National Chamber Ensemble (NCE), under the direction of Leo Sushansky, will perform a concert titled A Night in the Garden of Spain at Gunston Arts Center on Saturday, October 14. The Ensemble will focus on the exotic, rich musical culture of Spain, featuring the music of Granados, Turina, De Falla and Albeniz.
Bowen McCauley Dance will join the Ensemble to premiere a creation set to Manuel De Falla's Suite Populaire Espagnol.
Image below: Bowen McCauley Dance - Photo by Jeff Malet.
DC Dance Company Dakshina will present their Fall Festivalat Atlas Performing Arts Center, October 12-14. The festival will be comprised ofa series of performances described as “Classic to Contemporary,” “Mad and Divine,” and “NADI.”
Mallika Sarabhai & Company will perform on October 12 Rama Vaidyanathan & Company will perform on October 13 Leela Samson & Spanda Dance Co. perform on October14.
Dakshina offers artists and audiences “the unique opportunity to experience dance as a movement that links the arts, cultures, and social causes. Dakshina means “offering” in Sanskrit. The company “explores the definition of dance within the U.S. and connects it to Indian, Latin, Social, and Modern dance forms.”
Jane Franklin Dance will present Bits & Piecesat Theatre on the Run in Arlington, Virginia on October 27, and November 3, 4 & 11.Bits & Pieces is a collection of movement events focusing on a different program each and every performance. Jane Franklin Dance “celebrates movement and makes dance accessible to a wide range of audiences through public performance, dance education, community engagement and collaborations with artists from other disciplines.” The company blends movement, sound and art; incorporates active participation by people of all ages; and performs on stage, outdoors, and at specific sites.
Image below: Jane Franklin Dance - Photo by Jim Turner.
Jane Franklin Dance will present a Family Fun Dayat Theatre on the Run in Arlington VA on October 28. It will be "a full day of movement and family friendly performances" featuring Emily Crews, Kelly Hogan, Anthony Milligan, Carrie Monger, Amy Scaringe, Brynna Shank, & Rebecca Weiss. Music will be performed by Mark Sylvester, Tobias Tenenbaum, & Jon Kamman.
Image below: Jane Franklin Dance - Photo by Andrew Bossi
Washington Performing Arts will present the Velocity DC Dance Festival at Sidney Harman Hall, October 6 & 7. Featuring "the city’s best-known ensembles, undiscovered gems, and everyone in between, the VelocityDC Dance Festival has become one of the highlights of Washington’s dance season, returning for its ninth season with a broad range of styles ranging from ballet to flamenco, tap to hip hop." The festival is co-presented with the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities and the Shakespeare Theatre Company.
The Washington Ballet will perform The Nutcrackerat THEARC Theater in Southeast DC, November 25 & 26 and at the Warner Theatre, November 30-December 24. The production has been called DC’s perennial favorite because it’s set in historic Georgetown - with representations of George Washington and King George III among other historical figures.
The Washington Ballet, with the Washington Ballet Orchestra, will perform The Russian Masters in the Eisenhower Theater October 4-8.The program will “clearly reveal where classical ballet began and how the choreographers have shaped and influenced the art form over the last 175 years.”
The company will perform Les Sylphides, with choreography by Michel Fokine& music by Frédéric Chopin; Boléro, with choreography by Alexei Ratmansky & music by Maurice Ravel; Le Corsaire Pas de Deux, with choreography by Marius Petipa and music by Adolphe Adam; and Prodigal Son, with choreography by George Balanchine & music by Sergei Prokofiev.
Image below: A scene from Les Sylphides - Photo by Dean Alexander
The Kennedy Center will present the world premiere of Night Train 57: A Sensory-Friendly Folk Opera, co-commissioned with VSA, in the Family Theater, October 6-8.The event will be “a musical voyage to outer space in an interactive folk opera featuring Grammy® winner Dan Zanes, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Claudia Eliaza, and more special guests.” Passengers on Night Train 57 “will discover the power of friendship and community with the sounds of 21st-century handmade sing-along music.” The sensory-friendly folk opera is suggested for Ages 3+.
Image below:Dan Zanes & Claudia Eliaza
The Mariinsky Ballet, led by Artistic DirectorValery Gergiev, will perform La Bayadère in the Kennedy Center Opera House, October 17-22. The classic ballet “radiates with colorful characters, vibrant sets and costumes, and virtuosic moments.”
Image below: A scene from the ballet.
The Kennedy Center will present Japanese Connections featuring tap dancer Kazunori Kumagai and koto player Yumi Kurosawa, in the Terrace Theater on Wednesday, October 18. The koto – a stringed musical instrument – is the national instrument of Japan. Kazunori Kumagai will be accompanied by a jazz trio comprised of Masa Shimizu(guitar),Samuel Torres(percussion), and special guest Alex Blake(bass). Yumi Kurosawa will be joined by So You Think You Can Dance contestant Virgil Gadson.The performances “will pay tribute to the connection forged between the Kennedy Center and the government and people of Japan who supported the original opening of the Terrace Theater.”
Images below:Kazunori Kumagai and Yumi Kurosawa
Damian Woetzel will host a celebration of the centennial of the launch of legendary choreographer Jerome Robbins’s career at the New York City Ballet (NYCB), in the Terrace Theater on Friday & Saturday, October 20 & 21. Woetzel was formerly the Principal Dancer of the NYCB. The rehearsal-style performance will feature a stellar cast and will “explore the magnificent repertory created by Robbins for ballet and Broadway, from Fancy Free to West Side Story, revealing the work behind the work of one of America's greatest dance visionaries.”
Image below:Damian Woetzel
The Kansas City Ballet will perform the D.C. premiere of Artistic Director Devon Carney’s production of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcrackerin the Kennedy Center Opera House, November 22-26. The production, with the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra, will include elaborate sets, sparkling costumes, and impressive choreography, plus “a toy bear that comes to life, a grandfather with Hip Hop moves and a line of giant Russian nesting dolls.” As is the custom with every Nutcracker, dozens of local children will be on stage, and in this production they will portray bunnies, lambs, dolls, soldiers, and angels. Others will sing in the Snow Scene.
Image below:A scene from The Nutcracker.
Mazza Gallerie AMC Theatre
The Bolshoi Ballet production of Le Corsaire, with music by Adolphe Adam, will be screened live at Mazza Gallerie AMC Theatre 7 on October 2. The ballet was inspired by Lord Byron’s epic poem and reworked by Alexei Ratmansky from Petipa’s exotic 19th-century classic. One of the Bolshoi’s most lavish productions, the performance is “complete with a magnificent awe-inspiring shipwreck and dramatic scenery………….and is made especially for those who seek miracles in theatre.”
To see a complete list of screenings - now thru June 2018 - live from the Bolshoi Ballet in High Definition at AMC Theatre 7 in Mazza Gallerie,