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The Washington Ballet Latin Heat performance

The Washington Ballet Presents Latin Heat

Wednesday, October 14, 2015 - Sunday, October 18, 2015

The Washington Ballet brings Latin Heat to the Eisenhower Theater stage in this new installment of five pieces celebrating Latin culture.

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The Washington Ballet
Septime Webre, artistic director

Latin Heat
Preview Night–Wednesday, Oct. 14; Opening Night–Thursday, Oct. 15

The Washington Ballet turns up the heat in this new installment celebrating Latin culture, with exhilarating works by three of the biggest names in contemporary choreography: Mauro de Candia, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa and Edwaard Liang. The program includes one world and one company premiere, the classic Don Quixote wedding pas de deux, and the sensuous tango of Hans van Manen, one of Europe's most eminent choreographers.

Bitter Sugar  (World Premiere)
Music: La Lupe
Choreography: Mauro de Candia
Salsa takes center stage in this complex work combining dominant physicality and a flare for sexiness and humor by one of the dance world's reigning enfants terribles.

Sombrerísimo  (Company Premiere)
Music: Banda Ionica, Titi Robin
Choreography: Annabelle Lopez Ochoa
A ballet created for six men and a hat to the music of whirling flamenco guitar and raucous Spanish rap.

La Ofrenda  (The Offering)
Pas de Deux, La Llorono
Music: Lila Downs
Choreography: Edwaard Liang
A dancer honors his widow with one last dance in this haunting Day of the Dead celebration.

Don Quixote
Act III Pas de Deux
Music: Leon Minkus
Choreography: Marius Petipa
Coquettish Kitri and brash Basilio make merry in a classic wedding pas de deux.

5 Tangos
Music: Astor Piazzolla
Choreography: Hans van Manen
5 Tangos is a sizzling work that combines the passion of tango with ballet.

Performance Timing: Part One - 63 min.; Intermission - 15 min.; Part Two - 24 min.