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The Kennedy Center - Opera House
2700 F Street, NW Washington, DC 20566
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The weather was Windy. I wore dress stocking and boots.
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They only allow bottled water inside the theatre, so if you get a drink that isn't water at intermission, make sure you have time to drink it. Drinks and snacks are expensive, so if you can do without your pocketbook will be happier!
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New York City Ballet
42 ratings
4.6 average rating
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68 events
16 reviews
7 stars
attended Apr 04 2014

Excellent! "Jewels" is one of the most thrilling dance pieces. The NYC Ballet's dancing is superb.

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1 review
5 stars
attended Apr 02 2014

The three choreographies were outstanding, edgy, modern and sometimes playful. Very good complement to the previous nice performance of Jewels from Balanchine.

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27 reviews
22 stars
attended Apr 03 2014

Excellent production. It was beautiful & funny in places. A must see.

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Quotes & Highlights

“Visually rich and showy.” —The Washington Post
Jewels is “a marvelously entertaining compilation … thought provoking and crowd pleasing, deeply traditional and utterly modern.” —The New York Times


New York City Ballet

Peter Martins, Ballet Master in Chief


with the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra



(4/1, 4/4–4/6)

(Balanchine/Fauré, Stravinsky, Tchaikovsky)


Mixed Repertory

(4/2 & 4/3)

Soirée Musicale (Wheeldon/Barber)

Year of the Rabbit (Peck/Stevens)

Namouna, A Grand Divertissement (Ratmansky/Lalo)

For five performances as part of its spring 2014 engagement, New York City Ballet performs Balanchine’s 1967 Jewels—a full-evening masterpiece in three acts showcasing the range of styles that Balanchine commanded. Emeralds recalls the 19th-century dances of the French Romantics with music from Gabriel Fauré‘s Pelléas et Mélisande and Shylock. Rubies sends its dancers racing across the stage like lightning to Igor Stravinsky’s jazz-inflected Capriccio for Piano and Orchestra. And Diamonds, performed to Tchaikovsky’s majestic Symphony No. 3, venerates the regality of Balanchine’s classical Russian heritage.


For two performances, the company also brings a thrilling program of works by contemporary choreographers. Christopher Wheeldon’s Soirée Musicale‘s youthful cast entices you to dance the night away under a blanket of stars. Justin Peck’s acclaimed Year of the Rabbit highlights its corps de ballet as it forms intricate and architectural patterns to a classical orchestration of Sufjan Stevens’s electronica. Alexei Ratmansky’s Namouna, A Grand Divertissement, with seven featured performers and more than 20 supporting cast members, abstracts a comical 19th-century story ballet into a highly stylized series of animated and athletic dances full of dramatic texture.

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.