Ally Theater Company returns to Joe’s Movement Emporium with daring new work, #poolparty

A thought-provoking play about the history of swimming pools, the desegregation of a private swim club, and how the legacy of racism in the water continues to affect us all. ​​

MOUNT RAINIER, MD June 12, 18—In 1974 a family was denied membership at a private, neighborhood swimming pool, all the members of which were white. Over 40 years later, that story has inspired a new play by local playwright Jennifer Mendenhall opening in the Meyer Performance Theater at Joe’s Movement Emporium’s June 23 – July 15, 2018. Tickets are $25 general admission and $15 for children, students and veterans. Tickets can be purchased online at www.joesmovement.org.Joe’s is located at 3309 Bunker Hill Road, Mt. Rainier, MD 20712.

About #poolparty

In 2015, the board president of Playwright Jennifer Mendenhall’s pool discovered documents that revealed the story of a family in 1974 which was denied membership to the then all-white pool. The father of that family had reached out to the NAACP who in turn contacted the Department of Justice. Eventually the pool offered the family a membership which the father declined fearing for his children’s safety. The 2015 pool community acknowledged this part of their history by dedicating a newly build pavilion in the father’s name and inviting the surviving family to share their experience at the ceremony. This launched Mendenhall’s research into the history of swimming pools, the desegregation of that particular Mt. Rainier private swim club, and how the legacy of racism in the water continues to affect us all. Please click here for the full Playwright notes.

Please stay post-performance for specialty themed cocktails and opportunities to meet the cast of the show and creative and production team.

#poolpartyis sponsored in part by Prince George’s Arts & Humanities Council and produced in partnership with Black Kids Swim.

About Ally Theater Company

Ally Theatre Company produces theatre designed to engage audiences through acknowledging and confronting systemic oppression in America. The company aims to join the vital conversations, sparked by generations of thinkers, writers, performers, and activists by:

-Placing underrepresented populations at the front and center of our narratives and our organization;
-Forming alliances with individuals and organizations who share a similar mission;
-Producing new theatrical works making their world, national, or local premieres; and
-Tackling existing theatrical works that forward the conversation.

WHAT:              Ally Theatre Company presents #poolparty

WHEN:             June 23- July 15 2018 | Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights at 8PM Matinees at 2PM on Saturday and 4PM on Sunday | Community Preview Friday June 22nd at 8PM | Industry Night Monday July 9th at 8PM

WHERE:            The Meyer Performance Theater, Joe’s Movement Emporium, 3309 Bunker Hill Road, Mt. Rainier, MD 20712.

COST:              $25 (General Admission) $15 (Children, Students & Veterans)

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UpSpring Aerial Lab explores borders and boundaries in new work at Joe’s Movement Emporium.

Joe’s resident aerial company returns to the stage with new contemplative aerial works.

DSC_0173Sunday, June 3, 2018 at 4 pm UpSpring Studio returns to Joe’s Movement Emporium’s theater to present Within and Without, aerial reflections on what holds us together and splits us apart. The performance will feature new work by UpSpring Aerial Lab members and instructors. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 students and seniors and can be purchased online at www.joesmovement.org. Joe’s is located at 3309 Bunker Hill Road, Mt. Rainier, MD 20712.

About Within and Without

Using dance trapeze, hammock, trapeze ladder, and aerial fabrics, eight aerialists consider the borders and boundaries in and around themselves, exploring relationships in and among minds, bodies, and body parts. They consider topics from the behavior of cancer cells to the breakdown of a friendship to the relationships we have with our own minds.

About UpSpring Studio

DSC_0126UpSpring Studio LLC teaches aerial dance and creative movement to adults of all levels. UpSpring reinforces its belief that we are all dancers capable of making beautiful movement by offering creative aerial classes that welcome people of all abilities, levels of strength, and body types. Incorporating knowledge from disciplines such as Laban, Feldenkrais, theater improvisation, and dance, this studio strives to provide creative opportunities for non-professionals to generate and present new work. UpSpring Aerial Lab is UpSpring’s student repertory company, made up of aerialists who have been learning and performing in the air for several years. UpSpring Studio is directed by Alana Cole-Faber with support from instructors EChO and Kirsty Little. UpSpring’s instructors have presented work all over the United States and in the UK.

WHAT: UpSpring Studio’s Within and Without

WHEN: Sunday, June 3, 2018 at 4 pm

WHERE: The Meyer Performance Theater, Joe’s Movement Emporium, 3309 Bunker Hill Road, Mt. Rainier, MD 20712.

COST: General Admission $23, Students & Seniors $17 (credit cards incur no additional fee)

Joe’s Movement Emporium is a cultural arts hub that acts as a catalyst for creativity and economic opportunity for all through programs and productions in education, the performing arts, and work readiness. Located in the town center of Mt. Rainier, Maryland within the Prince George’s County Gateway Arts District, the organization supports and promotes creative projects of local artists and community groups. For additional information on programs and events, please visit www.joesmovement.org.

alight dance theater Debuts New Work Faerie as part of the NextLOOK Series

A Free, All-Ages Performance of Movement Storytelling Investigating Female Stereotypes in Fairy Folklore

Friday, May 11th at 7 pm alight dance theater will present Faerie, a work-in-process dance piece appropriate for all ages, at Joe’s Movement Emporium as a part of the NextLOOK series. The group will be spending their NextLOOK residency at Joe’s, in partnership with The Clarice, using a community workshop, a workshop with Joe’s aftercare program, Club Joe’s, folklore research and movement investigation to inform their final piece. Tickets for the final piece are pay-what-you-wish and can be purchased online at www.joesmovement.org. Joe’s is located at 3309 Bunker Hill Road, Mt. Rainier, MD 20712.

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About Faerie

Faerie is an evening-length work fusing movement, spoken word, and unique production design exploring mythology, stereotypes, and the issues surrounding female identity in folklore. Intergenerational, community-based workshops will inform the final piece and include mirroring exercises, self-identification activities, character development tools, and creative movement. Parents and their children (ages 6 & up) are welcome to join alight on Tuesday, May 8th at 6 pm for a free and open to the public workshop. Workshop will run approximately one hour. RSVP to the FREE workshop by clicking here.

About alight dance theater

alight dance theater strives to generate and strengthen community through storytelling – interweaving a movement-based art rooted in collaboration that spans cultures and generations to entertain, illuminate, and educate. Through the lens of innovation, alight endeavors to create dialogue, explore expression, and communicate the heart of one another’s story.

About The Clarice Artist Partner Program

The Clarice’s Artist Partner Program curates a multi-arts performance series with regional, national and international artists and creative innovators. The program is dedicated to creating performance and learning opportunities for our students and our community through artist residencies, workshops, masterclasses, K-12 student matinees and artistic exchange. We believe artists can be catalysts for community change, leadership and empowerment. As part of a major public research university, the Artist Partner Program is committed to the creation and investigation of new work and new ways of participating in the performing arts.

WHAT: alight dance theater in Faerie

WHEN: Friday, May 11, 2018 at 7 pm

WHERE: The Meyer Performance Theater, Joe’s Movement Emporium, 3309 Bunker Hill Road, Mt. Rainier, MD 20712.

COST: Tickets are pay-what-you-wish and can be purchased online at www.joesmovement.org

Violent Delights: A Shakespearean Brawl-esque Sideshow opens at Joe’s Movement Emporium!

Off the Quill returns to Joe’s with their popular sideshow last performed in 2013.

MOUNT RAINIER, MD April 11, 18—Off the Quill returns to Joe’s Movement Emporium’s Meyer Performance Theater April 27 – May 5 with a deliciously savage “Violent Delights” sideshow. The performance includes many familiar faces for Off the Quill fans and will feature the dazzling physicality and ambitious choreography that has made the group stand out to audience and critics alike. Fans and foes of Shakespeare alike will find a special treat in this glorious “circus of violent delight.” Tickets are $23 general admission and $17 for students and seniors and can be purchased online at www.joesmovement.org. Joe’s is located at 3309 Bunker Hill Road, Mt. Rainier, MD 20712.

About Violent Delights

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Blending stage combat, dance, physical theater, clowning, and traditional theatrical convention, a charismatic Ringmaster will lead you through Shakespeare’s most spectacular life or death scenarios.  But remember, Violent Delights have violent ends.

“Alluring and disturbing in equal parts, the “violent” part of Violent Delights is sure to engage the audience.”

– Kathleen Joyce, DC Theatre Scene, 2013

About Off the Quill

Off the Quill was founded by four like-minded friends (Patrick Mullen, Katie Wanschura, Leanne Dinverno, and J. Peter Langsdorf) who wanted to create a different kind of theater experience. One that blends many different mediums, like stage combat, dance, clowning, physicality, to present truly compelling stories to the audience. We aim to take classic and modern stories and make them our own, either by writing new material or presenting them in innovative ways.

WHAT:              Off the Quill’s “Violent Delights: A Shakespearean Brawl-esque Sideshow”

WHEN:             April 27 – May 5

WHERE:            The Meyer Performance Theater, Joe’s Movement Emporium, 3309 Bunker Hill Road, Mt. Rainier, MD 20712.

COST:              General Admission $23, Students & Seniors $17

 

Lesole’s Dance Project in Partnership with Joe’s Movement Emporium,   Celebrates South Africa’s Youth Day & Juneteenth   “Freedom of Expression”

Lesole’s Dance Project returns to Joe’s Movement Emporium for an expansion of their original residency concept.

_DSC1310Lesole’s Dance Project (LDP) will honor South Africa’s Youth Day and Juneteenth during their 15th anniversary with the return of the 9th annual “Freedom of Expression” celebration on June 16, 2018 at 8pm and June 17, 2018 at 4pm at Joe’s Movement Emporium in Mt. Rainier, MD.  Tickets are $25 general admission, $15 for students and seniors, and there are a limited number of VIP tickets available for purchase for $40. Tickets can be purchased online at www.joesmovement.org. Joe’s is located at 3309 Bunker Hill Road, Mt. Rainier, MD 20712.

About “Freedom of Expression”

lesole-101713LDP will immerse the audience into South African Culture and take them on a journey through the Zululand (Kwa Zulu Natal) to Lesotho with song and dance. The company will perform signature works such as Indlamu, “a traditional Zulu dance”, Setso Sarono “a Sotho traditional dance” and Khoba (a traditional dance from Botswana made possible by Maryland State Arts Council). As part of LDP’s 15 years of dancing, they will introduce new works such as “Shepelani” from the Shona people and “Pathisi” from Botswana with special guest artist Odirile Rammoni, the artistic director of Ngwao Letshwao established in 2005.

About Lesole’s Dance Project

lsLesole’s Dance Project, founded by Baba (Nkanyezi) Lesole Z. Maine in 2003, is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization. The company creates and performs works that highlight the unique qualities of Afro-Fusion dance and provides educational programs on the movement and history of popular South African culture to schools and communities across the world. In 2009, LDP launched its First International Edu-dance Program in South Africa with the help of its board and generous donors. In August 2012, the company returned to South Africa to continue, enhance and strengthen the program established with the help of local artists and teachers in the townships of Sebokeng and Alexandra South Africa.

WHAT:              Lesole’s Dance Project “Freedom of Expression”

WHEN:             Saturday, June 16, 2018 at 8 pm and Sunday June 17, 2018 at 4 pm

WHERE:            The Meyer Performance Theater, Joe’s Movement Emporium, 3309 Bunker Hill Road, Mt. Rainier, MD 20712.

COST:              $40 (VIP) $25 (General Admission) $15 (Children under 15, Students & Seniors)

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Joe’s Movement Emporium is a cultural arts hub that acts as a catalyst for creativity and economic opportunity for all through programs and productions in education, the performing arts, and work readiness. Located in the town center of Mt. Rainier, Maryland within the Prince George’s County Gateway Arts District, the organization supports and promotes creative projects of local artists and community groups.  For additional information on programs and events, please visit www.joesmovement.org.

 

ADRAIN BOLTON PRODUCTION returns to JOE’S MOVEMENT EMPORIUM with”My Neighbor’s Caring Love”

ADRAIN BOLTON PRODUCTION returns to JOE’S MOVEMENT EMPORIUM with”My Neighbor’s Caring Love”

PRESS CONTACT:
Contact: Adrain Bolton, Director of Adrain Bolton Production
Cellular Number: 202-632-4865
Email: adrainbolton8570@comcast.net

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Adrian Bolton

ADRAIN BOLTON PRODUCTION PRESENTS “MY NEIGHBOR’S CARING LOVE” is an original production of dance, drama, and song, community bond, love, encouragement and charity. In order to survive during today’s economic hardships of hopelessness, the production gives an uplifting message that together all mankind need one another to lean on to restore dreams of a triumphant life of hope.

Produced, written, directed and choreographed by Adrain Bolton world renowned artist and recipient of Alvin Ailey American Dance Center. Performed by a cast of professional and pre-professional dancers, actors, and singers. ” My Neighbor’s Caring Love” is uplifting and enjoyable for all ages.

Performances: Friday September 14, 2018 at 10am

Tickets:

  • $15 Advance Group Rate: (10 or More)*
  • $20 Advance General Admission Discount
  • $25 General Admission At The Door Day Of Production

Performances: Friday September 14, 2018 at 8pm
Saturday September 15, 2018 at 3pm & 7pm
Sunday September 16, 2018 at 3pm

Tickets:

  • $20 Advance Group Rate: (10 or More)*
  • $25 Advance General Admission Discount
  • $30 General Admission At The Door Day Of Production

Location: Joe’s Movement Emporium (Black Box Theatre)
3309 Bunker Hill Road
Mount Rainier, MD 20712

Purchase Tickets Online @ www.joesmovement.org

*FOR ADVANCE GROUP RATE TICKETS CALL/TEXT ADRAIN BOLTON PRODUCTION @ 404-632-4865

Orange Grove Dance Deepens Understanding of Mount Rainier though Dance, Film and Projections

The group returns to Joe’s Movement Emporium for an expansion of their original residency concept.

Orange Grove Dance return to Joe’s Movement Emporium April 16 – 20 for a NextLOOK residency at Joe’s Movement Emporium in partnership with The Clarice. The revival of “The 1 Mile Radius Project” will happen throughout Mount Rainier, MD on Friday, April 20th at 7 pm. Last year saw record-breaking crowds participating in this interactive art installation combined with innovative dance techniques by University of Maryland students. This year looks to deepen the exploration of the neighborhood building on footage and stories already captured in 2017. Tickets are pay-what-you-wish and can be purchased online at www.joesmovement.org/The1MileRadius. Joe’s is located at 3309 Bunker Hill Road, Mt. Rainier, MD 20712.

 

About The One Mile Radius Project

An expansion of Orange Grove Dance’s 2016-2017 NextLOOK residency, part two of The 1 Mile Radius Project  allows for deeper exploration of the unique spaces within a one-mile radius of Joe’s Movement Emporium in Mount Rainier, MD. “Our human imprint and the memory of our movement linger in spaces well after we have migrated through them,” states Orange Grove Dance co-founders Colette Krogol and Matt Reeves. The 1 Mile Radius Project will explore these imprints and through dance, film and projections, it will investigate the personal and uniquely traversed spaces of the community, zooming into and magnifying the intimate nooks and crevices of seemingly familiar areas.

About Orange Grove Dance

Orange Grove Dance, founded in 2007 by Colette Krogol and Matt Reeves, is built on the ideals of integrating dance, design, film, and movement with all communities.

Colette Krogol and Matt Reeves are dancers, choreographers, filmmakers, and teaching artists. They have been making work collaboratively for over ten years as the Artistic Directors of Orange Grove Dance. In 2017 they were selected as the ‘Audience Choice Award’ winner of the 34th Annual Choreographers Showcase Award for their work Holding, Here, which was described by Dance Metro DC as a “magically spun… visual tale of suspension, tension, and community within a multilayered moving painting”.

About The Clarice Artist Partner Program

The Clarice’s Artist Partner Program curates a multi-arts performance series with regional, national and international artists and creative innovators. The program is dedicated to creating performance and learning opportunities for our students and our community through artist residencies, workshops, masterclasses, K-12 student matinees and artistic exchange. We believe artists can be catalysts for community change, leadership and empowerment. As part of a major public research university, the Artist Partner Program is committed to the creation and investigation of new work and new ways of participating in the performing arts.

WHAT:              Orange Grove Dance in “The One Mile Radius Project”

WHEN:             Friday, April 20, 2018 at 7 pm

 WHERE:            Event begins in the Meyer Performance Theater, Joe’s Movement Emporium, 3309 Bunker Hill Road, Mt. Rainier, MD 20712. Guests should expect to walk with installation throughout Mt. Rainier. 

COST:              Tickets are pay-what-you-wish and can be purchased online at www.joesmovement.org/onemileradius.

 

Joe’s Movement Emporium Expands Summer Arts Learning Experiences to Elizabeth Seton High School

Summer Arts Learning at Elizabeth Seton High School for youth ages 7 – 13 in partnership with Joe’s Movement Emporium and End Time Harvest Ministries

Summer Arts Learning At Elizabeth Seton High SchoolBLADENSBURG, MD— Enrollment is now open for Summer Arts Learning at Seton with Joe’s Movement Emporium for ages 7 – 13 June of 2018. Camps will feature visual arts, dance, and music programming. Each two-week camp has unique curriculum that culminates in a performance showcase and art exhibition. The camp runs for two sessions: July 9 – 20 and July 23 – August 3, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Elizabeth Seton High School, 5715 Emerson St, Bladensburg, MD. To register:  http://www.joesmovement.org/seton.

Summer Arts Learning at Elizabeth Seton High School is an expansion of Joe’s Movement Emporium’s current arts education programs. Joe’s own popular summer program, Camp Joe’s, grew out of Club Joe’s, an arts-based after-care program for elementary aged youth, which is celebrating 20 years of service this year. The recent popularity of these two programs has seen many students who seek arts education experiences turned away due to lack of space or scholarship funding. Joe’s has long dreamed to expand its reach and provide access to arts education through partnerships like this on with Elizabeth Seton High School and End Time Harvest Ministries.

“Not enough children in Prince George’s County have access to affordable, accessible and incredible arts programming. Arts education is basic human development. I’m so grateful to people like Sister Ellen Marie for her vision to use Seton’s beautiful facility to serve her community. Without partnerships like these,” says Brooke Kidd, Founder and Executive Director of Joe’s Movement Emporium, “Joe’s may not have the opportunity to extend our reach to so many new families and students.”

“And Elizabeth Seton High School is equally as thrilled to collaborate with Joe’s Movement Emporium and End Time Harvest Ministries in strengthening the community through arts engagement.  Seton has been a long-time member of the surrounding area, and we are eager to deepen a sense of belonging in families so that they can access the services that are available to them and improve the lives of their children,” says Sister Ellen Marie, a graduate of Seton and a native of the area.

Parents praise for Joe’s arts education programs continues to roll in: “The staff at Joe’s are top notch and really care about their students. There is nothing comparable in our area.”  “Joe’s has brought out talents in my children that I didn’t know they had: tumbling! comedy! dance! the joy of performance and creativity! I truly think it will last a lifetime.”   “I appreciate Joe’s focus on creativity in motion, especially in this day in age where we struggle to keep our kids active and fit. My kid always comes home tired from Joe’s… a good thing.”

FACTS & CALENDAR INFORMATION

WHAT
Summer Arts Learning at Elizabeth Seton with Joe’s Movement Emporium

WHEN
July 9 – 20 and July 23 – Aug. 3, 2018

Camp schedule:
Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. (no extended care available), with an orientation on Tuesday, June 27 at 6:00 p.m.

Performance & Art Exhibition schedule:
July 20, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. and August 3, 2018 at 4:00 p.m.

WHERE
Elizabeth Seton High School | 5715 Emerson Street, Bladensburg

DETAILS
Two 2-week full-day summer arts camp for students ages 7 – 13. Campers are divided by age into groups. Each 2-week session culminates with a performance showcase and art exhibition open to families. In addition, a “Special Family Creative Arts Night” will be held Friday night during the program to allow parents to engage with the camp experience.

COST
$450 per child per each 2-week session | Financial assistance is available

CONTACT
www.joesmovement.org/seton | 301-699-1819 | brooke@joesmovement.org

ABOUT JOE’S MOVEMENT EMPORIUM
Established in 1995, Joe’s Movement Emporium is a cultural arts hub that acts as a catalyst for creativity and economic opportunity. Based in Mount Rainier, Maryland in the Prince George’s Gateway Arts District, Joe’s serves more than 70,000 visitors annually. Joe’s has five arts-based youth programs that bridge the creative divide between under-resourced families and those with means. Through programs and productions in education, performing arts, and work readiness, Joe’s integrates progressive education, creativity, and youth development.

In 2016, Joe’s achieved the Standards of Excellence through the Maryland Association of Nonprofits, which validates and promotes our exemplary work in youth arts education programming. Additionally, Joe’s earned the highest possible rating through Maryland EXCELS (level 1) based upon nationally recognized quality standards and best practices. This rating allows Joe’s to receive state funds to expand our reach in providing high quality arts education to youth in our community.

ABOUT ELIZABETH SETON HIGH SCHOOL
Since 1959, the Daughters of Charity have owned and operated Elizabeth Seton High School as a place where young women are empowered to learn, lead, and serve others. Their creativity, talents, and enthusiasm are nurtured and challenged as they prepare to take their places as tomorrow’s leaders. For more than 50 years, ESHS has inspired young women to reach their goals, opened their minds to diverse people and ideas, and prepared them to adapt and succeed in the future. A Seton education is an investment that yields benefits for a lifetime.

ABOUT END TIME HARVEST MINISTRIES
Since 1996, End Time Harvest Ministries, Inc. (ETHM) has positively impacted the lives of hundreds of youth and families throughout Prince George’s County, Maryland. Strengthening families is a primary outcome of ETHM’s social and human services. End Time Harvest Ministries BUILDS and EMPOWERS youth leaders to IMPACT the health and wealth of Port Towns and Prince George’s County communities by equipping youth with educational, social, economic and moral life skills.

PRESS CONTACTS
Neena Narayanan, Marketing & Communications, Joe’s Movement Emporium
301-699-1819 | neena@joesmovemnet.org

Alyssa Doherty, Marketing Director, Elizabeth Seton High School
301-864-4532 | adoherty@setonhs.org

Take Laughter With You returns to Joe’s!

Take Laughter With You – The Second Annual Benefit for Clowns Without Borders at Joe’s Movement Emporium will be held at 6pm, Saturday, March 17th. Warning: Show may provoke, laughter, wonder, and hope against all odds!

The second annual benefit is a true variety show: Clean comedy for adults and kids and all kinds of circus and variety arts. Each year, top-notch performers volunteer their time and talent to wow audiences for a great cause. Proceeds of the show support CWB-USA’s work of relieving suffering through laughter in areas of crisis all over the world. This show will support CWB’s tour in the Balkans where hundreds of thousands of refugees are seeking asylum.

The event is hosted by CWB Board Member and performing artist, Kolleen Kintz, and includes performances by the area’s top performers. Expect variety including acrobatics, aerialists, comedy, and juggling by Christian Kloc, Drew Richardson, Anthony Oliva, Elise Sipos, Jane Bryan, Julia Quigley, Kiersten VanHouten, Krystan Silva, Lessie Longstreet, Kim DeAngelis, Sophia DeAngelis, and Matthew Pauli. The evening also includes performances by Clowns Without Borders performing artists Bobby Kintz, Brendon Gawel, Alex Orthwein and Kaitlin Kaufman.

Doors open at 5:30pm, with a 6:00pm curtain. All tickets are $20, and may be purchased online at: http://bit.ly/2BcQuUt or at the door. For additional information, visit www.clownswithoutborders.org

 

West African Drum & Dance in Mt. Rainier, MD: Soul in Motion Players Deliver Another Audience Pleaser in “Prequel”

In anticipation of their 35th anniversary in 2019, Soul in Motion Players highlight their encore performances from the last four years this Black History Month at Joe’s

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Soul in Motion Players return to Joe’s Movement Emporium with “Prequel” on Saturday, February 24th at 8 pm and Sunday, February 25th at 4 pm. This popular annual anniversary show is an audience favorite that reaches across generations with heart-pounding rhythms, stunning choreography from the cultural diaspora, and beautiful traditional costuming. Tickets are $25 for adults, $15 for students and seniors with ID, and $10 for children 10 and under. Tickets can be purchased by calling 301-699-1819 or visiting Joe’s online at www.joesmovement.org. Joe’s is located at 3309 Bunker Hill Road, Mt. Rainier, MD 20712.

About Prequel

The Soul in Motion Players celebrate their 34th season with their annual Black History Month performance. This year, ‘Prequel’ will highlight their encore performances from the last four years. The audience will be treated to drum rhythms inspired by the cultural diaspora including Brazil, Cuba, and the Western Region of Africa. This year’s choreographers are Pam Lassiter, Charla Lewis, and Adjetey Klufio (from Ghana).

About Soul in Motion Players

Soul in Motion Players is a non-profit performing arts organization, founded in 1984 by percussionist Michael Friend, that specializes in African dance, drumming, theatre and spoken word. The ensemble is based in Rockville, MD and rehearses weekly at Joe’s Movement Emporium in Mount Rainier, MD. Soul in Motion is directed by Michael Friend and Pam Lassiter Rhone.  The group performs in and around the Washington DC area at various festivals including the Washington Folk Festival, The Takoma Park Folk Festival, Dance Africa, Juneteenth Celebration in St. Mary’s County, and Rockville’s MLK Celebration.  The ensemble traveled to Dakar Senegal in March-April 2011 to study with the Senegalese Ballet and to visit key cites including Goree Island. Additionally, in 2011 Soul in Motion received the prestigious Montgomery County Executive Community Award for Excellence in the Arts.

WHAT:  Soul in Motion Players in “Prequel”

WHEN: Saturday, February 24th at 8 pm and Sunday, February 25th at 4 pm

WHERE: The Meyer Performance Theater, Joe’s Movement Emporium, 3309 Bunker Hill Road, Mt. Rainier, MD 20712

COST: Tickets are $25 for adults, $15 for students and seniors with ID, $10 for children aged 10 & under