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The Kennedy Center - Opera House
2700 F Street, NW Washington, DC 20566
202-467-4600
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American Ballet Theatre
35 ratings
4.9 average rating
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34 reviews
10 stars
attended Jan 21 2011

Top-notch dancing, fun choreography--it actually drew laughs from the audience--and of course the glorious Kennedy Center as a venue. What's not to like?

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122 reviews
33 stars
attended Jan 22 2011

Charming performance.

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56 events
30 reviews
12 stars
attended Jan 18 2011

Absolutely fabulous.

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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 _

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.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Mariinsky Ballet: <em>The Little Humpbacked Horse</em> Washington National Opera: <em>Champion</em> <em>Tudor, Ashton, Stiefel</em> <em>Disney on Ice Presents Dream Big</em> <em>Copenhagen</em> Monster Jam Chris Kattan <em>Treasure Island</em>