‘A Whirlwind’: Dispatches from D.C.!


The DC tour has been a whirlwind—since we starting working at the Kennedy Center on Tuesday, we’ve been very busy! The Kennedy Center Honors Program is taking place here in three weeks, so the building has really been buzzing.

SF Ballet rehearsing at the Kennedy Center (© Erik Tomasson)

We presented a mixed-repertory program for the first two nights of this engagement and it was wonderful to see RAkU getting a standing ovation on both nights—I was very moved by the audience’s reaction. The first night, there was a three-second silence after the curtain on RAkU came down; I think people were trying to process what they had just seen. It was nice to know that RAkU’s composer, Shinji Eshima, was in the audience for the second performance.

Rehearsing ‘Romeo & Juliet’ onstage at the Kennedy Center (photo by Yuan Yuan Tan)

I performed Juliet in Romeo & Juliet on Friday night and then on Saturday I left for Beijing. There, I will perform at the National Center for the Performing Arts in a gala that’s a co-production of the NCPA, Sadler’s Wells London, and Beijing Xiaoxing Ballet Art Development Foundation. I’ll perform a number of works including Maliphant’s Two x Two, Wheeldon’s After the Rain with Damian Smith, and La Pluie by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa.

Then after a little break, we’re on to Nutcracker and the season!

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