Best Out-of-Town Exponent of D.C. Dance
45 West Preston St., Baltimore, (410) 539-3091
The best venue to catch a performance by a local dance companies in March wasn’t Dance Place, or Joe’s Movement Emporium, or the Kennedy Center. No, with all due respect to those fine institutions, the winner wasn’t even in D.C. It was in Baltimore. The building may be called Theatre Project, but dance has been pivotal to the venue since its founding in 1971; early bookings included Pilobolus and Urban Bush Women, who performed at free pass-the-hat shows. In recent years, director Anne Cantler Fulwiler has devoted more weekends to regional dance troupes. A sprung wood floor (33 by 35 feet) and fly space mean the black box theater can accommodate performances that other venues can’t. There are bonuses for the audience too: One hundred and fifty unobstructed seats, good and cheap dining options, and close proximity to other Baltimore hot spots (MICA, Meyerhoff and the Amtrak station are an easy walk). March performances by D.C.-affiliated troupes included a weekend run by VTDance and a first-ever showcase featuring all three 2011 recipients of the Kennedy Center’s Local Dance Commissioning Project. (Deviated Theatre, Dance Exchange, and Rebollar Dance Theatre.) This weekend, consider heading up 295 to catch a joint performance of Indian fusion with Dakshina/Daniel Phoenix Singh and Deep Vision dance companies.