A Nordic Winter Celebration
This year we celebrate the winter solstice in the “land of the midnight sun” with haunting melodies, breathtaking dance, a mysterious folk legend, and enough carols to get you into the holiday spirit! As our families from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden gather to celebrate the season, we invite you to join us on this journey into Nordic culture as we bring light into the darkness through joyous song and celebration.
Hear tales from the Kalevala, an epic Finnish poem told through story and song. As the moon lights the snow, watch as the Icelandic vikivaki dance circles and a mysterious stag looks on. Celebrate the traditional “bringing of the light” by Sankta Lucia with her crown of candles. Watch as dancers twirl in the hypnotic telespringar and be thrilled by the halling dance as the kicks and leaps go higher and higher. Be charmed by our children as they sing, dance, and present a charming retelling of the Norwegian fairy tale “The Three Billy Goats Gruff” which you will be invited to participate in!
Join our cast of over 100, ages 8–85, for rollicking traditional tunes, seasonal carols, moving folk songs, familiar Revels sing alongs, and spirited Nordic dances. During this darkest time of the year, experience the levande ljus (living light) of the Nordic spirit and the inward light that comes through honoring these beloved traditions. Glædelig Jul | Hyvaa joulua | Gledileg Jol | God Jul | God Jul
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Washington Revels’ flagship production, The Christmas Revels, is a festive celebration of the Winter Solstice and the return of sun and light after the “shortest day.”
Through music, dance and drama, it draws on traditions and rituals from many lands, peoples, and eras — medieval, Renaissance and Victorian English, French, Russian, Roma (Gypsy), African-American, Nordic, American Appalachian, Native American, Renaissance Italian, Québécois, medieval Andalusian (Sephardic, Arabic and Spanish), southern Balkan (Bulgarian, Greek and Thracian Turkish), Irish, and more.
2016 Performance Dates & Times
Saturday, December 10, 2:00pm & 7:30pm
Sunday, December 11, 2:00pm
Friday, December 16, 7:30pm (Family Friday)
Saturday, December 17, 2:00pm & 7:30pm
Sunday, December 18, 1:00pm & 5:00pm
Orchestra A-N (Center): Adult $60 | Youth $40
Orchestra A-N (Sides): Adult $50 | Youth $32
Terrace* AA-JJ: Adult $45 | Youth $27
Terrace* KK-RR: Adult $30 | Youth $20
Terrace* SS-UU: Adult $18 | Youth $12
Wheelchair Spaces** (Row N): see Row N pricing above
Youth = 18 and under
* Terrace seats require climbing stairs
**Wheelchair seating: please call 301-587-3835
GW Lisner Auditorium
730 21st Street NW
Washington, DC 20052
10% off for groups of 10-19; 20% off for groups of 20 or more*
Service charges: $2.50 per ticket plus $3.50 per order
* Available only through the Washington Revels office: call 301-587-3835
FAMILY FRIDAY NIGHT:
25% off Youth tickets on December 16 at 7:30pm
Save money and bring the whole family on Friday night!!
Please Note: Discounted Youth tickets do not count toward 10-ticket and 20-ticket thresholds for purposes of group discounts.
All performances wheelchair accessible.
Audio Description – Sunday, December 11 at 2:00pm
2016 Guest Artists
Andrea Hoag, Loretta Kelley, Charlie Pilzer
Andrea Hoag, Loretta Kelley, and Charlie Pilzer have performed at concerts and dances across the U.S. and in Europe for over 25 years, including appearances on All Things Considered, Performance Today, and Prairie Home Companion. They can be heard together on the CDs Hambo in the Snow and Hambo in the Barn. Andrea, widely known for her versatile fiddling, is a 1984 graduate of Malungs Folkhögskola, and studied intensively with elder fiddlers Päkkos Gustaf and Nils Agenmark. Loretta is America’s foremost player of the hardingfele (Hardanger fiddle), an ornately-decorated Norwegian folk violin with sympathetic strings and a 300-year-old tradition. She has studied with numerous master fiddlers in Norway and placed highly in Norwegian fiddle competitions. Charlie is an award-winning performer and producer of traditional and acoustic music. He is a long-time member of Spælimenninir, a folk band based in the Faroe Islands.
Washington Revels Brass
Our flagship production, The Christmas Revels, is a festive, fully staged celebration of the Winter Solstice and the return of sun and light after the “shortest day,” radiating hope and joy in the renewal of life and the circle of the seasons. Seen by over 10,000 people every December, it draws on traditions and rituals from many lands and peoples, focusing each year on a different culture or related cultures.
Select a link below to learn more about that production.
- 2015: A Medieval Celebration of the Winter Solstice
- 2014: An Irish Celebration of the Winter Solstice
- 2013: “Echoes of Thrace” (Bulgaria, Greece & Turkey)
- 2012: “Spirits of Haddon Hall”
- 2011: “Treasures of Andalusia” (Jewish, Arabic & Spanish)
- 2010: Thomas Hardy (featurig The Mellstock Band)
- 2009: Leonardo’s Workshop (Italian Renaissance)
- 2008: French Canadian (Québécois)
- 2007: Elizabethan English
- 2006: Early American
- 2005: Northlands (Nordic)
- 2004: “The King and the Fool” (English Medieval)
- 2003: “Roads of the Roma”
- 2002: Victorian England
- 2001: Leonardo’s Workshop (Italian Renaissance)
- 2000: Celtic
- 1999: Celestial Fools
- 1998: Shepherd Alley – Washington, D.C.
- 1997: Medieval – King and the Fool
- 1996: Northlands
- 1995: French
- 1994: Victorian
- 1993: Celtic
- 1992: Celestial Fools
- 1991: Russian and American
- 1990: Medieval
- 1989: Storybook
- 1988: Medieval
- 1987: Celtic
- 1986: French
- 1985: Appalachian-American (featuring Jean Ritchie)
- 1984: “Haddon Hall”
- 1983: Medieval