Wednesday, February 16, 2011

The New Lords of the Dance

Paata Tsikurishvili of Synetic Theater (left) and Septime Webre of The Washington Ballet,
photographed October 2008, Washington, DC, by Shannon Finney

Washington, DC is not only the nation's capitol, but it is also the center of the evolution of dance. Paata Tsikurishvili, co-founder of Synetic Theater, blends dance, theater, and film to create an entirely new experience of movement. Septime Webre, artistic director of The Washington Ballet, was famous first as a dancer, working with the giants of dance, including Merce Cunningham, Alvin Ailey, and George Balanchine. As a choreographer, Webre wows Washington audiences in performances that sparkle with wit and crackle with Webre's fresh point of view.