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Washington Ballet Celebrates 50th Anniversary Of British Invasion

The Washington Ballet company members Chong Sun, Andile Ndlovu, Jonathan Jordan and Jared Nelson strike a pose for "British Invasion: The Beatles & The Rolling Stones."
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The Washington Ballet company members Chong Sun, Andile Ndlovu, Jonathan Jordan and Jared Nelson strike a pose for "British Invasion: The Beatles & The Rolling Stones."

A local dance company is paying tribute to rock royalty with an upcoming performance.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of both The Beatles' and The Rolling Stones' first concerts in the United States. The Washington Ballet is celebrating those landmark appearances with a rock-infused program.

Artistic Director Septime Webre says art is most powerful when people see themselves on stage, and that using these familiar fan favorites gives audience members a hook into the world of ballet.

"We have been a rarified art form, and a lot of people conceive that our language of ballet is useful to express the lives of swans, but perhaps not men and women of today's society, and I think we're proving them wrong with this timely program," Webre says.

He says he wants audience members to see themselves as ballet goers, so perhaps next time when the music is more traditional, folks won't be afraid to attend.

British Invasion: The Beatles & The Rolling Stones will be on stage at The Kennedy Center through March 9.

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