THE WASHINGTON BALLET STAGES L’AMOUR (love, baby…)

January 17, 2013

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THE WASHINGTON BALLET STAGES  L’AMOUR (love, baby…)

TWB presents a “love triangle” of ballets, including The World Premieres of David Palmer’s Dangerous Liaisons and Amy Seiwert’s Under Covers and the Company Premiere of Elaine Kudo’s Opposites Distract

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Washington Ballet (TWB) kicks off 2013 with L’Amour (love, baby…), an evening featuring Dangerous Liaisons, a world premiere by David Palmer, the company premiere of Opposites Distract by Elaine Kudo and Under Covers a world premiere by Amy Seiwert.  Just in time for Valentine’s Day, this love triangle of ballets begins with a preview February 13 and runs for six performances February 14 through 17, 2012 at The Harman Center’s Sidney Harman Hall.

 

Dangerous Liaisons, a world premiere by TWB’s Associate Artistic Director David Palmer, is based on the 18th-century French novel, Les liaison dangereuses by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos, which was adapted into Stephen Frears’ 1988 film starring Glen Close, John Malkovich, Michelle Pfeiffer and Uma Thurman which won three Academy Awards. A high stakes game of  lust, passion and betrayal set to the lush music of Antonio Vivaldi’s

Four Seasons. In the world of the 18th century aristocrats, the Marquise decides to exact revenge on a lover by challenging Valmont to seduce the Comte de Gercourt’s young and innocent fiancée before she marries.  This new production features sets by Szygy Events International, costumes by Christine Darch and lighting by Robert L. Fabrizio.

 

“I, like many, became aware of Dangerous Liaisons through Stephen Frears’ 1988 movie adaptation of Christopher Hampton’s play taken from Cherdolos de Laclos’ highly scandalous novel of 1782”, said David Palmer, choreographer and Associate Artistic Director of The Washington Ballet.” I felt at the time that this story could make a wonderful ballet, a truly deep tragedy of love and its power over all. I am excited to bring this vision to the stage as the ballet Dangerous Liaisons.”

 

To offset the darker, historic romance of Dangerous Liaisons, Elaine Kudo’s Opposites Distract, set to a score by Ottmar Leibert, offers a lighter look at love.  It’s  a look at casual flirtations, references what actually makes a good match. With some sexy salsa inspired movement incorporated into classical ballet, this ballet is sure to leave you happy in love. Opposites Distracts features costumes by Barbara Osburn and lighting by Chenault Spense.

 

Under Covers, a world premiere by Amy Seiwert, expresses the joy of love in a way that is vibrant.  This ballet looks at how love is portrayed in current times, not looking to past centuries. It is a testament to the adage “you never love the same way twice” set to “cover songs,” contemporary versions of some of the best love songs from the 1960s and 1970s. A new production, Under Covers features costumes by Christine Darch, and lighting by Brian Jones

 

“For the past few months I’ve been exploring different cover songs, specifically love songs,” said Amy Seiwert, choreographer of Under Covers.   “My hope is to surprise the viewer with a balance between the familiar songs and the new choreography of the ballet”.

 

DAVID PALMER (Choreographer, Associate Artistic Director, TWB) began his career in musical theater and television in Australia as a youth and went on to dance with the Australian Ballet, rising quickly to the soloist ranks. He then became a Principal Dancer with the Joffrey Ballet, Miami City Ballet, Koninklijk Ballet Van Vlaanderen (Royal Flanders Ballet), San Francisco Ballet and Maximum Dance Company. As a choreographer, Mr. Palmer has created some 35 works to date, many performed by major dance companies worldwide. Mr. Palmer, in collaboration with Yanis Pikieris, created several works including The Rite of Spring (Sun Post Winner–Best Original Work of the 2002-03 Season), Spectrum, Adiemus, and The Elements for Maximum Dance Company, the company they founded together in 1996. Mr. Palmer’s awards include the Choo-San Goh Award for Choreography for a completed commissioned work for San Francisco Ballet in 2000. He was the runner-up in The Peter Stuyversant International Ballet Competition. In 1999, 2000 and 2001 Mr. Palmer was named South Florida’s “Best Male Dancer” by the Miami Beach Sun Post, and in 2004, he was awarded The New World School of The Arts Achievement Award for his work as founding Artistic Director of Maximum Dance Company, which he led on international and national tours. During his eight years as Artistic Director, Maximum Dance Company presented some 80 works, 30 world premieres and three full-evening works. Mr. Palmer has taught companies, master classes and workshops all over the world. He specializes in classical ballet, contemporary ballet and jazz techniques. In 2005, he was appointed the program director for two new series at Miami City Ballet, the Contemporary Dance and Young People’s series.

 

ELAINE KUDO (Choreographer) was a member of American Ballet Theatre from 1975-1989, and was promoted to soloist in 1981. She received training at the Metropolitan Opera Ballet School, the School of American Ballet and the American Ballet Theatre School. While at ABT, she danced soloist and principal roles in a wide range of works mostly in the contemporary repertory. She has worked with choreographers Anthony Tudor, Jerome Robbins, Glen Tetley, Merce Cunningham, Paul Taylor, Eugene Loring and Sir Kenneth MacMillan on featured roles in their ballets, and has had roles created for her by Twyla Tharp, Lynn Taylor-Corbett, Choo San Gogh and David Gordon. In 1982, Ms. Kudo performed at the Spoleto Festival in Italy, in a group assembled to recreate the Jerome Robbins Company Ballet USA. She also toured extensively during summer seasons as a member of Baryshnikov & Co. from 1983–1986, and was Mr. Baryshnikov’s partner in Sinatra Suite and Push Comes to Shove in the PBS Great Performances special Baryshnikov by Tharp. From 1987–88, she was a member of the Tharp Dance Co. for a national tour and tour of Australia and New Zealand. After her retirement from the stage in 1990, Ms. Kudo began staging the works of Twyla Tharp, both nationally and abroad. She continues to be one of the primary stagers of Tharp repertory.

 

AMY SEIWERT (Choreographer) serves as the Artistic Director and primary choreographer of Imagery.  Her collaborations with artists of other disciplines and commitment to experimental work from a classical base make her a unique voice in the Bay Area dance community.  As Rita Felciano wrote in the SF Bay Guardian, “She quite possibly is the Bay Area’s most original dance thinker, taking what some consider a dead language and using it as a 21st century lingo to tell us something about who we are. “ She was named one of “25 to Watch” by Dance Magazine, one of the “Hot 20 under 40” by 7×7 Magazine, was honored with a “Goldie” award from the Guardian, and twice her choreography has been listed in the “Top 10” dance events of the year by the SF Chronicle (2007, 2010).  Twice she has worked with dancers from the New York City Ballet, participating in the NY Choreography Institute at the invitation of Peter Martins.  In addition to creating for Imagery, her creations are in the repertory of Ballet Austin, Ballet Met, Atlanta, Smuin, Cincinnati, Colorado, Louisville and American Repertory Ballets as well as Robert Moses KIN.  She is honored to be the Choreographer in Residence for Smuin Ballet as well as an Artist in Residence at the ODC Theater.

Tickets for L’Amour (love, baby), priced from $32 to $112 are available at the Washington Ballet’s website , Shakespeare Theatre’s website  or(202) 547-1122.  The Harman Center is located at 450 7th Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20004.

 L ‘Amour (love, baby)

L’Amour (love, baby), an evening of passion, lust and flirtation,  featuring Dangerous Liaisons, a world premiere by David Palmer, the company premiere of Opposites Distract by Elaine Kudo and Under Covers a world premiere by Amy Seiwert.  Dangerous Liaisons, the world premiere by David Palmer, sets the high stakes game of lust, passion and betrayal in 18th century France to the lush music of Antonio Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. In the world of the 18th century aristocrats, the Marquise challenges Valmont to seduce an innocent girl before she marries. To offset the darker, gothic romance of Dangerous Liaisons, Opposites Distractoffers a lighter look at it love.  It’s a story of casual flirtation with a reference to what actually makes a good match. With some sexy salsa inspired movement incorporated into classical ballet, this ballet is sure to leave you happy in love. Under Covers is a ballet that expresses the joy of love in a way that is vibrant.  The story express how love is portrayed in our current times, not looking to past centuries. It is a testament to the adage “you never love the same way twice”.  The music for this ballet is “cover songs”, contemporary versions of some of the best love songs from the 60s and 70s.

 

Wednesday, February 13, 7:30PM (Preview)

Thursday, February 14, 7:30PM (Opening)

Friday, February 15, 7:30PM

Saturday, February 16, 2:30PM & 7:30PM

Sunday, February 17, 1PM & 6PM

Performed at The Harman Center, Sidney Harman Hall

 

Dangerous Liaisons (2013)

World Premiere

Music: Antonio Vivaldi’s Four Seasons

Choreography: David Palmer

Set Design: Syzygy Events International

Costume Design:  Christine Darch

Lighting Design:  Robert L. Fabrizio

 

 

Opposites Distract (1999)

Company Premiere

Music:  Ottmar Leibert

Choreography: Elaine Kudo

Costume Design: Barbara Osburn

Lighting Design:  Chenault Spense recreated by Robert L. Fabrizio

Premiered March 27th 1999, State Theater New Bruswick – American Repertory Ballet

 

 

Under Covers (2013)

World Premiere

Music: Selection of loves songs including “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” and “Overjoyed”

Choreography: Amy Seiwert

Costume Design: Christine Darch

Lighting Design: Brian Jones

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 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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