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The Eisenhower Theater seats 1,100, and is the smallest of the theaters on the Center's main level. It primarily hosts plays and musicals, operas, ballet and contemporary dance. Its namesake, President Dwight D. Eisenhower, signed into law the National Cultural Center Act in 1958, the first time in history that our government backed and helped finance a structure dedicated to the performing arts. The theater contains an orchestra pit for 40 musicians that is convertible to a forestage or additional seating space. The walls are of East Indian laurel wood. The red and black stage curtain of hand-woven wool is a gift from the people of Canada.
Now performing in the Eisenhower Theater :
- Mar. 5 - 9, 2014
- Eisenhower Theater
- Running Time: Approx. 2 hours
- Tickets and Schedule
The Washington Ballet
Septime Webre, artistic director
A Day in the Life
Choreography by Trey McIntyre
Music--Songs by The Beatles
There Where She Loved
Choreography by Christopher Wheeldon
Music by Frederic Chopin and Kurt Weill
Choreography by Christopher Bruce
Music--Songs by The Rolling Stones
When The Beatles and The Rolling Stones invaded America back in the 1960s, rock 'n' roll changed forever. Relive this revolution in Trey McIntyre's A Day in the Life, an energetic, thrillingly visual, and emotional journey set to classic Beatles tunes. Considered to be one of today most innovative choreographers, Christopher Wheeldon's There Where She Loved has been described as the perfect mix of classical ballet with contemporary choreography utilizing pointe work and technique in creative contemporary ways. Through poignant lyrics, hard-driving guitar licks, and strutting dance, Christopher Bruce's highly-acclaimed rock ballet Rooster is the penultimate "battle of the sexes."
Performance Timing: Piece 1 - 30 min.; Intermission - 15 min.; Piece 2 - 34 min.; Intermission - 15 min.; Piece 3 - 33 min.