The Kennedy Center

The Washington Ballet Bowie & Queen performance

The Washington Ballet Presents Bowie & Queen

Wednesday, May 4, 2016 - Sunday, May 15, 2016

Two works by choreographers Trey McIntyre and Edwaard Liang showcasing the music of rock icons David Bowie and Queen bring The Washington Ballet's Eisenhower Theater season to a glam-o-rock-ous close.

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The Washington Ballet
Septime Webre, artistic director

Bowie & Queen
Dance at its most glam-o-rock-ous!  A full-throttle evening of entertainment that combines the artistry and beauty of dance with the power of the world's most innovative popular rock icons who defined an epoch and became fixtures in American pop culture. Bowie is Ziggy Stardust. Queen is killer. S&R Foundation is proud to collaborate with The Washington Ballet in Bowie & Queen, which will feature S&R Artist-in-Residence, violinist Machiko Ozawa.

Mercury Half-Life (Company Premiere)
Music: Queen
Choreography: Trey McIntyre
Trey McIntyre has electrified the ballet world by breaking the boundaries of contemporary ballet just as Queen pushed the limits of musical performance. This virtuosic and wildly popular piece features both tap dance and ballet while contributing a new dimension to the familiar music of Freddie Mercury and Queen.

Dancing In the Street (Company Premiere)
Music: David Bowie, Gabriel Gaffney Smith
Violin: Machiko Ozawa
Choreography: Edwaard Liang
Rounding out the program is a celebration of dance in a company premiere choreographed by Edwaard Liang and set to selections of music composed by Gabriel Gaffney Smith intermixed with selections from rock legend David Bowie.

Liang explores the irresistible energy that attracts people to dance using music from the quieter phases of David Bowie's career with an arc that culminates in his spirited "Dancing In the Street" duet with Mick Jagger.  He takes a Pan-like character who is garnering the courage to talk to a girl to reveal the communal power of dance to attract and liberate passersby. This is the fifth TWB commission with Liang.

Preview Night–Wednesday, May 4; Opening Night–Thursday, May 5

Performance Timing: Part One - 30 min.; Intermission - 20 min.; Part Two - 50 min.