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SPRING ARTS 2018 DANCE: Pirouettes and arabesques

Dorsey Dance Company’s gender exploration among season’s dance highlights

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‘Boys in Trouble’ by Sean Dorsey Dance. (Photo by Lydia Daniller, courtesy Dance Place)

Bowen McCauley Dance presents “Une Soirée de Danse” at the Kennedy Center (2700 F St., N.W.) this weekend (March 2-3) at 7:30 p.m. The show will be the world premiere re-staging of Eric Hampton’s “UnRavel,” choreographed by Lucy Bowen McCauley, and a performance of the comedic dance “Le Café Carambole.” There will be audience participation and live musicians. General admission tickets range from $40-50. VIP tickets are $150 and are available for the March 3 performance only. They include a VIP seat and admission to the after-party at the KC Café with Bowen McCauley Dance’s cast, crew and board members. For more information, visit bmdc.org.

Dana Tai Soon Burgess holds a lecture demonstration at Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery (8th and F streets, N.W.) on Saturday, March 3; Saturday, March 10; and Saturday, March 17 at 2 and 4 p.m. Burgess, who is choreographer-in-residence at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery (and also gay), will explore eurythmics and themes found in the exhibit “Portraits of the World: Switzerland.”Admission is free. For more details, visit dtsbdc.org.

Dissonance Dance Theatre presents “The J.I.N. Project” at Clarice Smith Center for the Performing Arts (8270 Alumni Dr., College Park, Md.) on Saturday, March 3 at 7:30 p.m. The contemporary ballet, which explores relationships, family and community, will be performed to the music of Jill Scott, India Arie and Nina Simone. Student tickets are $15. General admission tickets are $25. For more information, visit ddtdc.org.

Choreographer Damian Woetzel hosts his third annual “Demo” series show “Woke” at the Kennedy Center (2700 F St., N.W.) on Wednesday, March 7 at 7:30 p.m. The show will feature recent commissions and D.C. premieres including a new work from choreographer Pam Tanowitz and the Kennedy Center premiere of “Fandago” by Alexei Ratmansky. Other dancers performing include street dancer Lil Buck, Sara Mearns from the New York City ballet, Jason Collins from Pam Tanowitz Dance and more. Tickets range from $39-49. For more details, visit kennedy-center.org.

The Washington Ballet debuts three world premieres from three emerging choreographers at the Harman Center in Sidney Harman Hall (610 F St., N.W.) on Wednesday, March 14 at 7:30 p.m. Performances run through Sunday, March 18. Featured choreographers will be Clifton Brown from Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Gemma Bond from American Ballet Theatre and Marcelo Gomes from American Ballet Theatre. Tickets range from $25-118. For more information, visit washingtonballet.org.

Capitol Movement presents “a commUNITY Showcase” at Montgomery College Theater (7995 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring, Md.) on Saturday, March 17 at 7 p.m. There will be performances from Bowen McCauley Dance Company, Capitol Movement Dance Company, Capitol Movement Pre-Professional Company, The CMI Kidz, Dr. Badlove and the Remedies and many more. Student tickets are $20. General admission tickets are $25. For more details, visit capitolmovement.org.

UpRooted Dance performs “Circling the Line” at Dance Place (3225 8th St., N.E.) on Saturday, April 7 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, April 8 at 7 p.m. The surrealist performance fuses the 2D design from printmaker Susan Goldman with the 3D movement of the dancers. Tickets range from $15-25. For more details, visit uprooteddance.com.

Falun Dafa Association of D.C. presents “Shen Yun” at the Kennedy Center (2700 F St., N.W.) from April 10-15. The show explores the beauty of traditional Chinese culture through dance, scenographic effects and a live orchestra. Tickets range from $80-250. For more details, visit kennedy-center.org.

‘Shen Yun’ (Photos courtesy of the Kennedy Center)

The Washington Ballet performs “Mixed Masters,” a selection of ballets from choreographers George Balanchine, Frederick Ashton and Jerome Robbins, at the Kennedy Center (2700 F St., N.W.) from April 11-15. Tickets range from $25-140. For more details, visit washingtonballet.org.

The Cherry Fund hosts “Cherry: Kaleidoscope,” its annual dance benefit weekend, on April 12-16 at various venues in D.C. The weekend kicks off with “Catalyst” at Cobalt (1639 R St., N.W.) from 9 p.m.-2 a.m. New York City-based DJ Kenneth Rivera and DJ Danny Verde, from Italy, will play music all night. Tickets are $20. The final dance party will be “Infinity” at Soundcheck (1420 K St., N.W.) on Sunday, April 15 from 9 p.m.-4 a.m. DJ Nina Flowers and DJ Alain Jackinsky will spin tracks.Tickets are $30. Proceeds will benefit Washington D.C. HIV/AIDS community organizations.For a complete list of events, visit cherrydc.com.

ClancyWorks Dance Company presents “Resilience,” a debut work from Artistic Director Adrienne Clancy, at Dance Place (3225 8th St., N.E.) on Saturday, April 14 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, April 15 at 7 p.m. The performance showcases how people learn to adapt from the shocks in the current world.Tickets range from $15-30. For more details, visit clancyworks.org.

ReVision dance company holds performances April 28-29 at 4 and 7 p.m. The contemporary modern dance company works with both professional and beginner dancers. Tickets range from $15-30. For details, visit danceplace.org.

Sean Dorsey Dance, led by transgender choreographer Sean Dorsey, presents “Boys in Trouble” at Dance Place (3225 8th St., N.E.) on Saturday, May 19 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, May 20 at 7 p.m. The piece examines masculinity from a transgender and queer perspective. Tickets range from $15-30. For more information, visit seandorseydance.com.

Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company presents “Remix: Swiss Beats” in the Robert and Arlene Kogod Courtyard at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery (8th and F. streets, N.W.) on Thursday, May 24 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. The performance will bring together American and Swiss cultures in dance, music, art and food. Admission is free. For more details, visit dtsbdc.org.

 

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Greyson Chance releases ‘Trophies’ in time for Pride

Chart-topping singer-songwriter pushes envelope on musical boundaries

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Greyson Chance (Photo by Broderick Bauman)

As the tall slender dark-haired young musician prepares for a sound check on stage preparing for his Oklahoma City Pride debut, back in Los Angeles his team released his highly anticipated new album via all digital and streaming platforms.

Greyson Chance, a critically acclaimed, chart-topping and singer-songwriter, with this new album Trophies- a follow up to his 2019’s critically praised ‘portraits’ EP, continues to display sharp writing chops, as well as his ability to push the envelope on his own musical boundaries.

From his recently released, dance-inspired hit “Hellboy” to his latest uplifting anthem “Nobody,” to the beautifully arranged, emotion-provoking ballad “Violet,” the piano aficionado openly takes listeners on a tour of his life. 

Friday is also the day Chance gets back on the road for his Trophies World Tour, starting in his hometown with the headlining spot at Oklahoma City’s Pride Festival.  Additional summer dates include shows in major cities across North America, as well as, European and South American dates to follow in the fall and winter of this year.

Chance will also embark on a second round of North American dates set for January 2022; full tour schedule below for reference.

TROPHIES releases after a long-awaited break for Chance. He last released his current single and dance-inspired anthem “Hellboy” after a strong slate of single releases through the pandemic, including well-received titles “Boots,” “Dancing Next To Me,” the revealing “Bad to Myself,” in which Chance opened up about his battle with an eating disorder, and this past January’s “Holy Feeling.”  Chance’s last EP was 2019’s critically acclaimed portraits, which to date has accumulated over 40 million streams, and topped #5 on iTunes’ Pop Charts, #1 on Apple’s Music Breaking Pop Playlist, and #3 on Apple Music’s Best of the Week Playlist upon its release. A portraits Word Tour followed that included 50+ sold out dates in North America, Europe, SE Asia, and China.

TROPHIES is available now on all streaming platforms. TROPHIES North American tour dates:

July 07 – Tampa – Crowbar

July 08 – Orlando – The Social

July 09 – Atlanta-  Masquerade

July 10 – Charlotte – Neighborhood Theatre

July 15 – Richmond – Canal Club

July 16 – Washington DC – Union Stage

July 17 – Nashville – The High Watt

July 23 – Indianapolis  – The Irving Theatre 

July 24 – Detroit – Magic Stick

July 25 – Grand Rapids – The Stache at Intersection 

July 29 – Des Moines – xBK Live

July 30 – Milwaukee – Miramar Theatre

July 31 – Minneapolis – Studio B – Skyway Theatre

August 4 – Chicago – Lincoln Hall

August 5 – Lawrence – The Bottleneck 

August 6 – Austin – The Parish

August 7 – Dallas – Trees

August 11 – El Paso – Ricky D’s

August 12 – Phoenix – Crescent Ballroom

August 13 – Salt Lake City – The Complex

August 14 – Denver – The Bluebird

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Demi Lovato comes out as gender non-binary in Twitter announcement

In 2017 Lovato had invited Danica Roem, the 1st openly trans lawmaker in Virginia to the American Music Awards to speak out against bullying

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STUDIO CITY – In an announcement Wednesday, two time Grammy nominee, actor and singer-songwriter Demi Lovato revealed that they are identifying as gender non-binary. Taking to their Twitter account, the 28 year-old Lovato said; “The past year and a half, I’ve been doing some healing and self-reflective work. And through this work, I’ve had this revelation that I identify as non-binary,” they said in the video. “With that said, I’ll officially be changing my pronouns to they/them.”

They went on to note, “I feel this best represents the fluidity I feel in my gender expression and allows me to feel most authentic and true to the person I both know I am and am still discovering.”

 

They continued in the thread adding; ” I’m doing this for those out there that haven’t been able to share who they truly are with their loved ones. Please keep living in your truths & know I am sending so much love your way xox”

Lovato also expressed gratitude to the various LGBTQ advocacy groups for their support; “Thank you for your love & support today. Here are a few great organizations and leaders who actively offer education and support:”@glaad, @HRC. @TrevorProject, @LALGBTCenter, @alokvmenon, @mattxiv, @them.

In November of 2017, Lovato invited Virginia Democratic State Delegate Danica Roem, the first openly transgender person seated in a state legislature, to walk the American Music Awards red carpet with them to speak out against bullying. Lovato and Roem were brought together as part of GLAAD’s Together initiative, a campaign for all marginalized communities to stand together.

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May pop-up performance features women composers

Whitman-Walker Health and the Goethe-Institut present ‘Kept Under Glass’

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(Image via ‘Kept Under Glass: Unheard Women’s Voices’ Facebook event page)

Whitman-Walker Health (1701 14th St., N.W.) and the Goethe-Institut present “Kept Under Glass: Unheard Women’s Voices,” a multimedia street concert, May 5-6 on the corner of 14th and R Streets.

This free event features songs about love and a longing for connection by rarely heard Austian and German women composers, including medieval chants, classical opera and early 20th century works.

The four performances will take place over the course of two evenings at Whitman-Walker’s new cultural center, The Corner at Whitman-Walker. Performances will last 30 minutes while three performers, each in their own window, sings to sidewalk audiences on the other side of the glass.

Event times and other information is available on the event’s Facebook page.

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