George Balanchine plans to bring the New York City Ballet's upcoming Stravinsky festival in its entirety to the Kennedy Center in October.
The NYCB is scheduled to return to the Kennedy Center's Opera House for the first time in two years for a two-week engagement beginning Oct. 5. The company's Stravinsky festival, which opens in New York on June 10, includes 11 world premieres and several revivals of other ballets, all danced to Stravinsky's music.
Balanchine said that, barring unforeseen complications, the Washington version of the 1982 festival will consist of "everything. We bring the whole thing."
The "whole thing" includes five new ballets by Balanchine, one by Jerome Robbins, one by John Taras, two by Peter Martins and two by Jacques d'Amboise.
In addition, there is a revival of Robbins' "Circus Polka" -- a dance originally created for and performed by the elephants of a circus in 1942. Thirty years later the roles of the elephants were taken by small children and Robbins himself performed the role of the ringmaster.
Sources at NYCB said that the complications that might prevent some of the ballets from being performed here involved the elaborate scenery and costumes necessary for some of the works.
It could not be learned immediately if the NYCB plans to include a non-dance chorus and orchestra piece, "Zvevdoliki," in its Kennedy Center program. The work will close the Stravinsky festival at Lincoln Center on June 18, which is the 100th anniversary of Stravinsky's birth.