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) in partnership with The South Africa Embassy 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)


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.



Ally Theatre Company Kicks Off its First Season with the D.C. Premiere of James Ijames’ Fevered Look at American History

When the Mother of America stands trial, will anyone emerge innocent?


Ally Theatre Company—D.C.’s newest theatre company dedicated to art that’s designed to engage audiences through acknowledging and confronting systemic oppression in America—kicks off its inaugural season with the regional premiere of James Ijames’ The Most Spectacularly Lamentable Trial of Miz Martha Washington.

Christmas Eve, 1800. The Mother of America, Martha Washington, lays on her deathbed at Mount Vernon, surrounded by the slaves who will be freed upon her passing. In a fever dream of terrifying theatricality, Martha and the rest of America, yesterday and today, are put on trial for their crimes.


“I am thrilled to bring James Ijames’ brilliant play to DC after its 2014 world premiere in Philadelphia,” says Ty Hallmark, Ally’s Founding and Producing Artistic Director, who also will be directing the show. “There was never a question that Ally Theatre Company would mark its debut with Miz Washington, as it perfectly demonstrates our mission to highlight and elevate voices unheard and spaces unseen. Our first production is just the beginning of what we hope will be a long dialogue with the community, both in the Gateway Arts District and Washington, DC, at large.”

A bold, clever, and damning look at slavery, its perpetrators, and its legacy, Miz Washington holds a mirror up to America’s past and dares us to look away.


Ivana (Tai) Alexander*
Taunya Ferguson*
Tanya Chattman
Nate Shelton
Reginald Richard*
Jonathan Miot
With Jane Petkofsky* as Miz Martha Washington


Audrey Bodek, Set Design; Alison Samantha Johnson, Costume Design; Lolita Clayton Horne, Dramaturgy; Katherine Offutt, Props Design; Hope Villaneuva, Sound Design; E-hui Woo, Lighting Design; Angelisa Gillyard, Assistant Director/Choreographer and Charles Lasky, Stage ManagerDirected by Ty Hallmark*

April 22-May 20 2017
Joe’s Movement Emporium
3309 Bunker Hill Rd, Mt. Rainier MD 20712
(301) 699-1819
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