American Ballet Theatre Presents Ballets From the 1940s at the Kennedy Center

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American Ballet Theatre's winter season at the Kennedy Center begins tonight with a production of Giselle, starring Julie Kent, Jose Manuel Carreê±o, and Stella Abrera.

In two weeks of performances, ending on February 13, the company will also present ABT artistic director Kevin MacKenzie's staging of Swan Lake, and an evening of works originally created for the Ballets Russes by Michel Fokine, featuring Les Sylphides, Le Spectre de la rose, Polovtsian Dances (from Prince Igor), and Petrouchka.

All of the works performed during the company's stay at the Kennedy Center were created during the 1940s, the company's first decade of existence, as part of A New America: The 1940s and the Arts, the center's celebration of the music, dance, and theater of the era. ABT was founded in 1940.

The February 8, 10, and 12 performances of Swan Lake will be videotaped for a future episode of Great Performances on PBS.


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