Balanchine and More: New York City Ballet at The Kennedy Center
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I attended the Sunday evening performance. It was an excellent mix of pieces. Mozartiana was a class, regal, classical piece in black, gray, and white tulle and satin. One interesting costuming touch: one male soloist had a black velvet bodice...continued
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*New York City Ballet *
Peter Martins, Ballet Master in Chief
New York City Ballet performs two programs of mixed repertory with works by Balanchine, Robbins, Martins, and Wheeldon, including Mozartiana, Les Gentilhommes, Dances at a Gathering, and more.
*Two Mixed Repertory Programs *
One of the country’s most highly respected and healthiest ballet institutions, New York City Ballet returns to the Kennedy Center Opera House for seven performances comprised of two stunning mixed repertory programs. The company will perform works ranging from the classic grace of NYCB’s most legendary choreographers, George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins, to today’s inventive strides made by Peter Martins and Christopher Wheeldon. The programs have been personally selected by Martins for the tremendous soloists and principals of New York City Ballet.
Balanchine ballets play a feature role in both programs. His Mozartiana is a work of both art and mirth. One of Balanchine’s influential “black and white” ballets, Stravinsky Violin Concerto exists without plot or narrative, but shows ballet at its purest and most brilliant. His Concerto Barocco likewise asks the audience to appreciate movement for its own value, contrasting with his famed Liebeslieder Walzer, where every small gesture conveys a story.
Also to be performed is Dances at a Gathering, a landmark work by Balanchine’s longtime creative partner, Jerome Robbins. Former NYCB principal dancer and now Ballet Master in Chief Peter Martins offers his Les Gentilhommes, tying the company’s storied past to the present. The meditative and sublimely entrancing Liturgy from Christopher Wheeldon shines amidst the Company’s repertoire.
Performances accompanied by the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra
PROGRAM A PRINCIPAL CASTING *
Wed., Dec. 9, Thu., Dec. 10, Sat., Dec. 12, & Sun. Dec. 13 at 7:30 p.m. (2 hours, 38 min.)
Mozartiana (Tchaikovsky/Balanchine): Whelan, J. Angle, Ulbricht (29 min.)
—Intermission – 20 min.
Dances at a Gathering (Chopin/Robbins): Borree, Ringer, Fairchild, Kowroski, A. Stafford, Millepied, T. Angle, Dan-Waring, Carmena, Tworzyanski (63 min.)
—Intermission – 20 min.
Stravinsky Violin Concerto (Stravinsky/Balanchine): Krohn, Ramasar, Hyltin, R. Fairchild (26 min.)
*PROGRAM B PRINCIPAL CASTING *
Fri., Dec. 11 at 7:30 p.m. and Sat., Dec. 12 & Sun., Dec. 13 at 1:30 p.m. (2 hours, 19 min.)
Concerto Barocco (Bach/Balanchine): Kowroski, A. Stafford, Hanna (20 min., Pause – 3 min.)
Liturgy (Pärt/Wheeldon): Whelan, Evans (13 min., Pause – 3 min.)
Les Gentilhommes (Handel/Martins): Suozzi, Applebaum, Tworzyanski, Ulbricht, Hendrickson, Carmena, Scordato, Dan-Waring, Peiffer (24 min.)
—Intermission – 20 min.
Liebeslieder Walzer (Brahms/Balanchine): Kistler, Ringer, Somogyi, Taylor, Askegard, J. Angle, Martins, T. Angle (Part I – 27 min.; Pause – 3 min.; Part II – 26 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.