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Fernando N. Gomez presents: Atú: Drum King

Fri, Jan 12, 2018, 7:30 PM

Bridging history and hope, Atú: Drum King, inspired by an African folktale, is a vibrant interpretation of a tale passed down for generations, delivered with a modern perspective that incorporates contemporary issues.

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Onoe Ryu Dance Enterprises presents: Dancer of Japan: Grand Master Onoe Kikunojyo

Sun, Jan 14, 2018, 2:00 PM

Japanese classical dancer and choreographer Onoe Kikunojyo III returns to  the U.S. as the Grand Master (lemoto) of the prestigious Onoe School of Dance, Japan.

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Company E: I Never Dreamed It Could Be Like This: Leonard Bernstein at 100

Jan 17 - Jan 20, 2018

In a world premiere Kennedy Center collaboration, the D.C.-based contemporary repertory dance company and choreographer Robert J. Priore bring to life the creative force of the iconic American composer Leonard Bernstein.

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Sound Health: Daybreaker: New Year's Resolutions

Fri, Jan 19

Kick those resolutions into high gear and face 2018 head on with the return of Daybreaker--the global morning movement that inspires you to wake up and dance! A yoga session from 6 to 7 a.m. is followed by a full-throttle dance party from 7 to 9 a.m. in the Grand Foyer.

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CPAA Productions Ltd. presents: Image China: Dragon Boat Racing

Feb 2 - Feb 4, 2018

Dragon Boat Racing, an award-winning Chinese dance-drama performed by the Guangdong Song and Dance Ensemble, tells the story of the creation of one of the most iconic and enduring pieces of Cantonese music.
 

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Master Class: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Mon, Feb 5, 2018, 7:00 PM

The Explore the Arts Master Class series gives you an opportunity to take classes led by some of the most talented and creative artists in the world of dance. This participatory, intermediate to advanced level, Horton Technique class for adults is led by company members from Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.

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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Feb 6 - Feb 11, 2018

Now more than ever, the world needs the power of dance to bring people together and connect us all by our common humanity. For its annual Kennedy Center engagement, the beloved company will continue to push the art form into fascinating new territory, with multiple programs as unique and phenomenal as the Ailey dancers themselves.

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DIAVOLO: L.O.S.T.

Feb 23 - Feb 24, 2018

Highly original contemporary dance ensemble DIAVOLO uses "architecture in motion" to explore the relationship between the human body and its environment. L.O.S.T., or Losing One's Self Temporarily, uses meticulously designed structures to explore, in two parts, what divides and unites us as we traverse through our daily lives.

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DEMO by Damian Woetzel: Now

Wed, Mar 7, 2018, 7:30 PM

The former NYCB principal dancer curates and hosts an evening of recent commissions and D.C. premieres from some of today’s most creative voices in dance and music.

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Master Class: Mark Morris Dance Group

Tue, Mar 20

The Explore the Arts Master Class series gives you an opportunity to take classes led by some of the most talented and creative artists in the world of dance. This participatory, intermediate to advanced level, class for adults is led by company members from Mark Morris Dance Group.

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Mark Morris Dance Group and Silk Road Ensemble: Layla and Majnun

Mar 22 - Mar 24, 2018

Based on an ancient Persian tale as poignant and beautiful as Romeo and Juliet, Layla and Majnun tells a passionate story of tragic love. When a young man's zealous feelings for his childhood love Layla earn him the nickname Majnun, or "possessed," his perceived madness turns their would-be union into scandal, misfortune, and eternal longing.

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Nederlands Dans Theater

Apr 4 - Apr 6, 2018

Known for pushing boundaries with its bold repertory and distinct virtuosity, Nederlands Dans Theater (NDT) is prominently imprinted with an avant-garde aesthetic. Based in The Hague, this pioneering Dutch company's non-conformist, progressive productions have put its collective of astonishingly talented dancers on the international map.

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Falun Dafa Association of D.C. presents: Shen Yun

Apr 10 - Apr 15, 2018

Shen Yun's unique artistic vision expands theatrical experience into a multi-dimensional, inspiring journey through one of humanity’s greatest treasures—the five millennia of traditional Chinese culture.

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Pan American Symphony Orchestra presents: Tango Impressions

Sat, Apr 14, 2018, 7:30 PM

The Pan American Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Sergio Alessandro Buslje, brings the passion and intimacy of Argentine tango to the Terrace Theater.

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Master Class: Andersson Dance

Wed, Apr 25

The Explore the Arts Master Class series gives you an opportunity to take classes led by some of the most talented and creative artists in the world of dance. This participatory, intermediate to advanced level, class for adults is led by company members from Andersson Dance.

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Andersson Dance and Scottish Ensemble: Goldberg Variations--ternary patterns for insomnia

Apr 26 - Apr 28, 2018

Art forms merge and surge with sublime synergy as Stockholm-based Andersson Dance and Glasgow-based Scottish Ensemble become true partners, interacting onstage in a seamless display of talent. Johann Sebastian Bach's sparkling masterpiece comes to stunning life through a whirlwind of movement and sound in this entrancing collaboration.

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Malpaso Dance Company (part of Artes de Cuba)

May 11 - May 12, 2018

Since its establishment in 2012, Malpaso has become one of the most sought-after Cuban dance companies with a growing international profile. The program will feature Aszure Barton's Indomitable Waltz along with Osnel Delgado's Ocaso and 24 Hours and a Dog.

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Compañía Irene Rodríguez (part of Artes de Cuba)

Tue, May 15, 2018, 7:30 PM

Focused on creating and exploring new avenues to evolve flamenco dance, the award-winning dancer and choreographer melds the fiery passion and exhilarating footwork of flamenco with a unique Afro-Cuban flair.

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