With former American Ballet Theatre soloist and Twyla Tharp expert Elaine Kudo as its new ballet master, the Washington Ballet ’s all-Tharp series ought to be especially polished. The company performs that program, which will include “Surfer at the River Styx,” “Nine Sinatra Songs” and “Push Comes to Shove,” in February, but tickets for it and the rest of the troupe’s season go on sale much sooner: Sunday, Sept. 11. Artistic Director Septime Webre’s “The Great Gatsby” will return Nov. 2-6, on the heels of its 2010 premiere, and his “Nutcracker” will run Dec. 1 through 24, marking the 50th anniversary of the Washington Ballet’s production of the holiday standard. The all-Tharp program, Feb. 22-26, honors Tharp’s 70th birthday. “Once Upon a Time,” featuring new works inspired by old tales, runs March 3 and 4. “Alice (in Wonderland),” another new work springing from an old tale, choreographed by Webre, will be unveiled April 11-15. Finally, “Noche Latina!” celebrates Latin American music, dance and culture with works by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Edwaard Liang and Trey McIntyre, May 9-13.
Tickets are priced $20 to $125, and are available at washingtonballet.org.