April 11, 2013 at 12:00 pm EDT | by Erin Durkin
Black turns to silver
Shawn Short, Dissonance Dance Theatre, gay news, Washington Blade

Shawn Short, the gay producing artistic director of Dissonance Dance Theatre. (Photo courtesy of Dissonance)

Dissonance Dance Theatre has two presentations this weekend of “Black to Silver: a Black Age Continuum (Side B),” which organizers say is “to showcase intimate experiences unique to the African-American LGBT community through text and contemporary styles of dance.”

Under the direction of Producing Artistic Director Shawn Short, the show will also feature local singer Moshe Adams. Several of the performers involved are openly gay. The event will feature three new works from Short: “My Intimate Friend,” a work about coping and masturbation; “Zero,” a piece about HIV disclosure and new relationships; and “The First Time,” a piece that celebrates nostalgia and love between men.

Dissonance bills itself as Washington’s “only African-American-managed contemporary ballet company.”

Performances are in the Jack Guidone Theatre at Joy of Motion (5207 Wisconsin Ave., N.W.). Tickets are $18 in advance and $25 at the door. Performances are scheduled for Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 7. Visit ddtdc.com for more information.

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