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D.C.’s Chamber Dance Project Violinists Continue Free Virtual Chat Series 

On June 23 They Perform & Discuss Their Professional Lives 

Washington, D.C. (June 19) — Chamber Dance Project (CDP), Washington’s premier contemporary ballet company, continues its popular Virtual Chat series on June 23 at 5 p.m. EDT with CDP violinists Claudia Chudacoff and Chaerim Smith offering a snapshot of their lives/work since the shutdown. They will also perform pieces they have been rehearsing. The two have performed with CDP since its D.C. debut in 2014. CDP commissions and performs new and contemporary works by outstanding choreographers and composers in collaboration with dancers and musicians (who appear together onstage). Chudacoff is the principal musician and concertmaster of the National Gallery Orchestra and the Alexandria Symphony. Smith is currently a member of “The President’s Own” United States Marine Chamber Orchestra. To receive the link for the Zoom session, email rsvp@chamberdance.org. For more information, visit https://chamberdance.org/virtual-chats or call 202.499.2297.

Chudacoff, CDP principal musician and violinist, recently retired as concertmaster of the U.S. Marine Band’s White House Chamber Orchestra. She is currently enjoying a temporary full-time contract with the National Symphony Orchestra. She is the Director of the College Park Youth Orchestra’s Chamber Ensemble, and coach of the MCYO string quartet. She was a teaching assistant to Sylvia Rosenberg while at the Eastman School of Music, where she earned both her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees.

Smith, received her Bachelors of Music Degree from the Manhattan School of Music. She is currently a member of “The President’s Own” United States Marine Chamber Orchestra performing regularly at the White House and other high profile government venues. She is also co-founder of the New Orchestra of Washington. Smith also performs the National Symphony, Richmond Symphony, the National Philharmonic and the Virginia Chamber Orchestra. She has performed at Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, Wolf Trap, The Verizon Center, Strathmore and the National Cathedral.

About Chamber Dance Project: Award-winning choreographer and Artistic Director Diane Coburn Bruning founded Chamber Dance Project upon her conviction that dance should be a collaboration between dancers and musicians, and that when artists’ share the creative process with audiences, it deepens the audience’s experience. The company commissions and performs new and contemporary works by outstanding choreographers and composers in collaboration with dancers and musicians (who appear together onstage). In past years, CDP performers shared their creative process with open rehearsals; this year’s virtual series aims to provide the same connection between audience and artist. Most ballet companies in the U.S. hire their dancers for only 35-40 weeks per year; Chamber Dance Project hires it dancers during the January and June-July lay-off periods bringing dancers from all over the country to work in D.C. with CDP musicians.

Chamber Dance Project is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, Bloomberg Philanthropies, DC Commission on Arts and Humanities, KPMG, The Share Fund, Macy’s and Google.

Photo Cut Line: Chamber Dance Project, Washington’s premier contemporary ballet company, continues its Virtual Chat series on Tuesday, June 23 with CDP violinists Claudia Chudacoff and Chaerim Smith offering a snapshot of their lives/work since the shutdown; they will also perform compositions they have been rehearsing. Here they perform with the Chamber Dance Project at the Kennedy Center in 2014.

Photo Credits:  Eduardo Patino NYC

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D.C.’s Chamber Dance Project Reaches Beyond the Stage From Coast to Coast To Film New Ballets

Filming will be taking place in four U.S. cities for free online streaming July 31 and September 24

Washington, DC (June 15) – This summer, Chamber Dance Project (CDP), Washington’s premier contemporary ballet company, is presenting New Works 2020 (& Beyond). The free screenings of new works will take place online on July 31 and September 24. CDP will be working in virtual indoor and outdoor rehearsals and performances in four cities with its nine dancers, three choreographers and a commissioned music score for a dance film. Three guest videographers will be working with dancers in LA, Columbus, Ohio and Milwaukee to film the new ballets that will be screened July 31 at 7:00 pm EDT. Additional cities involved in the production of a new dance film to be shown online September 24 at 7:00 pm EDT include Pittsburgh and Washington D.C. The July and September screening will be presented nationally with free links available at https://chamberdance.org/beyond Call 202-499-2297 for more information.

The ballets are being staged remotely for online streaming and to build new repertoire for CDP’s June 2021 theatre season while ensuring the health of both audience members and performers. In addition to the outdoor shoots with professional videographers, the dancers will be filming themselves in their homes in their home cities.

For example, for the July screening the outdoor performance will be a public site in Los Angeles and in Milwaukee at an art museum.

“Embracing the new realities of a world living under pandemic, CDP’s New Works 2020 (& Beyond) looks to offer audience members a unique and memorable virtual performance experience that they can take to heart every bit as much as if they were seated in a theater. Perhaps even more so, as they will be part of a global audience sharing in the creativity of CDP’s fabulous artists together,” says international arts writer/critic Steve Sucato.

On July 31, world premiere screenings of contemporary ballets Berceuse with Luz San Miguel and Davit Hovhannisyan (Milwaukee), Sarabande featuring dancer and choreographer Christian Denice (Los Angeles) and In the Silence with Emmy Award- winner Grace-Anne Powers and Austin Powers (Columbus) will be presented. Preceding the ballets will be a live red carpet pre-show with the dancers and
filmmakers.

The September 24 world premiere of the new film will incorporate seven of the company’s dancers and be a collaboration by the creators of last seasons acclaimed Prufrock: choreographer Diane Coburn Burning, director Matt Torney and composer James Bigbee Garver in consultation with filmmaker David Hamlin. The evening will also include the first public screening of a film made of Exit Wounds with the original cast. In keeping with the positive and creative outlook of CDP founder, Diane Coburn Bruning, there will be another “red carpet” pre-show before the film.

About Chamber Dance Project: Award-winning choreographer and Artistic Director Diane Coburn Bruning founded Chamber Dance Project upon her conviction that dance should be a collaboration between dancers and musicians, and that when artists’ share the creative process with audiences, it deepens the audience’s experience. The company commissions and performs new and contemporary works by outstanding choreographers and composers in collaboration with dancers and musicians (who appear together onstage). In past years, CDP performers shared their creative process with open rehearsals; this year’s virtual season aims to provide the same connection between audience and artist. Most ballet companies in the U.S. offer only a 35-38 week contract. Chamber Dance Project hires it dancers during the January and June-July lay-off periods common with other companies, bringing dancers virtually from all over the country to work in Washington DC.

Chamber Dance Project is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, Bloomberg Philanthropies, DC Commission on Arts and Humanities, KPMG, The Share Fund, Nora Roberts Foundation, and Macy’s. (30)

Photo Cut Line: Chamber Dance Project, Washington’s premiere contemporary ballet company, is presenting New Works 2020 (& Beyond). The free screenings of new works will take place online on July 31 and September 24. Dancer and choreographer Christian Denise will be featured in the July 31 world premiere of Sarabande filmed outdoors in Los Angeles.
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Photo Credit: Owen Scarlett

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D.C.’s Chamber Dance Project Continues Free Zoom Series May 19 CDP’s dancers Luz San Miguel and Davit Hovhannisyan Discuss and Demonstrate Classical Ballet Partnering

Washington, DC (May 11) – Chamber Dance Project (CDP), Washington’s premiere contemporary ballet company, is using technology to engage audiences virtually. CDP’s well-received Virtual Chat series, which began in March, continues at 5 p.m. each Tuesday throughout May. To receive the link for each Zoom session, email rsvp@chamberdance.org. For more information, visit https://chamberdance.org/virtual-chats or call 202.499.2297.

On May 19, CDP will feature its dancers and ballet masters Luz San Miguel and Davit Hovhannisyan. Now in their seventh season with Chamber Dance Project, the principal dancers (who also work with the Milwaukee Ballet) having danced in leading roles in many classical ballets including “Don Quixote” and “Swan Lake.” The couple will discuss and demonstrate the basics of classical ballet partnering including lifts, talk about the physical and psychological demands of partnering, and share photos and video clips from past performances. The Zoom presentation wraps up with a Q&A.

San Miguel and Hovhannisyan, partners on and off stage, live in Milwaukee and will make their presentation from their basement home studio, with lift demonstrations done outdoors due to the height restrictions in their home.

“Some of our neighbors might come to their backyards to watch the show,” said Hovhannisyan. “If so, we hope they enjoy it as much as we think the Zoom audience will.”

The dancers will also talk about how drops, falls and other accidents can happen in partnering and how to recover from these incidents without injury.

This is the third of four CDP presentations and Q&As scheduled for this month. On May 26, San Miguel and Hovhannisyan will discuss and demonstrate contemporary ballet partnering.

The Spanish-born San Miguel received her training at the Municipal Institute of Ballet in Antwerp, Belgium. Prior to joining Milwaukee Ballet six years ago, she danced with BalletMet, Charleston Ballet Theater and Tulsa Ballet in the U.S. as well as with  Dresden Ballet and Leipziger Ballet in Germany. During her time with Milwaukee Ballet, she has performed lead roles in “Cinderella,” “Esmeralda,” “Romeo & Juliet” and “La Bohème.”

Born in Armenia, Hovhannisyan began dancing at the age of six and four years later was accepted into the National Ballet School of Armenia on a full scholarship. At the age of 16, he began his professional career with the Armenian National Ballet Company. After arriving in the U.S., he received critical acclaim dancing with numerous companies throughout the country before joining Milwaukee Ballet in 2004. He is a principal dancer with Milwaukee Ballet, now in his ninth season. His principal roles have included Romeo in “Romeo & Juliet,” Basilio in “Don Quixote,” Rudolfo in “La Bohème,” the title role in “Dracula” and Oberon in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

About Chamber Dance Project: Award-winning choreographer and Artistic Director Diane Coburn Bruning founded Chamber Dance Project upon her conviction that dance should be a collaboration between dancers and musicians, and that when artists’ share the creative process with audiences, it deepens the audience’s experience. The company commissions and performs new and contemporary works by outstanding choreographers and composers in collaboration with dancers and musicians (who appear together onstage). In past years, CDP performers shared their creative process with open rehearsals; this year’s virtual series aims to provide the same connection between audience and artist. Most ballet companies in the U.S. hire their dancers for only 35-40 weeks per year; Chamber Dance Project hires it dancers during the January and June-July lay-off periods common with other companies, bringing dancers from all over the country to work in D.C. with CDP musicians.

With its Donated Ticket and Bring a Child for Free programs, CDP provides access to those who otherwise would not have the opportunity to see live music and dance.

Chamber Dance Project is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, Bloomberg Philanthropies, DC Commission on Arts and Humanities, KPMG, The Share Fund and Macy’s.

Photo Cut Line: Chamber Dance Project, Washington’s premier contemporary ballet company, continues its Virtual Chat series on Tuesday, May 19 with a demonstration of classical partnering by Luz San Miguel and Davit Hovhannisyan. Here they are pictured in Journey choreographed by Diane Coburn Bruning.

Photo Credit: Eduardo Patino


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D.C.’s Chamber Dance Project Continues its free Virtual Series with Emmy Award – Winning Ballerina Grace-Anne Powers

Pointe Shoe Expertize Includes Model Airplane Glue and Fish Pond Liners

Washington, DC (April 28) –Chamber Dance Project (CDP), Washington’s premiere contemporary ballet company, is using technology to engage audiences virtually until it can bring its 7 th season, New Works 2020, to the stage. CDP’s well-received Virtual Chat series, which began in April,
continues at 5 p.m. each Tuesday throughout May. To receive the link for each Zoom session, email rsvp@chamberdance.org. Call 202.499.2297 for further information.

On May 5 CDP will feature Emmy-winning dancer Grace-Anne Powers of Chamber Dance Project and Ohio’s BalletMet discussing pointe shoes. To
insure that CDP has the highest caliber dancers for its summer seasons they hire dancers from superb companies that are dark during the summer. Powers will discuss and demonstrate her tips for breaking in pointe shoes, discussing different types of shoes and how she cares for them as well as demonstrating her extensive knowledge comes not only from years of dance experience but also through wisdom passed on from her mother, who operates a ballet store.

“BalletMet provides me with 40 pair of pointe shoes a season, which is typical for dancers, as each pair lasts only about two weeks due to hard use,” says Powers. Powers promised to tell Zoom participants how model airplane glue can help pointe shoes last longer as well as provide tips for tailoring the shoes to their feet.

She also found that plastic fish pond liners were the perfect substitute for professional Marley ballet flooring to avoid slipping in her home and to protect delicate pointe shoes during the the coronavirus quarantine.

Powers’ presentation and Q&A is the first of four planned for May with dancer Julia Erickson discussing transitioning from classical to contemporary ballet roles on May 12; with Luz San Miguel and Davit Hovhannisyan demonstrating classical ballet partnering on May 19 and contemporary ballet partnering on May 26.

“Even though we cannot yet perform in public, we want to connect with our audience in a meaningful way to help keep everyone’s spirits up. The arts have the power to boost our hearts and minds and we feel compelled to find ways to share our art and our passion. Our first session of the month happens to fall on Cinco de Mayo, so grab a margarita and join us!” said Diane Coburn Bruning, CDP founder and artistic director.

This year, May 5 has been designated as GivingTuesdayNow to help arts and other nonprofit organizations weather the current financial storm. Thanks to the generosity of one of their patrons, every donation made to CDP on Tuesday, May 5 and after will be matched up to a $10,000. This will help CDP fill the gap for the season left by the cancellation of their March Anchors Aweigh Gala. Donations may be made at chamberdance.org.

About Chamber Dance Project: Award-winning choreographer and Artistic Director Diane Coburn Bruning founded Chamber Dance Project (CDP) upon her conviction that dance should be a collaboration between dancers and musicians, and that when artists’ share the creative process with audiences, it deepens the audience’s experience. The company commissions and performs new and contemporary works by outstanding choreographers and composers in collaboration with dancers and musicians (who appear together onstage). In past years, CDP performers shared their creative process with open rehearsals; this year’s virtual series aims to provide the same connection between audience and artist.

With its Donated Ticket and Bring a Child for Free programs, CDP provides access to those who otherwise not have the opportunity to see live music and dance.

CDP sponsors include Bloomberg Philanthropies, DC Commission on Arts
and Humanities, KPMG, The Share Fund and Macy’s.

Photo Credit: Jennifer Zmuda


Media contact: Marc Apter, 301-904-3690, marca1030@gmail.com

Out of an Abundance of Optimism Chamber Dance Project, D.C.’s Foremost Contemporary Ballet Company Reschedules its Summer Season from June to July 

Uses Innovative Online Techniques to Begin Rehearsals for Summer Season

  • Free chat series opens music and dance to the public online.
  • Bargains at company’s online auction– extended to April 15.

Washington, DC (April 2) –Chamber Dance Project (CDP), Washington’s foremost contemporary ballet company, is harnessing creative uses of technology to prepare for its New Works 2020 summer season which has been rescheduled to mid-July from its earlier June 18-27 dates.  More details will follow later in the month.

For the first time, CDP had been invited to perform at the prestigious Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in July, but the entire Festival was cancelled on Wednesday. “We are excited that we were recognized by the Jacob’s Pillow organizers as a unique and powerful dance company” said Diane Coburn Bruning, CDP Artistic Director. “We carry that excitement into the preparation for our July season and with an abundance of optimism, we look forward to future possibilities at the Jacob’s Pillow Festival.”

Chamber Dance Project has introduced “Get Closer to the Art—Virtual Chat Series,” free Zoom sessions that are taking place at 5 p.m. every Tuesday. Attendees at the sessions will get a behind-the-scenes look as choreographer and dancers and designers talk and show their craft as well as look at period of ballet history in slides and music and video. To receive a link for the Zoom sessions rsvp@chamberdance.org before noon on the Tuesday of the event. Call 202.499.2297 for further information.

The next in this series will feature Bekah Nettekoven Tello, CDP’s  Costume Designer, on Tuesday April 7 at 5 P.M.  She will discuss notable costumes (Night & Day, Chant and Cowboys) in the company’s repertoire from the initial concept, construction and then refinement to be ready for the stage. Her presentation will include slides, video clips, and discussion.

On Tuesday, April 14 at 5 P.M. the dancers of Chamber Dance Project and Artistic Director Diane Coburn Bruning will present an informal open rehearsal with music via Zoom. Attendees will experience the process of creating movement and dialogue throughout a rehearsal but uniquely from 7-8 remote locations – not in the usual studio together.

Then on Tuesday, April 21 Artistic Director Diane Coburn Bruning will explore the history of ballet from the Courts to Classicism with a multi-media presentation and dialogue.

On Tuesday, April 28 watch Chris Rogerson, an acclaimed young composer, talk about his powerful and exciting music for Claudia Schreier’s world premiere ballet in the July season.  Rogerson will talk about his early training and why he was drawn to composing.  He will walk the audience through one movement of the ballet’s score for string quartet, then deconstruct it compositionally. He will present rehearsal videos of Claudia’s work in the studio. He will engage the audience in an on-the-spot composition to reveal a bit of his process in composing.

“Even though we cannot yet perform in public, we want to connect with our audience in a meaningful way to help keep everyone’s spirits up. The arts have the power to boost our hearts and minds and that’s why we are sharing our passion, creativity and human expression in this unique way,” said Diane Coburn Bruning.

At the same time, the lauded dance company is expanding its online auction and extending bidding until April 15. The auction was a substitute for the annual fundraiser, Anchors Away Gala, which was canceled because of coronavirus. This fundraiser includes more than 60 items and experiences, including a Canyon Ranch gift certificate, private golf lessons, 7-night hotel stays in several Caribbean Islands, a landscape architect consultation, a weekend outing to New York City that includes tickets to the Joyce Theatre, dinner and tour at the Cosmos Club for four, four lower bowl tickets to a Capitals game and tickets to the the opera at Kennedy Center.  Items will be added each week, and bidders will be alerted if others outbid them. Many items will not have a minimum bid requirement. Connect with the auction at chamberdance.org/auction.

“We hope that the community will support our arts organizations in this challenging time,” said Board President, Nan Moring.  “Our annual gala that had to be canceled this year contributes 15 percent of our budget and support our season. We are asking our friends and fans to continue to support us through our online auction as well as enjoy our free weekly virtual chats. Grab a glass of wine and join us!”

The award-winning Chamber Dance Project in preparing for its 7th season as Washington’s foremost contemporary ballet company. New Works 2020 will mark the company’s most ambitious season ever with four premieres bringing together dancers and musicians of the highest caliber.

Award-winning choreographer and Artistic Director Diane Coburn Bruning founded Chamber Dance Project upon her conviction that dance should be a collaboration between dancers and musicians, and that when artists’ share the creative process with audiences, it deepens the audience’s experience of witnessing a live performance.

Chamber Dance Project’s work is a collaboration of outstanding artists and designers creating new works. The company commissions and performs new and contemporary works by outstanding choreographers and composers in collaboration with dancers and musicians (who appear together onstage). In this series, as well as in open rehearsals, they share the creative process. With its Donated Ticket and Bring a Child for Free programs, CDP provides access to those who otherwise not have the opportunity to see live music and dance.

Chamber Dance Project sponsors include Bloomberg Philanthropies, DC Commission on Arts and Humanities, KPMG, The Share Fund and Macy’s, among others.

Photo Cut Line:  –Chamber Dance Project, Washington’s foremost contemporary ballet company, is harnessing creative uses of technology to prepare for its New Works 2020 summer season.  This Tuesday, April 7 join a zoom session with Bekah Nettekoven Tello, Costume Designer.  This dress was designed by Tello for the coming season.

Photo Credit: Mariah Miranda

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Media contact: Marc Apter, 301-904-3690, marca1030@gmail.com

April 15 Needn’t Be Taxing

Chamber Dance Project, D.C.’s Foremost Contemporary Ballet Company, Uses Innovative Online Techniques to Begin Rehearsals for Summer Season

  • Free chat series opens music and dance rehearsals to the public online.
  • Bargains to be had at dance company’s online auction—now extended to April 15.

Washington, DC (March 27) –Chamber Dance Project (CDP), Washington’s foremost contemporary ballet company, is harnessing creative uses of technology to prepare for its New Works 2020 summer season. At the same time, the lauded dance company is expanding its online auction and extending bidding until April 15. The auction was a substitute for the annual fundraiser, Anchors Away Gala, which had been canceled because of coronavirus.

And, in another innovation, intended to help entertain and educate people staying at home, Chamber Dance Project introduces “Get Closer to the Art—Virtual Chat Series,” free Zoom sessions that will take place at 5 p.m. every Tuesday. Attendees at the Get Closer to Art sessions will get a behind-the-scenes look as choreographer and dancers work collaboratively online to rehearse and perfect new productions scheduled to open this summer. The sessions also feature dance performances and dancers reflecting on their art. They can listen and watch a string quartet rehearsal and hear from dance experts on the history of contemporary ballet. To receive a link for the Zoom sessions, email rsvp@chamberdance.org before noon on the Tuesday  of the event. Call 202.499.2297 for further information.

“Even though we cannot yet perform in public, we want to connect with our audience in a meaningful way to help keep everyone’s spirits up. The arts have the power to boost our hearts and minds even if we are apart, and that’s why we are sharing our passion, creativity and human expression in this unique way,” said Diane Coburn Bruning, Artistic Director of the Chamber Dance Project.

The next Virtual Chat Series is on Tuesday, March 31, at 5 p.m. and will feature CDP’s dancer/choreographer Christian Denise, a winner of the Joffrey Academy’s Choreographic Competition. The chat will begin with the first screening of a new video created by CDP about Denice.  Denise will create a new workParticipants in the March 31 Virtual Chat will see an excerpt of this new dance, hear Denise’s thoughts on his art and be able to ask him questions.

CDP’s online auction is open to the public from now until April 15 at 9 p.m. This vital fundraiser includes more than 60 items and experiences, including private golf lessons, 7-night hotel stays in several Caribbean Islands, a landscape architect consultation, a weekend outing to New York City that includes tickets to the Joyce Theatre, dinner and tour at the Cosmos Club for four, four lower bowl tickets to a Capitals game and tickets to the Kennedy Center and other venues in Washington More items will be added each week, and bidders will be alerted if others outbid them. Many items will not have a minimum bid requirement. Connect with the auction at chamberdance.org/auction.

“We hope that the community will support our arts organizations in this challenging time,” said Board President, Nan Moring.  “Our annual gala that had to be canceled this year contributes 15 percent of our budget. We are asking our friends and fans to continue to support us through our online auction as well as enjoy our free weekly virtual chats. Grab a glass of wine and join us!”

The award-winning Chamber Dance Project in preparing for its 7th season as Washington’s foremost contemporary ballet company. New Works 2020 will mark the company’s most ambitious season ever with four world premieres bringing together dancers and musicians of the highest caliber. Performances will be held at the Michael R. Klein Theatre (formerly the Lansburgh Theatre) on 7th St. NW. More information on works, artists and tickets is available at chamberdance.org.

Award-winning choreographer and Artistic Director Diane Coburn Bruning founded Chamber Dance Project upon her conviction that dance should be a collaboration between dancers and musicians, and that when artists’ share the creative process with audiences, it deepens the audience’s experience of witnessing a live performance.

Chamber Dance Project’s work is a collaboration of outstanding artists and designers creating new works. The company commissions and performs new and contemporary works by outstanding choreographers and composers in collaboration with dancers and musicians (who appear together onstage). In this series, as well as in open rehearsals, they share the creative process. With its Donated Ticket and Bring a Child for Free programs, CDP provides access to those who otherwise not have the opportunity to see live music and dance.

Chamber Dance Project sponsors include Bloomberg Philanthropies, DC Commission on Arts and Humanities, KPMG, The Share Fund and Macy’s, among others.

Photo Cut Line:  –Chamber Dance Project, Washington’s foremost contemporary ballet company, is harnessing creative uses of technology to prepare for its New Works 2020 summer season.  This Tuesday, March 31, dancer/choreographer Christian Denise will conduct an on-line chat and rehearsal open to the public via Zoom.


Media contact: Marc Apter, 301-904-3690, marca1030@gmail.com

Out of an Abundance of Optimism Chamber Dance Project, D.C.’s Foremost Contemporary Ballet Company Reschedules its Summer Season from June to July 

Uses Innovative Online Techniques to Begin Rehearsals for Summer Season

  • Free chat series opens music and dance to the public online.
  • Bargains at company’s online auction– extended to April 15.

Washington, DC (April 2) –Chamber Dance Project (CDP), Washington’s foremost contemporary ballet company, is harnessing creative uses of technology to prepare for its New Works 2020 summer season which has been rescheduled to mid-July from its earlier June 18-27 dates.  More details will follow later in the month.

For the first time, CDP had been invited to perform at the prestigious Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in July, but the entire Festival was cancelled on Wednesday. “We are excited that we were recognized by the Jacob’s Pillow organizers as a unique and powerful dance company” said Diane Coburn Bruning, CDP Artistic Director. “We carry that excitement into the preparation for our July season and with an abundance of optimism, we look forward to future possibilities at the Jacob’s Pillow Festival.”

Chamber Dance Project has introduced “Get Closer to the Art—Virtual Chat Series,” free Zoom sessions that are taking place at 5 p.m. every Tuesday. Attendees at the sessions will get a behind-the-scenes look as choreographer and dancers and designers talk and show their craft as well as look at period of ballet history in slides and music and video. To receive a link for the Zoom sessions rsvp@chamberdance.org before noon on the Tuesday of the event. Call 202.499.2297 for further information.

The next in this series will feature Bekah Nettekoven Tello, CDP’s  Costume Designer, on Tuesday April 7 at 5 P.M.  She will discuss notable costumes (Night & Day, Chant and Cowboys) in the company’s repertoire from the initial concept, construction and then refinement to be ready for the stage. Her presentation will include slides, video clips, and discussion.

On Tuesday, April 14 at 5 P.M. the dancers of Chamber Dance Project and Artistic Director Diane Coburn Bruning will present an informal open rehearsal with music via Zoom. Attendees will experience the process of creating movement and dialogue throughout a rehearsal but uniquely from 7-8 remote locations – not in the usual studio together.

Then on Tuesday, April 21 Artistic Director Diane Coburn Bruning will explore the history of ballet from the Courts to Classicism with a multi-media presentation and dialogue.

On Tuesday, April 28 watch Chris Rogerson, an acclaimed young composer, talk about his powerful and exciting music for Claudia Schreier’s world premiere ballet in the July season.  Rogerson will talk about his early training and why he was drawn to composing.  He will walk the audience through one movement of the ballet’s score for string quartet, then deconstruct it compositionally. He will present rehearsal videos of Claudia’s work in the studio. He will engage the audience in an on-the-spot composition to reveal a bit of his process in composing.

“Even though we cannot yet perform in public, we want to connect with our audience in a meaningful way to help keep everyone’s spirits up. The arts have the power to boost our hearts and minds and that’s why we are sharing our passion, creativity and human expression in this unique way,” said Diane Coburn Bruning.

At the same time, the lauded dance company is expanding its online auction and extending bidding until April 15. The auction was a substitute for the annual fundraiser, Anchors Away Gala, which was canceled because of coronavirus. This fundraiser includes more than 60 items and experiences, including a Canyon Ranch gift certificate, private golf lessons, 7-night hotel stays in several Caribbean Islands, a landscape architect consultation, a weekend outing to New York City that includes tickets to the Joyce Theatre, dinner and tour at the Cosmos Club for four, four lower bowl tickets to a Capitals game and tickets to the the opera at Kennedy Center.  Items will be added each week, and bidders will be alerted if others outbid them. Many items will not have a minimum bid requirement. Connect with the auction at chamberdance.org/auction.

“We hope that the community will support our arts organizations in this challenging time,” said Board President, Nan Moring.  “Our annual gala that had to be canceled this year contributes 15 percent of our budget and support our season. We are asking our friends and fans to continue to support us through our online auction as well as enjoy our free weekly virtual chats. Grab a glass of wine and join us!”

The award-winning Chamber Dance Project in preparing for its 7th season as Washington’s foremost contemporary ballet company. New Works 2020 will mark the company’s most ambitious season ever with four premieres bringing together dancers and musicians of the highest caliber.

Award-winning choreographer and Artistic Director Diane Coburn Bruning founded Chamber Dance Project upon her conviction that dance should be a collaboration between dancers and musicians, and that when artists’ share the creative process with audiences, it deepens the audience’s experience of witnessing a live performance.

Chamber Dance Project’s work is a collaboration of outstanding artists and designers creating new works. The company commissions and performs new and contemporary works by outstanding choreographers and composers in collaboration with dancers and musicians (who appear together onstage). In this series, as well as in open rehearsals, they share the creative process. With its Donated Ticket and Bring a Child for Free programs, CDP provides access to those who otherwise not have the opportunity to see live music and dance.

Chamber Dance Project sponsors include Bloomberg Philanthropies, DC Commission on Arts and Humanities, KPMG, The Share Fund and Macy’s, among others.

Photo Cut Line:  –Chamber Dance Project, Washington’s foremost contemporary ballet company, is harnessing creative uses of technology to prepare for its New Works 2020 summer season.  This Tuesday, April 7 join a zoom session with Bekah Nettekoven Tello, Costume Designer.  This dress was designed by Tello for the coming season.

Photo Credit: Mariah Miranda

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Media contact: Marc Apter, 301-904-3690, marca1030@gmail.com

April 15 Needn’t Be Taxing

Chamber Dance Project, D.C.’s Foremost Contemporary Ballet Company, Uses Innovative Online Techniques to Begin Rehearsals for Summer Season

  • Free chat series opens music and dance rehearsals to the public online.
  • Bargains to be had at dance company’s online auction—now extended to April 15.

Washington, DC (March 27) –Chamber Dance Project (CDP), Washington’s foremost contemporary ballet company, is harnessing creative uses of technology to prepare for its New Works 2020 summer season. At the same time, the lauded dance company is expanding its online auction and extending bidding until April 15. The auction was a substitute for the annual fundraiser, Anchors Away Gala, which had been canceled because of coronavirus.

And, in another innovation, intended to help entertain and educate people staying at home, Chamber Dance Project introduces “Get Closer to the Art—Virtual Chat Series,” free Zoom sessions that will take place at 5 p.m. every Tuesday. Attendees at the Get Closer to Art sessions will get a behind-the-scenes look as choreographer and dancers work collaboratively online to rehearse and perfect new productions scheduled to open this summer. The sessions also feature dance performances and dancers reflecting on their art. They can listen and watch a string quartet rehearsal and hear from dance experts on the history of contemporary ballet. To receive a link for the Zoom sessions, email rsvp@chamberdance.org before noon on the Tuesday  of the event. Call 202.499.2297 for further information.

“Even though we cannot yet perform in public, we want to connect with our audience in a meaningful way to help keep everyone’s spirits up. The arts have the power to boost our hearts and minds even if we are apart, and that’s why we are sharing our passion, creativity and human expression in this unique way,” said Diane Coburn Bruning, Artistic Director of the Chamber Dance Project.

The next Virtual Chat Series is on Tuesday, March 31, at 5 p.m. and will feature CDP’s dancer/choreographer Christian Denise, a winner of the Joffrey Academy’s Choreographic Competition. The chat will begin with the first screening of a new video created by CDP about Denice.  Denise will create a new workParticipants in the March 31 Virtual Chat will see an excerpt of this new dance, hear Denise’s thoughts on his art and be able to ask him questions.

CDP’s online auction is open to the public from now until April 15 at 9 p.m. This vital fundraiser includes more than 60 items and experiences, including private golf lessons, 7-night hotel stays in several Caribbean Islands, a landscape architect consultation, a weekend outing to New York City that includes tickets to the Joyce Theatre, dinner and tour at the Cosmos Club for four, four lower bowl tickets to a Capitals game and tickets to the Kennedy Center and other venues in Washington More items will be added each week, and bidders will be alerted if others outbid them. Many items will not have a minimum bid requirement. Connect with the auction at chamberdance.org/auction.

“We hope that the community will support our arts organizations in this challenging time,” said Board President, Nan Moring.  “Our annual gala that had to be canceled this year contributes 15 percent of our budget. We are asking our friends and fans to continue to support us through our online auction as well as enjoy our free weekly virtual chats. Grab a glass of wine and join us!”

The award-winning Chamber Dance Project in preparing for its 7th season as Washington’s foremost contemporary ballet company. New Works 2020 will mark the company’s most ambitious season ever with four world premieres bringing together dancers and musicians of the highest caliber. Performances will be held at the Michael R. Klein Theatre (formerly the Lansburgh Theatre) on 7th St. NW. More information on works, artists and tickets is available at chamberdance.org.

Award-winning choreographer and Artistic Director Diane Coburn Bruning founded Chamber Dance Project upon her conviction that dance should be a collaboration between dancers and musicians, and that when artists’ share the creative process with audiences, it deepens the audience’s experience of witnessing a live performance.

Chamber Dance Project’s work is a collaboration of outstanding artists and designers creating new works. The company commissions and performs new and contemporary works by outstanding choreographers and composers in collaboration with dancers and musicians (who appear together onstage). In this series, as well as in open rehearsals, they share the creative process. With its Donated Ticket and Bring a Child for Free programs, CDP provides access to those who otherwise not have the opportunity to see live music and dance.

Chamber Dance Project sponsors include Bloomberg Philanthropies, DC Commission on Arts and Humanities, KPMG, The Share Fund and Macy’s, among others.

Photo Cut Line:  –Chamber Dance Project, Washington’s foremost contemporary ballet company, is harnessing creative uses of technology to prepare for its New Works 2020 summer season.  This Tuesday, March 31, dancer/choreographer Christian Denise will conduct an on-line chat and rehearsal open to the public via Zoom.

  • The production Chant was spectacular.The ladies of N Street had a wonderful time. All in all, there were about 25 women and 8 support staff. Thank you so much for the opportunity for the women to experience your dancers and choreography. Just wonderful!

    Susan
  • I was at the matinee performance on Saturday and was thoroughly happy and moved. This was also my first time at one of [Chamber Dance Project’s] performances so I was glad I tried something new. I love the Washington Ballet, so that connection was what caught my attention.

    Markus Williams
  • I DID NOT WANT IT TO END!!! Especially the second half when the singers approached and took us into another world altogether with their vocals and the performers on stage.  It was a VERY unique experience.

    Alice Krikorian

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Dan Roberge, and Shacara Rogers in Songs by Cole
Mariah Miranda Photography