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 an internationally recognized ballet director, choreographer, educator, and advocate. He joined Hong Kong Ballet as its Artistic Director in July 2017 after 17 years as Artistic Director of The Washington Ballet in Washington DC from 1999-2016. Previously he served as Artistic Director of the American Repertory Ballet, based in Princeton, New Jersey, from 1993-1999. In addition, Webre has served as the Artistic Director of Halcyon, a Washington DC-based foundation, launching an annual international Festival for Creativity in Washington DC in June 2018.

During Webre’s tenure at The Washington Ballet, the institution’s budget grew by 500%, and it enjoyed unprecedented advances in the scope and quality of its work on stage, in the size and reach of its professional school, and in the development of several far-reaching community engagement programs, which he founded. Webre launched an array of artistic initiatives including The American Experience, which developed great works of literature into full-length ballets, including The Wizard of Oz, The Great Gatsby, and Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises among others.

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, and he has worked frequently in theatre as well as opera. As a dancer, Webre was featured in solo and principal roles from the classical repertoire as well as in contemporary works by choreographers such as Twyla Tharp, Paul Taylor, and Merce Cunningham. He has served on the juries of a number of international ballet competitions, including those in Varna, Bulgaria, Istanbul, Cape Town, New York, Seoul, and elsewhere. He has served on the board of Dance/USA 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 in 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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