DancEthos with Gin Dance Company

DancEthos once again presents their signature style of a widely varied concert representing many different artistic voices including guest company Gin Dance Company. With dances ranging from intimate and evocative to fierce and explosive, tender and introspective to energizing and whimsical, this performance is sure to have something for every audience member!

DancEthos’ “incredibly skilled dancers whose movement seems to come from the soul” (DC Metro Theater Arts 2015) will present 5 premieres and 2 company favorites. Gin Dance Company, (do you have a critic quote we could put here?) performs new choreography as well as a favorite from their repertory.

DancEthos Artistic Director Tiffany Haughn will present her 2014 duet Convergence – an intimate and evocative duet that examines the paradoxical nature of relationships and how a common thread in a relationship can both unite and empower us, while at the same time be an obstacle that tests us and tears us apart.  Haughn will also premiere the non-stop whimsical energy of Catch Your Breath for a cast of 13 dynamic movers.

Gin Dance Company’s Artistic Director Shu-Chen Cuff created the stunning and surprising Zoom In on DancEthos. In one moment chaotic, fierce and explosive, and in the next calm, tender and introspective, Zoom In demonstrates the dichotomy between the tension and distraction of a life emerged in technology and the clarity of an internal focus. 

New York City based guest choreographer Mat Elder will premiere his work Acquiescence (or reckless compliance??) which he created for DancEthos over a weekend long residency. (I know you sent me a program quote -= which I cannot find L but I never received a description of your work – heres my shot at it). The piece takes a magnifying glass to the slightest and most unintentional human interactions through seamless and unconventional partnering work.

Guest choreographer Rick Westerkamp’s acceptance is a small, quiet room explores the moments we choose to disconnect, be it from social media, specific people, or any aspect of our life that is dragging us down at a given moment. It also looks at the conscious choice to reconnect with that aspect once we’ve taken a break that feels gratifying. We may never know what happened during that break, or we may gradually become aware, but that respite allows us to continue on our journey, renewed and

refreshed.

DancEthos company members Elizabeth Odell Catlett and Jenny T. Flemingloss will each premiere works on the bill.  Catlett’s In the Dark touches on the emotions and reactions of one who cannot accept the freedoms of other individuals. Witness the denial and resistance as one dancer attempts to control the fate of others by turning out the light so as not to acknowledge the commonalities between them.  Flemingloss explores the quest for contentment in her newest group work. Is bliss attainable or is the act of journeying where we come closest to finding happiness?

Inspired by our current political climate, DE’s director Haughn created 1 by 1 for GDC. This athletic and energetic quartet demonstrates the concept of herd mentality and displays how people tend to blindly join the herd without much consideration. 

Gin Dance Company presents Artistic Director Cuff’s Lost and Found which reflects upon how our busy lives spent chasing dreams tend keep us from living in the present and appreciating what’s in front of us. If we would only take the time to live in the moment, we would realize that our dreams and true happiness may be so simple and so close.

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.

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About Gin Dance Company

Gin Dance Company (GDC) is a Metropolitan DC/Northern VA based modern dance company. GDC was founded to bring refreshing and vitalizing works of Artistic Director Shu-Chen Cuff to the community. Each of her works uniquely reflects her rich Asian Dance heritage and Eastern philosophy blended with Western fluidity of movement and culture.  GDC has appeared at the Kennedy Center, the Sidney Harman Hall, the Atlas Performing Arts Center, the Lincoln Theatre, the Ernst Community Cultural Center, the CenterStage, the Dogtown Dance Theatre, and the Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center, among others.

What:                DancEthos with Gin Dance Company

Where:             Kreeger Auditorium

at the Bender Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington

6125 Montrose Rd, Rockville, MD 20852

When:               Saturday April 8th at 7pm and Sunday April 9th at 2pm


Ticket info:      General admission: $25 adults, $20 Seniors, students, military, $15 children 12 and under

Buy tickets at the door or at www.dancethos.org

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