Kennedy Center Black-Tie Inaugural Gala reception and Ballet Performance
The International Club of DC is honored to present to you a unique and unprecedented Red Carpet event at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts: We cordially request the pleasure of your company for a very special inaugural gala reception at the Kennedy Center with a performance of Don Quixote by the Mariinsky Ballet. After the ballet performance, join us for a red carpet black-tie Gala reception at the South Opera Tier Lounge. Feast on delectable desserts with wine and drinks served at the open bar while enjoying the the company of your ICDC friends. A live jazz ensemble will also keep you company as you enjoy music and dancing under the opulent glow of the chandeliers.
The celebration is not a political endorsement but rather a unity gala reception to celebrate a special moment in American history. Don Quixote by the Mariinsky BalletValery Gergiev, Artistic Director Yuri Fateyev, Deputy Director of the Ballet Company
Kennedy Center Opera House with Gala reception at the South Opera Tier Lounge Cocktail attire requested.
Black Tie optional.
Our Kennedy Center gala reception is the first of a series of events organized during the Inaugural week and we invite you to join your ICDC friends to take part in the festivities for an unforgettable experience.
### Ballet Performance at the Kennedy Center Opera HouseThe evening starts at 7:00 PM at the Kennedy Center Opera House where we present a performance of Don Quixote by the Mariinsky Ballet. Boasting an artistic legacy that spans more than 250 years, St. Petersburg's Mariinsky Ballet follows its sold-out 2008 performances of La Bayadère with yet another master ballet in its repertory: Don Quixote. Based on Miguel de Cervantes's sweeping tale of romance and chivalry, the Mariinsky's whimsical production follows the knight-errant of la Mancha, who sets out to defend virtue and punish those who violate the code of honor. With his servant Sancho Panza as his armor-bearer, he travels to Barcelona, only to mistake Kitri, an innkeeper's daughter in love with a barber, for his beloved Dulcinea. Brimming with magnificent virtuoso and ensemble dancing--from the colorful caravan of gypsies, to Espada the fiery toreador, to the entrancing Queen of the Dryads in the famous ballet blanc dream sequence--Don Quixote is the mighty Mariinsky at its best.
Limited tickets are available for Second Tier Center and Second Tier Right Site.
#### Black-Tie Gala ReceptionAfter the ballet performance, we invite you to join us at the South Opera Tier Lounge for a red carpet black-tie gala reception. Enjoy a variety of delectable desserts, the company of your ICDC friends, and a live jazz ensemble. This is a wonderful opportunity for you to meet other ICDC members and dance to the music of our jazz ensemble.
#### About Mariinsky Ballet and Opera theatre, St.Petesburg, Russia. The theatre has been the home of Russian ballet and opera since the 1860s and has become a Mecca for both Russian and international artists. The theatre was reconstructed by A. Kavos, and in 1860 was opened as the Mariinsky Theatre. It was named after the wife of the reigning Tsar Alexander II, Marina. The theatre's splendid and elegant auditorium is richly decorated and in fact is one of the most beautiful in the world. Through its history, the stage of this theatre has seen such famous ballet-masters and ballet- dancers as A. Pavlova, M. Petipa, G.Ulanova, M.Baryshnicov, A.Nyriev. The performances of the Mariinsky ballet are of world-class quality.
Cocktail attire requested. Black-tie optional.
Tentative Agenda (Agenda is subject to change)
Program for performance of Don Quixote on Friday January 16 by the Mariinsky Ballet (Running Time: 3 hours). Please plan to arrive a the Kennedy Center by 7:00 PM. If you arrive later than 7:00 PM, we may have difficulties seating you. We kindly ask that you arrive on time and leave sufficient time for traffic and parking. We are unable to grant refunds if you miss the performance due to ate arrival.
Kitri: Diana Vishneva Bazil: Evgeny Ivanchenko
Act I: 45 min. Intermission 20 min.
Act II: 25 min. Intermission 20 min.
Act III: 20 min. Intermission 20 min.
Act IV: 25 min.
Please make sure that you purchase your tickets online if you plan to attend, as space is limited: http://www.internationalclubdc.com/
The Gala reception commences at 10:30 PM following the ballet performance. The evening concludes at midnight. Tickets and Registration Please note that capacity is limited. You must make a reservation in advance in order to attend the event. Please note that capacity is limited. Please make your reservation early, as we expect this event to sell out.
$60: Gala reception only with admission at 10:30 PM: Join us after the ballet performance at 10:30 PM for our red carpet black-tie gala reception at the Kennedy Center South Opera Tier Lounge. Please note that due to the ballet performance we are unable to admit you prior to 10:30 PM. Enjoy a dessert reception with open bar as well as music and dancing to the sounds of a jazz ensemble.
$125: Ballet performance with tier-2 seating followed by black-tie gala reception. Enjoy a magical performance (Tier 2 Seating) of Don Quixote by the Mariinsky Ballet followed by a red carpet black-tie gala reception at the Kennedy Center South Opera Tier Lounge at 10:30 PM. Enjoy a dessert reception with open bar as well as music and dancing to the sounds of a jazz ensemble.
$150: VIP ticket for ballet performance with tier-1 seating followed by black-tie gala reception: Enjoy a magical performance (Tier 1 Seating) of Don Quixote by the Mariinsky Ballet followed by a red carpet black-tie gala reception at the Kennedy Center South Opera Tier Lounge at 10:30 PM. Enjoy a dessert reception with open bar as well as music and dancing to the sounds of a jazz ensemble.
Friday, January 16, 2009
Time: 7:00pm - 11:55pm
2700 F St., NW