American Ballet Theatre Presents a New Work and Old Favorites at the Kennedy Center Opera House
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The last date listed for American Ballet Theatre was Saturday January 22, 2011 / 1:30pm.
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 _
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.