Supporting the relevance and advancement of dance in the 21st century, The Washington Ballet continues its commitment to the creative process with an evening debuting new, never-been-seen before ballets in the heart of the nation’s capital by choreographers Dana Genshaft, Trey McIntyre and Ethan Stiefel.
Three World Premieres, The Washington Ballet’s annual program featuring exclusively commissioned works by emerging and globally acclaimed choreographers, supports both the evolution of ballet and the dancer and celebrates the evolving beauty and resonating power of our art.
ABOUT THE BALLETS
Wood Work is set to music of The Danish String Quartet which will be performed live. The choreography by American Ballet Theatre star Ethan Stiefel is comprised of seven movements. The abstract, vibrant and sometimes rustic ballet evokes the atmosphere of a small Nordic village community. Dancers will wear both soft and pointe shoes.
Shadow Lands by former San Francisco Ballet soloist Dana Genshaft is set to music by Mason Bates who serves as the first composer-in-residence at The Kennedy Center. He was named Composer of the Year by Musical America in 2018. His piece entitled ‘Omnivorous Furniture’ is both electronic and symphonic. The dance showcases ballet technique with a splash of neo-classical that plays with angles, momentum and abstract movement to show that when broken pieces come together, the whole is better and stronger than when it is apart.
Teeming Waltzes takes Strauss’ waltz music to another level. Long time choreographer, Trey McIntyre uses the theme of ball pits and bubbles and other geometric shapes that come from a circle to show that a shape can break a line in another way. Four lead dancers and a corps of six women give a contemporary and athletic look and feel to a classical accompaniment. This new work will mark the debut of a new style for McIntyre who has been creating dances since 1989.