CHOREOGRAPHY BY SEPTIME WEBRE ● MUSIC BY MATTHEW PIERCE ● COSTUME DESIGN BY LIZ VANDAL
Featuring over 60 Students from the Academy of Nevada Ballet Theatre
Live Music Sponsored by Sandee & Tito Tiberti
“A giddy parade, a pop-art dream, a feat of fevered imagination…This is a work of rich and impressive creativity.” –Washington Post
LAS VEGAS, NV —Nevada Ballet Theatre (NBT) closes its 47th Performance Season at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts with the Las Vegas premiere of Septime Webre’s renowned Ballet, Alice (in Wonderland). With an enhanced weekend performance schedule, tickets from $29 and up are available for four performances beginning Friday, May 3 through Sunday, May 5, 2019 and may be purchased by calling The Smith Center Box Office at (702) 749-2000 or by visiting www.nevadaballet.org.
Drawing on events and characters from Lewis Carroll’s famed 1865 novel Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (as well as Through the Looking Glass), Webre has conceived a production of epic proportions that successfully combines dance, theater and puppetry—along with innovative set design and an original score. With the expertise of costume designer Liz Vandal (Cirque du Soleil’s Ovo), set designer James Kronzer, puppeteer Eric Van Wyk, and violinist and composer Matthew Pierce, Webre’s valiant choreography comes alive for a full theatrical spectacle.
An internationally recognized ballet director, choreographer, educator and advocate, Webre joined Hong Kong Ballet as its Artistic Director in 2017 after serving as Artistic Director of The Washington Ballet in Washington D.C. for almost 17 years. He premiered his now celebrated rendition of Alice (in Wonderland) in 2012 with The Washington Ballet. Since that time, it has been performed by numerous ballet companies around the globe, including Kansas City Ballet, Oregon Ballet Theatre, Cincinnati Ballet, Oklahoma City Ballet and Hong Kong Ballet—garnering both media and audience acclaim.
Comprised of a cast full of eccentrically-rich characters such as cherished favorites the Queen of Hearts, Cheshire Cat, White Rabbit, Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee, and the Mad Hatter—classical and contemporary dance movements intersect in this colorfully outrageous tale where a fusion of dance styles and movements lend themselves to Alice’s enchanted pop-art world.
Filling the stage with characters who take flight and creatures great and small including a 25-foot jabberwocky (operated by seven dancers), over 60 students from NBT’s affiliated Academy will join the professional company by performing in the roles of Flamingos, Piglets, Hedgehogs, Doors, Sandwich Cards and more.
“Rich in color, choreography and musicality, Septime Webre’s Alice (in Wonderland) has all of the right ingredients to bring our successful 2018-2019 performance Season to a close,” said NBT Artistic Director Roy Kaiser. “Adding to the excitement and grandeur of this production will be students from the Academy of Nevada Ballet Theatre—bringing our entire organization together for a wonderfully full and memorable weekend.”
Additional Sponsors for NBT’s production of Alice (in Wonderland) include: Hotel Sponsors Boyd Gaming; and Wynn Resorts; Queen of Hearts Sponsored by Karin Sporn; Dress Rehearsal Sponsored by Vegas Golden Knights Foundation.
INSIGHTS –– FREE PRE-PERFORMANCE EXPERIENCE
Free to all ticket holders, NBT presents its popular pre-performance engagement, Insights, in the Troesh Studio Theater. With a special “Alice” twist, characters from the show will lead a fun and interactive demonstration for children and patrons of all ages. Insights will take place 45 minutes prior to curtain before each of the four performances of Alice (in Wonderland). Sponsored by C.A. Hartnell.
ABOUT NEVADA BALLET THEATRE
Now in its 47th Season, Nevada Ballet Theatre is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Las Vegas and the largest professional ballet company and dance Academy in the state. Committed to the highest artistic standards, this classically-based company is at home in an eclectic repertory, moving easily from the classics to the high-energy contemporary ballets. The mission of Nevada Ballet Theatre is to educate and inspire statewide, regional and national audiences and vitally impact community life through professional company productions, dance training and education and outreach. Nevada Ballet Theatre is the Resident Ballet Company of The Smith Center for the Performing Arts. For more information, visit NBT on the web: or Tweet: .Like NBT on Facebook:
ABOUT CHOREOGRAHER 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 D.C., US from 1999-2016. Previously he served as Artistic Director of the American Repertory Ballet, based in Princeton, New Jersey, US 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 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.