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Built in 1971 to realize the late President Kennedy's ambitions to bring culture to the American public, the Center has seen over 300 productions across ballet, theater and concerts created and stage at the complex. December 2014 saw the start of an ambitious expansion project that would reopen access from the Center to the Potomac River, as well as easier access to lower Georgetown and provide more space for visitors and performers to engage with.

Upcoming Highlights

  • Mariinsky Ballet

    Opens Jan 27

  • Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

    Opens Feb 03

  • The Washington Ballet: Sleepy Hollow

    Opens Feb 18

  • The Book of Mormon

    Opens Jun 17

  • Once

    Opens Jul 07

Mariinsky Ballet

Kennedy Center Opera House

January 27-February 1, 2015

The venerable Mariinsky Ballet, one of the most influential companies in classical dance for the past 200 years, continues to set the standard in stage production. After struggling for survival under the Soviet regime, the unrivalled company has firmly established its place on the world stage and gone on to display its unmistakable style in appearances around the globe.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Kennedy Center Opera House

February 3-8, 2015

The 56-year old AA American Dance Theater has performed for an estimated 23 million people in 48 states, as well as 71 countries on six continents. Often engaged as an ambassador for modern American dance, the troupe saw its first such engagement in 1962 as part of John F Kennedy's south east Asian and Australian tour. Whilst its repertoire is known primarily for its jazz influences, chief creative director Robert Battle has added to the dances by welcoming collaborations with other eminent choreographers, which reflects the company's ever-expanding body of work.

The Washington Ballet: Sleepy Hollow

Eisenhower Theater

February 18-22, 2015

The Washington Ballet artistic director Septime Webre presents his imaginative reinvention of one of America's greatest and most recognisable tales, Washington Irving's spooky Sleepy Hollow. The haunting account of Ichabod Crane's dealings with the terrifying headless horseman and his love for the beautiful Katrina Van Tassel is immortalized in lush and eloquent dance.

The Book of Mormon

Kennedy Center Opera House

June 17-August 16, 2015

With NINE Tony Awards - including Best Musical - a Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album, and top New York critic calling it the best new musical of the century, this is one show you won't want to miss.


Eisenhower Theater

July 7-August 16, 2015

The creators of the acclaimed Black Watch, director John Tiffany and choreographer Steven Hoggett, join forces with playwright/screenwriter Enda Walsh to bring the hit independent film Once, winner of a 2007 Academy Award for the hit song "Falling Slowly", to the stage.

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