Chamber Dance Project redefines contemporary ballet in partnership with live music—sharing with audiences both the process in the studio and the works on stage.
Founded in New York in 2000 by award-winning choreographer and Artistic Director Diane Coburn Bruning, the company brings its powerful and moving repertoire to its new hometown of Washington, DC. Its first season will be at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Terrace Theater June 26-28 featuring six principal dancers and a stellar string quartet. The program, Contemporary Ballet with an Edge, presents two world premieres: a contemporary tango ballet by acclaimed Argentinean choreographer Jorge Amarante in his first work for an American company, and an exhilarating new ensemble work by Bruning. The program features Bruning’s Exit Wounds, which explores memory and loss in poignant male duet marked by fierce athleticism and lyrical sweep with the music of Philip Glass, and her popular pas de deux, Berceuse with the music of Benjamin Godard.
Chamber Dance Project’s inaugural Washington season features dancers Francesca Dugarte, Davit Hovhannisyan, Luz San Miguel, Lucas Segovia, Luis Torres, and Kara Zimmerman and musicians Lori Barnet, cellist, Claudia Chudacoff, violinist, Lysiane Gravel-Lacombe, violinist, and Derek Smith, violist.
Keeping with their hands-on approach to the art of dance, Chamber Dance Project will host numerous open rehearsals and events throughout the Washington Metropolitan area in the months leading up to their Kennedy Center opening including an open rehearsal with dancers and musicians at BalletNova on March 22 and June 21, performances of two works at the Peabody Institute in Baltimore on March 29 and 30, and a day-long event at Smithsonian Associates on Classical to Contemporary Ballet on May 17, as well as a works-in-process preview at the Corcoran Gallery of Art on June 10 and the Arts Club of Washington on June 13. Their Saturday, June 28 matinee features a special pre-curtain discussion with the choreographers, dancers and musicians.
Chamber Dance Project will also host Tango with the Stars on April 10 at One Metro Center. The Argentine-themed gala includes a seductive tango dance competition featuring DC celebrities partnered with professional tango dancers, and Argentinean dinner, and a silent auction. Proceeds will benefit dancers’ selected charities and Chamber Dance Project’s upcoming season, sponsored in part by the Embassy of Argentina and Metro Offices, Inc.
Chamber Dance Project’s performances at the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater are Thursday-Friday, June 26 and 27 at 7:30 pm and Saturday, June 28 at 2 and 7:30 pm. Tickets for the Chamber Dance Project’s performances at the Kennedy Center begin at $35 and are available starting April 28 at the Kennedy Center box office, charge by phone at 202-467-4600 or kennedy-center.org. For more information about the Chamber Dance Project’s events leading up to their Kennedy Center performances or for information or tickets for CDP’s Tango with the Stars gala visit chamberdance.org or call 202-499-2297.