NEXTsteps, featuring new ballets created just for The Washington Ballet by emerging and acclaimed choreographers, reflects the voices of our time. Championing the relevance and advancement of dance in the 21st century, NEXTsteps supports the evolution of ballet and the dancer, and celebrates the evolving beauty and resonating power of our art. With works by Brett Ishida, Jessica Lang, and Mthuthuzeli November, energy and inspiration will abound from the studio, to the stage, and into the audience.
Julie Kent on NEXTsteps:
“My favorite aspect of curating a program of new work like NEXTsteps is shedding light on and making space for new talents while celebrating the magic and mystery of the creative process. A choreographer enters the studio with an idea… a vision… a dream, and weeks later, a dance emerges from the collaborative efforts of all involved. Our dancers have this amazing opportunity to interpret & explore, developing and expanding their artistic range and point of view, which then informs and enhances their work in classical and neoclassical choreography. The “forwardness” of new choreography is thrilling.”
Header photo of Gian Carlo Perez and Abigail Granlund by Spencer Bentley.