Julie Kent, The Washington Ballet's Artistic Director, received the 2018 Dance Teacher Award of Distinction from Dance Teacher magazine on August 4. Kent undertook the leadership role of The Washington Ballet (TWB) in 2016 with the goal of “providing the next generation of dancers with opportunities and experiences that will help them develop a successful dance career.” Under her artistic guidance, TWB “has further elevated standards and provides the highest level of training for students, including Professional Training Programsto fully integrate the company and school.” Her long-term vision is to elevate the prominence of the TWB as a world-class ballet company in the Nation's capital by concurrently expanding the size of the company while broadening its repertoire. She has introduced into the company’s repertoire seminal works by George Balanchine, Frederick Ashton, Jerome Robbins, Antony Tudor, Justin Peck and Alexei Ratmansky while embracing the work of emerging choreographers. Her commitment to the development of both the dancer and the art form is fulfilled through presentation of beloved classic 19th-century ballets and landmark 20th-century works while reaffirming a commitment to commissioned works that will contribute to the evolution of ballet and its relevance in our times.
The Washington Ballet, led by Artistic Director Julie Kent, has invited celebrated artists from the dance world to share the Eisenhower Theater stage for performances September 26-30. The program will include works by George Balanchine, Alexei Ratmansky, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Michel Fokine and others.
The Washington Ballet will perform works by contemporary masters who have defined modern dance at The Harman Center, on select days,October 31-November 4.The performances will include works by Mark Morris, Merce Cunningham & Paul Taylor.
Jane Franklin Dance will present The Big Meowat Theatre onthe Run in Arlington, Virginia on October 27.The production will feature Emily Crews, Carrie Monger, Amy Scaringe, Brynna Shank, and Rebecca Weiss, with music by Mark Sylvester, Jon Matis, and John Kamen. The Big Meow tells the story of an ever-hopeful fluff ball who desperately wants to belong to the band of neighborhood cats.It’s a story of hope, disappointment, courage and the need for belonging. The performance incorporates spoken word, movement, music, and an interactive participatory introduction for young children.The show opens with a brief performance by JFD Saturday Students and by Local Motion Project.
Image below: A view of a performance of The Big Meow- Photo by Gail Bingham.
Heidi Latsky Dance – a NYC-based company - will perform the DC Premiere of ON DISPLAY at the National Portrait Gallery Robert and Arlene Kogod Courtyard - pictured below - on Sunday, September 23. The company “redefines beauty and virtuosity through provocative and innovative performance and discourse.”ON DISPLAY is a public art experience exploring the body as spectacle and society’s obsession with body image. Twenty dancers—ranging in age, race, size, disability and gender—will create “an interactive space where the viewer and the viewed can experience the beauty of difference.” Kim Sajet, director of the museum, has commented that “Since 2006, Heidi Latsky Dance has broken down barriers within and outside the dance world by giving individuals with disabilities a platform." To read more about the company, visit http://heidilatskydance.org/ Visit http://npg.si.edu/
The Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company (DTSBDC), the esteemed company led by Founding Artistic Director and Choreographer Dana Tai Soon Burgess, will perform a new dance titled Silhouettes at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery Nan Tucker McEvoy Auditorium on October 27 & 30.Burgess is the Smithsonian’s first choreographer-in-residence. The new dance is based on insights of American culture examined in the Portrait Gallery exhibition titled Black Out: Silhouettes Then and Now.The dance “examines the light and dark aspects of the self through a suite of seven dances, each inspired by a silhouette from the exhibition. The emotionally poignant thirty-minute modern dance featureseight dancers and includes a video environment by designer Kelly Colburn.”There will be a post-performance discussion between Burgess and the exhibition curator Asma Naeem.
Image below: a photo by Jeff Watts of Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Co.
San Francisco Ballet, with the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra, will perform two programs of East Coast premieres from Unbound: A Festival of New Works in the Kennedy Center Opera House on October 23-28. The new works were selected from the company’s groundbreaking festival. Program A (Oct. 23, 24, 27e & 28m) will include works by Trey McIntyre, Christopher Wheeldon, and David Dawson. Program B (Oct. 25, 26 & 27m) will include works by Edwaard Liang, Cathy Marston, and Justin Peck.
The Kennedy Center will present Companhia de Dança Deborah Colker: Dog Without Feathers (Cão Sem Plumas) in the Eisenhower Theater, October 18-20.Their “evocative performance” was inspired by a poem by Brazilian author João Cabral de Melo Neto. The Brazilian director/choreographer “vividly brings Cabral’s work to life through her interpretation of the beautiful, yet impoverished Capibaribe River Region in Brazil, and the day-to-day rhythms of the people who rely on it for life.”
The Kennedy Center will present DEMO I: Gathering in the Terrace Theater on October 29.Damian Woetzel, the former New York City Ballet Principal Dancer who turned director, choreographer, and producer—and soon-to-be president of The Juilliard School—"continues to unite bright talents from diverse art forms in cross-genre performances focused around fascinating themes.”
Ballet & More On-Screen at select AMC Theatres at Mazza Gallerie
Select Theatres at AMC in Mazza Gallerie continue to offer special screenings, including classic films, anime, family films and much more.Screening of performances by the Metropolitan Opera and Bolshoi Ballet are favorites of area residents.