INTERSECTIONS presents performances in music, theatre, dance, film, spoken word and performance art that offer new ways to see ourselves and to celebrate our community and our world.
All five Atlas performance spaces will be alive with world premieres and innovative collaborations among artists of all ages, races, cultures and art forms.
From Family Saturdays featuring performances and events for children to late-night parties and jazz jam sessions, INTERSECTIONS seeks to connect the broadest possible audience with the most exciting new ways of making community-inspiring art.
The festival features performances from Furia Flamenca, Dissonance Dance Company, Nistha Raj, African Continuum Theatre, Urban Arias and more.
“BEST ONE PERSON SHOW IN WASHINGTON DC” -CBS
After fifteen consecutive weeks of sold-out shows and selling over 5000 tickets to “THINK: An Evening of Mind Reading and Magic”, Max Major, twice named DC’s Best Performance Artist by the Washington City Paper, is bringing his critically acclaimed show to The Atlas Performing Arts Center. In this 90 min show, magician Max Major will use a combination of magic, psychology, hypnosis and suggestion to demonstrate the untapped powers of the mind.
Among the show’s highlights, Major will employ his uncanny understanding of body language to decode the thoughts of audience members, assume the role of a human lie detector, and even, and subject himself to extreme physical harm in a feat of mind over body.
REVIEWS AND REACTIONS
“One of the top performers in the nation!” –News Channel 8
“An Enchanting Evening” –DC Magazine
“Charismatic, Entertaining, and Mystifying” –Washington Times
“A Best Bet” –The Washington Post
Acclaimed Bharatanatyam soloist and choreographer Aparna Ramaswamy‘s choreography and performance have been described as “a marvel of buoyant agility and sculptural clarity” (Dance Magazine), “thrillingly three-dimensional,” and “an enchantingly beautiful dancer,” (The New York Times). In 2010, Ramaswamy was the first Bharatanatyam dancer/choreographer to be named one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch.”
Sannidhi (Sacred Space) brings together Indian-American artists of the next generation who retain roots in their collective history while bringing their own voices to the contemporary stage. In Sannidhi, the stage becomes the sacred ground upon which to celebrate the guru, the divine, the natural world and the richness of human relationships. The spiritual and the secular merge into one, forming the continuous pulse of our universe. Performed with live music, Sannidhifeatures four Carnatic musicians: Ranee Ramaswamy (nattuvangam), Lalit Subramaniam (vocals), Rajna Swaminathan (mridangam, the two headed south Indian drum), and Anjna Swaminathan (violin).
Camille A. Brown has sought to defy the boundaries between dance and theatre. Brown has been commissioned by the Ailey Company, Ballet Memphis, and the August Wilson Dance Ensemble, among others. Storytelling through dance and engaging social issues that persist among past and present, Camille A. Brown & Dancers present Mr. Tol E. RAncE, a piece inspired by the Spike Lee film, Bamboozled (2002) that explores the sustained racial archetypes of black performers while celebrating their tenacity and perseverance.
The Big Apple! Gotham! NYC! lt’s the city that never sleeps.
For almost four hundred years, New York City has enticed and inspired throngs of artists and entrepreneurs. It has served as a muse for countless musicians who have praised its contagious and unflappable charm as well as its darker and edgier side. Come to our nightclub and experience the music that helped define the Empire City,from the tunes of George M. Cohan,Cole Porter,and Stephen Sondheim to the rhythms of Leonard Bernstein, Billy Joel, Alicia Keys and Jay-Z.
A cast of 85 singers and dancers,accompanied by our hot,live Atlas band.will transport you to that magical place..New York,New York… it’s a helluva town!
Thursday, March 20 at 8:00 pm
Friday, March 21 at 8:00 pm
Saturday, March 22 at 8:00 pm
Sunday, March 23 at 4:00 pm
Five Washington, D.C. area organizations, including The Atlas Performing Arts Center, Great Noise Ensemble, National Gallery of Art, Strathmore, and Shenandoah Conservatory,will present Andriessen 75, a week-long festival celebrating the music of the beloved Dutch composer Louis Andriessen on the occasion of his 75th birthday. Developed by Armando Bayolo, the Great Noise Ensemble founder and New Music curator at The Atlas Performing Arts Center, the Festival will feature a host of premieres and defining works by the honored composer, alongside pieces and performances by his collaborators, students, and friends.
April 7, 2014
Roadmaps & Diaries II
a program for violinist and sound designer, featuring violin, electric violin, adapted violin, voice, installations, images, and sound manipulation
Monica Germino: violin, electric violin, adapted violin, voice
Frank van der Weij: sound design
This very enticing program brings together two trailblazing Holland-based musicians, violinist Monica Germino and punk-rock bassist turned sound designer Frank van der Weij, for electroacoustic innovations composed by Louis Andriessen, Julia Wolfe, Michael Gordon, Kate Moore, Donnacha Dennehy and others.
Get Tickets to Roadmaps and Diaries II.
April 9, 2014
Andriessen’s Piano/Andriessen’s Jazz: Brad Linde Ensemble
Featuring the U.S. premieres of Louis Andriessen’s The Family Revisited and Monument to Graettinger, and Image de Moreau (the printed collection of his piano works, performed in its entirety).
April 11, 2014
Bang on a Can All-Stars
Featuring the Washington, D.C. premiere of Life, composed for Bang on a Can All Stars, as well as music by Andriessen, students, protégés, and friends. The Bang On A Can All-Stars present the Washington D.C. premiere of Life, composed for the ensemble, on a program with pieces by leading American composers (and Andriessen protégés) David Lang, Michael Gordon, Julia Wolfe, and Steve Martland (programmed in memoriam).
Noted for venturing onto the wilder shores of rhythm & blues, Martha Redbone’s award winning music blends Native American elements with funk, Appalachian folk and Piedmont blues.Tickets: Advance: $28.50 Door: $33.50 Student: $20.00 with valid ID
Since 1999, Sō Percussion has been creating music that explores all the extremes of emotion and musical possibility. Called an “Experi- mental powerhouse” by the Village Voice, “astonishing and entrancing” by Billboard Magazine, and “brilliant” by The New York Times, the Brooklyn-based quartet’s innovative work with today’s most exciting composers and their own original music has quickly helped them forge a unique and diverse career.
Program: Where (we) Live
Where do we live?
For eight years, So Percussion has made our home in Brooklyn amid two million five hundred thousand others. In our city, each of the group’s four members has constructed a personal ecosystem we call home. These homes are bound by space, time, sound and image. Equally, these spaces house rewarding, frustrating, supporting, damaging, tangible and never understood relationships.
When we leave those homes, our four members unite to create another artistic home, with its own unspoken rules and expectations; its own rhythm of interaction, its own banalities and mystery.
Where (we) Live questions all these homes by purposefully inviting the unknown to “come on over.” We’ve asked video artists, songwriters, painters, choreographers, directors and others to substantively alter our process. The resulting performance contains a society of possibilities: composed pieces, chance elements, visual associations, and theatrical interactions.
Student: $20.00 with valid ID; Door sales only
Dublin band I Draw Slow has been setting records in their native Ireland. The sound of the five-piece band has been compared to Alison Krauss and with a sound rooted in the old style of the Appalachian Mountains, drawing on Irish traditional music and modern Americana.Tickets: Advance: $28.50 Door: $33.50 Student: $20.00 with valid ID
Called, “a jazz singer with unstinting vivacity,” (New York Times), Six-time Grammy Award nominee, Nnenna Freelon, is an accomplished jazz vocalist. She has worked with Indi Hip Hop band, The Roots, Gospel group, Take 6, guitarist Earl Klugh and pianist, Ramsey Lewis, Sir Elton John, Italian tenor, Andrea Bocelli, and so many more. Freelon is known for her ability to interpret songs in their truest form.
by Allyson Currin
Diana’s slightly crazy grandfather Duck is convinced that all of the voices of his dead ancestors reside in his favorite shiny glass globe. So when he loses his globe in the big City, Diana leaves her familiar, safe home in the country to find it. She embarks upon a post-modern quest to retrieve Duck’s “grail”, plunging her into a surrealistic urban landscape, peopled with sorcerers, sidekicks, villains, incompetent bureaucrats and a scholar who is absolutely furious that she doesn’t even understand her own mono-myth.
Senior (60+): $15
Previews – Pay What You Can
Thursday, March 20 at 8:00 PM
Friday, March 21 at 8:00 PM
Call the Atlas box office at 202.399.7993 ext. 2 to reserve pay-what-you-can tickets.
Sunday, March 23 at 3:00 PM
Wednesday, March 26 at 8:00 PM
Thursday, March 27 at 8:00 PM
Friday, March 28 at 8:00 PM
Saturday, March 29 at 8:00 PM
Sunday, March 30 at 3:00 PM
Wednesday, April 2 at 8:00 PM
Thursday, April 3 at 8:00 PM
Friday, April 4 at 8:00 PM
Saturday, April 5 at 8:00 PM
Young, gifted and obsessed with swing, Darcy James Argue brings his Secret Society, the 18-piece big band, back to the Atlas for the 3rd time! The GRAMMY-nominated, Darcy James Argues’ Secret Society conjures the spirit of the big band Swing Era while adding its own reminiscence of the dance orchestra style. New York Times called it, “A wickedly intelligent dispatch from the fading border between orchestral jazz and post-rock and classical minimalism…” The Secret Society presents a genre of jazz unique unto itself.
Capital City Symphony
Jennifer Higdon, Blue Cathedral
Get Tickets to CCS American MusicFest Part 1.
Soldier Songs is an evening-length multimedia event from composer David T. Little that combines elements of theater, opera, rock-infused-concert music, and animation to explore the perceptions versus the realities of the Soldier, the exploration of loss and exploitation of innocence, and the difficulty of expressing the truth of war. Music can be easily co-opted to serve a political or ideological message or it can equally be a vehicle for reflection, engagement, and emotional connection, as is seen in this gripping music-theatre work.
Student: $ 20.00 with valid student ID. Door sales only
Things can get a little crazy when kids start to turn things inside out. Two characters imaginations go wild in a game of dress-up. Scarves become birds. T-shirts become monsters. A sock dance rocks the closet! Designed especially for the youngest theatre- goers and presented by Imagination Stage collaboration with England’s award-winning Tell Tale Hearts Theatre Company. Part of the Atlas’ Theatre for the Very Young Series, this performance is for children ages 1-5.
Groups of 20 or more: $5
Wed Apr 9, 2014 at 10:30AM
Thu Apr 10, 2014 at 10:30AM
Fri Apr 11, 2014 at 10AM
Fri Apr 11, 2014 at 11:30AM
Sat Apr 12, 2014 at 10AM
Sat Apr 12, 2014 at 11:30AM
Sun Apr 13, 2014 at 2:30PM
Mon Apr 14, 2014 at 10AM
Mon Apr 14, 2014 at 11:30AM