Looking for something exciting to do this week? Check out VelocityDC’s Dance Picks for 04.26.10 – 05.02.10.
NOTE: * indicates that these local dance companies/performances are eligible to be nominated for the 2010 Metro DC Dance Awards. Click here to nominate or visit dancemetrodc.org. Nominations are accepted after performances have taken place.
*Jane Franklin Dance at Torpedo Factory Art Center
Time: April 28 at 7 pm
Location: Torpedo Factory Art Center – 105 North Union Street, Alexandria, VA
Jane Franklin Dance returns to the Torpedo Factory Art Center for an evening performance of recent repertory on April 28 at 7 pm. Jane Franklin Dance crosses disciplines in partnership with music, media, visual artists and community participants.
Named The Best Dance Company in The Washington City Paper “Best of DC 2008,” Jane Franklin Dance has earned recognition in the Washington DC metro area by promoting active participation in dance by people of all ages and by creating unique collaborations that are performed in a variety of locations.
*Catholic University Students – Improvisation in the Park Part of NRDC’s Dance On Site
Time: April 28 at 7pm
Location: Dupont Circle
Tickets: FREE. Info available online at nextreflexdc.com
*The Dinner Party: Final Showing of Fieldwork for Mixed Disciplines
Time: April 28 from 7:30pm – 9:30pm
Location: DC Arts Center – 2438 18th Street NW, Washington, DC
Tickets: Info available online at ilanaspace.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
This Dinner Party, a monthly performance series for artists to show works in progress, will feature the Spring 2010 Fieldwork artists. Fieldwork is a process that supports the development of new artistic works. At each session, artists of any discipline show works-in-progress and exchange feedback with their peers in a format designed by artists. The Field/DC is presented by The Dinner Party & Dance Box Theater. We will also have an open session on Monday April 26 at DCAC 7-9pm if you would like to come and observe the process.
Ronald K. Brown and Evidence, A Dance Company
Date: April 30 at 8:00 p.m. and May 1 at 8:00 p.m.
Location: Sidney Harman Hall, Harman Center for the Arts – 610 F Street NW, Washington, DC
Tickets: $20.00 – $75.00. Info and tickets available online at wpas.org.
Presented by Washington Performing Arts Society (WPAS).
Celebrating its 25th anniversary, Brooklyn-based Evidence focuses on the seamless integration of traditional African dance with contemporary choreography and spoken word. Through its work, the company provides a unique view of human struggles, tragedies, and triumphs. Reserve your seats now and see why The Washington Post praises Ronald K. Brown and Evidence for being at “the forefront of modern dance.”
*Random Selection Concrete Choices – AVADance/ImproVolutions
Time: April 30 from 1pm & May 2 at 2pm
Location: Calvary Baptist Church – 755 8th Street NW, Washington, DC
Tickets: FREE. Info available online at avadance.com or by phone at 301.704.2935.
Site Specific Outdoor Improv Performance
Shen Wei Dance Arts
Time: April 29 & 30 at 8pm
Location: The Kennedy Center, Eisenhower Theater – 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC
Tickets: $22.00 – $60.00. Tickets available online at kennedy-center.org.
Known for visually rich compositions, Shen Wei Dance Arts presents Re- (Parts I, II, and III), a choreographic journey through Tibet, Ankgor Wat, and the new Silk Road.
*Deviated Theatre – SWAY
Time: April 30 at 8pm dress rehearsal (exclusive tickets available), May 1 at 8pm & May 2 at 7pm
Location: American Dance Institute – 1570 East Jefferson Street, Rockville, MD
Tickets: $22, general admission; $15 students. Tickets available online at deviatedtheatre.org or by phone 301.984.3003.
Co-Directors Enoch Chan and Kimmie Dobbs Chan announce their new dance-theatre piece entitled Sway. This is the first project by this creative pair since their acceptance into Dance/MetroDC’s Forward 5 pilot program.
Sway is set in a seedy club, with elements of jazz and cabaret, where the regulars never really leave. In the dimly lit club, one character swears she recognizes someone from her past. As she approaches him he blurs into the club scene and she finds herself instead exposed in a bright club spotlight–or perhaps the light of a higher being pointing her towards repentance. The club itself tears open old wounds–chests opening and closing, arms reaching and retracting–until she finally realizes what is truly at play in this dark little club.
*Peter and the Wolf and Other Works
Time: April 30 & May 1 at 7:30pm & May 2 at 2pm
Location: Thomas Jefferson Community Theatre – 125 South Old Glebe Road, Arlington, VA
Tickets: $7 – $22, depending on the section. Special discounts for students, seniors, and for groups of ten or more. Tickets and more info available online at balletnova.org, by phone at 703.778.3008, or email info@BalletNova.org. There is a pre-performance education program, Behind the Scenes, at noon on Sunday, May 2 for a small fee of $5. Designed for 5 – 12 year olds, attendees learn about the production, watch part of a rehearsal, and hear about different styles of dance. Girl Scouts can earn credit toward their Dance Badge.
This delightful and eclectic evening of dance includes two premieres of original works and two revivals of BalletNova (formerly Center Dance Company) favorites:
- “Peter and the Wolf” choreography by Artistic Director Nancie Woods. A ballet set to the familiar music that introduces the instruments of the orchestra, combining music and movement to tell a story.
- “Airs de Ballet” by Paul Wegner. Set to a little-known score by Camille Saint-Saens, this features three distinctly flavored dances that follow a brief introduction. The score is from a play by Jane Dieulafoy entitled “Parysatis.”
- “Icescape” by Constance Walsh. Creating the glacial landscape through movement and Himalayan prayer wheels are the inspirations for this new modern dance piece.
- “Grande Tarantelle” by Nancie Woods. A fast paced virtuoso classical ballet piece for 12 dancers set to the exuberant music by Louis Moreau Gottschalk, Grande Tarantelle displays the technical proficiency of the company.
*Mason/Rhynes Productions presents “Black Expressions: Dance!!!”
Time: April 30 at 8pm
Location: Takoma Park/Silver Spring Performing Arts Center – 7995 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD
Tickets: $22 general admission, $18 students and dance pass holders, $15 children (2-17 with adult) and groups of 10 or more. More info and tickets available online at mason-rhynes.org.
Mason/Rhynes Productions presents “Black Expressions: Dance!!!”. Join us for an evening of exciting, innovative & cutting edge dance by emerging artists: NYC-based choreographer and one of Dance Magazine’s 25 to Watch in 2009, Kyle Abraham, Derrick Sellers, Washington Ballet soloist Andile Ndlovu, EDT Company member Nkosinathi “Natty” Mncube, and Baltimore-based company Shange Dance Productions. ONE NIGHT ONLY!
Interactive Dance Performance with Sustaining Movement Dance Company
Time: April 30 from 12-1pm
Location: Children’s National Medical Center, Main Atrium – 111 Michigan Avenue NW, Washington, DC
Celebrating National Dance Week at Children’s National Medical Center as dance is a new healing art culture in the hospital!
*DIW & Friends Performance Event
Time: May 1 at 4:30pm
Location: Dance Institute of Washington – 3400 14th Street NW, Washington, DC
Tickets: FREE. Info available online at danceinstitute.org
Featuring Dance Institute of Washington Youth Ensemble, and DIW’s Community Partners, Urban Artistry.
Dance Fusion Jazz Project & Step Ahead
Time: May 1 at 8pm
Location: The Jack Guidone Theater – 5207 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC
Tickets: $15 general admission, advanced purchase . $12 senior Citizens and children under 12. $20 general admission, at the door (cash only). More info and tickets available online at joyofmotion.org
Come watch Joy of Motion Dance Center’s teen jazz company, Dance Fusion Jazz Project, and our teen outreach program performance company, Step Ahead, showcase pieces from various styles including jazz, West African, Afro jazz, modern and hip hop.
*CityDance2 in Concert
Time: May 1, 2010 at 8pm & May 2, 2010 at 4pm
Location: Music Center at Strathmore, Room 405 – 5301 Tuckerman Lane, N. Bethesda, MD
Tickets: $20 general admission. Tickets available online at strathmore.org or by phone at 301.581.5204.
Join CityDance2 as they partner with Dance/MetroDC’s Dance is the Answer to present Contact, an exciting concert that’ll bring you up close and personal with a collection of dancers you won’t want to miss. Performing dances by Paul Gordon Emerson, Kate Jordan, Delphina Parenti, Eric Hampton and more — plus special live musical accompaniment by the ever-soulful Bottomland — CityDance2 will leave you stirring in your seats and eager for more. Join us for the Dance Is The Answer closing night reception following the Sunday matinee performance!
*Dakshina/Daniel Phoenix Singh Dance Company
Time: May 1 at 8pm & May 2 at 7pm
Location: Dance Place – 3225 8th Street NE, Washington, DC
Tickets: $22 general admission; $17 members, seniors, students, teachers and artists; $8 children (17 and under). Tickets available online at danceplace.org or by phone at 202.269.1600.
In keeping with Dakshina/Daniel Phoenix Singh Dance Company’s mission to present a broad array of dance, the company showcases Anna Sokolow’s pivotal work Rooms and a collaborative piece Karna in the Bharata Natyam style.
Choreographed in 1955, Rooms is a powerful portrayal of the terrifying loneliness that afflicts even people living in the closest proximity to each other. Karna is performed in the classical Indian dance style of Bharata Natyam, and explores the popular myth of Karna. The story is told from the perspective of Surya (the sun god), who is Karna’s father and also serves as the silent witness to his struggles on earth.
*Youth Dance Ensemble at The Kennedy Center
Time: May 2 at 6pm
Location: The Millennium Stage at The Kennedy Center – 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC
This concert is free and open to the public! JOMDC’s Youth Dance Ensemble (YDE) will present a concert at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage.
This magical and powerful dance performance will feature choreographic works by YDE core faculty members Elana Anderson, Daniel Burkholder, Kathleen Weitz, Julia Smith and Helen Hayes, YDE Program Director. Senior and Junior level company members will dance works created by guest artists Benjamin Levy, Heidi Schimpf and Kelly Moss-Southall.
Ballet Teatro Internacional Dance Institute Fundraiser
Time: Sunday, May 2 at 5-7 p.m.
Location: BTI Dance Institute – 1515 14th Street #200, Washington, D.C
Tickets: To RSVP for this event, please email email@example.com or call 202.714.4093. Semi-formal attire.
Be part of the birth of the most innovative educational dance center in the heart of Washington, DC! Come and join us for the Ballet Teatro Internacional Dance Institute Fundraiser to benefit our transformational dance training programs in the United States and Central America.
The evening’s events will include a reception hosted by Founder Alvaro Maldonado, special guest Michael Kahn, Director of the Shakespeare Theatre Company, and dance performaces by:
- From The Broadway production of “Cats”: Sarah Marchetti.
- From the Broadway Production “Wicked”: Samantha Zack.
- From Austria Acrobat: Carlo Schobel.
- From The Juilliard School: Spencer Ramirez.
- From “Roxy Ballet”: Julia Cobble