Drift: Rising Choreographer Cassie Meador's Newest Work
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The Washington Ballet's ingenious take on this holiday favorite is set in the wintry, historic D.C. of old. In Septime Webre's version of the timeless ballet, George Washington becomes the heroic nutcracker -- which makes perfect sense considering his legendary set of wooden choppers. Set to Tchaikovsky's beautiful score and staged with magnificent sets and costumes, there are waltzing cherry blossoms, dancing sugar plums and other clever adaptations to enchant young and old, making this particular The Nutcracker a beloved family tradition. Learn More
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Featured review from Elizabeth F Wallace
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"Rising" choreographer? She is risen! I was amazed by all of the attention to detail that Ms. Meador put into this work, from earthy Georgian soil to floating teacups, from personal stories to ecological disaster and reclamation, from dancing with shopping carts to eating peaches. To me, this performance will stay in my memory as long as my 1970's memory of Judith Jamison in "Cry"
Conception and Direction by Cassie Meador
A project of Liz Lerman Dance Exchange
What script do we leave for the future? Cassie Meador, a new choreographic voice from Liz Lerman Dance Exchange, poses this question in her newly commissioned work, Drift. Commissioned by a 2008 Kennedy Center Local Dance Commission Project Award, Drift peers at all kinds of change, including change in time, change in place and change in tradition.
Heavily influenced by her deep Georgia roots, Meador was inspired to create a new dance when she saw how a plot of land in her Augusta hometown changed from a farm to a strip mall, a strip mall to a Piggly Wiggly super market, and from a Piggly Wiggly to a place of worship. The dancers' blend of fluid movements and tectonic shifts mark the choreographer's musings about what gets left behind in the face of whirlwind change.
Unraveling in a mix of dance, video, and shifting installations, Drift is created in collaboration with artistic partners from the Dance Exchange Company, set designer Shane Meador, and partners from fields as diverse as art, geology, ecology and history.