THE WASHINGTON BALLET ANNOUNCES 2015.2016 SEASON
Historic 40th Anniversary, World and Company Premieres and UnprecedentedExpansion
Five Premieres: Mauro de Candia; Annabelle Lopez Ochoa; Stephen Mills; Trey McIntyre; Edwaard Liang
The Launch of ICONS: of dance including Arthur Mitchell, Edward Villella and Amanda McKerrow
The Launch of Multi-Year PROJECT GLOBAL
The Launch of LET’S DANCE TOGETHER: TWB’s Diversity Initiative
The Significant Expansion of TWB Northwest Campus
10th Anniversary of TWB@THEARC
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Washington Ballet (TWB) is pleased to announce its historic 2015.2016 40th anniversary season with a theme of expansion and a formalization of initiatives which have served as the TWB foundation for the past 15 years. This momentous anniversary will be celebrated over two seasons with the immediate launch of expansion initiatives and a gala event slated for next season.
This new season features expansion of program offerings, unique new event opportunities for dance enthusiasts including ICONS: of dance with Arthur Mitchell, Edward Villella and Amanda McKerrow; expansion of TWB Studio Company initiative theNEWmovement (tNm) to include performances at both TWB Northwest and TWB@THEARC campuses and touring outreach to Dance DC school affiliates; and physical expansion of The Washington School of Ballet (TWSB) near its headquarters in Northwest DC to accommodate an increase in demand for both youth and adult classes. An unprecedented performance season includes world premieres by Edwaard Liang (a piece based on the music of enigmatic superstar David Bowie) and one of dance’s reigning “enfants terribles” Mauro de Candio as well as three premieres: Stephen Mills’ Hamlet, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s Sombrerísimo and Trey McIntyre’s Mercury-Half Life featuring the music of Queen; the launch of the multi-year PROJECT GLOBAL, TWB’s new international initiative with a major multilayered Latin Heat fall festival; LET’S DANCE TOGETHER: TWB’s Diversity Initiative; the appointment of new associate ballet masters; and the 10th anniversary celebration of TWB@THEARC. This bold expansion is consistent with the steady growth enjoyed over the past several years with Artistic Director Septime Webre and Managing Director Arthur Espinoza, Jr. at the helm. Since 1999 TWB’s annual operating budget has steadily increased from $2.8 to $11.8 million along with concurrent expansion in the breadth of established and new initiatives that include the annual number of performance offerings and school classes, the scope of community outreach and size of the dance company. TWB is well entrenched in the cultural fabric of the Nation’s Capital and with new expansion will continue to be a leader in the local arts community and dance institutions nationwide.
Performances at NW Studios and THEARC Feature Dance Stars of the Future
Teachers and Students Awarded at Youth America Grand Prix Regional Semi-Finals
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Washington Ballet (TWB) welcomes two new dancers from Cuba and names three dancers from the Studio Company to the performing Company. The Studio Company will also see nine new dancers from the U.S. and abroad. TWB veteran Company dancer Luis R. Torres joins the administrative staff of the organization as the Studio Company and Trainee Ballet Master.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Washington Ballet (TWB) and Artistic Director Septime Webre are
pleased to announce the 2014.15 Performance Season, a bold season which includes the world
premiere of Sleepy Hollow, MASTERWORKS, ALICE (in wonderland), Tour-de-Force: Serenade, The
Nutcracker, and for the first time in The Washington Ballet’s history, Swan Lake. READ THE FULL PRESS RELEASE HERE.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Washington Ballet (TWB) continues soaring through the 2013.14 season with Artistic Director Septime Webre’s dazzling adventure and whimsical production of the high flying, classic adventure tale, Peter Pan. The production opens with a preview on April 16 and runs April 17 through 27, 2014 at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Eisenhower Theater.
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Immediately following the December 15 matinee performance of Septime Webre’s The Nutcracker, The Washington Ballet (TWB) hosts the 34th annual Nutcracker Tea Party at the Willard InterContinental Hotel. This year’s event is chaired by Jean-Marie Fernandez and Jamie Dorros. READ FULL PRESS RELEASE.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Washington Ballet (TWB) working with USO Metropolitan Washington, Ft. Belvoir Warrior Transition Unit and Walter Reed Hospital will host a group of 750 service members and their families at The Nutcracker on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at7PM the Warner Theatre. READ FULL PRESS RELEASE.
WASHINGTON, D.C. –The Washington Ballet (TWB) presents FAMILY DAY, a ballet experience custom-built for family fun where children of all ages discover what it takes to create everyone’s favorite The Nutcracker. TWB’s Artistic Director and The Nutcracker choreographer, Septime Webre leads a fun-filled event on Sunday, December 8 at the historic Warner Theatre prior to the 1PM performance. READ FULL PRESS RELEASE
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Washington Ballet (TWB) announces a new community engagement initiative, Ballet Night Tights, to encourage young DC Metro adults (ages 21 – 35) to make The Washington Ballet performances a part of their social lives. Membership is FREE and members will receive substantially discounted ticket offers and exclusive invitations to TWB social and educational events. READ FULL PRESS RELEASE