THE WASHINGTON BALLET STUDIO COMPANY PRESENTS SLEEPING BEAUTY (SUITE)

March 25, 2011

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THE WASHINGTON BALLET STUDIO COMPANY PRESENTS SLEEPING BEAUTY (SUITE)

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Washington Ballet Studio Company presents Sleeping Beauty (Suite), April 16 and 17, 2011. A flagship work, The Sleeping Beauty is recognized as one of the supreme achievements of classical ballet. This abbreviated and elegant rendition is the perfect showpiece for The Washington Ballet’s Studio Company, especially in the intimate theater at THEARC.

“Our Studio Company is a promising group of talented, young dancers who are developing the techniques and artistry necessary for professional careers in dance,” says Artistic Director Septime Webre. “This rendition of Sleeping Beauty showcases the artistic and technical range of our younger dancers, while entertaining the audience.”

Based on the French fairytale by Charles Perrault, The Sleeping Beauty is the tale of a beautiful princess cursed by an evil fairy to sleep for 100 years. She can only be awakened by the kiss of a handsome prince. Marius Petipa’s The Sleeping Beauty was first performed in 1890 at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, and is set to Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s stunning score. One of the classical repertoire’s most famous ballets, TWB’s Studio Company presents an abbreviated version of this full-length masterpiece suited for all ages, featuring Judanna Lynn’s dazzling costumes and additional choreography by TWB’s Trainee Program Ballet Master Carlos Valcárcel.       

The Washington Ballet Studio Company will give three performances of Sleeping Beauty (Suite) at THEARC Theater, located at 1901 Mississippi Ave., SE. Tickets, priced at $50 (general admission), may be purchased by calling 202.362.3606 x605 or by visiting the Washington Ballet website.

THE WASHINGTON BALLET STUDIO COMPANY

SLEEPING BEAUTY (SUITE)

FACT SHEET

WHAT: SLEEPING BEAUTY (SUITE)

Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840–1893)

Choreography by Marius Petipa, with additional choreography by Carlos Valcárcel

Select costumes designed by Judanna Lynn, additional costumes from American Repertory Ballet (Princeton, NJ) and TWB@THEARC

ABOUT THE PROGRAM: The Washington Ballet Studio Company will perform Sleeping Beauty (Suite), an abbreviated version of the classical repertoire’s most-recognized ballet. Based on Marius Petipa’s take on the French fairytale by Charles Perault, TWB’s version features Judanna Lynn’s dazzling costumes and additional choreography by Trainee Program Ballet Master Carlos Valcárcel.  

WHEN: 1 PM on Saturday, April 16, 2011

5:30 PM on Saturday, April 16, 2011

2 PM on Sunday, April 17, 2011

WHERE: THEARC Theater

  1901 Mississippi Ave., SE

  Washington, DC 20020

TICKETS: General admission, $50. Call 202.362.3602 x605 or visit the Washington Ballet website (link above).

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Visit The Washington Ballet online (link above).

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 Russell P. Allen, 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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