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Kennedy Center announces 2004-2005 America Dancing

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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Ballet Hispanico, Bangarra Dance

Theatre, Martha Graham Dance Company and Paul Taylor Dance Company

Season will also showcase special Kennedy Center festival, Masterpieces of African American Choreography

America Dancing is sponsored by Altria Group, Inc.

The 2004-2005 America Dancing series, the Kennedy Center’s retrospective of modern dance, will bridge a full range of artistic perspectives, from the foremost masters of the genre to the art form’s newest and most brilliant voices. America Dancing will feature return engagements by perennial Kennedy Center favorites Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and Paul Taylor Dance Company plus encore performances by Bangarra Dance Theatre and Ballet Hispanico. Additionally, the 2004-2005 season will bring the return of the rejuvenated Martha Graham Dance Company and the special Kennedy Center festival Masterpieces of African American Choreography.

The 2004-2005 America Dancing series will include:

Bangarra Dance Theatre, November 5-6, 2004 – Eisenhower Theater

Bangarra Dance Theatre, an Australian company which blends traditional Aboriginal history and culture with contemporary dance, returns to the Kennedy Center with Artistic Director Stephen Page’s newest work, titled Bush.

Paul Taylor Dance Company, December 16-19, 2004 – Eisenhower Theater

Paul Taylor Dance Company celebrates its 50th Anniversary with a program of classic Taylor works. After more than 100 choreographed dances, Kennedy Center Honoree Paul Taylor continues to create a richly diverse repertoire reflecting the cultural heritage of a career spanning six decades. He has created a broad spectrum of dances: joyous, terrifying, hilarious, and awe-inspiring. “If Paul Taylor is not the best choreographer to emerge in any style anywhere in the world in the past quarter century, who is?” (The Times of London).

Martha Graham Dance Company, February 17-19, 2005 – Eisenhower Theater

Martha Graham Dance Company presents a program to include her classic Appalachian Spring as part of the Kennedy Center’s A New America: The 1940s and the Arts, celebrating a particularly fruitful era in Kennedy Center Honoree Martha Graham’s choreographic oeuvre.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, February 22-27, 2005 – Opera House

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater returns for its annual engagement in the Opera House with repertoire including Ailey classics such as Revelations, as well as new works by today’s most outstanding and innovative African American choreographers. “One cannot deny the genius behind Ailey’s…stirring eloquence,” (The Washington Post). This internationally renowned company, founded by Kennedy Center Honoree Alvin Ailey and helmed by Kennedy Center Honoree Judith Jamison, comes to the Kennedy Center as a co-presentation with Washington Performing Arts Society.

Ballet Hispanico, April 5-6, 2005 – Eisenhower Theater

Ballet Hispanico brings its unique fusion of ballet, modern, and Latin dance forms to the Eisenhower Theater for two performances.

Masterpieces of African American Choreography, April 19-24, 2005 – Eisenhower Theater

The Kennedy Center presents an unprecedented exploration of the contribution of African American choreographers to the world of modern dance in six programs. Introduced by Judith Jamison and Carmen DeLavallade, the week will feature multiple companies sharing themed programs. Participants, including African American Dance Ensemble, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Ronald K. Brown/Evidence, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, Garth Fagan Dance, Rennie Harris Puremovement, Koffi Koko, Diane McIntyre, Paradigm, Philadanco, Urban Bush Women and Lula Washington Dance Theatre represent the full range of African American dance in this country. Also part of the Kennedy Center etcetera series.

All programs and artists are subject to change.

The Kennedy Center America Dancing series is sponsored by Altria Group, Inc., the parent company of Kraft Foods, Philip Morris International, and Philip Morris USA. Altria Group has been a major funder of the Kennedy Center since 1977. For more than 45 years Altria Group has been actively engaged in improving, vitalizing and strengthening communities across the globe. For more information about the Altria family of companies’ programs and partnerships visit www.altria.com/media_programs.

International programming at the Kennedy Center is supported by the Kennedy Center International Committee on the Arts.

As part of the Kennedy Center’s ongoing education program Performance Plus™, events will be held in conjunction with most engagements.

To receive subscription information by mail, call the Subscription Office: (202) 416-8500. Subscriptions may be purchased in advance. Groups of 20 or more may contact Kennedy Center Group Sales: (202) 416-8400. Dates for sales of individual tickets will be announced at a later date.

For more information about the Kennedy Center, please visit www.kennedy-center.org

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