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Sarah Steele in Ethan Stiefel's Frontier.© Theo Kossenas Media 4 Artists. (Click image for larger version)

Washington Ballet – Lilac Garden, The Dream, Frontier (premiere) – Washington

★★★✰✰   Ethan Stiefel’s Frontier, his first significant commission, had all the right ingredients… Yet the ballet, with its space travel theme, didn’t leave much of an impression…

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.

Misty Copeland and Brooklyn Mack in Swan Lake.© Theo Kossenas. (Click image for larger version)

Washington Ballet – Swan Lake – Washington

This handsomely-crafted and well-danced Swan Lake marked an important milestone for the Washington Ballet and proved a huge achievement for its artistic director Septime Webre.

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…

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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