Meet the artists of 40 and UP!

Erica Rebollar & Friends in 40 and UP!

Erica Rebollar, Director of RebollarDance, will partner with 8 professional artists over 40 years of age to celebrate the works, wit and wisdom of age.

With a cast of nationally recognized choreographers from Los Angeles, Colorado, Minnesota, South Carolina, Baltimore, and DC, this evening length shared show, 40 and UP! will highlight diverse themes and genres of dance. Featuring the best chPURCHASENOWoreographers from the DC/Baltimore area plus critically acclaimed out of town guest artists, the work is slated for success.

Participating artists joining Erica Rebollar include Helanius Wilkins, Sharon Mansur, Dan Kwong, Sandra Lacy, Jack Kirven, Giselle Rusany, and Malcolm Shute.

About the Artists (full bios).

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Erica Rebollar’s “Rachmaninoff Prelude” is a condensation of quick-twitch, fast-fire movements performed at warp speed.

Erica Rebollar was born in Madrid, began studies at Washington School of Ballet, and completed her MFA in choreography at UCLA. As an undergraduate student, she received ACDA’s national award in choreography. With the founding of RebollarDance in 2003, Erica Rebollar created a modern dance collaborative where multi-genre artists can make innovative work.

Rebollar produced her first show in 1999 at Seatlle’s Mime Theater. She was a 3-time Lester Horton Award nominee in Los Angeles.  Awarded the prestigious Mabou Mines Suites residency program in NYC, Erica showed evening length works at PS 122 and St. Mark’s Church.  She was a recipient of Joyce Soho’s A.W.A.R.D show, performing at Judson Church, DTW (NY Live Arts), DNA, TPAC, and the Flea.

Upon relocating to DC, RebollarDance has received funding from the Art Council of Fairfax County, Kennedy Center’s LDCP grant, Culture DC’s Mead Theatre Lab Program/CityDance at Strathmore, and space grants from American Dance Institute and Dance Place. The company has performed numerous evenings at Dance Place, VelocityDC/ Harman Hall/Shakespeare Theatre, Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage, ADI, Atlas, Roundhouse, and Jack Guidone Theaters. Nominated for two Dance Metro DC Awards, RebollarDance has been twice highlighted as a Season Pick in City Paper and Washington Post with features on WAMU radio, FOX 5, and NBC news shows, along with a feature in the “Arts and Power” issue of DC Magazine/Modern Luxury.  Hailed as “exactly what the District needs”, RebollarDance received a 2013 Dance Metro DC Award for “Excellence in Choreography”.

Erica was recently Visiting Artist and is the current full time Visiting Lecturer at UMBC’s Dance Department and adjunct faculty at GMU’s Dance Department. Erica is the 2016/17 recipient of the prestigious Pola Nirenska award for “Outstanding Contributions to Dance”. Her company RebollarDance is the awardee of Dance Place’s Space Grant for their recent spring tour. For more details, see

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Inspired by the castells of Catalonia, Orange Grove Dance creates new work for Joe’s stage

Exploring the metaphorical castells in everyday relationships


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Colette Krogol and Matt Reeves, Artistic Directors of Orange Grove Dance, bring their newest work to the Joe’s stage Friday, April 1 at 8 pm and Saturday, April 2 at 8 pm. “Un castell built for two” redefines partner work in contemporary dance through innovative new methods. The artists tell us, “The castells of Catalonia have made us ask the question of where these physical metaphors exist in our own community.” In this new work, they are in process of finding these new methods. They continue, “It’s about weight. It’s about the weight of our bodies. It’s about holding each other and building. Where are our castells in our everyday relationships? What are we building? Who are we supporting?”

About “Un castell built for two”

“Un castell built for two” is a new evening length work, paralleling the precarious balance of human tower building and the powerful connections it brings to its participants and audience. Profoundly inspired by their recent residency work in Llorenç Del Penedes, Spain, partners Matt Reeves and Colette Krogol use their embodied knowledge of contact improvisation and partnering work to explore new methods of weight sharing, relationship, and interdependence.

About Orange Grove Dance

yYIgrr-jArtistic Directors, Colette Krogol and Matt Reeves are dancers, choreographers, filmmakers, and teaching artists. Currently they reside in the DC area have earned their MFA’s in Dance from The University of Maryland. They hold Bachelors of Fine Arts in Dance from the University of Florida and upon graduating they collectively began the vision and creation of Orange Grove Dance, a multi-media dance company who creates athletic visual experiences through the lens of dance, film, and design.


Tickets are $20 per person. Group discount rates are available. Please contact for more information. To purchase tickets visit the website or call 301-699-1819.

Joe’s Movement Emporium is the largest independent performing arts center in Prince George’s County, MD. Founded in 1995, it is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that incorporates dance, movement and performing arts traditions from around the world into exceptional educational and artistic experiences. Joe’s unique ability to utilize the arts as a vehicle for progressive education, workforce training and economic growth have made it one of the most well- respected nonprofit organizations in the region.

EVENT ANNOUCMENT: Nootana presents Looking Glass

Nootana presents Looking Glass

Nootana presents their 4th annual spring showcase, and original dance drama, “Looking Glass,” on May 21, 2016, at Joe’s Movement Emporium.

In this captivating tale of a beautiful queen transforming herself and her kingdom from an environment of love, beauty, friendship, and compassion to the embodiment of vengeance, mystery, drama, and disintegration, Nootana continues to present the DC Metropolitan area with innovative renditions and perspectives of live Indian classical music and dance, incorporating perspectives and styles from all over the world.

Limited VIP tickets are available for front row seats with refreshments included.

Purchase tickets by clicking here.

About Nootana

As a dedicated, respectful, and talented group of artists, Nootana brings the Washington DC Metropolitan area its premier Indian Classical Music and Dance Ensemble, under the direction and vision of Rishi Das. Sanskrit for “Innovation,” Nootana is the first DC based ensemble performing these two traditional art forms together live, tastefully juxtoposing innovation and tradition but continuing to reinforce the roots of this historic tradition, in our unique multidisciplinary environment.

We strive to continue fostering innovation and preserving tradition through cultural expressions of music and dance throughout Metropolitan Washington DC. Please join us by supporting us at a performance, volunteering at one of our events, or joining our team of talented musicians and dancers.

As resident artists at Joe’s Movement Emporium, in Mt. Ranier, MD, Nootana has presented “Journey,” an enthralling tale of suspense, mystery, and drama told through Nootana’s unique expressions of Indian classical music and dance.

Dream Island Explores Memory and History At Joe’s Movement Emporium

Dancer, Choreographer Naoko Meshiba in Residence June 1-7 to Create, Perform New Work   

Mount Rainier, MD – Performer, choreographer, director and dancer Naoko Meshiba will be in residence at Joe’s Movement Emporium June 1-7, 2015 to create a new work entitled Dream Island .  Performances of the work will take place on June 6 and 7 at 8pm on both nights in Joe’s black box theater located at 3309 Bunker Hill Road in Mount Rainier, MD.   Tickets are $25 for general admission.  Students/artists/groups can contact Joe’s for special pricing.   The program is supported by a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council.

Meshiba describes Dream Island as a highly charged physical expression that is part carnival, part laboratory, part archeological trip.  “Melding movement, text, music, and installation, she explains, “it concocts thirteen vignettes infused with playful, humorous, explosive, amorphous, and dark absurdity. Initially inspired by a Japanese theme park built on the buried landfill called ‘Dream Island’, this piece digs, examines, and reveals layers of debris, getting deeper and more distant from the reality. The audience is asked to bear witness as five characters attempt to search, reconstruct, and uncover memories and histories that are tangible and fleeting, personal and collective.”

“The project directly support our goals of establishing a more robust presenting presence and cultivating new audiences, providing dynamic engagement and high-quality, meaningful cultural experiences for our community,” said Brooke Kidd, executive director of Joe’s about the program.  “Joe’s normal artistic programming will be diversified and augmented through this project.”

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About :  Dancer.  Choreographer.  Director.  Born in Kobe, Japan, Naoko Maeshiba comes from a diverse background in literature, linguistic, anthropology and theatre.  Maeshiba’s work to date has focused on revealing the unveiled state of the body through its contact with the immediate environment.  She carefully conceives and prepares space in its sculptural, auditory and visual dimensions for dance to visit the body.  Her solo and ensemble works range from site-specific improvisation in collaboration with musicians and visual artists to tightly choreographed full-evening length pieces in theatre.  They have been experience in both traditional and non-traditional venues in North America, Eur4ope and Japan.  Her 12-performer ensemble piece, “Paraffin,” treated the theme of loss of identity through socialization and received the Best Dance Performance Award from City Paper’s Best of Baltimore in 2009.  She is listed on the Maryland Performing Artist Touring roster of the Maryland State Arts Council.  

About Joe’s:  Joe’s Movement Emporium, Prince George’s County’s largest independent performing arts center, serves as the artistic base to over 25 artists and arts group of all disciplines. Complete with black box theater, three dance studios and an arts education wing, the facility serves nearly 70,000 individuals annually. As one of the region’s most well respected non-profit arts center, Joe’s successfully utilizes arts as a vehicle for cultural enrichment, economic growth, progressive education and workforce training, serving 3,500 youth last year alone.

Christal Brown/INSPIRIT presents The Opulence of Integrity: A Dance Work Inspired by the Life and Legend of Muhammad Ali

Washington, DC – Choreographer Christal Brown brings her company INSPIRIT to Joe’s Movement Emporium for the DC premiere of their latest work The Opulence of Integrity. Inspired by the public life and inner searching of boxing’s outspoken superstar, Muhammad Ali, Brown deploys her eclectic movement vernacular to illustrate the turmoil of a life infused by divinity yet misinterpreted by humanity. By using Ali as an archetype, The Opulence of Integrity explores the homogeneous inner struggle for identity as it pertains to men of color in the United States. Two performances will take place onSunday, March 8 at 7pm and Monday, March 9 at 7pm at Joe’s Movement Emporium, 3309 Bunker Hill Road, Mount Rainer, MD 20712.
The Opulence of Integrity is an evening-length work, divided into four movements. The work explores Ali’s career as a boxer, and his life as a social activist, public martyr, and human being. It takes an intimate and expansive look at the social, economic, and spiritual trappings that continually prohibit freedom, while drawing clear parallels of war, resistance, and perseverance through a historical lens.
In The Opulence of Integrity, Brown pours her own experience into the work and dedicates it to her father, brother, and uncle who, in her words, “fought but did not win” and to her son “whose battle has not yet begun.” Brown goes on to say that, “To be born branded by history, burdened by responsibility, and inspired towards greatness requires a committed heart and an opulence of integrity.”
The Opulence of Integrity is performed by six dancers. DC’s own Patrick Washington performs his original written invocation for this piece. There is also an element of projection that lays the backdrop for the cultural and social energy of each time period. The music score for the work was created by Zimbabwean composer Farai Malianga, whose contemporary take on the subject matter supports the choreography every step of the way. Lighting design by Nick Hung provides the audience with the feeling of watching history through the frames of old tattered photos while Aya Sibahara’s costuming infuses vibrancy and individualism to each character.
About Christal Brown 
Christal Brown is a choreographer, educator, performer, writer, and activist. She received her BFA in Dance and minor in Business from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Upon graduation, Brown has performed with Chuck Davis’ African-American Dance Ensemble, Andrea E.Woods/Souloworks, Gesel Mason Performance Projects, the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, and Urban Bush Women. Aside from performing, Brown is the Founding Artistic Director of INSPIRIT, a performance ensemble and educational conglomerate dedicated to bringing female choreographers together to collaborate and show new work. The Opulence of Integrity represents a departure from INSPIRIT’s usual milieu – it is Brown’s first foray into working with an all-male ensemble. Founded in 2000, INSPIRIT has been honored to show work at Aaron Davis Hall, St. Mark’s Church, The Joyce SoHo, The Lincoln Theater of Washington, D.C., and various other venues across countries. Brown also launched a nationwide youth initiative for teen girls called “Project: BECOMING” and developed a training module called “Liquid Strength.” Brown has been a resident artist of Dance New Amsterdam, Movement Research, and Tribeca Performing Arts Center, and is currently an Assistant Professor and Chair of the Dance Program at Middlebury College.
About Patrick Washington
Patrick Washington, a.k.a. Black Picasso, is regarded by many as one of the country’s premier performance poets, representing classic poetry for the hip-hop generation for over 20 years. Forged in Washington DC’s now legendary U Street Poetry Scene, Washington consistently proves himself a master of genre fusion. As part of The American Poetry Museum, he conducts interactive workshops, spreading his love for the spoken, written & the rhythmic word. As a teaching artist for Words Beats & Life, he utilizes his knowledge & love of hip-hop culture to connect young people to their communities. Washington has worked for several respected organizations: Young Audiences of Maryland, America Scores, Youthbuild, the Gateway Community Development Corporation, and Youthspeaks. As part of the hip-hop/spoken word duo the POEM-CEES, he created poems for the 2007 NFL draft, and wrote a poem dedicating the monument to Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on the national mall on October 16th 2011.
WHAT: Christal Brown/INSPIRIT: The Opulence of Integrity
WHEN: Sunday, March 8 at 7pm and Monday, March 9 at 7pm 
WHERE: Joe’s Movement Emporium, 3309 Bunker Hill Road, Mount Rainer, MD 20712 
TICKETS: $25 General Admission, $18 Discounted Admission for Students (with ID) and Seniors