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Wednesday, February 19, 2020

  • 7:30pm

    Here For It: An Evening with R. Eric Thomas of "Eric Reads the News"

    | Author talk facilitated by renowned Pop Culture Writer from the Washington Post, Elahe Izadi. | Series: Intersections 2020 | Genres: Theater, Story, Author Talk

    The Paul Sprenger Theatre

    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.
     

    About Here for It:

    Eric Thomas didn’t know he was different until the world told him so. Everywhere he went—whether it was his rich, mostly white, suburban high school, his conservative black church, or his Ivy League college in a big city—he found himself on the outside looking in. In essays by turns hysterical and heartfelt, Eric redefines what it means to be an “other” through the lens of his own life experience. He explores the two worlds of his childhood: the barren urban landscape where his parents’ house was an anomalous bright spot, and the verdant school they sent him to in white suburbia. He writes about struggling to reconcile his Christian identity with his sexuality, about the exhaustion of code-switching in college, accidentally getting famous on the internet (for the wrong reason), and the surreal experience of covering the 2016 election as well as the seismic change that came thereafter. Ultimately, Eric seeks the answer to the ever more relevant question: Is the future worth it? Why do we bother when everything seems to be getting worse? As the world continues to shift in unpredictable ways, Eric finds the answers to these questions by re-envisioning what “normal” means, and in the powerful alchemy that occurs when you at last place yourself at the center of your own story. For fans of Samantha Irby, Michael Arcenaux, and David Sedaris, Here for Itwill resonate deeply and joyfully with everyone who has ever felt pushed to the margins, struggled with self-acceptance, or wished to shine more brightly in a dark world. Stay here for it—the future may surprise you. R. Eric Thomas (he/him/his) is a senior staff writer at Elle online where he has written the daily pop culture and politics humor column “Eric Reads the News” since 2016. He’s also been published by The New York Times, among many other publications. As a playwright, his work has been seen on stages around the country; he won the Barrymore Award and the Dramatists Guild Lanford Wilson Award and was a finalist for the Steinberg/American Theater Critics Association New Play Award. Off the page, he is the long-running host of The Moth StorySlams in Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia. He lives in Baltimore with his extraordinary husband, the Reverend David Norse Thomas, and an out-of-control collection of succulents, candles, and tote bags. Here for It is his first book.
      [embed]https://youtu.be/ENDBhLf_q-Y[/embed] [embed]https://youtu.be/uRIJjPGFnTE[/embed]  

    OUR STORY

    ABOUT EAST CITY BOOKSHOP
    Since our opening on April 30, 2016, East City Bookshop has become a gathering place for book lovers of all ages. It’s a place to talk about books and ideas, to learn something new, or to revisit something you once knew well. By offering author events, book clubs, other community events, we want to connect you with the books and ideas you want and need...and some that maybe you didn’t even know you wanted and needed. We also have a selection of toys, gifts, art supplies, and bookish items that we think would make a special treat for yourself or for someone you like a whole lot.
    Our mission is to provide friendly and warm service, community-oriented events, and support for the literary arts at every reading level.
     

  • 8:00pm

    Photo Exhibit

    | Series: Atlas Café & Concert Series, Intersections 2020, Youth Summit | Genres: Washington Post Cafe Concert Series, Art, Festival

    Great Hall (Kogod Lobby+ Cafritz Promenade)

    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 throughout the Intersections Festival 2020 in our Kogod Lobby in the Great Hall, from Feb. 19 - March 2, 2020. 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. ABOUT THE PROGRAM: eXposure Media Project DC is a nonprofit program of The Napoleon Complex Project that serves to provide HBCU college students with insight and exposure to the multi-media industry. Students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities who have interest in Television and Film production, Radio, and Media  are selected to participate in opportunity building events throughout the year.   The Napoleon Complex Project is a DC based Husband and Wife team who became storytellers providing help to small business owners and everyday people tell their story and convey their message. Their approach to storytelling is documentary style & behind the scenes coverage. They believe that storytelling is the gateway to a person’s heart.      

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    Thursday, February 20, 2020

  • 7:00pm

    Photo Exhibit

    | Series: Atlas Café & Concert Series, Intersections 2020, Youth Summit | Genres: Washington Post Cafe Concert Series, Art, Festival

    Great Hall (Kogod Lobby+ Cafritz Promenade)

    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 throughout the Intersections Festival 2020 in our Kogod Lobby in the Great Hall, from Feb. 19 - March 2, 2020. 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. ABOUT THE PROGRAM: eXposure Media Project DC is a nonprofit program of The Napoleon Complex Project that serves to provide HBCU college students with insight and exposure to the multi-media industry. Students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities who have interest in Television and Film production, Radio, and Media  are selected to participate in opportunity building events throughout the year.   The Napoleon Complex Project is a DC based Husband and Wife team who became storytellers providing help to small business owners and everyday people tell their story and convey their message. Their approach to storytelling is documentary style & behind the scenes coverage. They believe that storytelling is the gateway to a person’s heart.      

  • 8:00pm

    MALINDA

    | Series: Intersections 2020 | Genres: Music, Sound

    The Paul Sprenger Theatre

    Join us for a featured kick-off performance of The Washington Post Launch Party Event
    $45 Ticket (Launch Party +Show) includes light bites & sips in our lobby starting at 7:00 PM. $25 Ticket available for show only. Show is at 8:00 PM.
    MALINDA has put together a night of music with a beautiful full band.  The evening will take her audience on a folk-pop journey as she poses a question she’s been asking herself the most in the past few years: “now what?”  The world seems to be asking that question of all of us.  While answers are never certain, attempting to find them is always worth it.  Highlights from the show will include her debut EP Love Letter, well-loved singles like Don’t Make Me, as well as a few covers.  Most exciting, she will debut every song from her upcoming EP, giving the audience an exclusive preview.  And of course...Google Translate is sure to make a cameo. This performance includes audience participation, talkback and an artist meet & greet.

    ABOUT THE ARTIST

    MALINDA is a NY/DC-based singer, songwriter, and actor with a mission to make community through her art.  She began her career as a professional actor in regional theatre, originating the role of Ella in “Ella Enchanted: The Musical” and starring as Girl in the DC regional premiere of ONCE.  Her original work is a creative exploration of what it is to be a young person in our world today.  Dubbed a “social media luminary” by The Washington Post, her YouTube videos range from little conversations to quirky songs, to fully produced original music videos.  These videos on her YouTube channel, MALINDA, challenge her limits artistically and personally and inspire her audiences toward self-discovery and a deeper awareness of the world around them.  Her debut EP, Love Letter, draws influence from pop, musical theater, and folk.  With the advent of her own music, Malinda is quickly becoming known for her strong sense of vocal storytelling, balancing her pure (to quote her fans) “angelic” tone with a more powerful raw belt.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=134Ya5RE2mM&feature=youtu.be  

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    Friday, February 21, 2020

  • 10:00am

    Imagination Stage's Mouse on the Move

    | Series: Atlas Presents, Arts for Young Audiences, Intersections 2020, Family Fun Days | Genres: Music, Theater, Family, Story

    Lab Theatre I

    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.
    By Janet Stanford and Kathryn Chase Bryer
    Remount directed by Meg Lowey
    Best for ages 1 – 5
    All patrons age 1 and above must purchase a ticket to the performance.

    ABOUT THE ARTIST

    Imagination Stage was founded as BAPA (Bethesda Academy of Performing Arts) in 1979 in response to the urgent need for arts education for young people. The company was renamed Imagination Stage in 2001 in anticipation of its move to its downtown Bethesda theatre arts center in 2003. Imagination Stage has grown from a handful of children in a single classroom to a full-spectrum theatre arts organization, with theatre productions by professional actors and artists. Unlike most children’s theatre companies, Imagination Stage commissions new works for children every year. These productions have been recognized with awards and productions by other companies around the world.
    Support for this performance provided by:
    The Share Fund
     

  • 8:00pm

    Photo Exhibit

    | Series: Atlas Café & Concert Series, Intersections 2020, Youth Summit | Genres: Washington Post Cafe Concert Series, Art, Festival

    Great Hall (Kogod Lobby+ Cafritz Promenade)

    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 throughout the Intersections Festival 2020 in our Kogod Lobby in the Great Hall, from Feb. 19 - March 2, 2020. 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. ABOUT THE PROGRAM: eXposure Media Project DC is a nonprofit program of The Napoleon Complex Project that serves to provide HBCU college students with insight and exposure to the multi-media industry. Students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities who have interest in Television and Film production, Radio, and Media  are selected to participate in opportunity building events throughout the year.   The Napoleon Complex Project is a DC based Husband and Wife team who became storytellers providing help to small business owners and everyday people tell their story and convey their message. Their approach to storytelling is documentary style & behind the scenes coverage. They believe that storytelling is the gateway to a person’s heart.      

  • 8:00pm - 9:15pm

    A Lesbian Belle Tells...

    | 18 and older | Series: Intersections 2020 | Genres: Theater, Story

    Lab Theatre I

    Settle back and hear true stories about growing up in Mississippi, coming out in DC, and experiencing family estrangement, love, and belonging. This award-winning one-woman play encourages hope from the comfort of a rocking chair, with captivating moments of comedy and triumph over tragedy, as only a lesbian belle can tell! Artist Talk-Back after the show.
     

    ABOUT THE ARTIST

    I am a theatrical storyteller, story coach, counselor, and playwright in Takoma Park, MD. I have taken theatre, storytelling, and improv classes since 2000 from the Theatre Lab, Story District, and The Improv, in Washington, DC. I have received private coaching from DC actress Kim Schraf, and from storytellers and standup comics in Asheville, NC, and DC. I have a BA in English from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College and an MA in Community Counseling from George Washington University.

  • 8:00pm - 9:00pm

    This is where/I Begin...

    | Series: Intersections 2020 | Genres: Dance, Movement

    Lab Theatre II

    This is where/I Begin… is a solo dance exposing the plight of a DACA recipient/Dreamer and the relationship of living in the U.S.A. The work creates and moves through memory. The dance exposes treasured moments and movements. The dance highlights intersectionality while exposing the complexity of politics, status, body, and home. This performance includes audience participation and a post-show artist talk-back.
     

    ABOUT THE ARTIST

    Gabriel Mata is a Mexican-American dance choreographer, educator, and performer. The StarTribune has called him “Sly, subtle and totally virtuosic, theatrical dancer-choreographer Gabriel Mata holds the stage with expressive movement and witty words.” Gabriel Mata/Movements is his project-based performance company. His most recent work DREAMING was awarded the 2018 MN Fringe Festival Audience Pick and in 2017, he was awarded The Twin Cities Arts Reader Best of Fringe Award for his Out of the Shadows. His dances have been performed in Minnesota, California, New York, North Carolina, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Washington DC, and the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts. His work has been commissioned and performed by sjDANCEco, the Festival of Latin American Contemporary Choreographers, the Luna Dance Institute, Joy of Motion, Dance Place, and the Charlotte Dance Festival. He has performed for companies such as haus of bambi, sjDANCEco, Post:Ballet, PEARSONWIDRIG DANCETHEATER, and Zenon Dance Company. Mata has also performed for artists such as Monica Bill Barnes, Diane Frank, Mark Foehringer, Joel Smith, Keith Johnson, Wynn Fricke, and the work of José Limón. He trained in Limón technique and applies its theory in his teaching with contemporary influences. He has also been awarded the Sadie Rose Artist Residency Award, the Mina Garman Award for Excellence in Choreography, the Carol Ann Haws Award for Excellence in Performance, and 2018’s “Best Arrival for DC Dance” editors pick for Washington City Paper. He is currently a graduate teaching assistant at the University of Maryland - College Park.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HageOeZ11Kw&feature=youtu.be

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    Saturday, February 22, 2020

  • 9:15am - 10:15am

    Friendlier Fables & Thoughtful Tales

    | Series: Arts for Young Audiences, Intersections 2020, Family Fun Days | Genres: Theater, Family, Story

    Lab Theatre II

    Join us for familiar stories with kinder twists. Audiences learn about respect and friendship in a funny, touching, engaging show for all ages! Here are some of your favorite kid stories, told with kinder twists. Cheer on friends like our not-so-ugly duckling and a boy who cries wolf for reasons you might not expect, as they learn to respect themselves and others in a funny, touching, engaging show for all ages! 
    Ages: 0-8

    ABOUT THE ARTIST

    Building Better People Productions, based out of Annapolis, MD, has been presenting positive theater shows and classes for young audiences since early 2016. Everything that we do is based in themes of understanding and all of those things that build better people. Our shows, featuring professional actors, have toured around the DC/MD/VA area to schools, libraries, camps, and other venues, and our classes have served after-school students, home-school students, and camp-goers. Our show about empathy, "We Got It!", is about to start its 4th year of local touring, and "Zombie Thoughts", about anxiety, is currently touring Charles County, MD libraries.

  • 9:30am

    Imagination Stage's Mouse on the Move

    | Series: Atlas Presents, Arts for Young Audiences, Intersections 2020, Family Fun Days | Genres: Music, Theater, Family, Story

    Lab Theatre I

    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.
    By Janet Stanford and Kathryn Chase Bryer
    Remount directed by Meg Lowey
    Best for ages 1 – 5
    All patrons age 1 and above must purchase a ticket to the performance.

    ABOUT THE ARTIST

    Imagination Stage was founded as BAPA (Bethesda Academy of Performing Arts) in 1979 in response to the urgent need for arts education for young people. The company was renamed Imagination Stage in 2001 in anticipation of its move to its downtown Bethesda theatre arts center in 2003. Imagination Stage has grown from a handful of children in a single classroom to a full-spectrum theatre arts organization, with theatre productions by professional actors and artists. Unlike most children’s theatre companies, Imagination Stage commissions new works for children every year. These productions have been recognized with awards and productions by other companies around the world.
    Support for this performance provided by:
    The Share Fund
     

  • 10:00am - 12:00pm

    Free Family Fun Days: Creation Station

    | Series: Arts for Young Audiences, Intersections 2020, Family Fun Days | Genres: Family, Art, Workshop

    Great Hall (Kogod Lobby+ Cafritz Promenade)

    Feb. 22: Creation Station 10:00-12:00 PM
    People of all ages can stop by a do a kid friendly craft for our community art installation, led by the art educators at Happy Little Art Studio.
         
    Feb. 29: Creation Station 10:00-12:00 PM
    People of all ages can stop by a do a kid friendly craft for our community art installation, led by the art      educators at Makeshift. 
    Part of our ARTSPACE ACTIVATION program.
     

  • 10:00am

    Free Family Fun Days Concert: Mr. Skip

    | Series: Atlas Café & Concert Series, Intersections 2020, Family Fun Days | Genres: Music, Sound, Family, Washington Post Cafe Concert Series

    Great Hall (Kogod Lobby+ Cafritz Promenade)

    Part of the Washington Post Cafe Concert Series Free Performance starts at 10:00 AM   A fun musical performance for little kids by beloved entertainer, Mr. Skip.   Join us in the Great Hall for all of your favorite sing-along songs for kids and their grown-up friends.  

  • 11:00am

    Imagination Stage's Mouse on the Move

    | Series: Atlas Presents, Arts for Young Audiences, Intersections 2020, Family Fun Days | Genres: Music, Theater, Family, Story

    Lab Theatre I

    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.
    By Janet Stanford and Kathryn Chase Bryer
    Remount directed by Meg Lowey
    Best for ages 1 – 5
    All patrons age 1 and above must purchase a ticket to the performance.

    ABOUT THE ARTIST

    Imagination Stage was founded as BAPA (Bethesda Academy of Performing Arts) in 1979 in response to the urgent need for arts education for young people. The company was renamed Imagination Stage in 2001 in anticipation of its move to its downtown Bethesda theatre arts center in 2003. Imagination Stage has grown from a handful of children in a single classroom to a full-spectrum theatre arts organization, with theatre productions by professional actors and artists. Unlike most children’s theatre companies, Imagination Stage commissions new works for children every year. These productions have been recognized with awards and productions by other companies around the world.
    Support for this performance provided by:
    The Share Fund
     

  • 11:30am

    Free Family Fun Days Event: Instrument Petting Zoo

    | Series: Arts for Young Audiences, Capital City Symphony, Intersections 2020, Family Fun Days | Genres: Music, Symphony, Family, Washington Post Cafe Concert Series, Classical

    Great Hall (Kogod Lobby+ Cafritz Promenade)

    Capital City Symphony: Instrument Petting Zoo
    Join members of Capital City Symphony for an Instrument Petting Zoo! This "petting zoo" allows young children to see instruments up close, meet musicians, hear the instruments played, and even give the instruments a try. It's a great way to introduce young children to the joy of music-making! 
    Recommended for ages 3+

  • 12:00pm

    Photo Exhibit

    | Series: Atlas Café & Concert Series, Intersections 2020, Youth Summit | Genres: Washington Post Cafe Concert Series, Art, Festival

    Great Hall (Kogod Lobby+ Cafritz Promenade)

    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 throughout the Intersections Festival 2020 in our Kogod Lobby in the Great Hall, from Feb. 19 - March 2, 2020. 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. ABOUT THE PROGRAM: eXposure Media Project DC is a nonprofit program of The Napoleon Complex Project that serves to provide HBCU college students with insight and exposure to the multi-media industry. Students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities who have interest in Television and Film production, Radio, and Media  are selected to participate in opportunity building events throughout the year.   The Napoleon Complex Project is a DC based Husband and Wife team who became storytellers providing help to small business owners and everyday people tell their story and convey their message. Their approach to storytelling is documentary style & behind the scenes coverage. They believe that storytelling is the gateway to a person’s heart.      

  • 1:00pm

    Free Cafe Concert

    | Series: Atlas Café & Concert Series, Intersections 2020 | Genres: Music, Sound, Washington Post Cafe Concert Series, Cafe Concert

    Great Hall (Kogod Lobby+ Cafritz Promenade)

    Christopher Prince is a multi-talented native Washingtonian.  In addition to being a published poet, Chris is an accomplished writer, actor, and vocalist who has sung at numerous jazz venues, festivals, and concert halls including the legendary Blues Alley, DC Space, and The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.  As a member of the vocal quartet “The Four of Us,” he toured the South of France and served as a cultural ambassador representing Washington DC at the San Remo Jazz Festival in San Remo, Italy. He also performed with instrumentalist and composer Wayson R. Jones as a member of “Nightskin”, a groundbreaking duo that created original, lyrically rich, neo-soul before the genre took hold in the mainstream.     Chris is presently accompanied by Fred Green on piano, Rudy Spruill on bass, and Roderick Johnson on drums – exploring music stemming from the Great American Songbook as well as contemporary jazz and original material. With his assortment of artistic achievements, combined with a concern for social justice which is evident in his work, Chris can rightfully being described as an artist activist who, in his words “tries to explore the misconceptions that attempt to leave us vulnerable to manipulation through humor, social commentary, poetry, and narratives."  Chris's theatrical performances are best described as a non-linear mixture of music, poetry, and character driven monologues. There are many layers to this artist and it is a distinct treat to watch them unfold.

  • 1:00pm - 2:00pm

    Small Creatures

    | 13-17; 18 and older | Series: Intersections 2020 | Genres: Dance, Movement

    Lab Theatre II

    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 bear the burden of responsibility.
     

    ABOUT THE ARTIST

    Mariah Lopez and Jess Hoversen are local DMV based artists and recent graduates of the ICONS Choreographic Institute. After collaborating at the Institute, we decided our pieces were complementary and not yet finished. We are eager to contribute to the DC arts community and are hoping to do so at this iconic festival by featuring local dancers in expanded and refined versions of our ICONS thesis works.
      https://youtu.be/IvKwE7rK8Ck

  • 2:00pm - 3:00pm

    The Fate of Choice

    | Series: Intersections 2020 | Genres: Dance, Movement

    The Theresa and Jane Lang Theatre

    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.
     

    ABOUT THE ARTIST

    Motion X Dance DC (Motion X) is a contemporary dance company based in the Washington DC area. Stephanie Dorrycott founded the company in 2013 with the goal of creating a contemporary modern repertory company that supports the individuality and artistic development of dancers. Motion X is passionate about creating relatable dance pieces that reflect on the human experience while seeking to attract new audiences for dance. Our mission is to share innovative and thought-provoking dance works to all kinds of people, artistic and not, presented from a diverse range of choreographers working in a collaborative environment. Motion X is also committed to dance education and outreach, holding multiple events per year that invite the community to take part in the company’s creative process. The Motion X Summer Workshop is the company’s fastest-growing program, bringing together dancers from across the east coast for an intense and immersive weekend of training. Motion X has produced successful productions as part of Capital Fringe Festival and Atlas Intersections Festival, receiving accolades from critics and reviewers of DC Theatre Scene, DC Metro Theater Arts, Washington City Paper, and The Dance Journalism Project. In addition, the company has also appeared as part of TEDx Herndon and has performed at The John F. Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage. They have been presented at Charlotte Dance Festival, the Richmond Choreographer’s Showcase, and most recently at the 36th Annual Choreographer’s Showcase at the University of Maryland. Motion X Dance DC is a resident company of Joy of Motion Dance Center.
      https://vimeo.com/368338911

  • 2:15pm - 3:15pm

    BackBurner Dreams

    | Series: Intersections 2020 | Genres: Film, Story

    Lab Theatre I

    Three women, three dreams, whose will come true? Join us for a film screening and Artist Talk-Back after the show.

    ABOUT THE FILM

    I challenged three women of color to remember and try to revive the dreams they put on the "back burner" to raise children, support the dreams and passions of their partners, bosses, everyone but their dreams and long held passions. I filmed them for 9 months, the length of a pregnancy, through their challenges and triumphs.
     

    ABOUT THE ARTIST

    Brenda Hayes is a film producer/director. radio host/producer. At 64, Brenda can finally say she is living her BackBurner Dreams. BackBurner Dreams is my first feature length film project. Hayes is host/producer of radio series This Light:Sounds For Social Change since 2010 and rotating host of Sophie's Parlor on WPFW the local Pacifica Station. "I desire to produce films that stir the heart, mind, and soul, and foment progressive social change. I dedicated the film to my mother, Gloria Hayes whose dreams I never knew and to my daughter Taylor, who continues to inspire me to follow and reach my dreams. "
      https://vimeo.com/127895811

  • 2:15pm - 3:15pm

    The Golden Road to Samarkand

    | Series: Intersections 2020 | Genres: Dance, Movement

    The Paul Sprenger Theatre

    The Golden Road to Samarkand brings the fabled Central Asian city to life with exciting dance traditions and sumptuous costumes. Named for the eponymous poem by James Elroy Fletcher, this current production updates the 2006 premiere with new choreographies and elements performed by Silk Road Dance Company® and guest artists. Stay for the post-show artist talk-back. 

    ABOUT THE ARTIST

    Founded in 1995 by Artistic Director Dr. Laurel Victoria Gray, the award-winning Silk Road Dance Company (SRDC) presents traditional and contemporary women's dances from Central Asia, the Middle East, South Asia, China, and the Caucasus. Their pioneering performances offer a unique glimpse of the life and art of little- known cultures, especially the Islamic world. Silk Road Dance Company has performed internationally in Uzbekistan, Qatar, Singapore, Canada, and the UK. Nationally they have performed in 18 states and at some of the most prestigious venues in the Washington DC area, including the White House, the Kennedy Center and the Library of Congress. Silk Road Dance Company has performed for Empress Farah Pahlavi and HM Queen Rania of Jordan; SRDC has also been featured at events for fourteen different embassies. They are often engaged by cultural organizations in the Iranian, Afghan, Turkish, Arab and Central Asian communities. With an impressive repertoire of more than 200 dances, Silk Road Dance Company offers programs with a depth reflecting decades of field research and study by Dr. Gray who has received many awards for her lifetime of creative work. Company dancers have also studied and traveled extensively throughout the East.
    Silk Road Dance Company enchants audiences with beautiful and inspiring productions. Dressed in breath-taking costumes, the ensemble performs Afghani, Albanian, Algerian, Arabic, Azerbaijani, Baluchi, Bollywood, Classical Persian, Crimean Tatar, Egyptian, Georgian, Indian, Iranian, Iraqi, Kazakh, Kurdish, Kyrgyz, Montenegrin, Moroccan, Qashqai, Russian Romani (“Gypsy”), Tajik, Turkmen, Uzbek, and Uyghur dances.
      [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jvfTaqHUqiM[/embed]

  • 4:30pm

    Sculpting Clay or How I Became Mother of Unicorns

    | Series: Intersections 2020 | Genres: Theater, Story

    Lab Theatre I

    A coming of age tale of one woman’s attempts to navigate the fantastical journey of her dreams while repeatedly being drawn into the complicated, often dark realities that her students face: self-actualization, oppressive systems in schools, incarceration, and even death. This play addresses a silently increasing problem in our schools--secondary trauma in educators. Post show artist talk-back.

    ABOUT THE ARTIST

    Ayesis Clay is an actress, director, and teaching artist. She has written and produced Standing on the Edge, which has toured locations across the US and recently premiered her one-woman show, Sculpting Clay or How I Became Mother of Unicorns, at the Playwright’s of Color Summit in Geneva, NY (QuickSilver Theatre Company). She is a proud inaugural member of the Assistant Director Fellowship for People of Color (Adventure Theatre). Ayesis has directed over 30 productions as the Theatre Department Chairperson for the Center for the Visual and Performing Arts at Suitland High School and Co-Director of the Prince George' s County Honors Theatre Ensemble (2004-2018).

  • 5:00pm - 6:00pm

    EyeSOAR

    | Series: Intersections 2020 | Genres: Dance, Movement

    Lab Theatre II

    The connotation of “eyesore” (an unpleasant sight in a public place) spins into EyeSOAR. This performance includes audio, video visuals and movement, which highlight people and organizations in an industrial neighborhood. Space is getting tighter and longtime occupants nestle within the changes. Bus routes intersect while bike paths and footbridge traffic is drawn to the auto repair shops, the Dog Park, AFAC, New District, and other businesses. With post-show artist talk-back. 
     

    ABOUT THE ARTIST

    A vibrant part of the Washington DC/Northern Virginia cultural community, Jane Franklin Dance has been presented at multiple venues and festivals and internationally in Mexico. A recipient of the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region Creative Communities Award, Jane has developed innovative and collaborative projects combining dancers with the round wall skateboarding community, with a life-size kinetic sculpture, with the architecture of a specific site, with dogs & owners, and with interactive live video and sound for numerous public art projects. Jane Franklin is a recipient of the American Association of University Women Elizabeth Campbell Award for the Advancement of the Arts in Arlington, and her video work Four Mile Run Footbridge was selected for PHOTO/VIDEO 13: Juried Mid-Atlantic Exhibition. Jane Franklin Dance has been recognized by Virginia’s Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts. The company tours for the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Paul Mellon Arts in Education Program and the Virginia Commission’s Tour Directory.
      https://youtu.be/iOxUZVVkPa4

  • 7:00pm

    Free Cafe Concert

    | Series: Atlas Café & Concert Series, Intersections 2020 | Genres: Music, Sound, Washington Post Cafe Concert Series, Cafe Concert

    Great Hall (Kogod Lobby+ Cafritz Promenade)

    Hailing from Southern Maryland, guitarist Matthew Mills began playing guitar at the age of fifteen after being blown away by Yngwie Malmsteen’s “Trilogy” album.  Taking guitar very seriously, Matthew began practicing as much as 6 to 8 hours a day while listening to Malmsteen, Vinnie Moore, Jason Becker, Tony MacAlpine, Joe Stump Al Di Meola and George Bellas. In 2008, Matthew was voted as one the 50 fastest guitarist of all time by the july 2008 Guitar World Magazine. Matthew also has been endorsed by Schecter Guitar Research and conducted guitar seminars for the company regionally showing guitarist innovative ways of performing advanced arpeggio sequences. Matthew has released seven solo albums including Matthew Mills “Neoclassical Rock Guitar”, Matthew Mills “Neoclassical Rock Guitar Part 2”, Matthew Mills “Neoclassical Spirit", and Matthew Mills “The Neoclassical Journey”.  

  • 7:00pm - 8:30pm

    The Blood is at the Doorstep

    | Series: Atlas Presents, Intersections 2020 | Genres: Film, Story, On Screen / In Person

    Lab Theatre I

    After Dontre Hamilton, a black, unarmed man diagnosed with schizophrenia, was shot 14 times and killed by police in Milwaukee, his family embarks on a quest for answers, justice, and reform as the investigation unfolds. Filmed over the course of three years in the direct aftermath of Dontre's death, this intimate verite documentary follows his family as they channel their grief into community organizing in an attempt to reset the narrative. Offering a painfully realistic glimpse inside a movement born out of tragedy in what the Hollywood Reporter calls "An urgent report from the front lines of an American crisis."
    Post show event details: Post show panel discussion with the director  Erik Ljung

    ABOUT THE ARTIST

    Erik Ljung is a freelance Producer and Director of Photography currently based in the midwest. He has produced content and short documentaries for the New York Times, VICE News, Al Jazeera, PBS, and the Wall Street Journal. In 2016 he won a midwest EMMY for his work on public television's Wisconsin Foodie. His cinematography can be seen on CNN’s The 414’s, which premiered at Sundance, and Almost Sunrise slated to air on POV in 2017. He is a former Nohl Fellow, and a two-time Brico Forward Fund recipient for his documentary work.
       
    On Screen/In Person is a program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation made possible through the generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts.
             
    Support for this performance provided by:
    The Share Fund

  • 8:15pm - 9:30pm

    Diaspora

    | Series: Intersections 2020 | Genres: Dance, Movement

    The Paul Sprenger Theatre

    Celebrating West African, Caribbean, South American, and America music with contemporary ballet and modern dance, Diaspora explores the connectivity of human feeling, its celebration and subtleties, while transcending from various music genres of soca, blues, samba, soul, and Afro-beat. Diaspora blends contemporary ballet against the tapestry of urban and indigenous "feel", marrying the East and West concepts of dance and music. Artist Talk-Back after the show.
     

    ABOUT THE ARTIST

    Named “One of the 11 small-but-mighty dance companies outside of LA and NYC” by Dance Spirit Magazine, Dissonance Dance Theatre is a Washington, DC-based professional dance company founded in 2007 by Shawn Short. Since its inception, Dissonance Dance Theatre has performed for local and national audiences on the east coast and in the mid-west states.
    Evoking emotional experiences in the audiences we touch, Dissonance’s cutting-edge repertoire features works that are socially and visually appealing to audiences while remaining true to its mission; challenging the audience’s assumptions about the human experience through dance. DDT is the Resident Ballet of Ngoma Center for Dance.
      [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NM0Ush1iyQo[/embed]

  • 8:30pm - 9:30pm

    Unveil

    | Series: Intersections 2020 | Genres: Dance, Movement

    The Theresa and Jane Lang Theatre

    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. Includes audience participation.

    ABOUT THE ARTIST

    Gin Dance Company (GDC) is a Metropolitan DC/Northern VA based performing arts modern dance company that was founded in 2011 to provide a professional environment for artists to learn, grow, and express themselves and to bring refreshing and vitalizing works of Artistic Director Shu-Chen Cuff to the community. Each of GDC’s works uniquely reflects Shu-Chen’s rich Asian Dance heritage and Eastern philosophy blended with Western fluidity of movement and culture. GDC’s works have been recognized and named finalists at the Dance Metro DC Awards in the categories of Outstanding Choreography and Outstanding Individual Performer. GDC has also been selected and invited to several prestigious events and performances reaching out to thousands of people including at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, The 30thAnnual DC Mayor’s Arts Awards at the Lincoln Theatre, The Embassy of The People’s Republic of China in the U.S., the DUMBO Dance Festival and SoloDuo Dance Festival in NYC, the Yes! Dance Invitational in Richmond, the Atlas INTERSECTIONS Festival and VelocityDC Dance Festival in DC, Taiwan Night Concert in MD, and the Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival and Reston Multicultural Festival in VA.
    Artistic Director, Shu-Chen Cuff was born in Kaohsiung, Taiwan where she established a well-rounded background in dance with training in Ballet, Modern, Chinese Opera movements, and various Chinese folk dances. She immigrated to the United States to continue her training and pursue her dance journey. Shu-Chen received a B.F.A. from the University of Florida’s New World School of the Arts where she graduated with honors on the Dean’s list. Shu-Chen performed numerous classical and contemporary works while dancing with the Miami Ballet and Nevada Ballet Theater. After relocating to the Washington, DC area in 2002, Shu-Chen worked with Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company and has left her footprints around the world, touring to Asia, Central America, and Europe. Shu-Chen has also performed at the International Dance Festival in Japan, Malaysia, and Taiwan.
    With her strong desire of creating refreshing and vitalizing works for the community, Shu-Chen established Gin Dance Company in 2011. Shu-Chen’s works have been featured on FOX5 DC News as well as numerous publications including the Washington Post, Washingtonian Magazine, Capital Hill Rag Magazine, Washington Flyer Magazine, Northern Virginia Magazine, Virginia Living, Viva Tysons Magazine, Reston Connection, Fairfax Times, MetroDC Theater Arts, and Shu-Chen was a featured model for Summer Chic Fashions at Lincoln Theatre with Washington Life Magazine. In 2015, Shu-Chen was commissioned to create a work in response to well-renowned sculptor Patrick Dougherty’s sculpture ‘Bird in the Hand’. Same year Shu-Chen was also commissioned to present ‘Chasing Horizons’ in Reston CenterStage’s Professional Touring Artists Series and collaborated with visual artists, Teri Ann Labuwi and CinCin Fang. In 2016, Shu-Chen was commissioned to create a work in response to artist Mary Ann Mears’ sculpture ‘Reston Rondo’. In 2017, Shu-Chen collaborated with two-time Grammy nominee, David Taylor. Shu-Chen had an exclusive radio interview with Denise Turney. Shu-Chen also has been a Finalist in the category of Outstanding Choreographer and Outstanding Individual Performer at the Dance MetroDC Awards and is a recipient of the Strauss Artist Grant by the Arts Council of Fairfax County.
    Shu-Chen has a great passion to pass on her knowledge, experience, and her love of dance to young aspiring dancers. In this regard, she has taught Masterclasses and choreographed many works at Metropolitan School of the Arts, Ashburn Academy of Dance, Russell School of Ballet, Skye Ballet Center, Classical Ballet Theater and has been a guest instructor at numerous dance schools throughout Taiwan. She is currently on the faculty of The Washington Ballet School, BalletNova Center for Dance, Metropolitan School of the Arts, and has served on the Board of Director for Dance MetroDC.
    [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=evTt1eN0W-E[/embed]

  • 8:30pm - 9:30pm

    SOLD OUT! Love in the Time of Climate Change

    | 13-17; 18 and older; All ages | Series: Intersections 2020 | Genres: Theater, Story

    Lab Theatre II

    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.
     

    ABOUT THE ARTIST

    "Love in the Time of Climate Change" is a play written by Rozina Kanchwala, a young professional working in the solar energy field balancing the woes of dating in a cosmopolitan city, while working on climate change issues, both with a seemingly hopeless outcome. This play started out as a creative outlet for Kanchwala to express her frustrations with dating, politics, and climate change. With the support of her family, friends, and colleagues. "Love in the Time of Climate Change" was accepted into the Washington, DC Fringe Festival and made its debut in July 2019. After a successful run at the Fringe Festival, with 4 sold-out shows, Kanchwala seeks to find other venues and audiences to continue to share the message of love, hope, and climate action. The semi-autobiographical piece was a way for Kanchwala to intersect her frustrations with a call to action while educating the audience and making climate issues accessible to the audience.

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    Sunday, February 23, 2020

  • 10:00am

    Imagination Stage's Mouse on the Move

    | Series: Atlas Presents, Arts for Young Audiences, Intersections 2020, Family Fun Days | Genres: Music, Theater, Family, Story

    Lab Theatre I

    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.
    By Janet Stanford and Kathryn Chase Bryer
    Remount directed by Meg Lowey
    Best for ages 1 – 5
    All patrons age 1 and above must purchase a ticket to the performance.

    ABOUT THE ARTIST

    Imagination Stage was founded as BAPA (Bethesda Academy of Performing Arts) in 1979 in response to the urgent need for arts education for young people. The company was renamed Imagination Stage in 2001 in anticipation of its move to its downtown Bethesda theatre arts center in 2003. Imagination Stage has grown from a handful of children in a single classroom to a full-spectrum theatre arts organization, with theatre productions by professional actors and artists. Unlike most children’s theatre companies, Imagination Stage commissions new works for children every year. These productions have been recognized with awards and productions by other companies around the world.
    Support for this performance provided by:
    The Share Fund
     

  • 11:30am

    Imagination Stage's Mouse on the Move

    | Series: Atlas Presents, Arts for Young Audiences, Intersections 2020, Family Fun Days | Genres: Music, Theater, Family, Story

    Lab Theatre I

    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.
    By Janet Stanford and Kathryn Chase Bryer
    Remount directed by Meg Lowey
    Best for ages 1 – 5
    All patrons age 1 and above must purchase a ticket to the performance.

    ABOUT THE ARTIST

    Imagination Stage was founded as BAPA (Bethesda Academy of Performing Arts) in 1979 in response to the urgent need for arts education for young people. The company was renamed Imagination Stage in 2001 in anticipation of its move to its downtown Bethesda theatre arts center in 2003. Imagination Stage has grown from a handful of children in a single classroom to a full-spectrum theatre arts organization, with theatre productions by professional actors and artists. Unlike most children’s theatre companies, Imagination Stage commissions new works for children every year. These productions have been recognized with awards and productions by other companies around the world.
    Support for this performance provided by:
    The Share Fund
     

  • 1:00pm

    Photo Exhibit

    | Series: Atlas Café & Concert Series, Intersections 2020, Youth Summit | Genres: Washington Post Cafe Concert Series, Art, Festival

    Great Hall (Kogod Lobby+ Cafritz Promenade)

    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 throughout the Intersections Festival 2020 in our Kogod Lobby in the Great Hall, from Feb. 19 - March 2, 2020. 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. ABOUT THE PROGRAM: eXposure Media Project DC is a nonprofit program of The Napoleon Complex Project that serves to provide HBCU college students with insight and exposure to the multi-media industry. Students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities who have interest in Television and Film production, Radio, and Media  are selected to participate in opportunity building events throughout the year.   The Napoleon Complex Project is a DC based Husband and Wife team who became storytellers providing help to small business owners and everyday people tell their story and convey their message. Their approach to storytelling is documentary style & behind the scenes coverage. They believe that storytelling is the gateway to a person’s heart.      

  • 2:00pm - 3:00pm

    Never Thought I Was Black Till I Came to America

    | 13-17; 18 and older | Series: Intersections 2020 | Genres: Theater, Story

    The Paul Sprenger Theatre

    Hilarious and witty, this play addresses current issues related to Africans and African Americans, stereotypes of the continent are beautifully deconstructed. Never Thought I Was Black Till I Came to America is an immigrant story narrated through comedy, storytelling, poetry, prose, music and collected anecdotes of artist Anna Mwalagho. It's witty, comical, and provocative. Stay after the show for the artist talk-back.
     

    ABOUT THE ARTIST

    Born and raised in Kenya, East Africa, Anna Mwalagho began performing at the tender age of 8. She is a truly remarkable renaissance woman, an internationally recognized poet/spoken word artist, singer/songwriter, actress, storyteller, comedian, and dancer. She has performed in the USA for over 18 years and is Internationally recognized as “Mama Africa.” She has captivated many with her blend of spoken word, comedy, songs, acting, African dance, and storytelling into an electrifying one-woman show. Her performances inspire, entertain, evoke thought as well as educate all ages and races. Her music, poetry, and comedy have a unique message from the soul of the motherland, telling the immigrant stories with heart and humor, stories of life’s rough but fulfilling journeys. Anna and her band, “Afrofloetry Band” opened up for two legendary musicians from Africa; Hugh Masekela and Oliver Mtukudzi famously known as “Tuku Music” of whom she even collaborated with him doing her poem “Flavored world.” In 2006, she launched her first CD, “UKWELI” (The Truth), 2011 she released her second album “HAKI” (Justice) and “SHUKRANI” (Grateful) a children’s album of music was released December 2016, which made it to the first rounds of Grammy award nominations. In July 2018, she debuted her one-woman play “Never Thought I Was Black Till I Came To America,” which was highly received with sold-out house shows at the Black Box Theatre in Silver Spring, MD, and at the 2019 DC Black Theatre and Arts Festival.
    To view excerpts of Anna’s work, visit www.annamwalagho.com
      [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3rOAppXbpUU[/embed]

  • 2:30pm - 3:45pm

    Journeys: A SAPAN Institute Production

    | Series: Intersections 2020 | Genres: Dance, Movement, Sound, Story

    The Theresa and Jane Lang Theatre

    JOURNEYS (2019) explores South Asian-American experiences through music, dance, theater, and diverse artistic styles. This show is an anthology of intricately crafted vignettes that was developed collectively by SAPAN resident artists reflecting on their personal experiences as South Asians in the United States. With a post-show artist talk-back.

    ABOUT THE ARTIST

    The South Asian Performing Arts Network and Institute (SAPAN) is a DC-based non-profit organization designed to celebrate all genres of South Asian performing arts, including dance, music, and theater. Over the last ten years, SAPAN has become a staple in the DC arts community, having performed at a number of esteemed events, including the Smithsonian Museum's Beyond Bollywood exhibit, the Around the World Embassy Open House, and the National Cherry Blossom Festival.
     
    The performing artists of SAPAN show a deep dedication to forwarding the goals of the organization and have made it their mission to further the scope of South Asian arts in DC. Each member exhibits an exemplary level of creative talent by working alongside other artists to create productions with original storylines, dialogues, and musical exhibitions, thus engaging the community in thoughtful discussions on the issues affecting us all. SAPAN provides a unique experience for artists looking to create impactful work and grow through shared experiences.
      [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ibhx3aqc6qY[/embed]

  • 3:00pm - 4:15pm

    Free Cafe Concert

    | Series: Atlas Café & Concert Series, Intersections 2020 | Genres: Music, Sound, Washington Post Cafe Concert Series, Cafe Concert

    Great Hall (Kogod Lobby+ Cafritz Promenade)

    Not What You Think is an a cappella ensemble performing pop, light jazz, and folk, and was originally affiliated with the Lesbian & Gay Chorus of DC. The members share a core belief that, as gay men and lesbians singing together, they have an opportunity and responsibility to effect change and to open hearts and minds. Not What You Think works for equality and social justice through song and humor, and hopes for the day our music can reflect a world at peace.

  • 4:00pm - 6:00pm

    Silent Film: The Lost World

    | Series: Atlas Presents, Intersections 2020, Family Fun Days | Genres: Film, Family, Story, Silent Film

    Lab Theatre II

    (1925) Join us for a silent film fantasy adventure about dinosaurs, based on the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle novel of the same title. The explorer hero, Professor Challenger, finds real-life dinosaurs in a remote region in South America. He relocates a dinosaur to London, and pandemonium ensues. The film features the stop motion animation work of  Willis O’Brien, creator of the special effects used in the later film, King Kong.
    Live accompaniment by Andrew Earle Simpson Resident Film Accompanist of the National Gallery of Art.
     
    Join us for a Free Stop Motion Animation Workshop with artist educator MJ Neuberger immediately post screening! Make your own stop motion animation sequence. Fun for the whole family!

    Artist biography:

    Andrew Earle Simpson is an acclaimed composer, pianist, organist, and conductor who seeks organic connections between music and other disciplines. A composer of opera, silent film, orchestral, chamber, choral, dance, and vocal music, his musical works make multi-faceted, intimate connections with literature, visual art, and film, reflecting his own interest in linking music with the wider world, an approach which he calls “humanistic music.” As one of America’s foremost silent film musicians, Simpson specializes in silent film accompaniment and has performed and conducted his solo, chamber, and orchestral film scores across the United States, Europe, and South America. He is Resident Film Accompanist at the National Gallery of Art and regularly featured accompanist at the Library of Congress’ Mt. Pony Theater in Culpeper, VA. Simpson’s chamber, choral, and silent film music has been recorded on Naxos, Albany, Fleur de Son Classics, Capstone, Athena, and other labels. His silent film scores have been broadcast on the Turner Classic Movies Channel, and many of his silent film piano and chamber scores are available on DVD through Kino-Lorber, Flicker Alley, Olive Films, and All Day Entertainment. Andrew Simpson is Ordinary (Full) Professor of Music at the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music of The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. For more information, works lists, and recordings, visit www.andrewesimpson.com
     
    Support for this performance provided by:
    The Share Fund

  • 4:00pm - 5:00pm

    White-ish

    | 13-17; 18 and older | Series: Intersections 2020 | Genres: Theater, Story

    Lab Theatre I

    Dotty is black. Dotty discovers she wants to be white. WHITE-ISH takes us on a black girl's comical journey of identity and acceptance through a panhandling street kid, a black revolutionary, and sorority girls. Artist Talk-Back after the show.

    ABOUT THE ARTIST

    Deidre Staples is a DC playwright and actor who began writing WHITE-ISH in a creative writing class at Howard University. The personal narrative essay grew into a 10-minute play that was performed in collaboration with Howard University and Nilaja Sun's Pike St. at Woolly Mammoth Theatre in the Spring of 2017. Since then, the show has been in development for the past two years.

  • 5:30pm

    Kid Friendly Free Workshop

    | Series: Intersections 2020, Family Fun Days | Genres: Film, Art, Silent Film, Festival, Workshop

    Lab Theatre I

    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!
    ABOUT THE ARTIST 
    MJ Neuberger is an artist and educator whose practice spans time- and image-based works, including animation, interactive and light-based installation and sculpture. She is artist in residence at the Creative Alliance in Baltimore and has presented work at Art Resources Transfer, Gathering of the Tribes and the Nuyorican Poets Café in New York and at exhibitions in Maryland, North Carolina and Indiana. She teaches art at George Mason University.

  • 6:15pm

    Free Cafe Concert

    | Series: Atlas Café & Concert Series, Intersections 2020 | Genres: Music, Sound, Washington Post Cafe Concert Series, Cafe Concert

    Great Hall (Kogod Lobby+ Cafritz Promenade)

    Part of the Free Washington Post Cafe Concert Series
     
    Inspired by Gina Sobel's 2018 residency at Strathmore Music Center, she and her group have crafted a sound that grows naturally from the way its members approach contemporary improvisatory music. The core of Gold Sounds revolves around Sobel and the talents of drummer Joey Antico, who brings a melodic flare into what is often approached as a purely rhythmic instrument. The ensemble is filled out by Sobel’s and Antico’s close collaborators from the Virginia and DC music scene: Ian Dansey (guitar/pedal steel), Garen Dorsey (keys), and Matt Wood (bass). Gold Sounds is breaking boundaries by combining equal parts jazz, funk and American folk music, but does so in a natural and easy way that reveals that each of these genres have been connected from the start.

  • 7:00pm - 8:00pm

    Spot on Jazz

    | Series: Intersections 2020 | Genres: Dance, Movement

    The Theresa and Jane Lang Theatre

    Come experience the power and passion of a true American art form - JAZZ DANCE, from blues to Broadway, Contemporary to tap, fresh, rhythmic, and electric. Artist Talk-Back after the show.

    ABOUT THE ARTIST

    Dancin' Unlimited was founded in 1973 and is now a professional jazz dance co. who's primary goal is to promote, produce, and perform quality jazz works. The co. focuses on theatrical dance concerts, with technical excellence, broad variety, and a vision of bringing forward the true American art form of Jazz dance. Our repertoire ranges from classical to contemporary jazz, and from the Big Band Era to Broadway. As the culture changes so does dance. The convergence of styles is very prevalent in today's choreography, and we produce many fusion works. This is all a part of preserving the art of Jazz dance.
      [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X0H1KNgRjPQ&feature=youtu.be[/embed]

  • 7:00pm - 8:00pm

    The Electronically Augmented Piano

    | Series: Intersections 2020 | Genres: Jazz, Music, Sound

    Lab Theatre II

    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.

    ABOUT THE ARTIST

    Pianist and composer, James Fernando, has been hailed by Jazz Sensibilities as “limitless in his ability to articulate his ideas,” 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.” Beginning his musical journey with classical piano lessons at the age of five, James fell in love with jazz when he learned about the genre as a teenager. Discovering a natural ability along with a strong desire to master his craft, James soon gained national recognition for his music. Among his many accolades include awards from Downbeat Magazine, the National Young Arts Foundation, and first prize at the 9th West Virginia International Piano Competition. He was also selected for the prestigious Jazz Band of America and the Berklee Summer Jazz Workshop. James went on to attend the Berklee College of Music on scholarship, where he graduated summa cum laude after only three years of study. James has toured and performed at venues across the United States of America and Canada, working with notable artists and ensembles Chris Cheek, The Mark Zaleski Band, The Either/Orchestra, and many others. In 2017, he attended the historic Banff International Workshop in Jazz & Creative Music. It was at this workshop that he met Toronto-based vocalist and composer Mingjia Chen, with whom he recorded and released his debut album Extended Layover. James released his first album as a solo artist, The Lonely Sailor, in 2019 to widespread critical acclaim.
      [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iQY15ecc7F4&feature=youtu.be[/embed]

  • 7:00pm

    A Black Storybook: Unique to Us, True to All

    | Series: Intersections 2020 | Genres: Dance, Movement

    The Paul Sprenger Theatre

    Enter our village as we share short stories that are a part of the full scope of the black experience. The narrative of being black has been seen through a small lens for many years. Yet, our stories are as vast as the shades we come in. Enter our village as we share short stories that are apart of the full scope of the black experience. Stay for the post-show discussion.
     

    ABOUT THE ARTIST

    From the Washington, D.C Metropolitan Area, Rachael Sutherland began her dance training at Divine Dance Institute in Capitol Heights, MD under the direction of Founder and Director Dr. Amanda F. Standard. Rachael graduated from Duke Ellington School of the Arts with an academic and dance diploma in 2013 under the direction and tutelage of Charles Augins, Katherine Smith, Sandra Fortune-Green, Nikki Sutton Mackey, and Melvin Deal. In 2017, she attended and received her Bachelors of Arts in Dance/Business with a minor in Marketing from Anderson University in Anderson, IN. Over the years, she attended prestigious intensives including Earl Mosley's Institute of the Arts, Earl Mosley’s Diversity of Dance Winter Intensive, Deeply Rooted Dance Theatre, Pneuma Dance Project, MetDance Professional Intensive, and many others being able to work with choreographers like Earl Mosley, Darrell Grand Moultrie, Rennie Harris, Greg Sinacori, Kevin Wynn, Daniel Moore, Nathan Trice, Kevin “Iega” Jeff, Nicole Clarke Springer, Joe Celej, Troy Powell, Deborah Wingert, Camille A. Brown, and many others. Rachael is currently the Administrator at the Kirov Academy of Washington, D.C. & is in the process of launching a business that will bridge the gap between the worlds of artistry and business.
     

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    Wednesday, February 26, 2020

  • 10:00am

    Imagination Stage's Mouse on the Move

    | Series: Atlas Presents, Arts for Young Audiences, Intersections 2020, Family Fun Days | Genres: Music, Theater, Family, Story

    Lab Theatre I

    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.
    By Janet Stanford and Kathryn Chase Bryer
    Remount directed by Meg Lowey
    Best for ages 1 – 5
    All patrons age 1 and above must purchase a ticket to the performance.

    ABOUT THE ARTIST

    Imagination Stage was founded as BAPA (Bethesda Academy of Performing Arts) in 1979 in response to the urgent need for arts education for young people. The company was renamed Imagination Stage in 2001 in anticipation of its move to its downtown Bethesda theatre arts center in 2003. Imagination Stage has grown from a handful of children in a single classroom to a full-spectrum theatre arts organization, with theatre productions by professional actors and artists. Unlike most children’s theatre companies, Imagination Stage commissions new works for children every year. These productions have been recognized with awards and productions by other companies around the world.
    Support for this performance provided by:
    The Share Fund
     

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    Thursday, February 27, 2020

  • 10:00am

    Imagination Stage's Mouse on the Move

    | Series: Atlas Presents, Arts for Young Audiences, Intersections 2020, Family Fun Days | Genres: Music, Theater, Family, Story

    Lab Theatre I

    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.
    By Janet Stanford and Kathryn Chase Bryer
    Remount directed by Meg Lowey
    Best for ages 1 – 5
    All patrons age 1 and above must purchase a ticket to the performance.

    ABOUT THE ARTIST

    Imagination Stage was founded as BAPA (Bethesda Academy of Performing Arts) in 1979 in response to the urgent need for arts education for young people. The company was renamed Imagination Stage in 2001 in anticipation of its move to its downtown Bethesda theatre arts center in 2003. Imagination Stage has grown from a handful of children in a single classroom to a full-spectrum theatre arts organization, with theatre productions by professional actors and artists. Unlike most children’s theatre companies, Imagination Stage commissions new works for children every year. These productions have been recognized with awards and productions by other companies around the world.
    Support for this performance provided by:
    The Share Fund
     

  • 8:00pm

    Photo Exhibit

    | Series: Atlas Café & Concert Series, Intersections 2020, Youth Summit | Genres: Washington Post Cafe Concert Series, Art, Festival

    Great Hall (Kogod Lobby+ Cafritz Promenade)

    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 throughout the Intersections Festival 2020 in our Kogod Lobby in the Great Hall, from Feb. 19 - March 2, 2020. 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. ABOUT THE PROGRAM: eXposure Media Project DC is a nonprofit program of The Napoleon Complex Project that serves to provide HBCU college students with insight and exposure to the multi-media industry. Students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities who have interest in Television and Film production, Radio, and Media  are selected to participate in opportunity building events throughout the year.   The Napoleon Complex Project is a DC based Husband and Wife team who became storytellers providing help to small business owners and everyday people tell their story and convey their message. Their approach to storytelling is documentary style & behind the scenes coverage. They believe that storytelling is the gateway to a person’s heart.      

  • 8:00pm - 9:00pm

    Electroacoustic Oboe: The Intersection of the Mythological and Corporeal

    | Series: Intersections 2020 | Genres: Music, Sound, Classical

    Lab Theatre I

    Ben Buergel champions new works for the oboe that utilizes technology in artistic expression and pushes the boundaries of what the instrument can do.
    Oboist Ben Buergel will present a program of recent solo oboe music that uses expressive technology and pushes the boundaries of what the instrument can do. Among the works will be the world premiere of DC composer Stephen Gorbos’s "Mercurial Shadows", a new work commissioned by Ben this past year. Other works include Stephen Gorbos’s "And They Sing This", Ingram Marshall’s "Dark Waters", and Jacob TV’s "In the garden of love". Ben will also involve the audience in a live improvisation using recordings made on the spot with audience members. Common themes among these works include the exploration of rituals including marriage and death, music inspired by speech rhythms, and overcoming hearing loss. As a performer, Ben Buergel has taught at Auburn University and has played in such venues as Carnegie Hall, Kansas City’ Kauffman Center, and Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis. Ben has performed an extensive amount of electroacoustic music and has composed a set of etudes for oboe and live-loops. This performance includes audience participation and post-show artist talk-back.

  • 8:00pm - 9:00pm

    Nocturne

    | Series: Intersections 2020 | Genres: Dance, Movement

    The Theresa and Jane Lang Theatre

    Contemporary Ballet Artists Therese Gahl and Elizabeth Gahl Le Nôtre are collaborating to create an evening of mixed repertory featuring artists across international borders and dance styles. Therese will be exploring the theme of Nocturne and Elizabeth’s new work is an original interpretation of Cinderella’s evening at the ball. Stay for the post-show artist talk-back. 
      https://youtu.be/gozlH1Uk1vI

    ABOUT THE ARTIST

    Therese Gahl studied at the Washington School of Ballet. In 2007, she danced with Ballet West II in Salt Lake City and then graduated cum laude from George Mason University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. She is a teacher and choreographer at the CityDance School and Conservatory. Her choreography has been presented at the Sidney Harman Hall Center with the VelocityDC Festival and at the Atlas INTERSECTIONS 2018 and 2019 Festivals in Washington, DC. In the fall of 2018, she was an adjunct professor/guest choreographer at Towson University and a guest choreographer at Georgetown University. She has been a performing local artist with Teatro de Danza Contemporanea and Gin Dance Company. She is currently a member of Stephanie Droycott’s Motion X Dance DC.
    Elizabeth Gahl Le Nôtre, born in Washington, DC, studied at the Washington School of Ballet (TWSB) where she often performed with the Washington Ballet. While obtaining her degree in Psychology from Georgetown University, she worked as a teacher and choreographer at TWSB. After her studies, she danced with CityDance Ensemble, participating in several international tours, and was a teacher and choreographer for the CityDance School and Conservatory. She was a dancer and rehearsal director for Christopher K Morgan & Artists and was the project liaison for the CityDance Conservatory’s “Brazil Project”. In 2012 she obtained her Master’s degree in International Affairs at the American University of Paris. Currently, Elizabeth is an Artiste Chorégraphique with the Compagnie José Montalvo and is Artistic Director of Dancing Beyond Borders.

  • 8:00pm - 9:00pm

    Upakrama | The Beginning

    | Series: Intersections 2020 | Genres: Music, Sound, Spoken Word

    Lab Theatre II

    TVAMEVA will be presenting from their world music album Upakrama - The Beginning with a special feature by poet and visual artist Neha Misra. This concert includes audience participation and a post-show artist talk-back.
     

    ABOUT THE ARTIST

    TVAMEVA ('You Are' in Sanskrit) is a World Music band based in the DC metro region, featuring blends of Carnatic, Electronic, and Rock music. Founded in 2014 by bandleader, vocalist, and producer Arvind M Venugopal, the group features multi-instrumentalist Reis DeBruyne on Guitar, multi-award-winning Rahul Mukerjee on Chapman Bass Stick, and Rohit Kangari on Cajón. Over the years TVAMEVA has performed at various soulful community venues in the DC metro area, including a special feature performance at Washington's famous Cherry Blossoms Festival in 2017. TVAMEVA Released their first full feature YouTube music video 'Marugelara - Fire & Ice' in January 2019, and Released their debut album titled 'Upakrama - The Beginning' in February 2019.

  • 8:15pm - 9:15pm

    Oizys in the Waiting Room

    | Series: Intersections 2020 | Genres: Dance, Movement, Sound

    The Paul Sprenger Theatre

    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.

    ABOUT THE ARTIST

    At home in Washington, DC, Glade Dance Collective has commanded stages since 2009 with provocative, emotionally charged work. Glade is dedicated to collaboration—with audiences, with other artists, and most importantly with each other. Our collective choreographic process offers freedom for every member to have a say in movement generation, in overall narrative structure and storyboarding, and in production elements. Our work tends toward the narrative, and we are drawn to stories of personal, communal, and political resonance.
    Zooxanthellae is the solo project of cellist Erin Snedecor, who combines her classical upbringing with electronica, pop, and noise to create introspective instrumental pieces. “Oizys in the Waiting Room” is Zooxanthellae’s premiere work. Snedecor can be heard in a variety of projects in the MD/DC area, including Black Rhinoceros, DoubleSpeak, Balance Campaign, and Pompeii Graffiti.
      [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6cvEqZA02hQ[/embed]

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    Friday, February 28, 2020

  • 10:00am

    Imagination Stage's Mouse on the Move

    | Series: Atlas Presents, Arts for Young Audiences, Intersections 2020, Family Fun Days | Genres: Music, Theater, Family, Story

    Lab Theatre I

    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.
    By Janet Stanford and Kathryn Chase Bryer
    Remount directed by Meg Lowey
    Best for ages 1 – 5
    All patrons age 1 and above must purchase a ticket to the performance.

    ABOUT THE ARTIST

    Imagination Stage was founded as BAPA (Bethesda Academy of Performing Arts) in 1979 in response to the urgent need for arts education for young people. The company was renamed Imagination Stage in 2001 in anticipation of its move to its downtown Bethesda theatre arts center in 2003. Imagination Stage has grown from a handful of children in a single classroom to a full-spectrum theatre arts organization, with theatre productions by professional actors and artists. Unlike most children’s theatre companies, Imagination Stage commissions new works for children every year. These productions have been recognized with awards and productions by other companies around the world.
    Support for this performance provided by:
    The Share Fund
     

  • 7:15pm - 8:45pm

    Free Cafe Concert

    | Series: Atlas Café & Concert Series, Intersections 2020 | Genres: Music, Sound, Washington Post Cafe Concert Series, Cafe Concert, Classical

    Great Hall (Kogod Lobby+ Cafritz Promenade)

    A solo performance by the Professional Cellist and Composer, Benjamin Gates of the DMV.  Mr. Gates who is classically trained performs covers from most genres, self-creating and arranging all cello parts. He has composed, created and produced several of his owned original music.  He also is very community focused and has played at community events, to include passing out hats, scarves, gloves and socks.
    Please come out and visit and enjoy the soulful and jazzy sounds of Benjamin Gates

  • 8:00pm

    Photo Exhibit

    | Series: Atlas Café & Concert Series, Intersections 2020, Youth Summit | Genres: Washington Post Cafe Concert Series, Art, Festival

    Great Hall (Kogod Lobby+ Cafritz Promenade)

    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 throughout the Intersections Festival 2020 in our Kogod Lobby in the Great Hall, from Feb. 19 - March 2, 2020. 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. ABOUT THE PROGRAM: eXposure Media Project DC is a nonprofit program of The Napoleon Complex Project that serves to provide HBCU college students with insight and exposure to the multi-media industry. Students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities who have interest in Television and Film production, Radio, and Media  are selected to participate in opportunity building events throughout the year.   The Napoleon Complex Project is a DC based Husband and Wife team who became storytellers providing help to small business owners and everyday people tell their story and convey their message. Their approach to storytelling is documentary style & behind the scenes coverage. They believe that storytelling is the gateway to a person’s heart.      

  • 8:00pm - 9:15pm

    Considering Matthew Shepard

    | Series: Intersections 2020 | Genres: Music, Sound, Story

    The Theresa and Jane Lang Theatre

     

    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. 
    From the Washington Post, “Considering Matthew Shepard demonstrates music’s capacity to encompass, transform and transcend tragedy. Powerfully cathartic, it leads us from horror and grief to a higher understanding of the human condition, enabling us to endure.” 
    Join us for a post-show discussion, facilitated by Jason Marsden, the Executive Director of the Matthew Shepard Foundation. .
    The University Singers, the premiere choral ensemble at Washington and Lee University, continues to be recognized as one of the finest a cappella choirs in the region. Under the direction of award-winning conductor Shane M. Lynch, the University Singers tour nationally or internationally every year, performing a wide variety of literature across the globe while serving as artistic ambassadors for Washington and Lee in concert series, music festivals, competitions, and conventions. The University Singers have been recognized for their excellence in performance by the American Choral Directors Association National Conference, the Virginia Music Educators Association, and in featured programs at major venues such as Carnegie Hall, the National Cathedral, and the Academy of Music. At Washington and Lee, the University Singers are the centerpiece of the annual Candlelight Lessons and Carols service, perform in concerts and convocations, and take part in the ChoralFest, which honors America’s top conductors and composers. Student members of the University Singers represent a wide cross-section of the programs offered at the school, routinely representing over 30 of the 37 undergraduate major concentrations. Membership in the University Singers is chosen by a competitive audition process each spring. Visit wlu.edu/music for more information.  Follow the ensemble via WLU Singers on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, and other social media platforms. 

    ABOUT THE DIRECTOR

    Shane Lynch, a noted conductor, composer, and music educator assumed the position Director of Choral Activities at Washington and Lee University in the Fall of 2009. He conducts the University Singers, Cantatrici (treble choir), and the Glee Club, and oversees W&L’s innovative and unique conductor mentorship/teacher preparation program. Dr. Lynch is a sought-after clinician and guest conductor, having worked with groups throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. Quite interested in musical scholarship, some of his recent research includes trends of Neo-Impressionism in modern American choral music and eurhythmic movements in the choral rehearsal and performance setting. He is also noted for conducting large-scale productions, including operas, oratorios, and festival concerts. Dr. Lynch has led choirs on several national and international tours, including featured performances in Scotland, South Korea, Italy, and Ireland. Dr. Lynch has received numerous awards as an educator, including the Junior Faculty Member of the Year at Monmouth College and the Outstanding Faculty Service Award at the University of Wisconsin—Barron. An active composer interested in a wide variety of compositional styles and mediums, he has commissioned compositions ranging from octavos to choral/orchestral works. His piece Joseph and Grace premiered in Ireland for the 100th Anniversary of the Easter Rising and won the 2017 National Collegiate Choral Organization composition contest, and he recently served as Composer-in-Residence for the Every Voice Festival of the City of Derry International Choir Festival. Prior to his appointment at Washington and Lee, Dr. Lynch served as Visiting Director of Choral Activities at Monmouth College (Illinois) and Director of Choral Activities at the University of Wisconsin—Barron as well as several past positions in church music and teaching high school science.  Shane Lynch graduated from Concordia College (Moorhead, Minnesota), with degrees in Music and Physics, received the Master of Music degree in Conducting from the University of Northern Colorado, and completed his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Choral Conducting at the University of Washington. 
     

  • 8:00pm - 9:00pm

    Acuña Acuna

    | 13-17; 18 and older | Series: Intersections 2020 | Genres: Theater, Comedy, Story

    Lab Theatre II

    ‘Acuña Acuna’ is a one-person comedy show based on my real life as a Peruvian Latino living in America. The show is a series of true and hilarious monologues and sketches that follow my arrival in the US. After a sold-out run at Capital Fringe, it was voted as Best Solo Performance! This performance includes audience participation and a post-show artist talk-back.

    ABOUT THE ARTIST

    Erick Acuña is a Peruvian comedian/writer based in Washington DC. His one-person comedy show ‘Acuña Acuna’ had a sold-out run at the 2019 Capital Fringe and it was voted ‘Best Solo Performance’ and ‘Best of Fringe’. The show was also a finalist at the Yes, And… Laughter Lab in partnership with Comedy Central. In addition, he is a performer and teacher at Washington Improv Theater and produces sketch shows at Dojo Comedy. He has performed in comedy festivals in New York, Philadelphia, Detroit, Baltimore, among others.

  • 8:00pm

    Spoken Truths: Poetry + Spoken Word

    | Series: Intersections 2020 | Genres: Story, Spoken Word

    Lab Theatre I

    Black history was passed down by word of mouth, stories retold over generations. The struggles and the strengths. Spoken word was formed. Hear history retold. Let this poetic journey broaden your knowledge of African American history. 4 Poets, 4 voices, one history. Kim B. Miller, Jeffrey Banks, Antwone Ross, and Shaquetta Nelson -- finalists from Day Eight’s DC Poet Project poetry competition -- take the stage together in this special event.

    Kim B Miller is a poet and arts educator and was a finalist in the 2019 DC Poet Project. She has featured in poetry series in New York, Virginia, Maryland, District of Columbia, California, Pennsylvania and North Carolina. She works as a poetry educator with DC Scores and at a women’s prison and has facilitated classes and workshops on Haiku locally and nationally.

    Jeffrey “Big Homey” Banks has worked with artists including the late Fred “Rerun” Berry, gospel singer Maurette Brown Clark, Syleena Johnson, and has been featured in media including Essence Magazine, and Black Enterprise Magazine. An educator and consultant to non-profits, Jeffrey was a finalist in the 2018 DC Poet Project.

    Antwone Ross, a native Washingtonian, has been writing poetry since he was a child. He has featured in poetry events including Art All Night, The DC Poet Project, and Pop Up Poetry (which he co-founded.) Antwone was a finalist in the 2019 DC Poet Project.

    Shaquetta Nelson, known by her stage name R.E.I.L (real), was a finalist in the 2018 DC Poet project. At 16 she was one quarter of a slam team that competed in the Brave New Voices Youth Poetry Slam. She seeks inspiration from past and present life experiences to help the lives of other unsung souls.

    This performance is produced by the non-profit Day Eight and directed by Robert Bettmann. Day Eight was founded to contribute to the healing of the world through the arts, and the mission of Day Eight  --www.DayEight.org-- is to empower individuals and communities to participate in the arts through the production, publication, and promotion of creative projects. The 2020 DC Poet Project is supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, DC Commission on the Arts, and Wells Fargo Community Foundation.

  • 8:15pm - 9:15pm

    Capitol Movement Reimagined

    | Series: Intersections 2020 | Genres: Dance, Movement

    The Paul Sprenger Theatre

    Reimagined: Celebrates Capitol Movement's 15 years and the culmination of nearly two decades of building better lives through dance. Featuring all three CMI dance companies and special guest performances, this ultimate Capitol Movement production brings all your favorite DMV dancers together on stage for a celebration of the arts. Audiences will enjoy a night of powerful and diverse movement as we revisit crowd-favorite pieces from years past as well as brand new and innovative works from some of today's most sought-after artists in the industry. Artist Talk-Back after the show.

    ABOUT THE ARTIST

    Capitol Movement's mission is to build better lives through dance. Capitol Movement provides programs and opportunities for all dancers, regardless of socioeconomic barriers, through studio classes, workshops, outreach, scholarships, and a variety of community engagements. The lessons learned in dance reach far beyond steps and tricks. All our programs build confidence, teamwork, commitment, and discipline, bringing together dancers from all walks of life. Together, we can all build better lives through dance. At Capitol Movement, Inc. (CMI) we have three primary objectives:

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    Saturday, February 29, 2020

  • 9:30am

    Imagination Stage's Mouse on the Move

    | Series: Atlas Presents, Arts for Young Audiences, Intersections 2020, Family Fun Days | Genres: Music, Theater, Family, Story

    Lab Theatre I

    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.
    By Janet Stanford and Kathryn Chase Bryer
    Remount directed by Meg Lowey
    Best for ages 1 – 5
    All patrons age 1 and above must purchase a ticket to the performance.

    ABOUT THE ARTIST

    Imagination Stage was founded as BAPA (Bethesda Academy of Performing Arts) in 1979 in response to the urgent need for arts education for young people. The company was renamed Imagination Stage in 2001 in anticipation of its move to its downtown Bethesda theatre arts center in 2003. Imagination Stage has grown from a handful of children in a single classroom to a full-spectrum theatre arts organization, with theatre productions by professional actors and artists. Unlike most children’s theatre companies, Imagination Stage commissions new works for children every year. These productions have been recognized with awards and productions by other companies around the world.
    Support for this performance provided by:
    The Share Fund
     

  • 10:00am - 12:00pm

    Free Family Fun Days: Creation Station

    | Series: Arts for Young Audiences, Intersections 2020, Family Fun Days | Genres: Family, Art, Workshop

    Great Hall (Kogod Lobby+ Cafritz Promenade)

    Feb. 22: Creation Station 10:00-12:00 PM
    People of all ages can stop by a do a kid friendly craft for our community art installation, led by the art educators at Happy Little Art Studio.
         
    Feb. 29: Creation Station 10:00-12:00 PM
    People of all ages can stop by a do a kid friendly craft for our community art installation, led by the art      educators at Makeshift. 
    Part of our ARTSPACE ACTIVATION program.
     

  • 10:00am - 12:00pm

    Free Family Fun Days Concert

    | Series: Atlas Café & Concert Series, Intersections 2020, Family Fun Days | Genres: Family, Story, Washington Post Cafe Concert Series

    Great Hall (Kogod Lobby+ Cafritz Promenade)

    Part of the Free Washington Post Cafe Concert Series
    The little ones will be inspired and entertained by the Culture Queen and her rich storytelling and self-affirming songs.

  • 11:00am

    Imagination Stage's Mouse on the Move

    | Series: Atlas Presents, Arts for Young Audiences, Intersections 2020, Family Fun Days | Genres: Music, Theater, Family, Story

    Lab Theatre I

    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.
    By Janet Stanford and Kathryn Chase Bryer
    Remount directed by Meg Lowey
    Best for ages 1 – 5
    All patrons age 1 and above must purchase a ticket to the performance.

    ABOUT THE ARTIST

    Imagination Stage was founded as BAPA (Bethesda Academy of Performing Arts) in 1979 in response to the urgent need for arts education for young people. The company was renamed Imagination Stage in 2001 in anticipation of its move to its downtown Bethesda theatre arts center in 2003. Imagination Stage has grown from a handful of children in a single classroom to a full-spectrum theatre arts organization, with theatre productions by professional actors and artists. Unlike most children’s theatre companies, Imagination Stage commissions new works for children every year. These productions have been recognized with awards and productions by other companies around the world.
    Support for this performance provided by:
    The Share Fund
     

  • 11:00am

    The World According to Mister Rogers

    | Series: Intersections 2020, Youth Summit | Genres: Dance, Movement

    The Theresa and Jane Lang Theatre

    Building on the themes of community, acceptance, empathy, and self-discovery, Elements Dance Company will premiere “The World According to Mister Rogers” an energetic and engaging urban dance production which celebrates the long-running PBS show “Mister Roger’s Neighborhood.”
     

    ABOUT THE ARTIST

    Elements Dance Company is a subsidiary of Elements Urban Arts Collective, LLC, a company with a mission of advancing the reach of Urban Art. Elements Dance Company, a Pre-Professional Urban Dance Training Program for dancers ages 8-18 seeks to create a supportive and challenging community where dancers can expand their knowledge and skill in urban dance while building self-worth, passion, talent, and work ethic. Dancers in the program receive a comprehensive education in all forms of Urban Dance, such as bboying/bgirling, Hip Hop, locking, popping, house, krumping, waacking, voguing, and various forms of commercial dance. Dancers also have the opportunity to train with industry professionals and perform at many noteworthy events and venues.
    Alana Hill, Founder/CEO, has been an Arts Educator/Administrator for 16 years, serving the DC local arts community in the areas of dance and theater. Alana holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration, with a Concentration in Art and is currently directing the Middle and Upper School dance program at Bullis School. Alana Hill’s love for dance started at a small dance school in her hometown of Oklahoma City, where she began ballet and tap training. Even as a young and shy child, Hill was always alive and uninhibited on stage. During high school, she revisited her love of performance and choreography through cheerleading competitions, half-time shows, and high school talent competitions. In 2001, Hill began taking classes at Joy of Motion Dance Center and was quickly inspired by a host of talented teachers and performers. She credits the faculty and staff at Joy of Motion Dance Center and their motto “‘Dance is for Everyone“ for inspiring her to believe in herself and her unlimited ability. In 2003, she co-founded Expansion Dance Project, a local hip hop dance company, and faithfully served as Managing Director, choreographer, and performer for over two years. Hill has also been a dancer with Life, Rhythm, Move Project and Contradiction Dance, and has directed four theatrical productions. Hill received her certification as a group exercise instructor and has taught hip hop classes at The Sports Club LA, Joy of Motion Dance Center and CityDance Center. Recently, Alana Hill served as Program Director for Joy of Motion Dance Center's H.Y.P.E. Youth Hip Hop Program. As a dance educator, Hill seeks to inspire her students to search within themselves and find their inner performer, to be uninhibited, and to have fun. As an Arts Facilitator and Administrator, she encourages artists to create from the heart and appreciate the process.

  • 11:00am

    AHIMSA | Non-Violence

    | Series: Intersections 2020, Youth Summit | Genres: Dance, Movement

    The Paul Sprenger Theatre

    This performance is inspired by the life and teachings of Mahatma Gandhi. He brought freedom to India!  Ahimsa (Non-Violence) is woven and integrated into each dance move.

    ABOUT THE ARTIST

    KNS Inc. has been in operation now for 35 years. Traditional Bharatanatyam - South Indian Classical dance style. We include Kathak, Folk and Fusion styles as well. Several noted dance gurus from India have given extra coaching through workshops. We have also traveled far and wide - throughout the US and India. 434 Graduates. 77 of them are professionals and an institution by themselves. Of those 14 pros constitute the Company. We have received several awards including the Governor Citations. The only dance academy that has engulfed humanitarian work in a Fine Arts ashram in India. Rachel Prem trained dancer for 13 years. Has her own institution KNS2.0 Vidya Vijayakumar trained dancer for 10 years.

  • 12:00pm

    Photo Exhibit

    | Series: Atlas Café & Concert Series, Intersections 2020, Youth Summit | Genres: Washington Post Cafe Concert Series, Art, Festival

    Great Hall (Kogod Lobby+ Cafritz Promenade)

    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 throughout the Intersections Festival 2020 in our Kogod Lobby in the Great Hall, from Feb. 19 - March 2, 2020. 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. ABOUT THE PROGRAM: eXposure Media Project DC is a nonprofit program of The Napoleon Complex Project that serves to provide HBCU college students with insight and exposure to the multi-media industry. Students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities who have interest in Television and Film production, Radio, and Media  are selected to participate in opportunity building events throughout the year.   The Napoleon Complex Project is a DC based Husband and Wife team who became storytellers providing help to small business owners and everyday people tell their story and convey their message. Their approach to storytelling is documentary style & behind the scenes coverage. They believe that storytelling is the gateway to a person’s heart.      

  • 1:00pm

    Utsaav | The Colors of Celebration

    | Series: Intersections 2020, Youth Summit | Genres: Dance, Movement

    Lab Theatre II

    A celebration of Indian culture through idioms of classical dances of India, the presentation creates an eclectic blend of traditional & contemporary seeking to dazzle & depict. Choreography by: Arpita Rakshit Sabud, Aditi Bhattacharyu, Subarna Chatterjee Thaiker, and Arunima Ghosh. 
       

    ABOUT THE ARTIST

    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.

  • 2:00pm

    Voices of Now: Mentor Ensemble & Mead Ensemble

    | Series: Intersections 2020, Youth Summit | Genres: Theater, Story

    Lab Theatre I

    The Voices of Now Mead Ensemble is a prestigious program for dedicated student artists in grades 7-11 that gives students a fun and engaging environment in which to write, perform and share stories that shape their lives. The Mead Ensemble trains in the Voices of Now devising process and is also introduced to the work and techniques of other notable companies that devise original theater. The ensemble meets at Arena Stage with master teaching artists to create and perform an original, autobiographical theater piece.
    ABOUT THE ARTIST Voices of Now (VON) is a program that utilizes creative writing, collaboration, movement and performance to devise autobiographical plays with ensembles made up of middle-school, high-school and adult artists. VON plays are fast-paced, collaboratively written, physical theater pieces that pose challenging social questions relevant to the artists and their communities. The plays investigate those questions through poetry, movement and the recounting of the artists’ personal stories. Originally created to work with one local middle school, the program has expanded to serve hundreds of students in the D.C. Metro Area and beyond. One of the primary goals of the program is to create positive change within the artists’ communities by engaging in dialogue centered on the artists’ daily experiences of their world.

  • 3:00pm - 4:00pm

    Mysticism, Music & Celebration

    | Series: Intersections 2020 | Genres: Music, Sound, Classical

    The Theresa and Jane Lang Theatre

    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.
     

    ABOUT THE ARTISTS

    Paula Hickey and David Yarbrough
    Translated as ‘mixed voices’ from Italian, Misto di Voci describes the complementary timbres of the ensemble and the cultural heritages of its’ members.  Founded in 2009 by three seasoned musicians, all graduates of the Peabody Conservatory, the Misto di Voci Ensemble presents our rich genre of music in creative performances.  
    Paula Hickey graduated from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University with a Bachelor’s degree in Recording Arts and Clarinet Performance and a Master’s degree in Clarinet Performance. At the Conservatory, she was a student of Steve Barta and Loren Kitt.  Paula was awarded a residency at the prestigious Banff Centre for the Arts in Alberta Canada and received the Stoudt Award for exceptional musicianship from Louisiana State University. Ms. Hickey won the Creative Arts Award to study with David Harris at Kent State University and continued her studies with Dennis Nygren receiving a Bachelor’s degree in Music Performance and Theory.  She also studied with Ted Johnson and performed in master classes with Larry Combs.  Paula has extensive performance experience as a recitalist and has performed with numerous music ensembles including the Prince Georges Philharmonic, Capital City Symphony, and the NIH Philharmonic. She has appeared as soloist with the KSU sinfonia. Paula is a founding member of the Misto di Voci Ensemble, which performs a varied repertoire of chamber music. As a recording engineer, Ms. Hickey has worked with the late John Eargle and at National Public Radio. Paula has recorded the Houston Symphony and the Houston Grand Opera and currently works for the Voice of America in Washington D.C. as their Digital Media Coordinator. She is a member of the Audio Engineering Society.
    Violinist David Yarbrough earned his D.M.A from the Peabody Institute of Music where he studied with Herbert Greenberg.  He received a fellowship for his M.M. from the State University at Stony Brook, where he studied with Lasar Gozman and holds a B.M from the New School of Music in Philadelphia where he studied with Jasha Brodsky and Linda Sharon Cerone.  Dr. Yarbrough has performed with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony, the Philadelphia Opera Company and the Delaware Symphony Orchestra.  He is an active recitalist, performing solo recitals, chamber music recitals and lecture-recitals throughout the Northeast. He is currently the concertmaster of the Prince Georges Philharmonic and is a founding member of the Misto Di Voci Ensemble, a chamber ensemble which performs a variety of genres of chamber repertoire.  He was a founding member of the Amistad String Quartet, an ensemble which not only performed traditional repertoire, but had researched and performed the chamber works of African American composers. His participation in international music festivals include the Spoleto Festival in Charleston, South Carolina and Spoleto, Italy, the Colour of Music Festival in Charleston, South Carolina, the American Institute of Musical Studies (AIMS) in Graz, Austria, the Waterloo Festival in New Jersey, and the Gateways Festival in Rochester, New York.  He spends his summers performing and teaching at the Eastern Music Festival in Greensboro, North Carolina.  Presently David is the Orchestral Director at Eleanor Roosevelt high School in Greenbelt Maryland where he conducts four ensembles.  Prior to this he was the Assistant Director of the Baltimore Talent Education Center, a preparatory string instrument music program for the Baltimore City Public School System.  Previous teaching associations include the Peabody Institute of Music, Morgan State University and Towson University.  
    Guest Artists : Ariel Francisco Dechosa and Erica Marie Ferguson
    Acclaimed by the Washington Post for his “solid playing”, Maryland based pianist Ariel Francisco Dechosa has established himself as one of the most distinguished Filipino pianists of his generation. Critics praised his “incredibly clean articulation at a breakneck tempo” (Washington Chronicle Scene), “emotive and sensitive phrasings throughout as his fingers flew effortlessly across the keys…brought out the royal heart of the work…showed infectious passion in the Rondo” (Seattle Tacoma News), “palette of colors was extremely rich” and “rapturous performance” (Philippine Daily Inquirer), and “a poet of the piano…his playing released unabashed abandon, torrents of sheer romantic lyricism and pure passion.” (Manila Standard). The live CD recording of his Filipino Artists Series performance received great critical acclaim. A recipient of numerous awards, prizes, and scholarships, Mr. Dechosa won Third Prize in the 1996 Frinna Awerbuch International Piano Competition, Third Prize in the 1994 Santa Barbara Symphony International Piano Competition, First Prizes in the 1993 Five Towns National Competition and the 1991 Great Neck Symphony Young Artists Competition. As an active soloist and chamber musician, Mr. Dechosa has performed in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, Maurice Abravanel Hall, Merkin Hall, and the Corcoran Gallery of Art, among others. He made his orchestral appearances as soloist with the Northwest Sinfonietta and the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra. He has collaborated with operatic singers Stefka Evstatieva and Dolora Zajick, and violinist Bin Huang. He has performed at the La Schola Cantorum Piano Series in France and the Merano Festival in Italy. He has appeared on WQXR, King FM in Seattle, National Public Radio in Washington, D.C., and German Radio in Munich. Mr. Dechosa began his piano studies at the age of ten under Jose Alvarez and later with Carmencita Sipin-Aspiras. After winning a prize in the National Music Competition for Young Artists in Manila (NAMCYA) at age thirteen, he earned a scholarship to the Manhattan School of Music where he received both his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees under the tutelage of Arkady Aronov. Upon graduation, he was awarded the prestigious Harold Bauer Award. He continued his studies at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University with Boris Slutsky where earned a Graduate Performance Diploma. While at Peabody he was given the coveted Sarah Zierler Award. Mr. Dechosa served as an associate piano faculty at the Manhattan School of Music and music director of the Inter-Atlantic Music Foundation. He is currently the Chair of the Music Department and a member of the piano faculty at Gilman School in Baltimore, Maryland.
    Rising soprano, Erica Marie Ferguson, has been praised for her “grace, beauty and operatic power.” (P.G. Sentinel) In her 2019-2020 season, Erica performs Ginevra in Handel's Ariodante and the Rooster and Woodpecker in Janáček's The Cunning Little Vixen with the Maryland Opera Studio. She also makes her debuts with the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra in their "Holiday Joy" concerts and the Prince George's Philharmonic as the soprano soloist in Fauré's Requiem. Recent operatic roles include the title role in Gilbert and Sullivan’s Princess Ida, Contessa d’Almaviva in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, the title role in the world premiere of Elisabeth Mehl Greene’s Hajar, and Laetitia in Menotti’s The Old Maid and the Thief. Erica is currently completing her M.M. at the University of Maryland as a member of the Maryland Opera Studio. 

  • 4:30pm

    City at Peace: In Performance + Special Guests Dance Institute of Washington

    | Series: Intersections 2020, Youth Summit | Genres: Theater, Story

    Lab Theatre II

    Join City at Peace, the Atlas youth development, arts, and social change program as they present an original, musical theatre production that tackles difficult themes, topics, and questions of youth culture and society. City at Peace is pleased to host the youth of Dance Institute of Washington.  In addition to the City at Peace performance, Dance Institute of Washington will present a contemporary ballet work from their Spirit of Kwanzaa production, by choreographer Justin Bellamy.
     

    ABOUT CITY AT PEACE

    City at Peace is a youth development program for teens and young adults ages 14-24, which provides a safe, collaborative and nurturing space outside of school and other environments where they can examine issues and conditions that divide them. City at Peace is rooted in social justice and uses performing arts as a learning tool to develop skills in dance, theatre, voice and stage production, as well as skills in conflict resolution, personal storytelling, empathy, understanding, and leadership. The program is directed by Sandra Holloway at the Atlas Performing Arts Center.

  • 5:00pm - 6:00pm

    Awaken, Brown Eyes

    | 18 and older | Series: Intersections 2020 | Genres: Film, Story

    Lab Theatre I

    "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. Stay after for the Artist Talk-Back.
     

    ABOUT THE ARTIST

    Feeling in film, photography, theatre, or any art, cannot be borrowed or adopted, it has to be genuine. This is what Dominic Green looks for in the moments he writes or captures through a lens: genuine emotion. Throughout his work, Dominic Green paints the world through an artist’s lens that is filled with sensitivity and thoughtfulness. Currently, he is working on his residency with Joe's Movement Emporium in association with the University of Maryland to his newest work, a play called "The Final Genocide." He also works with StepAfrika!, AFI Silver, The DAB Band, Friendship Public Charter Schools, etc.

  • 6:15pm

    Youth Summit Meeting

    | Series: Intersections 2020, Youth Summit | Genres: Theater, Story, Workshop

    Lab Theatre I

    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.

  • 7:00pm - 8:00pm

    Free Cafe Concert

    | Series: Atlas Café & Concert Series, Intersections 2020 | Genres: Music, Sound, Washington Post Cafe Concert Series, Cafe Concert

    Great Hall (Kogod Lobby+ Cafritz Promenade)

    Part of the Washington Post Cafe Concert Series

    Free
    Performance starts at 7:00 PM
    Hannah Jaye and the Hideaways will perform a mix of original folk songs, and traditional old time, bluegrass, country, and folk cover songs. Their performance blends different instruments and vocal harmonies to add dynamic contrast to their songs. This performance is family friendly, and the audience is encouraged to sing and dance along.

  • 8:00pm

    Marlow Rosado Quintet

    | Series: Atlas Presents, Intersections 2020 | Genres: Jazz, Music, Sound

    The Theresa and Jane Lang Theatre

    Atlas presents an unforgettable evening of Latin jazz with two-time Grammy Award-Winning Marlow Rosado and his quintet. With over two decades of experience in the music industry the pianist, composer and producer has developed a powerful portfolio working with many of the top artists in the Latin recording industry. From salsa to rock, from Merengue to hip-hop, from Bachata to Reggaeton, the versatile Marlow Rosado has had his musical hand in all of it. A native of Puerto Rico, he is a salsero at heart, but has successfully written, played and produced hits in a variety of musical styles for some of the most renowned artists in Latin music.
    Post performance discussion moderated by renowned music reporter for the Washington Post, Chris Richards.
     
    This engagement of Marlow Rosado is made possible through the Jazz Touring Network program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.
     

    Artist biography:

    Marlow Rosado has worked with a diverse repertoire of artists including the unforgettable Tejana singer Selena, legendary pianist Larry Harlow, Tommy Olivencia, Marc Anthony, Olga Tañón, Ricky Martin and Desmond Child. Some of his most notable works include the 5 driving rock tracks he co-wrote on Alejandra Guzman’s album “lipstick”, nominated for Best Rock Album of the Year by both the American and Latin Grammys, The emotionally charged Yolandita Monge production, “SENTIMIENTO BORINQUEÑO,” written as a love letter to his homeland, As well as the arrangements, directing, and production of the horn section on Ricky Martin’s production “MAS”. Other artist includes Elvis Crespo, Puerto Rican Power, India and many more. However, ask him what his proudest moments as a composer, and without pause, he names his compositions “Me Dejo En El Aire” and “Un No Se Que,” recorded by the legendary “El Gran Combo De Puerto Rico”.
    Marlow earned a Masters degree in Jazz Education and has taught at the elementary as well as the University level. He is continually sought out by Latin Artists for his musical arrangement skills, his aggressive montunos on the piano, as well as his ability to direct orchestras as he has successfully done for artists such as the late Salsa legend Celia Cruz, Tito Puente Jr., Tito Nieves, and many others. It is not uncommon to see Marlow’s name on CD liner notes whether it is as a pianist, producer, songwriter or musical director.
    Marlow Rosado took center stage in 2009 when he successfully released his first album, SALSALSA which was signed by the world famous record company “Fania Records” who hadn’t signed an artist in 18 years, making Marlow Rosado the newest and last artist signed to Fania Records.
    In 2012, Rosado released his sophomore record RETRO, which had an amazing success surprising not only Marlow Rosado but the entire industry when during the 2012 American Grammy awards, RETRO won the Grammy for BEST TROPICAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR while competing with the gigantic bachata artist Romeo Santos.
    On July 29th 2014, Marlow released his third album “SALSANIMAL” which as suggested with this title, it’s a beast of a production. In Salsanimal Marlow invites legendary Pianist Larry Harlow and Richie Ray where along with Marlow, in a track called “88mil teclas” they pay tribute to the instrument that has made them who they are today. Also on this production,  we see the participation of artists like Jon Secada and Checo Acosta who both step away from the primary genres to give themselves fully to salsa. Other amazing artist invited to SALSANIMAL are Alex Matos, winner of 2014’s “Premio Lo Nuestro”, Herman Olivera, Domingo Quiñonez, The very special participation of Mayito Rivera, ex-singer of Cuba’s staple orchestra Los Van Van, and from the hands of Desmond Child, new cover De La Torres.
    With 11 nominations and one American Grammy already on his shelf, Marlow Rosado is most definitely a driving force in the tropical music industry. 
     
    Support for this performance provided by:
    The Share Fund
      [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=40&v=1ke2ZLP1z_s[/embed]

  • 8:00pm - 9:00pm

    Weight of the World | Light as a Feather

    | This performance includes adult language. | Series: Intersections 2020 | Genres: Dance, Movement, Theater, Improv, Story

    Lab Theatre II

    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.
    Cast: Bam Alston, Mike Bass, Stefanie Quinones Bass, Ryan Brookshire, Anna Bass Cook, Tara Demmy, Zhi Bo Deng, Robin Doody, Analía Gómez Vidal Choreography: Stefanie Quinones Bass and Carrie Monger Director/Facilitator: Mark Chalfant Lights/Sound: Raymond Simeon
     

    ABOUT THE ARTIST

    Washington Improv Theater is the District's premier destination for long-form improv. For more than 20 years, our mission has been to unleash the creative power of improv in Washington, DC. We engage audiences with performances that exhilarate and inspire. We ignite the spirit of play in Washington with a revolutionary training program. We create a home for improv, reflecting the life and diversity of the city.
    Mark Chalfant, WIT's artistic director, is the director of this project. Mark has performed and directed over 20 ensemble projects with WIT during his engagement with the company, including an improv/dance collaboration with Daniel Phoenix Singh/Dakshina Dance. His theater and improv education have included training at Studio Theatre, Woolly Mammoth Theatre, Living Stage, Shakespeare Theatre, Second City, Improv Olympic (now iO), the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, and Bay Area Theatresports.

  • 8:30pm - 9:45pm

    Behind the Mask | Beneath the Surface

    | Series: Intersections 2020 | Genres: Dance, Movement

    The Paul Sprenger Theatre

    In the process of removing the mask, there is an inherent sense of conflict in the revelation of what lies beneath. Via a night of exciting and spellbinding modern, contemporary, and ballet works, the choreographers explore themes of video games, nature elements, society's history of abandonment, and humanity's struggle with letting go. With post-show artist talk-back.
     

    ABOUT THE ARTIST

    Wound together by DC’S ever connecting arts web, 4 women from 4 different walks of life come together with a collective goal to use their express their artistic voices through movement. Kyoko, Fujimoto began her dance training in Japan. After performing in local theaters in Boston and New York City, she moved to Honolulu and began choreographing for seasonal showcases at a local ballet school. Her works include Petrushka, Heigh-Ho, Flavorland, and 00100110. She holds a B.A. in Physics from Boston University and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa.
    Marie McNair presented her work SHADOWLARK as part of the Intersections Festival in 2018 alongside Truly Bennett and Therese Gahl. She started her ballet training at The Washington School of Ballet in Washington, D.C. Ms. Bennett received her B.F.A. from the Conservatory of Dance at The State University of New York Purchase College. Currently, Ms. McNair is also a teacher at CityDance School and Conservatory and is Head of the Dance Department at Sidwell Friends School, Washington DC.
      [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lL0o8QYhEjw&t=1s[/embed]
    Truly Bennett presented her piece,[de]Spite It All, as part of the 2018 Intersections festival. She received her BFA in Dance Education from East Carolina University, her MFA in Dance from Hollins University, and is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Art Theory and Philosophy through the Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts.
    Becky Lallande is an instructor and company member of Word Dance Theater, a certified teacher in Duncan children's pedagogy by Dicki J. Macy of the Boston Children's Foundation, she earned a BA in Religion from the University of Mary Washington and also studied dance and vocal performance. Becky is a teaching artist with Wolf Trap’s Institute of Early Learning through the Arts, InnerCity-InnerChild, Go Banana's Dancing, and Sitar Arts Center.
     

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    Sunday, March 1, 2020

  • 10:00am

    Imagination Stage's Mouse on the Move

    | Series: Atlas Presents, Arts for Young Audiences, Intersections 2020, Family Fun Days | Genres: Music, Theater, Family, Story

    Lab Theatre I

    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.
    By Janet Stanford and Kathryn Chase Bryer
    Remount directed by Meg Lowey
    Best for ages 1 – 5
    All patrons age 1 and above must purchase a ticket to the performance.

    ABOUT THE ARTIST

    Imagination Stage was founded as BAPA (Bethesda Academy of Performing Arts) in 1979 in response to the urgent need for arts education for young people. The company was renamed Imagination Stage in 2001 in anticipation of its move to its downtown Bethesda theatre arts center in 2003. Imagination Stage has grown from a handful of children in a single classroom to a full-spectrum theatre arts organization, with theatre productions by professional actors and artists. Unlike most children’s theatre companies, Imagination Stage commissions new works for children every year. These productions have been recognized with awards and productions by other companies around the world.
    Support for this performance provided by:
    The Share Fund
     

  • 11:30am

    Imagination Stage's Mouse on the Move

    | Series: Atlas Presents, Arts for Young Audiences, Intersections 2020, Family Fun Days | Genres: Music, Theater, Family, Story

    Lab Theatre I

    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.
    By Janet Stanford and Kathryn Chase Bryer
    Remount directed by Meg Lowey
    Best for ages 1 – 5
    All patrons age 1 and above must purchase a ticket to the performance.

    ABOUT THE ARTIST

    Imagination Stage was founded as BAPA (Bethesda Academy of Performing Arts) in 1979 in response to the urgent need for arts education for young people. The company was renamed Imagination Stage in 2001 in anticipation of its move to its downtown Bethesda theatre arts center in 2003. Imagination Stage has grown from a handful of children in a single classroom to a full-spectrum theatre arts organization, with theatre productions by professional actors and artists. Unlike most children’s theatre companies, Imagination Stage commissions new works for children every year. These productions have been recognized with awards and productions by other companies around the world.
    Support for this performance provided by:
    The Share Fund
     

  • 1:00pm

    Photo Exhibit

    | Series: Atlas Café & Concert Series, Intersections 2020, Youth Summit | Genres: Washington Post Cafe Concert Series, Art, Festival

    Great Hall (Kogod Lobby+ Cafritz Promenade)

    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 throughout the Intersections Festival 2020 in our Kogod Lobby in the Great Hall, from Feb. 19 - March 2, 2020. 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. ABOUT THE PROGRAM: eXposure Media Project DC is a nonprofit program of The Napoleon Complex Project that serves to provide HBCU college students with insight and exposure to the multi-media industry. Students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities who have interest in Television and Film production, Radio, and Media  are selected to participate in opportunity building events throughout the year.   The Napoleon Complex Project is a DC based Husband and Wife team who became storytellers providing help to small business owners and everyday people tell their story and convey their message. Their approach to storytelling is documentary style & behind the scenes coverage. They believe that storytelling is the gateway to a person’s heart.      

  • 1:00pm - 2:00pm

    Girls! Girls? Girls.

    | 13-17; 18 and older | Series: Intersections 2020 | Genres: Film, Story

    Lab Theatre II

    Girls! Girls? Girls. is a short performance documentary that explores the past, present and funny yet frightening future of the global black woman. Featuring Marjuan Canady's Off-Broadway one-woman play, Canady and her comrades take their wit to the streets, to schools and throughout the entertainment industry to gain perspective on the 21st-century black female image. With post-show artist talk-back.
     

    ABOUT THE ARTIST

    Marjuan Canady is an award-winning Trinidadian-American director, writer, producer and performer for both film and stage. A native Washingtonian, her work spans theater, film, television, children’s media and literature. Original work includes "Girls! Girls? Girls.", "The Resort" and the children's media brand and book series, "Callaloo Kids". Her work has been seen at The Kennedy Center, Sesame Street, The Smithsonian, The Lincoln Center, Miami Book Fair, Ryan Seacrest Foundation and the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute to name a few. She has held fellowships at The Schomburg Center, the DC Commission on the Arts, the Caribbean Cultural Center, Lincoln Center, 202 Creates and Harlem Stage. Canady is the Founder and Executive Director of her production company Sepia Works and non-profit, Canady Foundation for the Arts.
      [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-hXFS0cWUtk&feature=youtu.be[/embed]  

  • 2:30pm - 3:45pm

    Ritmos Españoles | Spanish Rhythms

    | Series: Intersections 2020 | Genres: Dance, Movement, Sound

    The Theresa and Jane Lang Theatre

    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. 
     

    ABOUT THE ARTIST

    Furia Flamenca, led by artistic director Estela Velez De Paredez, is an award-winning dance company that brings the ferocity and passion of flamenco to the stage and transports audiences to Southern Spain in technically refined, emotionally explosive, and dynamically choreographed dancing. Our unique style combines traditional gypsy with the more modern flamenco to create the perfect balance. We are proud to be the most sought-after flamenco dance company in the DC-Metro area. Furia Flamenca has performed in some of the most prestigious venues throughout the DC Metro area including the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage and Terrace Theater, Lincoln Theatre, National Theatre, Wolf Trap, Baltimore Lyric Opera House, Publick Playhouse, and Alden Theatre, to name a few. The company is regularly invited to perform at Happenings at Harmon Hall and regularly performs at some of the biggest Metro DC festivals, such as the Washington Folk Festival, INTERSECTIONS: A New America Arts Festival, Cherry Blossom Festival, Dance DC Festival, Velocity DC, Taste of Bethesda, and the annual Washington, DC’s Feria de Sevilla. The company’s choreographies have been selected to participate in the areas most prestigious choreographer’s showcases including Dance Bethesda, World Dance Showcase, and Dance Place’s New Releases Choreographer’s Showcase. Their performances and productions have been recognized as some of the best in the DC Metro area with two Metro DC Dance awards in 2009 and five finalist nominations in 2012. The company is a Legacy Resident Company with the Joy of Motion Dance Center.

  • 3:15pm

    Play Reading: the wolf you feed

    | Series: Intersections 2020 | Genres: Theater, Story

    Lab Theatre I

    Join us for a play reading of the new play, "The Wolf You Feed" By Darcy Parker Bruce

    ABOUT THE PLAY

    Julia, recently separated, has just moved into the rundown Shady Pines motel at the edge of a national park. Outside, a pack of wolves is wondering if she wants to hang out. Inside, everything she used to know is becoming something other-than. A toothbrush becomes a handful of chives, a bottle of shampoo is an owl that refuses to leave the shower, and a stack of papers that demand a signature stubbornly remain just that.

    ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT

    Darcy Parker Bruce is a playwright and educator from New London, CT, and a graduate of the MFA Playwriting program at Smith College. Darcy was the recipient of a 2017 Tennessee Williams Scholarship through the Sewanee Writers' Conference, and was granted ATHE's 2018 Judith Royer Award For Excellence in Theater, which brought new play Soldier Poet to Boston. Soldier Poet was also the 2018 Connecticut State Recipient of Portland Stage's Clauder Prize. Their play East of the Sun was published in Summer of 2017 through Applause/ Hal Leonard’s Best American Short Plays.

    ABOUT THE DIRECTOR

    Patrick Gallagher Landes is a theatre artist, producer, and photographer from Harrisonburg, VA but has lived in and around DC since 2016. Patrick's most recent directing work is as an assistant director for Theatre Prometheus' production of Or, (2019) and as the director of a devised haiku performance as part of Rorschach Theatre's Klexographies entitled Silence and Space Dust (2019). He was Assistant Producer for Source Festival 2017, heading up the Artistic Blind Dates. He has production managed Theatre Prometheus' Anon(ymous) (2018) and Soldier Poet (2017). He was the stage manager for Factory 449's Helen Hayes Award Winning Lela and Co. (2017). You can find his portrait and production photography at pglandes.com.

    ABOUT THE COMPANY

    Theatre Prometheus is a not-for-profit company producing both classic and new works in Washington, D.C. Founded in 2013 by a group of local artists including Artistic Director Tracey Erbacher, they share a goal of exploring and promoting feminist, queer, and diverse narratives. Previous productions include The Second Coming of Joan of Arc (2015), Good Kids (2016), [all lady] Macbeth (2016), [gay] Cymbeline (2017), Soldier Poet (2017), Anon(ymous) (2018), and 14 (2019). Awards include Best Comedy of Capital Fringe Festival for Abortion Road Trip (2017), which was performed at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage after a sold-out run. Look for Theatre Prometheus again at the Atlas in August for a fully staged production of The Wolf You Feed.

  • 3:30pm - 4:30pm

    Free Cafe Concert

    | Series: Atlas Café & Concert Series, Capital City Symphony, Intersections 2020 | Genres: Music, Sound, Symphony, Washington Post Cafe Concert Series, Cafe Concert, Classical

    Great Hall (Kogod Lobby+ Cafritz Promenade)

    Capital City Symphony: Classical, Klezmer, and Beyond
    Join members of Capital City Symphony for a chamber music performance featuring piano and clarinet in a range of styles, from classical to klezmer!
     

  • 4:30pm - 5:45pm

    Abbey

    | Series: Intersections 2020 | Genres: Jazz, Music, Sound

    Lab Theatre II

    This performance highlights vocalist Heidi Martin as a conjurer of the vocal and dramatic majesty of jazz legend Abbey Lincoln’s indomitable life force. Lincoln, heralded for her pioneering music, acting and civil rights activism, comes to life while Martin takes listeners through a series of affirming events and revelations, enveloped in gorgeous music and poignant history. Artist talk-back after the show.
     

    ABOUT THE ARTIST

    Heidi Martin is a Washington, DC native, and began her two-decades plus music career after studying with Professor Calvin Jones at the University of the District of Columbia and continuing privately with jazz royalty, drummer/vocalist Grady Tate. Since making a 1999 debut in the New York jazz scene via her engagement at Birdland, she has become a successful recording artist, composer and sought-after collaborator. Continuing in NY, she has played major clubs such as The Blue Note, Knitting Factory, Zinc Bar, Cachaca, and Metronome and is very active in DC at Bohemian Caverns, Blues Alley, and the 18th Street Lounge. Her bands are often comprised of leading artists and have included some of today’s most exciting contributors to jazz such as Russell Gunn, Tarus Mateen, George Colligan, Eric Revis, George Burton, Orrin Evans, Gregoire Maret, Kris Funn, and DonVonte McCoy. Martin has also been showcased at many area festivals including the DC Jazz Festival, WinterJazzFest NYC, and the National Black Arts Festival in Atlanta. Internationally, she has performed at the Pori Jazz Festival and Casablanca’s Kenzi Hotel. Martin has independently released three highly acclaimed recordings: “See Hear, Love” (2008), “HIDE” (2005), and “Alone Together” (1998).
    “Heidi Martin’s voice has a heavy Rickie Lee Jones bottom with a suggestion of Joni Mitchell and Betty Carter and just a hint of Janis Joplin in the finish. Martin has a vision-oneness with all-and she promotes it with her lyrics. She cuts to the chase with little conversation, more Hemingway than Faulkner…demanding inventive recording that pays the listener dividends in the thoughtful consideration and insight.” — All About Jazz
     
    “Spirited and Self-assured” ~The Washington Post
     
    “I have seen Heidi Martin TRANSFORM into Abbey Lincoln! It was quite stunning. If you are an Abbey Lincoln fan – and even if you’re not – you should go and see Heidi’s show!” ~Jessica Boykin Settles, Jazz Vocalist & Educator, Arranger of Howard University’s Afro Blue
     

  • 5:30pm - 6:30pm

    Sole Beats: Percussive Dances Spanning the Globe!

    | Series: Intersections 2020 | Genres: Dance, Movement

    The Paul Sprenger Theatre

    Capitol Tap and District Tap with special guests Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble, presents Sole Beats: Percussive Dances Spanning the Globe! Hear and see percussive dances from Ireland, Hungary, Canada, the United States, and more as Capitol Tap, District Tap, and Footworks share their common percussive beats in this rousing hour using the soles of their feet, and more! This show includes audience participation!

    ABOUT THE ARTIST

    Capitol Tap and District Tap are cultivating tap’s next generation of musicians, dancers, technicians, historians, improvisors, performers, and educators of all ages. With a repertoire including historical works from Bojangles, Eddie Brown, and Buster Brown to contemporary works from Michelle Dorrance, Caleb Teicher, and Heather Cornell, they’ve collaborated with a 50-piece orchestra in an evening-length program, garnered two award nominations their first season, and were chosen by Capital One Small Business for a marketing campaign with an online ad and multi-week print inserts in The Washington Post. They’ve been co-presented by Dance Place in Washington, DC with three evening-length productions (2017, 2018, 2019). Ensemble members have been awarded merit-based scholarships, booked for professional gigs and tours, and selected for the prestigious School at Jacob’s Pillow for tap dance. Directors Lisa Swenton-Eppard and Baakari Wilder.
    www.capitoltap.com
      [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=3&v=06EgvqrbiAs&feature=emb_logo[/embed]  

  • 6:45pm - 8:15pm

    Free Cafe Concert

    | Series: Atlas Café & Concert Series, Intersections 2020 | Genres: Music, Sound, Washington Post Cafe Concert Series, Cafe Concert

    Great Hall (Kogod Lobby+ Cafritz Promenade)

    A quirky, clever songwriter with a great big voice, that is in turn, sweet, sultry, powerful, and emotive, Flo Anito is a classically trained vocalist and pianist who writes jazzy/pop for keys and guitar. Flo's sound is a rare hybrid and has earned her several nominations for the Best Pop/Rock Vocalist Wammy. Seth Kibel is one of the Mid-Atlantic's premier woodwind specialists. Working with some of the best bands in klezmer, jazz, swing, and more, and wowing audiences on saxophone, clarinet, and flute, Seth has made a name for himself in the Washington/Baltimore region and has won 28 Wammies! For Interesections, the duo will perform a mix of originals, including their new tune Cages which won an Honorable Mention in the Mid Atlantic Song Contest this year and other political music from their upcoming EP, and covers

  • 7:00pm - 8:00pm

    Navagraha - 9 Energies Within & Without

    | Series: Intersections 2020 | Genres: Dance, Movement

    The Theresa and Jane Lang Theatre

    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. These planets according to Hinduism are Surya (Sun), Chandra (Moon), Mangala (Mars), Budha (Mercury), Guru/Brihaspati (Jupiter), Shukra (Venus), Shani (Saturn), Rahu & Ketu (North & South Nodes). With post-show artist talk-back.

    ABOUT THE ARTIST

    Jayamangala is a premier Indian arts institution that has served the DMV area for 25+ years through performances, classes, workshops, retreats, and conferences in music, dance, and theater. Jayamangala dancers and musicians have traveled and performed across the USA, Africa, Mexico, Asia, and Europe in a professional capacity to critical acclaim.
      [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qZh0XL2HmW0[/embed]

  • 7:30pm - 8:30pm

    Parallel Intersections

    | Series: Intersections 2020 | Genres: Music, Sound, Classical

    Lab Theatre I

    Hear classical western music and eastern music, as well as new works written specifically for the duo. With post-show artist talk-back.
     

    ABOUT THE ARTIST

    The sounds of the tropical steelpan elegantly punctuate the bold, ethereal lilt of the Chinese dulcimer, creating an absolutely transcendent soundscape. Parallel Intersections goes beyond the boundaries of each instrument, engaging in musical creations that are based on the exploration of commonness and differences. The duo comprises of Josanne Francis on the steelpan and Chao Tian on the Chinese dulcimer who first met as members of Strathmore’s Artist in Residence Class of 2018. Both are masters of their respective instruments: Francis made history as the first classical steelpan soloist to perform a concerto at Carnegie Hall, and Tian has been presented with the Wen Hua award—the highest honor given to a Chinese musician. Francis and Tian share a similar background in classical music and are able to merge their unmistakably different cultural backgrounds in Parallel Intersections. One patron described the duo as a “spellbinding and joy-bring combo!”, while another expressed that it was one of the best musical experiences he has had in his life. Get lost in a flurry of pansticks and mallets and witness a transglobal collaboration that is out of this world.

  • 8:00pm - 9:00pm

    Balance Campaign | Rebirth

    | Series: Intersections 2020 | Genres: Music, Sound, Classical

    Lab Theatre II

    The "Rebirth" program highlights new musical works that are grounded in the hope of new beginnings within the framework of an increasingly complicated and fragmented world. Stay after for the artist Q & A.

    ABOUT THE ARTIST

    Balance Campaign is a contemporary classical ensemble dedicated to commissioning and performing new works by underrepresented female, LGBTQ+, and minority composers, as well as composers with connections to the DC area. Formed in 2017, Balance Campaign is quickly establishing itself as a champion of new music programming in Washington, DC. They recently completed a season as District New Music Coalition’s 2019 Ensemble-in-Residence. With DNMC, they performed works by local, living composers on a series of concerts in the D.C. area to facilitate a connection between audiences, musicians, and institutions within the community. In Summer 2019, Balance Campaign was awarded a residency at Avaloch Farm Music Institute where they collaborated with Fordham University professor and Maryland native, Nathan Lincoln de Cusatis, on a new commission. They are premiering this piece, ANIMAL, in October 2019 at Fordham University during their Northeast Tour. They are also working closely with Dr. Lexi Bryant-Tavani on a commission to be premiered in Fall 2020. Balance Campaign has an ongoing relationship with the University of Maryland - Baltimore Campus as Ensemble-in-Residence in the Composition Department. There they work closely with student composers to record and debut their compositions and perform concerts for the school community.

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    Wednesday, February 19, 2020

     
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  • Great Hall (Kogod Lobby+ Cafritz Promenade)
  • 8:00pm

    Photo Exhibit

    | Series: Atlas Café & Concert Series, Intersections 2020, Youth Summit | Genres: Washington Post Cafe Concert Series, Art, Festival

    Great Hall (Kogod Lobby+ Cafritz Promenade)

    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 throughout the Intersections Festival 2020 in our Kogod Lobby in the Great Hall, from Feb. 19 - March 2, 2020. 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. ABOUT THE PROGRAM: eXposure Media Project DC is a nonprofit program of The Napoleon Complex Project that serves to provide HBCU college students with insight and exposure to the multi-media industry. Students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities who have interest in Television and Film production, Radio, and Media  are selected to participate in opportunity building events throughout the year.   The Napoleon Complex Project is a DC based Husband and Wife team who became storytellers providing help to small business owners and everyday people tell their story and convey their message. Their approach to storytelling is documentary style & behind the scenes coverage. They believe that storytelling is the gateway to a person’s heart.      

  • Lab Theatre I
    Lab Theatre II
    The Paul Sprenger Theatre
  • 7:30pm

    Here For It: An Evening with R. Eric Thomas of "Eric Reads the News"

    | Author talk facilitated by renowned Pop Culture Writer from the Washington Post, Elahe Izadi. | Series: Intersections 2020 | Genres: Theater, Story, Author Talk

    The Paul Sprenger Theatre

    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.
     

    About Here for It:

    Eric Thomas didn’t know he was different until the world told him so. Everywhere he went—whether it was his rich, mostly white, suburban high school, his conservative black church, or his Ivy League college in a big city—he found himself on the outside looking in. In essays by turns hysterical and heartfelt, Eric redefines what it means to be an “other” through the lens of his own life experience. He explores the two worlds of his childhood: the barren urban landscape where his parents’ house was an anomalous bright spot, and the verdant school they sent him to in white suburbia. He writes about struggling to reconcile his Christian identity with his sexuality, about the exhaustion of code-switching in college, accidentally getting famous on the internet (for the wrong reason), and the surreal experience of covering the 2016 election as well as the seismic change that came thereafter. Ultimately, Eric seeks the answer to the ever more relevant question: Is the future worth it? Why do we bother when everything seems to be getting worse? As the world continues to shift in unpredictable ways, Eric finds the answers to these questions by re-envisioning what “normal” means, and in the powerful alchemy that occurs when you at last place yourself at the center of your own story. For fans of Samantha Irby, Michael Arcenaux, and David Sedaris, Here for Itwill resonate deeply and joyfully with everyone who has ever felt pushed to the margins, struggled with self-acceptance, or wished to shine more brightly in a dark world. Stay here for it—the future may surprise you. R. Eric Thomas (he/him/his) is a senior staff writer at Elle online where he has written the daily pop culture and politics humor column “Eric Reads the News” since 2016. He’s also been published by The New York Times, among many other publications. As a playwright, his work has been seen on stages around the country; he won the Barrymore Award and the Dramatists Guild Lanford Wilson Award and was a finalist for the Steinberg/American Theater Critics Association New Play Award. Off the page, he is the long-running host of The Moth StorySlams in Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia. He lives in Baltimore with his extraordinary husband, the Reverend David Norse Thomas, and an out-of-control collection of succulents, candles, and tote bags. Here for It is his first book.
      [embed]https://youtu.be/ENDBhLf_q-Y[/embed] [embed]https://youtu.be/uRIJjPGFnTE[/embed]  

    OUR STORY

    ABOUT EAST CITY BOOKSHOP
    Since our opening on April 30, 2016, East City Bookshop has become a gathering place for book lovers of all ages. It’s a place to talk about books and ideas, to learn something new, or to revisit something you once knew well. By offering author events, book clubs, other community events, we want to connect you with the books and ideas you want and need...and some that maybe you didn’t even know you wanted and needed. We also have a selection of toys, gifts, art supplies, and bookish items that we think would make a special treat for yourself or for someone you like a whole lot.
    Our mission is to provide friendly and warm service, community-oriented events, and support for the literary arts at every reading level.
     

  • The Theresa and Jane Lang Theatre
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  • Great Hall (Kogod Lobby+ Cafritz Promenade)
  • 7:00pm

    Photo Exhibit

    | Series: Atlas Café & Concert Series, Intersections 2020, Youth Summit | Genres: Washington Post Cafe Concert Series, Art, Festival

    Great Hall (Kogod Lobby+ Cafritz Promenade)

    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 throughout the Intersections Festival 2020 in our Kogod Lobby in the Great Hall, from Feb. 19 - March 2, 2020. 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. ABOUT THE PROGRAM: eXposure Media Project DC is a nonprofit program of The Napoleon Complex Project that serves to provide HBCU college students with insight and exposure to the multi-media industry. Students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities who have interest in Television and Film production, Radio, and Media  are selected to participate in opportunity building events throughout the year.   The Napoleon Complex Project is a DC based Husband and Wife team who became storytellers providing help to small business owners and everyday people tell their story and convey their message. Their approach to storytelling is documentary style & behind the scenes coverage. They believe that storytelling is the gateway to a person’s heart.      

  • Lab Theatre I
    Lab Theatre II
    The Paul Sprenger Theatre
  • 8:00pm

    MALINDA

    | Series: Intersections 2020 | Genres: Music, Sound

    The Paul Sprenger Theatre

    Join us for a featured kick-off performance of The Washington Post Launch Party Event
    $45 Ticket (Launch Party +Show) includes light bites & sips in our lobby starting at 7:00 PM. $25 Ticket available for show only. Show is at 8:00 PM.
    MALINDA has put together a night of music with a beautiful full band.  The evening will take her audience on a folk-pop journey as she poses a question she’s been asking herself the most in the past few years: “now what?”  The world seems to be asking that question of all of us.  While answers are never certain, attempting to find them is always worth it.  Highlights from the show will include her debut EP Love Letter, well-loved singles like Don’t Make Me, as well as a few covers.  Most exciting, she will debut every song from her upcoming EP, giving the audience an exclusive preview.  And of course...Google Translate is sure to make a cameo. This performance includes audience participation, talkback and an artist meet & greet.

    ABOUT THE ARTIST

    MALINDA is a NY/DC-based singer, songwriter, and actor with a mission to make community through her art.  She began her career as a professional actor in regional theatre, originating the role of Ella in “Ella Enchanted: The Musical” and starring as Girl in the DC regional premiere of ONCE.  Her original work is a creative exploration of what it is to be a young person in our world today.  Dubbed a “social media luminary” by The Washington Post, her YouTube videos range from little conversations to quirky songs, to fully produced original music videos.  These videos on her YouTube channel, MALINDA, challenge her limits artistically and personally and inspire her audiences toward self-discovery and a deeper awareness of the world around them.  Her debut EP, Love Letter, draws influence from pop, musical theater, and folk.  With the advent of her own music, Malinda is quickly becoming known for her strong sense of vocal storytelling, balancing her pure (to quote her fans) “angelic” tone with a more powerful raw belt.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=134Ya5RE2mM&feature=youtu.be  

  • The Theresa and Jane Lang Theatre
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  • 10 am
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  • 12 pm
  • 1 pm
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  • 5 pm
  • 6 pm
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  • 9 pm
  • Great Hall (Kogod Lobby+ Cafritz Promenade)
  • 8:00pm

    Photo Exhibit

    | Series: Atlas Café & Concert Series, Intersections 2020, Youth Summit | Genres: Washington Post Cafe Concert Series, Art, Festival

    Great Hall (Kogod Lobby+ Cafritz Promenade)

    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 throughout the Intersections Festival 2020 in our Kogod Lobby in the Great Hall, from Feb. 19 - March 2, 2020. 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. ABOUT THE PROGRAM: eXposure Media Project DC is a nonprofit program of The Napoleon Complex Project that serves to provide HBCU college students with insight and exposure to the multi-media industry. Students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities who have interest in Television and Film production, Radio, and Media  are selected to participate in opportunity building events throughout the year.   The Napoleon Complex Project is a DC based Husband and Wife team who became storytellers providing help to small business owners and everyday people tell their story and convey their message. Their approach to storytelling is documentary style & behind the scenes coverage. They believe that storytelling is the gateway to a person’s heart.      

  • Lab Theatre I
  • 10:00am

    Imagination Stage's Mouse on the Move

    | Series: Atlas Presents, Arts for Young Audiences, Intersections 2020, Family Fun Days | Genres: Music, Theater, Family, Story

    Lab Theatre I

    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.
    By Janet Stanford and Kathryn Chase Bryer
    Remount directed by Meg Lowey
    Best for ages 1 – 5
    All patrons age 1 and above must purchase a ticket to the performance.

    ABOUT THE ARTIST

    Imagination Stage was founded as BAPA (Bethesda Academy of Performing Arts) in 1979 in response to the urgent need for arts education for young people. The company was renamed Imagination Stage in 2001 in anticipation of its move to its downtown Bethesda theatre arts center in 2003. Imagination Stage has grown from a handful of children in a single classroom to a full-spectrum theatre arts organization, with theatre productions by professional actors and artists. Unlike most children’s theatre companies, Imagination Stage commissions new works for children every year. These productions have been recognized with awards and productions by other companies around the world.
    Support for this performance provided by:
    The Share Fund
     

  • 8:00pm - 9:15pm

    A Lesbian Belle Tells...

    | 18 and older | Series: Intersections 2020 | Genres: Theater, Story

    Lab Theatre I

    Settle back and hear true stories about growing up in Mississippi, coming out in DC, and experiencing family estrangement, love, and belonging. This award-winning one-woman play encourages hope from the comfort of a rocking chair, with captivating moments of comedy and triumph over tragedy, as only a lesbian belle can tell! Artist Talk-Back after the show.
     

    ABOUT THE ARTIST

    I am a theatrical storyteller, story coach, counselor, and playwright in Takoma Park, MD. I have taken theatre, storytelling, and improv classes since 2000 from the Theatre Lab, Story District, and The Improv, in Washington, DC. I have received private coaching from DC actress Kim Schraf, and from storytellers and standup comics in Asheville, NC, and DC. I have a BA in English from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College and an MA in Community Counseling from George Washington University.

  • Lab Theatre II
  • 8:00pm - 9:00pm

    This is where/I Begin...

    | Series: Intersections 2020 | Genres: Dance, Movement

    Lab Theatre II

    This is where/I Begin… is a solo dance exposing the plight of a DACA recipient/Dreamer and the relationship of living in the U.S.A. The work creates and moves through memory. The dance exposes treasured moments and movements. The dance highlights intersectionality while exposing the complexity of politics, status, body, and home. This performance includes audience participation and a post-show artist talk-back.
     

    ABOUT THE ARTIST

    Gabriel Mata is a Mexican-American dance choreographer, educator, and performer. The StarTribune has called him “Sly, subtle and totally virtuosic, theatrical dancer-choreographer Gabriel Mata holds the stage with expressive movement and witty words.” Gabriel Mata/Movements is his project-based performance company. His most recent work DREAMING was awarded the 2018 MN Fringe Festival Audience Pick and in 2017, he was awarded The Twin Cities Arts Reader Best of Fringe Award for his Out of the Shadows. His dances have been performed in Minnesota, California, New York, North Carolina, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Washington DC, and the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts. His work has been commissioned and performed by sjDANCEco, the Festival of Latin American Contemporary Choreographers, the Luna Dance Institute, Joy of Motion, Dance Place, and the Charlotte Dance Festival. He has performed for companies such as haus of bambi, sjDANCEco, Post:Ballet, PEARSONWIDRIG DANCETHEATER, and Zenon Dance Company. Mata has also performed for artists such as Monica Bill Barnes, Diane Frank, Mark Foehringer, Joel Smith, Keith Johnson, Wynn Fricke, and the work of José Limón. He trained in Limón technique and applies its theory in his teaching with contemporary influences. He has also been awarded the Sadie Rose Artist Residency Award, the Mina Garman Award for Excellence in Choreography, the Carol Ann Haws Award for Excellence in Performance, and 2018’s “Best Arrival for DC Dance” editors pick for Washington City Paper. He is currently a graduate teaching assistant at the University of Maryland - College Park.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HageOeZ11Kw&feature=youtu.be

  • The Paul Sprenger Theatre
    The Theresa and Jane Lang Theatre
  • 9 am
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  • 12 pm
  • 1 pm
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  • Great Hall (Kogod Lobby+ Cafritz Promenade)
  • 10:00am - 12:00pm

    Free Family Fun Days: Creation Station

    | Series: Arts for Young Audiences, Intersections 2020, Family Fun Days | Genres: Family, Art, Workshop

    Great Hall (Kogod Lobby+ Cafritz Promenade)

    Feb. 22: Creation Station 10:00-12:00 PM
    People of all ages can stop by a do a kid friendly craft for our community art installation, led by the art educators at Happy Little Art Studio.
         
    Feb. 29: Creation Station 10:00-12:00 PM
    People of all ages can stop by a do a kid friendly craft for our community art installation, led by the art      educators at Makeshift. 
    Part of our ARTSPACE ACTIVATION program.
     

  • 10:00am

    Free Family Fun Days Concert: Mr. Skip

    | Series: Atlas Café & Concert Series, Intersections 2020, Family Fun Days | Genres: Music, Sound, Family, Washington Post Cafe Concert Series

    Great Hall (Kogod Lobby+ Cafritz Promenade)

    Part of the Washington Post Cafe Concert Series Free Performance starts at 10:00 AM   A fun musical performance for little kids by beloved entertainer, Mr. Skip.   Join us in the Great Hall for all of your favorite sing-along songs for kids and their grown-up friends.  

  • 11:30am

    Free Family Fun Days Event: Instrument Petting Zoo

    | Series: Arts for Young Audiences, Capital City Symphony, Intersections 2020, Family Fun Days | Genres: Music, Symphony, Family, Washington Post Cafe Concert Series, Classical

    Great Hall (Kogod Lobby+ Cafritz Promenade)

    Capital City Symphony: Instrument Petting Zoo
    Join members of Capital City Symphony for an Instrument Petting Zoo! This "petting zoo" allows young children to see instruments up close, meet musicians, hear the instruments played, and even give the instruments a try. It's a great way to introduce young children to the joy of music-making! 
    Recommended for ages 3+

  • 12:00pm

    Photo Exhibit

    | Series: Atlas Café & Concert Series, Intersections 2020, Youth Summit | Genres: Washington Post Cafe Concert Series, Art, Festival

    Great Hall (Kogod Lobby+ Cafritz Promenade)

    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 throughout the Intersections Festival 2020 in our Kogod Lobby in the Great Hall, from Feb. 19 - March 2, 2020. 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. ABOUT THE PROGRAM: eXposure Media Project DC is a nonprofit program of The Napoleon Complex Project that serves to provide HBCU college students with insight and exposure to the multi-media industry. Students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities who have interest in Television and Film production, Radio, and Media  are selected to participate in opportunity building events throughout the year.   The Napoleon Complex Project is a DC based Husband and Wife team who became storytellers providing help to small business owners and everyday people tell their story and convey their message. Their approach to storytelling is documentary style & behind the scenes coverage. They believe that storytelling is the gateway to a person’s heart.      

  • 1:00pm

    Free Cafe Concert

    | Series: Atlas Café & Concert Series, Intersections 2020 | Genres: Music, Sound, Washington Post Cafe Concert Series, Cafe Concert

    Great Hall (Kogod Lobby+ Cafritz Promenade)

    Christopher Prince is a multi-talented native Washingtonian.  In addition to being a published poet, Chris is an accomplished writer, actor, and vocalist who has sung at numerous jazz venues, festivals, and concert halls including the legendary Blues Alley, DC Space, and The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.  As a member of the vocal quartet “The Four of Us,” he toured the South of France and served as a cultural ambassador representing Washington DC at the San Remo Jazz Festival in San Remo, Italy. He also performed with instrumentalist and composer Wayson R. Jones as a member of “Nightskin”, a groundbreaking duo that created original, lyrically rich, neo-soul before the genre took hold in the mainstream.     Chris is presently accompanied by Fred Green on piano, Rudy Spruill on bass, and Roderick Johnson on drums – exploring music stemming from the Great American Songbook as well as contemporary jazz and original material. With his assortment of artistic achievements, combined with a concern for social justice which is evident in his work, Chris can rightfully being described as an artist activist who, in his words “tries to explore the misconceptions that attempt to leave us vulnerable to manipulation through humor, social commentary, poetry, and narratives."  Chris's theatrical performances are best described as a non-linear mixture of music, poetry, and character driven monologues. There are many layers to this artist and it is a distinct treat to watch them unfold.

  • 7:00pm

    Free Cafe Concert

    | Series: Atlas Café & Concert Series, Intersections 2020 | Genres: Music, Sound, Washington Post Cafe Concert Series, Cafe Concert

    Great Hall (Kogod Lobby+ Cafritz Promenade)

    Hailing from Southern Maryland, guitarist Matthew Mills began playing guitar at the age of fifteen after being blown away by Yngwie Malmsteen’s “Trilogy” album.  Taking guitar very seriously, Matthew began practicing as much as 6 to 8 hours a day while listening to Malmsteen, Vinnie Moore, Jason Becker, Tony MacAlpine, Joe Stump Al Di Meola and George Bellas. In 2008, Matthew was voted as one the 50 fastest guitarist of all time by the july 2008 Guitar World Magazine. Matthew also has been endorsed by Schecter Guitar Research and conducted guitar seminars for the company regionally showing guitarist innovative ways of performing advanced arpeggio sequences. Matthew has released seven solo albums including Matthew Mills “Neoclassical Rock Guitar”, Matthew Mills “Neoclassical Rock Guitar Part 2”, Matthew Mills “Neoclassical Spirit", and Matthew Mills “The Neoclassical Journey”.  

  • Lab Theatre I
  • 9:30am

    Imagination Stage's Mouse on the Move

    | Series: Atlas Presents, Arts for Young Audiences, Intersections 2020, Family Fun Days | Genres: Music, Theater, Family, Story

    Lab Theatre I

    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.
    By Janet Stanford and Kathryn Chase Bryer
    Remount directed by Meg Lowey
    Best for ages 1 – 5
    All patrons age 1 and above must purchase a ticket to the performance.

    ABOUT THE ARTIST

    Imagination Stage was founded as BAPA (Bethesda Academy of Performing Arts) in 1979 in response to the urgent need for arts education for young people. The company was renamed Imagination Stage in 2001 in anticipation of its move to its downtown Bethesda theatre arts center in 2003. Imagination Stage has grown from a handful of children in a single classroom to a full-spectrum theatre arts organization, with theatre productions by professional actors and artists. Unlike most children’s theatre companies, Imagination Stage commissions new works for children every year. These productions have been recognized with awards and productions by other companies around the world.
    Support for this performance provided by:
    The Share Fund
     

  • 11:00am

    Imagination Stage's Mouse on the Move

    | Series: Atlas Presents, Arts for Young Audiences, Intersections 2020, Family Fun Days | Genres: Music, Theater, Family, Story

    Lab Theatre I

    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.
    By Janet Stanford and Kathryn Chase Bryer
    Remount directed by Meg Lowey
    Best for ages 1 – 5
    All patrons age 1 and above must purchase a ticket to the performance.

    ABOUT THE ARTIST

    Imagination Stage was founded as BAPA (Bethesda Academy of Performing Arts) in 1979 in response to the urgent need for arts education for young people. The company was renamed Imagination Stage in 2001 in anticipation of its move to its downtown Bethesda theatre arts center in 2003. Imagination Stage has grown from a handful of children in a single classroom to a full-spectrum theatre arts organization, with theatre productions by professional actors and artists. Unlike most children’s theatre companies, Imagination Stage commissions new works for children every year. These productions have been recognized with awards and productions by other companies around the world.
    Support for this performance provided by:
    The Share Fund
     

  • 2:15pm - 3:15pm

    BackBurner Dreams

    | Series: Intersections 2020 | Genres: Film, Story

    Lab Theatre I

    Three women, three dreams, whose will come true? Join us for a film screening and Artist Talk-Back after the show.

    ABOUT THE FILM

    I challenged three women of color to remember and try to revive the dreams they put on the "back burner" to raise children, support the dreams and passions of their partners, bosses, everyone but their dreams and long held passions. I filmed them for 9 months, the length of a pregnancy, through their challenges and triumphs.
     

    ABOUT THE ARTIST

    Brenda Hayes is a film producer/director. radio host/producer. At 64, Brenda can finally say she is living her BackBurner Dreams. BackBurner Dreams is my first feature length film project. Hayes is host/producer of radio series This Light:Sounds For Social Change since 2010 and rotating host of Sophie's Parlor on WPFW the local Pacifica Station. "I desire to produce films that stir the heart, mind, and soul, and foment progressive social change. I dedicated the film to my mother, Gloria Hayes whose dreams I never knew and to my daughter Taylor, who continues to inspire me to follow and reach my dreams. "
      https://vimeo.com/127895811

  • 4:30pm

    Sculpting Clay or How I Became Mother of Unicorns

    | Series: Intersections 2020 | Genres: Theater, Story

    Lab Theatre I

    A coming of age tale of one woman’s attempts to navigate the fantastical journey of her dreams while repeatedly being drawn into the complicated, often dark realities that her students face: self-actualization, oppressive systems in schools, incarceration, and even death. This play addresses a silently increasing problem in our schools--secondary trauma in educators. Post show artist talk-back.

    ABOUT THE ARTIST

    Ayesis Clay is an actress, director, and teaching artist. She has written and produced Standing on the Edge, which has toured locations across the US and recently premiered her one-woman show, Sculpting Clay or How I Became Mother of Unicorns, at the Playwright’s of Color Summit in Geneva, NY (QuickSilver Theatre Company). She is a proud inaugural member of the Assistant Director Fellowship for People of Color (Adventure Theatre). Ayesis has directed over 30 productions as the Theatre Department Chairperson for the Center for the Visual and Performing Arts at Suitland High School and Co-Director of the Prince George' s County Honors Theatre Ensemble (2004-2018).

  • 7:00pm - 8:30pm

    The Blood is at the Doorstep

    | Series: Atlas Presents, Intersections 2020 | Genres: Film, Story, On Screen / In Person

    Lab Theatre I

    After Dontre Hamilton, a black, unarmed man diagnosed with schizophrenia, was shot 14 times and killed by police in Milwaukee, his family embarks on a quest for answers, justice, and reform as the investigation unfolds. Filmed over the course of three years in the direct aftermath of Dontre's death, this intimate verite documentary follows his family as they channel their grief into community organizing in an attempt to reset the narrative. Offering a painfully realistic glimpse inside a movement born out of tragedy in what the Hollywood Reporter calls "An urgent report from the front lines of an American crisis."
    Post show event details: Post show panel discussion with the director  Erik Ljung

    ABOUT THE ARTIST

    Erik Ljung is a freelance Producer and Director of Photography currently based in the midwest. He has produced content and short documentaries for the New York Times, VICE News, Al Jazeera, PBS, and the Wall Street Journal. In 2016 he won a midwest EMMY for his work on public television's Wisconsin Foodie. His cinematography can be seen on CNN’s The 414’s, which premiered at Sundance, and Almost Sunrise slated to air on POV in 2017. He is a former Nohl Fellow, and a two-time Brico Forward Fund recipient for his documentary work.
       
    On Screen/In Person is a program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation made possible through the generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts.
             
    Support for this performance provided by:
    The Share Fund

  • Lab Theatre II
  • 9:15am - 10:15am

    Friendlier Fables & Thoughtful Tales

    | Series: Arts for Young Audiences, Intersections 2020, Family Fun Days | Genres: Theater, Family, Story

    Lab Theatre II

    Join us for familiar stories with kinder twists. Audiences learn about respect and friendship in a funny, touching, engaging show for all ages! Here are some of your favorite kid stories, told with kinder twists. Cheer on friends like our not-so-ugly duckling and a boy who cries wolf for reasons you might not expect, as they learn to respect themselves and others in a funny, touching, engaging show for all ages! 
    Ages: 0-8

    ABOUT THE ARTIST

    Building Better People Productions, based out of Annapolis, MD, has been presenting positive theater shows and classes for young audiences since early 2016. Everything that we do is based in themes of understanding and all of those things that build better people. Our shows, featuring professional actors, have toured around the DC/MD/VA area to schools, libraries, camps, and other venues, and our classes have served after-school students, home-school students, and camp-goers. Our show about empathy, "We Got It!", is about to start its 4th year of local touring, and "Zombie Thoughts", about anxiety, is currently touring Charles County, MD libraries.

  • 1:00pm - 2:00pm

    Small Creatures

    | 13-17; 18 and older | Series: Intersections 2020 | Genres: Dance, Movement

    Lab Theatre II

    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 bear the burden of responsibility.
     

    ABOUT THE ARTIST

    Mariah Lopez and Jess Hoversen are local DMV based artists and recent graduates of the ICONS Choreographic Institute. After collaborating at the Institute, we decided our pieces were complementary and not yet finished. We are eager to contribute to the DC arts community and are hoping to do so at this iconic festival by featuring local dancers in expanded and refined versions of our ICONS thesis works.
      https://youtu.be/IvKwE7rK8Ck

  • 5:00pm - 6:00pm

    EyeSOAR

    | Series: Intersections 2020 | Genres: Dance, Movement

    Lab Theatre II

    The connotation of “eyesore” (an unpleasant sight in a public place) spins into EyeSOAR. This performance includes audio, video visuals and movement, which highlight people and organizations in an industrial neighborhood. Space is getting tighter and longtime occupants nestle within the changes. Bus routes intersect while bike paths and footbridge traffic is drawn to the auto repair shops, the Dog Park, AFAC, New District, and other businesses. With post-show artist talk-back. 
     

    ABOUT THE ARTIST

    A vibrant part of the Washington DC/Northern Virginia cultural community, Jane Franklin Dance has been presented at multiple venues and festivals and internationally in Mexico. A recipient of the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region Creative Communities Award, Jane has developed innovative and collaborative projects combining dancers with the round wall skateboarding community, with a life-size kinetic sculpture, with the architecture of a specific site, with dogs & owners, and with interactive live video and sound for numerous public art projects. Jane Franklin is a recipient of the American Association of University Women Elizabeth Campbell Award for the Advancement of the Arts in Arlington, and her video work Four Mile Run Footbridge was selected for PHOTO/VIDEO 13: Juried Mid-Atlantic Exhibition. Jane Franklin Dance has been recognized by Virginia’s Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts. The company tours for the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Paul Mellon Arts in Education Program and the Virginia Commission’s Tour Directory.
      https://youtu.be/iOxUZVVkPa4

  • 8:30pm - 9:30pm

    SOLD OUT! Love in the Time of Climate Change

    | 13-17; 18 and older; All ages | Series: Intersections 2020 | Genres: Theater, Story

    Lab Theatre II

    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.
     

    ABOUT THE ARTIST

    "Love in the Time of Climate Change" is a play written by Rozina Kanchwala, a young professional working in the solar energy field balancing the woes of dating in a cosmopolitan city, while working on climate change issues, both with a seemingly hopeless outcome. This play started out as a creative outlet for Kanchwala to express her frustrations with dating, politics, and climate change. With the support of her family, friends, and colleagues. "Love in the Time of Climate Change" was accepted into the Washington, DC Fringe Festival and made its debut in July 2019. After a successful run at the Fringe Festival, with 4 sold-out shows, Kanchwala seeks to find other venues and audiences to continue to share the message of love, hope, and climate action. The semi-autobiographical piece was a way for Kanchwala to intersect her frustrations with a call to action while educating the audience and making climate issues accessible to the audience.

  • The Paul Sprenger Theatre
  • 2:15pm - 3:15pm

    The Golden Road to Samarkand

    | Series: Intersections 2020 | Genres: Dance, Movement

    The Paul Sprenger Theatre

    The Golden Road to Samarkand brings the fabled Central Asian city to life with exciting dance traditions and sumptuous costumes. Named for the eponymous poem by James Elroy Fletcher, this current production updates the 2006 premiere with new choreographies and elements performed by Silk Road Dance Company® and guest artists. Stay for the post-show artist talk-back. 

    ABOUT THE ARTIST

    Founded in 1995 by Artistic Director Dr. Laurel Victoria Gray, the award-winning Silk Road Dance Company (SRDC) presents traditional and contemporary women's dances from Central Asia, the Middle East, South Asia, China, and the Caucasus. Their pioneering performances offer a unique glimpse of the life and art of little- known cultures, especially the Islamic world. Silk Road Dance Company has performed internationally in Uzbekistan, Qatar, Singapore, Canada, and the UK. Nationally they have performed in 18 states and at some of the most prestigious venues in the Washington DC area, including the White House, the Kennedy Center and the Library of Congress. Silk Road Dance Company has performed for Empress Farah Pahlavi and HM Queen Rania of Jordan; SRDC has also been featured at events for fourteen different embassies. They are often engaged by cultural organizations in the Iranian, Afghan, Turkish, Arab and Central Asian communities. With an impressive repertoire of more than 200 dances, Silk Road Dance Company offers programs with a depth reflecting decades of field research and study by Dr. Gray who has received many awards for her lifetime of creative work. Company dancers have also studied and traveled extensively throughout the East.
    Silk Road Dance Company enchants audiences with beautiful and inspiring productions. Dressed in breath-taking costumes, the ensemble performs Afghani, Albanian, Algerian, Arabic, Azerbaijani, Baluchi, Bollywood, Classical Persian, Crimean Tatar, Egyptian, Georgian, Indian, Iranian, Iraqi, Kazakh, Kurdish, Kyrgyz, Montenegrin, Moroccan, Qashqai, Russian Romani (“Gypsy”), Tajik, Turkmen, Uzbek, and Uyghur dances.
      [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jvfTaqHUqiM[/embed]

  • 8:15pm - 9:30pm

    Diaspora

    | Series: Intersections 2020 | Genres: Dance, Movement

    The Paul Sprenger Theatre

    Celebrating West African, Caribbean, South American, and America music with contemporary ballet and modern dance, Diaspora explores the connectivity of human feeling, its celebration and subtleties, while transcending from various music genres of soca, blues, samba, soul, and Afro-beat. Diaspora blends contemporary ballet against the tapestry of urban and indigenous "feel", marrying the East and West concepts of dance and music. Artist Talk-Back after the show.
     

    ABOUT THE ARTIST

    Named “One of the 11 small-but-mighty dance companies outside of LA and NYC” by Dance Spirit Magazine, Dissonance Dance Theatre is a Washington, DC-based professional dance company founded in 2007 by Shawn Short. Since its inception, Dissonance Dance Theatre has performed for local and national audiences on the east coast and in the mid-west states.
    Evoking emotional experiences in the audiences we touch, Dissonance’s cutting-edge repertoire features works that are socially and visually appealing to audiences while remaining true to its mission; challenging the audience’s assumptions about the human experience through dance. DDT is the Resident Ballet of Ngoma Center for Dance.
      [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NM0Ush1iyQo[/embed]

  • The Theresa and Jane Lang Theatre
  • 2:00pm - 3:00pm

    The Fate of Choice

    | Series: Intersections 2020 | Genres: Dance, Movement

    The Theresa and Jane Lang Theatre

    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.
     

    ABOUT THE ARTIST

    Motion X Dance DC (Motion X) is a contemporary dance company based in the Washington DC area. Stephanie Dorrycott founded the company in 2013 with the goal of creating a contemporary modern repertory company that supports the individuality and artistic development of dancers. Motion X is passionate about creating relatable dance pieces that reflect on the human experience while seeking to attract new audiences for dance. Our mission is to share innovative and thought-provoking dance works to all kinds of people, artistic and not, presented from a diverse range of choreographers working in a collaborative environment. Motion X is also committed to dance education and outreach, holding multiple events per year that invite the community to take part in the company’s creative process. The Motion X Summer Workshop is the company’s fastest-growing program, bringing together dancers from across the east coast for an intense and immersive weekend of training. Motion X has produced successful productions as part of Capital Fringe Festival and Atlas Intersections Festival, receiving accolades from critics and reviewers of DC Theatre Scene, DC Metro Theater Arts, Washington City Paper, and The Dance Journalism Project. In addition, the company has also appeared as part of TEDx Herndon and has performed at The John F. Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage. They have been presented at Charlotte Dance Festival, the Richmond Choreographer’s Showcase, and most recently at the 36th Annual Choreographer’s Showcase at the University of Maryland. Motion X Dance DC is a resident company of Joy of Motion Dance Center.
      https://vimeo.com/368338911

  • 8:30pm - 9:30pm

    Unveil

    | Series: Intersections 2020 | Genres: Dance, Movement

    The Theresa and Jane Lang Theatre

    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. Includes audience participation.

    ABOUT THE ARTIST

    Gin Dance Company (GDC) is a Metropolitan DC/Northern VA based performing arts modern dance company that was founded in 2011 to provide a professional environment for artists to learn, grow, and express themselves and to bring refreshing and vitalizing works of Artistic Director Shu-Chen Cuff to the community. Each of GDC’s works uniquely reflects Shu-Chen’s rich Asian Dance heritage and Eastern philosophy blended with Western fluidity of movement and culture. GDC’s works have been recognized and named finalists at the Dance Metro DC Awards in the categories of Outstanding Choreography and Outstanding Individual Performer. GDC has also been selected and invited to several prestigious events and performances reaching out to thousands of people including at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, The 30thAnnual DC Mayor’s Arts Awards at the Lincoln Theatre, The Embassy of The People’s Republic of China in the U.S., the DUMBO Dance Festival and SoloDuo Dance Festival in NYC, the Yes! Dance Invitational in Richmond, the Atlas INTERSECTIONS Festival and VelocityDC Dance Festival in DC, Taiwan Night Concert in MD, and the Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival and Reston Multicultural Festival in VA.
    Artistic Director, Shu-Chen Cuff was born in Kaohsiung, Taiwan where she established a well-rounded background in dance with training in Ballet, Modern, Chinese Opera movements, and various Chinese folk dances. She immigrated to the United States to continue her training and pursue her dance journey. Shu-Chen received a B.F.A. from the University of Florida’s New World School of the Arts where she graduated with honors on the Dean’s list. Shu-Chen performed numerous classical and contemporary works while dancing with the Miami Ballet and Nevada Ballet Theater. After relocating to the Washington, DC area in 2002, Shu-Chen worked with Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company and has left her footprints around the world, touring to Asia, Central America, and Europe. Shu-Chen has also performed at the International Dance Festival in Japan, Malaysia, and Taiwan.
    With her strong desire of creating refreshing and vitalizing works for the community, Shu-Chen established Gin Dance Company in 2011. Shu-Chen’s works have been featured on FOX5 DC News as well as numerous publications including the Washington Post, Washingtonian Magazine, Capital Hill Rag Magazine, Washington Flyer Magazine, Northern Virginia Magazine, Virginia Living, Viva Tysons Magazine, Reston Connection, Fairfax Times, MetroDC Theater Arts, and Shu-Chen was a featured model for Summer Chic Fashions at Lincoln Theatre with Washington Life Magazine. In 2015, Shu-Chen was commissioned to create a work in response to well-renowned sculptor Patrick Dougherty’s sculpture ‘Bird in the Hand’. Same year Shu-Chen was also commissioned to present ‘Chasing Horizons’ in Reston CenterStage’s Professional Touring Artists Series and collaborated with visual artists, Teri Ann Labuwi and CinCin Fang. In 2016, Shu-Chen was commissioned to create a work in response to artist Mary Ann Mears’ sculpture ‘Reston Rondo’. In 2017, Shu-Chen collaborated with two-time Grammy nominee, David Taylor. Shu-Chen had an exclusive radio interview with Denise Turney. Shu-Chen also has been a Finalist in the category of Outstanding Choreographer and Outstanding Individual Performer at the Dance MetroDC Awards and is a recipient of the Strauss Artist Grant by the Arts Council of Fairfax County.
    Shu-Chen has a great passion to pass on her knowledge, experience, and her love of dance to young aspiring dancers. In this regard, she has taught Masterclasses and choreographed many works at Metropolitan School of the Arts, Ashburn Academy of Dance, Russell School of Ballet, Skye Ballet Center, Classical Ballet Theater and has been a guest instructor at numerous dance schools throughout Taiwan. She is currently on the faculty of The Washington Ballet School, BalletNova Center for Dance, Metropolitan School of the Arts, and has served on the Board of Director for Dance MetroDC.
    [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=evTt1eN0W-E[/embed]

  • 9 am
  • 10 am
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  • Great Hall (Kogod Lobby+ Cafritz Promenade)
  • 1:00pm

    Photo Exhibit

    | Series: Atlas Café & Concert Series, Intersections 2020, Youth Summit | Genres: Washington Post Cafe Concert Series, Art, Festival

    Great Hall (Kogod Lobby+ Cafritz Promenade)

    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 throughout the Intersections Festival 2020 in our Kogod Lobby in the Great Hall, from Feb. 19 - March 2, 2020. 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. ABOUT THE PROGRAM: eXposure Media Project DC is a nonprofit program of The Napoleon Complex Project that serves to provide HBCU college students with insight and exposure to the multi-media industry. Students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities who have interest in Television and Film production, Radio, and Media  are selected to participate in opportunity building events throughout the year.   The Napoleon Complex Project is a DC based Husband and Wife team who became storytellers providing help to small business owners and everyday people tell their story and convey their message. Their approach to storytelling is documentary style & behind the scenes coverage. They believe that storytelling is the gateway to a person’s heart.      

  • 3:00pm - 4:15pm

    Free Cafe Concert

    | Series: Atlas Café & Concert Series, Intersections 2020 | Genres: Music, Sound, Washington Post Cafe Concert Series, Cafe Concert

    Great Hall (Kogod Lobby+ Cafritz Promenade)

    Not What You Think is an a cappella ensemble performing pop, light jazz, and folk, and was originally affiliated with the Lesbian & Gay Chorus of DC. The members share a core belief that, as gay men and lesbians singing together, they have an opportunity and responsibility to effect change and to open hearts and minds. Not What You Think works for equality and social justice through song and humor, and hopes for the day our music can reflect a world at peace.

  • 6:15pm

    Free Cafe Concert

    | Series: Atlas Café & Concert Series, Intersections 2020 | Genres: Music, Sound, Washington Post Cafe Concert Series, Cafe Concert

    Great Hall (Kogod Lobby+ Cafritz Promenade)

    Part of the Free Washington Post Cafe Concert Series
     
    Inspired by Gina Sobel's 2018 residency at Strathmore Music Center, she and her group have crafted a sound that grows naturally from the way its members approach contemporary improvisatory music. The core of Gold Sounds revolves around Sobel and the talents of drummer Joey Antico, who brings a melodic flare into what is often approached as a purely rhythmic instrument. The ensemble is filled out by Sobel’s and Antico’s close collaborators from the Virginia and DC music scene: Ian Dansey (guitar/pedal steel), Garen Dorsey (keys), and Matt Wood (bass). Gold Sounds is breaking boundaries by combining equal parts jazz, funk and American folk music, but does so in a natural and easy way that reveals that each of these genres have been connected from the start.

  • Lab Theatre I
  • 10:00am

    Imagination Stage's Mouse on the Move

    | Series: Atlas Presents, Arts for Young Audiences, Intersections 2020, Family Fun Days | Genres: Music, Theater, Family, Story

    Lab Theatre I

    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.
    By Janet Stanford and Kathryn Chase Bryer
    Remount directed by Meg Lowey
    Best for ages 1 – 5
    All patrons age 1 and above must purchase a ticket to the performance.

    ABOUT THE ARTIST

    Imagination Stage was founded as BAPA (Bethesda Academy of Performing Arts) in 1979 in response to the urgent need for arts education for young people. The company was renamed Imagination Stage in 2001 in anticipation of its move to its downtown Bethesda theatre arts center in 2003. Imagination Stage has grown from a handful of children in a single classroom to a full-spectrum theatre arts organization, with theatre productions by professional actors and artists. Unlike most children’s theatre companies, Imagination Stage commissions new works for children every year. These productions have been recognized with awards and productions by other companies around the world.
    Support for this performance provided by:
    The Share Fund
     

  • 11:30am

    Imagination Stage's Mouse on the Move

    | Series: Atlas Presents, Arts for Young Audiences, Intersections 2020, Family Fun Days | Genres: Music, Theater, Family, Story

    Lab Theatre I

    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.
    By Janet Stanford and Kathryn Chase Bryer
    Remount directed by Meg Lowey
    Best for ages 1 – 5
    All patrons age 1 and above must purchase a ticket to the performance.

    ABOUT THE ARTIST

    Imagination Stage was founded as BAPA (Bethesda Academy of Performing Arts) in 1979 in response to the urgent need for arts education for young people. The company was renamed Imagination Stage in 2001 in anticipation of its move to its downtown Bethesda theatre arts center in 2003. Imagination Stage has grown from a handful of children in a single classroom to a full-spectrum theatre arts organization, with theatre productions by professional actors and artists. Unlike most children’s theatre companies, Imagination Stage commissions new works for children every year. These productions have been recognized with awards and productions by other companies around the world.
    Support for this performance provided by:
    The Share Fund
     

  • 4:00pm - 5:00pm

    White-ish

    | 13-17; 18 and older | Series: Intersections 2020 | Genres: Theater, Story

    Lab Theatre I

    Dotty is black. Dotty discovers she wants to be white. WHITE-ISH takes us on a black girl's comical journey of identity and acceptance through a panhandling street kid, a black revolutionary, and sorority girls. Artist Talk-Back after the show.

    ABOUT THE ARTIST

    Deidre Staples is a DC playwright and actor who began writing WHITE-ISH in a creative writing class at Howard University. The personal narrative essay grew into a 10-minute play that was performed in collaboration with Howard University and Nilaja Sun's Pike St. at Woolly Mammoth Theatre in the Spring of 2017. Since then, the show has been in development for the past two years.

  • 5:30pm

    Kid Friendly Free Workshop

    | Series: Intersections 2020, Family Fun Days | Genres: Film, Art, Silent Film, Festival, Workshop

    Lab Theatre I

    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!
    ABOUT THE ARTIST 
    MJ Neuberger is an artist and educator whose practice spans time- and image-based works, including animation, interactive and light-based installation and sculpture. She is artist in residence at the Creative Alliance in Baltimore and has presented work at Art Resources Transfer, Gathering of the Tribes and the Nuyorican Poets Café in New York and at exhibitions in Maryland, North Carolina and Indiana. She teaches art at George Mason University.

  • Lab Theatre II
  • 4:00pm - 6:00pm

    Silent Film: The Lost World

    | Series: Atlas Presents, Intersections 2020, Family Fun Days | Genres: Film, Family, Story, Silent Film

    Lab Theatre II

    (1925) Join us for a silent film fantasy adventure about dinosaurs, based on the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle novel of the same title. The explorer hero, Professor Challenger, finds real-life dinosaurs in a remote region in South America. He relocates a dinosaur to London, and pandemonium ensues. The film features the stop motion animation work of  Willis O’Brien, creator of the special effects used in the later film, King Kong.
    Live accompaniment by Andrew Earle Simpson Resident Film Accompanist of the National Gallery of Art.
     
    Join us for a Free Stop Motion Animation Workshop with artist educator MJ Neuberger immediately post screening! Make your own stop motion animation sequence. Fun for the whole family!

    Artist biography:

    Andrew Earle Simpson is an acclaimed composer, pianist, organist, and conductor who seeks organic connections between music and other disciplines. A composer of opera, silent film, orchestral, chamber, choral, dance, and vocal music, his musical works make multi-faceted, intimate connections with literature, visual art, and film, reflecting his own interest in linking music with the wider world, an approach which he calls “humanistic music.” As one of America’s foremost silent film musicians, Simpson specializes in silent film accompaniment and has performed and conducted his solo, chamber, and orchestral film scores across the United States, Europe, and South America. He is Resident Film Accompanist at the National Gallery of Art and regularly featured accompanist at the Library of Congress’ Mt. Pony Theater in Culpeper, VA. Simpson’s chamber, choral, and silent film music has been recorded on Naxos, Albany, Fleur de Son Classics, Capstone, Athena, and other labels. His silent film scores have been broadcast on the Turner Classic Movies Channel, and many of his silent film piano and chamber scores are available on DVD through Kino-Lorber, Flicker Alley, Olive Films, and All Day Entertainment. Andrew Simpson is Ordinary (Full) Professor of Music at the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music of The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. For more information, works lists, and recordings, visit www.andrewesimpson.com
     
    Support for this performance provided by:
    The Share Fund

  • 7:00pm - 8:00pm

    The Electronically Augmented Piano

    | Series: Intersections 2020 | Genres: Jazz, Music, Sound

    Lab Theatre II

    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.

    ABOUT THE ARTIST

    Pianist and composer, James Fernando, has been hailed by Jazz Sensibilities as “limitless in his ability to articulate his ideas,” 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.” Beginning his musical journey with classical piano lessons at the age of five, James fell in love with jazz when he learned about the genre as a teenager. Discovering a natural ability along with a strong desire to master his craft, James soon gained national recognition for his music. Among his many accolades include awards from Downbeat Magazine, the National Young Arts Foundation, and first prize at the 9th West Virginia International Piano Competition. He was also selected for the prestigious Jazz Band of America and the Berklee Summer Jazz Workshop. James went on to attend the Berklee College of Music on scholarship, where he graduated summa cum laude after only three years of study. James has toured and performed at venues across the United States of America and Canada, working with notable artists and ensembles Chris Cheek, The Mark Zaleski Band, The Either/Orchestra, and many others. In 2017, he attended the historic Banff International Workshop in Jazz & Creative Music. It was at this workshop that he met Toronto-based vocalist and composer Mingjia Chen, with whom he recorded and released his debut album Extended Layover. James released his first album as a solo artist, The Lonely Sailor, in 2019 to widespread critical acclaim.
      [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iQY15ecc7F4&feature=youtu.be[/embed]

  • The Paul Sprenger Theatre
  • 2:00pm - 3:00pm

    Never Thought I Was Black Till I Came to America

    | 13-17; 18 and older | Series: Intersections 2020 | Genres: Theater, Story

    The Paul Sprenger Theatre

    Hilarious and witty, this play addresses current issues related to Africans and African Americans, stereotypes of the continent are beautifully deconstructed. Never Thought I Was Black Till I Came to America is an immigrant story narrated through comedy, storytelling, poetry, prose, music and collected anecdotes of artist Anna Mwalagho. It's witty, comical, and provocative. Stay after the show for the artist talk-back.
     

    ABOUT THE ARTIST

    Born and raised in Kenya, East Africa, Anna Mwalagho began performing at the tender age of 8. She is a truly remarkable renaissance woman, an internationally recognized poet/spoken word artist, singer/songwriter, actress, storyteller, comedian, and dancer. She has performed in the USA for over 18 years and is Internationally recognized as “Mama Africa.” She has captivated many with her blend of spoken word, comedy, songs, acting, African dance, and storytelling into an electrifying one-woman show. Her performances inspire, entertain, evoke thought as well as educate all ages and races. Her music, poetry, and comedy have a unique message from the soul of the motherland, telling the immigrant stories with heart and humor, stories of life’s rough but fulfilling journeys. Anna and her band, “Afrofloetry Band” opened up for two legendary musicians from Africa; Hugh Masekela and Oliver Mtukudzi famously known as “Tuku Music” of whom she even collaborated with him doing her poem “Flavored world.” In 2006, she launched her first CD, “UKWELI” (The Truth), 2011 she released her second album “HAKI” (Justice) and “SHUKRANI” (Grateful) a children’s album of music was released December 2016, which made it to the first rounds of Grammy award nominations. In July 2018, she debuted her one-woman play “Never Thought I Was Black Till I Came To America,” which was highly received with sold-out house shows at the Black Box Theatre in Silver Spring, MD, and at the 2019 DC Black Theatre and Arts Festival.
    To view excerpts of Anna’s work, visit www.annamwalagho.com
      [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3rOAppXbpUU[/embed]

  • 7:00pm

    A Black Storybook: Unique to Us, True to All

    | Series: Intersections 2020 | Genres: Dance, Movement

    The Paul Sprenger Theatre

    Enter our village as we share short stories that are a part of the full scope of the black experience. The narrative of being black has been seen through a small lens for many years. Yet, our stories are as vast as the shades we come in. Enter our village as we share short stories that are apart of the full scope of the black experience. Stay for the post-show discussion.
     

    ABOUT THE ARTIST

    From the Washington, D.C Metropolitan Area, Rachael Sutherland began her dance training at Divine Dance Institute in Capitol Heights, MD under the direction of Founder and Director Dr. Amanda F. Standard. Rachael graduated from Duke Ellington School of the Arts with an academic and dance diploma in 2013 under the direction and tutelage of Charles Augins, Katherine Smith, Sandra Fortune-Green, Nikki Sutton Mackey, and Melvin Deal. In 2017, she attended and received her Bachelors of Arts in Dance/Business with a minor in Marketing from Anderson University in Anderson, IN. Over the years, she attended prestigious intensives including Earl Mosley's Institute of the Arts, Earl Mosley’s Diversity of Dance Winter Intensive, Deeply Rooted Dance Theatre, Pneuma Dance Project, MetDance Professional Intensive, and many others being able to work with choreographers like Earl Mosley, Darrell Grand Moultrie, Rennie Harris, Greg Sinacori, Kevin Wynn, Daniel Moore, Nathan Trice, Kevin “Iega” Jeff, Nicole Clarke Springer, Joe Celej, Troy Powell, Deborah Wingert, Camille A. Brown, and many others. Rachael is currently the Administrator at the Kirov Academy of Washington, D.C. & is in the process of launching a business that will bridge the gap between the worlds of artistry and business.
     

  • The Theresa and Jane Lang Theatre
  • 2:30pm - 3:45pm

    Journeys: A SAPAN Institute Production

    | Series: Intersections 2020 | Genres: Dance, Movement, Sound, Story

    The Theresa and Jane Lang Theatre

    JOURNEYS (2019) explores South Asian-American experiences through music, dance, theater, and diverse artistic styles. This show is an anthology of intricately crafted vignettes that was developed collectively by SAPAN resident artists reflecting on their personal experiences as South Asians in the United States. With a post-show artist talk-back.

    ABOUT THE ARTIST

    The South Asian Performing Arts Network and Institute (SAPAN) is a DC-based non-profit organization designed to celebrate all genres of South Asian performing arts, including dance, music, and theater. Over the last ten years, SAPAN has become a staple in the DC arts community, having performed at a number of esteemed events, including the Smithsonian Museum's Beyond Bollywood exhibit, the Around the World Embassy Open House, and the National Cherry Blossom Festival.
     
    The performing artists of SAPAN show a deep dedication to forwarding the goals of the organization and have made it their mission to further the scope of South Asian arts in DC. Each member exhibits an exemplary level of creative talent by working alongside other artists to create productions with original storylines, dialogues, and musical exhibitions, thus engaging the community in thoughtful discussions on the issues affecting us all. SAPAN provides a unique experience for artists looking to create impactful work and grow through shared experiences.
      [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ibhx3aqc6qY[/embed]

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    Spot on Jazz

    | Series: Intersections 2020 | Genres: Dance, Movement

    The Theresa and Jane Lang Theatre

    Come experience the power and passion of a true American art form - JAZZ DANCE, from blues to Broadway, Contemporary to tap, fresh, rhythmic, and electric. Artist Talk-Back after the show.

    ABOUT THE ARTIST

    Dancin' Unlimited was founded in 1973 and is now a professional jazz dance co. who's primary goal is to promote, produce, and perform quality jazz works. The co. focuses on theatrical dance concerts, with technical excellence, broad variety, and a vision of bringing forward the true American art form of Jazz dance. Our repertoire ranges from classical to contemporary jazz, and from the Big Band Era to Broadway. As the culture changes so does dance. The convergence of styles is very prevalent in today's choreography, and we produce many fusion works. This is all a part of preserving the art of Jazz dance.
      [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X0H1KNgRjPQ&feature=youtu.be[/embed]

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  • Great Hall (Kogod Lobby+ Cafritz Promenade)
    Lab Theatre I
  • 10:00am

    Imagination Stage's Mouse on the Move

    | Series: Atlas Presents, Arts for Young Audiences, Intersections 2020, Family Fun Days | Genres: Music, Theater, Family, Story

    Lab Theatre I

    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.
    By Janet Stanford and Kathryn Chase Bryer
    Remount directed by Meg Lowey
    Best for ages 1 – 5
    All patrons age 1 and above must purchase a ticket to the performance.

    ABOUT THE ARTIST

    Imagination Stage was founded as BAPA (Bethesda Academy of Performing Arts) in 1979 in response to the urgent need for arts education for young people. The company was renamed Imagination Stage in 2001 in anticipation of its move to its downtown Bethesda theatre arts center in 2003. Imagination Stage has grown from a handful of children in a single classroom to a full-spectrum theatre arts organization, with theatre productions by professional actors and artists. Unlike most children’s theatre companies, Imagination Stage commissions new works for children every year. These productions have been recognized with awards and productions by other companies around the world.
    Support for this performance provided by:
    The Share Fund
     

  • Lab Theatre II
    The Paul Sprenger Theatre
    The Theresa and Jane Lang Theatre
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  • 8:00pm

    Photo Exhibit

    | Series: Atlas Café & Concert Series, Intersections 2020, Youth Summit | Genres: Washington Post Cafe Concert Series, Art, Festival

    Great Hall (Kogod Lobby+ Cafritz Promenade)

    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 throughout the Intersections Festival 2020 in our Kogod Lobby in the Great Hall, from Feb. 19 - March 2, 2020. 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. ABOUT THE PROGRAM: eXposure Media Project DC is a nonprofit program of The Napoleon Complex Project that serves to provide HBCU college students with insight and exposure to the multi-media industry. Students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities who have interest in Television and Film production, Radio, and Media  are selected to participate in opportunity building events throughout the year.   The Napoleon Complex Project is a DC based Husband and Wife team who became storytellers providing help to small business owners and everyday people tell their story and convey their message. Their approach to storytelling is documentary style & behind the scenes coverage. They believe that storytelling is the gateway to a person’s heart.      

  • Lab Theatre I
  • 10:00am

    Imagination Stage's Mouse on the Move

    | Series: Atlas Presents, Arts for Young Audiences, Intersections 2020, Family Fun Days | Genres: Music, Theater, Family, Story

    Lab Theatre I

    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.
    By Janet Stanford and Kathryn Chase Bryer
    Remount directed by Meg Lowey
    Best for ages 1 – 5
    All patrons age 1 and above must purchase a ticket to the performance.

    ABOUT THE ARTIST

    Imagination Stage was founded as BAPA (Bethesda Academy of Performing Arts) in 1979 in response to the urgent need for arts education for young people. The company was renamed Imagination Stage in 2001 in anticipation of its move to its downtown Bethesda theatre arts center in 2003. Imagination Stage has grown from a handful of children in a single classroom to a full-spectrum theatre arts organization, with theatre productions by professional actors and artists. Unlike most children’s theatre companies, Imagination Stage commissions new works for children every year. These productions have been recognized with awards and productions by other companies around the world.
    Support for this performance provided by:
    The Share Fund
     

  • 8:00pm - 9:00pm

    Electroacoustic Oboe: The Intersection of the Mythological and Corporeal

    | Series: Intersections 2020 | Genres: Music, Sound, Classical

    Lab Theatre I

    Ben Buergel champions new works for the oboe that utilizes technology in artistic expression and pushes the boundaries of what the instrument can do.
    Oboist Ben Buergel will present a program of recent solo oboe music that uses expressive technology and pushes the boundaries of what the instrument can do. Among the works will be the world premiere of DC composer Stephen Gorbos’s "Mercurial Shadows", a new work commissioned by Ben this past year. Other works include Stephen Gorbos’s "And They Sing This", Ingram Marshall’s "Dark Waters", and Jacob TV’s "In the garden of love". Ben will also involve the audience in a live improvisation using recordings made on the spot with audience members. Common themes among these works include the exploration of rituals including marriage and death, music inspired by speech rhythms, and overcoming hearing loss. As a performer, Ben Buergel has taught at Auburn University and has played in such venues as Carnegie Hall, Kansas City’ Kauffman Center, and Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis. Ben has performed an extensive amount of electroacoustic music and has composed a set of etudes for oboe and live-loops. This performance includes audience participation and post-show artist talk-back.

  • Lab Theatre II
  • 8:00pm - 9:00pm

    Upakrama | The Beginning

    | Series: Intersections 2020 | Genres: Music, Sound, Spoken Word

    Lab Theatre II

    TVAMEVA will be presenting from their world music album Upakrama - The Beginning with a special feature by poet and visual artist Neha Misra. This concert includes audience participation and a post-show artist talk-back.
     

    ABOUT THE ARTIST

    TVAMEVA ('You Are' in Sanskrit) is a World Music band based in the DC metro region, featuring blends of Carnatic, Electronic, and Rock music. Founded in 2014 by bandleader, vocalist, and producer Arvind M Venugopal, the group features multi-instrumentalist Reis DeBruyne on Guitar, multi-award-winning Rahul Mukerjee on Chapman Bass Stick, and Rohit Kangari on Cajón. Over the years TVAMEVA has performed at various soulful community venues in the DC metro area, including a special feature performance at Washington's famous Cherry Blossoms Festival in 2017. TVAMEVA Released their first full feature YouTube music video 'Marugelara - Fire & Ice' in January 2019, and Released their debut album titled 'Upakrama - The Beginning' in February 2019.

  • The Paul Sprenger Theatre
  • 8:15pm - 9:15pm

    Oizys in the Waiting Room

    | Series: Intersections 2020 | Genres: Dance, Movement, Sound

    The Paul Sprenger Theatre

    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.

    ABOUT THE ARTIST

    At home in Washington, DC, Glade Dance Collective has commanded stages since 2009 with provocative, emotionally charged work. Glade is dedicated to collaboration—with audiences, with other artists, and most importantly with each other. Our collective choreographic process offers freedom for every member to have a say in movement generation, in overall narrative structure and storyboarding, and in production elements. Our work tends toward the narrative, and we are drawn to stories of personal, communal, and political resonance.
    Zooxanthellae is the solo project of cellist Erin Snedecor, who combines her classical upbringing with electronica, pop, and noise to create introspective instrumental pieces. “Oizys in the Waiting Room” is Zooxanthellae’s premiere work. Snedecor can be heard in a variety of projects in the MD/DC area, including Black Rhinoceros, DoubleSpeak, Balance Campaign, and Pompeii Graffiti.
      [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6cvEqZA02hQ[/embed]

  • The Theresa and Jane Lang Theatre
  • 8:00pm - 9:00pm

    Nocturne

    | Series: Intersections 2020 | Genres: Dance, Movement

    The Theresa and Jane Lang Theatre

    Contemporary Ballet Artists Therese Gahl and Elizabeth Gahl Le Nôtre are collaborating to create an evening of mixed repertory featuring artists across international borders and dance styles. Therese will be exploring the theme of Nocturne and Elizabeth’s new work is an original interpretation of Cinderella’s evening at the ball. Stay for the post-show artist talk-back. 
      https://youtu.be/gozlH1Uk1vI

    ABOUT THE ARTIST

    Therese Gahl studied at the Washington School of Ballet. In 2007, she danced with Ballet West II in Salt Lake City and then graduated cum laude from George Mason University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. She is a teacher and choreographer at the CityDance School and Conservatory. Her choreography has been presented at the Sidney Harman Hall Center with the VelocityDC Festival and at the Atlas INTERSECTIONS 2018 and 2019 Festivals in Washington, DC. In the fall of 2018, she was an adjunct professor/guest choreographer at Towson University and a guest choreographer at Georgetown University. She has been a performing local artist with Teatro de Danza Contemporanea and Gin Dance Company. She is currently a member of Stephanie Droycott’s Motion X Dance DC.
    Elizabeth Gahl Le Nôtre, born in Washington, DC, studied at the Washington School of Ballet (TWSB) where she often performed with the Washington Ballet. While obtaining her degree in Psychology from Georgetown University, she worked as a teacher and choreographer at TWSB. After her studies, she danced with CityDance Ensemble, participating in several international tours, and was a teacher and choreographer for the CityDance School and Conservatory. She was a dancer and rehearsal director for Christopher K Morgan & Artists and was the project liaison for the CityDance Conservatory’s “Brazil Project”. In 2012 she obtained her Master’s degree in International Affairs at the American University of Paris. Currently, Elizabeth is an Artiste Chorégraphique with the Compagnie José Montalvo and is Artistic Director of Dancing Beyond Borders.

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