After a dizzying four days in Amsterdam the next stop was Paris. Despite the fact that I have been to Paris many times, there was SO MUCH to take in and I largely did it from the saddle of a bike. Paris’ VELIB bike-sharing system is terrific and it was such a joy to speed through the city. I visited the new Frank Gehry-designed Louis Vuitton Foundation in the Bois de Boulogne, which is a knock-out; stopped off at the astonishing Palais de Tokyo—a mecca for out-sized contemporary art instillations that sits across the Seine from the Eiffel Tower; and attended the Saint Laurent Foundation’s jewel-box of an exhibition about Yves Saint Laurent’s scandalous 1971 show.
WASHINGTON, D.C. –Join The Washington Ballet for its annual holiday tradition, The Nutcracker, at the historic Warner Theatre in Washington, DC December 3-27. In addition to the performances at Warner Theatre, TWB will present The Nutcracker at THEARC Theater in Southeast DC November 28-29. Previously, tickets to The Nutcracker had only been available by purchasing a subscription package. Now, single tickets are on sale starting at $33. Tickets to Warner Theatre performances may be purchased online at Ticketmaster or by calling 202.397.SEAT. Tickets to performances at THEARC Theatre may be purchased online at THEARCDC.org or by calling 202.889.8150.
TWB Presents Series of Family Performances at a Discount
Unique Family Subscription includes LATIN HEAT: Kids!, Coppélia, The Little Mermaid and The Nutcracker
I’m on the Thalys fast-train from Amsterdam to Paris after four remarkably productive (and fun) days in Amsterdam. The city was enjoying its first blissful days of summer weather as I biked around the canals and sat in cafes sipping wittbier (the delicious Dutch wheat beer, which is served Dutch style: only sorta cold). Not only did I do some adventure-seeking, I got some serious ballet business done too.
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Launch of PROJECT GLOBAL: International Festival featuring Latin Heat
I just got back from a week-long trip to New York where I judged the Valentina Kozlova International Ballet Competition. It was thrilling on multiple levels. Our dancers, Francesca Dugarte and Gian Carlo Perez, each took home Silver Medals in the Male and Female Senior Classical Competition, dancing Don Quixote pas de deux and Le Corsaire pas de deux. They also won the Gold Medal for Ensemble/Duet in the Contemporary Competition dancing a pas de deux by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, whose works will grace our stage in the upcoming 2015.2016 season.
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