DancEthos with DEVIATED THEATRE

DancEthos once again presents their signature style of a widely varied concert representing many different artistic voices including guest company DEVIATED THEATREThis one-time-only performance by “local treasure” (DC Metro Theater Arts 2015) DancEthos exemplifies moments when “imaginative choreography collides with extraordinary emotions” (DCTheatre Scene 2015). 
 
DEVIATED THEATRE, “eerie, esoteric, eclectic” (DC Metro Theater Arts 2015), performs new choreography and favorite repertory by Artistic Directors, Enoch Chan and Kimmie Dobbs Chan, heralded as “spellbindingly compelling” (DC Metro Theater Arts 2014).
 
DancEthos Artistic Director Tiffany Haughn will present two musically focused works. Spectrum is a music visualization that explores a wide array of movement and dynamics in conjunction with the diverse and all-encompassing sounds of Break of Reality’s composition. Love Stories is set to Motown favorites such as “Love Man” and “Chain of Fools”. The audience will be taken for a playful ride through some less than ideal portrayals of love and romance.
 
DEVIATED THEATRE presents an excerpt from siGHt, an original dance opera by Kimmie Dobbs Chan & Enoch Chan that was originally commissioned in 2011 by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts as part of the Local Dance Commission Project and Millennium Stage.  This adapted version of the excerpt won “audience favorite” at the 2013 Breaking Glass: The Emerging Female Choreographer’s Project in NYC.  Choreographer Kimmie Dobbs Chan plays a character who returns home after a funeral to sit with her partner’s empty chair and unseen ghost.  The moment begins in tones of grief and explodes in tension of all that has been left unsaid by both.  Spirits standby in witness and serve as ushers to the other side.
 
Twinkle is a uniquely personal piece touching on the quirky nature of motherhood and more specifically the love, guilt and pacing involved in the nightly ritual of bedtime.  This world premiere was created by DancEthos guest choreographer Roxann Morgan Rowley.
 
Two more world premieres, Gun and Iteration: Emptiness, will be performed by DEVIATED THEATRE.  Gun is a stand-alone duet which is not part of any larger
production.  It projects the complex musings of someone who has been disloyal, in anticipation of a conversation with the significant other. Intended to launch a larger work, Iteration: Emptiness is a study of human desire for space travel and conquest as measured against the need to cope with the vastness and isolation of outer space. The performance will feature custom prototypes from fashion designer Andy Christ.
 
In Eleanora, DancEthos guest choreographer Gabrielle Campagna pays tribute to a friend who took her life. Through sparse movement and stark images, the dance sheds light on the heartache and isolation of mental illness.  Goes Without Saying is DancEthos company member Elizabeth Odell Catlett’s newest work.  This fun and flirty dance incorporates unconventional partnering and unpredictable movement to keep the audience guessing.
 
Kimmie Dobbs Chan & Enoch Chan present an excerpt of the evening length work creature, which highlights humanity’s tension as both creature and creator in the digital age, our impact on planet earth, and invites a re-imagining of our future.  This excerpt draws from just Act I: “The Age of Exuberant Oafs”, featuring whimsical industrial workers on the verge of an apocalypse.
 
About DancEthos
The only constant for DancEthos is change. Since it’s founding in 2010 by Tiffany Haughn, every DancEthos performance has been entirely different than the previous one because we are committed to presenting a variety of artistic voices and visions; therefore, we collaborate with a number of different choreographers and guest artists on each performance.
By making dances that reflect the beliefs and spirit of our culture, DancEthos works towards representing the true purpose of art in reducing the distance between two people. DancEthos hopes to foster dialogue through dance and broaden the DC metropolitan dance audience base by creating and performing work that is accessible to the non-dancer audience member.  The company’s repertory is moving and high-spirited, and the full ensemble of 10 dancers perform their dynamic works with boundless energy and abandonment. 
DancEthos was a finalist for Outstanding Emerging Group at the Metro DC Dance Awards in 2011. The June 2012 Dance Place concert titled “Part and Parcel” earned the critics recommendation by The Washington PostDC Metro Theater Arts proclaims that DancEthos is “…stunning, captivating, relatable, romantic – everything I desire.” (2013) The Washington Post calls their work “varied and thoughtful” (2012) and praises Haughn for “having a knack for inventive ensemble work” and creating work that “shines through” (2008). 
To learn more about the company, please visit www.dancethos.org.
 
About DEVIATED THEATRE
Husband and wife team, Enoch Chan and Kimmie Dobbs Chan, founded DEVIATED THEATRE in 2008.  The pair utilizes a mix of dance, acting, and aerials to tell fantastical stories of other worlds in order to shed light on the human condition.   Choreographer Kimmie Dobbs Chan’s movement, at times pedestrian and precise, resonates with Director Enoch Chan’s enigmatic aesthetic to evoke powerful and even haunting imagery. 
 
Their work has received recognition including ‘Best of 2014’ by DC Metro Theater Arts, the Individual Artists Award for Choreography from the Maryland State Arts Council (2014, 2011), Audience Favorite at the Breaking Glass Project NYC (2013), Mark Ryder Original Choreography Grant (2012), and the John F. Kennedy Center Local Dance Commission (2011).  DEVIATED THEATRE tours with a dozen performers for each original production and has performed nationally at venues including The Kennedy Center in D.C. and Ailey Citigroup Theater in N.Y.C.
DEVIATED THEATRE plans to launch a new production in the coming year, so please stay connected via www.deviatedtheatre.org, and on FB/Twitter/Instagram @deviatedtheatre.
 
What:              DancEthos with DEVIATED THEATRE
 
Where:            Cultural Arts Center
Montgomery College
7995 Georgia Ave, Silver Spring, MD
 
When:             Sunday May 22nd at 3:00pm
 
Ticket info:     General admission: $25 adults, $15 Seniors, students, military, $10 children 12 and under
 
Buy tickets at the door or at www.dancethos.org or www.deviatedtheatre.org

 

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