East City Bookshop and Atlas Performing Arts Center present humorist and playwright R. Eric Thomas with his debut book Here for It, a heartfelt and hilarious memoir-in-essays. Event includes a book signing hosted in our lobby by East City Bookshop with the author. Author talk facilitated by renowned Pop Culture Writer from the Washington Post, Elahe Izadi.
Join us for an inside look at the eXposure Media Project DC, a non-profit program featuring the photography of DC Youth. The photo exhibit will be available at varying times throughout the Intersections Festival 2020 in our Kogod Lobby in the Great Hall, from Feb. 19 - March 2, 2020. Please see our calendar for details.
Nellie and Amelia are two adventurous mice ready to explore the world beyond their little mouse-hole. They decide to go to the moon since it is cat-free and made entirely of delicious, mouth-watering cheese (so they have heard). In this interactive play, the audience becomes part of the story through multi-sensory activities. Join us as we all try to reach beyond the stars.
Jess Hoversen explores the human condition presented in Ernest Hemingway's works. 'The Light of Slow Descent' uses an all female cast to express the main themes of perseverance and defeat in 'Old Man and the Sea'. Mariah Lopez's 'Indelible' explores the duality created by social norms that force victims of assault to bare the burden of responsibility.
In a new evening-length performance pairing contemporary dance with multimedia, "The Fate of Choice," beautifully and provocatively explores the world through opposing landscapes: Free Will vs. Determinism. “Do we truly have free will or are our lives pre-determined?” With a post-show artist talk-back.
Join us and discover how shocking news twists and turns in this new work ‘Breaking News’ by GDC Artistic Director, Shu-Chen Cuff and enjoy a unique cultural experience with ‘We, The Moon, The Sun’ – an Asian culturally influenced work combining Chinese Opera movements and modern dance.
Follow a young woman’s adventures through modern dating and climate depression, whereby she tries to find a sense of community and forms a friendship with a climate refugee, falls in love with an activist, and dates a climate denier. This performance includes audience participation and a post-show artist talk-back.
Free: Make your own stop-motion animation movie sequence after seeing the Silent Film screening of "The Lost World". Participants will explore basic stop motion animation techniques with a variety of materials and help produce an animated sequence. Fun for the whole family!
Pianist, composer, and electronic musician James Fernando has been hailed by Textura magazine as having “seemingly effortless command of the piano”, and by author Grady Harp for creating music that “makes the world more beautiful.” Fernando presents an exciting solo program featuring his innovative piano and electronics setup. This performance includes audience participation and a post-show artist talk-back.
What happens when Oizys visits? In a space filled with live music and sound, dancers embody and confront our anxiety, asking what it takes to redirect its power and provoke change. Take a number; grab a seat: welcome to the Waiting Room. This performance includes audience participation.
Join the Washington and Lee University Singers in the Atlas Performing Arts Center premiere of Craig Hella Johnson’s Considering Matthew Shepard, one of the most meaningful recent works of social justice art. This multimedia fusion oratorio uses the featured choir, soloists, instrumentalists, and narrators to tell the tragic story and aftermath of the kidnapping, torture, and death of Matthew Shepard in Wyoming in 1998. Join us for a post-show discussion, facilitated by Jason Marsden, the Executive Director of the Matthew Shepard Foundation.
Ta Thoi is a non-profit Indian cultural organization based in Maryland. It is primarily a group of Indian dance enthusiasts and performers, whose main goal is to make dance accessible to everyone, and promote Indian culture to a wider audience while building social awareness. Ta Thoi youth group has performed far and wide and use dance forms to create social awareness.
The Misto di Voci Ensemble explores mysticism and music of the spheres in a multimedia presentation of Alan Hovhaness' Saturn. Written for soprano, clarinet and piano in cantata form, set to mystical text by the composer, and accompanied by NASA’s images of space, each movement is a unique and ethereal journey. The program concludes with The Klezmer's Wedding; a fusion of classical and klezmer style in a jubilant celebration of life. With post show artist talk-back.
"Awaken, Brown Eyes" is a collection of four short films detailing the variety of human experiences through the perspective of today's Black Americans. The films range from a woman artist discovering her purpose to a young man understanding his world and what it is to code-switch. Artist Talk-Back after the show.
Our Youth Summit concludes with an interactive, youth-led workshop of our Youth Summit performers and youth performing community, facilitated by City at Peace. Youth will explore and discuss challenging topics of racism, sexism, homophobia, adultism and more. Workshop facilitated by youth from City at Peace.
Audience members share topics weighing on their minds, and where they find lightness in their lives. Their responses inspire improvisers to create scenes and dialogue as dancers introduce choreography and create movement and patterns. Scenes influence dance and vice versa, as elements from each world cross over into the next. This show includes audience participation and post-show artist talk-back.
Thrashes to Ashes is an experimental look at the musical theater genre from a punk tap dancer’s perspective. Combining elements of punk music and apocalyptic storytelling, this work follows a fictional tap dancer named Patrick Redeye and his band The Strange Birds. With a post-show artist talk-back.
In this production Furia Flamenca goes beyond flamenco’s music, song, and dance and explores some of Spain’s many other musical genres, including iconic classical pieces such as “La Boda de Luis Alonso” and “Vida Breve,” and some of Spain’s folk music and dance. The performance will include flamenco guitarists Maestro Torcuato Zamora and Juan L. Romero. Artist Talk-Back after the show.
Hear and see percussive dances from Ireland, Hungary, Canada, the United States, and more as Capitol Tap, District Tap, and special guests Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble, share their common percussive beats in this rousing hour using the soles of their feet, and more! This show includes audience participation!
The nine planets (or nava graha in Sanskrit) are worshipped as deities in Vedic Astrology. In the body, they facilitate the working of individual karma, while in the world, the unraveling of collective karma. Based on the idea that each of us has traits of Navagraha within us, dancers will explore and use the 9 energies to connect the Self with the Universe. With post-show artist talk-back.
In the summer of 1968, liberal Gore Vidal and conservative William F. Buckley met for a series of debates that rocked America and defined the genre of punditry. Now, for one evening only, Vidal and Buckley meet in the Dismal Beyond (also known as the Richard Nixon Library in Yorba Linda, CA) to reprise their infamous debate.
Jamie Baum, known for her award-winning Septet+ that features her global-influenced, increasingly complex and long-form compositions, formed Short Stories to complement and expand her palette. With an emphasis on improvisation, her inspiration came from the short but eloquent, harmonic and motivically-packed compositions by such jazz icons as Wayne Shorter, Miles Davis and Thelonious Monk.
From the streets of Minneapolis, the aboriginal lands of Australia, and the killing fields of Cambodia come the powerful stories of three people who had the courage to step out of the haunting, tragic darkness of the past, risking everything to reach the light of their own compassion.
Headed by Snarky Puppy’s multi-Grammy–winning percussion duo of Robert “Sput” Searight and Nate Werth, Ghost-Note is an explosion of sound with an expansive roster of next-level musicians, representing members of Prince, Snoop Dogg, Erykah Badu, Herbie Hancock, Kendrick Lamar, Marcus Miller, Toto, Justin Timberlake, and more.
Meet a section of the symphony orchestra through this engaging, educational and intimate program for young people. Join us for an instrument petting zoo to meet the musicians and see their instruments up close. Then, learn about the music they play and hear the beautiful sounds come to life.
Featuring silent film era comedian Harold Lloyd, this comedy features a shy Poor Boy (Harold Lloyd), a tailor’s apprentice who dreams of becoming an author. He falls for a Rich Girl (Jobyna Rolston) and the tale of the budding romance ensues. Presented with live accompaniment by Andrew Earle Simpson.
In a collaboration with Mons Dansa Dance Company from Barcelona, Spain, we bring to life a dance-based show perfect for ages 1-5 that explores the many facets of creativity. A fun, interactive production that tells the story of two delightful creatures who live inside a wastepaper basket, Paper Dreams asks if our greatest mistakes can turn out to be our greatest ideas.
Sister Bear and Brother Bear are back from hibernation to take your little ones on an interactive journey through the seasons. Meet a curious butterfly, play in a rushing waterfall, and catch lightning bugs as the bears frolic through the forest in this unforgettable live theatre experience.