New York City Ballet at the Kennedy Center
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Balanchine, Wheeldon, and Liang (Mar. 31 and Apr. 1 & 5)
This program includes two works by George Balanchine: "Haieff Divertimento" combines blues and American dance idioms with modern concert dance and classic ballet, while Stravinsky Violin Concerto peels away outer layers of symmetry to reveal two ingenious pas de deux. In Christopher Wheeldon’s "Liturgy," set to music by Arvo Pärt, two dancers separate and re-connect with ever-increasing intensity. The company also brings Edward Liang's new "Lineage," which abstracts and deconstructs Georgian folk dance with choreographic patterning set to the vibrant Apollo by English composer Oliver Davis.
Peck, Cunningham, and Balanchine/Robbins (Apr. 2–4)
Justin Peck’s entrancing "Principia," set to a score for full orchestra, is a collaboration with Oscar-nominated composer Sufjan Stevens. For the centennial of Merce Cunningham, the company performs "Summerspace" with music by Morton Feldman; the late choreographer envisioned movement “like the passage of birds, stopping for moments on the ground and then going on.” Balanchine and Jerome Robbins’s ever-popular masterpiece "Firebird," set to Stravinsky’s score, illustrates the fantastical Russian fairy tale.