Ballet Across America II: Presented by the Kennedy Center
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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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I surprised my daughter, a budding ballerina, with tickets to this event. I was pleasantly suprised at how engaged we both were in the three ballets presented. Her attention span was getting tested towards the end, but overall she really liked it, and so did I. I was impressed with the choreography of these companies that don't typically get national or international attention. The seats were excellent as well. The only reason why I didn't give this 4 stars is because I felt that the show was a little too long or too chopped up with intermissions in between each ballet.
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“Ballet Across America is a success, not least in audience terms. More, please.” —New York Times
Find links to all the featured ballet companies, along with music clips and more here.
The Kennedy Center’s Ballet Across America returns to the Opera House after a successful debut in 2008. The biennial program is an exploration of the breadth and depth of the art form, showcasing companies from across the nation. Tulsa Ballet, Ballet Memphis, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Ballet Arizona, The Joffrey Ballet, and Aspen Santa Fe Ballet present programs highlighting their talents and offering a wide range of music and choreography.
Saturday, June 19:
Ballet Memphis (Washington Debut)
Dorothy Gunther Pugh, Founder and Artistic Director
In Dreams (McIntyre/Orbison)
Created in 2007 by Ballet Memphis’s resident choreographer Trey McIntyre, the work makes heartbreak look like fun when set to music by the late Roy Orbison, who recorded some of his early tunes at Sun Studio in Memphis. (17 min., followed by a 15-min. intermission)
Ballet Arizona (Washington Debut)
Ib Andersen, Artistic Director
Formed in 1986 with an emphasis on commissioning innovative new works, Ballet Arizona under the leadership of Ib Andersen has become a provocative company that creates, performs, and teaches outstanding classical and contemporary ballet. They are bringing a new Andersen work danced to Britten’s_ Diversions for Piano_ (Left Hand) and Orchestra, Op. 21. (25 min., followed by a 15-min. intermission)
Pacific Northwest Ballet
Peter Boal, Artistic Director
3 Movements (Millepied/Reich)
Benjamin Millepied’s work is danced with a whipped-up fierceness, its 16 dancers seemingly lit by cool fire. On one hand it’s tricky and technically challenging, on the other it brims with insouciance. (17 min.)
Sunday, June 20:
Aspen Santa Fe Ballet
Tom Mossbrucker, Artistic Director
Red Sweet (Elo/Vivaldi and Biber)
A leader in the dance world and one of the largest dance presenters in the country, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet performs a commission by Jorma Elo. (22 min., followed by a 20-min. intermission)
Tulsa Ballet (Washington Debut)
Marcello Angelini, Artistic Director
Por Vos Muero (Duato/Old Spanish Music)
Since its founding in 1956, Tulsa Ballet has remained constant in its artistic mission: combine the beauty and joy expressed by dance with the drama and entertainment of the theater. The company is dancing Nacho Duato’s Por Vos Muero, set to 15th- and 16th-century Spanish music and recorded lines from a love poem by Garcilaso de la Vega. (30 min., followed by a 20-min. intermission)
The Joffrey Ballet
Ashley Wheater, Artistic Director
Age of Innocence (Liang/Glass and Newman)
Inspired by the novels of Jane Austen, Age of Innocence is a nostalgic work by former NYCB soloist and rising star Edwaard Liang which investigates the sensations and emotions roused by an empty ballroom. (30 min.)
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.