September 12, 2013 | by Jonathan Howard
Pirouetting productions
Giselle, ballet, gay news, Washington Blade

Production photo of ‘Giselle,’ which opens Oct. 30 at Washington Ballet, among a strong array of dance offerings this season. (Photo by Steve Vaccariello; courtesy Washington Ballet)

There’s always a wide variety of dance performances in Washington and this fall is no different. Here are just a few of the dance offerings hitting the stage in the District this fall.

Gay-led dance outfit Dakshina/Daniel Phoenix Singh Dance Company (dakshina.org) hosts its 10th annual Fall Festival of Indian Arts Sept. 20-22 and Sept. 27-28. Each performance features a headlining artist as well as an opening artist. Guest artists from India include Leela Samson and Sadanam Balakrishnan, Astad Deboo and Madhavi Mudgal and Dancers. All performances will take place at The Shakespeare Theater (610 F Street N.W.).

On Sept. 28 at 8 p.m. and Sept. 29 at 4 p.m., Dance Place hosts the Latin Sizzle Festival at the Atlas Performing Arts Center (1333 H Street N.E.). Performances include D.C. Casineros, Furia Flamenca and Maru Montero Dance Company. General admission tickets purchased in advance are $25 or $30 at the door, For tickets and more information, go to atlasarts.org.

The Velocity D.C. Dance Festival (velocitydc.org) kicks off its fifth year Oct. 10 at the Shakespeare Theater Company’s Sidney Harman Hall (610 F Street N.W.). Velocity D.C. is presented in a fast paced gala format of movement, music and spoken word. All main stage evening performances are preceded by RAMP!-to-Velocity; this series brings up-and-coming dancers, established choreographers and audiences together in an informal setting. Tickets are available through the Shakespeare Theater company box office for as little as $18.

Gay helmed VT Dance/ Vincent Thomas performs at Velocity D.C. Dance Festival on Oct. 10-12.

Choreographer Susan Marshall brings her new work “Play/Pause” to the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater (2700 F Street N.W.) from Oct. 29-31. The piece couples her structured choreography with the seductiveness of pop music in an effort to explore our relationship with the media we consume everyday. Tickets are available starting at $36 at kennedy-center.org.

Starting Oct. 30 and continuing through Nov. 3, The Washington Ballet offers “Giselle.” Under the leadership of gay artistic director Septime Webre, they will be taking on one of the world’s most beautiful and technically difficult ballets. The performances will take place at The Kennedy Center’s Eisenhower Theater (2700 F Street N.W.). Tickets start at $25.

The Suzanne Farrell Ballet performs with the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra from Nov. 6-10. Suzanne Farrell was George Balanchine’s favorite muse and she continues to share her deep understanding of the late choreographers work through the Kennedy Center’s own ballet company. Tickets are available starting at $29 at kennedy-center.org.

The New Adventures, led by Matthew Bourne, will perform “Sleeping Beauty” at the Kennedy Center Opera House (2700 F Street N.W.) November 12-17. The New Adventures recently celebrated 25 years of performances and have presented pieces like “Cinderella,” “Dorian Gray,” “Edward Scissorhands” and Bourne’s most renowned work “Swan Lake.” Tickets are available starting at $30.

Gay dancer and choreographer Dana Tai Soon Burgess and his company perform at the National Portrait Gallery (Eighth and F Streets N.W.) on Nov. 16, where the company will be in residency until July 2014. For additional information call the National Portrait Gallery at 202-633-1000 or visit dtsbdc.org.

At the end of the fall season, Dance Place hosts its Modern Moves Festival at the Atlas Performing Arts Center (1333 H Street N.E.) on Jan. 4 and 5, 2014. This festival will feature 12 world-class contemporary dance companies each with a different point of view. Some of the companies include VT Dance/Vincent Thomas, Dana Tai Soon Burgess, Bowen McCauley Dance and gay-helmed Daniel Burkholder/The PlayGround.

As always Dance Place has a full schedule of events slated for fall. For more information or a full listing of fall performances visit danceplace.com. Until February Dance Place performances will be held at various theatres as Dance Place expands and renovates.

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