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Sleepy Hollow

February 18-22, 2015 | 7 Performances

John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

From the creators of ALICE (in wonderland) and Hemingway: The Sun Also Rises comes a third exploration of iconic American literature – Sleepy Hollow. An atmospheric thriller, Washington Irving’s classic tale is now being told through the expressive and lush language of ballet. In a love triangle, the new school teacher, Ichabod Crane, finds himself smitten by a flirtatious beauty, Katrina Van Tassel, much to the displeasure of town rowdy, Brom "Bones” Van Brunt. A rivalry ensues and the ghostly “Headless Horseman” comes into play one fateful night. This program features original live music.

Music: Matthew Pierce
Choreography: Septime Webre
Costume Design: Liz Vandal
Puppet Designer: Eric J. Van Wyk
Set Design: Hugh Landwehr
Lighting Design: Clifton Taylor
Projection Design: Clint Allen
Libretto: William Lilley and Karen Zacarias
Choristers: The Choristers of Washington National Cathedral Choir

The story behind the creation and inspiration of Sleepy Hollow

View and download the Sleepy Hollow casting and libretto here.


Wednesday February 18, 2015 at 7:30PM (Preview Night)
Thursday February 19, 2015 at 7:30PM (Opening Night)
Friday February 20, 2015 at 7:30PM
Saturday February 21, 2015 at 1:30PM & 7:30PM
Sunday February 22, 2015 at 1:30PM & 6:30PM

The Kennedy Center, Eisenhower Theater
2700 F St. NW, Washington, DC 20566

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Sleepy Hollow: Ballet and American Art
January 31, 2015
Kogod Courtyard
1pm – 4pm

Join The Washington Ballet’s dancers and Artistic Director Septime Webre for an exciting collaboration with Smithsonian American Art Museum in the Kogod Courtyard. Enjoy performances of never-before-seen excerpts from the upcoming world premiere of Sleepy Hollow, a full length ballet based on Washington Irving’s classic American ghost story and inspired by Smithsonian American Art Museum’s celebrated collection of art from the Hudson River School. Expect interactive sessions about the creation of this new ballet, including in-depth discussions about the choreography, original costume and set design and the creation of an original musical score. Participate in family friendly events, such as meeting professional dancers, ticket giveaways and raffles, designing pointe shoes and navigating the museum in an interactive scavenger hunt. Conclude by journeying on a self-guided tour of Sleepy Hollow-inspired American art through the museum. This is a free event for the public.


The Washington Ballet is proud to partner with the Historic Hudson Valley and offer a 4-pack of passes to Washington Irving's Sunnyside in Hudson Valley, NY. Attend the FREE event at the Smithsonian American Art Museum on Saturday, January 31 and enter to win 4 passes to Sunnyside. More information about Washington Irving's Sunnyside here: www.hudsonvalley.org/historic-sites/washington-irvings-sunnyside.