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The Kennedy Center - Opera House
2700 F Street, NW Washington, DC 20566
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4.6 / 5 Rated by 43 members
Review from Wollantiques
Red Velvet 75 events 18 reviews

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

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Review from Carol Maier
78 events 28 reviews

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

reviewed Apr 03 2014 report as inappropriate
Review from BTFallsChurch
10 events 5 reviews

Outstanding ballets from three contemporary choreographers. Young Peck, wow. Nice center rear orchestra seats.

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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.

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