all photos: Doug Gifford for ABT / Kennedy Center
D.C. has a treat in store for them this weekend. The Kennedy Center is hosting American Ballet Theatre for the Washington premiere of Alexei Ratmansky’s Whipped Cream (seriously, get your tickets NOW).
A tale of a young boy who overindulges at a Viennese pastry shop and falls into a whimsical delirium, the production features vibrant sets and costumes by pop surrealist Mark Ryden, and features the work of 11 costume shops and 2 scenic houses to produce:
- 150 Costumes
- 20 wigs, 3 beards & mustache and 1 prosthetic nose.
- 20 Super roles and 6 children’s roles
- 3 chandeliers
- all covered in 78,000 Swarovski Crystals (64,000 applied to costumes, 14,000 applied to scenery, including those chandeliers)
And while this “billionaire’s ballet” which premiered at the Metropolitan Opera in 2017 before arriving to us, definitely looks amazing on stage:
We couldn’t resist but look for a sneak peek behind the scenes. Jump in: