The Washington Ballet
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
March 1, 2017
by Ashley McKean
copyright © 2017 by Ashley McKean
Change is in the air at the Washington Ballet: the troupe’s revival of “Giselle” revealed a transformed company and a new star. After last fall’s celebration of the arrival of Julie Kent, who took the reigns as Artistic Director along with her husband, Victor Barbee, as Associate Artistic Director (both hailing from ABT), “Giselle” offered the first real glimpse of the impact these two can have on the company. Kent’s traditional vision for the company — evident from her programming, additions to the roster, and the welcome return of the Washington Ballet Orchestra (valiantly conducted by ABT’s Charles Barker) — is a departure from the company’s eclectic past.
The Washington Ballet in "Giselle." Photo © media4artists, Theo Kossenas