All Dance (2017-18 Season)
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Series Prices: $382.00, $325.00, $233.00 for 11 events | ORDER
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Featuring the Gumboots and Pantsula Dance Companies
- September 30, 2017 at 8:00 pm
Direct from Johannesburg, South Africa, two dynamic dance companies share the stage for a pulsating, rhythm-filled evening of urban street dance. Featuring 20 dancers with live musicians, the Gumboots and Pantsula Dance Companies use dance to respond to cultural and political issues in their communities by conveying real-life stories of hard work, human struggles, and longing for a better life. Wearing Wellington boots, Gumboots dancers urgently pound the floor in a popular dance originally conceived by South African miners who used foot tapping to communicate underground when talking wasn’t allowed. Pantsula is rooted in urban street culture and uses the sounds of busy city life, house music, and technical dance moves akin to hip-hop and breakdancing to express social problems in hopes of spearheading change.
$50, $43, $30. 2 Free Student Tickets Available with Mason ID
- October 13, 2017 at 8:00 pm
Pilobolus returns with an exhilarating new evening-length work—a narrative that depicts the surreal dream world of a young girl on the verge of self-discovery. Combining an ingenious use of multimedia, projected shadow play, and dance on the verge of acrobatics, this theatrical event follows a teenage girl who longs for independence as she falls asleep and journeys into the land of shadows. Shadowland was conceived in collaboration with Steven Banks, lead writer for the popular animated series SpongeBob SquarePants, and it is set to rhythmic original music by musician/composer David Poe. This award-winning company continues to break down barriers between different creative disciplines through its collaborations as it explores ways of using the body as a graphic and expressive medium. The company has toured the world extensively and has appeared on countless television shows including Oprah, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, the Academy Awards, and 60 Minutes. “Grace meets physical agility to create movement that is as lyrical as it is astonishing,” says the Sunday Oregonian.
$48, $41, $29. 1 Free Student Ticket Available with Mason ID on October 3, 2017
The Spirit of Argentina
- October 14, 2017 at 8:00 pm
Take a journey to this South American country through the passion-filled dance and music that embody The Spirit of Argentina. One of Argentina’s greatest cultural exports, Tango Buenos Aires is considered the most authentic tango ensemble performing today. The dancers dazzle with sensual moves and playful drama, while the musicians entice with melodies of romance and nostalgia. This program traces the evolution of tango through the classic music compositions of Carlos Gardel, a central figure in the history of tango, and his collaborations with composer Astor Piazzolla. The Spirit of Argentina showcases the breadth of styles and gamut of emotions that have made tango the cultural phenomenon that it is. “Crafted swirling, fast-paced tapestries of movement, laced with proud postures and sensual couplings” (The Washington Post).
Free Beginners' Tango Class:
Arrive early and join us for a FREE beginners’ tango class led by instructors from Tango Mercurio starting at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 14! Space is limited and advance RSVPs are required. Please complete this form to RSVP. The class is only open to ticket holders for the Tango Buenos Aires performance, and signing up in couples is highly encouraged.
After the class, we invite you to stop by our concessions stand in the lobby and enjoy a glass of fine Argentine wine. Bars are cash only.
$50, $43, $30. 1 Free Student Ticket Available with Mason ID on October 3, 2017
in the shelter of the fold
featuring Mason Dance Company
- November 18, 2017 at 8:00 pm
This award-winning contemporary dance company makes its first appearance at the Center in more than a decade in a performance that showcases daring physicality, impeccable choreography, and expansive artistry. The New York-based Doug Varone and Dancers is universally praised for “thrilling, mesmerizing work” (The Village Voice). This performance includes Varone’s latest piece, in the shelter of the fold, which contemplates faith and belief as well as coping, realization, and choice. This 40-minute work comprises episodic, stand-alone vignettes, one of which features the remarkable dancers from Mason’s School of Dance. Founded in 1986, the company has been awarded an impressive 11 Bessies (New York Dance and Performance Awards) while amassing an impressive body of work, which includes collaborations in theater, opera, and film, making it one of the most respected dance companies working today. “If this work and these dancers can’t move you, I don’t know what would” (Dance Magazine).
$48, $41, $29. 1 Free Student Ticket Available with Mason ID on November 7, 2017
- January 27, 2018 at 8:00 pm
Follow the evolution of Celtic culture in Stepping Out, a high-energy extravaganza of sights and sounds presented by Dublin Irish Dance. These accomplished Irish step-dancers and musicians take us on a journey, exploring the history of the Celtic cultural experience through song and dance. This entertaining production reveals influences that have shaped Irish music and dance throughout history: from the farms of rural Ireland in the 1800s, to the Great Famine and the mass migration to New York, where Irish and American cultures blended and influenced each other. This production features the fast footwork of talented Irish step-dancers, an eight-member traditional Irish band, and a vocalist—many of whom have performed with internationally famous Irish ensembles like Riverdance, Michael Flatley's Lord of the Dance, and Celtic Woman.
$50, $43, $30
- February 2, 2018 at 8:00 pm
Muscular men wearing tutus and dancing en pointe with flawless technique? It must be the worldwide dance phenomenon, Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo. The world’s foremost all-male comic ballet company, affectionately known as the “Trocks,” performs a full range of ballet and modern dance repertoire in faithful renditions as you’ve never seen it before. Portraying both male and female roles, these highly trained dancers are delightfully earnest in their efforts, complete with the humor of intentional foibles and accidents that keep audiences rolling in the aisles. This company was founded in New York in 1974 by a small group of ballet enthusiasts as a playful parody of traditional ballet. They immediately attracted the attention of the press and the Trocks were off and pirouetting. Whether this is your first time at a dance performance or your 1000th time, you will be delighted and entertained.
$50, $43, $30
- February 24, 2018 at 8:00 pm
This performance has been cancelled. We have been informed that owing to the loss of expected funding, BalletBoyz has had shorten their upcoming U.S. tour and cancel their performance at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts. Subscribers who included it in their package are being contacted and given the option to exchange into a newly added dance performance by RIOULT Dance NY.
From Purple to Pärt
- February 24, 2018 at 8:00 pm
The sensual, articulate, and exquisitely musical work of acclaimed modern choreographer and former Martha Graham principal dancer Pascal Rioult returns to the Center for the Arts with his company, RIOULT Dance NY, in a two-part dance program titled From Purple to Pärt. Te Deum, set to the music of Estonian composer Arvo Pärt, is a reimagining of one of Pascal’s earliest works. The newly-premiered Fire in the Sky is inspired by club dancing from Rioult’s youth and the music of Deep Purple, the famed British rock band whose sound flourished through the '70s and '80s. Founded in 1994, the daring and imaginative RIOULT Dance NY company continues to deliver “powerful, emotionally moving” (Durham Herald Sun) performances and has received accolades from around the world. “Musically astute, visually arresting and kinetically exciting...Rioult and company are undeniable champs of modern dance” (The Daily Gazette, Schenectady).
$48, $41, $29
- March 9, 2018 at 8:00 pm
“Formosa!” 16th century Portuguese sailors exclaimed when they saw a verdant island, thick with mountains and trees, rising out from the sea off the coast of China. Formosa, or Beautiful Island, was later renamed Taiwan. Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan, led by pioneering choreographer Lin Hwai-min, uses this legend as inspiration for its latest evening-length work. Using luminous projected images of Chinese characters as a visual backdrop and music by award-winning indigenous singer Sangpuy, dancers move with unparalleled grace to share the story of abstract beauty born of land and lore. For more than forty years, the Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan company has thrilled audiences with its inventive blend of Qigong, martial arts, modern dance, and ballet to celebrate Asian culture and aesthetics. “No company in the world dances like Cloud Gate. It presents a distinct and mature Chinese choreographic language” (Dance Europe).
This tour is made possible by the grants from the Ministry of Culture, Republic of China (Taiwan) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of China (Taiwan).
$50, $43, $30
Moscow Festival Ballet
- March 17, 2018 at 8:00 pm
The exquisite dancers of the Moscow Festival Ballet showcase the traditions of Russian grand ballet in this performance of Tchaikovsky’s beloved masterpiece. Inspired by a fairy tale, Swan Lake follows the story of Odette, a beautiful princess who falls victim to a spell cast by an evil sorcerer. Celebrated for its stunning choreography by Petipa and Ivanov and, of course, its sublime score, this crown jewel of classical ballet continues to earn adulation from audiences worldwide. The esteemed Moscow Festival Ballet Company, founded in 1989 by legendary principal dancer of the Bolshoi Ballet Sergei Radchenko brings together the best of Russian ballet. “The dancers of the Moscow Festival Ballet spoke to the soul through the body” (Post and Courier). The whole family will enjoy this stunning full-scale production complete with elaborate sets and beautiful costumes.
$56, $48, $34
Moscow Festival Ballet
- March 18, 2018 at 2:00 pm
Fifty graceful dancers from this world-renowned ensemble perform a ballet for the whole family. Cinderella is based on the well-known fairy tale about the kind but mistreated step-daughter and step-sister who is forbidden to attend the royal ball. When her fairy godmother magically appears, Cinderella’s fate is wondrously transformed. With enchanted melodies, opulent costumes, lavish scenery, hilarious physical comedy, and highly-skilled dancers, this performance is a family friendly treat for all to enjoy.
$56, $48, $34