THE WASHINGTON BALLET PRESENTS BRITISH INVASION: The Beatles & The Rolling Stones

February 4, 2014

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THE WASHINGTON BALLET PRESENTS BRITISH INVASION: The Beatles & The Rolling Stones

L. to R._ Chong Sun, Andile Ndlovu, Jonathan Jordan and Jared Nelson in British Invasion. Photo by Tony Br

L. to R._ Chong Sun, Andile Ndlovu, Jonathan Jordan and Jared Nelson in British Invasion. Photo by Tony Brown

WASHINGTON, DC – The Washington Ballet (TWB) continues to soar into 2014 with BRITISH INVASION: The Beatles & The Rolling Stones, a thrilling and emotional all-British journey featuring two rock ballets: Trey McIntyre’s A Day in the Life set to the music of The Beatles and Christopher Bruce’s iconic Rooster set to the driving sound of The Rolling Stones. The program also features Christopher Wheeldon’s There Where She Loved set to the music of Kurt Weill and Frederic Chopin. BRITISH INVASION: The Beatles & The Rolling Stones opens with a preview March 5 and with six additional performances March 6 through March 9, 2014 at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Eisenhower Theater. 

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 that The Beatles were famous for. 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.

Considered to be one of today most innovative choreographers, Christopher Wheeldon’s There Where She Loved has been described as the perfect mix of classical ballet with contemporary choreography utilizing pointe work and technique in creative contemporary ways.

When The Beatles invaded America back in the 1960’s, rock ‘n roll changed forever. This musical revolution comes to life in Trey McIntyre’s A Day in the Life, an energetic, visually thrilling and emotional journey. TWB’s Artistic Director Septime Webre describes the brilliant work as “one of Trey’s most powerful rites of passage.” TWB premiered McIntyre’s A Day in the Life in 2006.  

The work opens with the melancholy, inquisitive ”Mother Nature’s Son,” which includes a fiercely choreographed solo in which the dancer attempts to organize his body parts that seem to crumble beneath him. This image is repeated at the end, danced to A Day in the Life,” where the anxiety spreads to the rest of the ensemble. Set to the tender love song “Julia”, McIntyre includes another solo work described as curious and broken with interesting walking patterns and flat-footed, mechanical movements. Audiences can expect the sentiments expressed in this song to have the power to drain some of the life out of the dancer. Throughout McIntyre’s work is a recurring theme of life lived slightly askew.

Through poignant lyrics, hard-driving guitar licks and strutting dance, Christopher Bruce’s highly-acclaimed rock ballet Rooster, is the penultimate “battle of the sexes.” Rooster was premiered by The Washington Ballet in 2011 and was the centerpiece of the company’s signature trip to Turkey. A fascinating multi-layered choreographic work, Christopher Bruce’s Rooster was “influenced by images of cocky men as strutting roosters and the women who keep them in place,” said Artistic Director Septime Webre.

The relationship between the choreographic movement and the music of Rooster, and the way in which the dancing follows, takes its cue from and mimics Christopher Bruce’s eight musical choices by The Rolling Stones.

BRITISH INVASION: The Beatles & The Rolling Stones will also feature Christopher Wheeldon’s There Where She Loved, which captures a series of romantic relationships highlighted by the music of Frederic Chopin and Kurt Weill.

There Where She Loved includes seven dances which each explore a different aspect of love that Christopher Wheeldon described as “a sketchbook of unrelated little dances, linked as suite.” Wheeldon’s complex and clever choreography showcases the dancers of The Washington Ballet in highly lyrical and emotional roles. This work will offer a breath of fresh air as the battle of the bands heats up in this production of British Invasion: The Beatles & The Rolling Stones.

 

ABOUT THE ARTISTS
TREY MCINTYRE (Choreographer) is a professionally-trained dancer and is one of the most-sought after choreographers working today. Born in Wichita, Kansas, Mr. McIntyre studied at North Carolina School of the Arts and later with Houston Ballet Academy. In 1989, he was named Choreographic Apprentice to Houston Ballet; a position created specifically for him by Artistic Director Ben Stevenson. Mr. McIntyre has since created a canon of over 70 works for companies domestically and abroad. He has served as Resident Choreographer for Oregon Ballet Theatre, Ballet Memphis, and The Washington Ballet. From 1995 until 2007, he was Choreographic Associate for Houston Ballet. Mr. McIntyre has received numerous prestigious grants and awards, including two choreographic fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and a Choo-San Goh Award for choreography. In 2003, he was named one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch.” In 2004, he established his critically-acclaimed Trey McIntyre Project (TMP), a dance company that has allowed him to continue his artistic and creative relationships with a select group of high-caliber dancers.

CHRISTOPHER BRUCE (Choreographer) made his dancing debut with Walter Gore’s London Ballet in 1963 and joined Ballet Rambert the same year, becoming a leading dancer in modern roles, from 1966 onward. He became a choreographer for Ballet Rambert (which became Rambert Dance Company in  1987) in 1969, becoming associate choreographer 1975-1987, and associate director, 1975-1979; associate choreographer for London Festival Ballet (becoming English National Ballet in 1989), 1986-1991; resident choreographer, Houston Ballet, 1989-1998; then associate choreographer until present day; artistic director, Rambert Dance Company, from April 1994 to December 2002. He also staged works for Royal Ballet, Sadlers Wells Royal Ballet, Scottish Theatre, Royal Danish Ballet, Royal Swedish Ballet, Tanz-Forum (Cologne), Nederlands Dans Theater, Geneva Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, Dutch National Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Zurich Ballet, Basle Ballet, Ballet Krefeld-Mönchengladbach, Ballet Mainz, Deutche Ballet Berlin, Dusseldorf Ballet, Kiel Ballet, Canadian National Ballet, Ballet Goyr; has worked as choreographer/producer of operas, musicals, and television programmes. Awards include Evening Standard Award, 1974 and 1997; Prix Italia (for television production of Cruel Garden), 1982; International Theatre Institute Award for Excellence in International Dance, 1993; De Valois Award for Outstanding Contribution to Dance at Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards, 2003; Rheinische Post Theater Oscar for ‘A Evening of Work by Christopher Bruce’ at Theater Krefeld-Mönchengladbach 2004; Best Choreography, Critics’ Circle Awards, 2009. Christopher Bruce was awarded a C.B.E. in 1998; Honorary Doctor of Art from De Montfort University, 2000; Honorary Doctor of Letters from University of Exeter, 2001; Honorary Life Membership of Amnesty International, 2002.

CHRISTOPHER WHEELDON (Choreographer) was born in Yeovil, Somerset, England. He began his ballet training when he was eight years old at the East Coker Ballet School. At the age of eleven, Wheeldon enrolled at The Royal Ballet School where he trained until he was 18. He joined England’s Royal Ballet in 1991, where he danced in works by Ashton, MacMillan and Balanchine. That same year, he won the Gold Medal at the Prix de Lausanne competition. In 1993, Wheeldon was invited to become a member of New York City Ballet’s corps de ballet. Wheeldon was promoted to the rank of Soloist in 1998. As a dancer with New York City Ballet, Wheeldon appeared in many works in the repertory, dancing featured roles in George Balanchine’s Divertimento No. 15, The Four Temperaments, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Nutcracker and Jerome Robbins’ The Concert, Dances at a Gathering and The Goldberg Variations. Wheeldon retired from dancing at the end of the Spring 2000 season to concentrate on his choreographic work. Chosen to be New York City Ballet’s first Artist in Residence, he created Polyphonia, set to piano music by Györgi Ligeti, which was given its world premiere in May 2001. That same month, Wheeldon was named Resident Choreographer for New York City Ballet. Morphoses, also set to Ligeti music, premiered in June 2002 as part of the tenth Diamond Project festival, and Carousel  (A Dance), set to music by Richard Rodgers, premiered in November 2002. In Spring 2003, Wheeldon created two ballets: Carnival of the Animals, set to the score by Camille Saint-Saens with verse by John Lithgow, and Liturgy, a pas de deux, set to music by Arvo Part. In Spring 2004 he choreographed a new Swan Lake for the Pennsylvania Ballet. As a choreographer, Wheeldon has also created works for Boston Ballet, The Colorado Ballet, The Royal Ballet, The Royal Ballet School, San Francisco Ballet, The Hamburg Ballet, The Australian Ballet and Pennsylvania Ballet. Some of Wheeldon’s other choreographic credits include: Slavonic Dances (1997), Scènes de Ballet (1999) and Mercurial Maneouvres (2000) for New York City Ballet; Firebird (1999) for Boston Ballet; Sea Pictures (2000) and Continuum (2002) for San Francisco Ballet; VIII (2001) for The Hamburg Ballet; Tryst (2002) for The Royal Ballet, as well as the ballet sequence for the Columbia Pictures feature film Center Stage. Wheeldon made his Broadway choreographic debut in March 2002 with the stage version of the film Sweet Smell of Success. In 1996, he received the Mae L. Wien Award from the School of American Ballet for choreography and, in 1997, the Martin E. Segal Award from Lincoln Center for promising newcomer in choreography, the London Critics’ Circle Award for best new ballet for Polyphonia and the American Choreography Award for best choreography for the movie Center Stage. A production of Polyphonia, performed by New York City Ballet dancers in the Fall of 2002, received the Olivier Award for best new dance production. 

Tickets for British Invasion: The Beatles & The Rolling Stones, priced from $35 to $125, are available  calling 202.467.4600 or visiting the Kennedy Center box office. The Kennedy Center is located at 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC. 

Underwriting for The Washington Ballet’s BRITISH INVASION: The Beatles & The Rolling Stones provided by:

The Washington Ballet’s Women’s Committee

Sachiko Kuno and Ryuji Ueno/S&R Foundation

 

 British Invasion: The Beatles & The Rolling Stones

The British are coming! TWB returns 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. To break up the battle of the bands, BRITISH INVASION: The Beatles & The Rolling Stones also features British choreographer Christopher Wheeldon’s There Where She Loved, a playful breath of fresh air.

 

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 24, 1:30PM & 6:30PM

 

A Day in the Life (2000)

Music:                         The Beatles

Choreography:            Trey McIntyre

Set Design:                 Nicholas Phillips

Costume Design:        Liz Prince

Lighting Design:         Nicholas Phillips

 

Rooster (2011)

Music:                         The Rolling Stones

Choreography:            Christopher Bruce

Costumes:                   Marian Bruce

Lighting:                     Tina MacHugh

 

There Where She Loved (2005)

Music:                         Frederic Chopin and Kurt Weill

Choreographer:          Christopher Wheeldon

Staging:                      Ashley Wheater and Christopher Wheeldon

Costume Design:        Holly Hynes

Lighting Design:         Mark Stanley

 

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, School Director Kee Juan Han and Managing Director Arthur Espinoza, 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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