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The Washington Ballet Presents: Barre at the Bar
March 24, 2022 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm$20
Join The Washington Ballet company dancers as they lead a modified barre class. Open to all, this class will be a great way to end your work day and engage with fellow arts lovers in this exciting new event space. Following the barre class, join friends and colleagues for a drink in The Vault Lounge (1 drink included with ticket).
Stay longer to enjoy a digital screening and discussion of Stanton Welch’s piece liminal and Dana Genshaft’s Orpheus. Both works were created as a part of TWB’s digital season on Marquee TV.
Genshaft explores the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice in a cinematic work for 14 dancers. A light narrative follows the central figure of Orpheus as he revisits the painful moment he definitely loses Eurydice to the underworld. The ballet is a metaphor for the universal message of finding one’s way from darkness back to light.
Stanton Welch takes inspiration from the meditative qualities of ballet practice. As the cinematic work opens, the camera, unseen, trains on dancers entering the studio, warming up to prepare for class before easing into a powerfully elegant and reflective ballet centered around the rituals of the art form–the repetition, the corrections, the giving and receiving of knowledge. The three-part, 15-minute work is set to 19th-century French composer Erik Satie’s Trois gymnopédies, among the most serene and powerfully simple works in the piano repertoire.