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SEP 14 | The Washington Ballet

Photo of The Washington Ballet troupe dancing

SEP 14 | 8 PM


PROGRAM

Serenade
Choreography: George Balanchine
Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Costumes courtesy of Boston Ballet Company
Lighting design by Jean Rosenthal
Lighting adaptation by Elizabeth A. Coco

Underwriting support for Serenade provided by Nora Orphanides.

Werner Sonata
Choreography: Silas Farley
Composer: Kyle Werner
Pianist: Glenn Sales
Violinist: Regino Madrid
Costumes by Cassia Farley
Lighting design by Elizabeth A. Coco

Tschaikovsky Pas de Deux
Choreography: George Balanchine
Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Costumes courtesy of Miami City Ballet
Lighting design by Jean Rosenthal
Lighting adaptation by Elizabeth A. Coco

B1
Choreography: Andile Ndlovu
Music: Ape Chimba
Costumes by Liz Vandal


MEET THE CAST

SERENADE

Maki Onuki

Alexa Torres

Ashley Murphy-Wilson

Gian Carlo Perez

Oscar Sanchez

Andrea Allmon

Adelaide Clauss

Noura Sander

Brittany Stone

and

Annie Bacon, Nardia Boodoo, Madison Bruns, Kimberly Cilento, Anna Cole, Ava Dempster, Jessy Dick, Catherine Doherty, Misha Glouchkova, Salma Gonzalez, Carly Jones, Katelyn Konawalik, Rachel Rohrich

Rony Baseman, Ethan Slocumb, Paolo Tarini, Harry Warshaw

WERNER SONATA

Andrea Allmon, Rafael Bejarano, Nardia Boodoo, Adelaide Clauss, Nicholas Cowden, Gilles Delellio, Jessy Dick, Nicole Graniero, Ariel Martinez, Tamako Miyazaki, Stephen Nakagawa, Oscar Sanchez, Stephanie Sorota, Brittany Stone

TSCHAIKOVSKY PAS DE DUEX

Ayano Kimura and Masanori Takiguchi

B1

Andrea Allmon, Rafael Bejarano, Nardia Boodoo, Kimberly Cilento, Gilles Delellio, Lope Lim, Ariel Martinez, Tamako Miyazaki, Javier Morera, Ashley Murphy-Wilson, Stephen Nakagawa, Maki Onuki, Gian Carlo Perez, Rachel Rohrich, Noura Sander, Rench Soriano, Brittany Stone, Alexa Torres

MEET THE COMPANY

COMPANY MEMBERS
Andrea Allmon, Rafael Bejarano, Nardia Boodoo, Kimberly Cilento, Adelaide Clauss, Nicholas Cowden, Gilles Delellio, Kateryna Derechyna, Jessy Dick, Nicole Graniero, Ayano Kimura, Eun Won Lee, Lope Lim, Ariel Martinez, Tamako Miyazaki, Javier Morera, Ashley Murphy-Wilson, Stephen Nakagawa, Andile Ndlovu, Maki Onuki, Gian Carlo Perez, Samara Rittinger, Oscar Sanchez, Rench Soriano, Stephanie Sorota, Sarah Steele, Brittany Stone, Masanori Takiguchi, Alexa Torres

STUDIO COMPANY MEMBERS
Rony Baseman, Catherine Doherty, Misha Glouchkova, Rachel Rohrich, Noura Sander, Ethan Slocomb, Paolo Tarini, Harry Warshaw, Jie-Siou Wu

WOLF TRAP ORCHESTRA
Charles Barker, Guest Conductor

MEET THE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

Julie Kent became the Artistic Director of The Washington Ballet in July 2016. She is the longest-serving ballerina in American Ballet Theatre’s 83-year history. She began her dance training with Hortensia Fonseca at the Academy of the Maryland Youth Ballet in Bethesda, MD, and she attended summer sessions at American Ballet Theatre II and the School of American Ballet before joining American Ballet Theatre as an apprentice in 1985. In that same year, Kent won first place in the regional finals of the National Society of Arts and Letters at The Kennedy Center.

In 1986, she was the only American to win a medal at the Prix de Lausanne International Ballet Competition, and she became a member of ABT’s corps de ballet. Kent starred in the Herbert Ross film Dancers in 1987 opposite Mikhail Baryshnikov. She was appointed a Soloist with ABT in 1990 and a Principal Dancer in 1993, the year in which she became the first American to win the Erik Bruhn Prize in Toronto and was named one of People Magazine’s “50 Most Beautiful People.” In April 2000, Kent achieved another triumph, becoming the first American to win the Prix Benois de la Danse. Later that year, Kent starred in the motion picture Center Stage directed by Nicholas Hytner. In 2012, she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Performing Arts from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts as well as a “Lifetime Achievement Award” from Dance Magazine.

Since 2014, she has been the Brand Ambassador for HANIA New York, a luxury line of hand-knit cashmere in NYC. During Kent’s long performing career, she has acquired a vast repertoire dancing over 100 ballets, including all of the major classical, dramatic, and neo-classical roles in works by Marius Petipa, George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Frederick Ashton, Kenneth MacMillan, John Cranko, Anthony Tudor, Michel Fokine, Agnes DeMille, Merce Cunningham, Jose Limon, Jiri Kylian, Ronald Hynd, Ben Stevenson, and Christopher Wheeldon. As well, she has had roles created on for her by John Neumeier, Lar Lubovitch, Mark Morris, Twyla Tharp, Alexei Ratmansky, Nacho Duato, Stanton Welch, James Kudelka, Jorma Elo, David Parsons, Jessica Lang, and Natalie Weir. Her appearances as a guest include invitations from the Mariinsky Theatre, Teatro alla Scala, New York City Ballet, Stuttgart Ballet, Berlin Staatsballett, Australian Ballet, Bayerisches Staatsballett, Teatro Colon, Ballet de Santiago, and others.

In August of 2015, after a 30-year performing career, Kent was named Artistic Director of ABT’s Summer Intensive, a comprehensive summer dance program for 1,400 students at five campuses across the US.

Since Kent arrived at The Washington Ballet, she has brought important classical and contemporary masterworks into the repertoire, including her and Victor Barbee’s own critically acclaimed staging of The Sleeping Beauty, described by The New York Times former chief dance critic Alastair Macaulay as “one of the world’s finer Sleeping Beauties.” Kent’s steadfast commitment to the development of artists, rising choreographers, and the creation of arts education initiatives that benefit the community of our nation’s capital, showcase her dedication to creativity, expression, and to propelling ballet forward into the 21st century.

Kent is married to The Washington Ballet’s Associate Artistic Director Victor Barbee, and, as a mother of two children, she has helped redefine the image of the American ballerina.

Biography provided by artist management.

MEET THE ASSOCIATE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

Victor Barbee was born in Raleigh, North Carolina and received his ballet training at the North Carolina School of the Arts and the School of American Ballet. He joined the American Ballet Theatre in April 1975. Barbee was promoted to Soloist in 1979 and to Principal Dancer in 1984. He became Assistant to the Artistic Staff in 1994, Ballet Master in 1997, and Associate Artistic Director in 2001, a position he held until becoming Associate Artistic Director of The Washington Ballet in 2016.

Barbee’s repertoire with American Ballet Theatre included leading roles in major classical ballets including Swan Lake and La Bayadère, and principal roles in Le Corsaire, Coppèlia, Don Quixote, La Fille Mal Gardee, The Merry Widow, Snow Maiden, La Sylphide, Raymonda, Kenneth Macmillan’s Anastasia, Sleeping Beauty, and Manon. He created roles for numerous choreographers, including Mikhail Baryshnikov, Agnes DeMille, Antony Tudor, Twyla Tharp, John Neumeier, Alexei Ratmansky, and David Parsons, among others. Barbee made his musical comedy debut on Broadway in Woman of the Year, and appeared on Broadway in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Song and Dance, co-starring with Bernadette Peters. He also appeared in the television series Hart to Hart and Laverne and Shirley, and in the films The Turning Point and Dancers. Barbee is married to Artistic Director Julie Kent.

Biography provided by artist management.

MEET THE CONDUCTOR

Charles Barker has conducted orchestras worldwide including the Royal Philharmonic, Royal Opera House Orchestra, St Paul Chamber Orchestra, Paris Opéra Orchestra, Danish Radio Symphony, Orquestra Filarmonica de Buenos Aires, Adelaide Symphony, Columbus Symphony, and the Pacific Symphony. He is currently Principal Conductor of American Ballet Theatre (since 1987), Music Director for the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre (since 2007), and a regular guest conductor for San Francisco, Houston, and The Washington Ballet. He was Music Director of the Australian Ballet from 1997 to 2001, then joined the Royal Ballet in London until 2003. He is on the faculty of ABT’s JKO school (since 2017) teaching music to young dancers.

From 1995 to 1998 he was a member of the Barnard-Columbia Ancient Drama Group in New York which presents Greek and Latin drama in the original language. In addition to being a cast member, Mr. Barker wrote music for The Bacchae, Hippolytus, and Heracles.

He was the Music Director of the American Chamber Orchestra from 1981 to 1987. In November 1983 he performed A Tribute to Aaron Copland at Carnegie Hall in honor of the composer’s 83rd birthday. In 1985 he was Music Director for Aaron Copland’s rarely performed opera The Second Hurricane, which played to critical acclaim at the new Federal Theatre in New York.

He has conducted numerous film and television features for dance including Dance in America, a PBS special presentation on the works of Antony Tudor; the BBC in England; TV Asahi in Japan; and the ABC in Australia.

Biography provided by artist management.

THE WASHINGTON BALLET STAFF

Julie Kent, Artistic Director
Patrick Mühlen-Schulte, Managing Director

ARTISTIC
Victor Barbee, Associate Artistic Director
Catherine Eby, Artistic Operations Manager
Sona Kharatian, Ballet Master
Tamás Krizsa, Ballet Master
Danielle Norris, Physical Therapist
Natalie Rouland, Scholar-in-Residence
Glenn Sales, Music Supervisor
Rachel Scherer, Rehearsal Coordinator
Sula Washington, Massage Therapist

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT & THE WASHINGTON SCHOOL OF BALLET
Pamela Bjerknes, Lower Division Head
Kayla DeShields, SE Campus School Manager
Rinat Imaev, Senior Faculty & Company Teacher
Miya Hisaka, TWSB Adult Program Coordinator
Tammy Hurt, School Principal, SE
Xiomara Reyes, Professional Training Division Head
Alexandra (Alex) Schools, NW Campus School Manager
Katie Sopoci Drake, General Manager of TWSB
DeMoya Watson-Brown, Community Engagement Manager
Kristina (Kristy) Windom, Upper Division Head
Margaret (Maggie) Williamson, Artistic Administrator

PRODUCTION
Carolynn Hawthorne, Assistant Wardrobe Supervisor
Chris Insley, Production Carpenter
Suzi Kilbourne, Stage Manager
Monica Leland, Wardrobe Supervisor
Karen Storms, Director of Production
Sasha Zabela, Wardrobe Assistant
Elizabeth A. Coco, Lighting Supervisor

DEVELOPMENT
Mary Bounds, Associate Director of Development
Kayla Marcus, Major Gifts Officer
Karen Shepherd, Chief Operating Officer
Toni Stifano, Institutional Advancement Associate

MARKETING & SALES
Christopher Anderson, Director of Marketing & Sales
Amber Lucia Chabus, Marketing Manager
Billy Griffis, Ticketing Associate
Wil Johnson, Associate Director of Ticketing & Patron Services
Kyle Travers, Ticketing Associate

FINANCE & ADMINISTRATION
Fidel Colin, Director of Facilities
Claudio Flores, Custodial Services
Patricia Mendoza, Custodial Services
Anjelica Millan, Custodial Services
Dayana Orellana, Custodial Services
Lynn Quinn, Chief Financial Officer

THE WASHINGTON BALLET BOARD OF DIRECTORS

OFFICERS
Jean-Marie Fernandez, Chair
Luanne Adams, Vice Chair
Mike Goldstein, Vice Chair
Lowell Yoder, Treasurer
Joan McCarthy, Secretary

BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Britt Biles
Jamie Boucher
Jane Rosenthal Cafritz
Evonne Connolly
Charles DeSantis
David DeSantis
Emilia Ferrara
James Gale
Heather Hughes
Elizabeth Keeley
Dianne Keppler
Janice Kim
Sara Lange
Eric Larsen
Hanane Lemlih
Eve Lilley
Timothy Lowery
Dorothy Pierce McSweeny
Michelle Montes
Michael Olding
Barbara Rothkopf
Martha Schwieters
Yolanda Scott
Jennifer Tulumello
Patricia Wu

WOLF TRAP ORCHESTRA

Violin 1
Oleg Rylatko, concertmaster
Karen Lowry-Tucker
Joan Cataldo
Susan Midkiff
Sarah Sherry
Paula McCarthy
Patty Hurd
Jennifer Himes

Violin 2
Laura Miller, principal
Tim Macek
Laura Knutsen
Aga Kowalsky
Jennifer Rickard
Rachael Stockton

Viola
Stephanie Knutson, principal
Tiffany Richardson
Jim Kelly
Kyung Le Blanc

Cello
Lori Barnet, principal
Kerry Van Laanen
Todd Thiel
Suzanne Orban

Bass
Ed Malaga, principal
Marta Bradley
Yoshiaki Horiguchi

Flute
David Lonkevich, principal

Oboe
Fatma Daglar, principal

Clarinet
Kathy Mulcahy, principal

Bassoon
Eric Dircksen, principal

Horns
Hilary Harding, principal
Chandra Cervantes

Trumpet
Phil Snedecor, principal

Trombone
Bryan Bourne, principal

Timpani
Jonathan Rance

Percussion
Joe Connell, principal
John Spirtas

Harp
Becky Smith, principal

Librarian
Marcia Farabee


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SPECIAL THANKS TO
Dan and Gayle D’Aniello,
Wolf Trap 2022 Season Underwriters