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British Invasion: The Beatles & The Rolling Stones

March 5, 2014-March 9, 2014

John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

When The Beatles and The Rolling Stones invaded America back in the 1960's rock 'n' roll changed forever. Relive this revolution in Trey McIntyre's A Day in the Life, an energetic, thrillingly visual and emotional journey set to classic Beatles' tunes. Through poignant lyrics, hard-driving guitar licks and strutting dance, Christopher Bruce's highly-acclaimed rock ballet Rooster, is the penultimate "battle of the sexes."

A Day in the Life
Choreography by Trey McIntyre
Music Songs by The Beatles

Rooster
Choreography by Christopher Bruce
Music Songs by The Rolling Stones

There Where She Loved
Choreography by Christopher Wheeldon
Music by Frederic Chopin and Kurt Weill

Performance dates and times:

Wednesday March 5, 2014 at 7:30PM (Preview Night)
Thursday March 6, 2014 at 7:30PM (Opening Night)
Friday March 7, 2014 at 7:30PM
Saturday March 8, 2014 at 1:30PM & 7:30PM
Sunday March 9, 2014 at 1:30PM & 6:30PM

Location:
The Kennedy Center, Eisenhower Theater
2700 F St. NW, Washington, DC 20566
202.467.4600

Purchase your tickets HERE or call the box office at 202.467.4600.


With the excitement and rock and roll spirit in the air, we sat down with Septime Webre, Artistic Director of The Washington Ballet, and two company dancers, Morgann Rose and Luis R. Torres, to talk about what inspires them about the music and what makes BRITISH INVASION: The Beatles & The Rolling Stones a truly memorable production.

Septime: “I was born when The Beatles first came to the US, and my six older brothers were obsessed! They would listen to The Beatles on loop as I grew up, so I feel like my brain is programmed to British rock. One of my brothers told me about a secret in the song ‘Revolution 9’ where if played backwards, you can hear a voice say “Paul is dead.” I spent hours on hours manually dragging a record backwards at different speeds, and finally found it, although…when I listened closely it said “Paul is pre-med.” I am confident that Paul practices medicine when not rocking the masses.”

Luis: “Music carries social information of the era it was written, but with The Beatles, the content is timeless. It transcends time, somehow still perfectly relating to all of our personalities. The Beatles remain current. When I first sat down to learn my parts for British Invasion, I look to the songs intent…its true soul. Then, I’ll carry my movement through that.
I am most excited about my Red Rooster performance, because it has this inherent machismo. When I sat to learn my parts, Chris Bruce brought in lyric sheets first. We read the lyrics, then we listened to the songs. We had discussions on what the lyrics and songs meant to us. We wanted to get as close to the true meaning of the songs before we laid any choreography down. When we were there, we moved. It truly moved us. I am so thankful for this approach, and I am excited to convey it during British Invasion.”

Morgann: “My favorite piece is my Ruby solo. It is challenging, expressive and whimsical. For me, it is a totally different style. It is low to the ground, strong and contemporary. I have been working close with my choreographer to find his personal intent to the piece, and he said it was simply based on this one woman he would walk by every day when walking home. Often, their schedules synched up in such a way that they would pass each other on the same block. Every time, she seemed ethereal. She was always gently daydreaming, innocent yet purposeful. Even though the two never spoke, he was so affected by the image of her that it inspired him to write this solo for me. I aim to channel that exact part of my personality. I want to become this whimsical, complex character for British Invasion.”

BRITISH INVASION: The Beatles & The Rolling Stones opens with a preview March 5 and with six additional performances March 6 through March 9, 2014 at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Eisenhower Theater.