Strut and glide your way into the season and enjoy Baltimore’s best summer dance performances. From modern dance to aerial acrobatics, dance can inspire even the least graceful among us. Check out our picks for the season’s best dance events and your feet will be moving to the beat in no time.
The Collective Presents aLIVE!
Friday, Aug. 26, 8 p.m.
Creative Alliance at the Patterson
3134 Eastern Ave
$15 Adults; $12 Students/Seniors
Live music and dance come together in this energetic performance from the 16-member dance company The Collective at the Creative Alliance. Dancers of the company will perform and improvise movement inspired by Baltimore’s own indie rock duo The Water and the house mixes and beats of DJ Relax. A truly memorable dance/music collaboration, this is a dance performance you can’t miss.
Eiko & Koma: Regeneration
Wednesday, Sept. 14, 8 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 15, 8 p.m.
Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
University of Maryland
College Park, Md.
$35 Regular; $28 Subscriber; $30 Seniors/UMD Faculty and Staff; $9 Students/Youth
Illustrious choreographers and dance Eiko and Koma, who have been creating and performing their unique style of intense, avant-garde dance for 40 years, will bring their groundbreaking dance works to the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center this September. Regeneration will feature three pieces, which use precision and stillness as the duo creates resonant performances of slowly evolving movement and image. The three works will unfold from newest to oldest, beginning with Raven, performed to original Native American flute music composed by Robert Mirabal. Night Tide will feature recorded music by Kronos Quartet, and White Dance is set to medieval European music and Bach.
Saturday, Sept. 17
Sunday, Sept. 18
Baltimore Theatre Project
45 West Preston Street
Affectations is an innovative multimedia dance theater performance created and performed by Laura Schandelmeir and Stephen Clapp and commissioned by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Exploring the human body as a metaphor for contemporary culture and guided by the premise that “order will eventually emerge from chaos,” Affectations (which also features dance artist Ilana Faye Silverstein and the music of James Harkins) will sure to entrance more than just dance fans, but the tech-inclined, as well—the performance uses interactive technology similar to the new controller-free gaming innovations, and the dancers’ movements generate the music and images projected on stage, in real time.
Third Annual Baltimore Alley Aerial Festival
Sept. 9 – 11
Graffiti Alley (behind Load of Fun)
120 North Avenue at Howard
The graffiti covered alleyway behind Load of Fun at Station North in Baltimore will be transformed into a space for flight for three days, as amazing aerialists break the laws of gravity and gracefully swing and soar against the colorful backdrop. Organized by In-Flight Theater and now in its third year, the Alley Aerial Festival’s performances will sure to delight the whole family—and might just inspire you to new heights.
Full Circle Dance Company’s 2nd Annual Dance Celebration
Sunday, Sept. 18
Morton Street Dance Centre
3600 Clipper Mill Road, Ste. 108
One of Baltimore’s premier dance companies, Full Circle will hold its second annual dance celebration at the Morton Street Dance Centre. Inspired by a variety of modern dance traditions, Full Circle Dance Company draws from the diverse backgrounds of its dancers, which are reflected in each and every performance. For its annual Dance Celebration, look out for performances, fun classes and workshops and a chance to meet the instructors.