WASHINGTON — The Washington Ballet is giving museum visitors a sneak peek at the company’s new production “Sleepy Hollow” this weekend.

The company is adapting Washington Irving’s ghost story “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” into a ballet for its newest production opening in February. This production is the third in a series of new ballets that are based on American literature.

On Saturday, the dancers will perform excerpts of the new production at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. The museum’s Hudson River landscapes, Revolutionary War battle scenes and colonial-era portraiture helped inspire the set, costumes, puppetry and lighting design for the ballet.

The museum program, including discussions about the new ballet’s creation, is free and open to the public.

“Sleepy Hollow” runs at the Kennedy Center Feb. 18 through Feb. 22.

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