THE WASHINGTON BALLET PRESENTS CINDERELLA
Septime Webre’s Adaptation of the Classic Fairy Tale
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Washington Ballet (TWB) continues 2013 with TWB’s Artistic Director Septime Webre’s acclaimed adaptation of the fairy tale, Cinderella. The production opens with a preview March 20 and runs March 21 through 24, 2013 at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Eisenhower Theater.
“One of the things that made me want to tackle Cinderella as a ballet is Prokofiev’s spectacular score. It is probably one of the greatest scores written for ballet in the 20th century,” stated Septime Webre, The Washington Ballet’s Artistic Director and Cinderella choreographer.
When creating his production of Cinderella, Mr. Webre was influenced by Sir Frederick Ashton, founding choreographer of the Royal Ballet in London. Like Sir Frederick, Mr. Webre choreographed the famous stepsisters as men, thus adding a bit of humor to the evil pair. TWB’s production of Cinderella premiered in Washington, DC., in 2003. The production was updated in 2008 and according to Mr. Webre, “with a big, full-length ballet, you have to get some distance from it to see it clearly. A lot of the choreography changed. There is more dancing and a greater balance between characters.”
Set to Sergei Prokofiev’s impassioned score, this romantic full-length production is complete with lush costumes and dazzling choreography. The popular story of the poor girl whose fairy godmother helps her win the love of a prince is retold at its finest. With a series of giant clocks as the backdrop during the climactic stroke of twelve, set designer James Kronzer brings the anticipation of midnight to life on stage. Mr. Kronzer, who recently designed sets for Septime Webre’s ALICE (in wonderland), “contributes critically to the piece’s stop-your-heart thrilling moment,” according to The Washington Post. Beautiful costumes designed by Judanna Lynn, fantasy lighting by Tony Tucci and witty storytelling, Webre’s Cinderella.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
SEPTIME WEBRE (Artistic Director, Choreographer) was appointed artistic director of The Washington Ballet in June 1999 after six years as artistic director of American Repertory Ballet in New Jersey. Much in demand as a choreographer, he has created works that appear in the repertoires of many companies in North America, including Pacific Northwest Ballet, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, North Carolina Dance Theatre, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Ballet Austin, Atlanta Ballet, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet and Colorado Ballet, among many others. As a dancer, Mr. Webre was featured in works by George Balanchine, Paul Taylor, Antony Tudor, Alvin Ailey, and Merce Cunningham, as well as in principal and solo roles from the classical repertoire. Mr. Webre sits on the boards of Dance/USA, the Cultural Alliance of Greater Washington, the Advisory Committee of Dance/Metro DC, and has received the DC Mayor’s Arts Award for Visionary Leadership in the Arts as well as a number of fellowships for his choreography. Mr. Webre is the seventh son in a large Cuban-American family, and he graduated from the University of Texas with a B.A. in History/Pre-Law.
JAMES KRONZER (Scenic Designer) graduated from Catholic University with a BFA in Acting. He went on to receive a Certificate in Scenic Art from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. Mr. Kronzer lives and works predominantly in Washington, D.C., but he also has worked on Broadway, Off-Broadway and at various regional theaters. He has designed numerous national tours including The Pajama Game, Backyardigans and Seussical the Musical. Mr. Kronzer received his first Helen Hayes Award for “Outstanding Set Design” in 1989, followed by seven additional Helen Hayes Awards and countless nominations. In 2009, Mr. Kronzer received a Barrymore Award for Something Intangible at the Arden Theater Company. His set designs have been seen on the local stages of the Kennedy Center, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Studio Theatre, Round House Theatre, Olney Theatre, Metro Stage, Imagination Stage, Theatre J and Folger Theatre. Mr. Kronzer has designed for national tours and for regional theaters in Pennsylvania, Delaware, Florida, Maryland, Utah, California, Wisconsin, Nevada and New York. He also designs for film, television and cruise ships and has even designed a Halloween White House display.
JUDANNA LYNN (Costume Designer) Judanna Lynn has designed costumes for most of the major dance companies in the United States, among them Milwaukee Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Boston Ballet, Alvin Ailey, Ballet West, BalletMet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet, Hartford Ballet, Hubbard Street, The Jose Limon Dance Co., Louisville Ballet, Atlanta Ballet and The Washington Ballet. Most recently, she designed the costumes for Pennsylvania Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker which was seen at the Kennedy Center last season. Other credits include the costumes for “Festival of the Lion King” for the opening of Disney’s theme park in Hong Kong; Houston Ballet’s highly acclaimed productions of Don Quixote, Dracula and Cleopatra; the musical Lyle for Charles Strouse; The Hartford Stage/Old Globe Theatre’s production of Tintypes; and the musicals Once On This Island for the Children’s Theatre Company of Minneapolis and Hats!, which is currently touring the United States. Ms. Lynn was a former dancer with San Francisco Opera Ballet and former resident costume designer of The Juilliard School. She is also a painter whose work has been seen at the Rizzoli and Miniatura Galleries in New York City, the Philadelphia Museum of Fine Art and in private collections.
TONY TUCCI (Lighting Designer) has created lighting designs for the current Ballet Austin repertory and for Austin Musical Theatre’s West Side Story, Annie, Jesus Christ Superstar, A Chorus Line, Gypsy, Music Man, Oklahoma and The Sound of Music. He also designed for the Bruce Wood Company, Dallas Black Dance Theatre, Metropolitan Classical Ballet in Arlington and Houston’s Dance Salad in Texas. Other works include American Ballet Theatre’s Configurations choreographed by Choo-San Goh with Mikhail Baryshnikov and the video Baryshnikov, The Dancer and The Dance, Ben Stevenson’s Cinderella, Alvin Ailey Dance Theater’s Carmina Burana, Cynthia Gregory’s staging of Swan Lake and Fernando Bujones’ dances for Ballet de Monterrey. For the 1996 Summer Olympics, Mr. Tucci designed lighting for the Cultural Olympiad, which showcased six national and international companies. Other companies Mr. Tucci has designed for around the country are Dance Theatre of Harlem, Milwaukee Ballet, Houston Ballet, Ballet Internationale Indianapolis, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, San Francisco Ballet, National Ballet of Canada and Boston Ballet.
Tickets for Cinderella, priced from $32 to $125, are available via The Washington Ballet’s website or The Kennedy Centre, by calling202.467.4600 or visiting the Kennedy Center box office. The Kennedy Center is located at 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC.
Septime Webre’s Cinderella combines magnificent beauty, ravishing costumes and Prokofiev’s ultra-lush score in the retelling of this popular fairy tale romance of a poor girl whose fairy godmother helps her win the love of a Prince. Storytelling at its finest—magic pumpkins, evil stepsisters and handsome courtiers in a swirling mirrored ballroom scene from Versailles.
Wednesday, March 20, 7:30PM (Preview)
Thursday, March 21, 7:30PM (Opening)
Friday, March 22, 7:30PM
Saturday, March 23, 1:30PM & 7:30PM
Sunday, March 24, 1:30PM & 7:30PM
Music: Sergei Prokofiev
Choreography: Septime Webre
Sets: James Kronzer
Costumes: Judanna Lynn
Lighting: Tony Tucci
Performed at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Eisenhower Theater
ABOUT THE WASHINGTON BALLET
Originally founded as The Washington School of Ballet in 1944 by legendary ballet pioneer Mary Day and incorporated as a professional company in 1976, The Washington Ballet (TWB) is one of the pre-eminent ballet organizations in the United States. TWB built an international reputation presenting bold works by choreographers from around the world, including Choo-San Goh, Christopher Wheeldon, Mark Morris, Twyla Tharp and Nacho Duato, as well as Neoclassical masterworks and fresh stagings of 19th century classics. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Septime Webre and Executive Director Peter M. Branch, TWB has embraced a three-part mission: ensuring excellence in its professional performance company; growing the next generation of dancers through its Washington School of Ballet; and serving the community in which it resides through robust community engagement programs.