Arts Desk

Dance’s Past and Future, Tonight

Talk about feast or famine. There’s a couple other interesting dance events going on tonight besides Velocity DC. The first is a thesis concert by two University of Maryland MFA candidates. The show  leads with Vaudevival: Old is the new New, a piece by Emily Oleson. I caught a brief glimpse of the performers in rehearsal, who were dancing while simultaneously spinning balls from both hands, so I’m guessing this piece focuses on circus arts and their renewed popularity.

If that piece highlights the past, the other one, by Nathan Andary, is most definitely about the future. His Going Viral examines what life will look like once our identities are firmly planted in the online, technological world. Think futuristic: dancers in bold unitards, interactive projections, animation. Plus, there’s a bit of audience participation to bring his concepts home in a personal way.

The other event occurring tonight is part of Knowledge Commons DC, but it’s also one of the Dance Exchange’s regularly scheduled Thursday night events. Tonight's Dance History to Go is the third in a year-long series of panel discussions looking at dance’s origins and where it’s heading. Panelists this time around include performance artist Holly Bass, Solas Nua artistic director Linda Murray, Dance Exchange managing director Ellen Chenoweth, and longtime company member Martha Wittman. Each will share an image from dance history that resonates with them, and the discussion will eventually open up to the audience.

The University of Maryland shared MFA thesis concert takes place at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at 8pm tonight and tomorrow night. $27.

Dance History to Go occurs at the Dance Exchange at 7pm tonight. $5.

Photo by Sean Scheidt

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