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DEMO by Damian Woetzel: Now

Wednesday, March 7, 2018 7:30 PM

Ballet & Contemporary Dance DIRECT CURRENT

The former NYCB principal dancer curates and hosts an evening of recent commissions and D.C. premieres from some of today’s most creative voices in dance and music.

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DEMO by Damian Woetzel: Now
Featuring Sara Mearns, Silas Riener, Rashaun Mitchell, Lil Buck, Brooklyn Rider, and others

Former New York City Ballet principal dancer turned director/choreographer/thought leader Damian Woetzel—who was recently named as the next president of The Juilliard School—curates and hosts the third season of his interdisciplinary DEMO series. 

This installment presents recent commissions and D.C. premieres from some of today’s most creative voices in dance and music. The evening includes a new work choreographed by Pam Tanowitz, with music by Pulitzer Prize–winning composer Caroline Shaw, and the Kennedy Center premiere of Alexei Ratmansky’s solo Fandango, danced by New York City Ballet star Sara Mearns and set to the music of Boccherini.

Additional artists appearing include the game-changing string quartet Brooklyn Rider, Memphis jookin street dance pioneer Lil Buck, and former Merce Cunningham Dance Company performers and modern dance luminaries Silas Riener and Rashaun Mitchell.

Lil’ Buck
Sara Mearns (New York City Ballet)
Patricia Delgado (formerly of Miami City Ballet)
Rashaun Mitchell + Silas Rienner
Pam Tanowitz (choreographer–Kennedy Center DEMO commission)
Jason Collins (Pam Tanowitz Dance)
Victor Lozano (Pam Tanowitz Dance)
Ron Myles

Caroline Shaw (composer, vocals)
Brooklyn Rider (string quartet), featuring Johnny Gandelsman, Colin Jacobsen, Nicholas Cords, Michael Nicolas
Scott Borg (guitar)
Savannah Harris (percussion)


Choreographed by Alexei Ratmansky
Performed by Sara Mearns, with Brooklyn Rider

Desire Liar
Performed by Rashaun Mitchell + Silas Riener
With Brooklyn Rider

Music by Philip Glass
Choreographed and performed by Lil’ Buck

Blueprint–Kennedy Center DEMO commission
World premiere
Choreography by Pam Tanowitz
Performed by Patricia Delgado, Victor Lozano, Jason Collins
Music by Caroline Shaw, performed by Brooklyn Rider

Dig the Say
Performed by Lil’ Buck and Ron Myles
Music: Vijay Ayer

Additional music selections with
Caroline Shaw
Brooklyn Rider

Approx. run time: 1h15min

This event is part of the Kennedy Center's annual new celebration DIRECT CURRENT—an immersive showcase for cutting-edge contemporary arts and culture with a focus on interdisciplinary creations.

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