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Dance Theatre of Harlem Coming To DC

Dance Theatre of Harlem Coming To DC

This story comes to us from Judith Keyserling:

After a five-plus year hiatus, Dance Theatre of Harlem (DTH) will return to the stage in Washington, DC when its Dance Theatre of Harlem Ensemble (DTH Ensemble) performs at the Lincoln Theatre on Friday, March 25 at 8pm. Presented by The Laurel Fund for the performing arts, founder/president Elvi Moore, the 12-member troupe, with pianist, will also conduct lecture demonstrations and a master class during its visit to Washington. Established in 2004 from leading participants in Dance Theatre of Harlem School’s Professional Training Program, DTH Ensemble began touring nationally under a “Dance for America” banner in 2009, and since then the Ensemble has toured to more than 35 cities in 26 states, performing for more than 65,000 patrons, drawing positive notices from critics and audiences for its vibrant, energetic presentations of ballet for the 21st century.

"Give Me Your Hand" at the Corcoran

"Give Me Your Hand" at the Corcoran

Sunday, February 13 at 4 p.m.

Co-sponsored with the US-Ireland Alliance

Two of Ireland’s most eminent actors, Dearbhla Molloy and Dermot Crowley, take to the Corcoran’s stage to perform Give Me Your Hand, based on a collection of poems by celebrated Irish poet Paul Durcan. An original and exciting look at some of the world’s most famous paintings, Molloy and Crowley freshly interpret and give voice to masterpieces by Van Gogh, Rubens, Gainsborough, and others in the collection of the National Gallery in London. Witty, touching, acerbic, and insightful, the performance brings the audience on a journey through the National Gallery and the unique prism of Durcan’s imagination.

 

Click here to see excerpts from a past performance.

 

Diplomatic Art On Display

Diplomatic Art On Display

The Bing Stanford in Washington Art Gallery recently opened its new exhibit, "Festival des Artistes: Diplomacy through Art." The exhibit consists of paintings, photography, jewelry, and ceramics created by members of the diplomatic community!

"Festival des Artistes" was launched in 2004 by The Hospitality and Information Service for Diplomats (THIS) organization to explore the many ways art can connect people while building international understanding. The Bing Stanford in Washington Art gallery collaborated with THIS to share the work of diplomatic artists from Argentina, Australia, Austria, Chile, China, Djibouti, France, Germany, Haiti, Indonesia, Iraq, Israel, Malaysia, Peru, Switzerland, and the Ukraine. 

"Festival des Artistes: Diplomacy through Art," is currently on exhibit and will run through March 22, 2011.

January 28-29 The Best of DC Shorts

January 28-29 The Best of DC Shorts

The DC Shorts Film Festival celebrated its seventh year in 2010 and has become one of the area's best events. This weekend, January 28-29, DC Shorts will host a “Best of” program, highlighting some of the outstanding short films from the past seven years.

The average filmgoer doesn't get a chance to see many short films, if any. But short films can offer something that feature films can't. Because of the short format, filmmakers are given the freedom to be daring. They can take risks, try things they never have before, and the results can be unforgettable.

With a two hour program, the audience can be treated to around a dozen films, including narrative, documentary, and experimental. And just like the weather in some places, if you don't like a film... just wait five minutes.

Mayor Gray Explains His Vision For D.C. Arts and Culture

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray explained his vision for what arts and culture should be throughout the city, this morning as he addressed Cultural Tourism D.C. members at their annual meeting, which was held at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.  

Gray stressed the importance of arts and culture, and how he hopes that the two will begin to mesh more with the D.C. school system.  

"I think we've got to increase the nexus between the arts community and the schools," He said.

The Mayor even suggested programs such as embassy tours for D.C. students, in an attempt to give D.C. youth more of an interaction with the international community.  He also expressed the role that he believes arts and culture can play in the improvement of developing neighborhoods throughout the District.

Gray made it clear that he sees arts and culture as a key building block for the future of the District.

Color Painting's Pedigree

Color Painting's Pedigree

Tonight is the night!  

Thursday, February 24 at 7 p.m. will feature a lecture by art critic Paul Richard wrote for The Washington Post for more than 40 years. In this illustrated talk, he will recollect a story which he covered for the Post, of Color Field painting's Washington appearance, its precedents, promises, strictures, and disputes. Following the talk, participants are invited to view the Corcoran’s exhibition Washington Color and Light. $15. http://programs.corcoran.org/products/color-painting-s-pedigree

Musical Evening Series: Ariel Quartet with Roger Tapping

Musical Evening Series: Ariel Quartet with Roger Tapping

Friday, January 28 at 8 p.m.

Presented in Partnership with the Embassy of Israel

The Ariel Quartet has performed extensively in Israel, Europe, and North America, at such venues as the Musée du Louvre in Paris, Kaisersaal in Frankfurt (“…a tour de force…” –Frankfurter Allgemeine), Neue Galerie in New York City, and Jordan Hall in Boston. Master violist Roger Tapping, a member of the Grammy-Award winning Takács Quartet for 10 years, joins the group for the performance of a Mozart quintet.

Program: Beethoven, String Quartet in D Major, Op. 18, No. 3; Alban Berg, String Quartet,Op. 3; Mozart, Viola Quintet in D Major, K. 593 with Roger Tapping.

Fore more information, please visit http://programs.corcoran.org/products/musical-evening-series-ariel-quartet-with-roger-tapping.