The Washington Ballet will perform The Nutcracker at the Warner Theatre, November 29-December 28 and at THEARC Theater, November 24 & 25.The perennial favorite is set in historic Georgetown and features George Washington, King George III other historical figures, plus the traditional Nutcracker characters.
The Fairfax Symphony Orchestra, led byChristopher Zimmerman, will perform Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, with The Fairfax Ballet, on December 16 atGeorge Mason University Center for the Arts Concert Hall. The concert will feature “a winter wonderland of dancing snowflakes, sugar plum fairies and epic battles between heroic toy soldiers and mischievous mice. It’s the perfect holiday treat for the entire family!”
Bel Cantanti Opera, led by Artistic Director Katerina Souvorova, will perform F.Suppe’s operetta titled My Beautiful Galatea at Randolph Road Theater in Silver Spring, MD on December 29 & 30 and January 4 & 5. Pygmalion will be performed by Max Zander with Kelly Curtin as Galatea, Joseph Baker as Ganymede and Alex Alburqueque as Midas. The operetta is based on the story of Pygmalion and Galatea, wherein love transformed a marble statue into a beautiful woman. The production will be fully staged and presented in collaboration with The Olney Ballet, led by Patricia Berrend and Rugqiao Du. The performances will be in English with English spoken dialogues.
Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker will be performed in The Music Center at Strathmore on December 16 & 17.The production will feature world class Russian artists, hand-painted sets, Russian Snow Maidens, and jubilant Nesting Dolls.
The Hip Hop Nutcracker, with Special Guest MC Kurtis Blow, will be at The Music Center at Strathmore on December 18 & 19. The company reimagines Tchaikovsky’s classic score through “explosive hip-hop choreography. A dozen all-star dancers, an on-stage DJ, and an electric violinist bring the traditional Nutcracker story to life.”
Image below: The Hip Hop Nutcracker.
Interdisciplinary artist and maker Bill Shannon, who is known for groundbreaking choreography that explores the social constructions surrounding disabled bodies, will present Touch Update at Dance Place on November 10 & 11. His latest work “combines movement, wearable projection technology, and video installation to explore the significant and subtle implications of physical human contact in the digital era.” Touch Update “reverse engineers Shannon’s virtuosic technique for dancing on crutches, as he dissects and dismantles the multiple online identities we create in order to mask and manipulate our lived experience.”
Image below: The logo for Touch Update
ReVision dance company will present Garage Sale, an evening choreographed by Artistic Director Shannon Quinn, at Dance Place on November 17 & 18. Garage Sale“reveals the sentimentality of objects and their power to transport us across time and space.” ReVision is a Resident Company of Dance Place, teaching and performing both locally throughout the Greater Metropolitan area and internationally.
Bowen McCauley Dance Company will present their Winter Season Premiereat Dance Place on December 8 & 9.The event will feature an evening of dance and music for the Holiday Seasonwith some of the Mid-Atlantic region’s top contemporary dancers. The program will feature Eric Hampton’s UnRavel,Choreographer in Residence, Ilana Goldman’s new piece titled Facile Manipulations, a premiere of a piece by Lucy Bowen McCauley, plus McCauley’s ever-popular Lucy’s Local Playlist.
Image below: A view of a Bowen McCauley performance
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.