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Since coming to D.C. and becoming the Washington Ballet’s artistic director, Septime Webre has sought to weave his company into the local artistic fabric through genre-bending collaborations with the likes of the Howard University Jazz Ensemble and salsa band Sin Miedo. Now, Webre is unveiling his most ambitious homespun team effort yet, Journey Home. This 50-minute suite of contemporary movements employs a set design by Washington Color School painter Sam Gilliam, a scenario by Signature Theatre resident playwright Norman Allen, and a 12-song score joyously harmonized and mournfully wailed onstage by Sweet Honey in the Rock. Built around reconfigured Sweet Honey standards such as “Motherless Chil’” and “Still Gotta Get Up in the Morning,” this epic aims, like The Odyssey, The Wizard of Oz, and the Bible, to depict the role of community in understanding one’s identity throughout life. Performances are at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. at the Kennedy Center’s Eisenhower Theater. $40-$55. (202) 467-4600. (Steve Kiviat)