AuthorRobert Bettmann

Where Will the New Redskins Stadium Be Located?

Washington and the sporting world was abuzz this week with release of concept drawings for a new Washington Redskins football stadium including a moat. The idea of a moat around a football stadium seems mostly stupid until you think about it and the big question remains: where will this stadium be located?

Despite some evidence to the contrary the Redskins could naturally end up back in Washington, D.C. and perhaps these stadium designs hint at waterway access. Is it possible that on on the other side of that stadium moat is the Anacostia? Two potential sites along the Anacostia could allow kayaker access from the river. For anyone who grew up in the era of Barry Bonds, watching kayakers on tv chase his home run balls in Covey Cove, the vision of waterway access may be enticing. Continue reading

The Mariinsky’s Colossal Raymonda Shines at the Kennedy Center

If you go see the Coliseum in Rome you don’t need to talk about the dust, or the cracks in the walls. It is, of course, a very old building but you don’t think, “Gosh, they should add some new concrete and even out these walls.” Similarly when you see The Mariinsky Ballet’s evening length Raymonda. It’s polished by time. This is classical Russian ballet.

Marius Petipa’s Raymonda premiered in St. Petersburg in 1898. It was his last great creation, authored near the end of an epoch-defining career and after his ballets Don Quixote, Bayadere, The Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, and Swan Lake. Two years earlier, in the same city, Anton Chekhov’s play The Seagull opened. Chekhov’s work is a marker of modern theater, presaging Eugene O’Neill and even August Wilson. Dis-similarly, Petipa’s Raymonda is an ending, the last of its kind.  Continue reading

With Webre’s Exit Washington Ballet Faces Challenges

Washington was abuzz this past weekend with the announcement Friday afternoon that The Washington Ballet’s longtime Artistic Director, Septime Webre, is leaving his post at the end of his current contract.

When asked to respond to the news, Webre’s former Board Chair and one-time Executive Director, Kay Kendall, wrote, “He put The Washington Ballet on the map, not only as a major player in the world of dance, but also as a household name in the world of performing arts entities in our town. One of his many gifts was introducing young people to the world of dance and that has been of immeasurable value. He will be greatly missed.” Continue reading

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