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Friday, May 14, 2010

WASHINGTON, DC - The Washington Ballet (TWB) presents the third and final installment of the intriguing and provocative Genius series, Genius3, May 19 through 23 at the Harman Center’s Sidney Harman Hall. In two company premieres, dancers explore the witty language of Twyla Tharp’s Push Comes to Shove and Mark Morris’s swirling Pacific. The Company will also perform George Balanchine’s modernist masterpiece The Four Temperaments and Nacho Duato’s Cor Perdut*

“This dynamic season closer will showcase the diversity of The Washington Ballet dancers,” said Artistic Director Septime Webre. “The Genius series has been a fantastic journey in expanding our repertoire, and I am thrilled the Company is performing its final installment at the Harman Center.”

Setting Push Comes to Shove is repetiteur Elaine Kudo, former ABT principal dancer, who premiered the piece with Mikhail Baryshnikov in 1976. On May 5 from 6:30-7:30PM, TWB presents inthewings: Twyla Tharp Unplugged with Ms. Kudo as the featured panelist, who will speak on the ballet’s technical significance and the challenges it brings to the dancers who perform it.

On select performances, Cor Perdut will be replaced with the balcony pas de deux from Septime Webre’s Romeo & Juliet, featuring retiring Company member Laura Urgellés. Ms. Urgellés has been with TWB for the last ten seasons, and has recently celebrated her 20th season as a professional dancer.

Romeo & Juliet is one of my favorite story ballets,” said Ms. Urgellés. “So I wanted to dance it just one last time.”

For more information on this program including artist blogs, casting updates, behind-the-scenes videos, and more, please visit washingtonballet.org. Join the Ballet on Facebook and Twitter to receive even more updates and special offers.

Tickets to Genius3 start at $20 and are available at harmancenter.org, at the Harman Center box office, or by calling 202.547.1122.

*Select performances: Saturday, May 22 at 2:30pm and Sunday, May 23 at 1pm. Subject to change.

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