pianist, and contemporary sound artist and his quartet use improvisation to create dialogue between instruments in Sounds from Hanoi. Part of Center Stage, a program created by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, in partnership with New England Foundation for the Arts.
  • Wednesday, September 24, 2014

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    The Ecuadorian dance company offers a contemporary dance performance.
  • Thursday, September 25, 2014

    [September 25, 2014] [Add this event to your Microsoft Outlook calendar.]
    The dancer and choreographer presents his new dance work Here & Now, bringing his Arlington-based dance company Danzante to the stage. Part of the Local Dance Commissioning Project.
  • Friday, September 26, 2014

    [September 26, 2014] [Add this event to your Microsoft Outlook calendar.]
    The dancer and choreographer presents his new dance work Here & Now, bringing his Arlington-based dance company Danzante to the stage. Part of the Local Dance Commissioning Project.
  • Saturday, September 27, 2014

    [September 27, 2014]
    Asheru’s Guerilla Arts Ink
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    The hip-hop artist, educator, and youth activist known for his progressive, genre-bending style performs with other artists from the Guerilla Arts Ink label.
  • Sunday, September 28, 2014

    [September 28, 2014]
    Target Family Night: Youth Speaks “Raise Up” Contest Winners
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    IN THE CONCERT HALL
    The Kennedy Center and Youth Speaks present a hip-hop and spoken word program featuring the winners of a nationwide competition designed to use the power of spoken word, hip-hop, and the reach of public media to foster a discussion among young people about their education and future aspirations.
  • Monday, September 29, 2014

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    The Santa Cruz-based band plays music based in the rich musical traditions of Brazil, with references to salsa and cumbia, blending them playfully with funk and reggae beats.
  • Tuesday, September 30, 2014

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    Tony Small: Selections from Qadar: An Operetta for Children
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    Scenes from a new opera by Tony Small introduce western audiences to the music and culture of Oman through a seamless exchange of African and Arabic music genres.
  • Monday, October 13, 2014

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    Comedy at the Kennedy Center: Nikki Glaser
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    IN THE THEATER LAB
    Comedian Nikki Glaser first gained notoriety during season four of Last Comic Standing when she advanced to the semifinals while she was still attending college. Since then, she has performed stand up on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Last Comic Standing 7 and has appeared in the film Punching The Clown, the comedy documentary I Am Comic, and Amy Schumer’s pilot for Comedy Central. Glaser also cohosts the popular comedy podcast, You Had To Be There. This program contains mature themes and strong language. Free general admission tickets will be distributed in the States Gallery starting at approximately 5:30 p.m., up to 2 tickets per person.
  • Monday, November 17, 2014

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    Comedy at the Kennedy Center: Chris Gethard
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    IN THE THEATER LAB
    Comedian Chris Gethard takes the stage with an opening set by Courtney Fearrington. Gethard is the host of the cult public access hit The Chris Gethard Show and author of the book A Bad Idea I’m About to Do. He has been heard on This American Life and seen on The Office, Louie, The Other Guys, and Iron Man 3. He is a mainstay performer at New York’s Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, where he has been performing for 12 years, and was named one of Variety’s “Ten Comics to Watch” in 2010. This program contains mature themes and strong language. Free general admission tickets will be distributed in the States Gallery starting at approximately 5:30 p.m., up to 2 tickets per person.
  • Monday, December 15, 2014

    [December 15, 2014]
    Comedy at the Kennedy Center: Mark Normand
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    IN THE THEATER LAB
    Comedian Mark Normand takes the stage with opener Rahmein Mostafavi. A regular in comedy clubs and colleges across the country, Normand has been involved in many festivals, including being featured as a New Face at the Montreal Comedy Festival. In NYC, Mark runs two comedy shows and two podcasts. This program contains mature themes and strong language. Free general admission tickets will be distributed in the States Gallery starting at approximately 5:30 p.m., up to 2 tickets per person.
More performances to be announced soon.