Dynamic Dance (2016-17 Season)

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Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company: Analogy/Dora: Tramontane

  • October 14, 2016 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall

A giant in the modern dance world, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company is known for its remarkable choreography using form to explore identity and social commentary. In this inspiring performance, Bill T. Jones contemplates the amorphous nature of memory in his original work, Analogy/Dora: Tramontane, a breathtaking story of a Holocaust survivor. The dancers move between dancing, speaking and singing to tell the story of 95-year old Dora Amelan, a French Jewish nurse and social worker, based on her interviews with Jones. An innovative force in modern dance, Bill T. Jones is recipient of numerous awards, including the National Medal of Arts, MacArthur Genius Award, a Kennedy Center Honors award, and multiple Tony Awards. You will be moved by this evening-length work about resilience and humanity as told through brilliant dance.

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Pre-Performance Discussion: Member of the Company (Oct 14, 2016) Pre-Performance Discussion

$48, $41, $29. 1 Free Student Ticket Available with Mason ID

Mark Morris Dance Group

  • February 24, 2017 - February 25, 2017 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall

The Mark Morris Dance Group is the preeminent modern dance company of our time. Acclaimed for its grace, power, and confidence the gifted dancers enchant both audiences and critics alike. Morris's choreographic genius radiates beauty, musical sophistication, and gifted intellect. His choreography is performed to live music performed by the MMDG Music Ensemble and explores the relationship between movement, expression, and music. This program includes Serenade, a solo piece set to Lou Harrison's Serenade for Guitar and Percussion, Dancing Honeymoon featuring music from the 1920's and 30's, and two brand new works, including A Forestset to Haydn's Piano Trio No. 44 in E major and Pure Dance Items set to music by Terry Riley. Morris is hailed as "the most life-enhancingly musical choreographer alive" by The New York Times. Welcome back the dancers and musicians to their Northern Virginia home with an astonishing performance of the best in modern dance.

Read the Feb. 17 review in The Washington Post!

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Pre-Performance Discussion: Nancy Umanoff, Executive Director of Mark Morris Dance Group (Feb 24, 2017) Pre-Performance Discussion

Pre-Performance Discussion: Nancy Umanoff, Executive Director of Mark Morris Dance Group (Feb 25, 2017) Pre-Performance Discussion

$48, $41, $29. 1 Free Student Ticket Available with Mason ID

Russian National Ballet Theatre: Chopiniana and Carmen

  • March 18, 2017 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall Family-Friendly Event Cultural Passport Program Event

This ballet double bill represents some of the very best of classical ballet with all of the beauty, grace, and passion that typifies the grand Russian ballet tradition. Growing out of Chopin's Seventh Waltz, Chopiniana does not follow a traditional plot. Instead, it is a poetic portrayal of romance and grace as represented by ballerinas and a young man or poet. Carmen is based on the iconic opera and includes Georges Bizet's acclaimed score, which was adapted by Rodion Shchedrin in what he called "a creative meeting of the minds." The ballet tells of Carmen, the fiery, free-spirited gypsy, and the love triangle between her, the soldier and the toreador. Upholding the national tradition of classical ballet, Russian National Ballet Theatre brings these ballets to life with impressive technique and artful poise, extravagant sets and gorgeous, colorful costumes. The whole family will enjoy the pageantry and elegance of this magnificent performance.

The Russian National Ballet Theatre will also perform Giselle at the Hylton Performing Arts Center on the Science and Technology Campus in Manassas on March 17 at 8:00 pm. Learn more.

Pre-Performance Discussion: Alexander Daev Company Ballet Master Russian Translator: Katya Fentsova (Mar 18, 2017) Pre-Performance Discussion

$56, $48, $34. 1 Free Student Ticket Available with Mason ID

Black Grace

  • April 14, 2017 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall

New Zealand's leading contemporary dance group presents a highly physical and uniquely powerful performance. Founder Neil Ieremia draws from his Samoan and New Zealand roots to create works that reach across social, cultural, and generational barriers. This fusion of Pacific Islander, Maori, and modern dance results in dramatically spiritual performances, which are full of beautiful expression and raw athleticism. The program will include pieces set to works ranging from Bach to original compositions to native, indigenous music. Known for their strength, stamina, and flawless performance, Black Grace will take hold of the audience from the moment they take the stage — and never let go!

Pre-Performance Discussion: Member of the Company (Apr 14, 2017) Pre-Performance Discussion

$48, $41, $29. 1 Free Student Ticket Available with Mason ID

Martha Graham Dance Company

  • April 28, 2017 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall

As the oldest modern dance company in America, Martha Graham Dance Company pioneers a uniquely American style of dance that captivates audiences and inspires generations. The group's passionate performances and innovative style radically changed the trajectory of dance. Founder Martha Graham was known for creating movement rooted in social and psychological ideas and this innovative company continues to embody her groundbreaking spirit of ingenuity. The program features Martha Graham’s Clytemnestra Act 2 in her trademark, highly dramatic style immediately followed by her final work, Maple Leaf Rag in which she pokes fun at her own ultra dramatic works such as Clytemnestra. The company will also perform two Center for the Arts debuts, including Dark Meadow Suite and a new work set to beautiful Middle Eastern music. The group has performed in the most famous venues around the world from the Metropolitan Opera, Carnegie Hall, and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, to the Great Pyramids in Egypt, the Paris Opera House, and in the ancient Herod Atticus Theatre on the Acropolis in Athens. Experience first-hand the revolutionary dance that wows audiences around the world.

Pre-Performance Discussion: Member of the Company (Apr 28, 2017) Pre-Performance Discussion

$48, $41, $29. 1 Free Student Ticket Available with Mason ID