Dance Place will present their Contemporary Viewpoints Festival on December 7 & 8. The Festival is “a curated mixed-bill showcase of boundary-pushing modern dance, presenting a range of work by choreographers from the Metro area. The festival fills a gap in local programming for artists delving deep into short-form works while offering the company an opportunity to build new relationships with the artists that serve as the bedrock of the flourishing community. This year’s festival includes new work from Krystal Collins, Gabriel Mata, duo Sam Horning & Juliana Ponguta, and Katie Sopoci Drake – plus a premiere from Resident Company ReVision dance company!
Image below: A scene from Contemporary Viewpoints Festival
Dance Place in Northeast DC will have their annual Kwanzaa Celebration, under the direction of Sylvia Soumah, on December 15. The performance will host Coyaba Academy, Coyaba Dance Theater, and special guests in celebration of Kwanzaa’s seven principles: unity, self-determination, responsibility, purpose, creativity, faith, and cooperative economics. The performance will include dancing, singing, drumming, storytelling, and more in a celebration honoring African heritage in African American culture, while focusing on traditional and contemporary West African dance and music. The company focuses on diverse ethnic groups and humanitarian themes of West Africa.
The Fairfax Symphony Orchestra, led by Christopher Zimmerman, will perform Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker with the Fairfax Ballet at George Mason University Center for the Arts Concert Hall on December 21 & 22. There will be “a winter wonderland of dancing snowflakes, sugar plum fairies and epic battles between heroic toy soldiers and mischievous mice.”
The Washington Ballet will perform Septime Webre's The Nutcracker, danced to the score by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, at THEARC in southeast DC, November 23-24 and at the Warner Theatre, November 30-December 29. The celebrated production is set in 1882 in Georgetown and features George Washington, King George III, and other historic persons. The celebrated ballet "comes to life with intricate, stunning set designs, original period costumes and over 100 dancers including students and trainees from The Washington School of Ballet." The production has been called "the signature Nutcracker of the nation’s capital."
Image below: Corey Landolt and Stephanie Sorota in The Nutcracker - Photo by Barbara Berti
Jane Franklin Dance will present Splatterat Theatre on the Run in Arlington Virginia on November 23.The performances will feature Andie DeVaulx, Ian Edwards, Carly Johnson & Amy Scaringe. Splatter is “a colorful story about an incidental accident. Splatter is certain to take you on a vibrant journey of emotion through spoken word, movement, and music; inspired by the book "The Color Monster" by Anna Llenas.” Each show will be introduced with performances by local youth groups:
Classical Arts Entertainment, Inc. will present the National Ballet Theater of Odessa’s full-scale production of Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake in the Music Center at Strathmore on November 29.The production will include 55 of Ukraine’s brightest ballet stars to bring this romantic tale of true love to life.
The Moscow Ballet will perform The Great Russian Nutcracker in The Music Center at Strathmore on December 15 & 16.The Christmas extravaganza has world-class artists, dazzling costumes, stunning sets, towering puppets, soaring birds….and Tchaikovsky’s timeless score.
The Hip Hop Nutcracker, with guest MC Kurtis Blow, will perform in the Music Center at Strathmore on December 17-19. The holiday mash-up features Maria-Claraand the Nutcracker Prince as they set off for a magical adventure…in modern day New York City. The show features Tchaikovsky’s classic score “punched up by all-star contemporary and hip-hop dancers, a DJ, a violinist, and Kurtis Blow, one of hip-hop’s founding fathers, who opens the show with a short set.” Innovative visual effects will transform the landscape of E.T.A. Hoffmann’s beloved story from traditional 19th century Germany to the vibrant, diverse sights and sounds of modern urban life.”
Strathmore will present Step Afrika! - Step Xplosion - in the Music Center on January 12. The group is the first professional organization dedicated to the African American tradition of stepping. "The performance begins with a showcase of the region’s finest step squads featuring lightning-fast footwork, percussive chants, and incredible synchronicity. In addition to the company will showcase a portion of their new work, Drumfolk, commissioned by Strathmore."
The performance is considered ideal for ages 8 and up.
Signature Theatre is presenting A Chorus Line - winner of nine Tony Awards® and the Pulitzer Prize - thru January 5, 2020.The show is about hopeful dancers who pour out their dreams, memories, and loves, as they audition for a spot in a chorus line. The show features ballet, tap and jazz dance numbers, plus iconic songs, including “What I Did for Love” and more. A Chorus Line has one of the largest casts in Signature history.
Images below: The Logo for A Chorus Line followed by photos of the cast.
The Atlanta Ballet, led by Gennadi Nedvegin, with choreographer Yuri Possokhov, will perform The Nutcracker, danced to Tchaikovsky’s timeless score, in the Opera House, November 27-December 1.The performances will mark the Kennedy Center debut of Atlanta Ballet. The production “harkens closely to E.T.A. Hoffmann’s original 1816 tale, as a young girl and her Nutcracker Prince journey to a land far beyond our wildest dreams.”
The Kennedy Center is offering Dance Fitness in The Reach, thru March 7. The program is part of the Center's new Dance Wellness Series. Participants can "try on different styles of dance while beating the winter blues in these fitness-focused classes held the first Saturday of the month. Each class will be offered in collaboration with a local dance fitness professional or organization. All experience levels will be welcome and celebrated."
The Kennedy Center will present Maya Beiser, Wendy Whelan, Lucinda Childs & David Lang: The Day in the Eisenhower Theater, December 6 & 7.The Day is a new music/dance work by cellist Maya Beiser, dancer Wendy Whelan, and choreographer Lucinda Childs, with music by David Lang. “This bold, evening-long sensory exploration of two journeys—life and the eternal, post-mortal voyage of the soul—weaves together universal themes through the shared language of music and dance.”
The National Ballet of Canada will present William Forsythe’s The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude danced to the final movement of Schubert’s Ninth Symphony – in the Kennedy Center Opera House on January 28 & 29. The program will also include his more subdued Approximate Sonata 2016 set to a minimalist piano score by Thom Willems; Jiří Kylián’s Petite Mort, a poetic expression of ecstasy performed to selections from two Mozart piano concertos; and Alexei Ratmansky’s Piano Concerto #1, an homage to composer Shostakovich’s life and his transcendent spirit of creation.
The National Ballet of Canada will perform Tchaikovsky’s The Sleeping Beauty, January 3-February 2 in The Kennedy Center Opera House.
The Kennedy Center will present Matthew Bourne's New Adventures: Swan Lake in the Opera House, January 21-26. The contemporary dance is “best known for replacing the female corps de ballet with a menacing male ensemble, which has shattered conventions and has taken the dance world by storm.
The Kennedy Center will present South African star Gregory Maqoma's Vuyani Dance Theatre: Cion: Requiem of Ravel's Boléro in the Eisenhower Theater, January 24 & 25. The Vuyani Dance Theatre “performs an innovative, visually stunning full-length work that brings literature to life, drawing inspiration from the character Toloki in South African author Zakes Mda’s novel Cion, and music from French composer Maurice Ravel’s Boléro.”
Washington Revels and Arab drumming and dance specialist Karim Nagi will present an “Arab Folk Dance Intensive” workshop at Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church in Bethesda, MD on November 30. Karim will guide the audience through traditional group dances from the Arab world. They are not “performance” dances, but village community dances done by “The People” — adults and children of all ages — in social, celebratory, and spiritual group settings. The event is open to ages 7–adult and all levels of dance experience (or no experience!) are welcome.
No special footwear is required, but no loose sandals.
Metropolitan Ballet Theatre & Academy will present The Nutcracker Suite at Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center atMontgomery College in Rockville, MD on December 7, 8, 14, & 15. The Nutcracker Suite is a shorter-length introduction to the theater and ballet, geared to young audiences.
The Arts On-Screen at select AMC Theatres at Mazza Gallerie
Select Theatres at AMC in Mazza Gallerie continue to offer special screenings, including classic films, anime, family films and much more.Screenings of performances by the Metropolitan Opera and Bolshoi Ballet are favorites of area residents.