New York City Ballet Brings Balanchine to the Kennedy Center

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New York City Ballet will return to the Kennedy Center next month presenting three mixed repertory programs featuring a definitive collection of George Balanchine's "black and white" ballets


"In its wealth of Balanchine repertory," says the New York Times. "City Ballet has an unmatchable asset. Let nobody take that wealth for granted."

From Apollo to Episodes, these works represent the clean break that the choreographer made with the traditions of classical dance, sending New York City Ballet in a direction filled with vitality and new discoveries. "Here was proof that ballet needn't be ornate to enthrall an audience," said the Washington Post of the company's neoclassical direction. By concentrating on the essence of movement rather than costuming and storytelling, they serve as prime examples of the bearing Balanchine had on the evolution of ballet, defining the look and feel of generations of dancers.

Apr. 5 & 8 at 7:30 p.m. & Apr. 10 at 1:30 p.m.
Monumentum pro Gesualdo (Stravinsky)
Movements for Piano and Orchestra (Stravinsky)
Duo Concertant (Stravinsky)
Apollo (Stravinsky)
Symphony in Three Movements (Stravinsky)

Apr. 6 at 7:30 p.m. & Apr. 9 at 1:30 p.m.
Square Dance (Vivaldi, Corelli)
Episodes (Webern)
Stravinsky Violin Concerto (Stravinsky)

Apr. 7 & 9 at 7:30 p.m.
Concerto Barocco (J.S. Bach)
Agon (Stravinsky)
The Four Temperaments (Hindemith)

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