March 24, 2012

Press Releases


the washington ballet 



WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Washington Ballet’s (TWB) spring programming begins with Artistic Director Septime Webre’s world premiere of ALICE (in wonderland), April 11-15 at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Eisenhower Theater.


The excitement of spring is in the air at The Washington Ballet studios where rehearsal continues on ALICE (in wonderland.) With the world premiere of ALICE (in wonderland) less than a month away, we’re in the home stretch and all the elements are beginning to fall into place,” said Septime Webre, TWB’s Artistic Director. “The dancers and I are racing through the choreographic process at a dizzying pace, while composer Matthew Pierce and I meet by telephone each night to tweak his delightful score to ensure a synergy between the choreography and the music.  Meanwhile Liz Vandal’s fantastical costumes arrive a few at a time to the delight of the artists.  The studios are crackling with energy just now.


After thoroughly researching the writing of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Mr. Webre begins his interpretation of ALICE (in wonderland) with the real Alice, Alice Liddell, at home with her chaotic family and family friend, Lewis Carroll, an amateur photographer and story-teller.  Mr. Webre incorporates real characters from Alice’s life masked as the characters in Lewis Carroll’s marvelous story about a little girl’s adventures in a wonderland.   Alice’s overbearing mother becomes the Queen of Hearts, her sisters become Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, and Lewis Carroll becomes the Mad Hatter.  Alice is a polite well-mannered child who finds herself in a crazy world where the rules of social etiquette don’t matter and time is irrelevant.  Alice learns how to adapt to this crazy world and eventually becomes the heroine that brings down the Queen of Hearts and her house of cards.  Mr. Webre’s  ALICE (in wonderland) follows the arc of Mr. Carroll’s  Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland with characters from Alice Through the Looking Glass that reveal Mr. Carroll’s wit and love of puns…snapdragon, rocking horse and bread and butter flies.  Mr. Webre has worked closely with composer, Matthew Pierce, to give each character its own unique sound.  The musical score also includes musical sound effects that will pull the audience down the rabbit hole with Alice.


The excitement around Septime Webre’s ALICE (in wonderland) is not limited to Washington, DC.  Over the past few weeks ballet companies from Ohio and Hawaii have announced they will be performing ALICE (in wonderland) as part of their 2012.2013 season.  Ballet Hawaii will perform ALICE (in wonderland) at the Neal Blaisdell Concert Hall in Honolulu in August.  The Cincinnati Ballet will perform ALICE (in wonderland) in October at Music Hall in Cincinnati. “I expect that ALICE (in wonderland) will have a long shelf life,” stated Mr. Webre.  “I’m delighted that both the Cincinnati Ballet and Ballet Hawaii will be preforming the production in their respective 2012.2013 seasons and look forward to bringing this ballet to other communities in the future.


If you want to catch a sneak peek of TWB’s ALICE (in wonderland), head down to the National Cherry Blossom Festival this weekend.  The Washington Ballet will be performing excerpts from ALICE (in wonderland) during Family Days at by the National Building Museum.  TWB will perform on Sunday March 25th from 11:30AM – 12:15PM.  The performance is free.  The National Building Museum is located at 401 F Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20001.  The Washington Ballet will also be performing at the sold-out Opening Ceremony of the National Cherry Blossom Festival on Sunday March 25th from 5-6:30PM.


Limited tickets are still available for ALICE (in wonderland).  Priced from $50 to $155, tickets are available via The Washington Ballet’s websiteor the  Kennedy Center Box Office, or 202.467.4600.


ALICE (in wonderland)

World Premiere

Audiences will be taken on a magical journey with the world premiere of Septime Webre’s ALICE (in wonderland).  Never before has The Washington Ballet combined such forces to create a new full-length ballet. From Mr. Webre’s revolutionary vision, designer Liz Vandal (Cirque du Soleil’s OVO) and composer Matthew Pierce, comes a spectacularly re-imagined take on Lewis Carroll’s classic. Enter the magical world of Alice’s misadventures, splendidly costumed and gloriously danced…an unforgettable journey down the rabbit hole and the season’s grandest production!


Wednesday, April 11, 7:30 PM (Preview)

Thursday, April 12, 7:30 PM (Opening)

Friday, April 13, 7:30 PM

Saturday, April 14, 2:30 PM & 7:30 PM

Sunday, April 15, 1:30 PM & 7:30 PM


Music by Matthew Pierce

Choreography by Septime Webre

Costume Design by Liz Vandal

Scenic Design by Jim Kronzer

Puppets by Eric Van Wyk

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



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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