in the heart of historic u and 14th st: CulturalDC'S Source Theatre



October 3-5, 2019

Gallery, created in 2019 for a site-specific presentation at FlashDC, will be redeveloped for Source Theatre.  The work is athletic and virtuosic with a score of house music driving it forward. Performed by a cast of seven female identifying dancers, the work is a study in the strength, resilience, empathy, and stamina of women. With no characters or narrative, the movement is built from internal physical imagery and manipulated and developed into solos, duets, trios, and ensemble work. The piece is about women making, exploring, and creating - and the audience watching and observing that process. For Ewing, this act of seeing art personified through each dancer is similar to the experience of being in a museum and watching and learning as visual and sculptural works come to life; hence the name Gallery.

David Ngyuen

David Ngyuen

happening now


October 5, 2019

Celebrate CulturalDC's 20th Anniversary with a special commission projection and laser installation from artist Robin Bell, our Mobile Art Gallery on T St featuring Mighty Mighty by Devan Shimoyama as part of The Barbershop Project, dancing and music, food and an open bar.

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program archives



In the late summer and early fall of 1919, violence and uprising erupted across the United States. Hundreds of Black lives were lost in the midst of a transitory period of unrest and hostility that was named The Red Summer. For summer 2019, Pinder embarked on a classic American journey: a road trip to visit major sites of The Red Summer.




Starting in 2008, CulturalDC produced the award-winning Source Festival, which served as a vehicle for launching new plays and fostering the careers of emerging artists. After a decade-long run, CulturalDC brought the Festival to a close in 2017.

Everyone at CulturalDC is grateful to the 1,500+ artists that made Source Festival possible for the last decade. We are eager to see what grows from the roots we help plant in the Nation’s Capital and across the country.

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about source

CulturalDC purchased the Source Theatre in October 2006 with the vision of redeveloping the theatre’s multi-use performing arts space. Source’s 150-seat black box is vital to the area’s small and medium-sized arts organizations because the space is intimate, flexible, and affordable. Following an extensive $3.5 million renovation begun in early 2008, Source now provides a classroom, rehearsal studio, and administrative space.

Through 2017 it was home to the annual Source Festival, a space for new plays. In addition to the black box, Source houses three resident companies and area performing arts groups that maintain offices on the second floor of the building.

Located at 1835 14th St NW, Washington, DC. Closest Metro Station: U St. (Green/Yellow Line); Street Parking: Yes, paid and unpaid.

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