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October 22-26, 2014 | 7 Performances

Harman Center for the Arts


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.

Music: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Astor Piazzolla, György Ligeti
Choreography: Petite Mort/ Jiří Kylián, 5 Tangos/ Hans van Manen, and Polyphonia/ Christopher Wheeldon


Wednesday October 22, 2014 at 7:30PM (Preview Night)
Thursday October 23, 2014 at 7:30PM (Opening Night)
Friday October 24, 2014 at 7:30PM
Saturday October 25, 2014 at 1:30PM & 7:30PM
Sunday October 26, 2014 at 1:30PM & 6:30PM

Sidney Harman Hall, The Harman Center


For the Petite Mort performance on October 26, 2014, we encourage you to allow plenty of extra time to arrive and park at the Harman Center for the Performing Arts as traffic disruptions and street closures are expected due to both the Marine Corps Marathon in Arlington and downtown Washington as well as the International Horse Show at the Verizon Center during that day. To avoid street traffic and closures, we highly encourage you to take Metro to the Red/Green/Yellow line stop at Gallery Place-Chinatown. From there, it is less than a 5-minute walk to the Harman Center heading east on F Street, NW. Route information for the Marine Corps Marathon.

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