BMD Season 17: A Bounty of Collaborations, New Works, and Live Music

BMD’s 17th season performances showcase its strengths: creative collaboration, musicality, and risk-taking new work. The Arlington-based contemporary dance company season includes public performances, community events, and residencies.

Regional performances begin at Dance Place, October 12-14, for the Hampton Tribute. Lucy Bowen McCauley, a founding member of Eric Hampton Dance, will perform Hampton’s original role in Beethoven Bits. The performance marks the 10th anniversary of Hampton’s death and the launch of a foundation to preserve his choreography.

Bowen McCauley’s reverence for live music and creative collaborations remains central to this season, with the world premiere of “Afoot in Vienna,” November 17 at Artisphere.  Over the summer of 2011, McCauley and Viennese composer Wolfgang Seierl collaborated in Vienna on the development of a new work inspired “from the ground up.” The multimedia piece explores how surface effects movement. Seierl recorded McCauley in motion in a variety of spaces and surfaces throughout Vienna, Austria and then created an electronic score to accompany the video. McCauley created movement to the video, adhering to the kind of minimalism of the video and the music. Seierl will provide live guitar accompaniment.   “Afoot in Vienna” is presented with the support of the Austrian Cultural Forum, the Rosslyn Business Improvement District and Monday and Monday Properties.

Making dance accessible to people of all ages and ability is at the core of BMD’s work. The bi-annual free concert at The Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage takes place on December 11. The concert includes: Los Angeles Contemporary Dance Company, BMD’s Dance for PD students, a Holiday Musical, and excerpts from the BMD repertory.

The major highlight of the season is a two-night run at The Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater. In celebration of the 100th Anniversary of Stravinsky’s “Le Sacré du Printemps,” the company will reprise Bowen McCauley’s 2011 interpretation of the work, including the four-hand piano version of the score, performed by the Witkowski Piano Duo. The program includes “Before the Fall,” which premiered earlier this year at THEARC, performed by The Washington Ballet Studio Company. In this performance, dancers from The Maryland Youth Ballet will perform the work, which is a prequel to the story of Humpty Dumpty developed by BMD music director Larry Allan Smith and Lucy Bowen McCauley.

BMD performs a main stage concert for the fourth annual Move Me Festival, held on April 27 at Kenmore Middle School in Arlington. The community festival brings together arts organizations from throughout the area to offer performances and free classes.

Residencies are an important part of Bowen McCauley Dance’s work, providing an opportunity for dancers and deeper engagements in the touring communities they visit. The first residency takes place at Shenandoah University in Winchester, VA from October 10-11. While on campus Lucy Bowen McCauley and Larry Alan Smith will offer classes for dance, composition, and arts management majors. Additionally, McCauley will teach a Dance for PD (Parkinson’s Disease) class to members of the Winchester support group and their care partners. The residency will culminate with a Performing Arts Live concert featuring the world premiere of McCauley’s TWO with guest artists Larry Alan Smith and the DC-based rock band Half Brother.

The company has a November residency at The Hotchkiss School in Connecticut and presents a full concert to the students there on November 3.

In January, BMD heads off to Virginia’s eastern shore to perform in Olney’s Winterfest and offer classes in the surrounding area including Old Dominion University. BMD’s Winterfest concert will be held on January 19.

BMD has been asked to perform at the 2013 Art Works Conference for artists, presenters, and legislators on January 30. The festival, sponsored annually by the Virginia Commission for the Arts in Richmond, promotes professional development and arts advocacy throughout the state.

Each season ends with shows, classes, and lectures at the Wintergreen Summer Music Festival in July and August, which has become BMD’s home away from home. Wintergreen is also where McCauley has developed some of her most rewarding artistic relationships, including, composer and visual artist Wolfgang Seierl, US Poet Laureate and Medal of Arts Recipient Rita Dove, and composer and pianist Larry Alan Smith.

For more information about Bowen McCauley Dance, contact Amy K. Harbison at (301) 646-9938. Click here for upcoming performances and events.


Funding is provided in part by Arlington County through the Cultural Affairs Division of the Arlington County Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources and the Arlington Commission for the Arts. Partial funding is also provided by the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.