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Bowen McCauley Dance Celebrates 18th Anniversary Season

Bowen McCauley Dance (BMD) celebrates its 18th anniversary season with new creative partnerships and collaborations with a host of accomplished musicians and performing artists such as country rock legends Jason and The Scorchers, guest artists Ilana Goldman and Gabriel Williams, and The Washington Ballet Studio Company, as well as one of the most exciting tour schedules in BMD’s history that includes both local performances and an international tour to China.

BMD kicks off its season on October 19 at 7:00 p.m. and October 20 at 3:00 p.m., BMD brings rock’n roll to Berryville,Va for two days of performances and master classes at the Barns of Rose Hill. From the legendary “Godfather of Go-Go” Chuck Brown, to a live performance by up-and-coming rockers Sell Out Youth, BMD will perform Lucy’s Local Playlist, a collection of eleven dances inspired by DC’s vibrant music scene. The cabaret style seating will provide an intimate setting to enjoy some of DC’s best music, brought to life by the dynamic performances of the BMD dancers. Tickets can be purchased by calling (540) 955-2004. Contact us at dance@bmdc.org to reserve your spot on the Party Bus departing from Arlington for the Saturday show. More about this project.

In November, BMD embarks on its first tour to China, with stops in Hong Kong and Guangzhou. BMD is honored to be the first American dance company to be invited to the Guangdong International Modern Dance Festival, widely regarded as one of the most important international contemporary dance events in China. The Company will join a host of well-known dance companies from around the world for a week of performances on the beautiful Shamian Island and will perform Fire and Air and Lucy’s Local Playlist on November 10. BMD looks forward to numerous performing, teaching and speaking engagements while abroad and is especially excited to work with the US Consulate to bring Dance for PD classes to Southern Hospital while in Guangzhou.

Not long after BMD returns from Asia, the Company takes to the stage locally for the 100th Anniversary of Rite of Spring performance at Reston CenterStage in Reston, Va. on November 16 at 8:00 p.m. BMD will perform Lucy’s original choreography with four hand piano version of the score performed by The Witkowski Piano Duo. The piece has been considered the staple of modern dance – angular and abstract – with a score full of harmonic dissonance and syncopated rhythms. “I want people to relate to the full emotional range of the work and the unfolding of events in a less obvious way,” says Artistic Director Lucy Bowen McCauley. This production features set and costume design by award-winning designer Tony Cisek and lighting design by Martha Mountain. BMD will be presented the 2013 Dominion ArtStars Shining Star Award at the Concert, statewide recognition for sustained artistic excellence presented by Virginians for the Arts.

The New Year commences on January 4, 2014 at 8:00 p.m. with BMD’s performance as part of the Modern Moves Festival at the Atlas Performing Arts Center in Washington, D.C. Dance Place showcases twelve world-class contemporary dance companies, highlighting the rich field of modern dance in the Greater DC Metropolitan area. BMD will present Fire and Air, a theatrical re-imagining of Shakespeare’s “Antony and Cleopatra,” directed by The Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Associate Director Alan Paul with a rare performance by Lucy Bowen McCauley. This concert was selected by The Washington Post’s Sarah Kaufman as a “not-to-be-missed” program in the Fall Fine Arts Preview.

BMD returns to The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Terrace Theater for An Evening of Dance and Music on February 12 and February 13 at 7:30 p.m. BMD brings together scenic designer Tony Cisek; lighting designer Martha Mountain; guest artists Ilana Goldman and Gabriel Williams ; and a host of accomplished musicians, including country-rock music legends Jason Ringenberg and Warner Hodges of Jason and the Scorchers, for an evening of dance and music. BMD will present four works, including two world premiere pieces: NEW ENSEMBLE WORK and “Far Behind” a heart-wrenching duet that will eventually be a part of the evening long collaboration between BMD and Jason and The Scorchers, titled Victory Road.

On February 13, the evening continues with BMD’s Annual Soireé at The Kennedy Center’s Roof Terrace Restaurant, immediately following the concert. The Soireé include hors d’oeuvres, a dessert buffet, dancing, and a silent auction fundraiser. For more information, please contact dance@bmdc.org.

BMD shares the dramatic Fire and Air, the minimalist multi-media project Afoot in Vienna, created through collaboration between Lucy Bowen McCauley and Viennese composer Wolfgang Seierl, and the work of two talented young choreographers – BMD’s own Junichi Fukuda and Alvaro Palau at the Atlas Intersections Festival on March 7. The festival, which focuses on “creating connection through innovative art: takes place at the Atlas Performing Arts Center in Washington, D.C. For more information, visit http://intersectionsdc.org/.

Join Bowen McCauley Dance for the 5th Annual Move Me Festival on April 26 from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. at Kenmore Middle School in Arlington, Va. This festival is a FREE family-friendly celebration of the arts and culture featuring performances and activities by arts partners from the DC Metro area. The festival culminates with performances by the BMD professional company and BMD’s Kenmore Junior Company.

McCauley has been commissioned to create an original ballet for The Washington Ballet Studio Company. The work will be set to an original score by BMD music director Larry Alan Smith and will be performed live. McCauley and Smith will conduct open rehearsals and artist talks the week of the show for dance and music students studying at THEARC. The piece will premiere on May 17 and 18 at THEARC in Washington, D.C. For more information, visit www.bmdc.org/upcoming

Finally, Lucy teams up with country-rock legend Jason Ringenberg of Jason and The Scorchers for an evening of often poignant and constantly entertaining dance inspired by the story of the band – a group that helped define the country-rock genre. The world premiere of Victory Road takes place on June 13 and 14 at Synetic Theater in Arlington, Va.

Having been recently appointed to Dance/USA Board of Trustees and Council Chair, Artistic Director Lucy Bowen McCauley is looking forward to BMD’s exciting season and to fulfilling her new role by providing continued experience, leadership, and expertise in the field of dance. Get the full press release.

For more information about the season and to purchase tickets for any of the performances mentioned above, please visit www.bmdc.org/upcoming. BMD thanks its season sponsors: Shooshan Company, JBG Companies, and Last Name Left Productions.

High-resolution photos are available for download.

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