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Artist Interview: Junious Brickhouse

Today we’re talking with Junious “House” Brickhouse of Washington DC’s Urban Artistry, who’s curating a festival that portrays a holistic and global representation of Hip-Hop dance culture. Hip-Hop dance culture is multi-cultural at its core and Urban Artistry takes that as the cornerstone belief of its dance and educational work. The Urban Dance Theater Festival will debut performances from internationally acclaimed artists Ariston “B-Boy ReMind” Ripoyla from the legendary Style Elements Crew out of Stockton, California; Sara “Lil Flex” Hirn from Helsinki, Finland; G-Force, the Memphis Jookin pioneers out of Memphis, Tennessee as well new works from the DMV’s own Urban Artistry. Please join us on Saturday, Dec...

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Artist Interview: Ilana Silverstein w/ Sarah Greenbaum

This Wednesday, December 3 at 7pm, students of Dance Place’s fall iteration of Fieldwork for Mixed Disciplines will present a works-in-progress showing. Featuring performances by individuals from various artistic disciplines and points of view, this show marks the culmination of a semester of sharing developing works and exchanging peer-to-peer feedback in a constructive environment. A signature program of local organization The Field, this course has provided artist-to-artist, objective and non-directorial feedback. We spoke to the course’s facilitator Ilana Silverstein and participant Sarah Greenbaum about their experiences with the program. Purchase your $10 tickets online or at the box office.   Describe this fieldwork showing in five words....

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Artist Interview: Asanga Domask

Asanga Domask, Founder and Artistic Director of SerendibDance, brings her company to Dance Place this weekend for a performance of A Single Cycle of the Sun. Through a combination of intricate movements, rich instrumentals and exquisite and elaborate costumes, SerendibDance takes their audience into an ancient world filled with traditions and rich in Sri Lankan culture. We spoke with Asanga about the inspiration behind her new work, her deep-rooted Sri Lankan influences, and her life as a busy dance artist and mother of two. Join us for this spectacular performance at Dance Place on Saturday, November 22 at 8pm and Sunday,...

Adrienne Clancy

Artist Interview: Adrienne Clancy

Adrienne Clancy, Founder and Artistic Director of ClancyWorks Dance Company, will take to the Dance Place stage this weekend to present the world premiere of Dream Catchers, a piece that boldly investigates the fragility of relationships by merging performance, visual art, music and text. The evening’s program will include previous works from the company’s repertoire – Art of Letting Go (2001), Displaced (2012) and Benchmarks (2013) — and will also feature exciting works by guest artists Susan Shields and Deborah Riley. We chatted with Adrienne about her early experiences with dance and the trajectory of her company, which is celebrating its 14th...

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Artist Interview: Andrea Ottesen & KK Ottesen

This November, local artists Andrea Ottesen and KK Ottesen present their exhibition Dreams & Dreamers at Dance Place’s own Studio 21 — their first collaboration in a public art show. Dreams & Dreamers includes Andrea’s never before shared fantasy stories about Father Sky and His Dreams for His Children, combined with KK’s portraiture of American Dreamers which previews an upcoming documentary about the American Dreamers project. The sisters lead seemingly disparate lives. Andrea is a scientist in the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) while KK juggles her work as a photographer...

$1 to Dance Place with each 'Dancer's Special' pizza sold!news-bergamispizza-2014

A delicious new way to support Dance Place!

  Our friends at Bergami’s Pizza are donating $1 to Dance Place with each purchase of their ‘Dancer’s Special’ pizza! With a traditional crust, crushed plum tomato sauce and onion, mushroom, black olive and green pepper topping, helping Dance Place has never been so delicious! Order online at or call 202.269.0300. Bergami’s pizza is at 2350 Washington Pl NE, Suite 109N, Washington, DC 20018 – just by the Rhode Island Avenue Metro (Red Line).   Buon appetito!


Help ReVision go to South Africa

Great news! ReVision dance company has been awarded a highly competitive Sister Cities Grant funded by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities to travel to Pretoria, South Africa. We are honored and extremely excited about the upcoming trip this January 2015. ReVision needs your help to match the funds received by the DC Commission to make our trip a reality! Our goal is to raise a total of $17,000, including $5,000 on indiegogo, to support the following international expenses: roundtrip airfare accommodations per diem for each of the 9 members in the project videography to document our trip and film...

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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...

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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...

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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...