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Tonight and tomorrow experience velocity at the Harman Hall, Shakespeare Theater in Washington, DC.
DC has over 450 dance companies, ranging from regular touring pros, to mom and pop and single person outfits. The community created a festival for dance last year. This year’s version includes works from the city’s wide range of dancers.
The Washington Ballet does there signature peice choreopgraphed by Trey McIntyre to Beck’s music. The CityDance Ensemble does one classic piece by Paul Taylor and a more modern piece with challenging movement.
The female company ClancyWorks Dance Company impressed me with their physicality on Thursday night. The four women did a lot of pairing and partnering but included several lifts and athleticism. Urban Artistry brought funk to the stage and the aisles before and after the show.
The African American company Edgeworks brought a moody piece while Furia Flamenca stompped to classic folk stylings.
For $20 bucks you can’t go wrong.
The Company is a viewer friendly group. The opening number featured six dancers in towels moving to Mozart. Slapstick actions and movements reminded this viewer of silent movies. The fourth water piece teased audiences with white body suits.
Fire featured three dances, one in orange, another in red and a third in yellow. The costumes included frills on the arms and hats creating a sense of flames and movement. The male dancers hip hop moves thrilled the audience.
Making accessible dance is a great idea as is dancing to recent music. I wish the performances included more daring and interesting steps/choreography.
The Festival gets Washingtonians away from the monied Northwest section and spreads them out across the other parts of the city. They drive past things they don’t see and get to hang with people they would not know.
The Dance Place extravaganza Saturday night was excellent. Don’t Hit Mama: Nita Liem – Artistic Director, Bart Deuss Co-Artistic Director/Dramaturg, with Clearence Koorndijk and Honey Eavis, Holly Bass, Brandon Barnette, Meghan Bowden, Olivia Crosby (Culture Shock),
Simone Jacobson, Shae Lim and many more!
Curated by Holly Bass. Music by DJ RBI. Support for Nita Liem was made possible by
Consulate General of The Netherlands in New York & The Royal Netherlands Embassy
The audience performed and watched. No one sat. Everybody danced. Four guys moved synchronized across a platform in the back. Scenes flashed along the white wall in the front of the room.
The fifteen performers danced with anybody who wanted to move. They formed dance circles featuring star turns. They formed lines and invited anybody to get their grove on down the line. Michael Jackson got his due with spins of his top songs as the closing numbers.
We were the only gay couple. Wish there had been at least one other one there. We could only guess that there was one gay or lesbian performer and really only one guy did a great dance to Madonna‘s Vogue.
I wish I’d had someone with insider knowledge with us to provide me with some of the knowledge about actions that I do not have. That would have made the evening even better.