Tag Archives | Septime Webre


Review: ‘The Little Mermaid’ at Imagination Stage

Imagination Stage, in collaboration with The Washington Ballet, presents the world premiere of The Little Mermaid. This creative partnership follows the highly acclaimed award-winning production The Lion, The Witch, & the Wardrobe (2012), and like the former, fuses music,  theatre, dance, and puppetry to create a thrilling and expressive performance. Adapted from Hans Christian Anderson’s classic, […]

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Reviews: The Washington Ballet’s ‘Carmina Burana’ and ‘Bowie/Queen’

Going Out With a Bang: The Washington Ballet’s Carmina Burana and Bowie/Queen The standing ovation came before a single dancer took the stage. It lasted about two minutes to honor the final time The Washington Ballet’s loyal opening night audience would hear the game-show like introduction: “Ladieeeessssss and Gentlemen, Septiiiiiiiiime Webre.” Bounding onto the stage in […]

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George Mason University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts Awards the ‘2016 Mason Arts Award’ to Septime Webre

George Mason University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts awards the 2016 Mason Arts Award to Septime Webre, artistic director of the Washington National Ballet. The Mason Arts Award is awarded to a distinguished figure that has had a significant impact on the regional arts community. Webre’s illustrious leadership and artistic vision have left an […]

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Review: ‘Hamlet’ at The Washington Ballet

Hamlet, a modern, dramatic contemporary ballet based on William Shakespeare’s original, The Tragedie of Hamlet, published in 1603 premieres in The Kennedy Center. An “ongoing dialogue between Shakespeare and the language of dance,” says The Washington Ballet’s Artistic Director, Septime Webre, appears through the choreography of Stephen Mills and musical composition by Philip Glass. Elaborate, […]

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Review: ‘Director’s Cut’ at The Washington Ballet at The Kennedy Center

Ballet Elevated Earlier this month, the dance world rumbled a bit upon learning of the resignation of The Washington Ballet’s high-energy, effervescent Artistic Director Septime Webre. Since his arrival in Washington, D.C., 17 years ago, he has transformed a staid and none-too-risky modest troupe into a powerhouse, with a stable of excellent dancers, a wide-ranging […]

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Review: ‘Bizet’s Carmen in Havana’ at The In Series

The In Series wows again with one of their trademark reimaginings: Carmen in Havana, which takes the essential scenes from Bizet’s classic and adds the Latin rhythms of the Caribbean with iconic Cuban songs like “Siboney” and “Orgullecida.” The arias are also mixed with ballet as company members and trainees from The Washington Ballet complete […]

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‘The Nutcracker’ at The Washington Ballet at The Warner Theatre

Resplendent visions of sugarplums danced both on the Warner Theatre stage and in the heads of hundreds of hardy multi-generational audience members Friday evening when the Washington Ballet inaugurated its annual Nutcracker performance. Marking its 11th anniversary, Artistic Director Septime Webre’s Washington-centric account of the holiday ballet fete opens in a well-appointed Georgetown mansion of 1882. Peter Horne’s opulently meticulous set […]

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A Duo of Dance and Comedy: Arts Collective @ HCC’s ‘Hallow-Scream’ and Washington Ballet’s ‘Petite Mort’

The late Alan M. Kriegsman once told dance critics at a conference that a “laundry list” of reviews should be avoided at all costs. With apologizes to Mike (who was a dear friend and colleague), here’s my Monday morning wrap-up of two special events that are after-the-fact, meaning that there’s no chance you can catch […]

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The Washington Ballet: Tour-de-Force: Balanchine!’ at The Kennedy Center

The Washington Ballet: Tour-de-Force: Balanchine is a truly spectacular evening at the ballet, with something for everyone. This program has, in my opinion, a balance of classical and contemporary ballet works that will keep any audience member engaged and excited throughout the performance. The first act of the performance consisted of classical and contemporary pas […]

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We Are Giving Away 2 Pairs of Tickets to Washington Ballet’s Peter Pan-Choose 4/18, 4/19, or 4/20;Enter by Thursday at Noon

WE HAVE 2 PAIRS OF TICKETS TO GIVE AWAY TO THE WASHINGTON BALLET’S PRODUCTION OF SEPTIME WEBRE’S PETER PAN CHOOSE FROM THESE THREE PERFORMANCES: Friday, April 18 at 7:30 pm, Saturday, April 19 at 1:30 pm Sunday, April 20 at 6:30 pm Take a high-flying adventure to Neverland with The Washington Ballet’s NEW Production of […]

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The Washington Ballet’s ‘Blues/Jazz Project’ at Sydney Harman Hall by Carolyn Kelemen

DC Ballet shakes up expectations Yes, even classical ballerinas let their hair down once in a while. They relish tossing off those stiff upper body movements and tapping their feet to a syncopated beat rather than a 3/4 waltz. Mainly, though, ballet dancers enjoy shaking up the expectations of serious balletomanes, especially during these winter doldrums. […]

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