The DC Guide to Dance | Fall 2017

Performances to See | Events to Engage | Classes to Take

Flickr/Jose Maria Cuellar

I. Forever Balanchine: Farewell Performances

Company: The Suzanne Farrell Ballet

Thursday, December 7, 2017 — Saturday, December 9, 2017, 7:30–9:30 pm

Location: Kennedy Center Opera House

Price: $29–89

Kennedy Center

Mr. George Balanchine is a big deal in the ballet world. Trained in the Russian classical style, Balanchine came to United States in his thirties and founded a ballet company, where he choreographed the faster and stronger ballet that we see New York ballerina Misty Copeland dance and try to emulate in our basic barre classes. Suzanne Farrell was one of Balanchine’s favorite young muses and Forever Balanchine: Farewell Performances, danced by her eponymous company, is her tribute to the legendary deceased choreographer.

II. BodyCartography Project: closer (solo)

8th Street Arts Park

Thursday, September 14, 2017, 10:30 am — 1:30 pm

Kenilworth Park & Aquatic Gardens

Saturday, September 16, 2017, 11:00 am — 2:00pm

Price: Free


We all like when our food is made-to-order, freshly prepared for us, no heat lamp involved. But can you imagine watching a performance that’s custom-danced for you? The Minneapolis-based BodyCartography Project, in residence at Dance Place this fall, is hosting a series of one-on-one dances called closer (solo). You will sign up for this free, family-friendly performance at either 8th Street Arts Park (Sep. 14) or Kenilworth Park & Aquatic Gardens (Sep. 16) and be paired with a performer who will dance throughout the gardens while you, the audience of one, follow and observe and experience.

III. Strong in the Broken Places

Presented by: ArtWorks for Freedom

Saturday, October 14, 2017, 8:00 pm

Sunday, October 15, 2017, 7:00 pm

Location: Dance Place

Price: $15–30

ArtWorks for Freedom

ArtWorks for Freedom presents an evening of dance to raise awareness of human trafficking. The participating artists create and perform modern-style dances based on the Japanese concept of kintsugi, or the practice of repairing broken pottery by filling in the cracks with shiny, metallic lacquer. This symbolizes the resilience and courage of survivors of human trafficking.

IV. What’s Going On?

Company: Dance Place

Marvin Gaye + life, love, & social justice + modern, jazz, & West African dance

Saturday, November 18, 2017, 8:00–10:00 pm

Sunday, November 19, 2017, 4:00–6:00 pm

Location: Dance Place

Price: $15–30


V. Matthew Bourne’s production of The Red Shoes

Company: New Adventures

A beloved fairytale + one dancer’s dream to be the greatest in the world + passion

Tuesday, October 10, 2017, 7:30–9:30 pm (free post-performance discussion)

Wednesday, October 11, 2017, 7:30–9:30 pm

Thursday, October 12, 2017, 7:30–9:30 pm

Friday, October 13, 2017, 1:30–3:30 pm & 7:30–9:30 pm

Saturday, October 14, 2017, 1:30–3:30 pm & 7:30–9:30 pm

Sunday, October 15, 2017, 1:30–3:30 pm

Location: Kennedy Center Opera House

Price: $29–129


VI. El Teatro de Danzo Contemporanea (The DC Contemporary Dance Theatre)

Presented by company of the same name

Latin dance + cultural, symbolic, & rich

December 2, 2017, 8:00–10:00pm

Location: Dance Place

Price: $20–30


VII. Festival of South African Dance

Johannesburg + real stories of hard work, struggle, & longing + urban street dance

Companies: Gumboots and Pantsula

Saturday, September 30, 2017, 8:00 pm

Location: George Mason University’s Center for the Arts

Price: $30–50


VIII. The Grasshopper’s Song

Metropolitan + in collaboration with poet Nikki Giovanni + a classic Aesop Fable

Company: Metro Tap Roots

November 4, 2017, 8:00 pm

November 5, 2017, 4:00 pm

Location: Dance Place

Price: $15–30


IX. Atlas Presents: Furia Flamenca

Hispanic Heritage Month + cabaret style + guitar & flamenco dance

Company: Furia Flamenca Dance Company

Saturday, September 30, 2017, 8:00 pm

Sunday, October 1, 2017, 4:00 pm

Location: Atlas Performing Arts Center

Price: $30–35


X. Russian Masters

Fokine + Ratmansky + Petipa + Balanchine

Company: The Washington Ballet

Wednesday, October 4, 2017, 8:00 pm

Thursday, October 5, 2017, 8:00 pm

Friday, October 6, 2017, 8:00 pm

Saturday, October 7, 2017, 2:00 pm and 8:00 pm

Sunday, October 8, 2017, 2:00 pm and 8:00 pm

Location: Eisenhower Theater, the Kennedy Center

Price: $25–140