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Washington Ballet in Seven Sonatas.© Theo Kossenas Media 4 Artists. (Click image for larger version)

Washington Ballet – Balanchine, Ratmansky, Tharp bill – Washington

★★★✰✰   Their hunger for dance – that sense of palpable excitement to be onstage and in the moment – was particularly evident during the company’s premiere of Ratmansky’s Seven Sonatas.

Julie Kent and Washington Ballet.© Theo Kossenas Media 4 Artists. (Click image for larger version)

The Washington Ballet – 40th Anniversary Celebration – Washington

★★★✰✰   “Hi! I am Julie Kent, artistic director of the Washington Ballet.” Looking ravishing in her long strapless slivery-white gown, her hair immaculately styled, the new director of the Washington Ballet introduced herself to the audience of the fully-packed Eisenhower Theater…

Washington Ballet – Tour-de-Force: Balanchine! bill – Washington

The gala formula really worked. An eclectic selection of dances – six duets and three short ballets – offered something for almost every taste…

Morgann Rose in Christopher Bruce's Rooster.© Paul Wegner. (Click image for larger version)

Washington Ballet – British Invasion: A Day in the Life, Rooster, There Where She Loved – Washington

Created for the Geneva Ballet in 1991, Rooster is both an entertaining rock‘n’roll romp and a nostalgic glimpse into the ebullient 1960s.

Maki Onuki and Luis R. Torres in Bird's Nest.© Paul Wegner. (Click image for larger version)

Washington Ballet – Jazz/Blues Project: Bird’s Nest, PRISM, Blue Until June – Washington

Val Caniparoli’s Bird’s Nest – the first dance of the evening – is a vivid proof that ballet and jazz are meant for each other

Sarasota Ballet's Jamie Carter and Christine Peixoto in Les Patineurs.© Linda Spillers. (Click image for larger version)

Ballet Across America – Sarasota, Washington and Pennsylvania Ballet – Washington

I am happy to report that the biggest discovery of the second program was The Sarasota Ballet, a company founded in 1991 and currently directed by former Royal Ballet dancer Iain Webb…

Sona Kharatian and Jared Nelson in Hemingway: The Sun Also Rises.© Brianne Bland. (Click image for larger version)

Washington Ballet – Hemingway: The Sun Also Rises – Washington

…Webre saves the best for last. …watching the bare-knuckle boxing brawl in the end of the ballet, instigated by the disgruntled Robert Cohn, is worth the price of admission alone.

Sona Kharatian (The Queen of Hearts) in The Washington Ballet's Alice (in Wonderland). © Brianne Bland. (Click image for larger version)

Washington Ballet – Alice (in Wonderland) – Washington

With Alice, Septime Webre has a smash hit on his hands. The new ballet has broken all records for the ticket sales (all performances were sold out far in advance, including the standing tickets); and it is already the Washington Ballet’s most successful production to-date…

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