Joy of Motion appoints Mary Chase Executive Director
Joy of Motion Dance Center announced the appointment of Mary Chase as its fifth Executive Director on January 15. She will succeed Julie Meyer, who has been serving as Interim Executive Director since May 2019. Mary Chase is a dance educator, administrator, and artist. Her choreography and performances have been produced in nineteen states and in Europe, Asia, and South America. As a choreographer, in the last twenty years, she has had over fifty works produced on stages large and small. Joy of Motion studios are in Bethesda, Friendship Heights and H Street N.E. in D.C.
Image below: Mary Chase - Photo courtesy of Maggie Walker
The U.S. premiere of Boys Don’t Cry by International Dance Company Hervé KOUBI will take place at Dance Place on February 29 & March 1. The production is "a full-throttle dance exploration of societal gender norms through the contrasting arenas of sports and dance. Created by Algerian native Hervé Koubi and in collaboration with author Chantal Thomas and musician Stéphane Fromentin, the work plays on the cliché of the male dancer who prefers dance to violent sports and the tension with the boy’s parents this preference may cause."
Orange Grove Dance, under the direction of Colette Krogol and Matt Reeves, will present the world premiere of Children of Babel, at Dance Place on March 8. The performance is the third installment of a tetralogy of evening length dances that explore the nature of recurring dreams. The dance “opens up new dialogues on timely themes such as migration, exodus, and transformation. Orange Grove Dance is a multimedia dance company “that creates visually athletic experiences through the lenses of dance, film, and design.”
Image below: Orange Grove Dance (Credit Mark Costello)
The Atlas Performing Arts Center Intersections Festival will take place February 19-March 1. The Festival "presents work that impacts our society, culture, and world by informing, inspiring, educating, and entertaining." Festival genres will include "music, theatre, dance, film, opera and spoken word where they intersect to capture a kaleidoscope of perspectives on our ever-evolving community and world." Among the participants, Gin Dance Company (GDC), a Metropolitan DC/Northern Virginia based performing arts modern dance company, has been selected to present its production named "Unveil," featuring the world premiere of Artistic Director Shu-Chen Cuff’s newest work titled ‘Breaking News." To read more about GDC, visit www.gindance.org To read more about the Festival, visit www.atlasarts.org/events/next/
Jane Franklin Dance will present EyeSoar at Atlas Performing Arts Center on February 22. The production will feature Philip Baraoidan, Kelsey Rohr, Amy Scaringe, Brynna Shank, and Rebecca Weiss with music by Don Zientara, founder of Inner Ear Studio. EyeSoar is a tribute to the S. Four Mile Run Drive, Arlington, VA neighborhood, its landscape and the people who call it home. Image below: A scene from EyeSoar – Photo by Andrew Bossi. Visit www.atlasarts.org/events/eyesoar
Theatre on the Run
Jane Franklin Dance will present The Big Meow, adapted from the book by Elizabeth Spires, at Theatre on the Run in Arlington, VA, on the afternoons of January 25, February 1, and February 8. The show features spoken word, movement, and music and tells the story of a kind and appealing Little Cat.
Image below: A scene from The Big Meow - Photo by Gail Bingham.
Jane Franklin Dance will present Border at Theatre on the Run in Arlington, VA on the evenings of January 25, February 1, and February 8. “In this movement theatre work, individuals describe barriers experienced through career, racial, gender or ethnic prejudice.” The set is by Scenic and Projections Designer for Theater and Opera, Jonathan Dahm Robertson.
George Mason University Center for Performing Arts
George Mason Center for the Performing Arts will present Alonzo King LINES Ballet performing a new work titled Figures of Speechon January 25. King “addresses the fact that languages of the world are vanishing at an alarming rate, and draws on the research of poet and activist Bob Holman, pioneer in the slam poetry movement and co-founder of the Endangered Language Alliance. King's expressive choreography takes inspiration from a soundtrack of poetry recited by native speakers of languages nearing extinction and music played on traditional instruments. The movement interprets this soundscape, created by composer and sound designer Alexander MacSween.”
Image below, a view of a performance of Figures of Speech.
George Mason Artist-in-Residence Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company will perform What Problem? - a world premiere of a co-commission at George Mason Center for the Performing Arts - on February 1. The work “examines group identity and its relationship to aloneness set to spoken word and live music.”
Image below: A view of a Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company performance
Bowen McCauley Dance Co. will present a Spring Performance in the Terrace Theater of the Kennedy Center on March 27 & 28. The program will offer "a memorable European inspired journey from Turkey to Germany. There will be three world premieres set to live music, fabulous dancers, and guest artists that demonstrate the Company’s evolution over 24 years." The performances are the result of "an expanded collaboration between two award-winning artists - Lucy Bowen McCauley and Turkish Composer Erberk Eryilmaz.”
The Kennedy Center is offering Dance Fitness in The Reach, thru March 7. The program is part of the Center's new Dance Wellness Series. Participants can "try on different styles of dance while beating the winter blues in these fitness-focused classes held the first Saturday of the month. Each class will be offered in collaboration with a local dance fitness professional or organization. All experience levels will be welcome and celebrated."
Lucy Bowen McCauley is presenting a program titled Dance for Parkinson's Disease in The REACH, thru May 16. “The program offers internationally acclaimed dance classes for people with Parkinson’s Disease in more than 250 communities and 24 countries. Join local Dance for PD certified instructor Lucy Bowen McCauley for a free workshop where participants are empowered to explore movement and music in ways that are refreshing, enjoyable, stimulating and creative. Pre-registration is required.”
The National Ballet of Canada will present William Forsythe’s The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude danced to the final movement of Schubert’s Ninth Symphony – in the Kennedy Center Opera House on January 28 & 29. The program will also include Forsythe’s more subdued Approximate Sonata 2016 set to a minimalist piano score by Thom Willems; Jiří Kylián’s Petite Mort, a poetic expression of ecstasy performed to selections from two Mozart piano concertos; and Alexei Ratmansky’s Piano Concerto #1, an homage to composer Shostakovich’s life and his transcendent spirit of creation.
The National Ballet of Canada is performing Tchaikovsky’s The Sleeping Beauty, thru February 2 in The Kennedy Center Opera House.
American Ballet Theatre will present Giselle in the Kennedy Center Opera House, February 11-16. The company last performed it in the Kennedy Center nearly 15 years ago. Critics and audiences rave that "Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie’s staging is most pure to the versions handed down by the masters Petipa, Coralli, and Perrot.”
The Washington Ballet, directed by Julie Kent, will perform BALANCHINE + ASHTON in The Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater on February 19-23. The company will perform ballets by 20th century dance titans George Balanchine and Sir Frederick Ashton. The works will range “from a lively and jazzy Broadway production to divine elegance in bellwether ballets by 20th century dance titans.”
The New York City Ballet will perform works by Balanchine, Wheeldon & Liangin the Kennedy Center Opera House on March 31, April 1 & 5. The program will include George Balanchine's Haieff Divertimento and Stravinsky’s Violin Concerto, along with Christopher Wheeldon’s Liturgy and Edward Liang's Lineage. The company will perform works by Peck, Cunningham & Balanchine/Robbins on April 2-4. The program will include Justin Peck’s Principia, Merce Cunningham's Summerspace, and Balanchine and Jerome Robbins’s Firebird.
The Kennedy Center will present DEMO by Damian Woetzel: NOW 2020 in the Eisenhower Theater on March 2. This installment of the Kennedy Center's DEMO series of contemporary dance will present recent commissions and D.C. premieres from some of today’s most creative voices in dance and music.
The Kennedy Center will present Fruits borne out of rust by Tabaimo and Maki Morishita in the Terrace Theater on March 3. The multimedia work is conceived and directed by internationally renowned Japanese visual artist Tabaimo in collaboration with award-winning choreographer Maki Morishit. The work is performed by a solo female dancer and two on-stage musicians to an original score by Yusuke Awazu and Keisuke Tanaka.
Image below: A scene from Fruits borne out of rust
Martha Graham Dance Company will present The EVE Projectin the Eisenhower Theater, March 5-7. The contemporary dance will celebrate the centennial of the 19th amendment, which gave women the right to vote. The company has created a collection of new commissions and signature Graham classics that each make bold statements about female power.
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.