Posts Tagged ‘The Washington Ballet’

Local Arts Institutions Make Funnies for April Fools’ Day

But they can't fool us!

ToDo ToDay: Yellow Face, The Jazz/Blues Project, and Silo Opens for Lunch

When producers of Miss Saigon cast a white British actor in the role of the Engineer, the Eurasian owner of a Saigon nightclub, playwright David Henry Hwang spoke out against the choice. But the same criticism fell on Hwang after he mistakenly cast a white actor in an Asian role in his play Face Value, then tried to [...]

Nutcracker Smackdown! Washington Ballet vs. Momentum Dance Theatre

Every December, Arts Desk provides readers with a consumer report on a different holiday tradition which those in the Christmas spirit are obligated to attend whether they like it or not. This year we look at the great ballet Tchaikovsky composed to keep American dance companies afloat, The Nutcracker. We compare two D.C. staples, the [...]

The Washington Ballet’s ALICE (in wonderland): Worth the Obligatory Standing Ovation

You could say the standing ovation has lost some of its meaning. After all, just about any Kennedy Center show that's pretty decent or better can be relied on to bring folks to their feet.
But last night, the one the audience gave The Washington Ballet for its production of ALICE (in wonderland) felt utterly well-deserved. [...]

The Washington Ballet and Twyla Tharp Do It Their Way

Twyla Tharp and The Washington Ballet make a good pair.
Tharp, a choreographer with a national reputation who’s been creating pieces for decades, is generally lumped into the modern dance category, but she’s worked with ballet companies throughout her career. And she’s known as stickler for precise technique, the kind that only comes from years of [...]

Love Her or Hate Her, the Sugarplum Fairy Inevitably Returns

For dance lovers, parsing the various versions of The Nutcracker on offer during the holiday season has become something of a high art. Year after year, the production inevitably returns, providing audiences with the equivalent of Christmas-themed comfort food and dance companies with revenues to sustain them for the other 11 months.
When you were a [...]

For Now, Live Music Returns to Washington Ballet’s Nutcracker

The Washington Ballet is bringing live music back to this year’s Nutcracker, thanks to a $250,000 gift by philanthropist Adrienne Arsht. The donation, reported by the Washington Post Tuesday and announced by TWB yesterday, ends a two-year layoff for Ballet musicians prompted by financial difficulties—most painfully, a million-dollar funding cut by the D.C. Council. As [...]

Yet Another Director for the Washington Ballet

Another year, another director for the Washington Ballet.  The company has announced that Peter Branch, current head of Georgetown Day School from 1996 to 2010, will be taking over for Russell Allen as executive director starting in June.  While leadership has been stable on the dance side under artistic director Septime Webre, on the business side, [...]

The Washington Ballet’s New Season: Not Just Girls in Tutus

The Washington Ballet revealed its 2011-2012 season today, and it looks pretty promising. The lineup includes a program featuring works by Twyla Tharp, a full-length ballet based on Alice in Wonderland, a mixed-repertory program titled ¡Noche Latina!, and another showing of last year’s acclaimed “The Great Gatsby.”
I’ve been impressed with the company over the past [...]

The Washington Ballet Rocks and Rolls Tonight and This Weekend

You have to hand it to the Washington Ballet. The 35-year-old company has been relentless in finding ways to shake off the “stodgy” label and appeal to the city’s vast swath of young professionals. Last year, their take on The Great Gatsby earned major kudos from reviewers and audiences for its athletic and charming dancing; [...]