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Review: VelocityDC Dance Festival

Velocity is speed with purpose: a change in distance over time, crucially defined by direction. The VelocityDC Dance Festival took us in many. In its ninth iteration, the variety-style performance, presented at Sidney Harman Hall in partnership with the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities, the Shakespeare Theatre Company, and Washington Performing Arts, showcased […]

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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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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: ‘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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DCMetroTheaterArts’ Best of 2015 #14: Dance Performances

Here is Rick Westerkamp, Lisa Traiger, Samantha Machar, Madeline Duff, and Yasmeen Enahora’s Best Performances in Dance honors:  Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater performing Hofesh Schechter’s Uprising at The Kennedy Center. Ascendance by Robert J. Priore at City Dance in January. TheNEWmovement: Balanchine and Beyond Rising Stars at The Washington Ballet Studio Company. Blush by Gallim Dance at […]

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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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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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‘Giselle’ at The Washington Ballet by Carolyn Kelemen

The Washington Ballet gave us the willies in a haunting production of Giselle on All Hallow’s Eve. Dressed in midnight black, artistic director Septime Webre bounded onto The Kennedy Center stage just moments before the curtain rose on the Washington Ballet’s Giselle. “It is not the oldest Romantic ballet…but the most perfect,” he told the […]

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Favorite ‘Scene Stealers’ of the 2012-2013 DC Area Theater Season: Part 3

There were many wonderful Scene Stealing moments on DC Metro Area stages in our professional, community, children’s, and university theaters during the past theater season (August 1, 2012-August 1, 2013). The DCMetroTheaterArts staff has selected its favorite Scene Stealers. Here’s our third set of honorees: ____ From Jessica Vaughan: Kevin Adams’ transformation in An Irish Carol at The Keegan Theatre. The Keegan […]

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‘Hemingway: The Sun Also Rises’ at The Washington Ballet at The Kennedy Center by Carolyn Kelemen

Whisk mom to the Washington Ballet for a heady trip of Hemingway Forget flowers. Candy is passé. What most mothers want on their special day is to be taken someplace special. This weekend you couldn’t do better than The Washington Ballet which is premiering Hemingway: The Sun Also Rises at The Kennedy Center through the weekend. Moments before […]

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‘Cinderella’ at The Washington Ballet at The Kennedy Center by Colleen Sproull

The Washington Ballet’s production of Cinderella at the Kennedy Center is fun for the whole family. All the elements of storytelling combine, with incredibly impressive scenic design by James Kronzer and lighting by Tony Tucci, ravishing costumes by Judanna Lynn, and playfully intricate choreography by Artistic Director Septime Webre to the noteworthy music of Sergei […]

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Jonathan Jordan and Maki Onuki of The Washington Ballet in George Balanchine’s 'Stars and Stripes.' Photo by Brianne Bland, courtesy of The Washington Ballet.

‘Stars and Stripes: Tour-de-Force’ at The Washington Ballet at Sydney Harman Hall by Carolyn Kelemen

The Saturday matinee performance of Stars and Stripes: Tour-de-Force was, indeed, a tour de force for The Washington Ballet, the dancers, choreographers, and anyone else who had a part in this lively showcase that closes tonight at the Sidney Harman Hall. Always the consummate showman, Artistic Director Septime Webre invited under-11-year-old spectators for an impromptu “dance,” […]

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Luis R. Torres and Maki Onuki in Dracula. Photo by Steve Vaccariello.

‘Dracula’ at The Washington Ballet by Carolyn Kelemen

The Redskins may be in a slump but The Washington Ballet has never looked better. The nation’s capital premier ballet troupe is beginning its season with an impressive undertaking of the full-length, dramatic, crowd-pleasing, Dracula, choreographed by Michael Pink at The Kennedy Center through November 4th. Even RG III couldn’t have pulled this off. From the first […]

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