September 8, 2011 | by Joey DiGuglielmo
‘Homo’ statement

Gay dancer/choreographer Vincent Thomas performs at Dance Place in two weeks. (Photo by John Addis; courtesy Dance Place)

Several gay-themed performers and programs highlight the region’s fall dance offerings.

The Washington Ballet opens its season Nov. 2-6 at the Kennedy Center with the return of gay director Septime Webre’s “The Great Gatsby,” an adaptation of the F. Scott Fitzgerald classic about obsession, wealth and excess in the roaring ‘20s. Gay actor/singer Will Gartshore is slated as a guest artist. Tickets go on sale Sunday and range from $20-$125. Subscriptions for the entire season, which will include a Twyla Tharp tribute in February and an adaptation of “Alice in Wonderland” in April, range from $87-$425. Visit washingtonballet.org for details.

Dance Place (3225 8th Street, N.E.) has a bounty of offerings slated for fall.

Pearsonwidrig Dancetheater presents the world premiere of “Sayonara Dear,” which explores an elderly romance, next weekend, Sept. 17-18. Tickets are $22. On Sept. 24-25, VT Dance/Vincent Thomas presents a series of thought-provoking works including the provocatively titled “Homo Will Not Inherit,” a collaboration with Iron Crow Theatre. Thomas is gay. Tickets are $22.

Dancer/choreographer Lucy Bowen McCauley returns to Dance Place on Oct. 1-2 to help the company open its 16th season with a show called “ReSuitened,” featuring a mash-up of Bach suites performed by cellist Yvonne Caruthers, a choreographed hodge-podge dubbed “Lucy’s Playlist” that finds her assigning moves to various pop/rock-era cuts and the solo piece “Tus Ojos Claros … Santa Lucia,” a 2006 work that has Mexican influences. Tickets are $22. Visit bmdc.org for details or danceplace.org for tickets.

Another gay choreographer, Dana Tai Soon Burgess appears with his company at Dance Place the weekend of Oct. 14-16 with “Becoming American” along with a revival of his critically acclaimed autobiographical “Charlie Chan and the Mystery of Love.” Tickets are $22.

Several other Dance Place events are on the calendar for fall. Details at danceplace.org.

Dakshina/Daniel Phoenix Singh Dance Company, a local gay-helmed outfit, has several events slated for fall including its eighth annual Fall Festival of Indian Arts. Indian dancer Leela Samson closes the festival with a special performance Oct. 8. Tickets range from $22.50 to $47.50 for the Lincoln Theater (1215 U St., N.W.) event. Visit dakshina.org for tickets and more information.

Other gay dance outfits have performances slated for fall. X Faction performs at Town Danceboutique (2009 8th Street, N.W.) every weekend. And D.C. Lambda Squares, a regional gay square dancing club, has weekly events. Visit dclambdasquares.org for information.

 

 

Joey DiGuglielmo is the Features Editor for the Washington Blade.

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