American Ballet Theater Performs a Mixed Repertory of Works at the Kennedy Center
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American Ballet Theatre, regarded as one of the world's finest dance companies, brings an evening of mixed repertory to the Kennedy Center. Michel Fokine's Les Sylphides is a romantic reverie with music by Chopin orchestrated by Britten. Tchaikovsky powers the D.C. premiere of ABT principal dancer Marcelo Gomes' Aftereffect. Based on A Midsummer Night's Dream, Sir Frederick Ashton's The Dream marks 450 years since Shakespeare's birth. For over 70 years, American Ballet Theatre has wowed audiences everywhere with their passion, innovation and athleticism. The New York Times called them "American ballet at its peak," and it's easy to see why. Learn More
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Seeing the work of three talented choreographers was fascinating, each with a different style. My favorite was the "Seven Sonatas," choreographed by Alexei Ratmansky, and set to the music of Scarlatti. Not only do you see six brilliant dancers seeming to float in the air, but Barbara Bilach accompanies the whole thing on a solo grand piano onstage. Unforgettable!
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- "One of the most beautiful sights in dance is American Ballet Theatre in full flight."--<em>New York Post</em>
- "[American Ballet Theatre] reminds you why ... dance is not a luxury or a frill but a necessity of life."--<em>The Washington Post</em>
American Ballet Theatre returns with a program of mixed repertory featuring works by Frederick Ashton, Alexei Ratmansky, and Twyla Tharp.
A mainstay of the Kennedy Center's ballet programming since the beginning, American Ballet Theatre returns to the Opera House with a mixed repertory program featuring Birthday Offering (Ashton/Glazunov), Seven Sonatas (Ratmansky/Scarlatti), and The Brahms-Haydn Variations (Tharp/Brahms). As the Center's long-time patrons know, every American Ballet Theatre performance is an event not to be missed. In talent, size, scope of work, and every other measure of a ballet company's greatness, ABT ranks among the most respected in the world. The company stands unparalleled in its sheer ability to transport an audience through form, motion, and drama.
The Company's emphasis on artistic outreach--mounting 15 international tours to 126 cities in 42 countries--secures ABT its place as "America's ballet company." In Washington, the Company's productions have been recipients of the highest praise from audiences and critics alike for the past decade. In recent years, the Company has brought such favorites to the Kennedy Center as Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, and Petipa's full-length La Bayadère. Now, celebrating its 70th year as an artistic tour de force and national treasure, American Ballet Theatre brings the best of ballet to Washington once again.
MIXED REPERTORY: PRINCIPAL CASTING (subject to change) & PROGRAM TIMING
Tue., Jan. 26 at 7:30 p.m.
Birthday Offering: Dvorovenko, Beloserkovsky (Ormsby Wilkins, conductor) (26 min.)
--Intermission - 20 min.
Seven Sonatas: Abrera, Reyes, Kent, Saveliev, Cornejo, Hallberg (33 min.)
--Intermission - 20 min.
The Brahms-Haydn Variations: Murphy, Carreño, Kent, Radetsky, Herrera, Gomes, Part, Hallberg, Lane, Lopez (Charles Barker, conductor) (20 min.)
Wed., Jan. 27 at 7:30 p.m.
Birthday Offering: Murphy, Tamm (Wilkins, conductor)
Seven Sonatas: Kajiya, Lane, Seo, Lopez, Phillips, Matthews
The Brahms-Haydn Variations: Abrera, Hammoudi, Reyes, Cornejo, Wiles, Stearns, Seo, Saveliev, Riccetto, Simkin (Barker, conductor)
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The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, located on 17 acres overlooking the Potomac River in Washington, D.C., is America’s living memorial to President Kennedy as well as the nation’s busiest arts facility, presenting more than 2,000 performances each year. The Center is home to seven theaters: the Concert Hall, the Opera House, the Eisenhower Theater, the Family Theater, the Terrace Theater, the Theater Lab, and the Terrace Gallery. In addition, as part of the Kennedy Center’s Performing Arts for Everyone outreach program, free performances take place each evening at 6 p.m. on the Millennium Stage. In addition to offering annual series of the National Symphony Orchestra, theater, ballet, dance, chamber music, jazz, and performances for young audiences, the Kennedy Center presents festivals celebrating the arts and culture of countries and regions around the world. Recent festivals include African Odyssey, AmericArtes, Festival of China, and JAPAN: culture + hyperculture.