Dance Place, cofounded by Taylor Knight and Anna Thompson, will present slowdanger on October 5 & 6.The Pittsburgh-based company’s performance will feature five dancers, two computational artists, and one responsive LED sculpture in a new evening-length work that examines empathy as a continual process.
Dance Place and CityDance will present Focus Cia DeDança on October 12 & 13.The contemporary dance company was founded in 1997 and “embodies a movement that builds art and meaning about the daily lives of the people in its home city of Rio de Janeiro.” They will perform their new work STILL REICH, led by Alex Neoral.
Image below: A scene from Still Reich - photo by Paula Kossatz
Bowen McCauley Dance Co. will present an Encore Performance at Dance Place on November 16 & 17.The company “will return to its debut venue with more dancers, new works and the momentum of 23 years! The performance will celebrate some of the top contemporary dancers from the Mid-Atlantic region.” The program will feature a world premiere, Crossing,which Ilana Goldman, resident choreographer, created especially for the Company. Crossing will feature music composed for the Kronos Quartet by Stephan Thelen - Circular Lines. There will also be a reprise of last year’s hit, Gershwin Preludes and a new work by Lucy Bowen McCauley.
The Washington Ballet will present NEXTsteps, featuring new works by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, John Heginbotham, and Jessica Lang, at Sidney Harman Hall on October 23-27. NEXTsteps "supports the evolution of both ballet and the dancer, and celebrates the evolving beauty and resonating power of our art."
The Washington Ballet will perform NEXTsteps, featuring new works by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, John Heginbotham and Jesssica Lang at Sidney Harman Hall on October 23-27. NEXTsteps "supports the evolution of both ballet and the dancer, and celebrates the evolving beauty and resonating power of our art."
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 Threatre, 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."
The Kennedy Center will present the Mariinsky Ballet in a performance ofPaquita in the Opera House, October 8-13. The 19th-century ballet – known for its Act III “Grand Pas” wedding scene - is rarely performed in its entirety. The company will perform the U.S. premiere of its lavish new full production.
Compagnie Centre National de Danse Contemporaine-Angers will honor Merce Cunningham at 100 in the Eisenhower Theater October 3-5.The event will be part of the global centennial celebration of one of the most important figures in modern dance and will feature two Cunningham masterworks, Beach Birds and BIPED. “Throughout his seven-decade career, Cunningham incorporated intense physicality and technological advancements in his work, flooding the field with never-before-seen innovation that reverberated around the world.”
The Kennedy Center will present DEMO by Damian Woetzel: BalletX, in the Terrace Theater, October 25/26.Philadelphia’s contemporary dance company will be making their Kennedy Center debut, performing a program with guest artists "that explores through the unique DEMO format what it means to be a creative ensemble in the 21st century."
The Kennedy Center will present a Dance Performance for Young Audiences by the Dutch dance/theater company named Woest, October 31-November 2. The performance is titled Balancing Bodies & will be performed in the Terrace Gallery. In the interactive show, an “ordinary space transforms into a universe full of surprises and twists in which the interplay between performer and spectator is the nucleus around which everything orbits. As a world builds from nothing to something, audience members take part in balancing playfulness and organization, young and old, foolishness and seriousness, and more.” The performance is part of Never Grow Up! which brings Dutch film, literature, and performing arts for young audiences to the U.S. The show is most enjoyed by age 9+.
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 will offer Dance Fitness in The Reach, November 2-March 7. The program will be 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."
Mark Morris Dance Group will present a production titled Pepperland in the Eisenhower Theater, November 13-16.The production will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ groundbreaking album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. The evening-length production features an original score by composer Ethan Iverson performed by a jazz ensemble of vocals, soprano saxophone, trombone, piano, keyboard, theremin, and percussion.
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.