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The National Ballet of Canada: Forsythe, Kylián, Ratmansky & More (Jan. 28 & 29) / The Sleeping Beauty (Jan. 30–Feb. 2)

Tuesday, January 28, 2020 - Sunday, February 2, 2020

Ballet

Canada’s esteemed ballet company returns with two programs: Jan. 28 & 29, experience William Forsythe’s The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude, Jiří Kylián’s Petite Mort, Alexei Ratmansky’s Piano Concerto #1, and a pas de deux to be announced. Jan. 30-Feb. 2, The Sleeping Beauty is the romantic tale of a princess cursed to sleep for 100 years, danced to Tchaikovsky's gorgeous music.

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Price

$29.00 - $149.00

Run Time

Running Time: TBA

About

The National Ballet of Canada
The company’s The Sleeping Beauty is “iconic… as opulent as ever.”—The Toronto Star
with the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra

Canada’s esteemed ballet company returns with two programs to showcase its world-renowned talents in both the classical and contemporary realms.

The Sleeping Beauty (Jan. 30–Feb. 2)
Of all the story ballets, perhaps none embodies classical ballet’s unabashed exuberance, grace, and virtuosity more than this romantic tale of a princess cursed to sleep for 100 years, who can only be awakened by a prince’s kiss. A colorful pageant danced to Tchaikovsky’s gorgeous music, this production helped put The National Ballet of Canada on the international map when Nureyev brought it to the company in 1972 and chose current Artistic Director Karen Kain—then a principal dancer—for the title role. She has staged the production keeping Nureyev’s vision intact; his is considered one of the most richly entertaining and technically impressive versions there is.

Works by Forsythe, Kylián, Ratmansky, and More (Jan. 28 & 29)
For the first two evenings of its Kennedy Center engagement, the company performs William Forsythe’s fiercely demanding The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude danced to the final movement of Schubert’s Ninth Symphony; Jiří Kylián’s Petite Mort, a poetic expression of ecstasy performed to selections from two Mozart piano concertos; Alexei Ratmansky’s Piano Concerto #1, an homage to composer Shostakovich’s life and his transcendent spirit of creation; and a pas de deux to be announced.

Join a pre-performance talk Jan. 28 & 29 beginning at 6;30 p.m. in the theater, free with your performance ticket. 
Dancers, choreographers, composers, creative team members, and/or other artists offer insight into the performance and a chance to ask questions!

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