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Thursday, January 07, 2010

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Washington Ballet (TWB) kicks off 2010 with special collaborations and site-specific works including company apprentice Andile Ndlovu’s solo performances at the Transformer Gallery, The Phillips Collection and the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art. Additional upcoming performances include WAM! (wolfgang amadeus mozart), TWB’s Studio Company collaboration with The In Series, January 23-24 and 30-31, and TWB Artistic Director Septime Webre’s world premiere of The Great Gatsby at the Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater, February 24-28.

Mr. Ndlovu responds in dance to Barbara Liotta’s sculpture, Icarus,in the program Icarus Takes Flightat the Phillips CollectionJanuary 14 and 21, 2010 at 6:30 and 7:30 pm. Set to Marurice Ravel's Sonata for Violin and Cello performed by Yvonne Lam and Ignacio Alcover, Mr. Ndlovu, who collaborated with Mr. Webre, use the abstract forms of the artwork and the mythical character's back story as inspiration. For more information, visit: http://www.phillipscollection.org/programs/index.aspx

At the Transformer Gallery on January 16, Mr. Ndlovu will perform in response to Snow Globe, a collaborative project with artists Jessica Cebra and Zach Storm. Through painting, drawing and collage, these artists transform the gallery’s project space into a snow globe. For more information, visit: http://www.transformergallery.org/

On February 6 at the National Museum of African Art, Mr. Ndlovu, again under the artistic guidance of Mr. Webre, will perform a short interpretive piece in response to Shonibare’s Odile and Odette. For more information on this project, visit: http://africa.si.edu/calendar.html#/?i

WAM! (wolfgang amadeus mozart), running January 23 through 31 at the Atlas Performing Arts Center’s Lang Theatre, chronicles the childhood of the prolific composer in a witty, effervescent ballet. Audiences experience Mozart’s compelling and astonishing early childhood experiences through the artistry of TWB’s Studio Company in collaboration with Washington, D.C.-based musical group, The In Series vocalists, directed by Carla Hübner. TWB’s Associate Artistic Director David Palmer and company member Jared Nelson join Mr. Webre in this choreographic collaboration, taking audiences on a frolic through 18th century Salzburg. Tickets start at $19 and are available at www.InSeries.org.

Audiences return to the splendor of the Jazz Age and the frivolity of the Roaring Twenties February 24 through 28 as Mr. Webre re-imagines F. Scott Fitzgerald’s passionate, thought provoking and complex The Great Gatsby, performed at the Kennedy Center. Mr. Webre’s dynamic choreography and the artistry of The Washington Ballet dancers will bring this “great American novel” to life in an exciting world premiere. Tickets start at $29 and are available at www.kennedy-center.org, 202.467.4600 or at the Kennedy Center Box Office.


Originally founded as The Washington School of Ballet in 1944 by legendary ballet pioneer Mary Day and incorporated as a professional company in 1976, The Washington Ballet (TWB) is one of the pre-eminent ballet organizations in the United States.  TWB built an international reputation presenting bold works by choreographers from around the world, including Choo-San Goh, Christopher Wheeldon, Mark Morris, Twyla Tharp and Nacho Duato, as well as Neoclassical masterworks and fresh stagings of 19th century classics. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Septime Webre and Executive Director Russell P. Allen, TWB has embraced a three-part mission: ensuring excellence in its professional performance company; growing the next generation of dancers through its Washington School of Ballet; and serving the community in which it resides through robust community engagement programs.  For more information, visit www.washingtonballet.org.

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