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.
The studios are crackling with anticipation for the beginning of the 2014.15 Performance Season. This upcoming Monday marks the first rehearsals with the Company and Studio Company. The Washington School of Ballet starts its classes, bringing youthful excitement to the studios. Monday will be both a reunion for some and a welcome for many.
I couldn’t be more excited about the 2014.15 Performance Season, quite possibly our biggest season yet. We’re performing Swan Lake for the first time in our organization’s history. We’re writing Washington Irving’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow into a full length ballet called Sleepy Hollow. (which includes original costume design, set design and original live music, I might add…) We’re bringing back our mega-hit ALICE (in wonderland). In October, we open the season with works by three of my favorite choreographers, Hans van Manen, Christopher Wheeldon and Jiří Kylián. We celebrate 10 years of my DC-centric The Nutcracker.
And the list goes on! Did I mention that every production in our mainstage series, “The Five Series,” contains live music?
And this year, we welcome some serious new talent into the organization. First, we welcome two new dancers from Cuba to the Company, which will see a total of five new dancers. One Cuban dancer, Miguel Rodriguez Ayana, was a part of the group of dancers that defected to the United States earlier this year during a performance tour to Puerto Rico. He has given up so much to be here, but knows that he’ll also gain so many opportunities and experiences here in the nation’s capital. We also look forward to having Gian Carlo Perez join the Company, another extremely talented and accomplished Cuban dancer.
The Studio Company will also see nine new dancers. This “Generation Next” talent will be working hard to become masters of their craft throughout the year. We’ll also be announcing some exciting news regarding the Studio Company in the next month or so.
Oh, and this is huge…TWB veteran Company dancer Luis R. Torres joins the administrative side of the organization as the Studio Company and Trainee Ballet Master. And because he loves to tackle and achieve everything under the sun, he will also be dancing top-notch star turns on the stage for many performances.
As many of you know, Luis has danced with the organization for 11 memorable seasons, set Peter Pan in both Washington, DC and Hawai’i, and even received his MFA at George Mason University this year. Some of my favorite memories with Luis as a TWB Company dancer are Oberon in Balanchine’s A Midsummer Night's Dream, Tom Buchanan in The Great Gatsby, Lord Capulet in Romeo + Juliet, Captain Hook in Peter Pan and the Cheshire Cat in the world premiere of ALICE (in wonderland). Torres is a king at inventive new pas de deux, showcasing this in pieces by Edwaard Liang and Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, among others. So with Luis on board, expect big things out of the Studio Company this year.
I hope you all enjoyed your summers as much as I did, but as you can see, we are extremely motivated to create, champion and perform great ballet this year. Join us and stay tuned as we TAKE FLIGHT!
Until next time, friends~
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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inspired by The Rolling Stones’ music I grew up with, and is a celebration of
those days. It casts an ironic eye on the sixties and the attitudes of the
times including, I have to say, the rather chauvinistic mentality of most young
men during my teenage years. This is why I have created the analogy between the
strutting cockerel with his fine feathers and the man dressed up to go out on
the town. I should add that the women do hold their own against the male
posturing, occasionally taking pleasure in bringing them down to earth.
Brrrr! It’s cold outside but a little snow hasn’t stopped us from an incredibly successful run of The Jazz/Blues Project at the Harman Center or from celebrating a HOT Noche de Pasión at the Colombian Ambassador’s Residence. In addition to some rave reviews (here, here and here), check out these GORGEOUS photos:
Hey Y’all! Hope everyone is enjoying the New Year so far. December went by like a whirlwind full of sugar plums, mushrooms, snow angels, clowns, nutcrackers and Shirley MacLaine. Wait, what? Yes, the incredible, wonderful, amazing Shirley MacLaine paid her ballet alma mater a visit. As a youth Ms. MacLaine studied at The Washington School of Ballet under legendary founder Mary Day. Ms. MacLaine, who was in town for the Kennedy Center Honors, took a walk down memory lane and toured the studios, answered questions and talked about about how the dedication to excellence, discipline and hard work she learned while studying under Ms. Day contributed to her later success as an actress, dancer, writer and more.
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