The Washington Ballet will celebrate its 10th anniversary as a professional company with special events during the 1986-87 season, the troupe announced Thursday. Marking the occasion will be:
The company's first series performances in the Kennedy Center's Eisenhower Theater;
A fund-raising gala featuring notable company alumni;
A number of significant premieres, among them the Washington Ballet premiere of Paul Taylor's "Esplanade."
The company, led by Artistic Director Mary Day and Associate Director and resident choreographer Choo-San Goh, has performed previously at the Kennedy Center, but never the regular concerts of its subscription series, which is performed at Lisner Auditorium. The events in the Eisenhower, scheduled for the end of the season, will be four series concerts April 23-25, 1987, as well as the special gala earlier that week.
"The Washington Ballet is delighted to be completing its 10th-anniversary season with performances at the Eisenhower Theater," said Elvi Moore, executive director. "We are particularly pleased that the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts will be sponsoring these performances."
Among the alumni Day hopes can be at the fund-raising gala are former dancers now performing with American Ballet Theatre, including Bonnie Moore, Amanda McKerrow, Marianna Tcherkassky and Kevin McKenzie; Portland Ballet Theatre's Patricia Miller and James Canfield; Dance Theatre of Harlem's Virginia Johnson; Dallas Ballet's Jennifer Holmes; Dutch National Ballet's Clint Farha; and Stuttgart Ballet's Catherine Batcheller. Others include actresses Shirley MacLaine and Georgia Engel.
The date of the gala will be announced upon the company's return from its current three-week tour of Japan and Malaysia.
Two world premieres are planned for the season, including one by Goh and one by a choreographer to be announced.
In addition to Taylor's "Esplanade" -- the first work by this leading modern dance choreographer to enter company repertory -- Washington Ballet premieres for the season will include Canadian choreographer Fernand Nault's version of "La Fille Mal Garde'e," the comic ballet of 1789 that is one of the oldest in classical repertory, and Lar Lubovitch's sensual duet "The Time Before the Time After the Time Before." Season revivals will include Goh's "Unknown Territory," "Double Contrasts" and "Variations Serieuses."
The full season schedule begins with a fall series at Lisner Oct. 16-18 and continues with 20 performances of "The Nutcracker" Dec. 19 through Jan. 3, another Lisner series Feb. 19-21 and the April events at Kennedy Center.
For additional information and a season brochure, call 362-3606.