24 Feb 2011

INTERSECTIONS Festival opens this weekend

Dissonance Dance Theatre

Tomorrow the Atlas Performing Arts Center opens the second annual INTERSECTIONS: A NEW AMERICA Arts Festival. The festival chooses artists from different backgrounds, ages, ethnicities and artistic disciplines and brings them together under one roof. Like last year’s debut, the 2011 festival boasts a jam-packed schedule of theatre, music, dance, film and spoken word. Whether your artistic inclination is ballet or jazz; opera or hip hop, you are bound to find something to delight and intrigue you.

Some of the performers from the 2010 festival are back again with new work. The storytelling troupe, Speakeasy DC, sold out both their shows last year and now are back for more. This year’s offering is called Mixed, Blended, Shaken and Stirred:Stories About Today’s American Family which uses true, first-person narratives to shine a spotlight on the evolving nature of the American family. The hip hop company DCypher Dance returns to the stage with Club DC a high-energy performance which will be followed immediately by a dance party where the audience is invited to stay and shake it with the pros.

Established companies the Washington Ballet and the In Series team up for WAM2, an imaginative retelling of Mozart’s Don Giovanni and Cosi Fan Tutti featuring an intersection of  ballet dancers and opera singers. Younger troupes like

Factory 449

Factory 449 will present a staged reading of Our Wide, Wide Sea a “fairy tale for grown ups” based on “Mar Nuestra” by Roberto Pedro.

Ticket prices range from the ever-popular free to the not-so-unreasonable $40. The Washington Post is sponsoring a Cafe Concert series in the Atlas lobby which features free concerts throughout the festival. No need to worry about getting a ticket, the cafe concerts are open to all, perfect for you procrastinators!

Oh my. I forgot to mention families! Think of the children! Well alrighty then they did. Each Saturday afternoon is a Family Day featuring performances and activities for kids of all ages. Each Family day features a different theme based upon the performances that day. Capitol Hill Arts Workshop is sponsoring a craft table the first two Saturday afternoons and the Capitol Children’s Museum will be one hand the final Saturday.

Felicia Curry in Mirandy and Brother Wind

The new family musical Mirandy and Brother Wind, a co-production between Adventure Theatre and African Continuum Theatre Company, moves from its critically acclaimed run up at Adventure’s Glen Echo home, down to the Atlas. Mirandy runs every day of the festival. Our friends from Zip Zap Circus USA will be performing their high flying feats with members of Airborne! as they search for common ground between aerial and traditional (read:earth-based) dance.

Really it’s a tremendous amount of fabulous art and I could go on and on but I won’t. You see, I don’t know what you like  so I suggest you hop on over to the INTERSECTIONS website and you can see all the offerings yourself.

Yeah yeah arts lady, arts are nice, but we at THIH know what most people like to talk and read about…food and beer. Well we’re wise to that so this year several local H Street restaurants will be offering ticket holders 10% off their checks the day of their performance. There are also several special events including the Arts Fest with the City Paper which brings several artists to neighboring H Street bars, a Delicious Date Night with the Pink Line Project which also involves special Pie discounts. Ten Mile Square is curating an art show featuring photography by some local photographers (including a certain camera-toting blogger we all know and love.) The opening reception is Saturday February 26th from 5:30pm-7:00pm.

INTERSECTIONS: A NEW AMERICA Arts Festival runs from February 25th through March 13th at the Atlas Performing Arts Center at 1333 H Street NE. Tickets can be purchased online or at the box office 202.399.7993 ext 2.

Whew.

Oh no!

Waitwaitwait! I wanted to tell you about Paige Hernandez…or Imani..Furia Flamanca. and …and…

Want a preview?  Fox 5’s Holly Morris stopped by Atlas this morning to get a peek.  (editor’s note: spot THIH’s Jen DeMayo in the third segment!)

Holly Morris – Intersections Art Festival: MyFoxDC.com

Holly Morris – Intersections Art Festival: MyFoxDC.com

Holly Morris – Intersections Art Festival: MyFoxDC.com

Jen DeMayo is the Communications Director for the Atlas Performing Arts Center. If you need her at all over the next three weekends, you know where to find her.

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