Critic’s Choice

Fri Jan 25, 2019 at 4:06 pm
Isabella Boylston and James Whiteside. Photo: Marty Sohl

Isabella Boylston and James Whiteside. Photo: Marty Sohl

Alexei Ratmansky staged a new production of Marius Petipa’s Harlequinade for American Ballet Theatre last June. This lesser-known score, performed live by the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra, is by Riccardo Drigo, known as much for his adaptations of and additions to other composers’ scores, like Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake, as for his original music.

The action, derived from the conventions of the commedia dell’arte, is set to new choreography by Ratmansky, inspired by Petipa’s archival notes. Isabella Boylston and James Whiteside, who premiered the lead roles, dance on Tuesday and Friday evening, in a run opening 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and continuing every day through 1:30 p.m. next Sunday. kennedy-center.org; 202-467-4600


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