The Human Journey

A story of migration

The Human Journey is primarily a story of migration — be it by choice or force or driven by fear.

This movement of people has historically brought cultures from around the globe together, shrinking our planet and bringing the cultural identities that shape us into sharper focus. Inspired by powerful storytelling, The Human Journey seeks to promote deeper understanding of the migration of people and the resilience of humankind to overcome conflict, adversity, prejudice, and injustices, often emboldened by a spirit of exploration and hope.

Beginning in October 2018 through July 2019, The Kennedy Center, National Geographic Society, and the National Gallery of Art will present a range of multidisciplinary performances, exhibits, and immersive discussions that tell this larger story through a personal lens.

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Sixty seconds. Seven floors. One elevator. Will’s brother has just been shot, and he is ready to follow "The Rules"
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Silent Night makes its WNO premiere in the centennial month of World War I’s end
A world Premiere Kennedy Center commission adapted from the novel by Oliver Jeffers
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This powerful story examines the forces that shape where we have come from, how we have moved, and where we are going.
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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater performs selections from its varied and inspiring repertoire
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As the you learn about your future, you’ll learn something about your past
Experience the story of a family’s bond and endurance amidst one of the darkest periods in America’s history
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Meet intertribal Indigenous dancers whose performance art reflects the cultural heritage of Native America
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