April 13, 2022

Dance Speaks: The Wizard of Oz

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6:00-7:00 p.m. | Dance Speaks with Choreographer Septime Webre, Artistic Director of Hong Kong Ballet  

Gain behind the scenes information from Choreographer Septime Webre on his ballet The Wizard of Oz rehearsal and view excerpts of company rehearsals of the ballet. Kansas City Ballet Artistic Director Devon Carney invites you to join an engaging conversation inspired by this classic story! Moderated by Devon Carney, the panel includes an audience Q and A.

This Dance Speaks will take place on Facebook LIVE.

Dance Speaks is a part of Kansas City Ballet’s commitment to engage the community-at-large with a unique educational series.

Meet Choreographer Septime Webre

Septime Webre is the Artistic Director of the Washington DC-based S&R Foundation which launched Halcyon Stage in 2017, a new interdisciplinary performance and dialogue series. From 1999 until 2016, Webre served as the Artistic Director of the Washington Ballet and from 1993 to 1999 was the Artistic Director of the American Repertory Ballet based in Princeton, NJ. During his tenure at The Washington Ballet, the institution enjoyed unprecedented growth in the scope and quality of its work on stage, it’s school grew from 325 students to 1500 students, and the organization developed impactful community engagement initiatives including the award-winning Dance DC and TWB@THE ARC, both of which he founded. Webre launched an array of artistic initiatives for the Ballet including The American Experience, which developed great works of literature into full-length ballets, including The Great Gatsby and Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises among others. He also developed partnerships with many colleague arts institutions in the Washington DC area, including collaborating with Imagination Stage on The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe in 2012, and The Little Mermaid in 2016.

As a choreographer, Webre’s works appear in the repertoires of ballet companies throughout North America, including Pacific Northwest Ballet, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, Colorado Ballet, Ballet West, Atlanta Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, Ballet Austin, Ballet Memphis, Milwaukee Ballet, Kansas City Ballet, Ballet Concierto de Puerto Rico, and many others. He has served on the boards of Dance/USA and Dance Metro DC and his work has received numerous honors, grants and awards. He holds a degree in History/Pre-Law from the University of Texas at Austin, and is the seventh son of a large, boisterous Cuban-American family.

The Wizard of Oz

May 13-22, 2022
Kauffman Center

The Wizard of Oz in Kansas City is filled with all the familiarity of the classic movie – Dorothy and Toto swept to Oz join three unlikely heroes on a quest to see the Wizard and must battle a Wicked Witch in order to return home.

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