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About National Ballet of Canada

"The Sleeping Beauty" (Jan. 30–Feb. 2)

Of all the story ballets, perhaps none embodies classical ballet’s unabashed exuberance, grace, and virtuosity more than this romantic tale of a princess cursed to sleep for 100 years, who can only be awakened by a prince’s kiss. A colorful pageant danced to Tchaikovsky’s gorgeous music, this production helped put The National Ballet of Canada on the international map when Nureyev brought it to the company in 1972 and chose current Artistic Director Karen Kain—then a principal dancer—for the title role. She has staged the production keeping Nureyev’s vision intact; his is considered one of the most richly entertaining and technically impressive versions there is.

Works by Forsythe, Kylián, and Ratmansky (Jan. 28 & 29)

For the first two evenings of its Kennedy Center engagement, the company performs William Forsythe’s fiercely demanding "The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude" danced to the final movement of Schubert’s Ninth Symphony and his more subdued "Approximate Sonata 2016" set to a minimalist piano score by Thom Willems; Jiří Kylián’s "Petite Mort," a poetic expression of ecstasy performed to selections from two Mozart piano concertos; and Alexei Ratmansky’s "Piano Concerto #1," an homage to composer Shostakovich’s life and his transcendent spirit of creation.

Pre-performance talk with the artists will take place beginning at 6:30pm prior to the performances on 1/28 and 1/29.

Audio-described performance: Friday, 1/31 at 7:30pm

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Opera House at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

2700 F Street, NW, Washington, DC 20566

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