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Washington, D.C. :  2004-2005 Season

Kennedy Center Ballet Series

The Joffrey Ballet of Chicago
Nov 24 - 28, 2004
The Nutcracker

Kirov Ballet of the Mariinsky Theatre
Jan 11 - 16, 2005
Cinderella (Prokofiev-Ratmansky)
The company presents it modernized version of Prokofiev's ballet Cinderella, an "interpretation of exceptional merit" (The Financial Times) choreographed by Alexey Ratmansky. A grand showcase for Russia's classical style, the production uses symbolic and surrealist imagery to blur the lines between fairy-tale fantasy and stark reality, promising many original designs and skeletal sets to evocative new ensemble dances and reverse-gender casting—including male soloists as the Four Seasons—the Kirov brings fresh insight to the classical ballet of magical transformation.

Dance Theatre of Harlem
Jan 25 - 30, 2005
Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer’s "St. Louis Woman: A Blues Ballet." Choreographed by Michael Smuin. The Company's engagement also features famous works by legendary choreogrpaher George Balanchine. Experience the moonlit beauty of "Serenade," the abstract wonder and landmark pas de deux from "Agon," the colorful patriotism of "Stars and Stripes," and the hectic jetes of "Apollo."

American Ballet Theatre
Feb 1 - 13, 2005
The haunting Giselle, the enchanting Swan Lake, and Michel Fokine masterworks make for two weeks of spectacular dance.

New York City Ballet
Mar 2 - 6, 2005
The company Balanchine co-founded carries on his classical ideals with pivotal works from its 1940s repertory.  Program TBA

Suzanne Farrell Ballet
June 22-26, 2005
Revival of Balanchine's Don Quixote, to Nabokov's score (1965)

Univeristy of Maryland's
Clarice Smith Center Dance Series

Merce Cunningham Dance Company
Split Sides & Ground Level Overlay
Wednesday, September 8 at 8 PM
Thursday, September 9 at 8 PM
Friday, September 10 at 8 PM
Kay Theatre
The curtain rises… the roll of a dice decides what happens next. A game of chance onstage will determine the dance and your journey. Split Sides is set to the music of Radiohead and Sigur Rós in this area premiere from modern dance’s legendary master Merce Cunningham. $35/ $7 student

Doug Varone and Dancers
Deconstructing English – World Premiere
& other repertory
Friday, October 29 at 8 PM
Sunday, October 31 at 3 PM
Doug Varone and Dancers return to the Center. Why? Because the Center’s environment allows artists to create new and vibrant works. Varone’s new piece uses J.S. Bach’s English Suites with its prismatic keyboard construction as the springboard for Deconstructing English – a celebration of creativity and the human experience. The Associated Press said, “…explosive yet subtle… Many choreographers can create interesting movement; few can make it mean so much.” With funding support by the National Dance Project of the New England Foundation for the Arts. $30/ $7 student

Making Dances/Taking Chances
Searching for My Familiar

Thursday & Friday, November 11 & 12 at 8PM
A showcase for the talents of the UM Department of Dance graduate students. $15/ $7 student

Maryland Dance Ensemble
Friday December 3 at 8 PM
Saturday, December 4 at 8 PM
Kay Theatre
Guest artist and faculty choreography will be highlighted. $15/ $ 7 student

Pat Graney Company
The Vivian Girls
Friday, February 11 at 8 PM
Saturday, February 12 at 8 PM
Kay Theatre
Go “inside” the world of “outsider” folk artist Henry Darger’s paintings, at once both breathtakingly beautiful and disturbing. Choreographer Pat Graney’s The Vivian Girls, takes you on a trip akin to Alice in Wonderland where reality warps and Darger’s doll-like characters draw you into the world of distorted proportions. The Vivian Girls features eerily serene music by composer Amy Denio and popular Irish fiddler Martin Hayes. With funding support by the National Dance Project of the New England Foundation for the Arts. $30/ $7 student ADULT THEMES, NOT RECOMMENDED FOR YOUNG AUDIENCES.

Opera Lafayette
Acis et Galatée
Catherine Turocy, artistic director
Jean-Paul Fouchécourt, tenor
Gaële LeRoi, soprano
Bernard Deletré, bass baritone
New York Baroque Dance Company
Sunday, February 20 at 3 PM
Dekelboum Concert Hall
You’ll travel to 1686 when the rarely performed, Acis et Galatée unfolds on the Dekelboum stage. Lully’s final opera is a gorgeous pastorale heroique that was performed regularly in Paris until 1762. Now Opera Lafayette powers a stunning concert version with dance featuring the New York Baroque Dance Company and an extraordinary cast that includes tenor Jean-Paul Fouchécourt, soprano Gaële LeRoi, and bass baritone Bernard Deletré. $45 (BEST), 35, 25/$7 student

2005 Choreographer’s Showcase
Saturday, February 26 at 8 PM
Sunday, February 27 at 3 PM
Dance Theatre
Step out onto the cutting edge of contemporary dance, with this dynamic mix from six diverse choreographers. The program will feature works from both established and emerging artists, chosen by a nationally renowned panel of adjudicators at November 2004 auditions. Co-presented by the Clarice Smith Center with the Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission. $20/ $7 student

Making Dances/Taking Chances
Thursday & Friday, March 10 & 11 at 8 PM
Dance Theatre
A showcase for the talents of the UM Department of Dance graduate students. $15/ $7 student

Ballet Folklórico Cutumba
Friday, March 18 at 8 PM
Kay Theatre
Through stunning theatricality, vibrant colors and costumes, intoxicating vocals, and rhythmic percussion, Cutumba transports you to the generally unseen villages and hamlets of Cuba. Drawing on the mystical Santaria for inspiration, Cutumba conjures up the ethereal power of Afro-Cuban and Afro-Haitian dance. $30/ $7 student

Sara Pearson/Patrik Widrig and Company
The Return of Lot’s Wife
Friday & Saturday, April 8 & 9 at 8 PM
Dance Theatre
They have built an international following for work which transforms the familiar into the mysterious, the subversive and the intimate. Sara Pearson/Patrik Widrig and Company’s The Return of Lot’s Wife, looks at the story of Lot’s wife with a bit of a twist: it’s explored through the persona of a 1950’s housewife. The dance asks the question, “What is mundane, what is sacred?” through monologue and swirling movement, set to music by composer Carter Burwell, and punctuated by the poetry of 14th century Persian Sufi poet Hafiz. With support by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. $30/ $7 student

Maryland Dance Ensemble
Wednesday- Saturday, April 20-23 at 8 PM
Dance Theatre
Guest artist and student choreography will be highlighted. $15/ $7 student


George Mason University
Dance Series

Jump Rhythm Jazz Project Billy Siegenfeld, Artistic Director
Wed., Nov. 3 at 8 pm
The ensemble of eight dancer-singer-actors perform rhythmically explosive choreography and contagious syncopations to the music of such greats as Duke Ellington, Cole Porter, and Christian McBride. One of the central pieces in their repertoire, Romance in Springtime, celebrates the work of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, and like all of their work, it speaks to audiences young and old.

Balé Folclorico da Bahia
Sat., Nov. 6 at 8 pm
Twice named the best dance company in Brazil, this ensemble performs with unrestrained enthusiasm in a program based on Bahian folk dances including a form of Afro-Brazilian martial arts known as capoeira, a dramatic dance called maculele that originated in the sugar cane plantations, and the sensual sambas of Bahia’s carnavale. We welcome the return of Balé Folclorico da Bahia in what is sure to be another sold-out performance!

MOMIX Baseball
Fri., Jan. 28 at 8 pm Sat., Jan. 29 at 8 pm
fusion of comedy, virtuosity and Americana, Baseball receives high praise from critics. The Los Angeles Times calls it “a supremely audience-friendly, high-concept vehicle that managed to shadow nearly every one of its comic highlights with a deeply profound and individual world view.”

Moiseyev Dance Company
Fri., Feb. 4 at 8 pm
Nearly 50 years old, and still overseen by its 90-year-old founding artistic director, Igor Moiseyev, the company is renowned the world over for its combination of technical brilliance and uncanny theatricality. Not only are the dancers experts at traditional pieces like the Ukrainian “Gopak” or the Moldavian-flavored “Cunning Makanu,” they are equally adept at other styles, a Spanish dance entitled “Gaucho,” for example.

Mark Morris Dance Group
Fri., Feb. 18 at 8 pm Sat., Feb. 19 at 8 pm
program tba

STREB Streb Action
Sat., Mar. 12 at 8 pm
National Acrobats of Taiwan Sat., Mar. 26 at 2 & 8 pm
Elizabeth Streb has challenged assumptions about dance. Her choreography intertwines dance, athletics, extreme-sports, and movie stunt work into a motion vocabulary that combines bristling muscle daring with strict precision in the pursuit of \'pure movement.’

St. Petersburg Ballet Theatre
Russian Seasons
Sat., Apr. 16 at 8 pm
Beginning the program, Chopiniana employs classic choreography in one act, danced to a gorgeous suite of Chopin pieces. Also included is Yuri Petukhov’s stunning choregraphy for Tchaikovksy’s Capriccio Italien. Finally, the daring and exotic Scheherazade offers sensual moves depicting the sparks between a beautiful girl and the “Golden Slave,” complemented by the tumultuous, blood-pounding dance of the corps de ballet.

St. Petersburg Ballet Theatre
Romeo & Juliet
Sun., Apr. 17 at 2 pm
Vikulov’s sumptuous production of Romeo & Juliet that put Prokofiev’s score on the map and has provided inspiration for choreographers ever since. Ballet lovers continually revel in this elaborate depiction of Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers

Rennie Harris Facing Mekka
Sat., May 7 at 8 pm

Philadelphia’s much heralded hip-hop company, Rennie Harris Puremovement returns to its roots with Facing Mekka. A confluence of ideas and experiences, Facing Mekka, continues Harris’s exploration of the hip-hop movement. It is a landscape of movement, rhythm, sound and image, featuring live percussion, a recorded sound score, and projected images.



Washington Performing Arts Societ
Dance Season

Jump Rhythm Jazz Project
Jump Rhythm Jazz Project celebrates the art of jazz dancing: movement in joyous, high-energy bursts to the syncopated sounds of swing, blues, and Latin jazz. For their appearance, the company will dance the Washington area premieres of Sorrows of Unison Dancing and For Buster.
Friday, November 5, 8:00 pm
Saturday, November 6, 8:00 pm
Sunday, November 7, 4:00 pm

Virsky Ukrainian National Dance Company
More than 75 dancers perform gravity-defying split-leaps, flips, and spins in this cultural celebration that dance critic Clive Barnes calls "the remarkable bounce and pounce of Ukrainian dancing."
Saturday, November 6, 3:00 pm

Pat Graney Company
Known for creating dances that explore the many facets of women's lives, Pat Graney returns with her company for the local premiere of The Vivian Girls. Inspired by the cartoon-like characters of outsider artist Henry Darger, The Vivian Girls reveals a complex and embattled world, juxtaposing innocent 'doll-like' choreography with eerily serene music by composer Amy Denis and Irish fiddler Martin Hayes.
Friday, February 11, 8:00 pm
Saturday, February 12, 8:00 pm

Susan Marshall & Company
MacArthur Award-winner Susan Marshall uses her company of seven dancers to tell vivid, poignant stories about the complexity of human relationships. In her newest creation, a work based on the classic fairy tale, Sleeping Beauty, she addresses themes of separation, isolation, and transformation.
Saturday, March 12, 8:00 pm

Rennie Harris/Puremovement
Dedicated to hip-hop culture, Rennie Harris/Puremovement takes us on a kinesthetic journey through other cultures in Facing Mekka, a work that breaks down preconceptions and stereotypes about others, and opens our hearts to the unfamiliar.
Saturday, May 7, 8:00 pm

Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble
According to The Washington Post, members of Footworks are "genuine show-stoppers...the Bolshoi of barn dancing." Footworks explores connections with other cultures in this exuberant fusion of live music, comedy, singing, and percussive dance based in the traditions of Southern Appalachia.
Friday, May 13, 8:00 pm




Kennedy Center Modern Dance
Dance in America Series

Bangarra Dance Theatre
November 5-6, 2004 – Eisenhower Theater
Bangarra Dance Theatre, an Australian company which blends traditional Aboriginal history and culture with contemporary dance, returns to the Kennedy Center with Artistic Director Stephen Page’s newest work, titled Bush.

Paul Taylor Dance Company
December 16-19, 2004 – Eisenhower Theater
Paul Taylor Dance Company celebrates its 50th Anniversary with a program of classic Taylor works. After more than 100 choreographed dances, Kennedy Center Honoree Paul Taylor continues to create a richly diverse repertoire reflecting the cultural heritage of a career spanning six decades. He has created a broad spectrum of dances: joyous, terrifying, hilarious, and awe-inspiring.

Martha Graham Dance Company
February 17-19, 2005 – Eisenhower Theater
Martha Graham Dance Company presents a program to include her classic Appalachian Spring as part of the Kennedy Center’s A New America: The 1940s and the Arts, celebrating a particularly fruitful era in Kennedy Center Honoree Martha Graham’s choreographic oeuvre.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
February 22-27, 2005 – Opera House
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater returns for its annual engagement in the Opera House with repertoire including Ailey classics such as Revelations, as well as new works by today’s most outstanding and innovative African American choreographers. “One cannot deny the genius behind Ailey’s…stirring eloquence,” (The Washington Post). This internationally renowned company, founded by Kennedy Center Honoree Alvin Ailey and helmed by Kennedy Center Honoree Judith Jamison, comes to the Kennedy Center as a co-presentation with Washington Performing Arts Society.

Ballet Hispanico
April 5-6, 2005 – Eisenhower Theater
Ballet Hispanico brings its unique fusion of ballet, modern, and Latin dance forms to the Eisenhower Theater for two performances.

Masterpieces of African American Choreography
April 19-24, 2005 – Eisenhower Theater
The Kennedy Center presents an unprecedented exploration of the contribution of African American choreographers to the world of modern dance in six programs. Introduced by Judith Jamison and Carmen DeLavallade, the week will feature multiple companies sharing themed programs. Participants, including African American Dance Ensemble, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Ronald K. Brown/Evidence, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, Garth Fagan Dance, Rennie Harris Puremovement, Koffi Koko, Diane McIntyre, Paradigm, Philadanco, Urban Bush Women and Lula Washington Dance Theatre represent the full range of African American dance in this country. Also part of the Kennedy Center etcetera series

Dance Place

Dance DC Festival
Folk Family Celebration
Saturday, October 2, 2004 beginning at 11:00am, with an evening performance at 7:00pm
Dance Place’s 2004-2005 season opening celebrates the colorful traditions of folk dance in a day-long festival featuring master classes for children and adults in folk dances ranging from hip-hop to Romanian to tango; an outdoor family market place; and an evening performance with audience participation. The performance features Carla & Company; Step Afrika!; Ciocarlie, Ciocarli; Ashe Moyubba Folkloric Ensemble; and Coyaba Dance Theater. Sponsored by Dance Place and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.

El Teatro de Danza Contemporanea de El Salvador
Solo Por Hoy (Only For Today)
Saturday, October 9, 2004 at 8:00pm

Sunday, October 10, 2004 at 7:00pm
Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month with El Salvador's first all male dance company performing powerful, passionate and elegant contemporary works reflective of Central America with expressive and exuberant style. The company "gives soulful meaning to the term 'expressive dance” (The Washington Post), "powerfully in the moment...physically sumptuous" (The New York Times). The 10-member, internationally acclaimed company presents a diverse repertory capturing El Salvador’s aching beauty and reflecting the history and culture of its homeland.

Jane Franklin Dance and VTDance
Side by Side
Saturday, October 16, 2004 at 8:00pm
Sunday, October 17, 2004 at 4:00pm
Jane Franklin Dance is a delicious blend of dance, theater and humor. Unexpected references arise through an articulate and uncanny physicality. Offering collaborations with live music, original art and community participation, Jane Franklin Dance celebrates the splendid, scatter-brained, thoughtful and sublime moments of life. Featured in the program is Side by Side, co-choreographed by Jane Franklin and Vincent E. Thomas. VTDance will present new work from the Grandmother Project, which includes reflections and memories of loved ones through spoken text, movement and projected images.

Saturday, October 23, 2004 at 8:00pm
Sunday, October 24, 2004 at 7:00pm
Dance Magazine named artistic director, Benjamin Levy, one of the “Top 25 to Watch” in 2004 and described his choreography as “a judicious balance of athletic and lyrical, brainy and sexy.” Ben Levy and his “five beautifully trained performers” (Dance View West) return to Dance Place from San Francisco with three Washington, DC premieres that “feature superb dancers in juicy, textured choreography” (The Washington Post). Supported in part by the Zellerbach Family Foundation and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

Havana Select
Saturday, October 30, 2004 at 8:00pm
Havana Select, founded in 1985 and directed by Steve Bloom, offers rare traditional Afro-Cuban music and dance. Steve Bloom has performed and/or recorded in over a dozen countries from the Middle East to Africa to Canada with a wide variety of artists, including Tito Puente, King Sunny Ade’, Babatunde Olatunji, Lazaro Galarraga and Puntilla (the Little Nail).

Jump Rhythm Jazz Project
Friday, November 5, 2004 at 8:00pm
Saturday, November 6, 2004 at 8:00pmSunday, November 7, 2004 at 4:00pm
Jump Rhythm Jazz Project celebrates the art of jazz dancing: movement in joyous, high-energy bursts to the syncopated sounds of swing, blues and Latin jazz. Catchy and inventive, Billy Siegenfeld’s dancers are like “hard little projectiles hurtling through space” (The New York Times). For their appearance, the company will dance the Washington, DC area premieres of Sorrows of Unison Dancing and For Buster.

Nejla Y. Yatkin, NY2Dance
From Alpha to Omega: A 5-Year Retrospective
Saturday, November 13, 2004 at 8:00pm
Sunday, November 14, 2004 at 4:00pm
Within her work, Nejla has constantly sought to explore the theme of transformation - in identity, spirituality, physicality and space. The process of becoming one thing (the unknown future) as it moves from another (the present known) is the force that motivates her work. Thus far, Nejla's travels have taken her from heaven, to earth, to the underworld. The time has come to look over where we have been in order to better understand where we are presently and where we should go in the future. For more information visit

Carla & Company
Saturday, November 20, 2004 at 8:00pm
Sunday, November 21, 2004 at 4:00pm
Carla & Company, Dance Place resident company, engages audiences with contemporary dance that focuses on uplifting themes that appeal to people of all ages. The professional company of dancers will be joined by Carla’s adult students and the Dance Place Repertory Class with a new work by guest artist Nejla Yatkin. Audience members will have the opportunity to dance with the company in the “Community” section of Carla’s premiere work, All Wrapped Up and at the close of the evening with “Save the Last Dance For Me” from One Day at a Time.

Rap Tap Hip-Hop Step
Friday, December 3, 2004 at 8:00pm
Saturday, December 4, 2004 at 8:00pm
Sunday, December 5, 2004 at 4:00pm
Enjoy the foot-stomping and pulse pounding rhythms of percussive dance with performances by Step Aside Tap Company, Tappers With Attitude, Brandon “Peace” Albright’s Illstyle & Peace Productions and other artists to be announced.

Laura Schandelmeier
Saturday, December 11, 2004 at 8:00pm
Sunday, December 12, 2004 at 4:00pm
Laura Schandelmeier presents Rappaccini’s Daughter, inspired by Nathaniel Hawthorne’s gothic love tale. Created in collaboration with visual artist Eleanor Rufty and dance artist Stephen Clapp and performed to Toby Twining’s Chrysalid Requiem, this evening length work brings to light Hawthorne’s "contemporary creation myth" pondering life and death, good and evil and ultimate omnipotence. This work contains full nudity, and may not be appropriate for young audiences.

Fieldwork Showing
Saturday, December 18, 2004 at 8:00pm
The Field Laboratory showcases multidisciplinary works by regional artists. The performance concludes a 10-week workshop facilitated by Laura Schandelmeier.

Kwanza Celebration with Coyaba Dance Theater
Sunday, December 19, 2004 at 4:00pm
Celebrate Kwanza with a holiday concert by Coyaba Dance Theater, featuring the students of Dance Place’s adult and children’s African dance classes, storytelling and more.

CrossCurrents Dance Company
Saturday, January 8, 2005 at 8:00pm
Sunday, January 9, 2005 at 4:00pm
Seeking to frame and capture the intricate web of shared experiences that connect people to one another and to their communities, CrossCurrents fulfills its mission to reveal the strength of human stories through the language of dance. Characterized by “finely etched dancing and dramatically cogent choreography,” audiences “enjoy the strength and sweep of company director Debra Kanter’s choreography and the force and passion of co-director Helen Hayes” (The Washington Post).

KanKouran West African Dance Company
Saturday, January 15, 2005 at 8:00pm
Sunday, January 16, 2005 at 4:00pm
Led by artistic director Assane Konte and musical director MeDoune Yacine Gueye, KanKouran West African Dance Company presents DIAMONO – celebrating 21 years of community building, community service and community involvement. This exciting performance will feature KanKouran’s senior company dancers and drummers and will breathtakingly demonstrate traditional dances and rhythms from Senegal, Mali, Guinea and Gambia.

Shawn McConneloug and Her Orchestra
Stand on Your Man
Saturday, January 22, 2005 at 8:00pm
Sunday, January 23, 2005 at 4:00pm
With gender-bending performances featuring yodeling, dancing lassos, buckin’ broncos and country and western vocals, Shawn McConneloug and Her Orchestra’s Stand On Your Man sends up just the right amount of campy entertainment. Accompanied by three musicians, eight singer/dancers perform a variety of country and western standards, including Tammy Wynette’s signature anthem, “Stand By Your Man” - deconstructed for this gender-bending work. Dances are inspired by traditional country and western dances like the Triple Two-Step, the Cowboy Cha-Cha and Cotton-Eyed Joe. Interspersed throughout the evening are films that include gorgeous footage of the frontier, roaming horses, new-born colts, western fight footage and kitschy Hollywood dancing cowgirls and boys!

Tommy Parlon Dance Projects
Saturday, January 29, 2005 at 8:00pm
Sunday, January 30, 2005 at 4:00pm
Tommy Parlon Dance Projects is a collection of dancers and friends whose unique styles and strong personalities meld to support the athletic, yet released choreography of Tommy Parlon. While exploring the limits of movement potential and physical possibility, the work of Tommy Parlon lays bare the intrinsic nature of human interaction. This season will mark the Washington, DC premiere of Parlon’s signature solo, Pale, which the Arizona Republic described as “raw … screams animal virility.” Supported in part by the Maryland State Arts Council.

Alvin Mayes
Paradise Project
Saturday, February 5, 2005 at 8:00pm
Sunday, February 6, 2005 at 4:00pm
Inspired by a fascination with the Adam and Eve story, which began when Alvin first viewed Jose Limon’s Exiles, Paradise Project is a collection of duets that recreate Adam and Eve’s story through multiple points of view. Alvin is an instructor of dance at the University of Maryland and also teaches at Maryland Youth Ballet and other local studios.

Washington Reflections Dance Company
Saturday, February 12, 2005 at 8:00pm
Friday, February 13, 2005 at 4:00pm
Now in its second season, the Washington Reflections Dance Company brings a new artistic voice to the dance community, one that mirrors beauty and diversity. Led by founder and artisitc director, Fabian Barnes, Washington Reflections Dance Company has impressed audiences and critics alike with its athletic and passionate contemporary ballet performances. Its repertoire encompasses classical ballet and modern influences. The company performs works by nationally and internationally recognized choreographers including Ray Tadio, Alfred Gallman, Billy Wilson, Thaddeus Davis and famed choreographer and three-time Tony Award winner, Hinton Battle.

Coyaba Dance Theater
Saturday, February 19, 2005 at 8:00pm
Sunday, February 20, 2005 at 4:00pm
Friday, February 25, 2005 at 8:00pm
Saturday, February 26, 2005 at 8:00pmSunday
February 27, 2005 at 4:00pm
Known as a “community” as much as a dance company (The Washington Post), Coyaba Dance Theater, a Dance Place resident company, intrigues with pure, electrifying and theatrical portrayals of traditional rituals in West African Dance. Specializing in dance and music from the Mali Empire (Guinea, Mali, Senegal, Cote d’Ivoire and Burkina Faso), Coyaba has a unique energy and stage presence that fills the audience with the spirit, color, texture and perseverance of the Motherland.

Sharon Mansur/mansurdance
Saturday, March 5, 2005 at 8:00pm
Sunday, March 6, 2005 at 4:00pm
Mansurdance, “...strangely affecting for [its] visceral way of moving..." (The Washington Post) performs works that are contemporary for their multilayered content, integrating and bluring the boundaries of improvisation and choreography. Sharon Mansur develops work that examines the relationship between personal awareness and the process of finding a physical language for expressing it, thus, the dynamic interplay between the public and private individual becomes a primary focus. Featured this season is Off White, a sensual and nuanced reflection of Mansur’s Lebanese heritage and sense of being not quite white; (Un)Identified examines the complex nature of identity, in collaboration with Naoko Maeshiba, Gesel Mason, Ed Tyler and Boris Willis; and Depth of Perception, performed by Sharon Mansur and Boris Willis, choreographed by David Dorfman.

Cathy Paine, Heidi Henderson & Naoko Maeshiba
Architecture of the Spirit
Saturday, March 12, 2005 at 8:00pm
Sunday, March 13, 2005 at 4:00pm
Three critically acclaimed, award-winning choreographers, Heidi Henderson (Providence, RI), Naoko Maeshiba (Baltimore, MD) and Cathy Paine (Baltimore, MD) offer an intriguing and unusual program of new, recent and improvised works. Henderson premieres Curious Song and Dance, a soft, intimate quartet with weighted partnering and original music by Richard Schenk. Maeshiba mixes an exhilarating blend of dancers and musicians from DC and Baltimore in a new work commissioned by The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Commissioning Project, while veteran dance improviser Cathy Paine provides her unique combination of humor and quicksilver moves “defying what we think of as bones and joints” (DanceView Times). The concert culminates in an open improvisation featuring dancers and musicians from all three companies performing together for the first time.

The Shelley Oliver Tap Dancers with David Leonhardt Jazz Group
Saturday, March 19, 2005 at 8:00pm
Sunday, March 20, 2005 at 4:00pm
The Shelley Oliver Tap Dancers is a high caliber ensemble of dynamic rhythm tap dancers. Performing choreography by Miss Oliver and joined by David Leonhardt Jazz Group, they draw raves for their “lightening-speed footwork,” “rapid-fire taps,” and “entertaining extended improvisations.” Oliver’s latest work, Metal on Wood is an intense, rhythmically driven journey as three dancers create and interweave rhythms perched on wooden boxes. Shell’s Vamp is an improvisation that evolves through onstage interaction between dancer and musician. Bedrock is a high-speed dance that delights in the tradition of tap dancing while sitting in chairs.

Combined Forces
Saturday, March 26, 2005 at 8:00pm
Sunday, March 27, 2005 at 4:00pm
Combined Forces presents fresh, new choreography by DC based artists. Artists featured include Sharon Witting and Andrea Chastant of Arachne Aerial Arts, Helanius Wilkins, Boris Willis, Reggie Glass, Jessica Marchant, Emily Crews and Daniel Burkholder.

Deborah Riley Dance Projects
Ordinary Landscapes
Saturday, April 2, 2005 at 8:00pm
Sunday, April 3, 2005 at 7:00pm
A mainstay of local dance, Dance Place’s co-director Deborah Riley creates powerfully seductive works infused with painterly images for Deborah Riley Dance Projects, a Dance Place resident company. The gentility and precise energy which have become hallmarks of her work illuminate a contemplative approach to this woman’s world. Her voice sure and her style distinct, Riley’s work is known for its “relaxed, grace-conscious modern movement style, usual precise distancing between abstraction and narrative and the ineffable femininity that pervades all of her work like a floral scent” (The Washington Post). Riley premieres an evening length work, Ordinary Landscapes, which celebrates and illuminates everyday occurrences in our lives. The performance features her company members and community guest artists.

Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble
Saturday, April 9, 2005 at 8:00pm
Sunday, April 10, 2005 at 7:00pm
Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble has transformed the stage into a sanctuary of healing art by entertaining, elevating and educating for more than thirty years. Guided by the pioneering vision of Cleo Parker Robinson, the Ensemble continues to uplift and excite audiences worldwide through an explosive body of works inspired by the African American experience and rooted in Black dance traditions. Legendary and emerging artists alike are unequivocally communicating the complexity of the human condition. Experience the power, beauty and passion of Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble.

Marc Bamuthi Joseph
Word Becomes Flesh
Saturday, April 16, 2005 at 8:00pm
Sunday, April 17, 2005 at 7:00pm
Multi-talented performance artist and National Poetry Slam Champion Marc Bamuthi Joseph turns rap, tap, jazz, West African dance, hip-hop and storytelling into theater pieces that defy definition. In his evening-length work, Word Becomes Flesh, Bamuthi presents a series of letters to his unborn son using poetry, dance, live music and visual art to document nine months of pregnancy from a young single father’s perspective.

ClancyWorks Dance Company
Saturday, April 23, 2005 at 8:00pm
Sunday, April 24, 2005 at 7:00pm
Adrienne Clancy’s choreography is not only kinetically charged and emotionally driven, but also visually stimulating and politically empowering, “an endless pas de deux, trois, quatre, cinq and six conjured up in mists and shadows by [a] wizard of invention” (The Washington Post). Clancy’s use of dynamic partnering creates a metaphor for the building of an environment where women lift men with a similar strength and ease. She presents an accumulation of empowering images with which an audience comprised of an array of ages, races and classes can feel at ease.

Youth Dance Festival
Saturday, April 30, 2005 at 8:00pm
Sunday, May 1, 2005 at 4:00pm
Dance Place’s Youth Dance Festival is a showcase for some of DC’s most gifted young performers in a diversity of dance styles from African dance to ballet. Annually, Dance Place showcases some of the region’s most gifted youth and our commitment to the development and training of these budding artists is featured in this celebration of DC’s brightest future of dance.

CityDance Ensemble, FilmWORKS
Saturday, May 7, 2005 at 8:00pm
Founded in 1996, CityDance Ensemble has quickly established itself as "the preeminent modern dance company in Washington" (Washington Times), using the most experienced and respected choreographers from this region, as well as gifted newcomers and celebrated visionaries from around the world. This year will mark the second year that CityDance brings dance on camera, a merging of the arts of film and dance, to DC audiences.

Gesel Mason & Tania Isaac
Saturday, May 14, 2005 at 8:00pm
Sunday, May 15, 2004 at 7:00pm
Acclaimed female dance artists Tania Isaac and Gesel Mason team up to bring their eclectic and visionary works to Dance Place. Tania Isaac is a dancer, choreographer and video artist based in Philadelphia, PA. Originally from St. Lucia, West Indies, she is a Caribbean artist who brings a blend of the traditional, contemporary and post-modern dance to the stage.

Merián Soto
La Máquina del Tiempo
Saturday, May 21, 2005 at 8:00pm
Sunday, May 22, 2005 at 7:00pm
The critically acclaimed La Máquina del Tiempo (The Time Machine) investigates popular dance and music forms as "time machines," or conduits rich in historical and cultural references, crossing several decades. Choreographed and directed by Merián Soto, La Máquina del Tiempo features video by Irene Sosa, musical direction and lighting design by Elio Villafranca, set by Roger Hanna and costumes by Christine Darch. The cast of three dancers and two musicians includes Pablo Amores, Noemí Segarra, Marion Ramírez, and Yunior Terry on bass and Mr. Villafranca on piano.

Nancy Havlik’s Dance Performance Group
Saturday, June 4, 2005 at 8:00pm
Sunday, June 5, 2005 at 7:00pm
Nancy Havlik's Dance Performance Group is a dynamic dance/theater company of versatile, highly physical performers. Choreographer Havlik collaborates with her dancers and other artists introducing text, song, sculpture, live music, video and dance in works that explore human attempts to connect, most recently in the evening -length work "Pursuit of Happiness."

DanceAfrica, DC 2005
Monday, June 6 – Sunday, June 12, 2005
DC’s 18th annual festival celebrates the dances and music of the African Diaspora and honors traditional heritage and its transformation into contemporary forms. The vitality and richness of African culture is experienced through dance, music, visual arts, food, clothing and crafts.
DanceAfrica, DC Schedule
· Master Class Week for Adults & Children
Monday, June 6-Thursday, June 9
· In-reach Performance for DC Schools
Friday, June 10 at 11:00am
· African Marketplace
Saturday, June 11-Sunday, June 12
· Indoor & Outdoor Performances
Saturday, June 11-Sunday, June 12

Ellis Wood Dance
Saturday, June 25, 2005 at 8:00pm
Sunday, June 26, 2005 at 7:00pm
“Beautiful, rhythmically loaded pictures… there is a simple reason why Wood’s work inspires audiences. It is honest and free of inhibition,” Dresden News, Germany. Formed in 1996 by artistic director Ellis Wood, Ellis Wood Dance performs an eclectic array of works. Catch a glimpse into a bizarre, red female phantasm; spend the day with an egg-obsessed, small town witness, and feel the wind and smell the earth as it flies into your lap. With pure physical abandon complimented by an unabashed, sensual edge, the vibrant women of Ellis Wood Dance perform Timeless Red, A Spirit Serves a Small Breakfast, and Hurricane Flora, as well as other current repertory. Wood is joined by remarkable collaborators composer Daniel Bernard Roumain, costume designer Naoko Nagata and set designer Ed Rawlings.

New Releases Choreographers Showcase
Saturday, July 9, 2005 at 8:00pm
Sunday, July 10, 2005 at 7:00pm
Dance Place’s annual showcase of new adjudicated works by established and emerging choreographers from throughout the DC, MD and VA region.

Momentum Dance Theatre
Saturday, July 16, 2005 at 8:00pm
Sunday, July 17, 2005 at 7:00pm
Momentum Dance Theatre is known for its wit, theatricality, energy and versatility. “Momentum has style as well as substance,” (Washington Post). Momentum’s multicultural, multigenerational performers reflect Washington’s diverse community and bring influences from hip-hop, musical theater, modern, Latin dance, Flamenco and ballet to its dynamic performances. This season, Momentum inaugurates its Jazz Masters Series to showcase and recognize jazz choreographers and introduce Washington audiences to jazz masters throughout the US. Also featured is a hip-hop piece by company member Rajiv Weliwitigoda, a Latin jazz suite by artistic director Roberta Rothstein and a new theater work. Artist co-presentation.

K2 Dance Company
Saturday, July 30, 2005 at 8:00pm
Sunday, July 31, 2005 at 7:00pm
K2 Dance Company is quickly moving into the dance scene as one of Washington’s most up-and-coming dance troupes. Artistic Director Katrina Toews has created a company of passionate, vibrant and intelligent performers. The choreography of Toews and guest artists, such as Meisha Bosma, allow the dancers to shine. Toews’ work illuminates brief encounters of intimate connection, dancers flying with exhilarating force and moments of solo reflection. Artist co-presentation.

Lesole Z. Maine
Saturday, August 6, 2005 at 8:00pm
Sunday, August 7, 2005 at 7:00pm
Lesole Z. Maine was born in Sebokeng, South Africa. In 1995 he was awarded a scholarship to study with the Johannesburg-based Moving Into Dance Company and joined the company in 1997. For the past five years, he has performed as a principal soloist and has worked with internationally acclaimed choreographers and companies including Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater; South Africans Vincent Mansoe, Sylvia Glasser, Gregory Maqoma and Jackie Semela; Michel Kelemis from France; and Canadian Joe Laughlin.

Energizers Camp Talent Show
Friday, August 12, 2005 at 7:00pm
Youth participants in Dance Place’s summer arts camp showcase works in West African dance, African drumming, Afro-Cuban drumming, theater, hip-hop, singing and more.







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