Summer is a-sizzling in Washington, DC as we anticipate the return of the electrifying season of Chamber Dance Project. The dancers and musicians of this much-acclaimed troupe descend on Sidney Harman Hall for a hotly-awaited program of five jazz- and tango-inspired ballets, including a world premiere set to the music of composer Cole Porter. For a menagerie of sensory delights, there’s simply no better place to find yourself this week than Chamber Dance Project.
Bringing art to life and life to the theatre
We at Spey love Chamber Dance Project (our own founding chief executive Paul Ashe serves on their illustrious Board of Directors), and this upcoming season promises to reach new heights of gripping athleticism and artistic ingenuity. Choreographer and Artistic Director Diane Coburn Bruning brings the well-known tunes of Cole Porter to life in her never-before-seen work, Songs by Cole, which features a live jazz trio and inventive costume design. Patrons then take a trip down soulful Bourbon Street for the New Orleans’ stylings of choreographer Jennifer Archibald in Rue Noir.
But you couldn’t expect that to be all, could you? Sultry tangos by Argentinean choreographer Jorge Amarante in Sur are contrasted with the poignant muscularity of Coburn Bruning’s Exit Wounds. Add to the program the inescapable beauty of Arranged and the virtuoso talents of the musicians, and you’re certainly set for a night to remember. And while we’re speaking of musicians, the sheer breadth of genres is staggering: a classic string quartet, a sinfully-delicious jazz trio, and a brass band brought into the theatre literally from the streets, combine to make each moment special in Chamber Dance Project’s never-enough season.
How do you kick off a season?
With a party, of course. The enchanting Hani Miletski and Traudel Lange co-host Opening Night (this Thursday, 22 June). Grab your tickets for premium orchestra seating for the main event, followed by a post-performance party with the artists in the dramatic upper mezzanine atrium of the theatre. Tasty bites, cool cocktails, and beautiful people (in pearls, quite naturally) create the perfect backdrop for dancing away the night. There’s even an evening devoted to DC’s young professionals with artistic proclivities: on Saturday, 24 June, those under 35 will enjoy a discounted ticket, a backstage tour at intermission, and drinks with the artists after the show.
With so much happening in one short season, there’s no other place to be than Sidney Harman Hall for Chamber Dance Project’s “Ballet, Brass & Song.” See you at the show!