The Washington Post Sunday - - SUMMER ARTS PREVIEW - Sarah Kauf­man sarah.kauf­man@wash­post.com


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.


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