Week of March 8-12, 2021
Kennedy Center Week
In 1958, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed bipartisan legislation creating a National Cultural Center in our nation’s capital, Washington, D.C. Following the assassination of President Kennedy this National Cultural Center was designated as a living memorial to him as a recognition of President Kennedy’s devotion to the advancement of the performing arts in the United States.
The Kennedy Center officially opened to the public in September 1971 and American Ballet Theatre is proud to be the first ballet company to perform in the Kennedy Center’s majestic 2300 seat Opera House.
This year the Kennedy Center proudly celebrates its 50th Anniversary and American Ballet Theatre can proudly say that we have performed in every single season, including 2020 just before the pandemic shut down theatres across the country! The Kennedy Center has hosted World Premieres of some of ABT’s most successful ballets:
- The Nutcracker (Baryshnikov) – 1976
- Don Quixote (Baryshnikov) – 1978
- Romeo and Juliet (MacMillan) – 1985
- Swan Lake (McKenzie) – 2000
We welcome you to visit the Kennedy Center’s magnificent website to learn about their mission, history and future.The Kennedy Center