THarp / Parsons / Forsythe

May 10-19, 2019
Muriel Kauffman Theatre | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts



American. Contemporary. Dance.

This is Kansas City Ballet’s must-see dance event of the season with the works of three of America’s most recognized and acclaimed choreographers brought together on stage at the Kauffman Center! Twyla Tharp’s In the Upper Room is a tour-de-force of athleticism, built on a pulsating score by Philip Glass. William Forsythe’s contemporary masterpiece, In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated, is a high-voltage thrill ride that changed dance forever and became one of his signature works. Kansas City native, David Parsons founded Parsons Dance and quickly was hailed as a master of contemporary dance. His world premiere ballet, A Play for Love, delivers a fanciful romp derived from Shakespeare’s most celebrate comedic characters.

Each performance features:
Twyla Tharp’s In the Upper Room. Music by Philip Glass.
William Forsythe’s In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated. Music by Thom Willems
David Parsons’ A Play for Love. 

Special Thank You
This performance is supported by Seeley Foundation and the Lighton Fund, Linda Lighton and Lynn Adkins.

Dig deeper into this Kansas City Ballet production with these resources:

Dance Speaks: Tharp, Parsons, and Forsythe

5:30-6:00 p.m. | Company Open Rehearsal
6:00-7:00 p.m. | Panel Discussion
Frost Studio Theater | Todd Bolender Center for Dance & Creativity

As part of Kansas City Ballet’s commitment to engage the community-at-large, we offer a unique educational series titled DANCE SPEAKS. KC Ballet’s Artistic Director Devon Carney moderates a discussion with the stagers of Twyla Tharp’s ballet In The Upper Room, William Forsythe’s ballet In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated, and with Kansas City native David Parsons, around his world premiere ballet. Tickets are required for this event.


Learn how music, special effects and costumes all make magic on stage by attending a pre-curtain talk, the Belger Footnote Series, hosted by Artistic Director Devon Carney.

Dancers, choreographers, musicians, and special guests offer audience members an insider’s view on the story line, choreography, history, costumes, and music prior to each repertory performance. These informal discussions are free for all ticket holders. They are held at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts one hour prior to curtain for Kansas City Ballet repertory shows.

Lady of the Camellias Pre-Curtain Talks
May 10, 6:30 p.m.
May 11, 6:30 p.m.
May 12, 1 p.m.
May 17, 6:30 p.m.
May 18, 6:30 p.m.
May 19, 1 p.m.