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2014.2015 Season

2014.2015 Season Performances

2014.2015 Electronic Brochure

Petite Mort: Masterworks by Kylián/van Manen/Wheeldon

THREE COMPANY PREMIERES
The Harman Center, Sidney Harman Hall
October 22-26, 2014

Petite Mort by Jiří Kylián
5 Tangos by Hans van Manen

Polyphonia by Christopher Wheeldon

Experience three of Europe’s most powerful ballet geniuses and their striking masterpieces never before performed by The Washington Ballet. Petite Mort is Jiri Kylián’s masterwork. Haunting, joyfully witty and provocative, Septime Webre declares its ‘pas de deux’ “the most innovative he has ever encountered.” One of the Fathers of the ‘Dutch’ movement, Hans van Manen tears down the walls between ballet and contemporary dance. Sexy, short and exhilarating, his 5 Tangos is a sizzling work that combines ballet with the passion and dramatic flair of tango. Polyphonia was Christopher Wheeldon’s breakout piece for New York City Ballet in which he won the Critics’ Circle Award and an Olivier Award. In the spirit of Balanchine, Wheeldon’s choreography of great subtlety and elegance with dynamic and varying moods is set to Ligeti’s virtuoso piano music. This program features live music. LEARN MORE

The Nutcracker @THEARC

THEARC Theater
November 29-30, 2014

On the occasion of the 10th anniversary of his highly-acclaimed production, Septime Webre is planning some special surprises for his celebrated all-American Nutcracker. Set in Georgetown, this gorgeous production showcases the grandeur of TWB’s international roster of dancers and majesty of Tchaikovsky’s music. Replete with swirling snowflakes, cherry blossoms and historical characters, including George Washington as the heroic nutcracker, The Washington Ballet’s The Nutcracker has become a tradition for generations of family and friends to celebrate the holidays. LEARN MORE

The Nutcracker at Warner Theatre

Warner Theatre
December 4-28, 2014

On the occasion of the 10th anniversary of his highly-acclaimed production, Septime Webre is planning some special surprises for his celebrated all-American Nutcracker. Set in Georgetown, this gorgeous production showcases the grandeur of TWB’s international roster of dancers and majesty of Tchaikovsky’s music. Replete with swirling snowflakes, cherry blossoms and historical characters, including George Washington as the heroic nutcracker, The Washington Ballet’s The Nutcracker has become a tradition for generations of family and friends to celebrate the holidays. LEARN MORE

Sleepy Hollow

The Kennedy Center, Eisenhower Theater
February 18-22, 2015

From the creators of ALICE (in wonderland) and Hemingway: The Sun Also Rises comes a third exploration of iconic American literature – Sleepy Hollow. An atmospheric thriller, Washington Irving’s classic tale is now being told through the expressive and lush language of ballet. A love triangle, the new school teacher, Ichabod Crane, finds himself smitten by a flirtatious beauty, Katrina Van Tassel, much to the displeasure of town rowdy, “Brom Bones” Van Brunt. A rivalry ensues and the ghostly “Headless Horseman” comes into play one fateful night. This program features original live music. LEARN MORE

Swan Lake

The Kennedy Center, Eisenhower Theater
April 8-12, 2015

Mesmerizing audiences for over 100 years, Swan Lake is considered by many to be the greatest classical ballet of all time. Now The Washington Ballet will take on this mysterious, lyrical and dramatic ballet. The classical enchantment of Swan Lake involves a beautiful princess, a passionate prince, and the wicked sorcerer von Rothbart who captures the Princess Odette and turns her into a swan by day. The evil spell can only be broken when a young man pledges his love and marries her. Should he betray her, she will remain a swan forever. LEARN MORE

ALICE (in wonderland)

The Kennedy Center, Eisenhower Theater
May 6-10, 2015 and May 16-17, 2015

ALICE (in wonderland) was an instant hit when it premiered in 2012. A work of rich and impressive creativity that is full of whimsical charm and a feeling for the absurd. The visual splendor and imaginative choreography of TWB’s production was highly popular with adults as well as children. ALICE (in wonderland) is, without a doubt, one of the most famous and enduring children’s classic as she stumbles into adventure following a time-obsessed rabbit into a wonderland where everything is illogical. She has a series of marvelous adventures with the White Rabbit, Cheshire Cat, the Mad Hatter and other strange creatures. LEARN MORE

Tour-de-Force: Serenade

The Kennedy Center, Eisenhower Theater
May 13-15, 2015

The company’s third Tour-de-Force gala-style program of classical and contemporary ballets includes audience favorites and masterworks from the canon, star-turns by TWB’s international dancers and displays of virtuosity. The program’s centerpiece is the TWB’s premiere of George Balanchine’s iconic Serenade, his first ballet in the US, is one of his signature works. A romantic work of immense sweep, it is set to Tchaikovsky’s transcendent Serenade for Strings in C. LEARN MORE

The Sleeping Beauty

THEARC Theater
May 30-31, 2015

A timeless fairy-tale of a beautiful princess, an evil sorceress and 100 years of sleep broken by the kiss of a handsome prince.
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