Viva V.E.R.D.I by In Series
Sep
19
to Sep 23

Viva V.E.R.D.I by In Series

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

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First Art Tank Project: Hiroshi Jacobs at OSLO
Sep
12
4:00 PM16:00

First Art Tank Project: Hiroshi Jacobs at OSLO

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.

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In a Word by Amy Wike at Truxton Circle
Jun
9
to Jul 29

In a Word by Amy Wike at Truxton Circle

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.

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Use All Available Doors
Apr
30
to May 6

Use All Available Doors

By Pinky Swear Productions

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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.

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Block Watch by Amanda Burnham @ Smithsonian Anacostia Museum
Apr
29
to May 26

Block Watch by Amanda Burnham @ Smithsonian Anacostia Museum

  • Smithsonian's Anacostia Community Museum (map)
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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.” 

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Mobile Art Gallery Community Kick-Off: Ward 8!
Apr
28
12:00 PM12:00

Mobile Art Gallery Community Kick-Off: Ward 8!

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.

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Transit
Apr
6
to Apr 8

Transit

By S.J. Ewing

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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.

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Community Kick-Off Ward 1!
Mar
10
2:00 PM14:00

Community Kick-Off Ward 1!

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!

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Screenprinting Workshop w/ JD
Feb
8
6:00 PM18:00

Screenprinting Workshop w/ JD

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.

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The In Series presents All the Things You Are: Jerome Kern
Jan
20
to Feb 4

The In Series presents All the Things You Are: Jerome Kern

  • Atlas Performing Arts Center (map)
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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!

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WIT presents Seasonal Disorder
Dec
14
to Dec 31

WIT presents Seasonal Disorder

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!

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Open Box Project
Dec
8
to Dec 17

Open Box Project

By Orange Grove Dance and Rogue Collective

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.

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Community Kick-Off at the  Smithsonian's National Zoo!
Dec
1
6:00 PM18:00

Community Kick-Off at the Smithsonian's National Zoo!

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.

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Adaptation/Migration in the Anthropocene
Nov
24
to Jan 1

Adaptation/Migration in the Anthropocene

  • Smithsonian National Zoo (map)
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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!

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