Lubber Run Amphitheater 2018
COMPANY DANZANTE this summer. FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!
This family-friendly performance blends emotional beauty with athletic power to captivate the mind, stimulate the senses, and uplift the soul.
Featuring Guest Musicians Veronneau Jazz Band
This month Company Danzante Directors participate and collaborate on the series Cameras and Dancers by Jacob Jonas this photo series has had global impact, reaching millions of followers on Instagram.
#CamerasandDancers is a monthly and location specific Insta-meet organized by @JacobJonasTheCompany and usually cohosted by a local creator
An Insta-meet is an event organized for Instagram users, or content creators, to meet and create photo content together.
It was a great moment last Tuesday evening, Nov. 15, in Washington DC.
Hosted by shared-workspace giant WeWork at its Washington DC Dupont Circle installation, the acclaimed Company Danzante enchanted the business community audience with its new modern dance creation “Lost in the City”.
Everyone in this WeWork 21st century workplace-turned-performing arts stage became part of NPAFE’s first DanceFactor event – an innovative series of original performing arts showcases centering on the entrepreneurial and collaborative DNA common to business and the performing arts: theater, music, and dance.
Reflecting WeWork’s own business model of shared entrepreneurial workspace and its “Doing What You Love” mantra, Company Danzante’s new “Lost in the City” was purposefully crafted to allow audience members to share the stage with the dance company’s eight brilliant performers — dancers doing precisely what THEY love.
It was a beautifully-executed modern dance vision of entrepreneurs hard at work, choreographed by the Company Danzante husband-wife leadership team of Arturo Garcia and Katherine Horrigan, themselves two of the captivating performers on this special WeWork stage.
No longer were audience members mere onlookers. Instead, they were intentionally drawn in, up close and personal with the dancers, quite literally sharing workspace together with the performers. It was American modern dance creativity at its best, in a spectacular workplace-setting-as-stage.
Audience reaction was uniformly positive, perhaps best summed up by this email comment the next morning from Dana Mekler: “I absolutely LOVED the performance, and doing it interactively in that beautiful open space was special. The dancers were wonderful and the choreography made me think about the construct of ‘work’ and how liberating it is to break down the norms of dress and behavior to let creativity flow. I also really appreciate the model of partnering up with businesses to bring the arts to the office space … [and] glad WeWork is leading the way in that effort.”
So is NPAFE. As the Tuesday evening host, WeWork went the distance and more, working hand-in-glove with NPAFE and Company Danzante to bring into sharp focus just how shared workspace can harness collaboration so that entrepreneurs succeed, not just work – even when and especially when presenting the best in modern dance artistry.
To be able to present Company Danzante and achieve this moment for the audience was a privilege for NPAFE. To be invited to present this at a dazzling place like WeWork was extra special.
Our sincere thanks to co-collaborators WeWork, Company Danzante, and everyone else who helped make NPAFE’s DanceFactor series launch a real entrepreneurial success!
Northern Virginia’s Company Danzante will perform at the prestigious Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in Massachusetts on June 26, 2015. Company Danzante will perform repertory by Co-Directors, Katherine Horrigan and Arturo Garcia.
“We are honored for the invitation to represent the D.C. region’s contemporary dance scene and present our company’s work at the Pillow. It will be a privilege to immerse the artists of Danzante in the dance history and inspiring surroundings of the Pillow.”
Company Danzante Contemporary Dance is a professional repertory dance company, serving the DC area community since its founding in 2013. The company seeks to cultivate and promote excellence in contemporary dance while contributing to the vitality of the community through performances, artistic collaborations, educational programs, and outreach activities.
The company has already presented works at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, Atlas INTERSECTIONS Festival, Velocity Dance Festival, Dance Bethesda, and has toured.
The Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival presents diverse dance styles. For the Festival, Company Danzante will present Horrigan’s Collected Remnants and Garcia’s Here and Now commissioned by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
Together were recently awarded a 2015 Strauss Artist Grant through the Arts Council of Fairfax County. The award honored their dance work as contemporary artists.
The Strauss Artist Grants program recognizes outstanding contemporary artist in the Fairfax and helps support their future contributions to the arts and our communities” said Linda S. Sullivan, president and CEO of the Arts Council of Fairfax County. The program is named for Bill Strauss (1947-2007) gifted writer, co-founder of the Capitol Steps and the CAPPIES.
In accepting the Strauss Grant, they spoke of providing new opportunities for young dancers in the region. “We have evolved from performers to teachers and our hope is to be able to continue exploring new choreographic ideas and methods of composition while expanding our choreographic voices”.
Company Danzante will be performing at Jacob’s Pillow Festival, “Outdoor Inside/Out.” Performances are on Henry J. Leir Stage at the Marcia and Seymour Simon Performance Space – 358 George Carter Road, in Becket, Massachusetts. The performance is this Friday, June 26, 2015 at 6:15 p.m. Tickets are free.