Washington Ballet Opens Season With Giselle

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The Washington Ballet opens its 2004-05 season tonight at the Kennedy Center with a performance of Giselle.

The classic ballet, set to a score by Adolphe Adam, premiered in Paris in 1841 with choreography by Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot.

The company's 2004-05 season runs through May and includes a new production of The Nutcracker choreographed by artistic director Septime Webre; Trey McIntyre's new version of Rite of Spring; and a program called "Unplugged," which features Webre's own Fluctuating Hemlines, set to a percussion score, along with a collection of world premieres.

The Washington Ballet was founded in 1976 by influential dance educator Mary Day, who also co-founded the Washington School of Ballet in 1944. Webre has been artistic director since 1999.

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