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.

Joe’s is Hiring!

Arts Education Program Assitant & Studio Manager Positions OPEN

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION: MAY 3

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Position Overview 

The Arts Education Department provides year-round service in the visual and performing arts that meets after school and during the summer. The Arts Education Program Assistant position assists in daily service delivery to 60-75 children ages 5 – 12.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities 

An excellent candidate has an ability to motivate children through positive reinforcement, conflict resolution, collaboration, and leadership skills.  Knowledge and experience in class management is required. Knowledge of one or more arts education areas is essential to supporting participants. Program Assistants are expected to play, create and participate as an example to students actively engaged in the creative process.   

Click to learn more: http://www.joesmovement.org/arts_education_job

160319_1455Studio Manager

The Studio Manager at Joe’s plays a critical role in facilitating artist and community member enjoyment of creative experiences at our performing arts center.  The Studio Manager is sensitive to artists needs and supportive of patrons and participants engaging in the arts.  Duties include reception, including but not limited to answering the phone and greeting all who enter the space, space use management, and revenue collection for several programs.  This position works to ensure that everyone has the best experience possible at Joe’s while providing information to the public.  The Studio Manager is responsible for all activities scheduled during a shift and, at times, will be supervising another staff member or volunteer.

Click to learn more: http://www.joesmovement.org/studio_manager_job

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.

 

Celebrate Love, Central Asian Style!

Celebrate Uyghur & Central Asian Culture!

Saturday, February 17, 2018
JOE’S MOVEMENT EMPORIUM
(Just 1o minutes from downtown DC)
5:30 pm  Bazaar Opens
6:00 pm  Silk Road Buffet (limited availability)
7:00 pm   Concert Begins
In a special concert scheduled for Saturday, February 17th, the 4th Biennial Silk Road Dance Festival features unique Central Asian traditions. Shop in a bazaar, enjoy Uyghur food, music and dance, then attend a Bukharan wedding celebration.
 
TICKET OPTIONS:
$40 includes concert and Silk Road Buffet
(limited availability for buffet; order early)
$25 concert only advance ticket
$30 concert only at the door
 
SPECIAL CONCERT ONLY DISCOUNT!
$20 – Offer good only through February 12th
Use discount code: EARLYWEDDINGPRESENT

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Wedding in Bukhara presents timeless dances and rituals from the hidden world of the ich kari – the women’s quarters- that welcome a new bride into the family. Silk Road Dance Company – and guest artists Irfan Otkur and Lana –  recreate a 19th century, celebration with Uzbek, Tajik, Afghan, Persian, Uighur and Indian performances that reflect the ethnic diversity of Bukhara, an ancient oasis city on the Silk Road.
The evening also includes offerings from Bukharan Jewish traditions: dances of the Sozanda female entertainers as well as from the distinctive Mavrigirepertoire of Farsi-speaking Jewish refugees from Merv, Turkmenistan. Fabulous Central Asian costumes and tapestries, many of them antique, add to the ambiance of the concert.

Alexandra Kelly Colburn cordially invites you to the premiere of…

Alexandra Kelly Colburn cordially invites you to the premiere of…
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Presented as part of the NextLOOK Series*
November 17, 2017
7:30pm
Mt. Rainier, MD
 
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termiNATION is an in-process movement-based solo work investigating life and death through the lens of a pregnant war widow. Inspired by an adolescence and early adulthood steeped in the events of post-9/11 and the recent inauguration of Donald Trump, this piece explores the role women have to play as we carry this new era of politics to term. In the maelstrom of American culture, 21st century colonialism and the cyclical blind faith to trust the institution, termiNATION looks to use the last sixteen years worth of politics, perspective and war to ask ourselves what kind of world we want to create for our children.
 
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Tickets to this event are Pay-What-You-Wish but they go fast! 
There will be a pre-show engagement installation and a feedback session after the performance.

Audience Confronts Grief in New Theatrical Work

Joe’s Movement Emporium and The Clarice present the second performance of the 2017-18 NextLOOK season featuring a one-woman show exploring grief, female roles and choices in a Donald Trump America.

Alexandra Kelly Colburn enters residency at Joe’s Movements Emporium from November 13th – 17th for a 5-day residency culminating in a performance of her work-in-process “termiNATION.” Colburn will be creating a platform on her website to allow the public to anonymously interact with her character’s grieving process in a post-9/11 world. Audience can visit www.kellycolburn.com to explore more. The final in-process performance will take place in Joe’s blackbox theater on Friday, November 17th at 7 pm. Tickets are pay-what-you-wish with a suggested donation of $15 per person, and 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.

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About “termiNATION”

termiNATION is an in-process movement-based solo work investigating life and death through the lens of a pregnant war widow. Inspired by an adolescence and early adulthood steeped in the events of post-9/11 and the recent inauguration of Donald Trump, this piece explores the role women must play as we carry this new era of politics to term. In the maelstrom of American culture, 21st century colonialism and the cyclical blind faith to trust the institution, termiNATION looks to use the last sixteen years’ worth of politics, perspective and war to ask ourselves what kind of world we want to create for our children.

About the NextLOOK Series

Established in 2014, NextLOOK supports the development of new music, plays, dance and other experiences by regionally-based performing artists. Selected through a yearly application process, NextLOOK artists are given a stipend and access to rehearsal and performance space at Joe’s Movement Emporium. These artists also collaborate with The Clarice and Joe’s Movement Emporium staff to construct innovative methods of deepening the audience’s involvement in their creative process. By removing logistical barriers and providing a sounding board for artists creating new work, NextLOOK invests in the regional arts ecology and creates an accessible, exploratory environment that connects intriguing artists with adventurous audiences. All NextLOOK performances are pay-what-you-wish.

WHAT:                      termiNATION

WHEN:                      Friday, November 17, 2017 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. Suggested donation $15 per person online and/or at door.

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What can you get with a 10-class pass?

Joe’s 10-class pass is a beautiful thing. For $110, only $11 per class, you get access to 10 of Joe’s Movement Emporium’s movement classes. This means you can mix it up week by week depending on the type of movement your body needs.

Take a look at some of the ways you can move at Joe’s with a 10-class pass!

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MONDAY

6:30 – 7:30 pm Vinyasa Yoga with Brooke Kidd: A great class for beginner to intermediate yoga students looking for the perfect way to unwind after the start of the week. Brooke Kidd is an experience and gentle instructor who gives lots of variations for all levels of experience.
6:30 – 7:30 pm Pilates with Tyecia Powell: Get pumped up for your week with upbeat instructor Ty Powell. Baltimore house tunes and endless encouragement get you through an hour of interval training and pilates moves. Your core will thank you.

TUESDAY

7:30 – 8:30 pm Hip Hop Dance with Kendra Johnson: Looking for a hip hop class for you or your teen – look no further. Kendra Johnson’s fun class moves and grooves to classic tunes and requires no previous dance knowledge or experience. Bring a friend and learn some new moves!
8:30 – 9:30 pm Dancehall with Erica Rae: Discover the world of dancehall to a driving Caribbean beat with Erica Rae’s Dancehall class. If you’re looking to move, sweat, and feel great in your body, this is the class for you.

WEDNESDAY

11:30 am – 12:30 pm Gentle Yoga with Brooke Kidd: A great class for those with limited mobility, recovering from an injury, or brand new to yoga. Transitions between movements are done carefully and positions are given with many variations so one is ever left out.
7 – 8 pm Salsa with Chivonnie Gius: Instructor Chivonnie Guis brings salsa back to Joe’s with this fun salsa class perfect for individuals or partners. No dance experience or partner is needed. Salsa with Chivonnie allows for beginners to learn new moves and more experienced dancers to develop further.
8 – 9 pm Off the Wall Dance with Rakeem & Chris: Friends Rakeem and Chris bring the moves of Michael Jackson to the studio with Off the Wall Dance. Beginners are welcome to get in and get grooving with the style and flair of the Kind of Pop.

THURSDAY

6 – 7 pm Pilates with Tyecia Powell: Mount Rainier residents will love the time of this class. With a 6 pm start time you’re done with your workout by 7 pm and home in time to walk the dog! We love that this upbeat class makes your muscles ache in the best way possible the next day.
7 – 8 pm Tai Chi with Normon Greene: Take it slow and enjoy the movement through the study of Tai Chi Chun long form.

SATURDAY

9:30 – 11:00 am Advanced Vinyasa Yoga with Brooke Kidd: A class for students more comfortable with vinyasa flow. Here you’ll find diversity in ages, sizes and body types. Anyone and everyone will feel at home in our studio filled with beautiful morning light.

SUNDAY

5 – 6:30 pm Vinyasa Yoga with Hermione Rhones: A wonderful class for a student looking for a little extra TLC from their instructor. Rhones is hands on with her adjustments and gives the most beautiful little massage to all her students during final shavasana.

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Robot Studio Workshop for ages 10 – 14

Joe’s welcomes Robot Studio Workshop for ages 10 – 14 starting October 21st!

Robot Studio Workshop

Robot Studio Workshops get kids coding in minutes, even kids who are terrified of math and kids who have no experience coding. The secret? Sphero a playful robot that introduces kids to the world of robotics and computer science in a unique and engaging way.

Sphero also lets kids discover and experience fundamental STEM principles and theories in practice. In Robot/Studio Workshop I, students explore Newton’s Laws of Motion through a series of challenging activities. They learn how to problem solve, think scientifically and create unique solutions, the same way that programmers, scientists and engineers do in the real world.

The workshop seeks to ease anxiety around math and science by letting kids learn by doing, guided by their natural sense of curiosity and playfulness.

In a future where coding and STEM will be as important as reading and writing, Sphero instills the desire to create and explore using the language and tools of tomorrow.

To Register:

  1. Click here
  2. Go to ONLINE STORE tab
  3. Select Series and Memberships
  4. Choose Robot Studio Workshop

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Instructor Wail Khalid

WKhalid_Headshot_SquareWail Khalid comes to Joe’s with over a decade of experience producing video for public television and non-profit organizations and a lifelong interest in technology. In 2013, Wail discovered a passion for working with young adults while producing a promotional video for a youth center. Using a workshop model, Wail developed and implemented a curriculum that gives young adults insight and tools to decoding, critically analyzing, and creating visual media. Wail also recognized the need to empower young minds by demystifying the technology that dominates many of today’s life experiences. He developed a hands-on workshop that not only teaches coding and robotics, but also brings fundamental scientific theories and engineering concepts to life. His hope is that this approach to learning will inspire the next generation of programmers, engineers, scientists and garage tinkerers. 

Wail Khalid has BA in Anthropology from the American University in Cairo, an MA in Media Studies from The New School in New York City and a Cambridge ESL Certification from Academia in Basel, Switzerland.

WHAT: Robot Studio Workshop Series for Kids

WHERE: Joe’s Movement Emporium, 3309 Bunker Hill Road, Mount Rainier, MD 20712

WHEN: Saturdays, October 21st – December 16th (except November 25th) 10 am – 12:30 pm

AGES: 10 – 14

COST: $250 for all 8 weeks

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UpSpring Studio Presents POP – June 4th

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Sunday June 4th at 4pm
In the future, everyone will be famous.

In this aerial dance production, UpSpring Aerial Lab uses pop art as inspiration for new work in aerial fabric, aerial sling, dance trapeze, mini lyra, and poi. Featuring work inspired by Andy Warhol, Marisol, Roy Lichtenstein, May Wilson, Claes Oldenburg and more. Tickets $20 adults, $10 children and seniors at joesmovement.org. Children 2 and under free in an adult’s lap.

PURCHASENOWConcession sales at this event will benefit arts programs at Mount Rainier Elementary School. Proceeds from ticket sales help UpSpring to purchase new equipment and supplies to keep our students safe.

 

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Finding Your Breath
with Kirsty Little
Sunday, May 21st from 12-2pm

What makes an aerialist unique? How can you take commonly used aerial skills and make them your own? In this workshop, Kirsty will show you how!

Discover the influence of breath on gesture, movement quality, and emotion. Students of all levels will learn to use breath to direct their focus and actions as they execute familiar tricks and movement patterns. Students will leave with new tools that will help them layer their movement with a quality that makes it original. This workshop is for students of any level, from beginner to advanced, who wish to enhance their awareness of breath in their movements. No prerequisites other than a willingness to explore something new. $70. Click here to register or email upspringstudio@gmail.com with questions.

Note: This workshop has a minimum enrollment of 3 students and a maximum of 8.

Kirsty has been a circus performer for 25 years. She has performed everywhere from the street carnivals of Italy to major corporate events, from Buckingham Palace to Tokyo. Kirsty recently won the Guinness World Record for greatest number of syncronized silks performers. She is interested in aerial movement that takes the audience beyond the WOW of tricks and transports them into a journey through the performer’s vocabulary. (Photo credit Levi Gerschowitz)