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Celebrating the fluidity and drama of the human body, TWB opens the 2014.2015 season with Petite Mort: Masterworks by Kylián/van Manen/Wheeldon, featuring three of Europe’s most celebrated dance-makers. Jirˇí Kylián’s Petite Mort, Hans van Manen’s 5 Tangos and Christopher Wheeldon’s Polyphonia are each groundbreaking and innovative works that showcase TWB’s extremely high level of dance. Based on Washington Irving’s atmospheric ghost story, Sleepy Hollow, will premiere in a lush NEW production with many of the forces that brought ALICE and Hemingway to life. Demanding technical perfection, grace and passion, Swan Lake is considered a great barometer for a ballet company and its dancers. We are excited to take on Swan Lake and push the boundaries of the company’s artistic growth. Spring sees the return of the Company’s most successful new work—ALICE (in wonderland). For those of you who missed it the first time, TWB extends the run to ensure that everyone gets a chance to see this megahit. Subscribers receive priority seating to TWB’s gala-style program, Tour-de-Force: Serenade, featuring TWB’s

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international dancers in audience favorites, virtuosic excerpts and Balanchine’s luminous Serenade. Families will be delighted by a wonderful mix of classical ballet with Swan Lake and The Nutcracker, the fairy tale magic of The Sleeping Beauty and a fantastical trip down the rabbit hole with ALICE (in wonderland). While subscribing, I encourage you to secure your seats for the 10th anniversary celebration of our ever-popular holiday classic, The Nutcracker, or enhance your ballet experience by adding inthewings, our exclusive behind-the-scenes series to your subscription order. Great music, stunning productions and enthralling dance—secure your seats today and Take Flight with The Washington Ballet in 2014.2015.  I look forward to seeing you at the Ballet!

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FIVE SERIES Petite Mort: Masterworks by Kylián/van Manen/Wheeldon Company Premieres October 22–26, 2014 Sleepy Hollow World Premiere February 18–22, 2015

FAMILY SERIES The Nutcracker DEC 6 & 7, 2014

Swan Lake Company Premiere April 8–12, 2015

Swan Lake APR 11 & 12, 2015

ALICE (in wonderland) May 6–17, 2015

ALICE (in wonderland) MAY 9 & 10, 2015

Tour-de-Force: Serenade May 13–15, 2015

The Sleeping Beauty MAY 30 & 31, 2015

Pictured: Maki Onuki

Artistic Director

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Europe’s groundbreaking dance-makers

PetiteMort Masterworks by Kylián/van Manen/Wheeldon

Experience three of Europe’s most powerful ballet geniuses and their striking masterpieces never before performed by The Washington Ballet. Petite Mort is Jirˇí Kylián’s masterwork. Haunting, joyfully witty and provocative, Septime Webre declares its ‘pas de deux’

Company Premieres

OCTOBER 22–26, 2014 Sidney Harman Hall Harman Center for the Arts WED., OCT 22, 7:30PM (Preview) THU., OCT 23, 7:30PM (Opening) FRI., OCT 24, 7:30PM SAT., OCT 25, 1:30 & 7:30PM SUN., OCT 26, 1:30 & 6:30PM

among “the most innovative [he] has ever encountered.” One of the Fathers of the ‘Dutch’ movement, Hans van Manen

Petite Mort Choreography Jirˇí Kylián Music Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

tears down the walls between ballet and contemporary dance.

5 Tangos

Sexy, tart and exhilirating, his 5

Choreography Hans van Manen

Tangos is a sizzling work that

Music Astor Piazzolla

combines ballet with the passion and dramatic flair of tango. Polyphonia was Christopher Wheeldon’s breakout piece for New York City Ballet where he

Polyphonia Choreography Christopher Wheeldon Music György Ligeti

won the Critics’ Circle Award and an Olivier Award. In the spirit of the Balanchine/Stravinsky collaborations, Wheeldon’s

Pictured: Andile Ndlovu, Ayano Kimura

choreography of great subtlety and elegance with dynamic and varying moods is set to Ligeti’s virtuoso piano music. This program features live music.

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“Mr. Kylián’s ballet [Petite Mort], set to two sublime Mozart piano concertos... seeks a streamlined surface in its eyebrowraised examination of the sexual duel.” ~The New York Times

Washington Irving’s legendary ghost story gets a transformation…TWB style

SleepyHollow

WORLD PREMIERE

FEBRUARY 18–22, 2015 Eisenhower Theater The Kennedy Center WED., FEB 18, 7:30PM (PREVIEW) THU., FEB 19, 7:30PM (OPENING) FRI., FEB 20, 7:30PM SAT., FEB 21, 1:30 & 7:30PM SUN., FEB 22, 1:30 & 6:30PM

From the creators of ALICE (in wonderland) and Hemingway: The Sun Also Rises comes a vivid exploration of iconic literature—Sleepy Hollow. An atmospheric thriller, Washington Irving’s classic tale is now being told through the expressive and lush language of ballet. In a love triangle, the new school teacher Ichabod Crane, finds himself smitten by a flirtatious beauty, Katrina Van Tassel, much to the displeasure of town rowdy, “Brom Bones” Van Brunt. A rivalry ensues

“This NEW production of Sleepy Hollow will be fresh, expressively visual and an atmospheric thriller.” ~Septime Webre

and the ghostly “Headless Horseman” comes into play one fateful night. This program features original live music. Choreography Septime Webre Music Matthew Pierce Design Liz Vandal, Hugh Landwehr and Clifton Taylor

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Mysterious, lyrical and dramatic

SwanLake

COMPANY PREMIERE

Mesmerizing audiences for over 100 years,

APRIL 8–12, 2015 Eisenhower Theater The Kennedy Center

Swan Lake is considered by many to be

WED., APR 8, 7:30PM (Preview) THU., APR 9, 7:30PM (Opening) FRI., APR 10, 7:30PM SAT., APR 11, 1:30 & 7:30PM SUN., APR 12, 1:30 & 6:30PM

The classical enchantment of Swan Lake

the greatest classical ballet of all time. Now, The Washington Ballet will take on this mysterious, lyrical and dramatic ballet. involves the beautiful Princess Odette, a passionate prince, and the wicked sorcerer von Rothbart who captures Odette and turns her into a swan by day. The evil spell can only be broken when a young man

“This ballet [is] like no other... a Romantic classical ballet ideally placed in the era of knightly romance.” ~The New York Times

pledges his love and marries her. Should he betray her, she will remain a swan forever. This program includes live music performed by Evermay Chamber Orchestra. Choreography Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov Music Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky performed by Evermay Chamber Orchestra, under the patronage of Dr. Ryuji Ueno

Pictured: Aurora Dickie

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ALICE MAY 6–17, 2015 Eisenhower Theater The Kennedy Center WED., MAY 6, 7:30PM (Preview) THU., MAY 7, 7:30PM (Opening) FRI., MAY 8, 7:30PM SAT., MAY 9, 1:30 & 7:30PM SUN., MAY 10, 1:30 & 6:30PM SAT., MAY 16, 1:30 & 7:30PM SUN., MAY 17, 1:30 & 6:30PM

A Wild Ride with Alice and Friends

(in wonderland) ALICE (in wonderland) was an instant hit when it premiered in 2012. A work of rich and impressive creativity that is full of whimsical charm and a feeling for the absurd, the visual splendor and imaginative choreography led sold-out audiences through an adventurous ride. Alice (in wonderland) is, without a doubt, one of the most famous and enduring children’s classics. Join Alice as she stumbles into adventure, following a timeobsessed rabbit into a wonderland where everything is illogical. She has a series of marvelous adventures with the White Rabbit, Cheshire Cat, the Mad Hatter and other strange creatures. Choreography Septime Webre Music Matthew Pierce Design Liz Vandal and Jim Kronzer

Pictured: Jared Nelson and Maki Onuki

“Septime Webre’s trippy ALICE (in wonderland) is dazzling.”

~The Washington Post

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MAY 13–15, 2015 Eisenhower Theater The Kennedy Center WED., MAY 13, 7:30PM THU., MAY 14, 7:30PM (Opening) FRI., MAY 15, 7:30PM The company’s third Tour-de-Force gala-style program of classical and contemporary ballets includes audience favorites and masterworks from the canon, star-turns by The Washington Ballet’s international dancers and displays of virtuosity. The program’s

“[Serenade] reveals all of the hallmarks of his choreography—fast footwork, voluminous attack within classical positions, and the fusing of music and movement…” ~The New York Times

centerpiece is George Balanchine’s iconic Serenade, his first ballet in the US. It is one of his signature works. A romantic work of immense sweep, it is set to Tchaikovsky’s transcendent Serenade for Strings in C. Choreography George Balanchine Music Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

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“A spectacular Nutcracker from The Washington Ballet. Septime Webre’s American history-inspired rendition of this holiday favorite finds George Washington in the title role, a Rat King inspired by King George III and even a cameo by cherry blossoms along the Potomac..”

NOVEMBER 29 and 30, 2014 THEARC Theater DECEMBER 4–28, 2014 Warner Theatre

~The Washington Post

On the occasion of the 10th

A holiday must-see!

TheNutcracker

10th Anniversary Celebration

anniversary of his highlyacclaimed production, Septime Webre is planning some special surprises for his celebrated all-American Nutcracker. Set in 1882 Georgetown, this gorgeous production showcases the grandeur of The Washington Ballet’s international roster of dancers and majesty of Tchaikovsky’s music. Replete with swirling snowflakes, cherry blossoms and historical characters, including George Washington as the heroic nutcracker, TWB’s The Nutcracker has become a tradition for generations of family and friends to celebrate the holidays. Choreography Septime Webre Music Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Pictured: Maki Onuki

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The Nutcracker

ALICE (in wonderland)

Celebrating its 10th anniversary, audiences will be wowed by special NEW surprises in Septime Webre’s all-American production.

Enter the magical world of Alice’s misadventures for an unforgettable journey down the rabbit hole.

DEC 6, 2014 at 2PM & DEC 7, 2014 at 1PM Warner Theatre Music Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Choreography Septime Webre

MAY 9 & 10, 2015 at 1:30PM The Kennedy Center Music Matthew Pierce Choreography: Septime Webre

Swan Lake Beauty and drama have made Swan Lake the greatest classical ballet for over 100 years! APR 11 & 12, 2015 at 1:30PM The Kennedy Center Music Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Choreography Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov

The Sleeping Beauty A timeless fairy-tale of a beautiful princess, an evil sorceress and 100 years of sleep broken by the kiss of a handsome prince. The Washington Ballet Studio Company MAY 30 & 31, 2015 at 1 & 5:30PM THEARC Theater Music Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Choreography Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov

Pictured: Jonathan Jordan, Maki Onuki and Jared Nelson in ALICE (in wonderland)

inthewings with Septime Webre

Enhance your subscription package. Join TWB’s Artistic Director Septime Webre and guest artists throughout the season for illuminating demonstrations and discussions in TWB’s intimate England Studio.

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MONDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2014 AT 6:30PM Dutch Masters (A view on how Hans van Manen and Jirˇí Kylián tore down the walls between classical and contemporary ballet.) MONDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2015 AT 6:30PM Sleepy Hollow: American Classic/Modern Ballet (The creation of a new ballet from a legendary tale.) MONDAY, MARCH 23, 2015 AT 6:30PM Swan Lake—Revisiting a Classic (A look at TWB’s premiere of one of the world’s foremost classical ballet.) MONDAY, APRIL 27, 2015 AT 6:30PM Go Ask Alice (Life beyond the premiere of TWB’s mega-hit ALICE (in wonderland).) $25 each or enjoy all four for $75 Pictured: Maki Onuki and Brooklyn Mack in Polyphonia

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