The Kennedy Center


Breaking Point

Saturday, November 23, 2019 6:00 PM


Join the Kennedy Center in a FREE multidisciplinary conversation about the intersections between dance, sports, and more.


Skylight Pavilion

Run Time

90 minutes


The first Breaking Point matches a journalist from the sports world, a curator from the arts world, a star professional athlete, and an iconic prima ballerina to discuss the intersection of the body, the economy, and the cultural environment. Kennedy Center’s Marc Bamuthi Joseph and The Undefeated’s Kevin Merida guide this conversation with guests Wendy Whelan, prima ballerina for more than 30 years and now co-Artistic Director of the New York City Ballet and Kristi Toliver, professional international basketball player for the WNBA Washington Mystics and NBA assistant coach for the Washington Wizards.

At the center of this discussion is the question of "value" placed on performing bodies and how we, as the consumers of culture, set the market. Stretching into and across experiences, we will follow two cultural phenomenons’s trajectories of body-centered expression and the complicated journey of the body in the quest for excellence and innovation.

Please Note: This is a FREE event, and tickets are required. The line for the ticket giveaway will form on November 23, in front of the Skylight Pavilion. Patrons must be in line to receive tickets. Tickets will be distributed, up to two (2) per person, beginning at 5:00 p.m. Tickets are general admission. Limited seating availability. Standard parking rates apply when attending free performances.



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