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The Kennedy Center - Opera House
2700 F Street, NW Washington, DC 20566
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4.3 / 5 Rated by 4 members
Review from Cyrelle
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It was an interesting mixture of performances by several regional ballet companies. We enjoyed getting see this varied program. Our seats were very good, center of the rear orchestra, just right for the 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

Diversions (Andersen/Britten)

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.)

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