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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alight dance theater Debuts New Work Faerie as part of the NextLOOK Series

A Free, All-Ages Performance of Movement Storytelling Investigating Female Stereotypes in Fairy Folklore

Friday, May 11th at 7 pm alight dance theater will present Faerie, a work-in-process dance piece appropriate for all ages, at Joe’s Movement Emporium as a part of the NextLOOK series. The group will be spending their NextLOOK residency at Joe’s, in partnership with The Clarice, using a community workshop, a workshop with Joe’s aftercare program, Club Joe’s, folklore research and movement investigation to inform their final piece. Tickets for the final piece are pay-what-you-wish and can be purchased online at www.joesmovement.org. Joe’s is located at 3309 Bunker Hill Road, Mt. Rainier, MD 20712.

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About Faerie

Faerie is an evening-length work fusing movement, spoken word, and unique production design exploring mythology, stereotypes, and the issues surrounding female identity in folklore. Intergenerational, community-based workshops will inform the final piece and include mirroring exercises, self-identification activities, character development tools, and creative movement. Parents and their children (ages 6 & up) are welcome to join alight on Tuesday, May 8th at 6 pm for a free and open to the public workshop. Workshop will run approximately one hour. RSVP to the FREE workshop by clicking here.

About alight dance theater

alight dance theater strives to generate and strengthen community through storytelling – interweaving a movement-based art rooted in collaboration that spans cultures and generations to entertain, illuminate, and educate. Through the lens of innovation, alight endeavors to create dialogue, explore expression, and communicate the heart of one another’s story.

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: alight dance theater in Faerie

WHEN: Friday, May 11, 2018 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 and can be purchased online at www.joesmovement.org

West African Drum & Dance in Mt. Rainier, MD: Soul in Motion Players Deliver Another Audience Pleaser in “Prequel”

In anticipation of their 35th anniversary in 2019, Soul in Motion Players highlight their encore performances from the last four years this Black History Month at Joe’s

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Soul in Motion Players return to Joe’s Movement Emporium with “Prequel” on Saturday, February 24th at 8 pm and Sunday, February 25th at 4 pm. This popular annual anniversary show is an audience favorite that reaches across generations with heart-pounding rhythms, stunning choreography from the cultural diaspora, and beautiful traditional costuming. Tickets are $25 for adults, $15 for students and seniors with ID, and $10 for children 10 and under. Tickets 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.

About Prequel

The Soul in Motion Players celebrate their 34th season with their annual Black History Month performance. This year, ‘Prequel’ will highlight their encore performances from the last four years. The audience will be treated to drum rhythms inspired by the cultural diaspora including Brazil, Cuba, and the Western Region of Africa. This year’s choreographers are Pam Lassiter, Charla Lewis, and Adjetey Klufio (from Ghana).

About Soul in Motion Players

Soul in Motion Players is a non-profit performing arts organization, founded in 1984 by percussionist Michael Friend, that specializes in African dance, drumming, theatre and spoken word. The ensemble is based in Rockville, MD and rehearses weekly at Joe’s Movement Emporium in Mount Rainier, MD. Soul in Motion is directed by Michael Friend and Pam Lassiter Rhone.  The group performs in and around the Washington DC area at various festivals including the Washington Folk Festival, The Takoma Park Folk Festival, Dance Africa, Juneteenth Celebration in St. Mary’s County, and Rockville’s MLK Celebration.  The ensemble traveled to Dakar Senegal in March-April 2011 to study with the Senegalese Ballet and to visit key cites including Goree Island. Additionally, in 2011 Soul in Motion received the prestigious Montgomery County Executive Community Award for Excellence in the Arts.

WHAT:  Soul in Motion Players in “Prequel”

WHEN: Saturday, February 24th at 8 pm and Sunday, February 25th at 4 pm

WHERE: The Meyer Performance Theater, Joe’s Movement Emporium, 3309 Bunker Hill Road, Mt. Rainier, MD 20712

COST: Tickets are $25 for adults, $15 for students and seniors with ID, $10 for children aged 10 & under

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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Off the Quill brings “Completely Hollywood” to Joe’s this September

Completely Hollywood

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With just 30 days between idea and execution, Off the Quill brings you Completely Hollywood, a tribute to all things Cinema. The frenetic comedy from the team that brought you the award winning Complete Works of Shakespeare (abridged) [revised] has the actors tackling 186 films, plus a screen mashup of their own, in just 90 minutes.

Off the Quill

Off the Quill was founded by four like-minded friends (Patrick Mullen, Katie Wanschura, Leanne Dinverno, and J. Peter Langsdorf) who wanted to create a different kind of theater experience. One that blends many different mediums, like stage combat, dance, clowning, physicality, to present truly compelling stories to the audience. We aim to take classic and modern stories and make them our own, either by writing new material or presenting them in innovative ways.

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PURCHASENOW

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)

 

Miz Washington is at rest … but Ally will be back at Joe’s Movement Emporium on Thursday May 11th

On behalf of all of us at Ally Theatre Company, we thank you for your generous support as we kicked off our residency at Joe’s Movement Emporium. From our beautiful grand opening night celebration to our first standing ovation to this Sunday’s packed house and post-show talkback with playwright James Ijames, we are feeling blessed. Your enthusiasm and encouragement mean so much!

Miz Washington is now on a mini-hiatus but we’ll be back for 7 final performances on Thursday May 11th. Don’t miss your chance to see our inaugural production. We must close on May 20th!

While we take a break, here are several ways you can continue to support us.

Support our best supporters! Check out other great programming at Joe’s Movement Emporium!

Support our Artists by participating in our Artist Sponsorship Program

Word of mouth is our best support! Tell everyone you know about Miz Washington and encourage them to see the show before we close on May 20th!

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EVENT ANNOUNCEMENT: Dancers Source Local Community to Re-Imagine Overlooked Spaces

NextLOOK Artist, Orange Grove Dance will be exploring the unique spaces within a one-mile radius of Joe’s Movement Emporium.

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On Friday, April 14th at 7 pm Joe’s Movement Emporium in partnership with Maryland National Capital Park & Planning, Maryland State Arts Council, and The Clarice present Orange Grove Dance as a part of the NextLOOK series. Dance, film and projection will be used to zoom into and magnify the intimate nooks and crevices of seemingly familiar spaces and, in turn, bring those outside spaces inside the walls of Joe’s. The evening begins at Joe’s 3309 Bunker Hill Rd, Mt. Rainier, MD 20712 and ends up at Brentwood Arts Exchange at 3901 Rhode Island Ave, Brentwood, MD 20722 after a choose-your-own-adventure tour of Joe’s one mile radius. Pay-what-you-wish tickets can be purchased online via Eventbrite. Recommend cost is $15 per person.

About The 1 Mile Radius Project – Experience Space Differently

Orange Grove Dance artistic directors Colette Krogol and Matt Reeves state, “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. [During our residency] We want to zoom into and magnify the intimate nooks and over stepped crevices of the area.” Krogol and Reeves will be in residency at Joe’s Movement Emporium conducting interviews and developing the work during the week prior to their April 14th showing. Krogol and Reeves have already begun sourcing the community for stories, photos and memories of spaces in and around the communities of Mt. Rainier and Brentwood, MD. Their journey can be followed on twitter at @followtheorange.

Those interested in contributing to the project can through tweeting at or emailing the Orange Grove Dance. More information can be found by clicking here.

About Orange Grove Dance 

Krogol and Reeves are dancers, choreographers, filmmakers, and teaching artists. They hold Bachelors of Fine Arts in Dance from the University of Florida and together are the Artistic Directors of Orange Grove Dance, a multi-media dance company that creates visually athletic experiences through the lenses of dance, film, and design. Though both originally hail from Florida, the formative years of the company (since 2007) were spent in New York City. Currently, they reside in the DC area and are pursuing MFA’s in Dance at The University of Maryland.

More information can be found online at www.orangegrovedance.com.

About the NextLOOK Series

Joe’s Movement Emporium and The Clarice in College Park, MD are partnered for their third season of NextLOOK. Established in 2014, this application-based program gives regionally-based performing artists the time, space and dollars to develop new work with the opportunity to deepen the audience’s interaction and involvement through previews, workshops and feedback sessions.

More information can be found by clicking here.

 

We need your Stories! 1 MILE RADIUS PROJECT

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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.

Orange Grove Dance needs YOUR stories

1 MILE RADIUS (No Logo)Orange Grove Dance returns to Joe’s Movement Emporium with their newest project, 1 MILE RADIUS PROJECT-Experiencing Space Differently which will culminate with a performance piece on Friday, April 14th that will begin at 7 pm at Joe’s Movement Emporium, in Mount Rainier, MD move through the neighborhood, and end at Brentwood Arts Exchange in the Gateway Arts Center in Brentwood, MD.

 ABOUT THE PROJECT

NextLOOK Artist, Orange Grove Dance will be exploring the unique spaces within a one-mile radius of Joe’s Movement Emporium. 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

Send videos, pictures, and stories of the spaces you love or notice. 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?

EMAIL: orangegrovedance@gmail.com

tweet us @followtheorange #1mileradiusproject

JOIN THE PROJECT – RESOURCING COMMUNITY

Through sidewalk chats, interviews, movement, and film collaborations, 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. Ranier/Brentwood 1 mile radius, we want you involved. Contact Orange Grove Dance, Joe’s, or Brentwood Arts to schedule an interview, or share an idea of how 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?

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This project is made possible by:
Maryland State Arts Council
Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission
The Clarice
Joe’s Movement Emporium