Day's final days

May 07, 1998|By Judith Green

Washington Ballet faces an enormous transition this year as founder Mary Day, grande dame of dance in the D.C. area, steps down as its artistic director. But from the look of things on stage, which remain stylish and sophisticated, you'd scarcely know anything but dance was on the troupe's mind.

Its final program of the season, next week at the Kennedy Center, features a new work by Polish guest choreographer Krzysztof Pastor. As yet untitled, it is set to cello music of Bach, George Crumb and Zoltan Kodaly.

Resident choreographer Lynn Cote also has created a new ballet, "Witches of Salem," based on the notorious 1692 trials in Salem, Mass., that sent 24 people to their deaths after they were accused by a few hysterical schoolgirls of consorting with the devil. Its music is "The Grohg," a little-known ballet score (1925) by Aaron Copland that has never before been choreographed.

From its considerable repertory, the company will revive "Overstepping" (1991) by Monica Levy, based on poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke and set to music by Eve Beglarian.

Performances are at 7: 30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday and 2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday in the Kennedy Center's Terrace Theater, off Virginia and New Hampshire avenues N.W. Tickets are $30. Call 202-467-4600. A discussion with Lynn Cote and designer Holly Highfill follows the Saturday matinee and is free to all audience members.

Pub Date: 5/07/98

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