New York City’s LaneCoArts Dances Through the Digital Age

LaneCoArts travels from their New York City home to DC’s Dance Place on Saturday, February 4 at 8pm and Sunday, February 5 at 4pm. Artistic Director Lane Gifford explores the manifestation of physical, verbal and psychological communication in Dash / New Works, an evening of four dances. In the digital age, the company’s movement narratives and design focus reflect shifting perspectives on changing communication in our complex technological landscape.

“Striptease” begins the evening with an internal conversation. Working in collaboration with Poet Laureate of Kansas, Wyatt Townley, this theatrical work addresses femininity today and self-realization. Evolving from the imagery of the poem, the piece grows from a narrative starting point, suggesting a passage towards authenticity or a sense of individuality.

“Ana Deo” grew out of a fascination with small wooden sculptures from 19th century Indonesia representing male and female couples seated side by side. These human images (ana deo) were thought to make reference to ancestors and be associated with ancestral shrines. Reflecting a contemporary landscape and the repetitive, intricate craftswork of the figures, LaneCoArts looks at the way two people connect and fall out of sync.

“The Garden” is a new work by LaneCoArts which will see it’s DC premiere at Dance Place. “Dash” concludes the evening, examining the physical manifestation of communication within a group, in a fractured time of digital dominance. Lane Gifford and sculptor Mark Mennin collaborate to create a dance exhibit exploring states of dislocation through sculpted objects, projections and moving bodies in space.

WHAT: LaneCoArts

WHEN: Saturday, February 4 at 8pm; Sunday, February 5 at 4pm

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; $25 Admission (Dance Place Members, Seniors and Artists); $15 College Students and Children (17 & Under)
Advanced Sales – ends one week prior to performance weekend: $25 Advanced Sales Admission; $20 Advanced Sales Admission (Dance Place Members, Seniors and Artists)

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