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Danish Dance Theatre performing at Kennedy Centre in October

8.24.2016  20:25

After its sold-out appearance in the 2013 Nordic Cool festival, one of Europe's leading dance companies returns to the USA with Black Diamond, a dramatic work with striking scenography and lighting to enhance the full-bodied, athletic choreography.

One of Europe's foremost contemporary dance companies returns with the D.C. premiere of the spine-tingling Black Diamond.  On the 18th and 19th of October you have the chance get a one-of-a-kind experience as Artistic Director Tim Rushton delves into an abstract universe with a heightened focus on form and aesthetic through full-bodied and athletic choreography.


Danish Dance Theatre was founded in 1981 by the English/Norwegian choreographer and pioneer Randi Patterson, in collaboration with Anette Abildgaard, Ingrid Buchholtz, Mikala Barnekow and soon after, Warren Spears. At that time, the company was named ‘New Danish Dance Theatre.’ Since 2001, Tim Rushton (MBE) has been the company’s Artistic Director and has successfully continued Danish Dance Theatre’s vision of combining the classical arts with the modern. Today, Danish Dance Theatre is the foremost contemporary dance company in Denmark, as well as the largest. The company is composed of hand-picked dancers from all over the world.


Striking scenography and lighting enhance Danish Dance Theatre's vibrantly theatrical work, set to a minimalistic and haunting score featuring music by American legend Philip Glass, Romanian composer/violinist Alexander Balanescu, and Danish beat king Trentemøller. Jet-black diamonds in the first act contrast with brilliantly white ones in the second, forming an angular yet flowing space in which nuance, color, and the dancers' powerful bodies take center stage.

Take advantage of the opportunity to experience one of the Danish Dance Theatre’s stunning performances in Washington DC on the 18th and 19th of October 2016.

Press quotes:

"Rushton's choreography is so viscerally responsive to [the music], you can almost feel the notes as a rough, silky, or chilly sensation on the dancers' skin."
-The Guardian

"So entirely original, they cannot be compared to anything from the American modern tradition."
-The Boston Herald

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Recommended for age 12 and up.


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