31st Annual Choreographers' Showcase
The Washington Post has called the Annual Choreographers’ Showcase “a rite of passage in the DC area dance community.” In its 31-year history, it has given audiences a sneak peek at the work of numerous artists who go on to become mainstays of the DC dance scene.
Presented in collaboration with the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, the showcase features six to seven distinct choreographic works in a range of styles each year including modern dance, contemporary ballet, aerial choreography, world dance, hip-hop and more. Performers are chosen through a rigorous adjudication process, and each program offers a unique combination of genres and visions — truly a feast of the unexpected.
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This Year’s Adjudicators
Zvi Gotheiner was born and raised in Israel. He began his artistic career as a gifted violinist with the Young Kibbutzim Orchestra, where he attained the rank of soloist and Concertmaster at age 15. He began dancing at 17, and soon after formed his first performance group. He first came to New York in 1978 on a dance scholarship from the American-Israeli Cultural Foundation, and went on to dance with the Joyce Trisler Dance Company, Feld Ballets/NY, and the Bat-Sheva Dance Company. After directing Tamar Ramle and the Jerusalem Tamar Dance Companies in Israel and the Israeli Chamber Dance Company in New York, he founded ZviDance (previously: Zvi Gotheiner & Dancers) in 1989. The Company’s performances have received critical acclaim in New York City at The Kitchen, The Joyce Theater, Joyce Soho, The Fiorello Festival, Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors, and Central Park’s SummerStage, as well as a variety of experimental venues. Zvi is a recipient of two New York Foundation for the Arts choreography fellowships and The National Arts Club Weiselberg Award, and has received commissions from Zurich Tanz Theater, Utah’s Repertory Dance Theater, Colloquium Contemporary Dance Exchange, the American Dance Festival and three times by The Joyce Theater’s Altogether Different series. Zvi has earned an international reputation as a ballet teacher. In New York, he serves as a company teacher for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and teaches ballet regularly at City Center.
Sidra Bell, Artistic Director of Sidra Bell Dance New York, is currently a Master Lecturer at the University of the Arts (Philadelphia), was Adjunct Professor at Barnard College (Columbia University), and has a degree in history from Yale University, and an MFA in Choreography from Purchase College Conservatory of Dance. She was awarded a 1st Place Award for Choreography from the Solo Tanz Theater Festival in Stuttgart, Germany (2011) for the solo Grief Point. Her critically acclaimed company and work has been seen throughout the United States and internationally in Denmark, France, Austria, Germany, China, Canada, Aruba, Korea, Brazil and Greece. The Company was lauded in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette's 2010 Best in Dance for the evening length work ReVUE. Bell has received many commissions for new work from internationally renowned companies and institutions around the world. Most recently she was commissioned as the lead choreographer for the feature film T E S T, released in 2013 directed by Chris Mason Johnson and shot on location in San Francisco. She is a sought-after master teacher and was featured in DanceTeacher magazine (2012). She has taught her unique creative practice of movement, improvisation and technique entitled Contemporary Systems–An Interior & Material Approach to Movement ©at major institutions for dance and theatre throughout Canada, Europe, South America and the United States.
Review by DC Metro Theater Arts
The 31st Annual Choreographers’ Showcase was an evening of inspired dance works by a number of truly engaging artists. This year’s showcase was on the moodier side of modern dance, with a leaning toward the more psychological works.
– RICK WESTERKAMP, DC Metro Theater Arts, January 29, 2014
Preview by The Gazette
'We’re trying to present dance that is forward looking, cutting edge,' [Christel Stevens, a performing arts specialist for Prince George's arts and cultural heritage division,] said. "So I try to bring in people who are working in that realm themselves.'
– CARA HEDGEPETH, The Gazette, January 23, 2014