VTDance-2014-Maria Falconer

Artist Interview: Vincent E. Thomas

In this weekend’s performance of Occupy, Vincent E. Thomas returns to Dance Place with his most engaging and stunning work to date. This multi-media, multi-dimensional dance piece employs witty, poignant, athletic and gestural movement to create a performance designed to provoke the mind, spirit and body. Occupy considers notions of what occupies our minds and our souls, how we inhabit space and how these notions move us to make a change in our individual lives and respective communities. We spoke with Vincent about his greatest influences and what he would like audience members to take away from the show. Witness this...


Artist Interview: Silvana Straw

DC has long been known for its vibrant performance poetry scene, as spoken word artists have spent the last few decades honing their craft at venues such as d.c. space and The Black Cat. This weekend, a number of the District’s most prominent poets will grace the our stage in The Ghost of DC Past: All-Star Spoken Word Reunion, including Quique Aviles, Kenneth Carroll, Joel Dias-Porter (aka DJ Renegade), Brian Gilmore, Reuben Jackson, Jeffrey McDaniel, Ernesto Mercer, Jose Padua, Michelle Parkerso and Patrick Washington. We sat down with curator and producer Silvana Straw to find our more about her creative process...


Dance Place Receives Prestigious Creative Placemaking Award From The Kresge Foundation

Dance Place is pleased to announce a significant grant award from The Kresge Foundation – a $3 billion private, national foundation — to expand the organization’s creative placemaking activities in the Brookland NE neighborhood of Washington, DC.  The grant will support the creation and operation of an Arts Park  (situated in the existing Kearney Street Alley between the Brookland Artspace Lofts and Dance Place); continued free public arts programming in Brookland; and a cohesive way-finding project. This million dollar project is launched through a grant of $500,000 from The Kresge Foundation over two years. These funds will support the planning and launch...

Dance Box Theater, Laura Schandelmeier and Stephen Clapp

Artist Interview: Stephen Clapp of Dance Box Theater

Exciting local companies Dance Box Theater and force/collision take to our stage this weekend to present two original works — Windswept, created and performed by Stephen Clapp of Dance Box Theater, and force/collision’s JARMAN (all this maddening beauty) by Founding Director John Moletress. Inspired by queer icon Derek Jarman, Moltress’ work merges video and live performance to reconstruct the essence of the cult figure, artistic legacy and punk movement through the transatlantic lens of today. This piece brings together a community of over 40 performers through video and sound, manipulated in real time by a single performer whose own story unravels within that...


Artist Interview: PEARSONWIDRIG DANCETHEATER’s Sara Pearson

This weekend, esteemed local company PEARSONWIDRIG DANCETHEATER takes the stage with a special triple bill – an excerpt from their signature work Ordinary Festivals, a new spoken word solo by Sara Pearson and the world premiere of rapture. Set to the music of composer Michael Wall and Korean contemporary artist Uh Uh Boo, rapture explores what the mystics say happens after death — a heightened sense of one’s life, of key moments of exhilaration, delight, regret and surrender. This presentation of Ordinary Festivals celebrates the 20th anniversary of the latter’s premiere in New York City, and it has since been seen by over 25,000 people on three continents. We...


Artist Interview: Hind Benali

As part of their US tour, Fleur d’Orange brings their riveting performance of IDENTITY/IDENTITÉ to Dance Place for one night only. Spearheaded by choreographer and dancer Hind Benali, the intense, image-rich movement of the piece traces the personal interiors and public exteriors of Moroccan life — a nation that stands at the crossroads of past and present, Africa and Europe. Set to an evocative sound score by composer-musician Mohcine Imraharn and joined on stage by fellow dancer Soufiane Karim, Hind gracefully explores her personal past and African roots, the limits and freedoms of Morocco’s history and current practices and the multivalent...

DEVIATED THEATRE in creature. Photo (c) Enoch Chan 2014.

Artist Interview: Kimmie Dobbs Chan & Enoch Chan of DEVIATED THEATRE

This weekend, Dance Place will play host to an original and apocalyptic fairytale by DEVIATED THEATRE. Choreographed by Kimmie Dobbs Chan and Enoch Chan – the husband-and-wife power couple behind the adventurous local company – creature exhibits DEVIATED THEATRE’s signature mix of acting, stage combat, contemporary dance and aerial work. A practicing Pilates and GYROTONIC® instructor, Kimmie’s choreography is known for its “rich movement palette” and an aesthetic that is both “strangely spare and incredibly effective.” An accomplished photographer and lighting designer, Enoch has spent his artistic life with the goal of unifying Eastern and Western ideals of storytelling and aesthetic. The effusive pair spoke to Dance Place about the making...


Dance Place Grand Re-Opening Celebrations

Download the full recap of activities from our Grand Re-Opening! What a momentous week of events we’ve had with our Be In Brookland / Community Open House, Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Gala Performance and Party. It’s been wonderful to have all of our friends’ and neighbors’ participation in our programs and the generous support in arriving at our Grand Re-Opening after 10 months of intensive renovations. The accolades we’ve received have been touching, as well as a lovely recognition of our leadership. We hope that you feel proud of Dance Place and your investment in our mission. And of course we wouldn’t be here without your...

Culture Shock DC by Glenn Orion Photography 2

Artist Interview: Culture Shock, Washington, DC’s Jeffrey Calero

In anticipation of Culture Shock, Washington, DC‘s upcoming performance, we sat down with Jeffrey Calero – the team’s marketing guru — to talk about their intensive preparations, the company’s gradual evolution, and what audience members should expect from this weekend’s exciting showcase. Founded in 2002 by Artistic Director Margareta Chughtai, Culture Shock, Washington DC is committed to creating fresh, innovative choreography at the forefront of the hip-hop dance community. The world-renowned Culture Shock troupes have brought their performances to stages all over the world, and remain dedicated to utilizing the power and beauty of hip-hop as a means of community enrichment and...


Dance Place Seeks Individual Giving Manager

Dance Place, a nationally recognized cultural arts center in Washington, DC, seeks a full-time Individual Giving Manager to lead the process of developing and implementing a comprehensive fundraising strategy focused on identifying, cultivating and soliciting individual donors, in consultation with the Co-Director. This position reports directly to Dance Place’s Co-Director, Deborah Riley and works in association with Founding Director, Carla Perlo. Basic Job Functions: This position is responsible for creating, continuing and advancing relationships with a growing portfolio of individual donors. This position works closely with the Development team to meet fundraising goals for annual programs as well as Dance...

Deborah Riley, Dr. Jane Chu, Lionell Thomas

Congrats to Dance Place from the National Endowment for the Arts

Dance Place Director Deborah Riley welcomed Dr. Jane Chu, the new Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts and Lionell Thomas, Director of the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities, for a tour of our new facility this summer. “Congratulations on the good work you are doing to make the arts meaningful to the community.” – Dr. Jane Chu The NEA has provided funding to Dance Place since our first full presentation series in 1981. Throughout the years, NEA has supported our annual diverse performing series, provided a major Challenge Grant for commissioning new works and funded the...


Energizers Creative Arts Camp 2014

Thanks to the support of a major grant from the DC Children & Youth Investment Trust Corporation, as well as many foundations, corporations and individuals, 100% of our 52 campers attended our seven week Energizers Creative Arts Camp on full scholarship. In addition, 42 teens were hosted on-site through our Energizers Junior Staff program with job training, arts classes and life skills workshops. It was our largest summer camp program ever! Our Energizers Creative Arts Camp has an intensive concentration on ten different dance forms, plus choices in drumming, tumbling, arts & crafts, garden club and jewelry making. All campers...


Hip-Hop Exchange: Brazil and Philadelphia Connect

Two sensational companies from Rio de Janeiro and Philadelphia met for the first time on April 1st sharing heartfelt stories about their backgrounds in a cross-cultural dialogue, followed by a playful dance “battle.” Rennie Harris RHAW from Philadelphia and Companhia Urbana de Danca (CUD) from Rio were each featured companies in our performing series in Spring 2014 and both companies blew the roof off the Edgewood Arts Center in their public performances. Through funding support from the National Education Association Foundation, these companies were brought together for a special introduction and sharing of their common dance language – hip hop.  The...


Grand Re-Opening of our building!

After 10 months of renovations, we moved back home in June for performances, classes and our Energizers Creative Arts Camp. We’re now hard at work preparing for our Grand Re-Opening celebrations, September 6 – 13, 2014. Please join us for Be In Brookland / Community Open House on Saturday, September 6th. We welcome you to tour our new spaces, sample classes for all ages, enjoy our Art on 8th music and gallery, plus meet some of the artists who call Dance Place home. For our Brick Donors – please join us at 5pm as we raise of glass of thanks...

Arts Walk at Monroe Street Market

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