Dance Destinations 2007

Othello Premiere Weekend in Washington, DC

January 12-14, 2007


Start the year 2007 off in style, by joining the Lubovitch company for the Kennedy Center premiere of Lar's full-length Othello, presented by American Ballet Theatre. 

Hailed "as a milestone in the history of dance in this country" by the San Francisco Examiner when the ballet debuted in 1997, Othello is now being revived as the highlight of ABT's winter season in our nation's capital - one of the first events in that city's Shakespeare Festival running from January through June 2007.

Features included in the "Benefit Package":
* VIP orchestra seating for ABT's Saturday, January 13 evening performance of Othello, starring Marcello Gomes in the title role, partnering Julie Kent as his Desdemona.
* Pre-performance dinner at Marcel's, chef Robert Wiedmaier's acclaimed Belgian/French restaurant in Foggy Bottom, and exclusive post-performance champagne and dessert reception with Lar Lubovitch and dancers in the private dining room of the Kennedy Center's Roof Terrace Restaurant.
* Optional add-on meals at three more top dining spots: Friday lunch at Gerard's Place, Friday night dinner at Tosca, and Sunday brunch at Season's - a favorite weekend spot for DC insiders.
* Customized tour options including a visit to the newly renovated National Portrait Gallery with former director Alan Fern, along with special entry to a select group of other DC attractions.
* Access to a special block of rooms reserved by the Lubovitch Company at Hotel Monaco, a luxury boutique hotel housed in the historic Tariff Building (see below).

The "Benefit Package" is available to Lubovitch company patrons for $825 per person, including a $500 contribution to support our creation of new works.  It does not include transportation, hotel costs or wine/alcoholic drinks at Marcel's.

If you would like more details or would like to participate, please e-mail us at or call 212-221-7909 as soon as possible.  Tickets are extremely limited.

For information on Hotel Monaco and our complete DC itinerary, please continue reading...


Hotel Monaco: Capital Luxury in Downtown DC

As part of our Dance Destinations trip to Washington, the Lubovitch company has reserved a special block of rooms at Hotel Monaco.  Named as one of the world's top hotel's on Conde Nast Traveler's "Gold List,"  the Monaco features an upscale boutique hotel within the stately structure of the 1839 Tariff Building - an all-marble Registered National Landmark originally designed by Robert Mills, the architect for the Washington Monument. 

The hotel is located close to the National Mall in Penn Quarter, the downtown district that The Washington Post calls "Penn Ultimate" because of its intense concentration of hot restaurants, clubs and shops, as well as attractions like the newly re-opened National Portrait Gallery. 

Lubovitch company patrons are being offered King Deluxe rooms priced at $225 and somewhat larger Monte Carlo Guestrooms for $260 per night (whether single or double occupancy) - including all taxes, but excluding any incidentals.  These special rates are only available if booked through the Lubovitch company.

Dance Destination DC: Schedule for Day #1

Friday, January 12


Travel to Washington, DC

Afternoon: Check-in at Hotel Monaco
"Luxury boutique hotel located in the historic Tariff Building"
* Conde Nast Traveler Gold List 2005 - Top 700 Hotels of the World
* Conde Nast Traveler 2003 - Top 80 New Hotels in the World
* AAA 2006 - 4 diamond rating

1:00 p.m.: Optional Lunch at Gerard's Place
   Zagat Food Rating: 27
   Washington Post Editors' Pick
   Washingtonian Magazine 2006 "100 Very Best Restaurants"
From Washingtonian: "One of Washington's last bastions of formal French dining... chef Gerard Pangaud's dishes shimmer with an honesty born of the bistro, the gorgeous simplicity of fully developed flavors."
Estimated cost (without wine/beverages): $40 prix fixe; $60 a la carte

After lunch:  Choice of activities - customized to group members' interests

5:30-6:30 p.m.:  Exclusive Patrons' seminar with Julie Kent at The Kennedy Center (limited availability - courtesy extended by ABT)

8:30 p.m.:  Optional Dinner - Ristorante Tosca
Zagat Food Rating: 26
   Washington Post Editors' Pick
   Washingtonian Magazine 2006 "100 Very Best Restaurants"
From  Zagat: "Celebrated for 'inventive modern interpretations of Northern Italian,' this 'understated and elegant' Penn Quarterite is set in a 'serene, monochromatic' space... it 'always lives up' to 'expectations of the highest quality in food and service' with 'amazing dishes and beautiful presentations...'"
Estimated cost (without wine/beverages): $75


Dance Destinations DC: Schedule for Day #2

Saturday, January 13


Daytime:  SELECTION of tour options
    Track A - Notable homes
    Track B - Museum spotlight
    Track C - Morning tour of choice, followed by Kennedy Center matinee - Rasta Thomas' debut as Othello

Notable homes: We will visit two unique residences in the DuPont Circle neighborhood. We will start with an 11: 30 a.m. tour of the Christian Heurich House Museum, considered to be one of the most intact late-Victorian homes in the country. Then at 2 p.m., we have a private tour of the Anderson House Museum, a late Renaissance style mansion built between 1902 and 1905, and today National Headquarters of The Society of the Cincinnati.

Museum spotlight: We begin at 10 a.m. with a private docent-led tour of one of the special exhibitions at The National Gallery of Art. In the afternoon, we will visit either the Kreeger Museum in Georgetown, or the Phillips Collection near DuPont Circle.

5:15 p.m.:   Pre-theatre dinner - Marcel's
   Zagat Food Rating: 28
   Washington Post Editors' Pick
   Washingtonian Magazine 2006 "100 Very Best Restaurants"
From Washingtonian: "Each year chef Wiedmaier's Belgian-influenced French cooking seems to get better and his restaurant more comfortable...The exquisite tastefulness and the sure-handed, often luxurious cooking have ensured a steady procession of patrons..."

7:30 p.m.:  American Ballet Theatre performance of Othello at The Kennedy Center Opera House.  During intermission, enjoy guest privileges in the Circles Patrons' Lounge.

9:30 p.m.  Post-performance champagne and dessert reception with Lar Lubovitch and American Ballet Theatre dancers in the private dining room of the Center's Roof Terrace Restaurant.

Dance Destinations DC: Schedule for Day #3

Sunday, January 14


By Noon: Check-out of hotel (for those returning to New York on Sunday)

Noon:   Optional brunch - Seasons at The Four Seasons, Georgetown
   Zagat Food Rating: 27
   Washington Post Editors' Pick
From  Zagat: "The Georgetown Four Seasons' 'elegant' 'high standards pay off' at its New American where the 'out-of-this-world' fare, 'quiet ambiance, terrific service and tables spaced so that you're not afraid to tell the person you're with what you're thinking about' draw a 'diplomatic and senior policy crowd'... 'having breakfast anywhere else before you've been elected (or after you've been impeached) is just plain silly', plus there's a 'mind-boggling' Sunday brunch."
Estimated cost (without alcholic beverages): $95

2:30 p.m.: A private tour of the National Portrait Gallery, led by former director Alan Fern, who oversaw the museum's move last year into the historic Patent Office Building in Penn Quarter.

Evening:  Return trip home - or at liberty in DC, with advice on dining and entertainment from Lubovitch company staff.

If you would like more details or would like to participate, please e-mail us at or call 212-221-7909 as soon as possible.  Tickets are extremely limited.


The Othello Premiere Weekend in Washington, DC is the first in a series of "Dance Destinations" excursions being developed for patrons in 2007 by the Lubovitch Dance Company.   To learn more about our plans, please contact us via e-mail at, or call 212.221.7909.



Mission:  The Lubovitch company was created to realize the artistic vision of Lar Lubovitch, one of the foremost contemporary choreographers in the United States.  The company exists: (1) to create new work; (2) to perform those works (and facilitate the performance of those works by others) both in our home base of New York City and around the world; and (3) to teach people of all ages, ethnicities and socio-economic backgrounds, in order to increase awareness and appreciation of dance.

History:  Over the past 39 years, the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company has gained a reputation as one of the world's leading modern dance companies and has performed in virtually every state of the US and in more than 30 foreign countries.  Lar Lubovitch has been cited by The New York Times as "one of the ten best choreographers in the world," and the company has been called a "national treasure" by Variety.  The company is primarily focused on the creation of new dances, sometimes in collaboration with other top companies.

Contact:  The Lubovitch company is located at 229 West 42nd Street, New York NY 10036.  You can reach us at (212) 221-7909 or  Or visit our website at

Support:  Programs of the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company are funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, as well as by Altria, Atlantic Philanthropies, US Trust Company of NY, Irene Diamond Fund, Brooke Garber & Daniel Neidich Fund, Harkness Foundation for Dance, Carl Jacobs Fund, McMullan Family Foundation, Rodgers Family Foundation, Shubert Foundation, Robert Sterling Clark Foundation, A. Woodner Fund and numerous additional generous individuals, corporations and foundations.

Memberships:  The Lubovitch company is a member of Dance/USA, Dance/NYC, ART/NY and the Arts & Business Council.