THE WASHINGTON BALLET COMPANY PREMIERE OF LE CORSAIRE

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THE WASHINGTON BALLET COMPANY PREMIERE OF LE CORSAIRE

TWB mounts Anna-Marie Holmes’ interpretation of the classic story about pirates and pashas

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Washington Ballet (TWB) mounts the classic story ballet Le Corsaire (The Pirate), a swashbuckling adventure of pirates, pashas and slave girls, April 6 through 10 at the Kennedy Center’s Eisenhower Theater. Internationally-regarded repetituer Anna-Marie Holmes restages her Emmy Award-winning interpretation for a TWB company premiere.

“Anna-Marie Holmes’ interpretation of Le Corsaire is the perfect production to showcase the talent of The Washington Ballet artists,” said Artistic Director Septime Webre. “The men’s dancing roles in particular are significantly expanded, with more virtuosic turns and jumps. It’s almost a competition of male classical prowess, and is perfectly suited for the strong men of the company.”

The story of lovers Conrad and Medora, the evil Seid Pasha, and company of corsairs will enchant and excite audiences. The grandiose production is complemented by Adolphe Adam’s exhilarating score and costumes by Irina Tibilova and Robert Perdziola.  

Anna-Marie Holmes is an internationally-regarded ballerina, choreographer and repetituer. Known for her interpretations of the Russian classics, Ms. Holmes has produced or set such great works in Lisbon, Oslo, Helsinki, Antwerp, Naples, Florence, New York and Tokyo. Ms. Holmes joined Boston Ballet in 1985, and in 1997 was named artistic director and dean of faculty for the Boston Ballet Center for Dance Education. During her tenure there, Ms. Holmes created new versions of many classic ballets, including Giselle, Don Quixote, La Bayadere, Swan Lake and The Sleeping Beauty. She has recently completed her 11th season as artistic director of the summer program at Jacob’s Pillow in Massachusetts, and has taught summer schools in Washington, DC; Columbia, SC; Pittsburgh, PA; and Vancouver.

Tickets for Le Corsaire, priced from $29 to $125, are available through kennedy-center.org, the Kennedy Center Box Office, or 202.467.4600.

Le Corsaire
April 6-10, 2011

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

Wednesday, April 6, 8 PM (Preview)

Thursday, April 7, 8 PM (Opening)

Friday, April 8, 8 PM              

Saturday, April 9, 2:30 PM & 8 PM       

Sunday, April 10, 1 PM & 6 PM         

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 the Washington Ballet’s website.

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One Response to “THE WASHINGTON BALLET COMPANY PREMIERE OF LE CORSAIRE”

  1. May Says:

    I saw Washington Ballet quite a few times as a dance student and I liked them a lot for being adventurous and having a different kind of repertoire and approach, while keeping standards high. Would be interesting to see their take on Corsaire!