Performance and Dance Archive

La Bohéme at Virginia Opera, Reviewed

During a sobering time in Paris, the Virginia Opera's production of this Parisian classic felt particularly mournful.

Can Pillow Performance Art Combat Gentrification?

Fringe Art's "Pillow Project" aimed to highlight problems of displacement, development, and gentrification.

In Its Second D.C. Season, a Ballet Company Nixes the Same Old Song and Dance

The Chamber Dance Project mixes the old (an onstage string quartet) with the new (live dance improv).

Young Poets Confront Racism, Homophobia, and Teen Pregnancy on D.C. Slam Team

"You see there ain't nothing worse than being a statistic—than having someone turn up their nose at you when they don't even know my story.”

A 1980s Cowpunk Band Will Play Live for an Arlington Dance Troupe at the Kennedy Center

Contemporary dance has played on popular rock music before, but live music from a niche band is something new.

Photos of RuPaul’s Drag Race Battle of the Seasons at the 9:30 Club

See queens like Alaska 5000, Pandora Boxx, Darienne Lake, Jiggly Caliente, Jinkx Monsoon, and more

The Atlas Intersections Festival: A Venn Diagram

Whimsical clowns? Poetry with a social-justice bent? Find it here.

Gregg Deal’s Performance Art Exposes the Real-Life Effects of the Washington Football Team’s Name

"Just because you saw Dances With Wolves doesn’t mean you respect the people."

D.C. Wins the National Poetry Slam for the First Time

Snap hard for this one: For the first time, D.C.'s delegation to the National Poetry Slam has brought home the gold.
Last week, 72 poetry-slam teams convened in Oakland, Calif., for a five-day competition culminating in a final showdown on Saturday, Aug. 9. There, the Beltway Poetry Slam team beat out the three other finalists: Urbana (New [...]

What Makes a World-Class Air Guitar Champion?

Sometimes, the best part of a face-melting guitar solo isn’t the riffs coming from the amp—it’s the over-the-top hijinks. It’s Chuck Berry's duckwalk, Jimi Hendrix lighting his Stratocaster on fire, Slash dropping a still-lit cigarette from his mouth into his leather pants.
This Saturday, at the U.S. Air Guitar Championship Semifinals at the 9:30 Club, nine competitors [...]