October 19, 2013

Press Releases


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 PRISM, 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.  PRISM set to Keith Jarrett’s iconic improvisational work, The Köln Concert reflects the different moods and atmospheres of the music like a prism reflects light. PRISM is choreographed to give the audience an improvisational feel as a tribute to the music. 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


PRISM (World Premiere)

Music: The Köln Concert by Keith Jarrett

Choreography: Annabellle Lopez Ochoa

Sets and Costumes:  Annabelle Lopez Ochoa with Monica Leland and Rebecca Nettekoven Tello

Lighting: Robert L. Fabrizio





Tickets for The Jazz/Blues Project, priced from $29 to $125, are available at The Washington Ballet’s website, the Shakespeare Theatre’s website, by calling 202.547.1122 or visiting the Shakespeare Theater Box office. Sidney Harman Hall is located at 610 F Street NW Washington, DC.



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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