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Tour-de-Force: Serenade

May 13-15, 2015 | 3 Performances

John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

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 The Washington Ballet’s international dancers and displays of virtuosity. The program’s centerpiece is George Balanchine’s iconic Serenade, his first ballet in the US. It is one of his signature works. A romantic work of immense sweep, it is set to Tchaikovsky’s transcendent Serenade for Strings in C.

Together Apart (Wednesday, May 13)
Music: Blake Neely
Choreography: Tamás Krizsa
This is Tamás Krizsa’s first work and the work for which he received a Gold Medal for Choreography at the Valentina Kozlova International Ballet Competition and an S&R Washington Award. This pas de deux was inspired by the music to which it is set – an excerpt from the TV series soundtrack of “Arrow” by American composer Blake Neely.

The Art of War (Wednesday, May 13-Thursday, May 15)
Music: Hans Zimmer
Choreography and Costume: Andile Ndlovu
This solo is South African dancer Andile Ndlovu’s meditation on war inspired by the unrest in Somalia, which became famous in the film “Black Hawk Down.”

La Esmerelda, Act II, Pas de Deux (Thursday, May 14 and Friday, May 15)
Music by Cesare Pugni
Choreography after Jules Perrot
Lighting by Robert L. Fabrizio

Rooster (Suite)
Music by The Rolling Stones
Choreography by Christopher Bruce
Costume Design by Marian Bruce and Courtesy of Hubbard Street Dance Theatre
Original Lighting by Tina MacHugh
Lighting Recreated by Robert L. Fabrizio

Paint It Black

Ruby Tuesday

5 Tangos (Excerpt)
Music by Astor Piazzolla
Choreography by Hans van Manen Costume
Design by Jean-Paul Vroom and Courtesy of Pacific Northwest Ballet
Original Lighting Design by Jan Hofstra; recreated by Robert L. Fabrizio

There Where She Loved (Excerpt)
Je ne t’aime pas
Music by Kurt Weill
Choreography by Christopher Wheeldon
Costume Design by Holly Hynes and Courtesy of The Royal Opera House
Original Lighting Design by Mark Stanley
Lighting Recreated by Robert L. Fabrizio
Piano: Glenn Sales
Mezzo-Soprano: Shelley Waite

A Sweet Spell Of Oblivion
Company Premiere
Music by J.S. Bach (The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1 – Prelude #8 in E-Flat minor, BMV 853)
Choreography by David Dawson
Costume Design by Yumiko Takeshima
Lighting Design by David Dawson

Company Premiere
Music by Louis Moreau Gottschalk, Reconstructed and Orchestrated by Hershy Kay
Choreography by George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust
Costume Design by Janet Marie Groom and Courtesy of Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre
Lighting by Robert L. Fabrizio

Suite Nancy
World Premiere
Music Recordings by Nancy Sinatra
Choreography by David Palmer
Costume Design by David Palmer
Lighting Design by Robert L. Fabrizio

Who Will Buy (Lionel Bart)

Wait Till You See Him (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart)

Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down) (Sonny Bono)

These Boots Are Made For Walkin’ (Lee Hazlewood)

Le Corsaire, Act II, Pas de Deux
Music by Adolphe Adam
Choreography after Marius Petipa Lighting
Design by Robert L. Fabrizio


Music by Pyotr Tchaikovsky
Choreography by George Balanchine ©The George Balanchine Trust
Costumes by Boston Ballet
Designed by Karinska
Original Lighting Design by Beth W. Newbold
Lighting recreated by Robert L. Fabrizio


Wednesday May 13, 2015 at 7:30PM
Thursday May 14, 2015 at 7:30PM
Friday May 15, 2015 at 7:30PM

The Kennedy Center, Eisenhower Theater
2700 F St. NW, Washington, DC 20566

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