The Washington Ballet, led by Artistic Director Julie Kent, has invited celebrated artists from the dance world to share the Eisenhower Theater stage for performances September 26-30. The program will include works by George Balanchine, Alexei Ratmansky, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Michel Fokine and others.
The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden is presenting Does the body rule the mind, or does the mind rule the body? -the first exhibition in the museum's history to focus on live performance art - thru August 12. Curated by Mark Beasley, the museum's curator of media and performance art, the presentation features new and recent works by leading performance artists who mix avant-garde gesture with popular culture, expressed through the rigor and dynamism of contemporary dance. The film and live performance series include five performers who work with dance, music and spoken word - Moriah Evans, Morgan Bassichis, Will Rawls, Jen Rosenblit and Mariana Valencia.They “explore ideas of the body and identity.” The works are presented as a series of intimate dance and music performances designed for the Hirshhorn's circular galleries. The live performances are presented “alongside a larger ongoing presentation of moving image documentaries and recorded works that offer an introduction to the work of this contemporary generation of American artists. Each piece is inherently social, inviting visitors to connect to the artists and to each other through playfulness, movement, humor, control and liberation. Together, they challenge notions of how people construct identity through pop culture and the histories they tell each other.”
Image below:Mariana Valencia, Album, 2018. Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Ian Douglas
Ballet & More 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.Screening of performances by the Metropolitan Opera and Bolshoi Ballet are favorites of area residents.