World-renowned ballet companies American Ballet Theatre (ABT) and New York City Ballet (NYCB) have a longstanding history of performing annually on the Center’s stages and this one will be no exception.
In celebration of the Center’s 50th Anniversary, the 2021–2022 season ballet engagements of ABT and NYCB will celebrate the rich relationships and history of collaboration between these organizations and the Center, featuring two programs by each company – one presenting a full-evening production looking back at historical classics and another program looking forward into the future of each company and the art form.
ABT will bring the classic Don Quixote, March 29–April 3, a ballet from which a pas de deux was excerpted during the opening week of the Kennedy Center in 1971 as part of a multi-week residency with the company.
Returning June 7–12, NYCB will present George Balanchine’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, a production brought to the Center during the company’s very first engagement in 1974.
Both companies’ second programs will include repertory work (from present-day choreographers) reflecting the current and future visions of the artistry at each company and will showcase a range of voices of dance creators living and working today.
The season also includes the returns of the famed Mariinsky Ballet who will perform Balanchine’s glamorous Jewels, the non-narrative full-length ballet highlighting the choreographer’s vision of Emeralds, Rubies, and Diamonds.
National Ballet of China is the cornerstone of the Center’s 2022 Lunar New Year festivities with their Chinese New Year ballet, an adaptation of The Nutcracker.
In addition, Miami City Ballet marks its first full-week engagement for the Center’s holiday season with Balanchine’s The Nutcracker.
The ballet season culminates in June 2022 with Reframing the Narrative bringing together Dance Theatre of Harlem, Ballethnic Dance Company, and Collage Dance Collective, along with other Black-identifying ballet dancers from across the country to highlight the current work of these pillar companies.