Spring Arts Guide 2012

Spring Arts Guide: Must-See Dance

Feb. 18 and 19
Daniel Burkholder and Sharon Mansur performs sightlines
Longtime collaborators and improvisers extraordinaire, Burkholder and Mansur are silky dancers who fill a space with movement that’s alternately athletic and subtle—but always contains an element of watchfulness. Dance Place, $8-$22.

Feb. 25
Company E performs Next: Israel
The city’s newest professional modern dance company makes its D.C. debut performing pieces by a range of impressive Israeli dancemakers—including Ohad Naharin, a Tel Aviv-based choreographer who’s a household name in international modern dance circles. Shakespeare Theatre Company, $18-$75.

March 24 and 25
Dana Reitz, Jennifer Tipton, and Sara Rudner perform Necessary Weather
It’s a revival of a 1994 dance, one that takes place in silence and features two dancers in their 60s. But the biggest surprise of this piece is its magical lighting, which turns the piece into a trio between two dancers and their lighting designer. American Dance Institute, $15-$25.

April 6 and 7
Wally Cardona and Jennifer Lace perform Tool is Loot
Talk about an experiment. Collaborators Wally Cardona and Jennifer Lacey spent the last year working apart, soliciting the perspectives of nondancers (including at least one ANC commissioner) in an effort to utterly break out of their movement patterns. Back together again, this show is the result of that research. Dance Place, $8-$22.

May 3 and 5
Eiko and Koma perform The Caravan Project
To dance is to enter the trippy realm of the nonverbal, and no one embraces that quite like Eiko and Koma. Known for folding themselves into the natural world through an glacially slow style of movement, the pair invariably bring the audience along on a meditative ride. Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, free.

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