Metro Weekly


Spring Arts 2013

Next month, Christopher K. Morgan & Artists will put the ”men” in movement in a new dance piece focused on male choreographers. But Morgan isn’t alone out there. Kyle Abraham and Daniel Phoenix Singh will present works by their namesake dance companies, and The Washington Ballet’s Septime Webre will offer his world-premiere adaptation of Ernest Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises. But ladies and lady lovers, don’t fret – from Jane Franklin to Monica Bill Barnes to even the late, great Isadora Duncan (at least via a play at Georgetown University) – the other sex is very well represented.

Photo by Paul Kolnik


McLean Community Center
1234 Ingleside Ave.
Mclean, Va.

Christopher K. Morgan & Artists: MoveMENt – D.C.-based contemporary dance company, led by gay namesake, is the Alden’s resident dance company, and performs a thrilling piece focused on a diverse group of male choreographers. (4/12-13)
Furia Flamenca — Dance company combines flamenco’s gypsy heritage with modern flamenco choreography, all set to original jazz/flamenco music composed for them. (5/11)


1501 East Jefferson St.

Doug Elkins Choreography, etc. – Program includes Scott, Queen of Marys, originally created to showcase the talents of the late vogue legend Willi Ninja, as seen in Paris Is Burning. (4/13-14)
ZVIDance – Israeli-born Zvi Gotheiner aims to celebrate an ancient, cross-cultural and cross-religion Middle Eastern folk dance style that Israelis call ”dabke.” (5/4-5)
Joshua Beamish – This year’s ADI National Incubator artist offers a look at the dark side of love in Pierced. (5/18-19)
Festival of New Works – This year’s ADI Metro Incubator artists, Vincent Thomas, Erica Rebollar and Karen Reedy, present pieces they’ve cooked up while in residence. (7/7-9)
Imprints From There To Here – A collaboration featuring Ballet ADI, Christopher K. Morgan & Artists and Dance Exchange. (6/15-16)


45 West Preston St.

Baltimore Dance Invitational The Collective, Baltimore’s hub for professional dancers and choreographers, hosts its annual event in which dancers/choreographers seek feedback from the audience on new works or works-in-progress in an open-mike format, culminating in a showcase of artists selected by an adjudication process. (Now to 3/22)
The Collective and ClancyWorks Dance Company – A shared bill full-length concert featuring new work from the season and the final event in the Baltimore Dance Invitational. (3/24)
Next Reflex Dance Collectiveen Route! A Touring Dance Project. (4/19)
Dance BaltimoreAgeless Grace, the annual concert featuring dancers age 40 and older. (4/21)
Deep Vision Dance Company – Company performs heady collectables, a witty evening of dance based on ”head” wordplay, by company’s artistic director Nicole A. Martinell. (4/26-28)
Dance & BmoreAll the Way Live! is part music concert, part theatrical production and part concert dance from this ensemble made up of dancers, singers, poets and musicians. (5/19)
Stephanie Thibeault Dance (6/20-23)


CityDance Studio Theater at Strathmore
5301 Tuckerman Lane
North Bethesda

Asanga Domask: Nruthya Manjarie — Choreographer celebrates the dance heritage of Sri Lanka. (4/27)
The DREAM Celebration with Rasta Thomas — Internationally renowned dancer and producer Thomas teams up with CityDance plus the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities for an evening of world-class dance, a benefit supporting CityDance’s DREAM community program. (5/4-5, Lincoln Theatre)
The Conference of the Birds — Conservatory/Select and School dancers from CityDance Center showcase their skills through this Sufi fable incorporating a variety of dance genres. (6/16)
Conservatory Dancers in Concert 2013 (6/16)


University of Maryland
College Park

UMD Dynamic Dance Team – Campus hip-hop team hosts a regional battle for bragging rights as ”the hottest dance team on the East Coast,” as selected by a panel of locally grown, widely known choreographers and dancers. (3/30)
Nora Chipaumire – Miriam – Renowned choreographer and dancer creates her first character-driven work exploring the struggles women can face in pursuing their dreams and their own measures of beauty. (4/4-6)
Maryland Dance EnsembleSpringing from Fantasy offers a preview of the emerging talent of the next generation of dance artists. (4/18-21)


3225 8th St. NE

TAKE Dance – New York company’s Salaryman takes audiences through a day in the life of overworked Japanese executives. (3/23-24)
Kyle Abraham/ – New work inspired by the 1991 film Boyz n the Hood from ”the best and brightest creative talent to emerge in New York City in the age of Obama,” according to Out Magazine. (4/6-7)
Dakshina/Daniel Phoenix Singh Dance Company – Local company premieres a reconstruction of Anna Sokolow’s iconic Magritte Magritte along with a new work by gay namesake Singh. (4/13-14)
Karen Sherman – Minneapolis-based artist Sherman offers One with Others, which uses choreography both desperate and delicate, grappling with desire, communication, humiliation and destiny. (4/20-21)
ReVision Dance Company Just Be explores the raw emotions and personal experiences of working with people with disabilities. (4/27-28)
Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble – Colorado dance ensemble that draws from the African-American experience. (5/4-5)
Arachne Aerial Arts & In-Flight Theater – Two area companies at the forefront of aerial performance join forces to create a bold new piece on the myth of Demeter and Persephone. (5/10-11)
Christopher K. Morgan & Artists and skybetter and associates – Two contemporary dance companies perform the joint work commissioned by the Kennedy Center’s Local Commissioning Dance Project in addition to works by each company. (5/18-19)
DanceAfrica DC 2013 – The 26th annual festival celebrating the dance and music of the African Diaspora. (6/1-2)
Peter DiMuro/Public Displays of Motion – Celebrated local dance educator leads a band of dancers and choreographers creating multi-genre dances to the preludes of Rachmaninoff in Future Preludes. (6/22-23)
alight dance theater (6/29-30)
New Releases Choreographers’ Showcase – Intended as a lab for choreographers to create dances through improvisation and shared critique. (7/20-21)
Choreographers Collaboration Project (7/27-28)
Glade Dance Collective & UpRooted Dance (8/3-4)


Georgetown University
3700 O St. NW

Ballet Folklorico Mexicano de Georgetown and Ritmo Y Sabor – 5th annual spring showcase. (4/18)
Once Wild: Isadora in Russia, a Word Dance Theater co-production – New play brings to life the choreography of Isadora Duncan from her time in Russia nearly a century ago. (5/3-5)



The Big Meow – Adapted from the book by Elizabeth Spires. (3/23, Woolly Mammoth; 4/6, Artisphere)
Three degrees of JFD – A ”Whitman’s Sampler” of choreography by Jane Franklin and current and former company members. (3/23, Woolly Mammoth)
From One Place — A new work for ”Forty+,” Jane Franklin’s performing group of community-based dancers past age 40. (4/7, Artisphere)
Penelope’s Pesky Pen — A production for kids and the young-at-heart inspired by Frank Dormer’s latest children’s book The Obstinate Pen. (4/13, Artisphere)
Zip Through a Tight Space — An evening celebrating dance, the spirit and food of Spain, plus a silent auction. (5/15, Jaleo Crystal City)


2700 F St. NW

New York City Ballet – Company will dance two signature mixed repertory programs. (3/26-31)
Malavika Sarukkai – Significant player in the Indian classical dance style Bharatanatyam. (3/29-30)
Bowen McCauley DanceAn Evening of Dance & Music features collaborations with local theater creators and musicians by what The Washington Post calls ”D.C.’s premier contemporary dance company.” (4/5-6)
Monica Bill Barnes & Company – ”One of the wittiest young choreographers around,” according to the Village Voice. (5/8-9)
Shen Wei Dance ArtsUndivided Divided is a site-specific piece featuring dancers interacting with multimedia, including video and sculpture. (5/23-25)


5301 Tuckerman Lane
North Bethesda

Ferla de Sevilla — The Centro Espanol de Washington D.C. presents a free outdoor flamenco festival, complete with Spanish tapas. (6/2)



Cinderella – Septime Webre’s adaptation of the classic tale, set to Prokofiev’s score. (Now to 3/24, Kennedy Center)
Hemingway: The Sun Also Rises – Webre offers another world premiere classical adaptation following on his success with last season’s The Great Gatsby. (5/8-12, Kennedy Center)
Peter and The Wolf – The Washington Ballet Studio Company performs this piece based on the popular Russian children’s story and set to Prokofiev’s world-famous score. (5/18-19, THEARC)


1645 Trap Road

Golden Dragon Acrobats from China — The premier Chinese acrobatic company offering astonishing balancing acts, gravity-defying juggling and colorful costumes. (7/7)
Aspen Santa Fe Ballet — Company presents a world-premiere commission by emerging choreographer Norbert de la Cruz III. (7/30)

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