What’s in-store: An Evening with Kathryn Morgan

Bloch's Evening with Kathryn Morgan debuts at The Kennedy Center March 29 & 30, 2016

Bloch’s Evening with Kathryn Morgan debuts at The Kennedy Center March 29 & 30, 2016

If you joined us in Cleveland for the World Premiere of An Evening with Kathryn Morgan, you won’t believe how far this show has come.

First: More ballets.

In Cleveland, Kathryn danced Kitri’s variation from Act III of Don Quixote. In our Kennedy Center debut, together, Kathryn Morgan and former Pacific Northwest Ballet dancer Sean Rollofson will open the show with the Grand Pas de Deux and variations from Don Quixote.

Second: Brand New Costumes.

For this new opening of the show, Kathryn Morgan has commissioned a new tutu from DQ Designs, seen below.

Kathryn Morgan's Kitri tutu by DQ Designs.

Kathryn Morgan’s Kitri tutu by DQ Designs.

Like Cleveland, Kathryn will tell her story not only through dancing, but through a medium with which she is very familiar- video. Kathryn will show the evolution of her dancing from her earliest days (barely walking!) to her glory at The New York City Ballet.

“As a child, I remember wanting to ‘become’ the music. The only way I could do that was through dancing.” -Kathryn Morgan

Third: New dancers.

If you tuned in to Starz Network’s Flesh and Bone, you saw Sean Rollofson. As mentioned, Rollofson will join Kathryn Morgan to not only open both top of Act I, but they will open Act II with the full balcony scene from Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s Romeo and Juliet.

Sean Rollofson in rehearsal for Don Quixote

Sean Rollofson in rehearsal for Don Quixote

Joining Kathryn is a special dancer: Emily Hain. Emily took Kathryn’s master classes in Cleveland, and Kathryn was taken with her lovely command of technique and her sweet, modest spirit, and invited her to join the show. In Kathryn’s childhood video, audience members will see her performing the Bluebird pas de deux from Sleeping Beauty. Then, Emily will perform the Bluebird variation, just like Kathryn did so many years ago.

Kathryn Morgan and Emily Hain

Kathryn Morgan and Emily Hain

Emily Hain performs Bluebird

Emily Hain performs Bluebird

The additions don’t stop there.

Audience members in Cleveland learned about Kathryn’s foray into musical theatre as she played the role of Galina alongside Jesse Carrey-Beaver’s Valery in To Dance The Musical. Morgan and Carrey-Beaver will perform exerprts from this musical, Directed and Choreographed by Donald Garverick, who also created the incredible headliner piece, The Red Shoes.

Kathryn Morgan and Jesse Carrey-Beaver in To Dance The Musical

Kathryn Morgan and Jesse Carrey-Beaver in To Dance The Musical

We are so proud to include this in this evening of ballet, as it shows the audience ballet in a different way than they may have seen before, and the two dancers performing are the ideal match to show them this age-old art form in a whole new way.

Following the special treat that is the dancing and singing from To Dance The Musical, Kathryn shares one of her most beautiful performances from her days at the New York City Ballet– the Wedding Pas de Deux from Sleeping Beauty.

Kathryn Morgan and Tyler Angle in the Sleeping Beauty Wedding Pas de Deux

Kathryn Morgan and Tyler Angle in the Sleeping Beauty Wedding Pas de Deux

With an Act that big, it must have a big conclusion.

One of the things that I am the most proud of as the director as Ballet in the City is that the caliber of dancers we present affords us the opportunity to present the work of Balanchine. To conclude the end of Act I, Morgan and Carrey-Beaver will perform excerpts from Balanchine’s Who Cares. Jesse will dance the musical-theatre inspired “Liza”, and what Kathryn will dance… that’s already caused a beautiful stir on social media via DanceSpirit Magazine!

See Kathryn’s variation rehearsal here.

Act II will open with the breathtaking and touching balcony scene from Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s Romeo and Juliet. Juliet was Morgan’s favorite role to dance at NYCB, so it is a thrill for her to get to dance it again. Ballet in the City is proud to bring such highly esteemed work to The Kennedy Center!

Kathryn Morgan as Juliet

Kathryn Morgan as Juliet

We are excited to announce a world premiere of both a new ballet and a new musical score as part of the show. Jesse Carrey-Beaver will premiere his new work, Of Melting Snow, at The Kennedy Center. It is based on Kathryn’s life and features a crisp, yet beautifully expressive score by Alex Weston, who is an assistant to none other than Phillip Glass.

Jesse Carrey-Beaver's Of Melting Snow

Jesse Carrey-Beaver’s Of Melting Snow

And finally, the headliner of this production, Donald Garverick’s The Red Shoes. This new ballet has captured over 20,000 viewers attention on YouTube, and live it even exceeds how it is portrayed in the video live. The live version features Kathryn Morgan’s narration to tell the story of The Red Shoes- not the movie version that many ballet fans are familiar, but rather the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale. Emily Hain showcases Kathryn’s narration through dancing, and looks uncannily like Morgan with an identical costume, and of course, red Bloch pointe shoes.

Emily Hain is featured in The Red Shoes, to open the piece to Kathryn Morgan's narration

Emily Hain is featured in The Red Shoes, to open the piece to Kathryn Morgan’s narration

Kathryn is a beautiful and exceedingly talented ballerina but her most amazing achievement in The Red Shoes is that she is somehow able to combine dance with real drama to draw the audience in and tell the story without the benefit of words, elevating her skillful ballet technique to true art. -Elisabeth Morando
Donald Garverick's The Red Shoes debuts at The Kennedy Center

Donald Garverick’s The Red Shoes debuts at The Kennedy Center

How will Kathryn bring The Red Shoes to life? You’ll have to join us in the nation’s capital to see…

For tickets and VIP Party access, click visit the here.

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Jessica Wallis is the Founder and Executive Director of Ballet in the City. Follow her journey to The Kennedy Center and beyond on Instagram at @balletincity.

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