Tuesday night, Trey Graham hosted the annual DC Theater Scene preview of the local theatre season at The Smithsonian. The discussion highlighted just a few specifics within the breadth of local offerings in theater, opera and musical theater, and dance. Here are a few of my recommendations for the coming season.
Alexandra Schools’ Perception, premiering with MoCo Dance Alliance in the Capital Fringe festival, was inspired by an encounter with the senses. Two years ago, Schools’ parents were host family for a young deaf man new to the area. That prompted Schools to think about how our senses inform both action and reaction and, in particular, how […]
Fractals asks us to consider elemental questions about how we choose to see each other and the world. The work is broken into sections that are presented as parallels: science, art, relationships, etc. The sections are framed by monologues that transition into dance and in some sections the actors and dancers perform simultaneously.
Theater must lend itself more easily to humor than dance because one so rarely sees attempts at humor in dance. Maybe it’s the years of training required for even modest physical competence as a dancer, but choreographers overwhelmingly embrace serious abstract or story-based approaches. Sara Herrera’s And1! a dansical, then, is a breath of fresh air.
The audience in the Opera House at the Kennedy Center last night was buzzing for the North American Premiere of Juliet and Romeo by the choreographer Mats Ek, performed by the Swedish National Ballet. The large European ballet companies are better-funded and simply better than many U.S. companies and while Ek is lesser-known (even among […]
When Jerry Garcia died I remember thinking, “I wish I’d seen the Grateful Dead live.” Everyone talks about how amazing they were in concert and even though I was never a Dead Head I wish I had experienced it firsthand.
Under mysterious circumstances, Washington, D.C. has lost one of its most dynamic leaders, Fabian Barnes, founder of the Dance Institute of Washington (DIW). More than an arts leader, Mr. Barnes used dance to positively impact a generation of Washington children.
If you go see the Coliseum in Rome you don’t need to talk about the dust, or the cracks in the walls. It is, of course, a very old building but you don’t think, “Gosh, they should add some new concrete and even out these walls.” Similarly when you see The Mariinsky Ballet’s evening length […]
Washington was abuzz this past weekend with the announcement Friday afternoon that The Washington Ballet’s longtime Artistic Director, Septime Webre, is leaving his post at the end of his current contract.
The National Ballet of Canada returns to Washington D.C. with the U.S. premiere of The Winter’s Tale from January 19-24, 2016 in the Kennedy Center Opera House. Based on William Shakespeare’s play of the same name, the production is co-produced with The Royal Ballet and choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon.