We’re launching Jung Min Park’s Memory-Scape during Ward 7’s first Art All Night!
Verdi’s name* became the battle-cry of an entire revolution. Verdi and Shakespeare come together in this season-opener, a unique imagining of the Bard’s King Lear, alongside the composer’s towering Requiem. Heart-stopping melodies and breathtaking choruses reveal Verdi at the moment of his death, weighing fragments of his life, telling the story of the opera Lear which he never finished, and exploring the universal pains and joys of the aging process. Acclaimed conductor/composer/pianist Paul Leavitt and eight opera singers distill this music to its fiery spiritual core. Steven Scott Mazzola directs this world-premiere piece written by In Series Artistic Director Timothy Nelson. Sung in Latin & English with English dialogue. *Acronym for Vittorio Emanuele Re D’Italia
Join CulturalDC family and friends to celebrate the completion of the first ART TANK project - all are welcome!
In April 2017, CulturalDC hosted VISIONDC, Arts and Urban Innovation Summit, bringing together artists, real estate developers, policymakers, business leaders and the public to consider the creative trajectory of growth in the District.
VISIONDC facilitated Washington’s first ever ART TANK, an initiative inspired by ABC’s popular television show, “Shark Tank,” to showcase local artists’ groundbreaking arts project ideas for developers to bid on in real-time.
One of six companies, Ditto Residential successfully bid on a project by Hiroshi Jacobs. The unveiling marks the first completed installation of an ART TANK project, coinciding with CulturalDC’s 20th Anniversary.
After asking over 300 people to describe Washington in one word, Wike knit their answers in Morse code to give the words a tangible presence. The knitted responses create a web-like maze of thread visitors navigate upon entering the Mobile Art Gallery, forcing them to confront and physically acknowledge preconceived notions about the space and city they are currently inhabiting.
Use All Available Doors is a new play following a soon-to-be-decommissioned WMATA train car, a grieving operator re-evaluating her life’s path, and a revolving door of passengers as they travel the length of the Red Line, with vignettes performed between each stop. Vignettes include but are not limited to: a parade, a sing-a-long, and unsolicited foot washing (that one’s a true story).
The play aims to recreate the feeling of riding the Red Line, but that doesn’t mean Use All Available Doors is always realistic—true stories meet absurdity in this valentine to the DC Metro and its riders.
Block Watch is a participatory community art project meant to weave together imagery culled from archival photographs as well as the present physical landscape of Anacostia to create a playful, abstracted representation of the community, its history, and its future. The public is invited to embed their own words and images related to their personal experiences of the community into the work's three dimensional, collaged layers of drawings to create a tapestry of voices in vignettes throughout the bold, broad structural lines of the piece.”
Amanda Burnham has transformed the Mobile Art Gallery for Anacostia Community Museum! Composed of gestural acrylic paintings, “Block Watch" weaves together imagery culled from archival photographs as well as the present physical landscape of Anacostia to create a playful, abstracted representation of the community, its history, and its future. Visitors will be invited to embed their own words and images related to their personal experiences of the community into the work's three dimensional, collaged layers of drawings, creating a tapestry of voices in vignettes throughout the bold, broad structural lines of the piece.
By S.J. Ewing
Transit is an original dance-theater work that asks–as we move through time–what bridges our intangible interior lives with the physically constructed environments we have built.
The piece uses motion capture technology to inform the animation of the projections which cover the interior of the tunnel surface. The dancers evoke our interior worlds while the tunnel walls, and the narrow and linear nature of the space evokes, the external world and our journey through it.
Transit is supported by CityDance. TRANSIT will be created and presented through a Performance, Event and Festival Grant from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and with the support of CityDance.
Join CulturalDC and District Bridges for the Ward 1 Mobile Art Gallery Kick-Off to celebrate Noa Heyne's exhibit: Posthumous Adaptations (an interactive whale-oid sculpture!)
Communty Performers include:
EL Haynes Dance Company, 1 Identity, Model City Steppers, MaryJo Mattea, Veronneau
Free to attend. Crafts and food!
Join local artist JD Deardourff for a fun workshop about the art of screen printing!
JD will be teaching about the basics, then demonstrating the process. Participants will get to help make their own screen print to take home.
JD’s work can be seen now through February 23rd in CulturalDC’s SPACE4: Mobile Art Gallery at Union Market.
Fish gotta swim, birds gotta fly, and you gotta hear your favorite Kern tunes. Come to our cabaret of his stage & screen hits: Smoke Gets In Your Eyes, The Way You Look Tonight, Ol’ Man River, The Last Time I Saw Paris, They Didn’t Believe Me, many more!
In this time-traveling tragicomedy by acclaimed playwright Thorton Wilder (Our Town), follow the Antrobuses and their maid/seductress Sabina as they narrowly survive an Ice Age, and other catastrophes by - how else? - the skin of their teeth.
Seasonal Disorder features performances by all of WIT’s astounding company ensembles as well as a special production of Citizens’ Watch—a brooding murder mystery based on the TV series Broadchurch.
The line-up also includes a series of performances by Chicago duo GIRLish and a special New Year’s Eve spectacular!
The OPEN BOX Project will be a brand-new evening-length collaboration between Rogue Collective and Orange Grove Dance featuring compelling improvised music and movement scores. Performed in the vast tunnels of Dupont Underground, the architecture serves as rich inspiration for this interactive evening, which explores how space, material, light, and sound affect the experiences and actions of their inhabitants. Influenced by American minimalism and popular music the string players of Rogue Collective will blend their sounds and creations with the dynamic, virtuosic, and visually athletic choreography of Orange Grove Dance.
Join CulturalDC and the Smithsonian's National Zoo for the community kick-off of SPACE4: Mobile Art Gallery's newest exhibit! Set amidst ZooLights, powered by Pepco, artist Maggie Gourlay's installation, Adaptation/Migration in the Anthropocene, explores the impact of invasive insect species on the environment as a reminder of our relationship with nature.
By Maggie Gourlay
In Migration/Adaptation in the Anthropocene, Maggie Gourlay will transform CulturalDC’s SPACE4: Mobile Art Gallery into an immersive environment where visitors can learn about threats to our climate and engage in small actions that can make a big difference. Their “bug portraits” will crawl along the walls, leading viewers through the exhibit. You can even take a bug home - Maggie has made some cool stamps!
By Pocket Change Theatre Company
MuSEEum is an original work devised by Brittany Martz and the Pocket Change Theatre Company. A family gets lost in a museum and is surprised when the exhibits come to life! Pocket Change Resident Director Brittany Martz will devise this new, multilingual show with cast members Vivian Alvin, Klenn Harrigan, Paige O'Malley, Andrew Quilpa, and assistant director Rocio Medina. MuSEEum is puppet show, art history lesson, and slapstick comedy rolled into one that children will love!
Join CulturalDC and artist Salvatore Pirrone for a FREE community workshop outside the SPACE4: Mobile Art Gallery in Yards Park.
This is your chance to take part in a large community drawing! Using colorful yarn like the pieces found in String Room, you are invited to make a line drawing in the lawn around the gallery. You can draw as an individual or work together with other community members. What shapes or objects will you create with yarn?
All supplies will be provided - you just bring the creative energy!
By Salvatore Pirrone
WASHINGTON, DC – CulturalDC is pleased to present String Room by Salvatore Pirrone, opening on October 21 at the Yards Park in Capitol Riverfront. In String Room, the first exhibition to take place in the SPACE4: Visual Arts mobile art gallery constructed from a shipping container, Pirrone creates an immersive experience where visitors can explore the themes of inclusion, fragility, and play. Using yarn donated by residents of Ward 6, Pirrone builds an intimate environment where people of all ages and abilities are encouraged to dismantle the room one piece at a time.