Erica Rebollar and Friends: 40 and UP!

Joe’s Movement Emporium, presents a rare opportunity to experience original modern dance choreography by eight nationally and internationally acclaimed choreographers over the age of 40, organized by RebollarDance, on Saturday, June 17 at 8 pm and Sunday, June 18 at 4 pm, 2017.

In 40 and UP!, Erica Rebollar of RebollarDance partners with eight eclectic professional artists over 40 years of age to celebrate the works, wit and wisdom of age. Featuring the best choreographers from the DC/Baltimore area plus critically acclaimed out of town guest artists, 40 and UP! features work exploring everything from entangled lovers in Eurydice by Macolm Shute to empty promises in Giselle Ruzany’s Dry Cleaning. Featured choreographers joining Erica Rebollar include: Helanius Wilkins, Sharon Mansur, Carol Hess-Vait, Dan Kwong, Sandra Lacy, Jack Kirven, Giselle Rusany, and Malcolm Shute.


Works Presented

  • Erica Rebollar, founder of RebollarDance, is the current full time Visiting Lecturer at UMBC’s Dance Department and adjunct faculty at GMU’s Dance Department. Rebollar’s “Rachmaninoff Prelude” is a condensation of quick-twitch, fast-fire movements performed at warp speed.
  • Helanius J. Wilkins, founder of EDGEWORKS Dance Theater, an all-male dance company of predominantly African-American men, is an Assistant Professor of Dance at the University of Colorado Boulder. Wilkins will perform an excerpt from his crticially-acclaimed evening-length solo project, “/CLOSE/R”.
  • Sharon Mansur is an experimental multi-media dance and visual artist, currently based in Winona, Minnesota. “In Between” is a site-specific improvisational duet, directed by Sharon Mansur in collaboration with Erica Rebollar, investigates the rich potential of gaps, thresholds and other transitional spaces.
  • Dan Kwong is an award-winning solo multimedia performance artist, videographer, writer, director, playwright and visual artist who recently received the prestigious Santa Monica Artist Fellowship for 2017. Kwong presents the premier of “The Healing Blade”, part of his long-term exploration of family and its impact on our relationships.
  • Sandra Lacy is full time dance instructor at UMBC, is as Associate of the Royal Academy of Dancing in London and a certified Gyrokinesis teacher. Lacy uses music by Ran Bango and voice directions of a GPS in “Lost”, which examines how we come to terms and navigate, both physically and emotionally, the dilemma of not being able to find our way.
  • Jack Kirven is a Wellness Coach with 18 years experience as a teacher, trainer, and writer. In “Best If Used By:” Kirven explores the complications of expiration dates when one’s entire identity, creativity, and career is based on the body, what it looks like, and what it can do.
  • Giselle Ruzany MA LPC is an adjunct faculty at the George Washington University and a Licensed Professional Counselor with a private practice in Woodly Park, Washington D.C. Ruzany’s “Dry cleaning” explores what it means to be laundry: dirty, trapped, stained, ripped, wrong and broken, needing to by cleaned, while still holding on to hangers full of empty promises.
  • Malcolm Shute is an eclectic artist of movement. He has taught and performed around the world with his company Human Landscape Dance. org Shute’s duet “Eurydice” is based on the myth of two entangled lovers; retrieved from the afterlife by her husband, Eurydice is bound to Orpheus unless he looks her in the eyes.
  • Carol Hess-Vait Dubbed a “new wave tap dancer,” she became the first woman to perform Toccatafrom Morton Gould’s Tap Dance Concerto­. She is co-artistic director of Baltimore Dance Project, and chair of University of Maryland Baltimore County’s dance department, where she has taught since 1982. “Partial Recall II” is a new look on contemporary tap solo.
  • Maida Withers (dancer, choreographer, filmmaker, educator) – A powerful and commanding performer known for her daring in movement and edgy innovations as a choreographer.  Maida is a Professor at the George Washington University where she has been instrumental in creating BA, MA, and MFA degree programs. Visit:

 WHAT: RebollarDance

WHEN: Saturday, June 17th at 8 pm; Sunday, June 18th at 4 pm

WHERE: Joe’s Movement Emporium, 3309 Bunker Hill Road, Mount Rainier, MD 20712; free parking lot to the right of the building, ample street parking in surrounding neighborhood, short walk from 82, 84, 86, or T-18 bus stop.

Tickets: $25 Admission; $15 Student/Senior/Military with ID

Advanced Tickets (Online Only): $20 | To purchase tickets, visit or call 301-699-1819



A Conversation with Maida Withers: Site-Specific Dance… why you should care

I had the opportunity to sit down with long-time artist and dancer Maida Withers and ask her why the Gateway Arts District should be excited/interested in what she has to say about site-specific dance and why being a part of such an event is important.
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Photo Courtesy of Maida Withers Dance Construction Company

Neena: Why is site-specific dance worth going to a lecture about?

Maida: In the l960s dancers broke out in what is known as a “revolution” from modern dance to post-modern dance. One of the most important things to happen is that dancers did not stay inside theaters and limit themselves to making dances for the “elite” paying audience that could afford tickets. However, cost for both the artist and audience was only one factor. Dancers wanted to take the arts to where the people were (outside, in various locations) and also to make dances that were unique to the possible topic/subject of a site. For example if I perform a work on Theodore Roosevelt Island, I can dance and the audience gets to join me outside. I can dance in different locations (in the moat, up on the fountain, over the pedestrian bridge) while making a statement about President Roosevelt and his ideas about war and peace.

Dancers wanted to have a more intimate relationship with audiences so in site-specific work the audience is close enough to touch and be more intimately involved with the artist. The audience becomes a part of the performance rather than sitting out in the remote darkness of the theatre.

Site work is quite a different art form than dance made for theatre. On Site / Insight on September 17th at Joe’s Movement Emporium is a chance to learn about the differences and the similarities.

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Photo Courtesy of Maida Withers Dance Construction Company

Neena: How is the audience going to be involved during Trans Action/what is expected of them?

In the beginning, the audience will be outside the building on the lawn and sidewalk and we will be bathed in red light at the large glass windows. When the audience comes inside, they will be able to walk freely around the space and choose what they watch. There will be chairs to sit on, areas to stand in, audience members may find themselves approached by dancer looking to either interact with them by movement and maybe in conversation about how art survives today in Hyattsville… or not! That’s up to the audience.

In fact, the audience is extremely important to this event. They give dancers ideas about what they choose to do whether it’s communicate through text, movement, vocalization, etc.

Trans Action will take place at the new Art Works Now located at 4800 Rhode Island Avenue, Hyattsville, MD. Audience is welcome to arrive at 8, performance will start at 8:30.

Photo Courtesy of Maida Withers Dance Construction Company

Photo Courtesy of Maida Withers Dance Construction Company

Neena: Why is this project special to you?

Maida: I love being close to the audience so there is not so much distance and separation between us. Audience members are performers too and the dancers get many ideas from the audience – how they stand, how they respond to the intimacy of being by the dancers, if/when they laugh. I really really like the “realness” of having the audience be available and close. I like the audience to be able to choose what they want to watch by walking to another location, etc.

Please come join us!

Withers has been making site-specific dance works around the world and is now bringing this work to Hyattsville, MD on September 20th to the future-site of arts organization Art Works Now. Prior this performance, Withers offers her interesting perspective on dance from her 40 years of experience at Joe’s Movement Emporium on September 17th. Get to know her and her view of life and art at the free event.

Coming to us September 4th, The Field/DC’s Showcase & Open Dance Party

Join The Field/DC for an evening of new works in dance, media, theater, visual art, performance art and more! Performers include artists who have participated in the Summer Fieldwork Drop in Sessions. The performances are works in all stages of development. Anyone interested in seeing fieldwork in action should attend!

Tickets: $15 online at

Featured Artists:
Katie Sopoci Drake
Peter Sprung
Patrick Smith
Nancy Havlik
Maida Withers
Kirsty Little
Desiree Koontz-Nachtrieb
Michael Jantz Moon
May Kesler
Emily Wolfe

Artists! If you are working on something new and would like to be a part of this, consider dropping in to the last summer drop in session August 28 at Dance Exchange 7-9. visit for more info!

Fieldwork is a process that supports the development of new artistic works. At each session, artists show works-in-progress and exchange feedback with their peers in a format designed by artists. Drop-in this summer to try out Fieldwork and then register for the Full 10-weekFieldwork Sessions in the Fall and Spring 2015 at Dance Place. The Field/DC is part of The Field Network, a program of The Field.