THE WASHINGTON BALLET PRESENTS PETER PAN

March 14, 2014

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THE WASHINGTON BALLET PRESENTS PETER PAN

Peter Pan - Jonathan Jordan  - Photo by Steve Vaccariello

Peter Pan – Jonathan Jordan – Photo by Steve Vaccariello

The Washington Ballet (TWB) continues soaring through the 2013.14 season with Artistic Director Septime Webre’s dazzling adventure and whimsical production of the high flying, classic adventure tale, Peter Pan. The production opens with a preview on April 16 and runs April 17 through 27, 2014 at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Eisenhower Theater.

The Washington Ballet dancers will delight audiences with a thrilling portrayal of the wondrous story of Peter and the Lost Boys, based on the 1911 novel Peter and Wendy by Scottish novelist and playwright J.M. Barrie. Webre’s danced version of Barrie’s classic tells the story of Peter Pan, the boy who lives in the enchanted Neverland and never grew up. “The story of Peter Pan is a compelling one as it reminds us to live our lives cherishing the child within,” says Artistic Director Septime Webre, “It is both whimsical and serious.”

This year, Peter Pan is visually enhanced, adding a new lightness and airiness to the entire production. Exciting and elaborate new sets by Campbell Baird and new lighting by Clifton Taylor transport audiences from a Victorian fantasy to a whimsical, dream-like land with sensational tricks of scale. This humorous and refreshing full-length production is complete with extravagant new costumes, including a new crocodile, dog, lost boys and more. The costumes seamlessly add a new freshness and fizz to the production.

The Washington Ballet is also introducing 32 splendid new characters to the production. The precocious Tinkerbell appears with a coterie of magical characters, including six mermaids, 12 sprites, eight new fairies, and even six junior fairies, all comprised of dancers from The Washington School of Ballet. This production is even more clever, funny and heartwarming. Peter Pan is set to a lively and sweeping score by Carmon DeLeone, Music Director at Cincinnati Ballet. The impassioned score was written in three months in the summer of 1994 working each night from midnight until dawn. With inspiration ranging from Prokofiev and Bach to noble notes by Miles Davis, this production’s music enchants children and adults by letting their imaginations escape to the fantasy world of Neverland.

TWB’s production of Peter Pan includes main characters flying through the air on their way to Neverland with the help of the famous Flying by Foy, the most prolific and widely-respected theatrical flying service in the world. Flying by Foy, based out of Las Vegas, has staged some of the most famous and popular flights in theater and entertainment, including Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, Ke$ha, Miley Cyrus and many top Broadway productions.

 

But be warned…the infamous “love to hate” Captain Hook and the crocodile (a tick-tocking, hip hopping beast who can boogaloo) will be dancing a very dangerous tango. “Working on Peter Pan was exciting and filled with interesting movement inventions for the goofy pirates and wild lost boys,” says Webre. “I must admit, it is quite interesting choreographing for a crocodile.”

 

Carmon DeLeone

(Composer) is the Music Director of The Cincinnati Ballet, The Middletown (OH) Symphony, and Conductor Laureate of The Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra possesses an impressive list of accomplishments. At New York’s Carnegie Hall, he has served as Conductor and Host of the Family Concert Series with the Orchestra of St. Lukes. He has conducted frequent performances in Europe with the Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra, and has been named the Illinois “Music Director of the Year.” Under Mr. DeLeone’s leadership, The Illinois Philharmonic was twice named the “Illinois Orchestra of the Year.” As a composer, he most recently premiered his Fanfare, Funk and Fandango (An American Dance Set). He has composed many original scores for the ballet, most recently his Princess & the Pea. His best known work, the full-length ballet in two acts, Peter Pan, is enjoying continued praise in major cities from coast to coast, as well as overseas. Maestro DeLeone conducted the debut of Peter Pan in London during a 28-performance run with the Atlanta Ballet at the prestigious Royal Festival Hall. His list of ballet score creations also includes Frevo, Guernica, With Timbrel and Dance Praise His Name, and Ruth Page’s Billy Sunday, which was nationally televised in 1983. During his 12-year tenure as Assistant, and later Resident Conductor of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Maestro DeLeone served on its staff with Music Directors Max Rudolf, Thomas Schippers, Walter Susskind, and Erich Kunzel. He was also selected personally by Maestro Erich Leinsdorf to participate in an intensive master conducting seminar at Lincoln Center. Under Mr. DeLeone’s leadership, The Illinois Philharmonic was named the “1992 Illinois Orchestra of the Year” — an honor held in the previous year by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. His diverse talents are demonstrated by the wide range of his musical interests. He is experienced in both the classics and jazz, whether leading his own “Studio Big Band” from the drum set, or playing the French horn in both idioms. For 17 years, he was also the host of his very popular weekly radio program, Sunday Morning Music Hall, on WRRM-FM in Cincinnati. Maestro DeLeone earned B.M., B.S., and M.M. degrees from the Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music. He served at CCM as Adjunct Assistant Professor of Opera and Music Theatre. During this tenure, he conducted productions of Prince Igor, La Cenerentola, Gianni Schicchi, The Crucible, La Callisto (American Premiere), and The Secret Marriage. He has been presented with the Conservatory’s “Distinguished Alumni Award.” At Indiana University, he conducted the world premiere and nationally televised production of John Eaton’s children’s opera, The Lion and Androcles. Maestro DeLeone is very pleased to have made his New York conducting debut with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater for their season-opening gala performance of Carmina Burana and Revelations at New York’s City Center. He made his Carnegie Hall debut with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s and was immediately re-engaged to host and conduct all of the following year’s series of Family Concerts. Maestro DeLeone is a proud recipient of Cincinnati’s most prestigious “Post-Corbett Award” for excellence in the arts and was recently named as “A Gentleman of Style and Substance” by Cincinnati Magazine.

Tickets for Peter Pan, priced from $25 to $125, are available at www.washingtonballet.org, www.kennedy-center.org, by calling 202.467.4600 or visiting the Kennedy Center box office. The Kennedy Center is located at 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC.

 

Peter Pan

 

The Washington Ballet presents Septime Webre’s Peter Pan, a playful and high jinx production featuring new sets by Campbell Baird, April 16 through 27, 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.

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, 6:30PM

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

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

Choreography: Septime Webre

Music: Carmon DeLeone

Flying Effects: Flying by Foy

Scenic and Costume Design: Campbell Baird

Lighting: Clifton Taylor

 

ABOUT THE WASHINGTON BALLET:

Celebrating its 70th Anniversary in the 2014.15 season, The Washington Ballet was 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, Hans van Manen and Jiří Kylián, as well as neoclassical masterworks and fresh stagings of 19th century classics. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Septime Webre 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.

SEPTIME WEBRE (Artistic Director) was appointed artistic director of The Washington Ballet in June 1999 after six years as artistic director of American Repertory Ballet in New Jersey. Under his leadership, The Washington Ballet has developed a three-pronged mission: growing the artistry and international reputation of The Washington Ballet; training the next generation of dancers through The Washington School of Ballet; and deepening the organization’s commitment to community engagement through the visionary programs of DanceDC and The Washington Ballet @ THEARC. As a choreographer, Mr. Webre’s full-length productions include The Great Gatsby, ALICE (in wonderland), Hemingway: The Sun Also Rises, and an historic Washington, D.C.–inspired The Nutcracker. His works appear in the repertoires of many companies in North America, including Pacific Northwest Ballet, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, Ballet Austin, Cincinnati Ballet, Aspen Ballet, Sacramento Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Atlanta Ballet, Ballet West and Aspen/Santa Fe Ballet, among others. As a dancer, Mr. Webre was featured in works by Balanchine, Taylor, Tudor, Ailey, and Cunningham, as well as principal and solo roles from the classical repertoire. Mr. Webre has sat on the boards of Dance/USA, the Cultural Alliance of Greater Washington, and Dance Metro DC’s Advisory Committee. He has been honored by Young Audiences of the District of Columbia and been a recipient of a number of fellowships for his choreography. He graduated from the University of Texas with a B.A. in history and pre-law.

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