It still isn't too late to join me for The Washington Ballet’s 2012.13 Season, SEDUCTION. You have until MAY 25th to be a part of our inspiring upcoming season and celebration by renewing your subscription. Like the Sirens of yore, we are deliberately setting out to tempt you with the most sensuous, sublime and provocative dance in a mix of the new, the recent, the unfamiliar and the classic. Our season expands to five subscription programs accented by explorations into classical literature with the world premieres of Hemingway: The Sun Also Rises and David Palmer’s Dangerous Liaison and the company premiere of Michael Pink’s Dracula.
I think we have a hit on our hands. Standing ovation tonight was immediate following the preview performance of ¡Noche Latina!. I just dropped off two giddy choreographers (Annabelle Lopez Ochoa and Eddie Liang) and a giddy costume designer (Aviad Arik Herman) at their respective apartments after a post-performance supper where we replayed the triumph scored by the artists on stage tonight. Dancers were in fine form. It’s amazing how all the works gelled in such a short amount of time. It’s really quite unbelievable we had 3 short weeks after wonderful ALICE to put all 3 premieres together. My head is still spinning.
August 25, 2011
July 4, 2011
December 23, 2010
The Nutcracker kicked in to gear the last weekend of September with auditions at THEARC and then in NW. A huge number of dancers auditioned and the year a record number 425 dancers are performing in Nutz over multiple casts. Thank heavens for Donna Glover and her army! We expanded the run to five weeks- Thanksgiving week at THE ARC and then four weeks at The Warner. As I type this (with my thumb on my phone!) we've of five more shows left. I've given the dancers the green light to do a "Nutty Nutcracker" on the last show. I'll miss that performance dammit-I'll be in Texas visiting my family and we'll all likely be swimming in mojitos by then. I just hope the dancers keep it clean. :-)
September 17, 2010
It's great to welcome the amazing Monique Meunier (former Principal Dancer at NYCB and Soloist at ABT) as our new Ballet Mistress and Carlos Valcarcel (beloved faculty member with TWSB) as our Ballet Master of TWB's new Trainee Program. David Palmer and I welcome the help!
September 12, 2010
Back-to-work! Preparing Romeo + Juliet (fabulous roles for so many!) and welcoming Christopher Bruce who set his riveting Rooster on the company set to the music of the Rolling Stones which premieres in February.
September 7, 2010
Today we performed excerpts of Twyla Tharp's Nine Sinatra Songs for Mrs. Obama at the White House. What an amazing experience! We spent the day there and about 15 of our students took dance workshops and then watched the show. It honored retiring Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s Artistic Director Judith Jamison and was directed by Damien Woetzel. Morgann Frederick and Jonathan Jordan knocked it out of the ball park. Our students from THEARC so impressed the White House staff they've invited back to perform Michael Jackson's Thriller as a surprise for the First Lady on Halloween and to tour the White House to see the holiday decorations! And pictures below.
August 1, 2010.
Amazing summer travels judging international ballet competitions and visiting ballet folks all over the place. The itinerary included Amsterdam (dined with the stunning bride-to-be Michele Jimenez); Greece for yoga, beach, reading, and the thump-thump-thump of the techno beat on Super Paradise Beach; judging a competition in Istanbul with buddies Malakov, Bocca, et al; judging in Cape Town with Dirk and the gang just after the World Cup (Shakira's pop anthem was ubiquitous); judging at the grand daddy if them all in Varna, Bulgaria where I ate three shopska salads a day. It's nice to be home!