Sunday, June 3, 2007


GEORGE BALANCHINE is one of the top brands in the ballet business, and though he died in 1983, one woman has found a way to put fresh Balanchine product onstage. That would be Suzanne Farrell, former star of the New York City Ballet and muse of the celebrated choreographer. With her own troupe, the Suzanne Farrell Ballet, Farrell has begun remounting little-known Balanchine works, going back to his full-length "Don Quixote," which was performed here in 2005, more than a quarter-century after it had been last seen. This week, as part of her Balanchine Preservation Initiative, Farrell will unveil two short reconstructed works, among others, by Balanchine and Maurice Bejart: the Adagio from "Concierto de Mozart," accompanied by Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 5, and "Divertimento Brillante," to music by Glinka. Farrell herself never performed in either excerpt; her dancers learned the works from film. At a recent rehearsal, Farrell likened these and other Balanchine works she plans to revive to the Dead Sea Scrolls. "These are like passages of Mr. B's bible," she said. "It's our belief system."

-- Sarah Kaufman

At the Kennedy Center Opera House. Wednesday-Friday 7:30 p.m., Saturday 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. and next Sunday 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. $29-$84. Call 202-467-4600 or


THURSDAY PROMISES TO BE an exciting night for contemporary music in the Washington area. Not only does the NSO present the world premiere of a concerto for harp and orchestra by Mark Adamo, (see related story, Page C4) but the multitalented Washington-based pianist and composer Jessica Krash will perform a full evening of her work at the Mansion at Strathmore. One highlight will be the premiere of an ambitious piece titled "Fog," which is a full 37 minutes long and, as such, something of an epic for solo piano.

-- Tim Page

Thursday night at 7:30 at the Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda. Tickets are $26; $23 for senior citizens and $15 for students. Call 301-581-5100, or visit


IN THE DARKLY FUNNY German-made "Sunday in August," a running feud between a couple on a sailboat becomes something of a dunking duel in the lake. "True Love Is Just Filmi" is all Bollywood fantasy, as a young Indian woman -- torn between serving her father and an amorous suitor -- visualizes her many options. And in the Shanghai-set "And I Knew," the social dynamics in a love triangle change dramatically when one lover has a sex-change operation. Love, in many permutations and cultures, is the all-encompassing subject of the Goethe-Institut's second annual Asian-European Short Film Showcase, a nine-evening free series of shorts from Japan, France, Korea, Italy, China, Spain, India and Germany. All shows include speakers who'll address the cultural context of these works.

-- Desson Thomson

At 6:30 tomorrow at the Goethe-Institut, 812 Seventh St. NW, followed by screenings at various embassy locations through June 15. For more information, visit call 202-289-1200, ext. 177.

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