July 17, 2012

Press Releases


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Dracula (1996) – October 24 – November 4, 2012

(Company Premiere)

One of the entertainment events of the year, The Washington Ballet presents Michael Pink’s chilling blockbuster Dracula. This wildly theatrical and voluptuous ballet is a breathtaking story of passion, yearning, cruelty and sacrifice. Dracula stakes its claim as this Halloween’s most thrilling adventure. Pink’s Count is a mesmerizing seducer of the darkest order, providing a fresh interpretation of one of Western culture’s most haunting stories.

Music: Philip Feeney

Choreography: Michael Pink

Sets & Costumes: Lez Brotherston

Lighting: Paul Pyant

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



The Nutcracker (2004) – November 29 – December 23, 2012

Septime Webre’s critically acclaimed The Nutcracker transports us back in time to historic Washington, DC and stars George Washington as the heroic Nutcracker. Full of swirling snowflakes, magnificent sets and costumes and Tchaikovsky’s beloved score, the curtain rises and the stage bursts with waltzing cherry blossoms, dancing sugar plums and other enchanting adaptations that have made Webre’s Nutcracker a Washington tradition with raves from critics and sold-out crowds.

Music by Pyotr 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



L ‘Amour (love, baby) – February 13 – 17, 2013

From three of today’s most exciting choreographers come stories about the many aspects of love.  Dangerous Liaisons, a world premiere by David Palmer, is a high stakes game of opulent lust, passion and betrayal as only 18th century French aristocrats can play. Set to Vivaldi’s lush Four Seasons, The Marquise challenges Valmont to seduce an innocent girl before she marries. Set to an alluring score by Philip Glass, Edwaard Liang’s dazzling Wunderland evokes a myriad of feelings, especially longing in its incredibly passionate partnerings. And, a soon to be announced world premiere on the theme of “love” by one of the ballet world’s up-and-coming choreographers.


Dangerous Liaisons (2013)

World Premiere

Music: Antonio Vivaldi’s Four Seasons

Choreography: David Palmer


Wunderland (2009)

Music: Philip Glass

Choreography: Edwaard Liang



Tour-de-Force: Stars & Stripes – February 21 -24, 2013

With its first Tour-de-Force showcase evening of classical and contemporary works, The Washington Ballet pays tribute to the Presidential inaugural season. The evening begins with magnificent excerpts of classical ballets (Le Corsaire and Don Quixote) and contemporary masterpieces (Opposites Distract). Set to the marches of Conrad Sousa, the evening’s centerpiece, Balanchine’s exuberantly patriotic Stars and Stripes, contains as much pure dance as many full-length ballets.  

Performed at The Harman Center, Sidney Harman Hall

Program includes excerpts from:

Le Corsaire (1856)

Music: Adolphe Adam, Cesare Pugni, Léo Delibes, Riccardo Drigo, Prince Oldenburg

Choreography: Anna Marie Holmes after Marius Petipa and Konstantin Sergeyev


Don Quixote (1869)

Music: Leon Minkus

Choreography: Anna Marie Holmes after Marius Petipa and Alexander Grosky


Opposites Distract (1999)

(Company Premiere)

Music: Ottmar Leibert

Choreography: Elaine Kudo


Stars and Stripes (1958)

(Company Premiere)

Music: Conrad Sousa

Choreography: George Balanchine



Cinderella (2003) -, March 20 – 24, 2013

Septime Webre’s Cinderella combines magnificent beauty, ravishing costumes and Prokofiev’s ultra-lush score in the retelling of this popular romance of a poor girl whose fairy godmother helps her win the love of a Prince. Storytelling at its finest—magic pumpkins, evil step-sisters and handsome courtiers in a swirling mirrored ballroom scene from Versailles. Crackling with wit, lavish costumes and dazzling dance, Cinderella will sweep you off your feet.

Music: Sergei Prokofiev

Choreography: Septime Webre

Sets: James Kronzer

Costumes: Judanna Lynn

Lighting: Joshua Michaels

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



Hemingway: The Sun Also Rises (2013) – May 8 – 12, 2013

(World Premiere)

As part of The Washington Ballet American Experience, TWB unveils a new ballet based on Ernest Hemingway’s American classic, The Sun Also Rises. Considered by many to be his finest novel, the story follows an American journalist, Jake Barnes, a member of the “lost generation” of 1920s American expatriates, from the seedy café life of Paris’ Westbank to the thrilling “running of the bulls” at the Pamplona Festival. Through the extraordinary vision and choreography of Septime Webre, this newest exploration into the American literary canon will capture the imagination of dance lovers everywhere.

Choreography: Septime Webre

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



Peter and the  Wolf (2006) – May 18 -19, 2013

Against his grandfather’s wishes, brave Peter sets out to capture a wolf. Along the way he encounters some animal friends and becomes the hero of his village. Based on the popular Russian children’s story and set to Prokofiev’s world-famous music, this captivating ballet performed by The Washington Ballet Studio Company in the intimate THEARC Theater, will delight audiences of all ages.

Music: Sergei Prokofiev

Choreography: Brian Reeder

Performed at THEARC Theater



Five-Series and Family Series subscriptions range in price from $106 to $478, depending on seat location and date of performance. To subscribe, visit The Washington Ballet’s website or call 202.362.3606 x605.



Single tickets for the 2011.2012 Season go on sale September 10 (tentative) and may be purchased by visiting the Washington Ballet’s website or the Kennedy Center’s website.



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.

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