The Kennedy Center

Direct Current

Modern masterpieces, cutting-edge composition, dance, drag, film, jazz, Hip Hop, video games, electronica, ecology, and activism all converge at the inaugural season of DIRECT CURRENT, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts’ new two-week celebration of contemporary culture. Focusing on works new to Washington, on interdisciplinary creations in which artistic worlds collide, and on innovative responses to topical concerns, this new spring immersion showcases some of the most potent, provocative, and original voices in American arts today. DIRECT CURRENT takes place on March 5–19 at the Kennedy Center and beyond, extending throughout the District of Columbia through new partnerships with four key alternative venues, to expand the growing audience for contemporary culture in the nation’s capital.

The energy of DIRECT CURRENT spreads through the city, featuring collaborations with arts organizations and venues, and the celebration of art and culture will take place around Washington D.C.

March 8
Jason Moran at The Phillips Collection (FREE)
March 9
Myra Melford at The Phillips Collection (FREE)
March 9
Madrigals Meet Minimalism: Pop-Up Party with The Washington Chorus at Dupont Underground
March 15
Mason Bates’s Mercury Soul at the 9:30 Club

Free daily performances on Millennium Stage showcase a broad range of provocative artists every evening as a part of DIRECT CURRENT, including several presentations by the Brooklyn-based artist incubator National Sawdust. All shows start at 6 p.m. and will be streamed live online.

March 5
Flor de Toloache
March 7
DCDIT presents Abdu Ali
March 8
Peabody New Music Ensemble
March 9
Sō Percussion
March 10
University of Maryland’s Gamer Symphony Orchestra
March 11
Orange Grove Dance
March 12
PunjabTronix
March 13
DCDIT presents Irreversible Entanglements/Keir Neuringer
March 14
Horse Lords
March 15
Uptown Arts Showcase
March 16
DCDIT presents Suzanne Ciani
March 17
Shabazz Palaces
March 18
Sophia Brous and Marc Ribot: When the World’s On Fire
March 19
Collaboration with National Sawdust: M is Black Enough

Ideas and themes behind many of the great performances of DIRECT CURRENT extended through discussions, workshops and education events designed to dig deeper.

In addition to a number of pre- and post-concert panels, make sure to check out DIY Junkestra, and instrument making workshop inspired Nathaniel Stookey’s work performed on instruments made of scavenged materials and objects from trash dumps in San Francisco and Washington D.C. Kennedy Center Teaching Artist John Bertles presents this hands-on workshop in which participants build their own musical instruments out of recycled materials.

Upcoming Events

Sorry there are no upcoming performances in this series.