April 6, 2013

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Specially-priced $15 tickets available to residents of Wards 7 & 8 as part of TWB’s Community Engagement


WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Washington Ballet (TWB) presents Brian Reeder’s captivating adaptation of the classic tale, Peter and the Wolf, May 19 and 20, 2013 at THEARC Theater. Based on the Russian children’s tale and set to Prokofiev’s famous score, this family series production showcases The Washington Ballet’s Studio Company.


As part of The Washington Ballet’s Community Engagement, the company is offering specially-priced $15 tickets to all performances to residents of Wards 7 and 8.


“Peter and the Wolf combines classical music and ballet in a way that is fun for all ages,” stated TWB Artistic director, Septime Webre. “I’m thrilled to present this to our young audiences and families and to also showcase the exceptional talent of the Studio Company members, many of who are on the brink of major dance careers.”


Peter lives on the edge of a vast Russian forest with his Grandfather, who will not let him go outside for fear of the wolves roaming there. One day Peter and his friend Duck rescue a little bird and decide to return him to the forest. Peter has the time of his life playing in the forest with his animal friends.  Grandfather awakes and sees Peter is in the forest. Angry, he grabs his gun and rushes to rescue Peter and Fat Cat, who has fallen through the ice.


Suddenly, the forest grows quiet and Peter sees the Wolf. Moments later, Wolf grabs Duck, tosses her into the air and swallows her in single gulp. Peter grabs a net and sets out to capture the Wolf. Eventually, after a fierce struggle, Peter catches the Wolf. Later Peter stands triumphantly on top of the Wolf’s cage to the amazement of his Grandfather and the village.

Sergei Prokofiev wrote the story and composed the music for Peter and the Wolf in 1936. It was written for a children’s theatre in Moscow to introduce young children to classical music.  Each character in the story is represented by a musical instrument or a group of instruments.   Thus, the oboe becomes the sound of Duck, the flute becomes the Bird, the clarinet becomes the Fat Cat, the French horn becomes the Wolf and the bassoon becomes the Grandfather.  Peter and the Wolf has become a children’s classic that is performed and enjoyed by children around the world.



BRIAN REEDER (Choreographer)  of Sunbury, PA began his dance training with Marcia Dale Weary at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. He danced for New York City Ballet, William Forsythe’s Ballet Frankfurt and American Ballet Theatre.  As a choreographer, Mr. Reeder has created or re staged his ballets on American Ballet Theatre, ABT Studio Co., The Washington Ballet, The Washington Ballet Studio Company., Pacific Northwest Ballet, Colorado Ballet, Sacramento Ballet, Ballet Grandiva, and Ballet Next and his work has been produced for the Works and Process series at the Guggenheim Museum in NYC.  Mr. Reeeder has received grants from the New York Choreographic Fellowship, the Jerome Robbins Foundation for New Works and the Boomerang Foundation.   Mr. Reeder has taught and choreographed at Brown University, Emory University, Goucher College, Barnard College and for The Columbia Ballet Collaborative.  He has been involved with ABT’s Summer Intensives and acted as the coordinating director for Dance Bermuda, ABT’s International Summer Intensive. Mr. Reeder is  a teacher and the current resident choreographer for The Manhattan Youth Ballet at MMAC. He has been a guest teacher at The Alvin Ailey School, NYU, The School at Steps, The Peridance Capezio Center, Newark Arts High School, Orange County School of the Arts, The Icelantic National Dance Company, Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet and the international tour of Matthew Bourne’s “Swan Lake”.   Mr. Reeder has created choreographic sequences for the independent film “American Primitive” and the music video ” Brit Slap”. He was also the focus of an eighteen hour documentary project called “15 Days Of Dance: The Making of Ghost Light”.


Residents of Wards 7 and 8, who wish to purchase specially-priced $15 tickets, may do so through The Washington Ballet @ THEARC offices, located at 1901 Mississippi Avenue SE, Suite 202. Proof of residency is required.  For information, please call 202.889-8150.


Tickets for Peter and the Wolf at THEARC Theater, priced at $35- $50, may be purchased by calling 202.889.5901 or by visiting the Washington Ballet’s website.


All performances are held at THEARC Theater, located at 1901 Mississippi Avenue SE, Washington, DC.



This ensemble of pre-professional dancers, age 18-20, receives additional training and performance opportunities to assist artists in transitioning from being ballet students to professional dancers. Its members perform with The Washington Ballet in select productions and in their own programs on The Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage, THEARC Theater, TWB’s England Studio Theater, DC Public Schools and other venues. The Studio Company was described as “glowing” by The Washington Post.


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 has 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 Septime Webre, Artistic Director and Peter M. Branch, Executive Director, 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.

Peter and the  Wolf (2008)

Against his grandfather’s wishes, brave Peter sets out to capture a wolf. Along the way he encounters some animal friends and becomes the hero of his village. Based on the popular Russian children’s story and set to Prokofiev’s world-famous music, this captivating ballet performed by The Washington Ballet Studio Company in the intimate THEARC Theater, will delight audiences of all ages.


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

Sunday, May 19, 1PM & 5:30PM


Music: Sergei Prokofiev

Choreography: Brian Reeder

Performed at THEARC Theater

1901 Mississippi Ave., SE

Washington, DC 20020.


TICKETS:  Single tickets, priced at $35-$50 are available online or by calling 202.889.5901.  Ward 7 and 8 Community Tickets may be purchased, with valid i.d., in person at THEARC box office at 1901 Mississippi Ave SE, Washington, DC 20020 for $15 each.

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