THE WASHINGTON BALLET ANNOUNCES 2011.2012 SEASON: SPELLBOUND

April 6, 2011

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THE WASHINGTON BALLET ANNOUNCES 2011.2012 SEASON: SPELLBOUND

Season features a return to the Kennedy Center for all 4-Series Performances!

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Washington Ballet (TWB) announces its 2011.2012 Season: SPELLBOUND. Featuring a diverse repertoire of company and world premieres designed to enthrall the imaginations of audiences, the 4-Series subscription season is entirely presented at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Eisenhower Theater. In November, the company revives Artistic Director Septime Webre’s critically-acclaimed adaptation of The Great Gatsby. This December, TWB celebrates its 50th Anniversary of The Nutcracker with the company’s popular, DC-inspired holiday production at the historic Warner Theatre. In homage to one of America’s reigning creators of contemporary dance, TWB mounts its first all-Twyla Tharp program, All-American THARP, featuring her classic Nine Sinatra Songs, company premiere Waterbaby Bagatelles, and another exciting work by Ms. Tharp in February 2012. In April, TWB presents the world premiere of ALICE (in wonderland), featuring Mr. Webre’s innovative artistic vision with set designs by Vandal (Cirque du Soleil’s OVO) and a new composition by Matthew Pierce. The season closes in May with an all-new ¡Noche Latina!, a mixed repertory program including world premieres by Edwaard Liang and Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, the company premiere of Trey McIntyre’s Like a Samba and the Spanish-themed Don Quixote pas des deux.

“The 2011.2012 season reflects the mesmerizing qualities of dance in a way that will spark the imagination of our audiences,” said Artistic Director Septime Webre. “From the fanciful ALICE (in wonderland) to the invigorating ¡Noche Latina!, dance-lovers will be taken on a journey full of magical surprises!”     

The season is supplemented with a newly-expanded Family Series. TWB’s Studio Company will premiere Once Upon a Time, featuring four world premieres based on fairytales from around the world March 3 and 4 at THEARC Theater in Anacostia. The Ballet will also collaborate with Imagination Stage on a new dance-theater-musical-piece, THE LION, THE WITCH & THE WARDROBE, June 2012 at Imagination Stage.

Subscriptions, priced from $60 to $375, are now on sale and can be purchased by visiting washingtonballet.org or by calling 202.362.3606 x605. 4-Series subscription packages include The Great Gatsby, All-American THARP, ALICE (in wonderland) and ¡Noche Latina! Family Series subscription packages include ALICE (in wonderland), The Nutcracker, Once Upon a Time and THE LION, THE WITCH & THE WARDROBE. Additionally, subscribers may also add inthewings, the highly-popular speaker series that provides insight into the creation of TWB productions. Single tickets will go on sale on September 9, 2011 (tentative).

THE WASHINGTON BALLET SEASON OVERVIEW

The Great Gatsby (2010)

Septime Webre’s “crazily ambitious, go for broke” (The Washington Post) blockbuster, The Great Gatsby, is back by popular demand. The jazz-age splendor immortalized in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s story about obsession, wealth and excess in the Roaring Twenties is brought to life through brilliant choreography and Billy Novick’s live jazz ensemble.

Wednesday, November 2 at 8 PM (Preview)

Thursday, November 3 at 8 PM (Opening)

Friday, November 4 at 8 PM

Saturday, November 5 at 2:30 PM and 8 PM

Sunday, November 6 at 1:30 PM and 6:30 PM

Music: Compiled, composed and arranged by Billy Novick

Performed by Billy Novick’s Blue Syncopators

Choreography by Septime Webre

Scenic & Costume Design by Peter Farmer

Lighting Design by Jeff Bruckerhoff

Performed at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Eisenhower Theater

The Nutcracker (2004)

For 50 years, generations of Washingtonians have grown up loving—and introducing loved ones to—TWB’s The NutcrackerIn this 50th anniversary year, Mr. Webre pays homage to founder Mary Day by excerpting parts of her original 1961 production and incorporating them into his beloved 2004 Washington-themed staging.  Discover, rediscover, celebrate this all-American Nutcracker production December 1 through 24, 2011 at the historic Warner Theatre.

Thursday, December 1 at 7 PM
Friday, December 2 at 7 PM
Saturday, December 3 at 2 PM & 7 PM
Sunday, December 4 at 1 PM
Wednesday, December 7 at 7 PM
Thursday, December 8 at 7 PM
Friday, December 9 at 7 PM
Saturday, December 10 at 2 PM & 7 PM
Sunday, December 11 at 1 PM & 5:30 PM
Tuesday, December 13 at 7 PM
Wednesday, December 14 at 7 PM
Thursday, December 15 at 7 PM
Friday, December 16 at 7 PM
Saturday, December 17 at 2 PM & 7 PM
Sunday, December 18 at 1 PM & 5:30 PM 
Tuesday, December 20 at 7 PM
Wednesday, December 21 at 7 PM
Thursday, December 22 at 2 PM & 7 PM
Friday, December 23 at 2 PM & 7 PM
Saturday, December 24 at 11 AM & 3:30 PM

Music by Pytor Ilych Tchaikovsky

Choreography by Septime Webre

Scenic Design by Peter Horne

Costume Design by Judanna Lynn

Lighting Design by Tony Tucci

Performed at the Warner Theatre

All-American THARP

The Washington Ballet mounts its first all-Twyla Tharp program, All-American THARP.  Showcasing works from two decades of Ms. Tharp’s prodigious career, including Nine Sinatra Songs and Waterbaby Bagatelles.

Wednesday, February 22, 8 PM (Preview)

Thursday, February 23, 8 PM (Opening)

Friday, February 24, 8 PM

Saturday, February 25, 2:30 PM & 8 PM

Sunday, February 26, 1:30 PM & 6:30 PM

Performed at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Eisenhower Theater

Waterbaby Bagatelles (1994)

Company Premiere

Music: 20th-century bagatelles (Anton Webern: Sehr langsam, excerpt from Six Bagatelles, Op. 9; Kevin Volans: White Man Sleeps #5; John Lurie: Bella by Barlight; David Lang: The Anvil Chorus; Astor Piazzolla: Fear, from Five Tango Sensations; Mickey Hart: The Hunt; John Adams: On the Dominant Divide [Part II of Grand Pianola Music]) 

Choreography by Twyla Tharp

Scenic and Costume Design by Santo Loquasto

Lighting Design by Jennifer Tipton

Nine Sinatra Songs (1982)

Music is a selection of Frank Sinatra songs

Choreography by Twyla Tharp

Scenic Design by Santo Loquasto

Costume Design by Oscar de la Renta

Once Upon a Time

World Premiere

Inspired by fairytales from around the world, Once Upon a Time features the rising stars of The Washington Ballet Studio Company. The program features a collection of new productions and four world premieres from TWB’s David Palmer, Monique Meunier, Carlos Válcarcel and Andile Ndlovu.

Saturday, March 3, 1 PM & 5:30 PM

Sunday, March 4, 1 PM & 5:30 PM

Choreography by David Palmer, Monique Meunier, Carlos Válcarcel and Andile Ndlovu

Performed at THEARC Theater

ALICE (in wonderland)

World Premiere

Audiences will be taken on a magical journey with the world premiere of Septime Webre’s ALICE (in wonderland). Never before has The Washington Ballet combined such forces to create a new full-length ballet. From Mr. Webre’s revolutionary vision, designer Vandal (Cirque du Soleil’s OVO) and composer Matthew Pierce, comes a spectacularly re-imagined take on Lewis Carroll’s classic. Enter the magical world of Alice’s misadventures, splendidly costumed and gloriously danced…an unforgettable journey down the rabbit hole and the season’s grandest production!

Wednesday, April 11, 7:30 PM (Preview)

Thursday, April 12, 7:30 PM (Opening)

Friday, April 13, 7:30 PM

Saturday, April 14, 2:30 PM & 7:30 PM

Sunday, April 15, 1:30 PM & 7:30 PM

Music by Matthew Pierce

Choreography by Septime Webre

Scenic and Costume Design by Vandal

Performed at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Eisenhower Theater

¡Noche Latina!

Mixed repertory program

TWB turns up the heat with ¡Noche Latina!, a program that promises to be a sizzling celebration of Latin American music, dance and culture. Experience passion, romance and drop dead gorgeous contemporary dance by some of the worlds’ most celebrated and visionary dance makers. The program includes world premieres by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa and Edwaard Liang, and the company premiere of Trey McIntyre’s Like a Samba.

Wednesday, May 9, 8 PM (Preview)

Thursday, May 10, 8 PM (Opening)

Friday, May 11, 8 PM

Saturday, May 12, 2:30 PM & 8 PM

Sunday, May 13, 1:30 PM & 7:30 PM

Performed at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Eisenhower Theater

World Premiere

Choreography by Edwaard Liang

World Premiere

Choreography by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa

Like a Samba (1997)

Company Premiere

Music by Astrud Gilberto

Choreography by Trey McIntyre

Costumes by Jan Elam

Lighting by Michael Mazzola

THE LION, THE WITCH & THE WARDROBE

World Premiere

In a bold collaboration with The Washington Ballet’s Septime Webre and David Palmer, Imagination Stage’s Janet Stanford and composer Matthew Pierce create a new family-friendly dance-theatre-musical based on C.S. Lewis’ venerated fantasy.  Join Lucy, Edmund, Susan and Peter as they voyage into the magical world of Narnia.

June 2012

Music by Matthew Pierce

Choreography by Septime Webre and David Palmer

Performed at Imagination Stage

SUBSCRIPTIONS

Full season 4-Series and Family Series subscriptions to four productions, range in price from $60 to $375, depending on seat location and date of performance. To subscribe, visit washingtonballet.org or call 202.362.3606 x605.

SINGLE TICKETS

Single tickets for the 2011.2012 Season go on sale September 9 (tentative) and may be purchased by visiting washingtonballet.org or kennedy-center.org.

 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 Russell P. Allen, 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.  For more information, visit www.washingtonballet.org.

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