The Washington Ballet will perform works by contemporary masters who have defined modern dance at The Harman Center, on select days,October 31-November 4.The performances will include works by Mark Morris, Merce Cunningham & Paul Taylor.
Image below:Tamako Miyazaki and Alexandros Pappajohn – Photo by Dean Alexander
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.
Jane Franklin Dance will present The Big Meowat Theatre onthe Run in Arlington, Virginia on October 27.The production will feature Emily Crews, Carrie Monger, Amy Scaringe, Brynna Shank, and Rebecca Weiss, with music by Mark Sylvester, Jon Matis, and John Kamen. The Big Meow tells the story of an ever-hopeful fluff ball who desperately wants to belong to the band of neighborhood cats.It’s a story of hope, disappointment, courage and the need for belonging. The performance incorporates spoken word, movement, music, and an interactive participatory introduction for young children.The show opens with a brief performance by JFD Saturday Students and by Local Motion Project.
Image below: A view of a performance of The Big Meow- Photo by Gail Bingham.
Jane Franklin Dance will present Beauty and the Beatat Theatre on the Run in Arlington, Virginia on November 3 & 4.The production will feature Carrie Monger & Amy Scaringe, with Ken Hays and Richard Nyman. “Physical and fun, Beauty and the Beat is about presumptions that go way off course.”Jane Franklin Dance partners with music, media, visual artists and community participants.
Dance Place Partner Organization DC Casineros will explore the music and history of Cuba's most influential and legendary dance band on November 3 & 4. "Working throughout Cuba’s post-revolutionary era, Juan Formell’s legendary Los Van Van defended Cuban music on and off the island while inventing the style we know today as Songo.
Image below: Dancing to Cuba's legendary band.
Interdisciplinary artist and maker Bill Shannon, who is known for groundbreaking choreography that explores the social constructions surrounding disabled bodies, will presents 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 Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company (DTSBDC), the esteemed company led by Founding Artistic Director and Choreographer Dana Tai Soon Burgess, will perform a new dance titled Silhouettes at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery Nan Tucker McEvoy Auditorium on October 27 & 30.Burgess is the Smithsonian’s first choreographer-in-residence. The new dance is based on insights of American culture examined in the Portrait Gallery exhibition titled Black Out: Silhouettes Then and Now.The dance “examines the light and dark aspects of the self through a suite of seven dances, each inspired by a silhouette from the exhibition. The emotionally poignant thirty-minute modern dance featureseight dancers and includes a video environment by designer Kelly Colburn.”There will be a post-performance discussion between Burgess and the exhibition curator Asma Naeem.
Image below: a photo by Jeff Watts of Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Co.
San Francisco Ballet, with the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra, will perform two programs of East Coast premieres from Unbound: A Festival of New Works in the Kennedy Center Opera House on October 23-28. The new works were selected from the company’s groundbreaking festival. Program A (Oct. 23, 24, 27e & 28m) will include works by Trey McIntyre, Christopher Wheeldon, and David Dawson. Program B (Oct. 25, 26 & 27m) will include works by Edwaard Liang, Cathy Marston, and Justin Peck.
The Kennedy Center will present DEMO I: Gathering in the Terrace Theater on October 29.Damian Woetzel, the former New York City Ballet Principal Dancer who turned director, choreographer, and producer—and soon-to-be president of The Juilliard School—"continues to unite bright talents from diverse art forms in cross-genre performances focused around fascinating themes.”
The Kennedy Center will present the Ragamala Dance Company in a performance of Written in Water in the Terrace Theater, November 2 & 3.The “large-scale multi-disciplinary work with dance, music, text, and painting, provides an allegory of human’s constant search for transcendence.
Image below:A view of a performance by the company.
The Kennedy Center will present Malavika Sarukkai’s production titled Thari—The Loom in The Terrace Theater on November 9 & 10.
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.Screening of performances by the Metropolitan Opera and Bolshoi Ballet are favorites of area residents.