Kennedy Center's new season of dance Dance: The lineup includes the Stanislavsky Ballet, Royal Swedish Ballet, Dance Theater of Harlem and Pilobolus.

July 13, 1998|By Judith Green | Judith Green,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

In yesterday's announcement of the Kennedy Center's dance schedule, a contact number was omitted. For tickets and information about Kennedy Center events, call 202-467-4600.

The Sun regrets the errors.

Next season at the Kennedy Center features some smashing dance, including the American debut of the Stanislavsky Ballet from Moscow and the local debut of the Royal Swedish Ballet, which until now has performed its U.S. engagements only in New York.

The center's "America Dancing" series will present four nTC commissioned collaborations between noted American choreographers and jazz composer-performers.

The Stanislavsky Ballet (Dec. 15-20) was founded at the turn of the century as the ArtBallet by Konstantin Stanislavsky, author of the acting method that bears his name, and his director-designer Vladimir Nemirovich-Danchenko.


Its repertory includes a legendary "Swan Lake," created in 1953 by Vladimir Burmeister; a program of shorter works including "Chopiniana" (which is what the Russians call "Les Sylphides"); and "The Nutcracker."

The Royal Swedish Ballet (June 8-13) is one of the oldest ballet companies in the world, having been founded by the royal charter of King Gustav III in 1773. On tour to celebrate its 225th anniversary, the company will perform reconstructed repertory of the Ballets Suedois, a Swedish avant-garde ballet that shook up the arts scene in Paris in the 1920s.

Among these pieces are "Skating Rink" (1922), with decor by Ferdinand Leger; "Within the Quota" (1923), a ballet about immigrants to America, with a score by Cole Porter; and "El Greco" and "Dervishes" (both 1920), unusual works created by the company's star dancer, Jean Boerlin.

Also performing at the center is American Ballet Theater (Sept. 29-Oct. 4) with its new production of "The Merry Widow," created by Ronald Hynd of the Australian Ballet. A mixed-rep program includes "Fancy Free," Jerome Robbins' exuberant ballet about three sailors on liberty.

Dance Theater of Harlem will play its annual engagement March 30-April 4, and Mark Morris Dance Group will bring the full-length contemporary ballet "L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato," based on Milton's odes and set to music of Handel, May 6-8.

The jazz and dance collaborations include David Parsons with saxophonist Phil Woods (Oct. 13-14); Bill T. Jones with pianist Fred Hersch (May 14-15); Pilobolus with Maria Schneider and her orchestra (Oct. 29-31); and Paul Taylor with a musician yet to be chosen (Feb. 18-20). All the musicians are expected to perform live with the dance companies.

Other modern-dance events include Mark Haim performing his "Goldberg Variations" with pianist Andre Gribou (Jan. 6-7); Maryland native John Jasperse and his company (March 23-24); and Brazilian actor-dancer-mime Antonio Nobrega (April 27-29).

A retrospective tribute to dance legend Alwin Nikolais by his longtime partner, Murray Louis, completes the season May 11-12.

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Pub Date: 7/13/98

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