Metro Weekly


Fall Arts Preview 2011


University of Maryland
College Park, Md.

Maryland Dance Ensemble (12/2-3)

29th Annual Choreographers’ Showcase — Choreographers from the area present an intriguing mix of original works in this annual peek into the future of dance (1/28/12)

Marget Jenkins Dance Company (2/3-2/4/12)

Dean Moss (4/5-4/6/12)

Maryland Dance Ensemble (4/19-4/22/12)

Eiko & Koma — The Caravan Project will be performed outside under the night sky (5/3-5/5/12)



The Art of Peace Sitar Concert feat. Alif Laila — This annual concert commemorates Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday and contributions to peace (10/2, Westminster Presbyterian Church)

Leela Samson’s Solo Performance — Performing as part of the 8th Annual Fall Festival of Indian Arts (10/7, Lincoln Theatre)

Kalakshetra Performs Samson’s Spanda — Performing as part of the Fall Festival of Indian Arts (10/8, Lincoln)


3225 8th St. NE

Pearsonwidrig Dancetheater — Presenting the world premiere of Sayonara, Dear inspired by the final love affair of Ms. Pearson’s 86-year-old mother, plus Drama with opera singer Madeline Miskie andWatkins Glen, a work in progress with Japanese/Peruvian composer Pauchi Sasaki (9/17-18)

VTDance/Vincent E. Thomas — Evening includes Homo Will Not Inherit, a collaboration with Iron Crow Theatre (9/24-25) ^

Bowen McCauley Dance — Among those “who have helped transform Washington into one of the nation’s liveliest centers for the performing arts,” says Washingtonian (10/1-2)

Step It Up DC — Dance Place Step Team offers dance workshops for the whole family followed by an informal performance (10/7)

Dana Tai Soon Burgess & Company — Premiering Becoming American, examining the processes surrounding acculturation into our multifaceted American landscape (10/14-16)

The Invasion: Part II/Youth Dance Explosion (10/22-23)

ClancyWorks Dance Company — Now in its 10th anniversary season, this company is particularly notable for its dynamic partnering work and its ability to combine physically demanding, powerful movement with the sensitive portrayal of cultural nuances and personal emotions (11/5-6)

Annual Gala Fundraiser (11/12)

Family Festival — First of its kind, a festival of intergenerational workshops and family fun performance matinees featuring REVISION dance collaborative, Coyaba Youth Ensemble and the Dance Place Step Team(11/19-20)

Dance Exchange — In Hammock, Dance Exchange artists Sarah Levitt and Benjamin Wegman explore and experience rest as a defiant and aggressive act (12/3-4)

Eureka Dance Festival (12/9-10)

Kwanzaa Celebration(12/17-18)

Tzveta Kassabova & Naoko Maeshiba (1/7-1/8/12)

KanKouran West African Dance Company — Annual performance honoring Martin Luther King Jr. (1/14-1/15/12)

alight dance theater Truth Be Told offers a semblance of a live action ”reality” game show exploring the multi-faceted nature of confession (1/21-1/22/12)

Rennie Harris Puremovement — Committed to providing audiences with a sincere view of the essence and spirit of hip-hop rather than the commercially exploited stereotypes portrayed by the media (1/28-1/29/12)

Erica Rebollar & Nkosinathi Mncube(2/4-2/5/12)

Daniel Burkholder & Sharon Mansur (2/18-2/19/12)

Coyaba Dance Theater (2/25-26/12)

Deviated Theatre (3/3-3/4/12)

Youth Festival (3/17-3/18/12)

Nejla Y. Yatkin/NY2Dance — Presenting the world premiere of Oasis: Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About The Middle East But Were Afraid To Dance (3/24-3/25/12)

Dance Box Theater/Laura Schandelmeier & Stephen Clapp (3/31-4/1/12)

Wally Cardona and Jennifer Lacey (4/6-4/7/12)

Paul Zaloom — In his latest puppet extravaganza, WHITE LIKE ME: A Honky Dory Puppet Show, Zaloom employs action figures, bric-a-brac, junk, and a ventriloquist dummy who satirizes US Caucasion anxiety (4/14-4/15/12)

Next Reflex Dance Collective — In the wild, interactive Electro Shutdown and The Pea In this wild spectacle, NRDC performers represent an array of clubgoers and give an inside view to various scenarios found in a nightclub from the funny and absurd to the romantic and frenetic (4/21-4/22/12)

Dakshina/Daniel Phoenix Singh Dance Company (4/28-4/29/12)

Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion — ”The best and brightest creative talent to emerge in New York City in the age of Obama,” raves Out Magazine (5/5-5/6/12)

Sunwha Chung/Ko-Ryo Dance Theater (5/11-5/12/12)

AXIS Dance Company — One of the world’s most acclaimed and innovative ensembles of performers with and without disabilities, working to change the way you think about dance and the possibilities of the human body forever (5/19-5/20/12)

DANCEAFRICA, DC 2012 — The 25th annual festival celebrating the dance and music of the African Diaspora (5/29-6/3/12)

Gabrielle Revlock, Nicole Bindler & Kelly Bond (6/15-6/16/12)

DancEthos (6/23-6/24/12)

Good Foot Dance Company Vaudevival: Old Is The New New ricochets through pockets of 20th century American vernacular dance and popular entertainment to create a vibrant statement about the cyclical nature of art and society (6/30-7/1/12)

New Releases Choreographer’s Showcase (7/7-7/8/12)

Hip-Hop Theater Festival(7/13-7/14/12)

Stefanie Belnavis (7/21-7/22/12)

Nora Gibson Performance Project — VESTED SOULS is a poetic comment on our passions and ambivalence in an uncertain economic climate(7/28-7/29/12)

Holly Bass & Jaamil Olawale Kosoko (8/4-8/5/12)


Georgetown University
3700 O St. NW

Georgetown University Dance Company — A program of dances ranging from hip-hop to classical ballet by professional guest and student choreographers (11/11-12)

Black Movements Dance Theatre Fall Performance (11/18-19)

Ballet Folklorico Mexicano de Georgetown and Ritmo Y Sabor — The annual winter performance celebrates the coming Christmas season with dances from across Mexico (12/6)

Black Movements Dance TheatreSpring Performance (2/24-2/25/12)

Groove Theory’s Hip Hop Dance Showcase — Third annual program from Georgetown’s only co-ed hip hop team (3/16/12)

Ballet Folklorico Mexicano de Georgetown and Ritmo Y Sabor — Annual spring showcase (4/19/12)

Georgetown University Dance Company (4/27-4/28/12)


GALA Theatre at Tivoli Square
3333 14th St. NW

The seventh annual festival includes: Flamenco Algarabía with Ana González and José Barrios & Company (11/17-20);

Flamenco Men with the Flamenco Aparicio Dance Company (12/3-4)



Bits and Pieces — Performance excerpts over cocktails and food (9/28, Artisphere)

The Big Meow! — A performance for children in which Little Cat, who desperately wants to belong to the group, is taunted by the neighborhood felines because his meow is too loud; adapted from the book by Elizabeth Spires (10/1, Theatre on the Run, Arlington; 10/16, The Athenaeum, Alexandria)

Terra Secundum (Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall & Art Center, Alexandria)

24 Hour Dance Project — See what happens when choreographers, dancers and musicians have only 24 hours to create, rehearse and perform a new work (11/5, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company)

Forty+ (2/11/12, Theatre on the Run)

Double Take — part of Atlas INTERSECTIONS Festival (2/24-2/25)



Dance Project – A Choreography Showcase — Witness cutting-edge and original works presented by novice and established choreographers (12/3, Jack Guidone Theater)

Percussive Dance Project(1/28/12, Jack Guidone Theater)



The Suzanne Farrell Ballet — Kennedy Center’s resident ballet celebrates its 10th anniversary season by presenting two all-Balanchine programs (10/12-16)

Beijing Dance Theater — Founded in December 2008, the first contemporary dance troupe in China performs Haze, a full-length work that responds to the economic and environmental crises of early 2009 (10/26-27)

Merce Cunningham Dance Company — The beloved company returns to the Kennedy Center for the first time since its founder’s death in July 2009, and the last before dissolving later this year (12/2-3)

American Ballet Theatre — A new version of Tchaikovsky’s classic The Nutcracker first staged in New York last year (12/7-11)


730 21st St. NW

Sayat Nova Dance Company — Journey Through Time is a new work from this Armenian-American company out of Boston (9/17)

Ananiashvili-Ratmansky Ballet Gala — The world-famous Prima Ballerina Nina Ananiashvili performs three ballets by the acclaimed choreographer Alexei Ratmansky (11/6)


Linganore High School
Frederick, Md.
800-422-1782 ext. 7237

Various dance practitioners lead workshops and perform at this 39th annual festival, featuring all styles of dance, from ballet to tap to hip hop to Pilates (10/7-9)


5301 Tuckerman Lane
N. Bethesda, Md.

Ballet Hispanico — Making its Strathmore debut with a D.C. premiere of Espiritu Vivo, a new work created especially for them by famed choreographer Ronald K. Brown (10/28)

CityDance presents Christopher K. Morgan & Artists — Program includes ”Reveal,” a world premiere intended to celebrate the new CityDance Black Box Theater at Strathmore (11/18-20)

Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker (12/15-16)



The Great Gatsby — Septime Webre’s ”crazily ambitious, go for broke,” as the Washington Post put it, is back by popular demand, this time with E. Faye Butler, Will Gartshore, Ryan Johnson and others joining to act out the jazz-age splendor immortalized in F. Scott Fitzgeralds’ story (11/2-6, Kennedy Center) ^The Nutcracker — Septime Webre’s unique twist on the family favorite, set in D.C. with George Washington as the titular figure and King George III as the Rat King (11/25-27, THEARC; 12/1-24, Warner Theatre)

TWYLATHARP: ALLAMERICAN — Company premiere of this homage to the high priestess of contemporary dance (2/22-2/26/12, Kennedy Center)

Alice (In Wonderland) — A world premiere of Webre and co.’s spectacularly re-imagined take on Lewis Carroll’s classic story (4/11-4/15/12, Kennedy Center)

Noche Latina! — A dazzling, sizzling celebration of Latin American music, dance and culture (5/9-5/13/12, Kennedy Center)

Once Upon A Time — Inspired by fairytales from around the world (5/19-5/20, THEARC)

The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe — In collaboration with Imagination Stage, the ballet offers a world premiere of this family-friendly dance/theater/musical based on C.S. Lewis’s classic (6/23-6/24/12, Imagination Stage)


Harman Hall
610 F St. NW

A special partnership between Dance/MetroDC, Washington Performing Arts Society and the Shakespeare Theatre Company, this festival returns for a third year and expands to four days of world-class dance, performed in three programs: 

  • Program A features Anna Menendez and Company, Assanga Domask, Daniel Burkholder/The PlayGround, CityDance presents Christopher K. Morgan & Artists, Coyaba Dance Theater, Jilliam Boelte/Jordan Gehle/Keira Hart-Mendoza/Sara Hoke, Flamenco Aparicio, Jane Franklin Dance, Next Reflex Dance Collective, The Washington Ballet Studio Company and Urban Artistry (10/20-21); 
  • Program B features Anna Menendez and Company, Daniel Burkholder/The PlayGround, Jilliam Boelte/Jordan Gehle/ Keira Hart-Mendoza/ Sara Hoke, Dakshina/Daniel Phoenix Singh, EDGEWORKS, Flamenco Aparicio, PEARSONWIDRIG Dance Theater, Runquiao Du, The Washington Ballet and Urban Artistry (10/22); and 
  • Program C features Anna Menendez and Company, Asanga Domask, Daniel Burkholder/The PlayGround, CityDance presents Christopher K. Morgan & Artists, Coyaba Dance Theater, Jilliam Boelte/Jordan Gehle/ Keira Hart-Mendoza/Sara Hoke, Dakshina/Daniel Phoenix Singh, Flamenco Aparicio, Jane Franklin Dance, The Washington Ballet Studio Company and Urban Artistry (10/23)



Company | E — Paul Gordon Emerson’s new world dance company ofers NEXT:Israel, a celebration of choreographers with deep roots in Israeli’s Gaga dance style (2/25/12, Harman Center for the Arts)

Savion Glover (3/30-3/31/12, Warner Theatre)

Pilobolus (3/11-3/12/12, Harman Hall)

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