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The Washington Ballet Presents <i>A Special Evening: 40th Anniversary Celebration</i>

The Washington Ballet Presents A Special Evening: 40th Anniversary Celebration

Friday, September 30, 2016 8:00 PM

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The Washington Ballet Celebrates 40 Years!

Join us and celebrate Choreographers who established TWB Excellence! 

For one night only, The Washington Ballet presents a special evening of works by Choo San Goh, Septime Webre as well as other favorites from TWB's repertoire. Narrated by Julie Kent, the evening includes an emotional and inspirational look back at the people and creative works which have come to define us throughout our 40 year history.

The Washington Ballet was founded 72 years ago by legendary dance pioneer and visionary Mary Day, with her devotion to dance and commitment to creating a stellar institution of teaching, performance, and enlightenment through dance. Today we celebrate her vision and TWB's remarkable contribution to the Nation's Capital in offering exceptional performances and internationally recognized dance training at The Washington Ballet School of Ballet. From the beginning in 1976 TWB has served the entire Washington community through education and community engagement programs at The Town Hall Education Arts Recreation Center and across the DC metropolitan area.

Choreography   Choo San Goh
Music                  Ernest Bloch, "Concerto Grosso No. 1 for String Orchestra," Movements I, II, IV

Fives was choreographed by Goh, former resident choreographer appointed by TWB Founder Mary Day. A TWB signature work, this presentation celebrates his adventurous work and contribution to the Company.

"He is intensely musical, and his ballets are all marked by a first-rate command of structure and fluency." (The New York Times)

Juanita y Alicia
Choreography   Septime Webre

Music                  Various Cuban hits, performed live
Webre's first choreography for TWB is a heartfelt homage to the stories of his childhood and a nostalgic family album of his mother in 1920's and ‘30's Havana.

"... full of authentic feeling...and deep affection as well as wit." (The Washington Post)

Swan Lake--Act III Pas de deux and Coda

Choreography   after Marius Petipa
Music                  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

The Nutcracker--Act II Grand pas de deux and Coda
Choreography   after Marius Petipa
Music                  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Don Quixote--Pas de deux and Coda 
Choreography   after Marius Petipa      
Music                  Ludwig Minkus

Theme and Variations
Choreography   George Balanchine
Music                  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Performance Timing: Approximately 2-1/2 hours, including two 15-minute intermissions.