Bolshoi Ballet at Kennedy Center Opera House Tuesday, May 20

American ballet dancer David Hallberg’s last job change landed him a guest spot on The Colbert Report. That was in 2011, when he announced he was joining Moscow’s famed Bolshoi Ballet. “Why are you trying to lose us the Cold War?” Colbert asked the dancer. That was a joke, but what a difference three years makes. The Bolshoi itself is in turmoil, its artistic director nearly blinded in a much-publicized acid attack. Russia has also marginalized its own LGBT community, while Hallberg was celebrated on last year’s OUT 100 list. But for now, he’s staying with the Bolshoi, dancing the lead role of Albrecht in the classic ballet Giselle. Hallberg also has a contract with American Ballet Theatre, but was in Russia when that company came to town last month. Take this chance to put horrific politics aside for the night, and enjoy great Russian art featuring a gay guy from South Dakota. The Bolshoi Ballet performs May 20 to 25 at the Kennedy Center Opera House, 2700 F St. NW. $34–$165. (202) 467-4600. kennedy-center.org.

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