Bowen McCauley Dance (BMD), recognized by The Washington Post as “DC’s premier contemporary dance company,” will return to The John F. Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater on Wednesday, February 12 and Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. BMD maintains a commitment to collaboration and live musical accompaniment. Now in its 18th season, the award-winning Company brings together scenic designer Tony Cisek; lighting designer Martha Mountain; guest dance artists Ilana Goldman and Gabriel Williams; and an ensemble of accomplished classical musicians, as well as country-rock legends Jason Ringenberg and Warner E. Hodges, for an evening filled with dance and music.
Using classical ballet as the point of departure and the exquisite BMD dancers, artistic director Lucy Bowen McCauley creates emotionally charged dances that defy categorization, set to musical scores including: Ralph Vaughan Williams, Josef Suk, Paule Maurice, and Jason Ringenberg, of Jason and The Scorchers. Two of the four works presented are world premieres.
Company and audience favorite, Golconda, receives a much anticipated revival. Original cast and founding member Alison Crosby has worked with McCauley to remount the piece that features an elegant stage set and costumes designed by Anastasia Simes. The work has been described as “transcendent…transforming the stage into an otherworldly domain,” inspired by the legendary city in India.
Far Behind fuses country rock and movement in a heart-wrenching duet, a collaborative work between McCauley and Jason Ringenberg, of Jason and The Scorchers, credited by Rolling Stone Magazine for “rewriting the history of rock’n’roll in the South.” At the invitation of McCauley, Ilana Goldman, a former Trey McIntyre Project dancer and McCauley protégé, performs with her real life partner Gabriel Williams.
“I have loved Jason’s music for more than 30-years. It is a wonderful honor to choreograph to his stunning songs and to work with such a disarmingly humble genius,” says McCauley. “What a thrill it is to have Jason share our stage.”
Tableaux de Provence, is a five-part “finely danced” work inspired by the music of French composer Paule Maurice, which will be performed by concert pianist Marguerita Oundjian Smith with saxophone accompaniment.
The evening culminates with the world premiere of a major new work for the Company. The lush ensemble piece is set to Josef Suk’s Quartet in A Minor and will be performed by Marguerita Oundjian Smith, Rebecca Racusin, Megan Yanik, and cello accompaniment.
The Thursday, February 13 concert will be followed by a Soiree event at The Kennedy Center Roof Terrace Restaurant where guests will enjoy a post-performance reception with the artists including tasty sweets, savories, libations, and a Silent and Live Auction. The event is a benefit to support BMD arts and education programs.
Ticket prices rages from $40 – $45.00. Soiree individual reservations start at $125.00 and include premium concert seats. Concert-only tickets can be purchased online at The Kennedy Center Box Office or by calling 800-444-1324. Soiree reservations can be made online.