AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE return to Kennedy Center after a triumphant tour of Europe. Two new ballets are planned: the first by Antony Tudor, the second by Paul Taylor. There may also be a surprise with a major new ballet scheduled for the spring season. Mikail Baryshnikov's successful production of The Nutcracker will return at Christmas and the roster of dancers includes such stars of the American Ballet Theatre as Cynthia Gregory, Gelsey Kirkland, Martine Van Hamel, Marianna Tcherkassky, as well as Mikail Baryshnikov, Fernando Bujones, Ivan Nagy and other regulars of the company. Subscribers will receive tickets for the first two weeks of the December engagement and for two of the three weeks of the spring season.
NEW YORK CITY BALLET will introduce to Washington their latest George Balanchine hit, Vienna Waltzes, which The New York Times described as "another pearl." Critic Clive Barnes said "It is Julien Duviver's 'The Great Waltz' taken to the nth degree, with a thousand mirrors surveyed implaced by a million cut-glass chandeliers. It is also Rogers and Astaire, impeccable white ties and romantic tales. It is the Vienna Woods . . ." Rouben Ter-Arutunian's spectacular setting which is "like magic" will be seen on the Kennedy Center stage. Also planned is a revival of a Jerome Robbins ballet, which has been retitled Musical Comedy . It is performed to the Dumbarton Oaks Concerto of Stravinsky. Also scheduled are several other new works and revivals. Among New York City Ballet dancers will be Jacques d'Amboise, Suzanne Farrell, Peter Martins, Kay Mazzo, Helgi Tomasson, Karin von Aroldingen and many others.
BALLET NACIONAL DE CUBA with ALICIA ALONSO will be making its first visit to the United States for engagements at Kennedy Center and the Metropolitan Opera House. They will make their American debut at Kennedy Center, the start of a two week engagement here. The great Alicia Alonso, the company's director, will also be performing with the company which will introduce many new stars to America. Their repertory is expected to include Giselle, Carmen , the American premiere of Oedipus to an original Cuban score which includes some exciting Afro-Cuban music, Tarde en la Siesta (Later in the Afternoon) a tender, lovely ballet danced to taped piano music by the late Cuban composer Ernesto Lecuona, a ballet by Ari Plisetski called Canto Vital which displays the virtuosity of four exciting male dancers, The House of Bernarda Alba based on the Garcia Lorca story and other classics and new works. It is an exciting company with an interesting new repertory and ballet goers will undoubtedly be happy to remember that they witnessed the debut of the company.
LONDON FESTIVAL BALLET will perform in the summer. Since many subscribers may be on vacation, this company is offered as an additional option to their subscription. RUDOLF NUREYEV will be guest star and will be featured in his new production of Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet . Clive Barnes called it "fresh and original" and "a remarkable achievement." The hit of the recent London dance season, it features sensitive settings by the Italian designer Ezio Frigerio. The repertory is also expected to include several Fokine works which have not been seen in America for some time, Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade and Borodin's Prince Igor . The company will also introduce the beautiful ballerina, Eva Evdokimova, along with Elisabetta Terabust, Manola Asensio, Liliana Belfiore, Noleen Nicol and Carole Hill.