Monday, March 3, 2014

March D.C. Area Dance Events Guide

Atlas Performing Arts Center
2/22-3/8, Atlas Intersections Festival, Multiple Atlas Locations
“INTERSECTIONS presents performances in music, theatre, dance, film, spoken word and performance art that offer new ways to see ourselves and to celebrate our community and our world.”

The Washington Ballet
3/5-9, BRITISH INVASION: The Beatles & Rolling Stones, The Kennedy Center, Eisenhower Theater
“When The Beatles and The Rolling Stones invaded America back in the 1960's rock 'n' roll changed forever. Relive this revolution inTrey McIntyre's A Day in the Life, an energetic, thrillingly visual and emotional journey set to classic Beatles' tunes. Through poignant lyrics, hard-driving guitar licks and strutting dance, Christopher Bruce's highly-acclaimed rock ballet Rooster, is the penultimate ‘battle of the sexes.’”

Christopher K. Morgan and Artists (CKM&A)
3/14-3/15 at 8pm, Dissolving, The Alden
“CKM&A returns for its third season at The Alden with an evening of mixed repertory. On the program will be the company premiere of Christopher K. Morgan’s 2013 work Selective Sync (originally commissioned by American University) and the world premiere of "Dissolving".  "Dissolving" artfully explores themes of water pollution and conservation, incorporating locally accumulated and collected rainwater into the performance. Choreographed by Morgan, and in collaboration with guest choreographer Dance Exchange Resident Artist Matthew Cumbie, the work features an original score by composer Jonathan Kolm.  Other CKM&A repertory will complete the program.”

Joy of Motion
3/15 at 8:30pm, 3/16 at 7pm Glade Dance Collective presents Wavelength, The Jack Guidone Theater
In Glade Dance Collective's fifth year, we present our first full evening of exclusively Glade works. Witness the premiere of pieces exploring personal stories of transformation by our own Lauren Borchard, Jess Hoversen, and Betsy Loikow. You'll also see excerpts from Connections, Glade's collective piece sourced from audience interactions. And an audience favorite, District. Defined?, returns, showcasing the vibrancy and music of life in D.C.

Washington Performing Arts Society
3/21-3/22 at 8pm, Koresh Dance Company, Lansburgh Theatre
“Join Koresh Dance Company for an eloquent and explosive program featuring Koresh’s choreography to classical favorites juxtaposed with contemporary and world music in an exploration of common rhythms. Known for an exciting and emotional blend of ballet, modern and jazz, the program will include excerpts from Koresh’s latest work Come Together, choreography set to Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata and Bach’s Air, and much more.”

Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company
3/22 & 3/29 from 11:30-3pm, DTSBDC Open Rehearsal, The National Portrait Gallery, 1st Fl
Choreographer Dana Tai Soon Burgess,Dancing the Dream artist-in-residence, has created a second site-specific work in response to the exhibition. The Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company invites visitors to watch rehearsals and give feedback. Comments will be incorporated into the final work, which will premiere at on April 19.

Dance Place
3/22 at 8pm, 3/23 at 7pm Rennie Harris RHAW, Edgewood Arts Center
RHAW, Rennie Harris’ second company, presents dynamic performances of street dance, including: Campbell locking, popping & boogaloo, B-boy/girl, house and hip-hop social dance. Downplaying the abstract while pushing a dramatic aesthetic, RHAW forges new paths for young hip-hop hopefuls, and presents hip-hop in its “RHAW-est” forms.”

Dance Place
3/29-30, Telephone Dance Project at the DP2 studio in Brookland Artspace Lofts
“Telephone Dance Project (TDP), a long-distance dance collaboration, brings their unique site-specific improvisational performances to D.C. in a weekend full of dance. TDP will host an Improvisation Workshop at Dance Place, a Site-Specific Dance Exploration at the National Portrait Gallery, and a Salon-Style Show at Brookland Artspace.”

Atlas Performing Arts Center
3/29-30, Sannidhi (Sacred Space) with soloist Aparna Ramaswamy at The Theresa and Jane Lang Theatre
“Acclaimed Bharatanatyam soloist and choreographer Aparna Ramaswamy‘s choreography and performance have been described as “a marvel of buoyant agility and sculptural clarity” (Dance Magazine), “thrillingly three-dimensional,” and “an enchantingly beautiful dancer,” (The New York Times).”


Baltimore Dance Invitational
3/6-3/9, The Collective and guests, Baltimore Theatre Project
“The Collective presents the 2nd Annual Baltimore Dance Invitational bringing together artists from the surrounding region for three showcase performances.”

Dance Bethesda
3/8 at 8pm, Dance Bethesda, Round House Theater
Seven performers have been selected for the annual concert. Selected professional companies and choreographers include: Agency 9 (hip-hop), Bethany Disque (contemporary), Christopher K. Morgan & Artists (contemporary), Company Danzante (contemporary), Company E (contemporary), Nomad Dancers (inspired by traditions of India, Persia, Central Asia, Middle East, and Turkey) and Word Dance Theater (modern dance)

The Clarice Smith Center for the Performing Arts at University of Maryland, College Park
3/12-3/14 at 9pm, MFA Thesis Concert: My Tempest by Ana Farfan, Dance Theatre
“A Prospero whose spells do not work anymore, a Miranda who does not love Ferdinand and instead wants to become a magician herself, an Ariel who is not interested in being released by Prospero … these challenging situations for characters from Shakespeare’s The Tempest live in Ana Farfán’s choreography, My Tempest.”

The Clarice Smith Center for the Performing Arts at University of Maryland, College Park
3/12-3/14 at 7:30pm, MFA Thesis Concert: Pleated by Stephanie Miracle, Dance Theatre
“Based on make-believe worlds, sibling rivalry and living-room dances, Pleated is a lively, imaginative choreography for three women.
Daring physicality and humble gestures are (re)constructed from personal memories and old home movies, creating autobiographical work that explores the brutal and beautiful landscape of growing up with sisters.”

Black Rock Center for the Arts
3/15 at 8pm, ClancyWorks, Black Rock Theater
“Local award-winning modern dance company returns to BlackRock with the world premiere of BenchMarks – which explored organizational partnering and deepened the artistic scope of dance in Montgomery County. The concert will also premiere By George!, a stunning movement display inspired by George Lewis and his Ragtime Band, jazz funeral music of New Orleans, choreographed by Bill Evans. See You Around, choreographed by Claire Porter and Sabatino Verlezza, combines subtle comedic moments and dialogue to create a highly entertaining and amusing dance theater piece that is not only humorous but thought-provoking. Finally, the concert will feature Displaced, choreographed by Susan Shields, an award winning choreographer described by The Washington Post as one of DC’s “best-kept secrets”. The company produces choreography that is physically demanding, powerful, evocative and profoundly human.”

Dance Exchange
3/20 from 7-9pm, Evening w/DX Green Choreographer Paloma McGregor, Dance Exchange in Takoma Park, MD
“In our second year of the Green ChoreographerResidency program, we are excited for Paloma McGregor, NYC-based movement artist, to share her work with the DX and DC-area community. Paloma is currently developing Building a Better Fishtrap, a multidisciplinary performance project that explores water, memory and home, as well as examines what we carry with us, leave behind and reclaim.” 

Black Rock Center for the Arts
3/29, Ballet Hispanico, Black Rock Theater
“Led by Artistic Director Eduardo Vilaro and founded by National Medal of the Arts recipient, Tina Ramirez, Ballet Hispanico’s work fuses Latin dance with classical and contemporary techniques to create a new style of concert dance in which theatricality and passion propel every move. Choreographers represent a multitude of nationalities including Venezuela, Cuba, Trinidad, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Spain, Brazil, Argentina and Colombia. The Company has offered over 3,350 performances to an audience of over 3 million, throughout 11 countries, on 3 continents.” 


George Mason University
3/7 at 8pm, Joffrey Ballet: American Legends, Baltimore Theatre Project
“Frequently referred to as “America’s Company of Firsts,” Joffrey Ballet was first to appear on television, first to perform at the White House, and even first to appear on the cover of TIME Magazine.  This company remains at the forefront of American dance after more than fifty years of sharing their art in both their hometown of Chicago and around the world.  Now, this sterling company takes our stage to present American Legendsfeaturing Interplay, choreographed by Jerome Robbins, Nine Sinatra Songs with choreography by Twyla Tharp, and more.”

Reston Community Center
3/9 at 8pm, Rennie Harris RHAW, The CenterStage at Reston Community Center
RHAW, Rennie Harris’ second company, presents dynamic performances of street dance, including: Campbell locking, popping & boogaloo, B-boy/girl, house and hip-hop social dance. Downplaying the abstract while pushing a dramatic aesthetic, RHAW forges new paths for young hip-hop hopefuls, and presents hip-hop in its “RHAW-est” forms.”


The Telephone Dance Project is hosting a Salon-Style Show on Saturday, March 29th at 7:30pm at the Brookland Artspace Lofts in Washington D.C.

"Put on your evening look, head down to the Brookland Artspace Lofts, and enjoy a glass of wine as you watch performances by TDP, Mountain Empire and special guest artists. Visual art by Catholic University Art Students will be on display in the Brookland Artspace Gallery. Telephone Dance Project’s Salon-Style Show will happen in an informal setting with dialogue encouraged. You must be on the guest list to enter."

We still have a few slots left open for dance artists to show work, experiment with an improvisational score, or present a work in progress for friendly dancer feedback.  This is an informal and fluid dance setting and there will be wine served, so think of this as the ideal environment to try something risky. 

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