The Washington Ballet's Julie Kent Announces Schedule for 2016-2017 Season

WASHINGTON, D.C. -The Washington Ballet's (TWB) new Artistic Director Julie Kent unveiled the Company's 2016.2017 40th Anniversary Season to a crowd at the Company's England Studio at its Northwest headquarters in Washington, DC on Tuesday.

Kent revealed that the season includes a full length Giselle, restaged by her and The Washington Ballet's new Associate Artistic Director Victor Barbee who is also Kent's husband, and three mixed repertoire programs that include Ji?í Kylián's Petite Mort, Justin Peck's In Creases and William Forsythe's In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated; George Balanchine's Allegro Brillante, Twyla Tharp's Nine Sinatra Songs and Alexei Ratmansky's Seven Sonatas; and Antony Tudor's Jardin aux Lilas (Lilac Garden), Sir Frederick Ashton's The Dream and a World Premiere.

"We are pleased to be presenting our first ballet in the Kennedy Center Opera House as we begin to present larger-scale works and we look forward to having the flexibility to use the incredible venues at the Kennedy Center to best serve the works that we present to the greater DC metropolitan region," said Kent.

At Tuesday's season announcement, Kent also revealed two new behind-the-scenes series: Dialogue with Dancers and Beyond the Stage; a Studio Company performance of Aladdin and an evening of new works choreographed by Company dancers at THEARC Theater. Kent also said the ICONS: of Dance series will continue with guest ICONS Kevin McKenzie, Judith Jamison and Patricia McBride.

The Company is also expanding with additional dancers including Company members Rolando Sarabia and Brittany Stone.

For full details about The Washington Ballet's new season, visit washingtonballet.org.

Kent revealed that the season includes a full length Giselle, restaged by her and The Washington Ballet's new Associate Artistic Director Victor Barbee who is also Kent's husband, and three mixed repertoire programs that include Ji?í Kylián's Petite Mort, Justin Peck's In Creases and William Forsythe's In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated; George Balanchine's Allegro Brillante, Twyla Tharp's Nine Sinatra Songs and Alexei Ratmansky's Seven Sonatas; and Antony Tudor's Jardin aux Lilas (Lilac Garden), Sir Frederick Ashton's The Dream and a World Premiere.

"We are pleased to be presenting our first ballet in the Kennedy Center Opera House as we begin to present larger-scale works and we look forward to having the flexibility to use the incredible venues at the Kennedy Center to best serve the works that we present to the greater DC metropolitan region," said Kent.

At Tuesday's season announcement, Kent also revealed two new behind-the-scenes series: Dialogue with Dancers and Beyond the Stage; a Studio Company performance of Aladdin and an evening of new works choreographed by Company dancers at THEARC Theater. Kent also said the ICONS: of Dance series will continue with guest ICONS Kevin McKenzie, Judith Jamison and Patricia McBride.

The Company is also expanding with additional dancers including Company members Rolando Sarabia and Brittany Stone.

For full details about The Washington Ballet's new season, visit washingtonballet.org.



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