Welcoming playwright James Ijames to the Joe’s!

Ally is thrilled to welcome playwright James Ijames to the show!

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We hope you will join us this Sunday, April 30th, for our 3PM matinee performance followed by a talk back with James and the cast. Don’t miss this unique opportunity for an intimate look inside the playwright’s process. No added cost, tickets available now.

PURCHASENOW


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The judges have spoken!

With a vision “to elevate, illuminate, and give rise to voices that have gone unheard, to peer inside and spend time in spaces unseen,” Ally Theatre is off to a stupendous start. Its inaugural staging of The Most Spectacularly Lamentable Trial of Miz Martha Washington is theatrical discovery of the best kind—a terrific script not to be missed, a production with pizzazz, and a bold new troupe to watch out for.

– John Stoltenberg for DC Metro Theatre Arts

Photo of Nate Shelton as The Honorable William Dandridge by Teresa Castracane Photography

The Most Spectacularly Lamentable Trial of Miz Martha Washington

April 22-May 20 2017
Joe’s Movement Emporium
3309 Bunker Hill Road
Mount Rainier, MD 20712
301-699-1819

EVENT ANNOUNCEMENT: Afta Shock DC brings Sensoria to Joe’s this June

Come, ignite your senses with this two-night, adult only event dedicated to the arts and human connection.

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Sensoria promises to be an experience you will not forget, including a visual arts gallery and dance performances featuring various styles of urban, cultural, and classical dance. Experience a total visual awakening with blended visual and performance art featuring a live painting by Luther from LW Arts, which an audience member will win!!

Presented by Afta Shock DC, Sensoria will highlight the works of several local artists …with a few surprises sprinkled along the way. Enhance your experience with a glass of wine, or treat yourself to our VIP Package.

Sensoria, an artists’ night time playground; to share, to play, to indulge.

PURCHASENOW

Standard Packages:
  • Single ticket w/wine: 30.00
  • Couples tickets/ w/ wine: 50.00

VIP Package: 85.00

  • Couples Tickets
  • Double wine
  • Preferred show seating
  • Hors d’oeuvres and Desserts
  • Live Painting Raffle Tickets

AftaShock-30-1DaRyus O’Neil has been a member of the DMV dance scene since 2006. After first being a member of the Univ. of MD team, Dynamic, he auditioned and was selected as a core member of Culture Shock, and from 2007-2012, he trained and performed in that role. In 2008, he was asked to be co-director of one of the company’s youth troupes, Future Shock; a role he enjoyed for 3 years. In 2011, he because Artistic Director of his own crew, Splittin’ Image, and it was in this role that DaRyus began to really explore his artistic voice. He ‘stopped’ dancing in 2013 when he returned for Doctoral Studies in Cancer Research at Georgetown University. However, that time would become just a break when DaRyus accepted the position as Artistic Director of Afta Shock in August of 2016.

DaRyus throughly enjoys dance and the experiences that dance has afforded him. Aside from performing over the globe, he attributes his personally success to the love and support that his dance family provides. His style is best characterized as Hip hop-plus. His choreography, crafted for expression often incorporates elements of classical and cultural dance styles in addition to hip hop. He believes in the execution of real hip hop as well as the successful marriage of multiple authentic forms of art.

We need your Stories! 1 MILE RADIUS PROJECT

1 MILE RADIUS PROJECT

E X P E R I E N C I N G    S P A C E   D I F F E R E N T L Y

ABOUT THE PROJECT

NextLOOK Artist, Orange Grove Dance will be exploring the unique spaces within a one-mile radius of Joe’s MovementEmporium. We are interested in how dance, film, and projection can conduct memory mapping of the less noticed, possibly forgotten parts of our seemingly familiar spaces. We want to zoom into and magnify the intimate nooks and over stepped crevices of the area.

CULMINATING PERFORMANCE APRIL 14. 

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SEND IN CONTENT

Send videos, pictures, and stories of the spaces you love ornotice. What makes home? How do you move through it? Before and after photos of spaces and people are also great. What was it like then and how is it now?

orangegrovedance@gmail.com

tweet us @followtheorange #1mileradiusproject

JOIN THE PROJECT – RESOURCING COMMUNITY

Through sidewalk chats, interviews, movement, and filmcollaborations, we have set out to create art and dialogue which will memory map the collective and personal experiences of the neighborhood space. WE NEED YOU!

BE A PART OF THIS COMMUNITY CURATION! If you have a connection within the Joe’s/Mt. Rainier/Brentwood 1 mile radius, we want you involved. Contact Orange Grove Dance, Joe’s, or Brentwood Arts Exchange to schedule an interview, or share an idea ofhow you would like to be involved.

OUR QUESTIONS

  • What is your favorite place in the neighborhood?

  • How do you get there?

  • Why is that place special to you?

  • TELL US: orangegrovedance@gmail.com

This performance is part of the NextLOOK series. For more information click here.

Aerial Yoga for the Average “Joe” at Joe’s

IMG_4206Find yourself sighing over perfectly instagrammed yoga goddesses folded into a flower wearing nothing by Lycra? SIGH NO MORE. You and your beautiful body can benefit from and experience the magic of aerial yoga right here in Mount Rainier, MD.

Join UpSpring Studio’s Kirsty Little Mondays at Joe’s Movement Emporium for an aerial yoga class that is accessible and enjoyable for bodies of all ages and abilities. Little describes her class as a”a combination of aerial fabrics, yoga poses, with a healthy does of humor.”

WHAT: Aerial Yoga

WHEN: Mondays at 12 noon (hour long class)

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

HOW MUCH: $35 to drop in. Register online at: upspringstudio.com/classes

Leave your fears on the ground and work with Kirsty and fellow classmates in comfort and safety on low-hung hammocks. The material and force of gravity provide gentle aids to increase your flexibility, strength and balance. Whether you’re a beginner in yoga/aerial or experienced in both, you’re welcome! Little reminds us, “you can never get too strong or too stretchy!”

Instructor Kirsty Little brings to the class her years of aerial training and a humor based approach that gently challenges the class while promoting relaxation. You’ll walk away feeling inspired, longer, taller and stronger.

Don’t trust us? Here’s what students are saying about Aerial Yoga:

“Aerial Yoga with Kirsty is the best way to start the week: relaxed and strengthened!” – Charlotte
“Kirsty is a fun inspiring teacher” – Andy

Questions? Concerns? Uncertain? Little offers mini sessions for potential students to try out the experience before committing to a class. Simply email her to set up a mini-session at kirstylittle@gmail.com, we’re positive once you’ve tried it, you’ll be coming back for the class.

Joe’s Honors Dr. Charlene Dukes, Prince George’s Community College

Dr. Dukes to Receive Joe’s Impact Award at Annual Gala Event

dukesJoe’s Movement Emporium is thrilled to recognize Dr. Charlene Dukes, President, Prince George’s Community College, with the Mighty Joe Impact Award at United We Move: A Joe’s Gala Event on Saturday, March 18th at 7 p.m. The Impact Award is given to an individual or organization that has made a significant impact on Joe’s efforts to achieve program goals and community transformation.

Dr. Dukes and Prince George’s Community College (PGCC) have supported the participants in Joe’s Theater Tech Program (TTP) with exceptional enrollment support and the opportunity to earn a certificate in theater tech for the international stagehand union. Seventy-five percent of TTP participants going to college will attend PGCC. This partnership further supports more young Prince Georgians entering into exciting, well-paying creative industry jobs.

“Dr. Dukes and the PGCC staff have provided the red carpet treatment to our students to fulfill their education and career goals. We value this partnership and what it means for our students to move toward economic independence,” Brooke Kidd, Executive Director, Joe’s Movement Emporium.

“At Prince George’s’ Community College, we are thrilled to partner with Joe’s Movement Emporium, an outstanding organization fully committed to expanding opportunity and engaging in significant ways with the local community,” Dr. Dukes added.

PGCC and Joe’s Theater Tech Program

Prince George’s Community College (PGCC) has always supported Joe’s Theater Tech Program (TTP) students with achieving their college goals. In 2016, this partnership was formalized, which gives TTP students enrollment support and access to scholarships and grants to pay for tuition.

The Theater Tech Program prepares under-resourced youth, ages 17-21 from Prince George’s County, with the necessary skills to secure employment and prepare for higher education with the goal of ending generational poverty.

Click here for more information about TTP

Click here to support the partnership with a gala sponsorship

‘It’s Our Time’ – Soul In Motion Players Inc. Take a Stand as a Cultural Organization of Excellence in Mount Rainier, MD

 

Soul In Motion Players Inc. celebrate 33 years this Black History Month with a power-house performance of African drum & dance

MOUNT RAINIER, MD February 2, 17—On Saturday, February 25th at 8 pm and Sunday, February 26th at 4 pm Joe’s Movement Emporium resident artist company Soul In Motion Players Inc. celebrate their 33rd anniversary with their annual Black History Month performance in Mount Rainier, MD. This year’s show, ‘It’s Our Time’ features the premiere of ‘Temple Memories’ choreographed by Rosangela Silvestre. Soul In Motion Inc.’s family-friendly show boasts high energy choreography and beloved heart pounding rhythms that salute the richness of the African Diaspora. Tickets can be purchased online at www.joesmovement.org. Ticket amounts are $25 for adults, $15 for students & seniors, and $10 for children 16 & under.

‘It’s Our Time’ will bring Soul In Motion Inc.’s unique mix of theater, African drumming and dance back to the Mount Rainier stage where they’ve performed for historically packed houses. The high-energy troupe creates an experience enjoyable for everyone. No one can remain immune to the incredible heart pounding beats of the Soul In Motion drums.

Soul In Motion’s Michael Friend has been a longtime advocate and partner of Joe’s Movement Emporium. On March 19, 2016 Joe’s honored Michael as a Mighty Joe with the Creative Visionary Award. Previously in 2014 he was the recipient of the Empower Magazine Player Award and in 2011, as director of Soul In Motion, Michael won the prestigious Montgomery County Executive’s Community Award for Excellence in the Arts and Humanities.

About Soul In Motion Players Inc. (SIMPINC)

Soul in Motion Inc. was founded and continues to grow under the direction of Artistic Director Michael Friend joined by Associate Director Pam Lassiter Rhone. SIMPINC dancers are Ronnie Bradley, Adjetey Klufio, Charla Lewis, Terryn Nelson, Jennifer Payen, Pam Rhone, Monique Walker, Megan Atkinson, Pam Lassiter, Nya Seaward, Trenise McCorkle, Mustapha Braimah, and Devon Wallace. SIMPINC drummers are saac Adjetey, Papa Aziz, Michael Friend, Michelle Hutton, Kimberly ‘Jahada’ Hinton, Malari Moore, Abdou Muhammad, and Mamadi Victory.

SIMPINC was founded in 1984 by Michael Friend and his sister Khandi who began to perform together as the Soul In Motion Players. Their debut performance was at Michael’s alma mater, Howard University during Black History Month. Original members included fellow Fine Arts Department graduates Cheryl Butler Poole, Greg Poole, Gisele Jackson, and Wanda Whiteside. Over the years SIMPINC has had the privilege of privilege of performing for acclaimed writings including the Last Poets, Maya Angelou, & James Baldwin.

More information about Soul In Motion Players Inc. can be found online at www.soulinmotionplayers.org.

 

CALL FOR ARTISTS: NextLOOK Series seeks Performing Artists with powerful Audience Engagement ideas

Deadline to apply: Friday, March 3, 2017

Are you a local performing artist who is interested in developing new work? Do you or your company want audience feedback on projects you are designing? Do you value input in your creative process? Apply to be a part of the 2017-2018 NextLOOK series!

Download the full RFP to learn more about the NextLOOK series and its proposal requirements and to access the online proposal form. Decisions for the 2017-2018 NextLOOK season will be made in early April 2017.

About NextLOOK

Established in 2014 through a partnership between The Clarice and Joe’s Movement Emporium, NextLOOK supports the development of new music, plays, dance and other experiences by performing artists based in DC, Maryland and Virginia who are looking to incorporate audience feedback into their creative process.

Selected through a yearly application process, NextLOOK artists are awarded:

  • A stipend based on a weekly fee for each artist in the group (not to exceed 10 people total).
  • Five (5) days in the theatre of Joe’s Movement Emporium in Mount Rainier, MD for project design,rehearsal, audience engagement and performance. NextLOOK artists must present at least one public showing of their work and at least one audience engagement opportunity.
  • The opportunity to collaborate with staff of The Clarice and Joe’s Movement Emporium 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 DC/MD/VA arts ecology and creates an accessible, exploratory environment that connects intriguing artists with adventurous audiences. All performances are held at Joe’s Movement Emporium and are pay what you wish.

Criteria for consideration include:

  • Exciting audience engagement plans or concepts
  • Clarity of residency design
  • Strong support materials

Artists who are selected to be part of NextLOOK must value the opportunity to engage with community members in a variety of settings. Audience engagement must be designed to ignite interaction and participation with the artist(s) in conversation that provides questions, feedback and ideas about the work in progress. Artists from across the performing arts – including dance, theatre and music as well as cross-genre collaborations – are encouraged to apply.

For questions about the application process or the NextLOOK program, please contact Megan Pagado Wells, Associate Director of the Artist Partner Program.

Unsure what your audience engagement component could be? Join The Clarice and Joe’s Movement Emporium in Mount Rainier, MD on Tuesday, January 24th at 7 pm to hear from the creative minds behind BodyWise DanceFlying V and Afro House. Representatives from each artist group will explain how they bettered their work through the process of audience engagement. This free, informal workshop will be hosted in Joe’s Movement Emporium’s black box theater located at 3309 Bunker Hill Road in Mount Rainier, MD. Interested artists should register by email: engage-theclarice@umd.edu.

2016-2017 NextLOOK Series

This season’s NextLOOK artists will transport you to the far reaches of outer space, lead you through the nooks and crannies of their own backyards and let you discover the places and moments in between. Explore worlds both imagined and real — and be a part of creating it all. View all events in the 2016-2017 NextLOOK Series.

Artists! Deepen your Creative Connection with your Audience

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Margot Greenlee of BodyWise Dance at Joe’s Movement Emporium during her NextLOOK presentation

What does true exchange and engagement between an artist and an audience look like, and how can artists incorporate audience feedback into their creative process in a robust way?

Join The Clarice and Joe’s Movement Emporium in Mount Rainier, MD on Tuesday, January 24th at 7 pm to hear from the creative minds behind BodyWise Dance, Flying V and Afro House. Representatives from each artist group will explain how they bettered their work through the process of audience engagement. This free, informal workshop will be hosted in Joe’s Movement Emporium’s black box theater located at 3309 Bunker Hill Road in Mount Rainier, MD. Interested artists should register by email: engage-theclarice@umd.edu.

Choreographer Margot Greenlee from BodyWise Dance, founder of theater company Flying V, and composer Scott Patterson of Afro House all have one thing in common: The NextLOOK series. These regionally-based performing artists have experimented with multiple forms of audience engagements to inform development of new work during their NextLOOK residencies at Joe’s Movement Emporium in partnership with The Clarice.

Performing artists from all disciplines are invited to join us in digging into this subject to help artists prepare proposals for a NextLOOK residency at Joe’s Movement Emporium in the 2017-18 season. Audience members will have the opportunity to hear in-depth about each artist’s engagement tactic and well as hear from representatives of Joe’s Movement Emporium and The Clarice as to what makes for an exceptional NextLOOK proposal. Additionally, there will be the opportunity to ask questions of the artists and organizations.

About NextLOOK

Established in 2014 through a partnership between The Clarice and Joe’s Movement Emporium, NextLOOK supports the development of new music, plays, dance and other experiences by performing artists based in DC, Maryland and Virginia who are looking to incorporate audience feedback into their creative process.

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 DC/MD/VA arts ecology and creates an accessible, exploratory environment that connects intriguing artists with adventurous audiences. All performances are held at Joe’s Movement Emporium and are pay what you wish.

 

A Joe’s year in review: United We Move (video inside!)

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United We Move!

As Joe’s celebrates 21 years of service to the community, we are grateful to our Joe’s family for your unwavering commitment to “your home away from home.” Thanks to your support this year, Joe’s was able to accomplish some significant milestones: 

  • Achieved the Standards of Excellence through Maryland Association of Nonprofits
  • Grew Club Joe’s attendance from 52 to 70 students—60% are first-time participants
  • Enrolled 54 students in the Theater Tech Program—100% completed all the program benchmarks
  • Piloted a month-long creative robotics summer camp for 13 middle and high school students

Thank you for all you’ve done to help us reach these milestones. Please enjoy our year in review video compilation of just a few of the photos and clips we’ve collected this past year.

It’s not too late to make your tax-deductible contribution to Joe’s future of movement. Please give generously today.

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Gifts of $500 or more may be eligible for a 50% Maryland state tax credit, if you have a Maryland tax liability as an individual or business. Donations must be made by December 31, 2016.

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Joe’s is your HOME away from home

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We’re fixing up your HOME away from home

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From our humble beginning in a storefront studio in 1995, Joe’s sought to support the community with high quality, affordable programming that serves people of all ages, backgrounds and beliefs. Since opening a 20,000 sq. ft. warehouse in 2008, Joe’s has increasingly expanded its programming and services to meet the needs of artists and the community in general. Open 7 days a week, 350 days per year, Joe’s serves more than 70,000 individuals annually. Joe’s has developed a reputation as an affordable and accessible HOME for thousands of individuals and families seeking:

  • arts-based education and work readiness training,
  • a variety of classes and performances,
  • to book rehearsal space, and
  • to host their own special events, such as weddings, parties and memorial services.

This has put significant wear and tear on our HOME—and it shows. We are ready to IMPROVE our HOME so that all of us may continue to enjoy it for many years to come. 

As the “living room of the community,” Joe’s Movement Emporium has launched a $300,000 capital campaign to make much-needed repairs and upgrades to improve the overall experience for everyone who calls Joe’s HOME.

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