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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 were divided into four isolated “pods” of 10 dancers each with an in-house choreographer lead.

The Winter 2021 edition of Create in Place will feature newly commissioned works by TWB Studio Company member and emerging choreographer Helga Paris-Morales, and TWB Company Dancer and choreographer, Andile Ndlovu

Performances will be streamed online via Marquee TV beginning February 5, 2021, at 7PM ET.

Read about these two new works:

Womb of Heaven by Helga Paris-Morales

Photo by xmbphotography

Womb of Heaven by Helga Paris-Morales will explore double realities of human life, human growth, and human evolution. The comparison between the Natural Order vs the Imagined Order. Audiences can expect to feel self-reflective, shocked, and even euphoric. They will be watching not only a ballet, but a film piece that exposes humanity in an interpretive way.

The book ‘Sapiens, a History of Humankind’ by Yuval Noah Harari was Paris-Morales’ primary inspiration for this piece. Common patterns and themes in serious conversations that Paris-Morales has had with friends, family, co-workers, and strangers alike inspired the creation of this piece.

Dancers:
Nicole Graniero
Corey Landolt
Ashley Murphy-Wilson
Alexandros Pappajohn
Helga Paris-Morales
Samara Rittinger
Daniel Roberge
Rachel Rohrich
Alexa Torres
Oscar Sanchez

Music title: Triptico no. 3
Composed by: Sonia Morales-Matos
Performed by: Ricardo Morales

Music title: Piano Concierto No.5 in E-Flat Major, Op.73 II Adagio un poco mosso
Composed by: Ludwig van Beethoven
Performed by: Vladimir Ashkenazy & The Cleveland Orchestra

Music title: Introspection for B-flat Clarinet
Composed by: Sonia Morales-Matos
Performed by: Kathleen Jones

Producer/Director: Wes Culwell, Studiio Box DC
Director of Photography: Adrian Muys

Something Human by Andile Ndlovu

Photo by xmbphotography

Something Human is about the exploration of human nature and the concept that denotes the fundamental dispositions and characteristics including ways of thinking, feeling, and acting – that humans are said to have naturally. Visually and mentally provocative, Something Human may leave viewers with some questions for themselves.

Ndlovu is inspired by everyday people and how they manage to get through their day to day and still find a way to create and pursue happiness, enlightenment, and purpose, especially with all the imperfections, challenges, and fears all humans conquer.

Dancers:
Nardia Boodoo
Jessy Dick
Lope Lim
Tamako Miyazaki
Andile Ndlovu
Lucy Nevin
Rench Soriano
Masanori Takiguchi

Music title: Says
Composed and Performed by: Nils Frahm

Music title: Agape
Composed and Performed by: Nicholas Britell

Music title: Storage

Composed and Performed by: Nicholas Britell

Music title: Vibrations on a String
Composed and Performed by: Rival Consoles

Producer/Director: Wes Culwell, Studiio Box DC
Director of Photography: Adrian Muys

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Helga Paris Morales

Helga Paris Morales

Choreographer

Helga Paris Morales started dancing in her native Puerto Rico when she was three years old. She came from a musical family and loved to dance to and makeup shows. …

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Andile Ndlovu

Andile Ndlovu

Choreographer

Andile Ndlovu of Johannesburg, South Africa, is in his ninth season with The Washington Ballet, after dancing one season with TWB’s Studio Company. Ndlovu began his training in Latin American …

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