of the Atlas Performing Arts Center in Washington, D.C.
Inaugural program will include three performances May 18, 19 and 20, 2007
Washington choreographer/performer Natalie Moffett Smith’s acclaimed contemporary ballet company, DanceSmith, has been invited to become the Resident Performing Dance Company of the Atlas Performing Arts Center in North East Washington, D.C. The Company, entering its fifth year, completed its first two seasons at the Marvin Theatre in D.C., and two seasons at the Kennedy Center, before becoming resident at the Atlas.
DanceSmith’s history with the Atlas project includes Artistic Director Natalie Moffett Smith’s service on the Atlas Board, and DanceSmith’s narrated performances in the Atlas Lab theatre as part of the opening celebrations for the Atlas in April 2005. DanceSmith will appear on the stage of the Lang Theatre at the Atlas as the resident performing company for the first time in May this year, with performances scheduled for May 18, 19 and 20.
For more information, please visit www.dancesmith.us and www.atlasarts.org.
About DanceSmith. DanceSmith is a contemporary ballet company rooted in classical technique informed by modern dance. Founded by Natalie Moffett Smith in 2002, DanceSmith makes ballet accessible to a wide range of audiences. The company redefines the experience of watching ballet by the innovative use of classical ballet technique combined with a strong emotional component that is more contemporary. The company’s style contrasts the flowing movement and extended lines of ballet with the angularity and weight of modern dance. DanceSmith is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Washington, DC.
About the Atlas. The Atlas Performing Arts Center is the only community-based performing arts center in Washington. Located in a historic movie theatre complex on H Street in Near Northeast D.C., a once-vibrant corridor of the city that was devastated by riots in 1968, the Atlas formally opened its doors in November 2006 after four years of renovation. In addition to DanceSmith, the Atlas is home to a diverse group of outstanding resident arts organizations including theatre companies, symphony orchestras, choral groups and arts education programs.
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Previous Press Releases
December 14, 2005
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Excerpts from Reviews and Other Press Coverage
DanceSmith Hot & Cool
"Moffett Smith, who founded her highly trained, finely tuned DanceSmith just four years ago, knows her way around a choreographic challenge."
". . . the world premiere of Natalie Moffett Smith's ‘Arm's Length,’ an electrically charged pas de deux on the Kennedy Center's Terrace Theater . . . Windom displayed an agitated sensibility, steely attack and coolly detached regard for her partner, Florian Rouiller, who couldn't hide his heartfelt regard for this unyielding partner."
". . . ‘Interior Lining,’ a smartly designed piece apportioned out to a vivacious score by Charlie Barnett. Here those women snapped to attention, with military heel-thrusting walks, sharply timed kicks, dashed out leaps and a tightfisted restraint that lent a mid-20th-century feel."
" ‘Disquiet’ also suggested an edgy alienated mien and, underscored by a lushly baroque Handel composition, the dancers seethed through the work, ready to pounce."
Palisades Resident's Dance Company Is On The Move
""In this day of instant gratification, it’s no secret that dance performances are somewhat of a hard sell to the movie-going public . . . Moffett Smith is grateful for supportive audiences that grow bigger with every performance . . . ""
In Rockville, Keeping Hampton's Legacy Alive
Dancesmith: Extraordinarily Well-Armed
A Variety of Styles Keeps Dancesmith On Its Toes
DanceSmith's Debut: An Energetic Kickoff
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