Julie Kent is the new Artistic Director of the Washington Ballet, coming back to her hometown (she grew up in Potomac, Maryland) after a storied career of 29 years dancing with the American Ballet Theatre in New York City. Sarah Kaufman, The Washington Post dance critic, wrote that "she's eagerly awaiting each of the company's four programs this Spring. It's so difficult to pick a single upcoming program as a favorite, in fact, that I'm recommending them all. Given the ambition, variety and sheer number of works the Washington Ballet will offer, this is a season of historic reach and artistic significance."
In this chat with Classical WETA's Nicole Lacroix, Julie Kent details the two remaining programs in this 2016-2017 season. Both will feature live music. Pianist Ryo Yanagitani will perform Scarlatti sonatas onstage in the April 26-30 program at the Warner Theatre, Balanchine, Ratmansky, Tharp. The season ends May 25-27 at the Kennedy Center Opera House, with Tudor, Ashton, Frontier (world premiere for the JFK centennial).
Later in the interview, Ms. Kent talks about her hopes and dreams for the Washington Ballet, its dancers, new commissions, and the challenges of becoming the director of a company after nearly three decades as a ballerina.