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Review: ‘Drift’ at Howard University

Howard University’s annual spring dance concert, held this weekend at the Ira Aldridge Theater, brings forth emerging artists. In collaboration with The Washington Ballet’s Studio Company, the concert titled Drift portrays the connection of our past to the present. Seven pieces total, from world renowned choreographers, all simulate the importance of dance to life. Jamal […]

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Review: ‘Hamlet’ at The Washington Ballet

Hamlet, a modern, dramatic contemporary ballet based on William Shakespeare’s original, The Tragedie of Hamlet, published in 1603 premieres in The Kennedy Center. An “ongoing dialogue between Shakespeare and the language of dance,” says The Washington Ballet’s Artistic Director, Septime Webre, appears through the choreography of Stephen Mills and musical composition by Philip Glass. Elaborate, […]

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Review #2: ‘Sarafina!’ at Howard University

“Freedom is coming tomorrow!” exclaims the students of Howard University’s Department of Theatre Arts in Sarafina! a musical written by Mbongeni Ngema and directed by Eric Ruffin that explores the South African Soweto Uprising in 1976. A politically moving, historical reference to a time of Apartheid in South Africa, the Howard University students journey through a […]

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Review: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater at The Kennedy Center

Only Worldviews coexisted within the remembrance of spirit, while timeless historical context filled the John F. Kennedy Center Opera House on Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016. The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, started by Alvin Ailey in 1958, brought us home to the motherland, through an exploration of movement familiar to our bodies and kinship. As […]

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Discovery Artist in the KC Jazz Club: Fresh Cut Orchestra

On December 12th, 2015, The Kennedy Center Jazz Club showcased a ten-piece jazz ensemble from Philadelphia: the Fresh Cut Orchestra. The show, located in a private room in the Terrace Gallery, brought together approximately 160 people to listen to the ensemble. An all-male ensemble co-led by Josh Lawrence (trumpet and flugelhorn), Jason Fraticelli (upright bass), […]

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‘Tribute to Dmitri Shostakovich’ at the Russian Chamber Art Society

The thematic music of Dmitri Shostakovich echoed the halls of the Embassy of Austria from the multi-talented artists of  the Russian Chamber Art Society. Seven classically trained musicians and vocalists filled the room of over 160 persons with music at the Tribute to Shostakovich. The Embassy hosted the society’s 10th anniversary: “Masterpieces of Russian Vocal Music,” on […]

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‘The Christmas Revels: A Medieval Celebration of the Winter Solstice in Music, Dance, and Drama’

A melody of memories whirled through my seat during The Christmas Revels, a collaboration of artistic ventures through A Medieval Celebration of the Winter Solstice in Music, Dance and Drama. Directed by Roberta Gasbarre and Musical Directed by Elizabeth Fulford. An annual tradition for The Washington Revels, the show explored a new profound theme for […]

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‘SPEKTRUM’ at Howard University

A world of color streamed with feet pointed and backs arched, amazed at the auspicious shapes; I witnessed dance prevail in SPEKTRUM, Howard University’s Dance Arts Student Showcase. Deep symbolism and social reflection are combined in a world of euphoria, that makes me enamored with the love of art, coexisting with life by nine choreographers. […]

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