Nancy Havlik's Dance Performance Group will present a mixed program of new dance and music at Dance Place on March 3 & 4.The dancers will be Juliana Ponguta Forero, Uyen Hoang, Aquiles Holladay, Sandra Roachford, Shay Turner and invited guests. The musicians will be Anthony Hyatt (violin), Jessica Krash (piano / composer), Nate Scheible (percussion). Nancy Havlik has directed and choreographed for the past 25 years.She formed Dance Performance Group as a non-profit in 1989 to explore her own choreographic ideas with a small group of dancers and musicians.
The National Theatre will present Savion Glover's All FuNKD' Up The ConCert on February 23 & 24.The Tony Award-winning choreographer and tap dance superstar will bring "an unforgettable night of virtuosic expression." The New York Times has called Glover “The greatest tap dancer who has ever lived.”
George Mason Center for the Arts in Fairfax, VA will present Stepping Out by Dublin Irish Dance on January 27.It’s an exploration of the Celtic experience through the fast footwork of Irish step-dancers and an eight-member traditional Irish band.
Jane Franklin Dance will present The Migration Projectfeaturing Emily Crews, Kelly Hogan, Carrie Monger, Amy Scaringe, Brynna Shank, and Rebecca Weiss, with music by Mark Sylvester & David Schulman, in the Forum in Sidney Harman Hall, at the Harman Center for the Arts on February 8. “The Migration Project explores human flight through stories of relocation. Hear from fifteen community members as they tell fragments of family history dating back from multiple generations, or a story of a recent relocation.”
Image below: A scene from The Migration Project - Photo by Jim Turner
Washington Ballet will present three newly-commissioned works by emerging choreographers “whose work reflects their own history and experiences as dancers” at The Harman Center, March 14-18. The choreographers whose works will be presented are: Clifton Brown, Assistant Rehearsal Director and Dancer, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater; Gemma Bond, Corps de Ballet, American Ballet Theatre & Marcelo Gomes, Former Principal Dancer, American Ballet Theatre.
Images below: Clifton Brown, Gemma Bond & Marcelo Gomes
Dorrance Dance will present ETM: Double Downat the Music Center at Strathmore on March 2. MacArthur Fellow Michelle Dorrance and her company of virtuosic tap dance artists and musicians will present “a fascinating intersection of dance and technology. With flourishes of Afro-Brazilian music mixed with indie pop, this wildly eclectic show is the product of Dorrance’s collaboration with musician and STOMP cast member Nicholas Van Young. Featuring breathtaking solos, duets, and ensemble choreography, ETM: Double Down incorporates live music and Young’s award-winning electronic tap dance instruments in a surprising, innovative evening of dance and music.”
The Music Center at Strathmore will present "S"by Australia’s Circa ensemble on March 12.The company combines “death-defying acrobatics and bold storytelling in performances that have been leaving audiences spellbound since 2006.” The daring acrobatics are performed to a pre-recorded score by the Grammy Award-winning Kronos Quartet.Circa’s first performance at Strathmore will feature “seven talented acrobats flying, leaping, and contorting their way through a breathtaking spectacle that must be seen to be believed.”
Image below:A view of Circa – Photo by Justin Nicholas
The Kennedy Center
The Washington Ballet, let by Artistic Director Julie Kent, with The Washington Ballet Orchestra, will present choreographer John Cranko’s Romeo & Juliet in the Kennedy Center Opera House, February 14-18. The Ballet “celebrates love and fate in an evening of unbridled passion set to Prokofiev’s dynamic score.” Cranko created the ballet for the Stuttgart Ballet and had its world premiere in 1962. The tale of Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers is told through “vivid characterizations, clear dramatic structure, and masterful dancing….”
Image below: A scene from Romeo & Juliet.
CPAA Productions Ltd. will present Image China: Dragon Boat Racingin the Eisenhower Theater, February 2-4.The award-winning Chinese dance-drama will be performed by the Guangdong Song and Dance Ensemble. The dance is set in 1930s China against the backdrop of the Japanese occupation, & follows two lovers whose passion for each other is equaled only by their passion for music. “It tells the story of how one of the finest and most famous Cantonese compositions comes to be... and how it becomes a musical theme that inspires an entire nation.”
Image below:Guangdong Song and Dance Ensemble.Image below:A scene from Dragon Boat Racing
The Washington Ballet, with the Washington Ballet Orchestra, will present John Cranko’s Romeo & Juliet, based on the tragedy by William Shakespeare, with a score by Serfei Prokofiev, in the Kennedy Center Opera House, February 14-18. The tale of two star-crossed lovers will be presented in three acts.
Image below:Marcia Haydée in a production of Romeo & Juliet
The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, led by Artistic Director Robert Battle will perform in the Kennedy Center Opera House, February 6-11. The dances performed will feature works by Twyla Tharp, Robert Battle, Jamar Robert, Talley Beatty, Gustavo Ramirez Sansano and others. Ailey's classic Revelations will be danced at each performance.
Image below:The logo for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
DIAVOLO, the original contemporary dance ensemble which uses “architecture in motion” to explore the relationship between the human body and its environment, will perform the D.C. premiere of L.O.S.T. in the Eisenhower Theater, February 23 & 24. L.O.S.T., or Losing One's Self Temporarily, uses “meticulously-designed structures to explore, in two parts, what divides and unites us as we traverse through our daily lives.” Artistic Director Jacques Heim “leads a team of dancers, designers, choreographers, and engineers who create visceral and awe-inspiring works that reveal how we are affected emotionally, physically, and socially by the spaces we inhabit.
Bowen McCauley Dance will present a program titled Une Soirée de Danse (An Evening of Dance)in The Terrace Theater on March 2 & 3. The company, led by artistic director Lucy Bowen McCauley, will present the musical quartet, UnRavel, choreographed by the late Eric Hampton and restaged by Alison Crosby, set to Maurice Ravel’s Le Tambeau de Couperin. The group dance is set to the remarkable piano music of Franz Liszt played live by Nikola Paskalov. McCauley’s urban romp titled Le Café Carambole will close the program on a comedic high note, set to the masterful music of Paul Schoenfield'sBurlesque and Cafê Music, played live by the Gemini Piano Trio.
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.
Damian Woetzel will host an evening of recent commissions and D.C. premieres from some of today’s most creative voices in dance and music in The Kennedy Center Terrace Theater on March 7.The event, titled DEMO by Damian Woetzel: Now will feature Sara Mearns, Silas Riener, Rashaun Mitchell, Lil Buck, Brooklyn Rider, and others. Woetzel, who is a former New York City Ballet principal dancer turned director/choreographer,was recently named as the next president of The Juilliard School.
Image below:Damian Woetzel
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.