The Washington Bal­let takes in­spi­ra­tion from JFK

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The Washington Bal­let on stage and world-class art in mu­se­ums

THE 2016-2017 SEA­SON has been a big one for D.C.’s clas­si­cal dance troupe. It turned 40 years old and got a new artis­tic direc­tor, ac­claimed bal­le­rina Julie Kent. This has been a home­com­ing of sorts for her, as she spent most of her ca­reer with New York City’s Amer­i­can Bal­let Theatre but grew up in sub­ur­ban Washington. For the sea­son fi­nale, Kent has tapped fel­low ABT alum Ethan Stiefel to chore­o­graph a new work that pre­mieres May 25-27 as part of the Kennedy Cen­ter’s JFK Cen­ten­nial Week. Born 100 years ago, the 35th pres­i­dent is, of course, known for launch­ing the moon­shot, and this is what in­spires Stiefel’s “Fron­tier,” an ex­plo­ration of the ex­tra­or­di­nary phys­i­cal and emo­tional de­mands placed on as­tro­nauts. Round­ing out the pro­gram are two beloved one-acts: Antony Tu­dor’s “Lilac Gar­den (Jardin aux Li­las),” pic­tured above, and Fred­er­ick Ash­ton’s “The Dream.”

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