Arts Desk

Opening This Week: Inferno, Stars and Stripes, “The Next Wave,” and More

What's new this weekend in local arts.

Opening in conjunction with the Washington, D.C. International Design Festival, "The Next Wave" is a 4,000 square foot exhibition that explores industrial design within the last 13 years from Spain, Italy, Belgium, the United Kingdom, Scandinavia, and the United States. There are more than 100 objects on view, including lighting, housewares, and textiles with an emphasis on eco-friendly design, functionality, and minimalism, the conceptual, and the avant-garde. To May 19 at the Artisphere Terrace Gallery, 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Free.

The Washington Stage Guild presents a new version of Dante's Inferno, adapted and performed by Helen Hayes Award nominee Bill Largess and directed by Laura Giannarelli. Largess says that the play, which has not been produced in D.C. since 2001, returns in a reimagined form that will "take advantage of some resources that didn't exist" the last time he performed the show. To  March 17 at Undercroft Theater, 900 Massachusetts Ave. NW. $40-$50.

In a final tribute to the inaugural season, the Washington Ballet presents George Balanchine's exuberantly patriotic Stars and Stripes, set to the music of John Philip Sousa. The company will also perform excerpts from Don Quixote and Le Corsaire. To Feb. 24 at Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. $32-$111.25.

"Pump Me Up: D.C. Subculture of the 1980s" showcases the visual culture of "the other D.C." and highlights graffiti, go-go music, and the hardcore punk scene. Read more about the show in this week's print edition and onlineTo April 7  at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. $10.

Israeli choreographer Idan Cohen combines contemporary dance with bird's nest masks for a political and controversial work set to Mozart's solo piano sonatas. The piece evokes images of of nesting and immigration and explores the boundaries between tangible bodies and abstract music. Feb. 23 at 8 p.m. and Feb. 24 at 4 p.m. at Dance Place, 3225 8th St. NE. $8-$22.

Synetic Theater dives in to their new production of Shakespeare's The Tempest. Expect acrobatics and elements of chaos on the water-filled stage. And yes, there is a splash zone for audience members looking to directly interact with the play. To March 24 at Synetic Theater, 1800 S. Bell St., Arlington. $10-$55.

Helen Hayes Award-winning theater company Faction of Fools performs Plays on the American Mask as part of the Atlas Intersections Festival. The troupe will incorporate its traditional elements of Commedia dell'arte—a 16th-century Italian comedy style that uses masked characters to signify roles—but instead of acting out scenes from 17th century Rome, they'll take on contemporary Washington. Feb 23. and Feb. 25 at 7 p.m. at Atlas Performing Arts Theater, 1333 H Street NE. $20.

 

Top image: "The Next Wave," courtesy Artisphere

Middle image: "Stars and Stripes," courtesy Washington Ballet

Bottom image: Faction of Fools, courtesy Faction of Fools

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