Dancers Davit Hovhannisyan and Luz San Miguel perform Berceuse in Milwaukee. Photo by Ania Hidalgo.
By Rae Holliday
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Chamber Dance Project, Washington’s premier contemporary ballet company, presents New Works, New Places: An Evening of Dance on Film, on Thurs., Oct. 7 at 6:30pm and 8:30pm in the Justice Forum at the REACH at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Company dancers and choreographers collaborated with renowned filmmakers to create five unique films, shot at locations in Washington, D.C. and around the country during 2020 and 2021.An evening of screenings of these innovative works includes:
- Berceuse, a duet filmed in a soaring atrium of the Milwaukee Museum of Art designed by Santiago Calatrava
- Dwellings, a vibrant ensemble piece set on a local rooftop
- A Single Light, created by the dancers in their own homes
- Sarabande, set against the backdrop of the immense Sepulveda Dam in Los Angeles
- Waltz, filmed in an opulent Beaux Arts-era ballroom in Washington.
Christian Denice performs Sarabande in Los Angeles. Photo by Owen Scarlett.
For the works Berceuse and Sarabande, the company reimagined their works originally created for the stage into performance on film, and Dwellings and Waltz will have world premieres on Oct. 7. The evening’s first screening (6:30pm) is followed by a reception with Artistic Director Diane Coburn Bruning and the artists and filmmakers. Each screening runs 80 minutes in length.
This event is an external rental presented in coordination with the Kennedy Center Campus Rentals Office and is not produced by the Kennedy Center. Tickets range from $30-$75 and are on sale from the Kennedy Center Box Office.
About Chamber Dance Project
Chamber Dance Project (CDP), based in Washington, D.C. since 2014, was originally founded in New York in 2000 by award-winning choreographer and Artistic Director Diane Coburn Bruning upon her conviction that dance should be a collaboration between dancers and musicians together onstage. Bruning believes that when artists share the creative process with audiences, it deepens the audience’s experience. Now in its eighth season in the District, the company has commissioned and performed more than 20 new and contemporary works by outstanding choreographers and composers. Historically, Chamber Dance Project hires dancers from across the country who are on their customary hiatus from their full-time companies, such as BalletMet, Milwaukee Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet and Washington Ballet, to work on this unique ballet project in the nation’s capital. More recently, Chamber Dance Project has been working with ballet on film and is hosting an evening of dance on film at the Kennedy Center on Oct. 7. For more information about Chamber Dance Project, visit www.chamberdance.org.