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Series Prices: $362.00, $302.00, $182.00 for 9 events | ORDER
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- October 5, 2012 - October 6, 2012 at 8:00 pm
From a tiny country in Central Africa comes one of the most gifted and celebrated percussion ensembles in the world — Royal Drummers and Dancers of Burundi. Their dance and drumming performances are based on ancient sacred traditions that have been passed down from father to son for centuries, yet these distinctive early rhythms sound as modern as any contemporary beat. The thunderous drum sound — the “Burundi beat”— has gained the rapt attention of audiences worldwide and influenced popular Western contemporary artists like Joni Mitchell, Adam and the Ants, and Bow Wow Wow. Originally used exclusively for ceremonial occasions, the distinctive drums are made from hollowed tree trunks and animal skins. Come witness ancient Burundi culture with its thunderous percussive rhythms and mesmerizing movements brought to the stage by this remarkable ensemble!
$46, $38, $23
- October 19, 2012 - October 20, 2012 at 8:00 pm
- October 20, 2012 at 2:00 pm
One of China’s most acclaimed and influential circus troupes introduces a spectacular new production for its inaugural North American tour — Cirque Chinois. Audiences of all ages will marvel at the extraordinary feats of these talented artists and their signature acts, such as the Great Teeterboard, Grand Flying Trapeze, and Group Contortion, that have earned them numerous international awards and worldwide acclaim. For nearly six decades, Direct from Beijing, the National Circus of the People’s Republic of China has been performing its unique style of circus and influencing circuses the world over, including Cirque du Soleil, and Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey. Come enjoy this one-of-a-kind experience filled with juggling, flying trapeze, contortions, and more that will mesmerize and astound audiences of all ages!
$48, $40, $24
- November 10, 2012 at 8:00 pm
- November 11, 2012 at 4:00 pm
In a spectacular new production, these dynamic warriors from the Far East bring the mind-blowing skill, exhilarating movement, and sparkling imagery of the ancient art of Kung Fu to the stage. Performed by devoted disciples of the Shaolin schools in China, these monks are recognized throughout the world for their fierce martial arts prowess and tremendous self-discipline. From an early age, they undergo strenuous training in meditation, relaxation techniques, and rigorous physical exercise to focus their minds and bodies. Voices of the Masters showcases the diversity of this unique art form, and provides a glimpse into the daily life of these Kung Fu masters and their Zen philosophy. This performance of demanding skill and rich artistry is one for the whole family to enjoy. “An eye-filling evening of ancient legends, ritual ceremonies, and wondrous acrobatics.” (Washington Times)
$48, $40, $24
- January 20, 2013 at 7:00 pm
In this distinctive new production, celebrated choreographer and tap dancer Savion Glover honors his art form with a Hoofer’s meditation on the art of tap. This production honors dance legends like Sammy Davis Jr., Jimmy Slyde, and his teacher and mentor, Gregory Hines. The New York Times describes this reverent performance as “barebones and pure, full of the kind of rhythmic innovation that trips down one path, splinters off in different directions, and then sweeps back home.” For the past 25 years, this nonpareil of the popular dance world has dedicated his career to restoring the African roots to the art of tap. With a string of Broadway hits such as the Tony Award-winning Bring in ‘da Noise, Bring in ‘da Funk and Jelly’s Last Jam to his appearances in Spike Lee’s Bamboozled and the Academy Award-winning animated film, Happy Feet, Savion Glover has become a contemporary legend in the dance community. The New York Times has dubbed him “a peerless dynamo of rhythmic tap dance” because of his thundering footwork and unmatched technique.
$46, $38, $23
- February 8, 2013 - February 9, 2013 at 8:00 pm
This world-renowned company has captivated audiences for more than 30 years with its sophisticated artistry, extraordinary movement, and overriding musicality. “Astonishingly beautiful and intricate demonstration of genius,” raves The New York Times about the ensemble and its choreographer. Christened “one of the greatest living choreographers” by the New Yorker, Mark Morris is celebrated for his enthralling dance that combines wit and grace, and his unparalleled commitment to the use of live music. “His choreography creates human drama and visual textures, as well as the rhythmic punch and complexities of the musical virtuoso.” (The Washington Post) This wonderful program includes three stunning works in their D.C. area premieres, The Office set to music by Antonín Dvořák; Festival Dance set to Hummel’s Piano Trio No. 5 in E Major; and Socrates, set to music by composer Erik Satie.
$46, $38, $23
We are pleased to welcome Pascal Rioult as speaker at the Pre-Performance Discussion beginning at 7:15 pm on Grand Tier III
- March 8, 2013 at 8:00 pm
Featuring works danced to the music of Bach, Ravel, and Kernis
Committed to presenting awe-inspiring movement set to gorgeous works by Bach, Ravel, Stravinsky, and Mozart, RIOULT (ree-you) brings an enchanting evening of dance that will take your breath away. This spectacular modern dance ensemble has firmly established a sparkling reputation for blending compelling musicality and lyric elegance. This will be showcased in a program featuring Celestial Tides danced to Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 6, two works danced to music by Ravel: Wien set to La Valse and Bolero, and On Distant Shores danced to music by Kernis. The brainchild of former Martha Graham principal dancer Pascal Rioult, this extraordinary company has received accolades from around the world and now brings his daring and imaginative interpretations of well-known classical compositions to the D.C. area for the first time. “Perhaps the most adept and courageous choreographer in mainstream modern dance today.” (Backstage)
$46, $38, $23
- April 6, 2013 at 8:00 pm
Experience one of the most venerated works in the classical ballet canon as performed by this celebrated Russian ensemble. Giselle is the tragic tale of a beautiful peasant girl who falls deeply in love with a count disguised as a lowly villager. When Giselle learns of the deceit, she dies from madness, and her spirit joins the ghosts of girls who avenge the evil deeds of men who have betrayed them. The tragic story is ultimately a message of love and forgiveness prevailing in the end. This Russian masterpiece is the perfect showcase for the extraordinary skill and talent of these dancers, and features Petipa’s luminous choreography, a hauntingly beautiful score, and resplendent costumes and sets. Elena Radchenko, the legendary principal dancer of the Bolshoi Ballet, founded this extraordinary ensemble in 1994. “A cut above many of its rivals.” (The Washington Post)
$54, $46, $27
- April 7, 2013 at 4:00 pm
This esteemed Russian company brings to our stage one of the most magical and well-known works from the classical ballet repertoire. This stunning fantasy ballet is inspired by the German legend of Odette, a beautiful princess turned into a swan at the hand of an evil sorcerer. With majestic choreography by Petipa, unforgettable score by Tchaikovsky, and exquisite costumes and sets, it is easy to see why Swan Lake continues to earn the adoration of classical ballet enthusiasts and attract newcomers to this magnificent art form. This extraordinary company was founded in 1994 by Elena Radchenko, legendary principal dancer of the Bolshoi Ballet, and is dedicated to preserving the grand ballet traditions while nurturing young dancers throughout Russia.
$54, $46, $27
- May 4, 2013 at 8:00 pm
The sight of large male bodies stuffed into tutus delicately balancing en pointe is just the beginning of the fun. This all-male ballet company specializes in hilarious twists on the classics such as Swan Lake, Don Quixote, and Giselle, with equal parts comedy and technical prowess. The talented dancers, playing both male and female roles, perform an impressive repertoire of both classical ballet and contemporary dance. They are poking fun, but they are doing so with excellent form and skill, making this a delight for dance aficionados and novices alike. Starting in 1974 as a playful diversion for some passionate ballet enthusiasts in New York, “The Trocks” quickly caught on, and became a worldwide phenomenon. Audiences can’t get enough of their graceful movement, hilarious wit, frilly tutus and man-sized toe shoes as they gain popularity and consistently attract new audiences across the globe. “Their program of grand ballet is as much food for the mind as it is for the eye and the funny bone.” (The New York Times)
$48, $40, $24