Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company will present We choose to go to the moon - a critically- acclaimed work choreographed by Dana Tai Soon Burgess in collaboration with NASA - at the National Portrait Gallery McEvoy Auditorium on December 12, 15 & 18.Each performance will be followed by a discussion. Dana Tai Soon Burgess is known for his personal and culturally-inspired choreography.He was named the Smithsonian’s first choreographer-in-residence at the National Portrait Gallery in 2016.
"We choose to go to the moon" - Photo by Jeff Watts
Jane Franklin Dance
Jane Franklin Dance will present Picture Thisat Theatre on the Run in Arlington, Virginia on January 26 & February 2.The production will feature Emily Crews, Carrie Monger, Kaitlin Pennington, Kelsey Rohr, Amy Scaringe, Brynna Shank, and Rebecca Weiss.
Image below:Jane Franklin Dance - Photo by Jim Turner
Jane Franklin Dance will present Mouse in House with Emily Crews, Andie deVaulx, Amy Scaringe, & Kelsey Rohr at Theatre on the Run in Arlington, Virginia on January 19 & 26 and February 2.Music will be by Mark Sylvester & Paul Musso and animation will be by Bryan Leister. The show was adapted from the book The Mouse of Amherst by Elizabeth Spires, and reveals an unlikely friendship between a lively mouse and reclusive 19th-century poet Emily Dickinson.
Image below: A scene from Mouse in House - photo by Paul Gillis Photography
Jane Franklin Dance will present Beauty and the Beat at Theatre on the Run in Arlington, Virginia on January 19 & 20.The performance will feature Ken Hays, Carrie Monger, Richard Nyman, Amy Scaringe, Kelsey Rohr, & Rebecca Weiss. The theme is about "presumptions that go way off course."
The Washington Ballet is performing The Nutcracker at the Warner Theatre, thru December 28. The perennial favorite is set in historic Georgetown and features George Washington, King George III other historical figures, plus the traditional Nutcracker characters.
The Washington Ballet will present The Sleeping Beauty in the Eisenhower Theater February 27-March 3 with choreography after Marius Petipa and staging and additional choreography by Julie Kent and Victor Barbee and music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. It’s the classic story of “a magical kiss and the beloved story of Princess Aurora, her handsome prince and the evil Carabosse. It is a quintessential classical ballet inspired by the fairy tale of true love's kiss and the triumph of good over evil.”
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.”
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.