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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 6 members
Review from Dancing Always
48 events 15 reviews

I attended the Sunday evening performance. It was an excellent mix of pieces. Mozartiana was a class, regal, classical piece in black, gray, and white tulle and satin. One interesting costuming touch: one male soloist had a black velvet bodice...continued

reviewed Dec 13 2009 report as inappropriate
Review from Cyrelle
8 events 7 reviews

The dancers and orchestra were very good. I especially enjoyed the Stravinsky violin sonata that accompanied the quintessential Balachine choreography. This was classic Balachine at his best.

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Review from marie
5 events 3 reviews

I found this ballet very dissapointing and unimpressive. The dancers did little to highlight the choreography and I felt like they were from a local dance studio and not NYCB. I regret spending money on the tickets.

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Vist the New York City Ballet web site for more information about the group.


*New York City Ballet *

Peter Martins, Ballet Master in Chief

New York City Ballet performs two programs of mixed repertory with works by Balanchine, Robbins, Martins, and Wheeldon, including Mozartiana, Les Gentilhommes, Dances at a Gathering, and more.

*Two Mixed Repertory Programs *

One of the country’s most highly respected and healthiest ballet institutions, New York City Ballet returns to the Kennedy Center Opera House for seven performances comprised of two stunning mixed repertory programs. The company will perform works ranging from the classic grace of NYCB’s most legendary choreographers, George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins, to today’s inventive strides made by Peter Martins and Christopher Wheeldon. The programs have been personally selected by Martins for the tremendous soloists and principals of New York City Ballet.

Balanchine ballets play a feature role in both programs. His Mozartiana is a work of both art and mirth. One of Balanchine’s influential “black and white” ballets, Stravinsky Violin Concerto exists without plot or narrative, but shows ballet at its purest and most brilliant. His Concerto Barocco likewise asks the audience to appreciate movement for its own value, contrasting with his famed Liebeslieder Walzer, where every small gesture conveys a story.

Also to be performed is Dances at a Gathering, a landmark work by Balanchine’s longtime creative partner, Jerome Robbins. Former NYCB principal dancer and now Ballet Master in Chief Peter Martins offers his Les Gentilhommes, tying the company’s storied past to the present. The meditative and sublimely entrancing Liturgy from Christopher Wheeldon shines amidst the Company’s repertoire.

Performances accompanied by the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra



Wed., Dec. 9, Thu., Dec. 10, Sat., Dec. 12, & Sun. Dec. 13 at 7:30 p.m. (2 hours, 38 min.)

Mozartiana (Tchaikovsky/Balanchine): Whelan, J. Angle, Ulbricht (29 min.)

—Intermission – 20 min.

Dances at a Gathering (Chopin/Robbins): Borree, Ringer, Fairchild, Kowroski, A. Stafford, Millepied, T. Angle, Dan-Waring, Carmena, Tworzyanski (63 min.)

—Intermission – 20 min.

Stravinsky Violin Concerto (Stravinsky/Balanchine): Krohn, Ramasar, Hyltin, R. Fairchild (26 min.)


Fri., Dec. 11 at 7:30 p.m. and Sat., Dec. 12 & Sun., Dec. 13 at 1:30 p.m. (2 hours, 19 min.)

Concerto Barocco (Bach/Balanchine): Kowroski, A. Stafford, Hanna (20 min., Pause – 3 min.)

Liturgy (Pärt/Wheeldon): Whelan, Evans (13 min., Pause – 3 min.)

Les Gentilhommes (Handel/Martins): Suozzi, Applebaum, Tworzyanski, Ulbricht, Hendrickson, Carmena, Scordato, Dan-Waring, Peiffer (24 min.)

—Intermission – 20 min.

Liebeslieder Walzer (Brahms/Balanchine): Kistler, Ringer, Somogyi, Taylor, Askegard, J. Angle, Martins, T. Angle (Part I – 27 min.; Pause – 3 min.; Part II – 26 min.)

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