Dissonance Dance Theatre will bring Habibito Dance Place on December 9 & 10.The work was inspired by “the musical sounds of the ancient Silk Road trade routes and Gary Chapman’s five love languages. The dance “traces the communication of love between friends, lovers and family – fusing the sounds of the east with dance of the west. The work is performed to traditional Hebrew song as well as music by Yo Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble, Timberland, HassaonHakmoun, Ahmed Qawala, Lata Mangeshkar and Shades of Black.”
Image below: Dissonance Dance Theatre (c) Shawn Short Photographer
Dance Place will present their annual Kwanzaa Celebration on December 16 & 17. The event will feature Coyaba Academy, Coyaba Dance Theater and special guest Melvin Deal, who is Founding Executive Artistic Director of the African Heritage Dancers and Drummers. This year’s celebration will be a tribute to the memory and spirit of Baba Chuck Davis. The concert will feature a wide variety of dances depicting celebration, harvest and community.
Image below: Coyaba Dance Theater at DanceAfrica DC 2012. Photo by Enoch Chan
Fairfax Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Christopher Zimmerman, with The Fairfax Ballet, led by artistic director Margaret Virkus, will perform Tchaikovsky'sThe Nutcracker in the George Mason University Center for the Arts Concert Hall on Saturday, December 16. The classic family presentation features “a winter wonderland of dancing snowflakes, sugar plum fairies and epic battles between heroic toy soldiers and mischievous mice.”
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.
The Washington Ballet will perform The Nutcracker at 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.
Image below: The Washington Ballet - Esmiana Jani - Photo by Dean Alexander
The Dance Institute of Washington (DIW) will celebrate The Spirit of Kwanzaa in THEARC Theater on December 15.The Winter Holiday celebration draws on the agricultural ceremonies of Africa. The DIW will celebrate the holiday's principles with dance, music, and spoken word performances.
Moscow Ballet will perform their Great Russian Nutcrackerin The Music Center on December 22 & 23. The performance will mark the company’s 25th North American Anniversary Tour. The production features “over-the-top production values, world class Russian artists, larger-than-life puppets and nesting dolls and gloriously hand-crafted costumes.”
Strathmore will present Step Afrika! Step Xplosion in the Music Center on January 21. The program will feature percussive dance styles historically practiced by African American fraternities and sororities - plus African traditional dance and art forms from around the world. They integrate songs, storytelling, and humor into their interactive show. The company was founded in 1994 as the first professional company dedicated to the tradition of stepping, and they now rank as one of the top ten African American dance companies in the U.S.
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.
Suzanne Farrell Ballet will perform Forever Balanchine, with the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra in the Opera House, December 7-9.The performances will celebrate the culmination of the ballet company, which has been “led by the beloved muse of choreographer George Balanchine. Throughout her career as a dancer, Suzanne Farrell created and redefined many of the great roles of the Balanchine canon. The farewell program is a pageant of favorites, all handpicked for their special meaning to Ms. Farrell.”
Image below:Suzanne Farrell Ballet.
Camille A. Brown & Dancers will make their Kennedy Center debut with the performance of two full-evening works titled: BLACK GIRL: Linguistic Play and ink on December 1 & 2 in the Eisenhower Theater. Both works will be performed to original live music. The productions “celebrate diversity, community, history, and finding oneself through daring dance.”
Image below:A work by Camille A. Brown
The Kennedy Center will present An American in Paris in the Opera House, December 12-January 7, 2018.The production, which was inspired by the Academy Award–winning film featuring the music of George and Ira Gershwin, won four 2015 Tony Awards including Best Choreography. The show combines classic music, a timeless story, breathtaking dance, and state-of-the-art design.
Image below:A scene from An American in Paris.
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.
Fernando N. Gomez will present Atú: Drum Kingin the Kennedy Center Family Theater on January 12.The production is an interpretation of an African folktale passed down for generations, and delivered with a modern perspective that incorporates contemporary issues.
Onoe Ryu Dance Enterprises will present Dancer of Japan: Grand Master Onoe Kikunojyo on Sunday, January 14 in the Terrace Theater.The dance ensemble of four, direct from Tokyo, will perform a series of dramatic dance theater portrayals of legendary events. Inspiration for this performance is drawn from the 1979 opening performance of the Kennedy Center's original Terrace Theater by the Grand Kabuki Troupe of Japan. Brilliantly costumed dancers of the Onoe School of Dance, who study and perform throughout the U.S., complement the program.”
Image below:Dancer of Japan: Grand Master Onoe Kikunojy.
The Kennedy Center & Company E will present the premiere of I Never Dreamed It Could Be Like This:Leonard Bernstein at 100 in the Theater Lab, January 17-20.Company E, which is a D.C.-based contemporary repertory dance company, and choreographer Robert J. Priore will “bring to life the creative force of the iconic American composer Leonard Bernstein.” The production will ”blend together dance, video, projection, and live and recorded music and text as it explores “the intellectual and emotional complexity of one of America’s great masters.”