Taking Flight with Septime Webre

The Washington Ballet’s AD on Dance in DC

Known for his contemporary takes on ballet (see: George Washington as the Nutcracker Prince), Artistic Director/expert choreographer Septime Webre has positioned The Washington Ballet for one of its most hotly anticipated seasons on record.

Webre, now in his 15th year with TWB, raves about the dance company’s season-opening trifecta, Hans van Manen's 5 Tangos, Christopher Wheeldon's Polyphonia and Jiří Kylián's Petite Mort at the Harman Center. The three-in-one performance brings the works of European masters of choreography to the nation’s capital.

If there’s one performance to watch, it’s Kylián's Petite Mort, a racy, risqué dance set to Mozart which Webre describes as “haunting, joyfully witty and provocative.”

If modern European ballet is not your thing, consider an American literary classic spun up ballet-style. Complete with the Headless Horseman and school teacher Ichabod Crane, Sleepy Hollow makes its world premiere on Feb. 18 for a seven-show run over five days.

Other highlights range from Swan Lake, The Washington Ballet’s first ever performance, and the return of ALICE (in wonderland) to the iconic holiday performance of The Nutcracker.