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The Washington Ballet Presents TWB Welcomes

Wednesday, September 26, 2018 - Sunday, September 30, 2018

Artistic Director Julie Kent invites celebrated artists from the dance world to share the stage with our company in the Nation's Capital.

Price

$25.00 - $160.00

Run Time

Running Time: TBA

About

The Washington Ballet
Julie Kent, artistic director
Featuring The Washington Ballet Orchestra
TWB Welcomes


The program, which includes acclaimed highlights from choreographers Alexei Ratmansky and Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, as well as iconic masterworks (like Serenade and Les Sylphides), provides a highly curated production that defines ballet as an art form over the last century. TWB Welcomes is named so because the company will play host to the audience and also welcome internationally recognized stars of the dance world who will share the stage as guest artist alongside TWB dancers.

With two distinct “set lists,” the production will differ for each performance, giving audiences the opportunity to see different casts and works that showcase the evolution of classical ballet covering the last 100+ years. Pairing this repertoire with The Washington Ballet’s high caliber talent creates a powerful artistic exchange unique to the dance community and reflective of the diversity in the nation’s capital. The marriage between TWB and other world class dancers creates a rich artistic landscape on a global scale, bringing ballet’s best to the stage in the nation’s capital.

Just announced: The program has been expanded to feature three pas de deux and four internationally acclaimed guest artists. The pas de deux include the Black Swan pas de deux from Act III of Swan Lake, Ratmansky’s Seven Sonatas, and Balanchine’s Tarantella (© The George Balanchine Trust). Appearing in these masterworks will be Katherine Barkman, principal dancer with Ballet Manila; returning DC area native Connor Walsh, principal with Houston Ballet; Stella Abrera, principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre; and Marcelo Gomes, former principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre.

NOTE: Please scroll down to see casting details for each performance date.

Program A: Exquisite and Exotic
Serenade, Bolero, plus three pas de deux
Wednesday, September 26
Thursday, September 27
Saturday, September 29 (evening)
Sunday, September 30 (evening)

Program B: Ethereal and Evocative
Les Sylphides, SOMBRERISIMO, plus three pas de deux
Friday, September 28
Saturday, September 29 (matinee)
Sunday, September 30 (matinee)

Serenade
Choreography by George Balanchine
Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
“…all of the hallmarks of his choreography – fast footwork, voluminous attack within classical positions, and the fusing of music and movement…” The New York Times
George Balanchine’s timeless classic, and the first ballet he choreographed after his arrival in America in 1934. Set to Tchaikovsky’s lyrical and dramatic Serenade for Strings in C Op. 48, it continues to move audiences with its emotional and inherent narrative. It is a ‘must-see’ classic. “Many people think there is a concealed story in the ballet” wrote Balanchine. “There is not. The only story is the music’s story, a serenade, a dance, if you like, in the light of the moon.”

Bolero
Choreography by Alexei Ratmansky
Music by Maurice Ravel
A vibrant and playful work for six dancers who sport athletic-inspired costumes, each affixed with a number. This hypnotic work is a reflection on modern society and its pressures revealing our inner demons and struggle in this sportive romp, which matches its competitive, relentless playfulness with vibrant structure.

Les Sylphides
Choreography by Michel Fokine
Music by Frédéric Chopin
A one-act romantic reverie as a poet dances with exquisite sylphs in a forest. This gorgeous ballet is in the repertory of nearly every ballet company in the world.

SOMBRERISIMO
Choreography by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa
Music by Banda Ionica, Titi Robin
A ballet created quite simply for six men … and a bowler hat in an exploration of masculine self-identity and set to swirling flamenco guitar and raucous Spanish rap. The Latin music by Banda Ionica and Titi Robin sets a playful, sexy atmosphere.

****JUST ADDED****
Swan Lake – Black Swan pas de Deux
Choreography by Marius Petipas
Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
This dramatic pas de deux of seduction is the show stopper in Swan Lake, Act III when Prince Siegfried falls under the beguiling spell of Odile, the Black Swan, and is tricked into forsaking his true love for her.

Seven Sonatas (pas de Deux)
Choreography by Alexei Ratmansky
Music by Domenico Scarlatti
This intimate, abstract pas deux was created by one of the 21st centuries most sought after choreographers to express the beauty and fullness of Scarlatti’s music. Full of neoclassical elegance and sensitivity, the dance exposes uncertainty in relationships. Ratmansky’s work is not seen much in the United States. This ballet was hailed as "spellbinding" and "miraculous" in The Guardian.

Tarantella © The George Balanchine Trust (pas de Deux)
Choreography by George Balanchine
Music by Louis Moreau Gottschalk
Quick, fast paced and full of tight technical virtuosity, this explosive pas de deux is a high-speed burst of non-stop energy and fun to the finish.

PRINCIPAL CASTING (*denotes guest artists)

Wed., Sep. 26, 8 p.m. (Program A)
Serenade
Eunwon Lee, Adelaide Clauss, Nicole Graniero, Gian Carlo Perez, Tamas Krizsa
Tarantella
Tamako Miyazaki, Andile Ndlovu
Seven Sonatas Pas de Deux
Sona Kharatian, Marcelo Gomes*
Swan Lake, Act III Pas de Deux
Katherine Barkman*, Rolando Sarabia
Bolero
Victoria Arrea, Stephanie Sorota, Adelaide Clauss, Oscar Sanchez, Gilles Delellio, Alex Kramer

Thu., Sep. 27, 8 p.m. (Program A)
Serenade
Maki Onuki, Brittany Stone, Kateryna Derechyna, Marcelo Gomes*, Gian Carlo Perez
Tarantella
Katherine Barkman*, Alexandros Pappajohn
Seven Sonatas Pas de Deux
Stella Abrera*, Tamas Krizsa
Swan Lake, Act III Pas de Deux
Eunwon Lee, Connor Walsh*
Bolero
Esmiana Jani, Sona Kharatian, Brittany Stone, Corey Landolt, Daniel Roberge, Andile Ndlovu

Fri., Sep. 28, 8 p.m. (Program B):
Les Sylphides
Rolando Sarabia, Maki Onuki, Tamako Miyazaki, Ayano Kimura
Tarantella
Stephanie Sorota, Alex Kramer
Seven Sonatas Pas de Deux
Sona Kharatian, Marcelo Gomes*
Swan Lake, Act III Pas de Deux
Eunwon Lee, Connor Walsh*
Sombrerisimo
Andile Ndlovu, Gilles Delellio, Corey Landolt, Gian Carlo Perez, Marcelo Gomes*, Daniel Roberge

Sat., Sep. 29, 2 p.m. (Program B)
Les Sylphides
Gian Carlo Perez, Ayano Kimura, Tamako Miyazaki, Ashley Murphy-Wilson
Tarantella
Nicole Graniero, Corey Landolt
Seven Sonatas Pas de Deux
Stella Abrera*, Marcelo Gomes*
Swan Lake, Act III Pas de Deux
Katherine Barkman*, Rolando Sarabia
Sombrerisimo
Javier Morera, Aleaxandros Pappajohn, Alex Kramer, Oscar Sanchez, Stephan Nakagawa, Masanori Takiguchi

Sat., Sep. 29, 8 p.m. (Program A)
Serenade
Maki Onuki, Brittany Stone, Kateryna Derechyna, Marcelo Gomes*, Gian Carlo Perez
Tarantella
Tamako Miyazaki, Masanori Takiguchi
Seven Sonatas Pas de Deux
Adelaide Clauss, Tamas Krizsa
Swan Lake, Act III Pas de Deux
Eunwon Lee, Connor Walsh*
Bolero
Esmiana Jani, Sona Kharatian, Brittany Stone, Corey Landolt, Daniel Roberge, Andile Ndlovu

Sun., Sep. 30, 2 p.m. (Program B)
Les Sylphides
Rolando Sarabia, Maki Onuki, Nicole Graniero, Ayano Kimura
Tarantella
Stephanie Sorota, Alex Kramer
Seven Sonatas Pas de Deux
Stella Abrera*, Tamas Krizsa
Swan Lake, Act III Pas de Deux
Esmiana Jani, Oscar Sanchez
Sombrerisimo
Andile Ndlovu, Gilles Delellio, Corey Landolt, Gian Carlo Perez, Marcelo Gomes*, Daniel Roberge

Sun., Sep. 30, 7 p.m. (Program A)
Serenade
Eunwon Lee, Adelaide Clauss, Nicole Graniero, Gian Carlo Perez, Tamas Krizsa
Tarantella
Katherine Barkman*, Alexandros Pappajohn
Seven Sonatas Pas de Deux
Sona Kharatian, Marcelo Gomes*
Swan Lake, Act III Pas de Deux
Kateryna Derechyna, Gian Carlo Perez
Bolero
Victoria Arrea, Stephanie Sorota, Adelaide Clauss, Oscar Sanchez, Gilles Delellio, Alex Kramer









(Photo Credit: The Washington Ballet, TWB Welcomes by Dean Alexander)



 

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