American Ballet Theatre Presents a New Work and Old Favorites at the Kennedy Center Opera House
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Famed for their annual Nutcracker, the acclaimed Rockville Civic Ballet's latest production boasts a trio of dances. The Last Duchess is inspired by an intriguing Robert Browning poem, in which a duke shows off a portrait of his wanton wife, insinuating that he's gotten rid of her for good. Also on the program are the works Saturday Night Social, a fun and entertaining romp set to Aaron Copland's Rodeo, and Danse D'Enesco, a folk dance-influenced piece that's described as bright and fast-moving. Learn More
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“A victory for American dance.” —_San Francisco Chronicle _
“One of the most beautiful sights in dance is American Ballet Theatre in full flight.” —_New York Post _
Kevin McKenzie, Artistic Director
A continual presence within the Kennedy Center’s ballet program that spans decades, American Ballet Theatre returns with both new works full of vigor and D.C. favorites rich with heritage. Accompanied by the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra, the repertoire includes the company premiere of The Bright Stream by artist-in-residence Alexei Ratmansky. A comic ballet in two acts set to music by Dmitri Shostakovich, The Bright Stream tells the story of a 1930s Russian farm collective and their humorous interactions with a group of visiting performers during the harvest festival.
“I am thrilled to add this wonderful production to ABT’s repertoire,” said Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie. “It so reflects Alexei’s inventiveness and good humor.”
The company will also perform a very special repertory program as part of The Presidency of John F. Kennedy: A 50th Anniversary Celebration. American Ballet Theatre performed a number of times at Kennedy White House events and State Dinners. This program will capture both the elegance of the Kennedy White House and the promise of that period in American artistic history. Works chosen as Kennedy family favorites include Balanchine’s Theme and Variations, Tudor’s Jardin aux Lilas, Balanchine’s Duo Concertante and Robbins’ Fancy Free.
About the Ticket Supplier: The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
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, Washington National Opera, 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.