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    and Loni Landon

    November 21-22 at 8p
    Ballet ADI "...is a small flexible entity that provides the Washington area with new works and exciting performances. Professional standards were set..."
    -George Jackson, Dance View Times
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2014 / 2015 Performance Season
“Full of detail and surprises...This woman should get more work.”
-The New York Times
November 21-22, 2014 at 8p

Ballet ADI
and Loni Landon

Ballet ADI "...is a small flexible entity that provides the Washington area with new works and exciting performances. Professional standards were set..."
-George Jackson, Dance View Times

Ballet ADI returns with The Chopin Collection, a new work by Artistic Director Runqiao Du. Inspired by the luminous and complex piano works of the 19th century composer, Frédéric Chopin, this piece set's Du's balletic interpretation to renowned pianist Glenn Sales' performance. Sharing the program is Loni Landon, a Juilliard graduate and 2013 Princess Grace Choreography Fellowship recipient whose work has been called edgy, detailed, and sophisticated. Landon’s new work, Doubling, explores societal roles and the compromises we make in our lives and our relationships by wanting or having various identities. Photo credit: Christopher Duggan
“One of the most significant choreographers today.”
-The New York Times
January 23-24, 2015 at 8p

Susan Marshall

New Work

In Collaboration with Suzanne Bocanegra & Jason Treuting


Choreographer Susan Marshall has set over 40 dances on her own company, and has also created works for Lyon Opera Ballet, Frankfurt Ballet, Boston Ballet, and Mikhail Baryshnikov. A 2000 recipient of a MacArthur fellowship, Marshall has received numerous other awards, including three New York Dance and Performance Awards (BESSIES) for Outstanding Choreographic Achievement. Marshall has served as Director of Dance at Princeton University’s Lewis Center for the Arts since September 2009.
“Ferver’s performances are so extreme that they sometimes look and feel like exorcisms.” -The New Yorker
February 20-21, 2015 at 8p

Jack Ferver

Jack Ferver’s dances use energetic choreography and precise language to explore the tragicomedy of the human psyche. His work shifts between moments of grand theatricality and stark naturalism, humorously peering into dark corners of modern life and insightfully speaking to the experiences and concerns of the millennial generation. Since 2007, Ferver’s work has been seen in many varied spaces, including The French Institute Alliance Francaise (NYC), The Kitchen (NYC), The Institute of Contemporary Art (Boston, MA), PS 122 (NYC), The New Museum (NYC), DiverseWorks (Houston, TX), Danspace Project (NYC), Abrons Arts Center (NYC), and Théâtre de Vanves in France. Ferver’s acting credits include the film Gayby, Strangers With Candy (Comedy Central), and numerous other film and theatre projects. His writing has been published in the magazine Novembre, and he has curated for Danspace Project, Center for Performance Research, and Dance New Amsterdam. He is adjunct faculty at NYU and has taught at SUNY Purchase, Bard College, and has set choreography at The Juilliard School. Photo credit: Yaniv Schulman
“Michelle Dorrance has already proven herself to be one of the most imaginative tap choreographers working today.”
-Brian Seibert, The New Yorker
March 6-7, 2015 at 8p

Dorrance Dance

The Blues Project

The Blues Project is a collaboration between Dorrance Dance Artistic Director, Michelle Dorrance; choreographers and soloists, Derick K. Grant and Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards and award-winning musician, composer and founder of the band BIGLoveley, Toshi Reagon. The music is performed live by Reagon and musicians on acoustic guitar, electric guitar, bass, drums, percussion and violin. The show features some of todays' best tap artists. The Boston Globe said of the work "this compilation of original blues makes loving reference to its musical past: It’s a little bit country, a little bit rock ’n’ roll, yes, but also very funky and wonderfully kick-ass. This is the hair of the dog I’d like to listen to the next time I’m feeling, well, a little blue." Photo credit: Christopher Duggan
“Not your mother’s modern dance…”
-The Village Voice
March 27-28, 2015 at 8p

David Neumann

I Understand Everything Better

I Understand Everything Better is a multi-disciplinary performance piece that explores the impulse to report on calamity, the consciousness of traumatic change, and one's proximity to dying. A union of theater and dance-making methodologies, I Understand  Everything Better will incorporate innovative technology, weather reports, and personal narratives all within a framework composed of elements drawn from classical Japanese dance and theater. Photo credit: Maria Baranova
“Those Urban Bush Women! How strong they are, how fierce, how smart. Their expressive powers shake the theater!“
-Deborah Jowitt, The Village Voice
April 17-18, 2015 at 8p

Urban Bush Women

Walking with 'Trane, Chapter 2

Walking with ‘Trane is a suite of works based on the life and artistic imprint of jazz pioneer John Coltrane as conceived by Urban Bush Women's Founding Artistic Director, Jawole Willa Jo Zollar. In Walking with ‘Trane, Chapter 2, co-choreographers Zollar and UBW dancer Samantha Speis plunge the depths of Coltrane's formidable legacy, taking inspiration from the making of and music from Coltrane's album A Love Supreme. This chapter is being developed in partnership with George Caldwell, one of modern jazz's current pre-eminent players, who is creating new music around the legacy of one of jazz music's greatest innovators.


Urban Bush Women will return in fall 2015 with Walking with ‘Trane: Chapter 3 as part of ADI Incubator. Photo credit: Rick McCullough
“There’s a bit of Lucinda Childs in her coolly, beautiful, aristocratic exterior.” -The New York Times
April 24-25, 2015 at 8p

Joanna Kotze


After creating and performing three separate trios - each trio a collaboration between two dancers and one visual artist created in a short, intensive period of time and connected to a specific space - choreographer Joanna Kotze and her collaborators present Find Yourself Here, an evening-length dance performance that brings the research, discoveries and unique people from these three trios together into one theater. With a spectrum between tension and harmony, isolation and togetherness, the performers use movement as a potent, immediate form of dialogue between bodies and disciplines, highlighting the boundaries and shared concerns of visual art and performance and the forums for presenting each.
Named 2013 Bessie Award Recipient For Outstanding Emerging Choreographer. Photo credit: Ayala Gazit
“Charming and poignant.”
-Jennifer Dunning,The New York Times
May 29-30, 2015 at 8p

Christopher K. Morgan

Limited Visibility
Shedding light on the things we hide from public view…

Limited Visibility invites the dancers of Christopher K. Morgan & Artists to reveal things about themselves they usually don't share in public. The performers create intimate spaces on stage using an array of lighting sources they control themselves; from halogen work lights, to overhead fluorescent garage lighting, to paper lanterns. The evening length work is a suite of dances connected in theme and design, incorporating Morgan's sinuous, athletic movement style and an industrial, sleek design that "makes for a fascinating backdrop against which the dancers laid bare their souls" (Carmel Morgan, Ballet-Dance Magazine). Photo credit: Brianne Bland