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Danish Dance Theatre: Black Diamond

Danish Dance Theatre: Black Diamond

Tuesday, October 18, 2016 - Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Ballet & Contemporary Dance Contemporary Dance

After its sold-out appearance in the 2013 Nordic Cool festival, one of Europe's leading dance companies returns with Black Diamond, a dramatic work with striking scenography and lighting to enhance the full-bodied, athletic choreography.

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Tim Rushton, Artistic Director
Concept and choreography by Tim Rushton 
Music by Trentemøller, Balanescu Quartet and Philip Glass
Lighting design by Jacob Bjerregaard
Stage design by Johan Kølkjær
Costume design by Charlotte Østergaard
"Rushton's choreography is so viscerally responsive to [the music], you can almost feel the notes as a rough, silky, or chilly sensation on the dancers' skin."
--The Guardian

"So entirely original, they cannot be compared to anything from the American modern tradition."
--The Boston Herald

Following its sold-out engagement during the Kennedy Center's 2013 Nordic Cool festival, one of Europe's foremost contemporary dance companies returns with the D.C. premiere of the spine-tingling and mind-blowing Black Diamond. You are invited for a one-of-a-kind experience as Artistic Director Tim Rushton delves into an abstract universe with a heightened focus on form and aesthetic through full-bodied and athletic choreography.
Striking scenography and lighting enhance Danish Dance Theatre's vibrantly theatrical work, set to a minimalistic and haunting score featuring music by American legend Philip Glass, Romanian composer/violinist Alexander Balanescu, and Danish beat king Trentemøller. Jet-black diamonds in the first act contrast with brilliantly white ones in the second, forming an angular yet flowing space in which nuance, color, and the dancers' powerful bodies take center stage.
Please be advised that this work contains scenes of nudity. Recommended for age 12 and up.

Performance Timing: Part One - 40 min.; Intermission - 20 min.; Part Two - 30 min.
Oct. 18: Free Post-Performance Discussion

Watch and Listen

Black Diamond International Trailer