Venue Details

The Kennedy Center - Opera House
2700 F Street, NW Washington, DC 20566
202-467-4600
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4.9 / 5 Rated by 35 members
Review from Robin Rothrock
Red Velvet 183 events 123 reviews

Charming performance.

reviewed Jan 22 2011 report as inappropriate
Review from Cindy
Red Velvet 45 events 24 reviews

My husband and I attended the Friday (Jan. 21) performance and loved it. The dancing was delightful and costumes beautifully simple (no tutus or obvious leggings but street and peasant clothes). Even now, the beauty of the freestyle dancing...continued

reviewed Jan 21 2011 report as inappropriate
Review from Philip John
71 events 58 reviews

"The Bright Stream" is a wonderful work of art, evocative of "Rodeo" and "Oklahoma." Produced intially in 1935, its creators endured tragic misfortune because it ran afoul of the Soviet censors. It is a wonder that contemporary commentators...continued

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Quotes & Highlights

“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 _

Description

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.

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