Global View Series (2012-13 Season)

Series Prices: $268.00, $223.00, $134.00 for 6 events | ORDER

Royal Drummers and Dancers of Burundi

  • October 5, 2012 - October 6, 2012 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall

From a tiny country in Central Africa comes one of the most gifted and celebrated percussion ensembles in the world — Royal Drummers and Dancers of Burundi. Their dance and drumming performances are based on ancient sacred traditions that have been passed down from father to son for centuries, yet these distinctive early rhythms sound as modern as any contemporary beat. The thunderous drum sound — the “Burundi beat”— has gained the rapt attention of audiences worldwide and influenced popular Western contemporary artists like Joni Mitchell, Adam and the Ants, and Bow Wow Wow. Originally used exclusively for ceremonial occasions, the distinctive drums are made from hollowed tree trunks and animal skins. Come witness ancient Burundi culture with its thunderous percussive rhythms and mesmerizing movements brought to the stage by this remarkable ensemble!

$46, $38, $23

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Cirque Chinois: Direct from Beijing, the National Circus of the People’s Republic of China

  • October 19, 2012 - October 20, 2012 at 8:00 pm
  • October 20, 2012 at 2:00 pm

Concert Hall

One of China’s most acclaimed and influential circus troupes introduces a spectacular new production for its inaugural North American tour — Cirque Chinois. Audiences of all ages will marvel at the extraordinary feats of these talented artists and their signature acts, such as the Great Teeterboard, Grand Flying Trapeze, and Group Contortion, that have earned them numerous international awards and worldwide acclaim. For nearly six decades, Direct from Beijing, the National Circus of the People’s Republic of China has been performing its unique style of circus and influencing circuses the world over, including Cirque du Soleil, and Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey. Come enjoy this one-of-a-kind experience filled with juggling, flying trapeze, contortions, and more that will mesmerize and astound audiences of all ages!

View the translated Cirque Chinois herald (PDF).

$48, $40, $24

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Shaolin Warriors: Voices of the Masters

  • November 10, 2012 at 8:00 pm
  • November 11, 2012 at 4:00 pm

Concert Hall

In a spectacular new production, these dynamic warriors from the Far East bring the mind-blowing skill, exhilarating movement, and sparkling imagery of the ancient art of Kung Fu to the stage. Performed by devoted disciples of the Shaolin schools in China, these monks are recognized throughout the world for their fierce martial arts prowess and tremendous self-discipline. From an early age, they undergo strenuous training in meditation, relaxation techniques, and rigorous physical exercise to focus their minds and bodies. Voices of the Masters showcases the diversity of this unique art form, and provides a glimpse into the daily life of these Kung Fu masters and their Zen philosophy. This performance of demanding skill and rich artistry is one for the whole family to enjoy. “An eye-filling evening of ancient legends, ritual ceremonies, and wondrous acrobatics.” (Washington Times)

View the translated Shaolin Warriors herald (PDF).

$48, $40, $24

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Paco Peña: Flamenco Vivo

  • February 1, 2013 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall

Named the “Best Flamenco Guitarist” by America’s Guitar for five consecutive years, Peña brings his troupe of brilliant flamenco musicians and dancers to the Center for a tour through the history of flamenco. The journey begins with the most primitive forms of this captivating art form and travels to the highest levels of modern flamenco, demonstrating the rhythmic complexities of its latest variations. Born in Córdoba, preeminent artist Paco Peña was a guitar prodigy at the age of 12 and has been the embodiment of flamenco for more than 50 years. In the 1960’s, he skyrocketed to fame in London where he was embraced for his brilliant solo recitals. Now, with this production that he calls Flamenco Vivo, he presents the passion of flamenco with an ensemble of guitar, percussion, and voice paired with the raw emotion, spectacular color and rhythmic expression of flamenco dancers.  “Music and dance that threatens to blow the roof off the auditorium. A fantastic night.” (Daily Express)

$46, $38, $23

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Natalie MacMaster

  • March 17, 2013 at 7:00 pm

Concert Hall

Don’t miss this Celtic powerhouse in a musical celebration of St. Patrick’s Day! Natalie MacMaster enchants audiences around the world with her jaw-dropping step-dancing, fiddling ferocity, and her signature sound combining Celtic, bluegrass, and folk with jazz, rock, and even classical music. This Cape Breton native’s diverse prowess has been showcased on her 10 solo albums, as well as her numerous collaborations with artists such as Alison Krauss, Yo-Yo Ma, Béla Fleck, and Carlos Santana. A favorite at the Center for the Arts, this Grammy-nominated artist shows off her musical roots in this energetic celebration of Celtic culture, just in time for St. Patrick’s Day. “MacMaster’s a ball of fire, performing jigs and reels with unstoppable, foot-tapping energy and ballads with irresistible, keening passion.” (Los Angeles Times)

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$48, $40, $24

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Les 7 Doigts de la Main: PSY

  • March 29, 2013 - March 30, 2013 at 8:00 pm
  • March 30, 2013 at 2:00 pm

Concert Hall

This circus and acrobat troupe from Montreal delves into the surreal underworld of the human psyche in this edgy, pulse-raising theatrical experience. PSY (pronounced “P,” “S,” “Y”) travels through a landscape of distorted visions, vanishing dreams, and jumbled memories, as the young energetic artists overcome insurmountable challenges by performing incredible, mind-blowing acrobatic feats. Critics and audiences alike are discovering this hot young troupe that is turning circus arts on its head. Formed in 2002, the ensemble combines the unique talents and skills of its seven directors, which is referenced in the name, to explore ways to present the circus arts on a more human scale in order to create an intimate and personal experience. They incorporate choreography and design with amazing stunts and acrobatics to a thrilling effect. “A mind-bending journey into human ego…a transfixing circus spectacle that boggles both mind and eye.” (Boston Globe)

The Friday, March 29 performance will have ASL Interpretation. Anyone in need of tickets with clear sight lines to the ASL Interpreter, please contact the ADA Coordinator at 703-993-8881.

$48, $40, $24

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