On April 26-29, beginning at 7pm during sunset, 30 artists from many disciplines – dance, movement based theatre, live music – will come together in a portion of Washington Navy Yard to perform The Nautical Yards, the story of two lovers separated by war, using elements from references to water mythology and nautical tales and DC Navy Yard history.
force/collision, a multidisciplinary troupe which first came to public attention with John Moletress’s direction of Collapsing Silence at the 2011 Source Festival, will perform this piece in collaboration with Rebollar Dance Company, a 2011 John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts dance commission, using new music by composer Paul Daniel Lawson, and choreography by Rebecca Rebollar. The production features familiar Washington actors, including Karin Rosnizeck and Frank Britton. Founder John Moletress directs.
The one hour long theatre/dance performance is a unique DC-related arts event referencing past and present of an important part of DC history – the Navy Yard /civilian work force – and its transformation into today’s Yards Park, a brand new business and residential area of contemporary architecture, inviting a new and growing community.
“The Nautical Yards relies heavily on dance, movement-based theatre and music to evoke ideas and images, leaving a lot of to the audience’s imagination,” Rosnizeck says.” The performance is abstract. Like abstract painting, the content has no specific definition. Rather, it is a collage of images, text, movement and music in response to the nature of the site – its history, architecture and community. Love and war is exploded into its universal paradigm – a community of people enacting ways of expressing such large ideas.”
The play will take place on The Yards Park on the Washington Navy Yard, 10 Water Street SE, Washington, DC. The Yards Park is accessible by public transportation – 2 blocks south of the Navy Yard metro station (Green Line) or by bus. There are several pay parking lots located at The Yards Park as well as street parking.
Tickets to The Nautical Yards are $30 for premium seating, but you can watch it for free if you want to sit on the lawn. For reservations, click here.