October 2020

Date and online streaming platform TBA.

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In late August 2020, The Washington Ballet slowly and safely began to welcome dancers back to the studios to begin work on TWB’s new initiative to reflect the times, Create In Place. Dancers have been divided into four isolated “pods” of 10 dancers each with an in-house choreographer lead.

The Fall 2020 edition of Create in Place will feature newly commissioned works by TWSB Professional Training Division Head and former soloist and principal dancer with ABT, Xiomara Reyes, and TWB Company Dancer and choreographer, Tamás Krizsa. Learn more about their pieces below. Performances will be streamed online – premiere dates and platform TBA.

Chronos by Xiomara Reyes

“This piece has been inspired by our present circumstances as well as by the very real hope of renewal that lies within.” – Xiomara Reyes

“My piece, Chronos, is about time and how it can be perceived differently depending on the situations we experience.

During these challenging times, many of us have been experiencing frustration as life seems to go by as we put our hopes and dreams on hold. We know there are things we could or should be experiencing, yet we are not. It could feel like we are missing out in life.

The piece ends on a more philosophical note as it reminds us that this too shall pass; as in life, there is always a beginning and an end that in itself that always brings new beginnings.

There are also different layers of meaning symbolized by the clock and the hourglass. The clock as the rational measuring of the moments in a linear fashion and the hourglass that forces us to acknowledge the transient and ever-changing nature of our lives.

This piece has been inspired by our present circumstances as well as by the very real hope of renewal that lies within.” – Xiomara Reyes

Forbidden Endearment by Tamás Krizsa

Forbidden Endearment is about a woman who Death has fallen in love with. Death is willing to wait because he has eternity.” – Tamás Krizsa

Tamás Krizsa and Maki Onuki in rehearsal for Forbidden Endearment. Photo by Brittany Stone.

“My piece, Forbidden Endearment, is about a woman who Death has fallen in love with. Death is willing to wait because he has eternity!

A woman finds love, however, the guy must leave but he does so with the promise of return. Thinking of the happiness that lays in the future, the layers of her soul are visualized. This makes Death jealous. He can not wait any longer and decides to claim her. Interrupting the happy moment with tragedy when the servants of Death arrive. They think they have accomplished their mission but not quite so. We are transported to InBetween. She is not yet fully dead nor alive! Slowly trying to gather strength, because she knows she has somewhere else to be. However, she is too wounded for a journey back to life. At some point the guy returns only to find her lifeless, he tries to help her cross back to life and they have a final pleading for more time…” – Tamás Krizsa

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Xiomara Reyes

Xiomara Reyes

Choreographer

Xiomara Reyes, Head of the Professional Training Division at TWSB, performed as a soloist and principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre for 14 years before retiring from the stage in …

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Tamás Krizsa

Tamás Krizsa

Choreographer

Tamás Krizsa, of Hungary, is in his 12th season with The Washington Ballet. Krizsa graduated from the Hungarian Dance Academy with honors in 2002. During his school years, he was …

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