THE WASHINGTON BALLET ANNOUNCES 2013.2014 SEASON: SOARING

February 22, 2013

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THE WASHINGTON BALLET ANNOUNCES 2013.2014 SEASON: SOARING

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The Washington Ballet Season to Include

Giselle, Peter Pan, British Invasion: The Beatles & The Rolling Stones

and Tour-de-Force: BALANCHINE! at The Kennedy Center and The Jazz/Blues Project at The Harman Center.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Washington Ballet (TWB) announces its 2013.2014 Season, featuring both classical and innovative contemporary performances full of vibrant music and exciting dancing destined to enthrall audiences.

 

“The breadth of works in the 2013.2014 Season reflects the depth and talent we have developed at The Washington Ballet and our artists are primed to breathe new life into classics like Giselle and Themes and Variations”, stated Septime Webre, Artistic Director.  “In these beloved and challenging works, as well as the cutting-edge contemporary works, our dancers will soar with their precision, athleticism and sheer beauty”.

 

The 2013.2014 season opens in October at The Kennedy Center’s Eisenhower Theater with Giselle. At the very heart of the romantic era, Giselle is the extraordinary story of absolute love, unconditional devotion and the power of redemption set to Adolphe Adam’s poignant score. In this staging, Septime Webre and South African ballet artist, Charla Genn, have used   “profoundly lyrical, time –tested choreography” to produce an “earnest, traditional Giselle” wrote The Washington Post.

 

In January, the Ballet returns to Sidney Harman Hall at The Harman Center with The Jazz/Blues Project opening January 29 with performances through February 3.  This mixed repertory program will pay homage to the Jazz era and includes Blue Until June by Trey McIntyre, Bird’s Nest by Val Caniparoli and a world premiere by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa.  Set to soulful songs of Etta James, Blue Until June explores how our ideas of love are influenced by the American songbook.  Jazz great E. Faye Butler, who was referred to by The Washington Post as “the unrivaled showstopper” when she performed in The Great Gatsby, will perform the songs of Etta James in Blue Until June. Val Caniparoli’s Bird’s Nest, set to the music of Charlie “Bird” Parker who ushered in the modern Jazz Era, will also be performed live.

In March, the British are coming.  The Ballet returns to The Kennedy Center with British Invasion: The Beatles & The Rolling Stones, March 5 through 9. The battle of the bands heats up with Trey McIntyre’s A Day in the Life set to classic Beatles tunes and featuring the wit and playfulness The Beatles were famous for.   In competition, Rooster, by Christopher Bruce gives TWB’s dancers a chance to strut in this highly-acclaimed “Rock Ballet” that showcases the music of The Rolling Stones.  This performance will feature a third work with a British twist. .

 

Tour-de-Force: Balanchine!, this  gala-style program features excerpts from classical and contemporary ballets, including a world premiere to be announced, with a grand finale of the company premiere of Balanchine’s Themes and Variations April 23, 24 and 25. Highlighting Balanchine’s “neoclassical” style, Themes and Variations according to the great choreographer himself, is intended “to evoke that great period in classical dancing when Russian ballet flourished with the aid of Tchaikovsky’s music.” Originally choreographed in 1947 for Alicia Alonso and Igor Yousevitch, Themes and Variations remains one of the most challenging works for a ballerina.

 

The Washington Ballet closes the season with Septime Webre’s Peter Pan, a playful and high jinx production featuring new sets by Campbell Baird, May 8 through 12, at The Kennedy Center’s Eisenhower Theater.  A dazzling adventure and whimsical production featuring swashbuckling, high-flying pirates, Indian maidens, a crocodile, and of course Peter and Wendy, this is a story about growing up that never seems to grow old.

 

The season is complemented with Septime Webre’s holiday must-see production of The Nutcracker in November and December. The Nutcracker returns to THEARC Theater for six performances November 29 through December 1.  On December 5, The Nutcracker opens a four-week run at the celebrated Warner Theatre including two performances on Christmas Eve. Set in historic Georgetown and starring George Washington as the heroic Nutcracker, Webre’s acclaimed production is a Washington, DC tradition that enchants audiences of all ages.

 

The Washington Ballet’s Family Series begins with The Nutcracker matinees December 7 and 8 and continues with Septime Webre’s new production of Peter Pan April 19 (matinee) and 20 (matinee).   Who Cares?, a stunning family program featuring excerpts from classical and contemporary works plus Balanchine’s exuberant Who Cares?, set to the best of Gershwin’s Broadway music, performed by the Studio Company May 17 and 18 at THEARC Theater, completes the Family Series.

Subscriptions, priced from $111.50 to $476, are now on sale and can be purchased by visiting the Washington Ballet’s website or by calling 202.362..3606 x605. Five-Series subscription packages include Giselle, The Jazz/Blues Project, British Invasion:  The Beatles & The Rolling Stones, Peter Pan and Tour-de-Force: Balanchine!.   Family Series subscription packages include The Nutcracker, Peter Pan and Who Cares?. Additionally, subscribers may add inthewings, the highly-popular speaker series that provides insight into the creation of TWB productions to their subscriptions. Single tickets will go on sale on September 8, 2013

THE WASHINGTON BALLET SEASON OVERVIEW

 

Giselle

(Company Premiere)

Wonderfully passionate and technically difficult, Giselle is often described as the most perfect 19th century Romantic ballet.  Giselle is the extraordinary story of absolute love and unconditional devotion, set to Adolphe Adam’s poignant score.

 

Wednesday, October 30, at 7:30PM (Preview)

Thursday, October 31 at 7:30PM (Opening)

Friday, November 1 at 7:30PM

Saturday, November 2 at 1:30 PM and 7:30PM

Sunday, November 3 at 1:30 PM and 6:30PM

 

Music: Adolphe Adam

Original Choreography: Jean Carolli, Jules Perrot and Marius Petipa

Staging: Charla Genn and Septime Webre

Set Design:  Simon Pastukh
Costume Design: Galina Solovyeva

Lighting Design:  Kevin Meek

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

 

 

The Nutcracker (2004)

Septime Webre’s critically acclaimed The Nutcracker transports audiences 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.

 

Thursday, December 5 at 7PM (Preview)
Friday, December 6 at 7PM (Opening)
Saturday, December 7 at 2PM & 7PM
Sunday, December 8 at 1PM &5:30PM
Wednesday, December 11 at 7PM
Thursday, December 12 at 7PM
Friday, December 13 at 7PM
Saturday, December 14 at 2PM & 7PM
Sunday, December 15 at 1PM & 5:30PM
Wednesday, December 18 at 7PM
Thursday, December 19 at 7PM
Friday, December 20 at 7PM
Saturday, December 21 at 2PM & 7PM
Sunday, December 22 at 1PM & 5:30PM
Monday, December 23 at 7PM

Tuesday, December 24 at 1PM & 5:30PM
Thursday, December 26 at 7PM
Friday, December 27 at 2PM & 7PM
Saturday, December 28 at 2PM & 7PM

Sunday, December 29 at 1PM

 

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

 

 

The Jazz/Blues Project

This mixed repertory program pays homage to American Jazz and Blues music and includes Blue Until June by Trey McIntyre, Bird’s Nest by Val Caniparoli and a world premiere by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa.  Set to the soulful songs of Etta James, Blue Until June explores how our ideas of love are influenced by the American songbook. Val Caniporali’s Bird’s Nest, uses the music of Charlie “Bird” Parker that ushered in the modern Jazz Era and explores the relationships between men and women.  Both Blue Until June and Bird’s Nest premiered at The Washington Ballet in 2000.

 

Wednesday, January 29, 7:30PM (Preview)

Thursday, January 30, 7:30PM (Opening)

Friday, January 31, 7:30PM

Saturday, February 1, 1:30PM & 7:30PM

Sunday, February 2, 1:30PM & 6:30PM

Performed at The Harman Center, Sidney Harman Hall

 

Blue Until June (2000)

Music: Songs of Etta James

Choreography: Trey McIntyre

Sets and Costumes:  Sandra Woodall

Lighting:  Clifton Taylor

 

Bird’s Nest (2000)

Music: Songs of Charlie “Bird” Parker

Choreography: Val Caniparoli

Sets and Costumes:  Sandra Woodall

Lighting: Clifton Taylor

 

TBD

World premiere by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa

 

British Invasion: The Beatles & The Rolling Stones

The British are coming in March! British Invasion: The Beatles & The Rolling Stones. The battle of the bands heats up with Trey McIntyre’s A Day in the Life set to classic Beatles tunes and featuring the wit and playfulness The Beatles were famous for.   In competition, Rooster, by Christopher Bruce gives TWB’s dancers a chance to strut in this highly-acclaimed “Rock Ballet” that showcases the sounds of The Rolling Stones.  This program will include an additional ballet with a British twist.

 

Wednesday, March 5, 7:30PM (Preview)

Thursday, March 6, 7:30PM (Opening)

Friday, March 7, 7:30PM

Saturday, March 8, 1:30PM & 7:30PM

Sunday, March 9, 1:30PM & 7:30PM

 

A Day in the Life (2006)

Premiered by The Washington Ballet in 2006.

Music: Songs of The Beatles

Choreography: Trey McIntyre

Costumes: The Bisou Consortium

Lighting: Nicolas Phillips

 

Rooster (1991)

Music: Songs of the Rolling Stones

Choreography: Christopher Bruce

Staged by Steven Brett and Christopher Bruce

Costumes: Marian Bruce

Lighting: Tina MacHugh

 

Additional Ballet TBD.

 

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

 

 

Peter Pan (2001)

Peter Pan, a dazzling adventure and whimsical new production brings Septime Webre’s swashbuckling creation of high-flying dance vividly to life.

 

Wednesday, April 16, 7:30PM (Preview)

Thursday, April 17, 7:30PM (Opening)

Friday, April 18, 7:30PM

Saturday, April 19 1:30PM & 7:30PM

Sunday, April 20, 1:30PM & 6:30PM

Saturday, April 26, 1:30PM & 7:30PM

Sunday, April 27, 1:30PM & 6:30PM

 

Music: Carmon DeLeone

Choreography: Septime Webre

Set Design: Campbell Baird

Costumes: Claudia Lynch

 

 

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

 

Tour-de-Force: Balanchine!

TWB’s second Tour-de-Force, gala-style program will feature the company premiere of Balanchine’s Themes and Variations. Highlighting Balanchine’s “neoclassical” style, Themes and Variations according to Balanchine is intended “to evoke that great period in classical dancing when Russian ballet flourished with the aid of Tchaikovsky’s music.”

 

Wednesday, April 23, 7:30PM (Preview)

Thursday, April 24, 7:30PM (Opening)

Friday, February 22, 7:30PM

 

Themes and Variations (1947)

Music: Pytor Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Choreography: George Balanchine

 

Excerpts from classical and contemporary works including a world premiere TBD.

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

 

 

Who Cares? (1970)

A stunning family program including George Balanchine’s Who Cares?.  Set to George Gershwin’s Broadway Music, Who Cares?  evokes the excitement and energy of New York City during the Jazz age. This family friendly mixed-repertory program will feature excerpts from family-friendly ballets.

 

Saturday, May 17, 1PM & 5:30PM

Sunday, May 18, 1PM & 5:30PM

 

Music: George Gershwin

Choreography: George Balanchine

Excerpts from classical works, TBD

Performed at THEARC Theater

 

inthewings

Join TWB’s Artistic Director, Septime Webre and artists throughout the season for illuminating demonstrations and discussions in TWB’s intimate England Studio.

 

Giselle:  Revisiting a Classic

Monday, October 21, 6:30PM

Ballet & Rock ‘n Roll

Monday, February 24, 6:30PM

All About Balanchine

Monday, April 7, 6:30PM

$25 each or enjoy all three for only $60

 

SUBSCRIPTIONS

Five-Series and Family Series subscriptions range in price from $111.50 to $476, depending on seat location and date of performance. To subscribe, visit the Washington Ballet’s website or call 202.362.3606 x605.

 

SINGLE TICKETS

Single tickets for the 2013.2014 Season go on sale September 8 and may be purchased by visiting the Washington Ballet’s website or the Kennedy Center’s website.

 

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.  

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