February 14 - 18, 2023
As TWB’s Valentine to DC, witness a spellbinding blend of ballet and jazz music featuring two highly anticipated world premieres by renowned choreographers Jessica Lang and Dwight Rhoden. This unique journey through jazz history promises an unforgettable celebration of music and dance.
Music directed by MCG Jazz’s Marty Ashby featuring:
New York Voices • Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra •
Craig Davis • Ian Ashby • Chris Latona
Celebrating the music of:
Bill Evans • Dodo Marmarosa • Chick Corea • Chet Baker • Thelonius Monk • Ella Fitzgerald • Nancy Wilson • Lena Horne • Sarah Vaughan • Billy Holiday • Mary Lou Williams
Jessica Lang • Dwight Roden
Special Offers for MCG Jazz Patrons
25% off tickets with code: JAZZ25
This offer is valid to all performances and all seating levels.
Limit 6 tickets per person.
Kennedy Center Box Office: (202) 467-4600
The offer with The River Inn ended January 21, 2024.
About the Choreographers:
Jessica Lang infuses her choreography with improvisation and a deep appreciation for jazz’s legacy. She draws inspiration not only from the music itself but also from the art of Henri Matisse, whose cutouts and jazz series were influenced by the same spirit of improvisation and experimentation. Lang’s work emphasizes freedom, trust, communication, and individual expression, much like the jazz musicians she honors in her piece. By exploring movement and playing with dance, she creates a vibrant and ever-evolving physicality that mirrors the spontaneity of jazz itself.
Dwight Rhoden’s choreography will be a bold celebration of the courage, strength, and pioneering spirit of these remarkable women. The ballet will pay homage to the unique and singular style of each artist, reflecting their vibrancy, character, and musicality through movement. As Rhoden artfully interprets the notes, rhythms, and emotional depth of jazz music, he disrupts the typical structure of classic ballet, pushing the boundaries of storytelling and innovation. The result will be a visually stunning and immersive experience, where the energy and spirit of both the dancers and musicians transport the audience to a place where the music and dance become one.
This evening’s program will showcase the artistry of jazz legends like Bill Evans, Dodo Marmarosa, Chick Corea, Chet Baker, Thelonious Monk, Ella Fitzgerald, Nancy Wilson, Lena Horne, Sarah Vaughan, Billie Holiday, and Mary Lou Williams. Our archivist is sourcing images of these iconic figures to visually complement the performances.