Editorial Review

You've seen the Nutcracker. You know about the Washington Ballet's classical repertoire. But what you might not know is that the company also offers edgier and experimental works far away from the Kennedy Center's footlights. The 7x7 series of collaborations with the Corcoran College of Art and Design meld new dance works with sets that double as art installations at the Ballet's England Studio in upper Northwest. Next month is the premiere of Septime Weber's "Shoogie, the Tail of My Wiener Dog," a coming-of-age tale set in his home state of Texas. There's only one problem: the school needs money to create the art. Hence the Shoog-a-thon at L2 in Georgetown. You can see previews of the students' art projected throughout the venue, mingle with Washington Ballet dancers and enter a raffle to win tickets to the show. The exclusive lounge will also have special food and drink items. A $10 donation to the Ballet is suggested, and proper dress is required. RSVP to to reserve your space.

-- Fritz Hahn (March 9, 2010)