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'The Green Table' at the White House
"A special holiday
performance of American Ballet Theatre's (sic) 'The Nutcracker'
will take place in the East Room of the White House on Monday, December
5 at 10:30 a.m.. With President George W. Bush and Mrs. Laura Bush
in attendance, ABT will perform excerpts... for an invited audience
of area public school students and children of the men and women
serving in our nation's armed services. 'As America's national ballet
company, ABT is truly honored to perform at the White House,' said
artistic director Kevin McKenzie."
-- American Ballet Theatre
"To serve one's country
not in submission but to serve it in truth."
-- Patriotism, as defined
by Senator Eugene McCarthy, who passed away Saturday. (Quoted in
the NY Times.)
-- John Lennon
By Paul Ben-Itzak
Copyright 2005 The Dance Insider
The scene: The White
House. Kevin McKenzie, resplendent in tuxedo, takes the stage to
a smattering of applause, and begins to speak.
"Good morning President
-- er, vice president -- Cheney, President and Mrs. Bush, and invited
guests. It's our privilege to be performing today in this hallowed
place, which for so many years was the citadel which protected our
democracy and projected our values to the world. There will be a
change in program, due to injuries -- more than 10,000 injuries,
that being the number of young Americans who have been maimed or
wounded in Iraq since we illegally invaded it on false pretenses
in 2003. More than 2,000 American soldiers have been killed, as
well as tens of thousands of Iraqi civilians, since the war was
launched. Part of the power of dance is its ability to help us viscerally
understand ourselves, our society, and our world. Therefore, and
as neither the vice president nor the president have ever actually
served in a war, we thought it would be edifying to present one
of our biggest hits of this season, Kurt Jooss's 'The Green Table,' which contrasts the machinations
of the faceless planners and plotters of war with the death and
devastation they unleash. We hope you enjoy the show."
The press release and quotes from Lennon & McCarthy are real;
the rest is imagined.