This weekend the Kennedy Center is highlighting young ballet corps from around the world in a special program called “Proteges III.”
To express their concern about the people of Japan, and the heartbreak the members of Tokyo’s New National Theatre Ballet School have experienced in recent weeks, the center announced Tuesday it is dedicating the performances to Japan.
Officials at the center said an insert into the programs will encourage audience members to donate to the American Red Cross.
“Proteges,” a peek at future professional ballet performers, was started in 2006 at the center.
This year’s participants include the Bolshoi Ballet Academy, the Julio Bocca Foundation Ballet Argentino School of the Arts and the Royal Danish Ballet School. One member of the Bolshoi company is Joy Annabelle Womack, who studied at Washington’s Kirov Academy of Ballet.
The ballet school from Tokyo appeared at the first festival and is directed by Maki Asami. She received her training at the Les Ballet Russes de Monte Carlo and the School of American Ballet. Her father, Tachibana Akiko, is credited with introducing classical ballet to Japan.
The performances are March 25 at 7:30 p.m., March 26 at 1:30 p.m. and March 27 at 1:30 p.m. Ticket prices range from $19 to $60.