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FEBRUARY 5 Publick Playhouse: “Cotton Field to Concert Hall”
An all-ages multimedia show that uses drumming, singing, spokenword, classical music and dance to tell the story of a young slave’s journey to freedom and opera. At Publick Playhouse.
7 Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
Artistic Director Robert Battle leads the company in performances of new and classic works, including Ailey’s 1960 masterpiece “Revelations.” At Kennedy Center, Opera House. Through Feb. 12.
10 Leslie Lissaint: “This Is How We Heal”
This autobiographical solo show about drug addiction, fatherlessness and other traumas mixes poetry and dance. At Anacostia Arts Center. Through Feb. 11.
11 Sole Defined
A multimedia performance featuring body percussion and tap dance on roller skates. At Dance Place. Through Feb. 12.
12 Step Afrika!
The step-dance company celebrates Black History Month with a percussion-driven performance that includes storytelling and songs. At the Music Center at Strathmore.
Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble: “Hot Strings and Flying Feet”
The folk troupe performs Americana-inspired works set to live music. At Dance Place. Through Feb. 19.
19 Evidence: “Walking Out the Dark”
A new work by Artistic Director Ronald K. Brown combines elements of contemporary and spiritual dance, inspired by Brown’s work with Malpaso Dance Company in Cuba. At BlackRock Center for the Arts.
22 Dance Place: “What’s Going On”
Dance Place joins with Gin Dance Company to perform its acclaimed ode to singer Marvin Gaye. Featuring modern, jazz and West African choreography by Vincent E. Thomas, Ralph Glenmore and Sylvia Soumah. At Reston Community Center.
Ballet Theatre of Maryland: “The Little Mermaid” The Annapolis, Md.-based troupe premieres an adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale. At Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts. Through Feb. 26. Mark Morris Dance Group The Brooklyn-based dance group returns to Northern Virginia to perform works set to live music, including popular tunes from the 1920s and ’30s and a piece by Joseph Haydn. At George Mason University Center for the Arts. Through Feb. 25. Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company The Washington choreographer opens three of his company’s rehearsals to the public in advance of new works premiering at the National Portrait Gallery this summer and fall. At Georgetown Day School, Dance Studio. Through March 11.
Evidence: “Walking Out the Dark”
A new work by Artistic Director Ronald K. Brown combines elements of contemporary and spiritual dance, inspired by Brown’s work with Malpaso Dance Company in Cuba. At Dance Place. Through Feb. 26. Jane Franklin Dance: “The Big Meow” A family-friendly show about a little cat whose meow is “loud as a lion’s roar.” At Atlas Performing Arts Center, Lab Theatre II. Through March 4. Jane Franklin Dance: “Trek (The Migration Project)” Presented as part of the Atlas Intersections Festival, “Trek” explores migrations great and small, from cross-sea voyages to small-scale relocations. At Atlas
Performing Arts Center, Lab Theatre II.
Soul in Motion
The African drum and dance troupe celebrates its 33rd anniversary with works including “Temple Memories,” a new piece choreographed by Rosangela Silvestre. At Joe’s Movement Emporium. Through Feb. 26.
26 Praise Dance Festival
An annual festival featuring religious performances by Washington-area dance and worship groups. At Publick Playhouse.
MARCH 1 Washington Ballet: “Giselle”
New artistic director Julie Kent leads the company in composer Adolphe Adam’s two-act ballet about a love-struck peasant girl. At Kennedy Center, Eisenhower Theater. Through March 5.
3 Martha Graham: “Cave of the Heart”
Performed with set and costumes designed by the sculptor Isamu Noguchi, whose work is on display in a retrospective exhibition at the museum. At Smithsonian American Art Museum, McEvoy Auditorium.
4 Gin Dance Company: “Spring in Your Step”
Featuring Artistic Director ShuChen Cuff’s new work “Burgundy.” At Atlas Performing Arts Center, Lang Theatre.
The Seldoms: “Power Goes”
The Chicago-based company uses spoken word and video projections to re-create the presidency of Lyndon B. Johnson in dance. At Dance Place. Through March 5.
8 Company Wang Ramirez: “Monchichi”
Hip-hop dancer Sébastien Ramirez and ballerina Honji Wang perform in a work that examines love and cultural differences. At Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Kay Theatre.
9 Jane Franklin Dance
Forty+, a group of Jane Franklin dancers who are older than 40, performs short works as part of the Athenaeum’s Second Thursday Live series. At the Athenaeum.
10 Manassas Ballet Theatre: “Carmina Burana”
Original works complement this ribald ballet, which features live choral music composed by Carl Orff. At Hylton Performing Arts Center, Merchant Hall. Through March 12.
11 Coyaba Dance Theater
The troupe celebrates its 20th anniversary with performances of traditional and contemporary West African music and dance. At Dance Place. Through March 12.
17 Russian National Ballet Theatre: “Giselle”
A cast of 50 performs this ballet about a peasant girl’s search for true love. At Hylton Performing Arts Center.
18 Chamber Dance Project
The ballet company’s spring gala performance features live music. At Decatur House on Lafayette Square.
Russian National Ballet Theatre Company
Double-bill ballet featuring “Chopiana,” inspired by Chopin’s Seventh Waltz, and “Carmen,” based on the opera by Georges Bizet. At George Mason University Center for the Arts.
Washington Ballet: “Aladdin”
An adaptation of the fairy tale. At THEARC. Through March 19.
19 Russian National Ballet Theatre: “The Sleeping Beauty”
A performance of the ballet classic, with choreography by Marius Petipa and music by Tchaikovsky. At George Mason University Center for the Arts.
21 Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo
The all-male “Trocks” perform in drag with parodic performances of 19th-century Russian classics, including “Swan Lake” and “Don Quixote.” At Kennedy Center, Opera House. Through March 22.
25 Danceworks Performance Company: “Stories from a Life”
A multimedia production by Daniel Burkholder, who uses video clips and audience interaction to tell the story of his 96-year-old grandmother. At Dance Place. Through March 26. Jane Franklin Dance: “The Migration Project” A work exploring migrations great and small, from cross-sea voyages to small-scale relocations. At Durant Arts Center. World Dance Showcase. Dance troupes perform in national or regional styles from around the world. At Publick Playhouse.
26 EL Squad
Celebrate the Cherry Blossom Festival with this troupe of Japanese street dancers, known for performing in “Tron”-like suits that glow in the dark. Presented by Joy of Motion Dance Center. At Arena Stage.
28 Hamburg Ballet: “The Little Mermaid”
The company performs the Washington premiere of a dark, fairy-tale-inspired ballet choreographed by Artistic Director John Neumeier. At Kennedy Center, Opera House. Through April 2.
29 Washington Ballet: Kylian, Peck, Forsythe
Three works that have helped shape contemporary ballet: “Petite Mort,” by choreographer Jiri Kylian; “In Creases,” by Washington native Justin Peck; and “In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated,” an electronic piece with choreography by William Forsythe. At Harman Center for the Arts, Sidney Harman Hall. Through April 2.
31 Jane Franklin Dance: “Black Ice”
As part of a series on migration, the
company explores the impact of climate change on weather and on the movements of animals. At Theatre on the Run. Through April 15.
APRIL 1 ReVision: “Propelling Voice”
Led by Artistic Director Shannon Quinn, the company performs on a set dotted with geometric shapes by designer Ben Levine. At Dance Place. Through April 2.
3 Damian Woetzel: “Song & Dance”
The former principal dancer with the New York City Ballet explores the relationship between music and movement in the second season of his “Demo” series. At Kennedy Center, Eisenhower Theater.
5 Rebollar Dance: “Sacred Profane”
In partnership with Dance Place, Erica Rebollar’s Washington-based company performs a feminist work set to classical and pop music. At Reston Community Center.
7 Urban Bush Women: “Walking with ’Trane”
Jazz pianist George Caldwell backs the all-female company in a program celebrating saxophonist John Coltrane. At Kennedy Center, Eisenhower Theater. Through April 8.
8 Rosie Herrera Dance Theatre
The Miami-based company performs two works by Herrera: “Cookie’s Kid,” inspired by her childhood, and “Dining Alone,” which centers on food. At Dance Place. Through April 9.
14 Black Grace
In the midst of a North American tour, the New Zealand contemporary troupe performs works set to Bach and native Pacific Islander music. At George Mason University Center for the Arts.
Orange Grove Dance: “The OneMile Radius Project”
Artistic Director Colette Krogol and Matt Reeves incorporate film and projections into a danced examination of the spaces within one mile of the theater. Part of the Clarice’s NextLook series of new works. At Joe’s Movement Emporium.
17 Ballet Across America
American Ballet Theatre star Misty Copeland and New York City Ballet choreographer Justin Peck curate three programs celebrating innovation and diversity in contemporary ballet. At Kennedy Center, Opera House. Through April 23.
21 Ballet Theatre of Maryland: Innovations 2017
A performance of short classical and contemporary works. At Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts. Through April 23.
22 Maryland Youth Ballet
Aspiring professionals perform new and classic works in the company’s annual spring concert. At Montgomery College, Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center. Through April 23.
Rennie Harris Puremovement: “Lifted”
A new work by hip-hop choreographer Harris, inspired in part by Charles Dickens’s novel “Oliver Twist.” At Dance Place. Through April 23.
26 Washington Ballet: Balanchine, Ratmansky, Tharp
Three works from 20th-century choreographers: “Allegro Brillante” by George Balanchine, set to music by Tchaikovsky; “Seven Sonatas” by Alexei Ratmansky, set to keyboard sonatas by Scarlatti; and “Nine Sinatra Songs” by Twyla Tharp, set to pieces made famous by the legendary American vocalist and actor. At Warner Theatre. Through April 30.
28 Dallas Black Dance Theatre
The Texas troupe performs new works. At Publick Playhouse. Through April 30.
Martha Graham Dance Company
Works including Graham’s final completed piece, “Maple Leaf Rag,” and Act Two of her Greek-inspired ballet “Clytemnestra.” At George Mason University Center for the Arts.
30 Charlottesville Ballet: “The Firebird”
First performed in 1910, this Russian ballet by Igor Stravinsky tells the story of a mythical flying creature. At Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia.
MAY 5 Bowen McCauley Dance
The Washington contemporary dance company performs world premieres set to live music. At Lansburgh Theatre. Through May 6. Errant Movement: “Oneness” Now in its second season, the Washington dance company presents works examining inequality and injustice. At Anacostia Arts Center. Through May 6.
Meghan Abadoo: “Gatekeepers”
Part of the Clarice’s NextLook series of new works, this piece by dancer and choreographer Abadoo looks at racial identity and structural inequality. At Joe’s Movement Emporium.
Rasta Thomas directs dancers from around the world in “Dreamscape,” with proceeds supporting CityDance’s free afterschool dance program. At Lincoln Theatre.
The Philadelphia company performs works by choreographers Trey McIntyre and Matthew Neenan, set to the music of Amy Winehouse and the band Beirut. Presented by Halcyon Stage. At Union Market, Dock 5.
19 Manassas Ballet Theatre: “Romeo and Juliet”
Heartbreak abounds in Sergei Prokofiev’s ballet adaptation of Shakespeare’s play. At Hylton Performing Arts Center, Merchant Hall. Through May 21.
25 Washington Ballet: Stiefel, Tudor, Ashton
Featuring new artistic director Julie Kent’s first commissioned work, choreographed by Ethan Stiefel and inspired by President John F. Kennedy’s “moon shot” speech to Congress. With works by choreographers Antony Tudor and Frederick Ashton. At Kennedy Center, Opera House. Through May 27.
JUNE 3 DanceAfrica
In its 30th year, the annual African music and dance festival features Washington-area companies including KanKouran and Coyaba. At Dance Place. Through June 4.
Catch “Monchichi,” Company Wang Ramirez’s love story featuring ballerina Honji Wang and hip-hop dancer Sébastien Ramirez, on March 8 at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center.
A performance by Bowen McCauley Dance. The troupe performs world premieres at the Lansburgh Theatre in May. Below, Rennie Harris Puremovement performs “P-Funk” in Boston. The troupe performs at Dance Place beginning April 22.