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Katherine Barkman and Andile Ndlovu in Birthday Offering.© Victoria Pickering. (Click image for larger version)

Washington Ballet – Balanchine + Ashton quad bill – Washington

★★★✰✰   The Washington Ballet new program titled Balanchine + Ashton showcased four works by the two great choreographers, who “forever shaped our art form,” as the company’s artistic director, Julie Kent, put it in her opening remarks.

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

Washington Ballet – Les Sylphides, Le Corsaire pdd, Bolero, Prodigal Son – Washington

★★★★✰   It was a pleasure to see this company in such a smart and wide-ranging program. It was even more rewarding to see the Washington Ballet dancers masterly navigating the numerous challenges…

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.

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.

Janine Koertge and Dan Langeborg in OreloB.© Ingmar Jernberg. (Click image for larger version)

GoteborgsOperans Danskompani – Nordic Cool season – Washington

The most successful piece from Göteborg’s troupe was OreloB (Bolero spelled backwards), created by Finnish choreographer Kenneth Kvarnström as part of the program titled 3xBoléro – a dance-triptych which interprets Ravel’s Bolero from three different perspectives.

Tero Saarinen in HUNT.© Marita Liulia. (Click image for larger version)

Tero Saarinen Company – Westward Ho!, Wavelengths, HUNT – Washington

Like the Stravinsky score, HUNT is a tour de force. The monumental orchestral chants of The Rite inspired the choreographer to create a dance-as-ritual in which music, movement, and multimedia blend together…

Washington Ballet in Push Comes to Shove. © Brianne Bland. (Click image for larger version)

Washington Ballet – Twyla Tharp: All American bill – Washington

With its new program titled Twyla Tharp: All American, the Washington Ballet paid homage to the high priestess of American dance…

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