A bulletin board highlighting October DC dance performances recently grabbed my attention. Topping that list was Camille A. Brown. Having missed her show, “BLACK GIRL: Linguistic Play,” in New York, I jumped to purchase tickets when I learned it was being presented later this month at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Also in town are standout choreographer Ronald K. Brown, and the recently remounted Dance Theatre of Harlem.
Now that I’m inspired, I've put together my short list of DC dance performances this month and wanted to share it with you.
Derek Brown presents “Wondrous” @ Town Boutique. 10/6-7
Chandini Darby, winner of 2015 Kennedy Center Local Choreographers Commission. “The Stories that Bind Us,” Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, 6pm, 10/6-7
Dance Theatre of Harlem, 10/9-10, Sidney Harman Hall. DTH has been a platform for ballerinas with African American roots whose talent and technique is on par with or even exceeds their "whiter" counter-parts. I’m super excited to see my first performance of this historical company.
Washington Ballet, "Latin Heat," 10/14-18, Kennedy Center
Velocity Dance Festival, 10/15-10/17, Sidney Harman Hall
Camille A. Brown and Dancers, "BLACK GIRL: Linguistic Play," 10/23, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. It's inspiring to watch this woman rise from an amazing dancer to a brilliant, critically acclaimed choreographer, while remaining a humble spirit.
Ronald K. Brown/ Evidence with Jason Moran and the Bandwagon, 10/27-29, Kennedy Center. During my years dancing with PHILADANCO, I had the pleasure of performing three of Mr. Brown's ballets. I'm excited to be seeing his work thru the lens of an audience member and not from the wings, on the side of the stage.
Although not a dance concert, the legend Stevie Wonder performed at DC's Verizon Center this past Saturday. It's a must-see! Earlier this year, I promised myself that I would try and see as many of the "greats" as I could. I was nothing but amazed! The audience all danced to, crooned with, and loved the love in his music and impeccable voice. TREAT YOURSELF! Find him in concert in a city near you thru 11/24/15.
For a more complete list, check out Metro Dance DC or CultureCapital.com.
Catch me out at the Theater and say hello.