Metro Weekly


2006 Fall Arts Preview

University of Maryland
College Park, Md.

Limón Dance Company — The company honors the memory of legendary choreographer José Limón with a performance of three pivotal pieces: Missa Brevis, considered a classic of modern dance, Concerto Six Twenty-Two, and The Moor’s Pavane (9/14 and 9/15) · Big Dance Theater: The Other Here — A special preview performance of a new work where East meets West, with elements of ancient Okinawan dance, Okinawan pop music and classical Japanese stories (9/28 and 9/29) · Liz Lerman Dance Exchange: 30th Anniversary Retrospective — Lerman’s work mixes the inconceivable: dance, spoken word, social commentary, science. Featured in this program: Still Crossing, Small Dances About Big Ideas and Man/Chair Dances (11/2 and 11/3) ·

3225 Eighth St. NE

26th Season Benefit Concert and Party — Food, drink, a silent auction and special performances including African dance by Coyaba, step by Step Afrika!, contemporary dance by Nejla Yatkin, Helanius J. Wilkins, Daniel Burkholder, Gesel Mason and visiting artist Tania Isaac (9/16) · Dance DC Festival — Free daytime workshops and lectures/demonstrations in folk and traditional dance, and a free evening performance featuring companies from around the region (9/30) · El Teatro de Danza Contemporanea de El Salvador — The first professional dance company in the history of El Salvador with a diverse repertoire of classical, contemporary and indigenous works (10/7 and 10/8) · Gesel Mason Performance Projects — Produced by Mason/Rhynes Productions, NO BOUNDARIES: Dancing the Visions of Contemporary Black Choreographers, is a solo project created by Gesel Mason that celebrates the depth and diversity of style and vision in the field (10/21, 10/22) · Alvin Mayes: La Familia — A collection of dances celebrating the love, bond and whimsy of family relationships. The concert features performances by dancers from all over the region, including the Maryland Dance Ensemble, Bowen McCauley Dance and the Maryland Youth Ballet. Also featured is a capella singing group Not What You Think, performing music of Dr. Ysaye Barnwell and Holly Near (10/28 & 10/29) · Sharna Fabiano Tango — One of the most accomplished young tango performers and teachers in the United States, Fabiano brings together an impressive cast of tango dancers, modern dancers and tango musicians for a contemporary interpretation of the powerful and eternal Argentine Tango (11/4 and 11/5) · Step Afrika! — Intricate kicks, stomps and rhythms mix with spoken word to fill the air with the stepping tradition born at African-American fraternities. Co-presented with WPAS (11/11 and 11/12) · Nejla Y. Yatkin/NY2Dance — Yatkin premieres her latest work, Solo, performed to Bach’s Cello Suites (11/18 and 11/19) · Farafina Kan — A unique mix of Africa and America, reggae, blues, jazz and hip hop rhythms blend with the dance and music of West Africa’s Mandingue people (12/2 and 12/3) · Carla and Company with guest artists Jessica Marchant and Amanda Gill — Dance Place founding director Carla Perlo presents uplifting modern dance (12/9 & 12/10) · Kwanzaa Celebration with Coyaba Dance Theater (12/16 & 12/17) · CrossCurrents Dance Company — Revealing the strength of our human stories through the language of dance (1/6 & 1/7/07) · Jane Franklin Dance — Choreographers from the region join forces with JFD, recycling found objects which are, by their very nature, unpredictable. Found letters, notes, objects and photographs provide a context for using discarded materials in the creation of a new dance work (1/20 and 1/21/07) ·


4400 University Drive
Fairfax, Va.

Dana Tai Soon Burgess and Co.Images from the Embers, an emotional work about wartime loss and love told through sweeping choreography and stunning visual design (10/25) · Tania Pérez-Salas Compañia de Danza — One of the hottest ensembles performing today with a repertoire of work set to wide ranging music from Handel and Bach to Arvo Pärt (10/28) · Bayanihan Philippine National Dance Company (11/11 and 11/12) ·

Jack Guidone Theatre
5207 Wisconsin Ave. NW

In Retro — Part of Joy of Motion Dance Center’s 30th Anniversary Celebration featuring works by Douglas Yeuell, founder Michelle AVA, and others (10/14 and 10/15) · 30th Anniversary Concert — Performances by JOM resident company and faculty (10/21 and 10/22) · Youth Dance Ensemble and Youth Companies’ Showcase — Featuring choreography by Helen Hayes, Vanessa Carmichael-Elder, Sarah Stoodley and Vikki Weinberger (11/18 and 11/19) · Dance Project — Emerging local choreographers (12/2 and 12/3) · Middle Eastern Student Concert (12/9 and 12/10) · Fall Performance and Choreography Classes Showcase — Adult JOM students perform choreography learned over the course of the fall semester as well as self-choreographed works (12/16 and 12/17) ·

2700 F St. NW

Helanius J. Wilkins/Edgeworks — Performing a commissioned work exploring issues of race and representation through the eyes of black men (9/21 & 9/22, Millennium Stage) · Saint Genet l’Africain — A modern dance-theater adaptation of Genet’s most well-known and most-performed work, The Maids. Directed by Yoshi Oida, the production is presented as Genet intended, with the female roles played by an all-male cast. Featuring dancers Koffi Kôkô and Ismael Ivo, who perform to Joao de Bruco’s musical score (10/31 & 11/1, Terrace Theater) · Compagnie TchéTché — The all-female dance troupe from Africa’s Ivory Coast performs Dimi, which explores the complexities of contemporary African women. Each dancer brings to the stage her own unique experiences and provides a glimpse of the struggles each have endured as women growing up in an unstable urban environment. The audience experiences their anguish, despair, hope and most of all their care and concern for each other (11/3 and 11/4, Terrace) · The Joffrey Ballet — Robert Joffrey’s magical production features additional choreography by Arpino, costumes by Halston’s successor John David Ridge, and a giant Mother Ginger puppet created by Kermit Love, creator of Big Bird(11/22-11/26, Opera House) · Liz Lerman Dance Exchange Gumdrops and the Funny Uncle (12/2, Millennium Stage) · Ronald K. Brown/Evidence — The 20-year-old troupe focuses on the seamless fusion of traditional African dance with contemporary choreography and spoken word, provides a unique view of human struggles, tragedies and triumphs. Featured: Blueprint of a Lady: The Once and Future Life of Billie Holiday and a program of mixed repertory (12/7-12/9, Eisnehower Theater) · Paul Taylor Dance Company — One of the greatest modern dance companies returns for a limited engagement (12/15 and 12/16, Eisenhower Theater) ·

1215 U St. NW

Experience India — A series of dance performances by local companies Dakshina/Daniel Phoenix Singh and Company, Nrityanjali and Kuchipudi Kalanidhi, with guest artists VP and Shanta Dhananjayan and Mallika Sarabhai (10/27 and 10/28) ·

5301 Tuckerman Lane
Bethesda, Md.

Krumping! — L.A. icon Tommy the Clown brings his engergetic show with a troupe of 11 young krumpers (10/7) ·


Oui, non; In the Upper Room, In the Night — The smoldering culture of a French cabaret is the focus of oui, non, a collaboration between Washington Ballet Artistic Director Septime Webre and the chanteuse Karen Akers. Twyla Tharp’s In The Upper Room is a rhythmic tour de force set to Phillip Glass’s music, and Jerome Robbins’ In the Night is set to Chopin nocturnes (10/25-10/29, in the Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater) · The Nutcracker — Webre’s take on the classic (12/7-12/23, Warner Theatre) · Noche Latina — Celebrating the pulsating culture of Latin America, the evening explores Argentinean tango, Brazilian samba and bassa nova, Mexican folk music and banda, and the Cuban salsa. Featuring the Washington Ballet premiere of Paul Taylor’s tango Piazzola Caldera, paired with Septime Webre’s Juanita y Alicia, a tribute to his homeland of Cuba (1/31-2/4/07, Eisenhower) ·


Pilobolus — Delivered with a dose of fun, humor, and artistic inspiration, the company’s visually arresting physical stunts push the boundaries of the human body (10/25, Warner Theatre) · Savion Glover — Creator and star of the Broadway smash Bring in Da Noise, Bring in Da Funk, Glover is a percussive dance master (2/9 and 2/10/07, Warner Theatre) ·

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