TAKING FLIGHT WITH PERFORMERS
Summer turns us toward whatever is cool, light and airy. Dance floats to the fore as humanity’s palliative to heat and heaviness. Just as dancers seem to defy gravity, you may well fly along with them, vicariously, at a mini-international ballet festival at the Kennedy Center. Out-of-town travels to New England and the Rockies yield an inventive entwining of vocals and bodies, as well as a slew of new choreographic voices.
The Royal Ballet will return to the Kennedy Center for the first time since 2009 with the U.S. premiere of “Don Quixote” choreographed by the Cuban-born virtuoso Carlos Acosta. Acosta will dance the leading role of Basilio, with Marianela Nuñez as his beloved Kitri, on June 9 and 12. Other bigname dancers performing throughout the engagement include Natalia Osipova, Matthew Golding, Sarah Lamb and Roberta Marquez.
The Royal Ballet June 914 at the Kennedy Center, 2700 F St. NW. 2024674600. www.kennedycenter.org.
The Polish National Ballet will make its Washington debut at the Kennedy Center’s Eisenhower Theater with three works — one by Israeli choreographer Emanuel Gat and two by Artistic Director Krzysztof Pastor, a former resident choreographer of the Washington Ballet.
Polish National Ballet June 2324 at the Kennedy Center, 2700 F St. NW. 2024674600. www.kennedycenter.org.
Summer evenings call for cold wine and Nutella out of the jar and other displays of breezy nonchalance, so Wolf Trap is definitely in. The outdoor venue’s most highly anticipated dance offering is the quirky, always surprising contemporary troupe Hubbard Street Dance Chicago.
Hubbard Street Dance Chicago June 24 at Wolf Trap, 1645 Trap Rd., Vienna. 7032551900. www.wolftrap.org.
As part of the International Festival of Arts & Ideas in New Haven, Conn., the Mark Morris Dance Group will perform “Acis and Galatea,” a staging of the Handel opera. The performance includes four vocalists, a chorus and an orchestra. The festival also will screen the moving documentary “Capturing Grace,” which follows Parkinsons patients in MMDG’s Dance for Parkinsons program as they prepare for a performance of Morris’s choreography.
International Festival of Arts & Ideas June 1227 on the New Haven Town Green and in venues throughout the city. 8882784332. www.artidea.org/festival.
The Vail International Dance Festival will host “Now: Premieres,” a program of world premieres by John Heginbotham (a former Mark Morris dancer); Pam Tanowitz; Rashaun Mitchell and Silas Riener; Matthew Neenan; and Charles “Lil Buck” Riley, a rubbery Memphis jookin authority and longtime Vail favorite.
Vail International Dance Festival July 27Aug. 10 at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in Vail, Colo., and the Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek, Colo. www.vvf.org/arts/vailinternationaldancefestival.