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
After the final performance of Sleepy Hollow, I needed a serious
cocktail. After a year of living/sleeping/breathing Sleepy Hollow, this
brainchild of my buddy Bill Lilley, myself and a whole lot of friends,
had finally come together in a really glorious week. Despite challenges
due to snow, injuries, technical issues, etc., the ballet came to life
and the sold-out houses were filled with engaged audiences. The being
said, after the final performance the dancers and I needed a break. So
after the last show, I invited the Company and Studio Company to my
Adams Morgan apartment to celebrate a job well done with Mojitos (which I
mixed myself with my secret ingredient—Angostura bitters) and Pozole.
Pozole is a Mexican hominy stew—delicious, filling and associated with
family gatherings. And that’s what a ballet company is—a family. Here I
share my Mojito recipe so you can celebrate with your family as I
celebrated with mine after the success of Sleepy Hollow:
These early weeks of the season in the TWB studios, we are joined by many accomplished choreographers and repetiteurs helping to set TWB premieres.
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 Anaya, was a part of the group of dancers that defected to the United States earlier this year during a performance tour to Mexico. 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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