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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

Schedule

List of upcoming Millennium Stage performances.

Archives

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P.A.F.E.

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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  • 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.
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  • 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

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    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

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    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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    Founded by award-winning hip-hop artist and U.S. State Department Global Ambassador Gabriel “Asheru” Benn, Guerilla Arts Ink is a local arts organization dedicated to serving area youth with authentic arts and cultural programming and apprenticeship opportunities, led by a group of top-notch teaching artists across all genres and media. This performance is a showcase featuring the talents of a very special group of teaching artists who have dedicated their time and talents to make the world a better place.

  • Sunday, September 28, 2014

    [September 28, 2014]
    Target Family Night: RAISE UP – YOUNG PEOPLE TAKING ON THE DROP OUT CRISIS
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    IN THE CONCERT HALL
    Youth Speaks, in partnership with The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Millennium Stage, present an evening to celebrate the winners of the national spoken word competition designed to foster discussion among young people and adults about the challenges and opportunities students face as they strive to stay on the path to graduation. Hosted by NPR’s Glynn Washington, the program will feature performances from each of the five winners, plus an appearance by Questlove and Black Thought of the Roots, D.C. hip-hop artist Gabriel “Asheru” Benn, with surprise special guests to be announced.  The RAISE Up project is part of American Graduate - Let's Make It Happen! - a public media initiative to address the drop out crisis, supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.  Free general admission tickets will be distributed in the Hall of Nations starting at approximately 4:30 p.m., up to 2 tickets per person.
  • 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.
  • Wednesday, October 1, 2014

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  • Thursday, October 2, 2014

    [October 2, 2014]
    Brightest Young Things Bentzen Ball Comedy Festival presents Wild Horses, The Puterbaugh Sisters, and Mother Knuckle, hosted by Mike Lebovitz
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  • Friday, October 3, 2014

    [October 3, 2014]
    Embassy of Paraguay presents Daiana Ferreira
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  • Saturday, October 4, 2014

    [October 4, 2014]
    Julian Lage and Chris Eldridge
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  • Sunday, October 5, 2014

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  • Monday, October 6, 2014

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    Marian Anderson Awards presents Jamie Barton
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  • Tuesday, October 7, 2014

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    Center Stage presents Fleur d'Orange
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  • Wednesday, October 8, 2014

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  • Thursday, October 9, 2014

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    Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation French-American Jazz Exchange presents Darius Jones Quartet + Emilie Lesbros
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  • Friday, October 10, 2014

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    National Symphony Orchestra Prelude
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  • Saturday, October 11, 2014

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    Magnificent Intentions Festival presents Andy Zipf, Derek Evry, and Ryan Walker
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  • Sunday, October 12, 2014

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    Magnificent Intentions Festival presents Margot MacDonald, Sam McCormally, and Olivia Mancini
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  • Monday, October 13, 2014

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    Comedy at the Kennedy Center: Nikki Glaser
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    IN THE TERRACE THEATER
    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.
  • Tuesday, October 14, 2014

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  • Wednesday, October 15, 2014

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    Washington Performing Arts Women's Committee presents a Tribute to Dick Morgan featuring Steve Abshire
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  • Thursday, October 16, 2014

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    Listen Local First D.C. presents Feedel Band
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  • Friday, October 17, 2014

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    Marine Chamber Orchestra
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  • Saturday, October 18, 2014

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  • Sunday, October 19, 2014

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  • Monday, October 20, 2014

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    Strathmore Artist-in-Residence Brad Kolodner
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  • Tuesday, October 21, 2014

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    National Symphony Orchestra Youth Fellowship Program
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  • Wednesday, October 22, 2014

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    Listen Local First D.C. presents Pree
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  • Thursday, October 23, 2014

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    Washington National Opera presents Highlights from La Boheme
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  • Friday, October 24, 2014

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  • Saturday, October 25, 2014

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    Chocolate City Rocks presents
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  • Sunday, October 26, 2014

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    Kids Euro Festival and Embassy of Croatia present Theatre Mala Scena's Little Needle Girl
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  • Monday, October 27, 2014

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    Kids Euro Festival and the Embassy of Ireland present Shannon Dunne Dance
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  • Tuesday, October 28, 2014

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    Kids Euro Festival and Embassy of Belgium present Laurent Piron's Magicalement Drole
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  • Wednesday, October 29, 2014

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    Center Stage presents Arabesque
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  • Thursday, October 30, 2014

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    Kids Euro Festival and the Embassy of Latvia present Tev un Man
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  • 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.