The Kennedy Center - Opera House
All performances are sold out
AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE presents
Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Choreography by Kevin McKenzie, after Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov
with the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra
ABT rekindles Washington’s love affair with Kevin McKenzie’s magnificent production of Tchaikovsky’s classic ballet—a glorious fable of dreamlike transformation, mistaken identity, and ill-fated passion that premiered in 2000. Beyond its sweeping grandeur and captivating storytelling, what keeps ballet aficionados coming back, and new audiences eager to fall under its spell, is the exciting slate of dancers cast for each new engagement from ABT’s world-renowned roster of stars, which will be announced closer to the date of their visit.
Of all the cherished works performed by ABT today, Swan Lake remains the quintessential ballet, featuring breathtaking choreography perfectly tailored to the company’s powerhouse talents–combined with glorious music and magnificent sets and costumes evoking a Renaissance court at a lakeside castle. The Washington Post proclaims, ABT’s Swan Lake is “a spectacle of shimmering light that builds in force until its most luminescent moment: the moonlit entrance of the enchanted Princess Odette.”