The Annual Atlas Intersections Festivalis in progress at the Atlas Performing Arts Center, thru March 22.All five of Atlas performance spaces are alive with world premieres and innovative collaborations among artists of all ages, races, cultures, communities, and art forms. To read more about the festival, visit http://www.atlasarts.org/intersections
DancEthos with the West Shore Piano Trio and MOVEIUS Contemporary Ballet will present a collaborative concert at Atlas Performing Arts Center on May 19.The performance will feature the choreography of Artistic Director Tiffany Haughn, as well as guest choreographers Sylvana Christopher, Diana Movius and Emmanuel Williams. Since its founding in 2010 by Tiffany Haughn, “every DancEthos performance has been entirely different than the previous one because they are committed to presenting a variety of artistic voices and visions; therefore, they collaborate with a number of different choreographers and guest artists on each performance.
Image below: The poster for Dance Ethos - based on a photo by Stephanie Vadala.
The Resilience Project: An International Dance Collaboration with Silent Auction Fundraiser, featuring award-winning ClancyWorks Dance Company and an international collaboration with UK's The Ensemble will perform on April 14 & 15 at Dance Place.
Image below: ClancyWorks Dance Company - Photo by David Dowling
The Washington Ballet Studio Company and the DC Youth Orchestra Program will present four performances of Peter and The Wolfat THEARC Theater, March 24-25. THEARC, in Southeast DC, is the home of performances by The Washington Ballet Studio Company. The tale of Peter “comes to life in a tantalizing visual and musical tale that will inspire and enchant those of all ages. The program will also include a performance by The Washington Ballet @THEARC Performance Ensemble. Members of the artistic team will present a "Talk Back" immediately following matinee performances to discuss the production and ballet.”
Image below: A scene from Peter and The Wolf - Credit Dan Roberge
Jane Franklin Dance will present The Big Meow at Theatre on the Run in Arlington, Virginia on April 14. It’s the story of “an ever-hopeful fluff ball who desperately wants to belong to the band of neighborhood cat. The Big Meow is a story of hope, disappointment, courage and the need for belonging. These simple themes are part of every neighborhood, but in this wonderful tale told through the experiences of Little Cat, a potential weakness is a unique strength. The performance incorporates spoken word, movement, music, and an interactive participatory introduction for young children.”
Image below: A scene from The Big Meow - Light Enough Photography
Joy of Motion Dance Center’s American Dance Conservatory, Youth Dance Ensemble, and Youth Performance Companies will celebrate the conclusion of their program years in May at American University’s Greenberg Theatre in Tenleytown, DC.The Center is a non-profit charitable organization founded in 1976. The American Dance Conservatory & the Youth Performance Company will perform on May 5.TheYouth Dance Ensemblewill perform on May 12.
Mark Morris Dance Group and Silk Road Ensemble will present a performance titled Layla and Majnun in the Kennedy Center Opera House March 22-24.The work is based on an ancient Persian story of tragic love. The Silk Road Ensemble plays traditional Asian instruments combined with Western strings.The background was designed by esteemed English painter Howard Hodgkin, “for a unique combination of movement, sight, and sound.”
Image below:a scene from Layla and Majnun.
New York City Ballet (NYCB) will return to the Kennedy Center March 27-April 1 with two repertory programs in the Opera House, including a program to celebrate the centennials of Jerome Robbins, one of the most influential dance-makers in the company's history, and legendary composer Leonard Bernstein. The first collaboration between Robbins & Bernstein - the ballet Fancy Free- led to the Broadway musical On the Town and is a highlight of NYCB's special all-Robbins program. The company's opening program includes three works by legendary choreographer George Balanchine. Peter Martins also brings his Zakouski featuring two dancers in "hors d'oeuvres" for violin and piano, while Resident Choreographer and Soloist Justin Peck offers the Kennedy Center premiere of Pulcinella Variations.
Image below: Members of The New York City Ballet
Nederlands Dans Theater (NDT), led by artistic director Paul Lightfoot, will make their Kennedy Center debut in the Opera House, April 4-6. Based in The Hague, “this pioneering Dutch company's non-conformist, progressive productions have put its collective of astonishingly talented dancers on the international map.” They will perform a program that includes two works by Lightfoot and Artistic Advisor Sol León. The program also features The Statementby NDT Associate Choreographer Crystal Pite.
The Washington Ballet will present Mixed Masters in the Eisenhower Theater, April 11-15. The program of ballets will feature works by three renowned master choreographers—George Balanchine, Frederick Ashton, and Jerome Robbins. Serenade is the first ballet George Balanchine choreographed in America and a milestone in the history of dance. Frederick Ashton’s Symphonic Variations is an abstract celebration of movement and physicality. The Concert (or, The Perils of Everybody) is Jerome Robbins’s timeless and humorous one-act charade which depicts with satirical glee the thoughts and fantasies of a concert audience.
Image below: A scene from Frederick Ashton’s Symphonic Variations – Photo by Dean Alexander.
Falun Dafa Association of D.C. will present Shen Yun in the Kennedy Center Opera House, April 10-15. New York- based Shen Yun's unique artistic vision “expands theatrical experience into a multi-dimensional, inspiring journey through one of humanity’s greatest treasures—the five millennia of traditional Chinese culture. This epic production features one of the world’s oldest art forms—classical Chinese dance—along with patented scenographic effects and all-original orchestral works, Shen Yun opens a portal to a civilization of enchanting beauty and enlightening wisdom.”
Image below:The poster for Shen Yun.
Pan American Symphony Orchestra, led by Sergio Alessandro Buslje, will present Tango Impressions in the Terrace Theater on April 14. The company has 25 musicians, 4 international award-winning tango dancers, and Rodolfo Zanettiand Javier Sanchez on bandoneons. The show is “a journey from the Buenos Aires of the golden era of traditional tangos to the nuevo tango of Astor Piazzolla and his contemporaries.”
Image below: Members of the company.
Andersson Dance and Scottish Ensemble will perform Goldberg Variations--ternary patterns for insomnia in the Eisenhower Theater, April 26-28.Stockholm-based Andersson Dance and Glasgow-based Scottish Ensemble become true partners as they “interact onstage in a seamless display of talent.” Johann Sebastian Bach's Goldberg Variations “comes to stunning life through a whirlwind of movement and sound in this entrancing collaboration.”
Image below:Members of Andersson Dance and Scottish Ensemble.
The Kennedy Center will present Artes de Cuba: From the Island to the World, a festival celebrating the artistic richness of Cuba, for two weeks this Spring.The unprecedented event will feature some of Cuba's finest artists and leading Cuban American creators.The performances will include:
Ballet Nacional de Cuba, led by Artistic Director Alicia Alonso, with the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra, will perform Don Quixoteon May 29 & 30 & Giselleon May 31-June 3 in the Opera House. The performances will feature Alicia Alonso’s “definitive staging of the romantic classic Giselle with choreography after Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot and the company’s acclaimed version of Don Quixote choreographed by Alicia Alonso after Marius Petipa.”
Image below:The Ballet Nacional de Cuba.
The Kennedy Center will present Malpaso Dance Companyfrom Cuba in the Eisenhower Theater on May 11 & 12.The company was established in 2012 and is based in Havana. The program will feature Aszure Barton's Indomitable Waltz, plus Osnel Delgado's Ocaso and 24 Hours and a Dog.
The Kennedy Center will present Compañía Irene Rodríguez in The Terrace Theater on May 15.The company focuses on creating and exploring new avenues to evolve flamenco dance. Award-winning dancer and choreographer Irene Rodríguez “melds the fiery passion and exhilarating footwork of flamenco with a unique Afro-Cuban flair.”