Georgetown – Kennedy Center Seminars: For Show Patrons

Georgetown - Kennedy Center Seminars

In Fall 2018, Georgetown University and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts launched The Georgetown – Kennedy Center Seminar Series, a new collaboration linking Kennedy Center performances, creative talent and community patrons with Georgetown faculty and students.

The Fall 2018 Seminars were comprised of three paired performances and conversations with Georgetown faculty experts, students, and Kennedy Center creatives that delved into the Kennedy Center’s October 2018 – July 2019 theme of “The Human Journey.” The Seminars offered Georgetown students two opportunities: to apply for free tickets to see Kennedy Center performances and conversations with the performance’s creative artists and Georgetown faculty, and to apply for the GU-Kennedy Center Seminar Scholars cohort, an in-depth engagement with the Seminars that enabled Scholars to engage across the three performances.

In Spring 2019, the GU-Kennedy Center Seminars will re-launch as a 1-credit course for undergraduates, “Encounters in Global Performance.” Attending three performances and post-show conversations, engaging in mentored writing and discussions around performances’ key themes, and culminating their work with a presentation at the Kennedy Center Arts Summit, students in the course will have an opportunity to deepen their engagement with public performance and the connections between the university and the public arts. 

Patrons attending the performances below are eligible to attend a post-show discussion with Kennedy Center creatives, Georgetown faculty and students, and the GU-KC Seminar Scholars. 

Please continue reading for the full schedule of GU-KC Seminars and registration links. This engagement is a partnership between Georgetown College, the Georgetown Humanities Initiative, and the Designing the Future(s) Initiative. Questions about the seminar series in general should be sent to, and more information about the Seminars can be found here.

Seminar Schedule (Performance and Post-Performance)

The Seminars will take place across Spring 2019. All performances and conversations are free to attend for all Georgetown students who enroll and select Kennedy Center patrons. Performances will take place in the evenings at the Kennedy Center, while conversations will all be held on Georgetown University campus in the afternoon. Post-performance conversations will be curated by Professor Derek Goldman (Theater and Performance Studies, Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics).

Alvin Ailey

Performance: Thu 2/7 @ 7:30 p.m.

Conversation: Fri 2/8 @ 11:00 a.m.

The Company also brings Timeless Ailey, a special program that brings new vitality to more than a dozen treasures from Mr. Ailey’s wonderfully rich body of work, including highlights of seldom-seen gems Blues SuiteHidden Rites, and The Lark Ascending, and perennial favorites like Love SongsNight Creature, and Cry. The program concludes with Ailey’s seminal Revelations.


Performance: Wed 2/13 @ 7:30 p.m.

Conversation: Fri 2/15 @ 11:00 a.m.

Making its U.S. premiere, this collaboration between Denmark’s artistic incubator Hotel Pro Forma and the Latvian Radio Choir daringly explores the Anthropocene, a new geological age characterized by the harsh impact of humanity on our vulnerable eco-system. Through a mingling of classical voice, electronica, dramatic staging, and movement, plus a dynamic backdrop of photography from NASA, this visual music performance addresses a broad range of environmental issues from climate change to soil erosion. Twelve unique soundscapes cover twelve different landscapes to tell the story of planet Earth and its future. In English.

Falling Out

Performance: Thurs 4/4 @ 7:30 p.m.

Conversation: Fri 4/5 @ 11:00 a.m.

Co-founded by artist, director, and set designer Jessica Grindstaff and composer and puppet-maker Erik Sanko, New York’s Phantom Limb Company is known for its work with marionette puppetry and its focus on collaborative, multimedia theatrical production, and design. The company makes its Kennedy Center debut with Falling Out, a response to the Fukushima nuclear disaster. Created in collaboration with butoh dancer Dai Matsuoka, a member of Japan’s famed Sankai Juku troupe, the work represents the final installment of Phantom Limb Company’s environmental trilogy exploring our changing relationship to nature over time. Using The Lab’s signature approach, both performances also include a post-show discussion with a wide range of experts, offering rich insights into the artistic approaches and sociopolitical context.