Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Audition For Dance Place's New Releases Choreographers Showcase

Hi Friends,
I wanted to pass along a D.C. opportunity for all those dance makers out there in the DC/VA/MD area.  Our local dance-hub Dance Place has just announced their audition dates for the latest round of the New Releases Choreographers Showcase.  If you're an emerging choreographer, this is the place to be.  Here's the deets:
ReVision Dance Company

"If you don't already know, Dance Place has an annual showcase where we present new works by local artists, selected by a panel of judges. I performed in it last year and it was a real treat! It's geared towards emerging choreographers -- you get to show your work in the Dance Place theater free of charge, tons of exposure and DP provides all selected artists with an honorarium."

The audition times are:

Friday, June 13 @ 4:00-8:00pm
Saturday, June 14 @ 4:00-8:00pm

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

April 2014 D.C. Area Dance Events Guide

Washington D.C.

New York City Ballet: Emeralds
Photo © Paul Kolnik

The Kennedy Center
4/2 – 4/6, New York City Ballet: Jewels at the Opera House
Tickets: $25-$95
“Boasting "an impressive new generation of dancers" (The New York Times), the company performs Balanchine's dazzling full-length Jewels, plus a program of works by Christopher Wheeldon, Justin Peck, and Alexei Ratmansky.”

Atlas Performing Arts Center
4/5 - 4/6, Camille A. Brown and Dancers
Tickets: $20-$35.50
Camille A. Brown has sought to defy the boundaries between dance and theatre.  Brown has been commissioned by the Ailey Company, Ballet Memphis, and the August Wilson Dance Ensemble, among others. Storytelling through dance and engaging social issues that persist among past and present, Camille A. Brown & Dancers present Mr. Tol E. RAncE, a piece inspired by the Spike Lee film, Bamboozled (2002) that explores the sustained racial archetypes of black performers while celebrating their tenacity and perseverance.

Dance Place
4/5 at 8pm, Companhia Urbaba de Danca, Edgewood Arts Center
Tickets: $8-$22
Founded in Brazil in 2004 by dancer Tiago Sousa and choreographer and Artistic Director Sonia Destri Lie, Companhia Urbana de Dança is an ensemble of street performers working to foster the human experience through dance. Destri’s boldly original mix of contemporary Brazilian dance and hip-hop infuses both forms with new rigor, meditative one moment, explosive the next.”

The Kennedy Center
4/6, 8pm One Mic: Breaking Form: global urban contemporary dance at the Eisenhower Theater
Tickets: $19-$50
Hosted by Jonzi D, this showcase of hip-hop dance features Project Soul (South Korea), Sébastien Ramirez and Honji Wang (France), and Companhia Urbana (Brazil).

Joy of Motion
4/12 – 4/13, Dissonance Dance presents Black To Silver, The Jack Guidone Theater
Tickets: $18
Black to Silver: A Black LGBT (now in its 2nd year), is a multidisciplinary arts production that examines and explores interpersonal relationships, identity and love within the African-American LGBT community.”

The Kennedy Center
4/15 – 4/20, American Ballet Theatre: Mixed Bill: Don Quixote and Works by Fokine, Ashton and Gomes, at the Opera House
Tickets: $25-$109
ABT offers a feast of choreographic fireworks with its spirited staging of Don Quixote--praised for its "glorious passages of choreography" (The New York Times)--plus works by Michel Fokine, Sir Frederick Ashton, and Marcelo Gomes.

The Washington Ballet
4/16 - 4/27, Peter Pan, The Kennedy Center, Eisenhower Theater
Tickets: $25-$125
Take a high-flying adventure to Neverland with the The Washington Ballet's NEW Production of Septime Webre's dazzling Peter Pan. A swashbuckling coming of age tale that pits Peter and the Lost Boys against Captain Hook and his outrageous band of pirates, this whimsical adventure is told through vibrant dance. Peter Pan is a story about growing up that never seems to grow old.

Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company
4/19, 1pm and 2:30pm, Premier of new work, The National Portrait Gallery, 1st Fl
Tickets: Free
“Choreographer Dana Tai Soon Burgess,Dancing the Dream artist-in-residence, has created a second site-specific work in response to the exhibition.”

The Washington Ballet
4/23 – 4/25, Tour-De-Fource: Balanchine!, The Kennedy Center, Eisenhower Theater
Tickets: $35-$12
Only three performances! The brilliant next chapter of Tour-de-Force, a gala-style program of provocative and engaging, showstopping classical and contemporary ballets including Swan Lake, Flames of Paris, D-Construction and more. George Balanchine's Theme and Variations, the evening's centerpiece, evokes the great period in classical dance when Russian ballet flourished with the aid of Tchaikovsky's music. Only available to subscribers, Tour-de-Force is a season highlight not to be missed.


Washington Performing Arts Society

4/25 – 4/26 at 8pm, MOMIX Botanica, GWU Lisner Auditorium
Tickets: $28-$48
“With an eclectic score ranging from birdsong to Vivaldi, Botanica shows off the endlessly renewable energy of the superb MOMIX performers, with costumes, projections, and custom-made props and puppetry adding an extra dose of fantasy to the elixir. This is dance at its most organic and inventive. The seasons will never be the same. Co-presented with GW Lisner Auditorium and CityDance”

Joy of Motion
4/26 – 4/27, Tappenstance In Concert!, The Jack Guidone Theater
Tickets: $12-$15
Join JOMDC's resident adult tap company Tappenstance for our annual rollicking tap concert that'll have you keeping the beat in your seat! From 80's icons the Go-Go's to 00's R&B sensation Blu Cantrell, from North African Samba to Jackson 5 disco, you'll travel the world of music through the soles of our feet. Be sure to bring your tap shoes and show off your rhythms during intermission in our improv circle. 



Cirque Ziva
Photo Credit: Amitava Sarkar
4/9 at 8pm, Cirque Ziva, The Music Center at Strathmore
Tickets: $26-$47
Eye-popping fast-pace fun for the whole family! “Breathtaking! Cathedrals of contortionists in backbend rise before your eyes, body by body. Human obstacles, which tumblers flip over, widen in person-size increments. The thrill is escalation. These acrobats from China…keep topping themselves” (The New York Times). Catch the show before it debuts in New York City!.”


The Clarice Smith Center for the Performing Arts

4/12 - 4/13, Shared Graduate Dance Concert, Dance Theatre

Tickets: Free
This concert features provocative choreography by Master of Fine Arts students in dance, focusing on new works in development. As the first opportunity for them to put material onstage and see what develops, it often contains the seeds of movement ideas that will be featured in their MFA Thesis programs — an unguarded exploration of their talents and interests.”
Dance Exchange
4/17 from 7-9pm, Showing and Critical Response Process feedback session w/ guest artist-in-residence Jessie Laurita-Spanglet, Dance Exchange in Takoma Park, MD
Tickets: Free
“This season, Dance Exchange brings the Critical Response Process HOME, offering our three Guest Artists-in-Residence the opportunity to share their dance-making with the DC-area community and to receive valuable feedback to shape and fine-tune their artistic products.”… “Facilitated by Dance Exchange staff and artists, these evenings will not only give audiences a chance to learn about these Guest Artists, but also the opportunity to see CRP in action.”


Moscow Festival Ballet, Swan Lake
Photo: Larissa Pedenchuk

George Mason University4/5 – 4/6, Moscow Festival Ballet, Concert Hall
Tickets: $28-$56
“This masterful corps of dancers presents a delightful afternoon featuring the most exquisite jewels of the ballet canon. This remarkable collection of ballet selections includes the highlights from The Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, and Don Quixote; Fokine’s poignant "Dying Swan" set to music by Saint-Saens; Petipa's most loved gems from Paquita; and much more. This outstanding company from Moscow was founded in 1989 by legendary Bolshoi Ballet principal dancer Sergei Radchenko, who brought leading dancers from across Russia together to forge a new company dedicated to staging new productions of timeless classics in the grand tradition of Russian ballet. ‘The dancers of the Moscow Festival Ballet spoke to the soul through the body.’ (Post and Courier)”