DC’s Karen Reedy Dance hosts San Francisco’s Project. B.

Between the East coast and the West lies a world of difference and similarity, exemplified by two companies who come together on Saturday, April 11 at 8pm and Sunday, April 12 at 7pm. Washington DC favorite, Karen Reedy Dance, shares the stage with San Francisco’s Project. B. at Dance Place for two back-to-back modern dance creations.

Karen Reedy Dance presents Albatross, inspired by the titular species, the fantastic forces of flight they command and the mystical connection between earth and the heavens. Steeped in myth and legend, this dance for six explores aviation, migration and the human form as it flies through space. With costume design by Judy Hansen plus stage and lighting design by Jason Wells, Albatross ventures into a mystical environment that is part human, part creature and part otherworldly.

Project. B. debuts Sol y Sombra in Washington, DC, a series of vignettes and interludes that present a dialogue between dancer and reality, in both its harsh and sublime extremes. Alan Ulrich of the SF Chronicle writes, “[T]he cast swirls and slithers across the performance space, dipping and rising in their trajectory, offering florid arm gestures. [Artistic Director] Bello shows a keen eye for geometry as patterns emerge and vanish.”

About Karen Reedy Dance
Karen Reedy Dance (KRD), named 2011 “best in dance” by Sarah Kaufman of the Washington Post, is devoted to nurturing artists through the exploration of new work and collaboration with other art forms. The company performs in both traditional and site-specific venues. KRD has been enthusiastically received throughout the country, in venues including The Kennedy Center, Dance Place, ODC, Black Rock Arts Center, The 92nd Street Y, The Torpedo Factory and Joyce SoHo. Karen Reedy was a 2008 recipient of the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage Local Dance Commissioning Grant. Reedy was a Metro Arts Incubator Artist at the American Dance Institute during the 2012-2013 season, where the company premiered Albatross.

About Project. B.
Project. B. came into existence during Artistic Director Tanya Bello’s first residency and choreographic exploration at the Garage SF. From 2010-2012, Tanya Bello created four works for Project. B. and performed for ODC Theater, Dance Mission Theater, Tres Sabores Winery, Central Market Arts Festival, the Garage, the Salon, James Howell Studios and Western Ballet. Project. B. also collaborated with commercial photographer/videographer, Michael Sugrue.

Between 2012-2013, Tanya Bello created two works for her residency at Tres Sabores Winery and her piece Games We Play(ed) for the ODC Dance Commons. The company has been awarded the Down and Dirty Series Residency at Dance Mission, three Zellerbach Foundation grants, two William and Flora Hewlett grants, Dancers’ Group Lighting Design in Dance Award for her piece Site Lines at Tres Sabores Winery, the Creative Capacity Fund Award, and most recently, the Margaret Jenkins Dance Company Choreographers in Mentorship Award. Tanya Bello and Project. B. have been in residence at the Garage, Dance Mission and Tres Sabores Winery.

Bello’s most recent work, Site Lines, premiered at Tres Sabores Winery with Lighting Designer, Kevin Connaughton. The company premiered a new work at Zspace in San Francisco July 2014 entitled Nawala with original score by Jesse Olsen Bay. Nawala investigates and explores the stages of grief and the individual’s mourning the death or loss of one’s identity.

WHAT: Karen Reedy Dance & Project. B.  

WHEN: Saturday, April 11 at 8pm and Sunday, April 12 at 7pm

WHERE: Dance Place, 3225 8th Street NE, Washington, DC 20017; two blocks from Redline Brookland/CUA Metro station; free and convenient parking

TICKETS: $30 Admission At the Door; $25 Admission (Advance Sales only)*; $20 Dance Place Members, Seniors (55+), Artists (Advance Sales only)*; $15 College Students and Children (17 & under)

*Advance Sales end 4 hours prior to performance start time.

For tickets and more information, visit danceplace.org or call 202.269.1600

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