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Washington Ballet - Frontier

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The Washington Ballet Presents Tudor, Ashton, World Premiere

Thursday, May 25, 2017 - Saturday, May 27, 2017

JFK Centennial Celebration

Artistic Director Julie Kent's first-ever commissioned work, Frontier (working title) will be choreographed by Ethan Stiefel for The Washington Ballet. The work is inspired by President Kennedy and his aspirations for America to be a leader of artistic, cultural, and intellectual excellence.

Price

$25 - $140

Run Time

Approx. 2-1/2 hours

About

The Washington Ballet
Julie Kent, artistic director


Frontier (working title)
World Premiere

Choreography by: Ethan Stiefel
Music by: Adam Crystal
--performed by The Washington Ballet Orchestra, conducted by Martin West
 
Artistic Director Julie Kent's first-ever commissioned work, Frontier, will be choreographed by Ethan Stiefel for The Washington Ballet. The work is inspired by President Kennedy and his aspirations for America to be a leader of artistic, cultural, and intellectual excellence. His historic May 25, 1961 "urgent needs" address to the U.S. Congress serves as the impetus for this work. This speech launched what became a legacy in U.S. space travel and exploration with a determination for the United States to be the first to land a man on the moon. President Kennedy and the First Lady focused national attention on the role of the arts in any country and the need for a nation to represent itself through its art. They also encouraged the development of Washington as a cultural center. The President was an advocate for America's ability to educate individuals while also developing their cultural, intellectual, and artistic endeavors. Stiefel investigates space exploration through the perspective of the astronaut, delving into the emotional and physical rigors required for space travel. From the enigmatic anticipation of the adventure to the subsequent isolation in having such a unique and powerful experience, the astronaut's journey is compelling.

Lilac Garden (Jardin aux Lilas) 
Music by: Ernest Chausson, Poème for violin and orchestra, opus. 28
--performed by The Washington Ballet Orchestra, conducted by Martin West

Choreography by: Antony Tudor

Set in the Edwardian period, a young woman is betrothed to a man she does not wish to marry. Tudor has been referred to as the creator of the psychological ballet.

The Dream
Company Premiere

Choreography by: Sir Frederick Ashton
Music by: Felix Mendelssohn—performed by The Washington Ballet Orchestra conducted by Martin West, with The Arlington Children's Chorus, Kevin Carr, Artistic Director

A delightful interpretation of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. "Ashton's imagination knows no bounds." (The New York Times

Performance Timing: Frontier - 29 min.; Intermission - 20 min.; Lilac Garden - 21 min.; Intermission - 20 min.; The Dream - 55 min.
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