City Paper is not for tourists
In recent seasons, Dancing with the Stars has attempted to up its credibility by inviting members of the New York City Ballet to perform live on the sparkly spectacle. When the troupe visits the Kennedy Center, however, they’ll forgo the sequins and focus on gems of a different sort. Dancers will honor the legacy of City Ballet’s founder, legendary choreographer George Balanchine, by performing his 1967 ballet, Jewels. Comprised of three acts—Emeralds, Rubies, and Diamonds—Jewels demonstrates Balanchine’s masterful range of styles in dances set to Gabriel Fauré’s Pelléas et Mélisande and Shylock, Igor Stravinsky’s Capriccio for Piano and Orchestra, and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 3. Each act also symbolizes a location where Balanchine danced and worked: Emeralds represents Paris, Rubies represents New York, and Diamonds represents his origins in St. Petersburg. Beyond Balanchine, the company will perform newer pieces by choreographers Christopher Wheeldon, Justin Peck, and Alexei Ratmansky set to contemporary music from the likes of Sufjan Stevens. Indie rock has never looked more graceful. The company performs April 1 to 4 at 7:30 p.m., April 5 at 1:30 and 7:30 p.m., and April 6 at 1:30 p.m. at the Kennedy Center Opera House, 2700 F St. NW. $25–$95. (202) 467-4600. kennedy-center.org.