Intersections 2019

February 21 - March 3, 2019

The Atlas INTERSECTIONS Festival is a performing arts festival that presents work that impacts our society, culture, and world by informing, inspiring, educating, and entertaining. INTERSECTIONS is about presenting excellent art that inspires a connected community, engaged artists and audiences alike, and creates a vibrant neighborhood, city, and world. We are interested in unique perspectives and art that connects us to the many facets of our humanity.

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February 21, 2019

Light bites & sips pre-show + our Cultural DC Arts Engage event kick off this Signature Event of the Intersections Festival! Presented by the Washington Post.

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Come and have a unique cultural experience with GDC Artistic Director, Shu-Chen Cuff’s work ‘We, The Moon, The Sun’ - an Asian culturally influenced work combining Chinese Opera movements and modern dance and ‘200 Feet’ inspired by author Jack Canfield\'s teachings.

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Grand Saline, Texas, a town east of Dallas, has a history of racism, a history the community doesn’t talk about. This shroud of secrecy ended when one man self-immolated to protest their racism in 2014, shining a spotlight on the town’s dark past. Man on Fire untangles the pieces of this protest and questions the racism in Grand Saline today.

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Individuals describe career, racial, gender or ethnic barriers. The sound score incorporates first-person interviews with some new to this country, TASSC clients (Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition), and Americans marginalized by circumstance.

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Charenee’s current album, Offering: The Music of Gil Scott-Heron and Brian Jackson, is a powerful re-interpretation of the poet’s musical library. Jazz Wise Magazine has called the album “an emotional engagement with the material that renders every word believable.” Wade gives ample evidence on this remarkable recording to why she is one of the most exciting, distinctive and bold musical talents on the rise today.

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Take your family on an interactive journey through Duke Ellington’s DC! From U Street and the Howard Theatre to Anacostia — Kids groove along with singers and a live jazz trio to discover how a local hero influenced the Harlem Renaissance, helped shape the cultural history of D.C., and became an international star.    

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“Instastory” explores how youth discover identity and purpose in a society obsessed with "likes" and "followers". During this full length showcase, students will share personal stories of struggle and triumph which reveal that the most defining "like" is the one they give themselves.

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Fluid is an evening work inspired by physical theater, Afro-modern dance, presented through contemporary ballet. Fluid is performed to the music of Ezio Bosso and is centered around a cast of strangers, examining human emotion through the life trials of trust, lost, betrayal and love.

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Artspace Activation installation is presented in partnership with Cultural DC.  Linny Giffin's, The Immersive Quilt, will be on display throughout the festival.  Artist Statement: “Quilting has long been a tradition of recycling remnants and creating something new that's both practical and beautiful. Since the beginning of time, humans have been inventing and creating artfully out of necessity and because we are naturally creative beings. That sense of exploration in craft that has been passed down from generation to generation is such a beautiful example of the intersection of art and reality. I wanted to create work inspired by the craft of quilting in such a way that transforms a space so that people could feel physically immersed in art.” Giffin is a multidisciplinary artist known for creating large scale installation art, textiles, larger than life weavings and soft sculptures. Her feminine, eclectic aesthetic reflects her intuitive, open minded nature. She loves connecting with new clients and helping tell their story visually. She was featured as a woman to watch in Washingtonian Magazine’s Most Powerful Women in Washington in 2017 and co-founded The Lemon Collective, a hub for DC's creative and curious in 2015. linnyinc.com

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