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Ballet West to Perform at The Kennedy Center

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SALT LAKE CITY – On Tuesday, June 10 and Wednesday, June 11, Ballet West will join eight additional renowned ballet companies in Washington, D.C. as part of “Ballet Across America,” a celebration of the remarkable breadth and depth of American ballet.

The Company will perform George Balanchine’s Serenade, the first ballet Balanchine created in the United States. Performed to the music of Tchaikovsky, this sweeping work us much loved for its exhilarating movement, lush musicality and the moving drama it displays without telling an actual story.

‘I am thrilled that we are returning to The Kennedy Center after sixteen years,” said Ballet West Artistic Director Adam Sklute. “It is an honor to be asked to open the whole festival and with such a masterpiece as George Balanchine’s Serenade. Our artists are stunning in the work and we are proud to be cultural ambassadors for our great state of Utah.”

A part of The Kennedy Center Ballet Series, the entire “Dance Across America” program runs from June 10 to 15 and features three mixed repertory programs – each highlighting an envoy of dance from the eastern, middle, and western U.S. East coast companies include Pennsylvania Ballet, The Washington Ballet and Boston Ballet. From America's heartland comes Kansas City Ballet , Chicago’s Joffrey Ballet and Houston Ballet. In addition to Ballet West, Rocky Mountain companies that will perform are Pacific Northwest Ballet and Oregon Ballet Theatre.

The program is as follows:

June 10 & 11 at 7:30 p.m.

Ballet West--Serenade (Balanchine/Tchaikovsky)

Pennsylvania Ballet--In the Night (Robbins/Chopin)

Houston Ballet--Velocity (Welch/Torke)

June 12 at 7:30 p.m. & June 14 at 1:30 & 7:30 p.m.

Pacific Northwest Ballet--Jardì Tancat (Duato/del Mar Bonet)

Kansas City Ballet--The Still Point (Bolender/Debussy)

The Washington Ballet--Nine Sinatra Songs (Tharp/various)

June 13 at 7:30 p.m. & June 15 at 1:30 p.m.

Boston Ballet--Brake the Eyes (Elo/Mozart)

The Joffrey Ballet--Lilac Garden (Tudor/Chausson)

Oregon Ballet Theatre--RUSH (Wheeldon/Martinu)

Tickets prices range from $29 to $85 and are available at www.kennedy-center.org or by calling (800) 444-1324 between 10 a.m. and 9 p.m. Eastern Time.

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