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NextLOOK - New Work 2018-19

 NextLOOK - New Performance Work

A creative partnership with The Clarice

Established in 2014, NextLOOK supports the development of new music, plays, dance and other experiences by regionally-based performing artists. Selected through a yearly application process, NextLOOK artists are given a stipend and access to rehearsal and performance space at Joe’s Movement Emporium. These artists also collaborate with The Clarice and Joe’s Movement Emporium staff to construct innovative methods of deepening the audience’s involvement in their creative process. By removing logistical barriers and providing a sounding board for artists creating new work, NextLOOK invests in the regional arts ecology and creates an accessible, exploratory environment that connects intriguing artists with adventurous audiences.

Are you a performing artist living in the DMV area? If you are, consider applying for the 2019-20 season of NextLOOK, a partnership between Joe's Movement Emporium and The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, for artists to develop new work. Click to download the NextLOOK RFP which has a link to the application form

The 2018–2019 season of NextLOOK includes the following performances and residencies. All performances are held at Joe’s Movement Emporium and are pay what you want.

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Tarik OMeally: Night Light

“To confront the enemy without we must first confront the enemy within.”
-Bell Hooks

Night Light is a reflective examination of the current discordant American crisis of identity. Performed in a survival horror setting, Night Light investigates what our innermost monsters represent…discovering how we face and conquer those monsters emboldened by faith that the conflict will improve us. Through visceral athletic movement, this work explores themes of self-preservation, transformation and wholeness to a haunting musical score. This work is about seeing who will get out alive. To survive, however, we must walk down the dark alley. Discover the noise in the basement. Solve the killer’s identity. In the end, Night Light requires performers and audience alike to understand what our perceptions of our internal monsters, villains, or enemies say about our own state of being.

TICKETS: Performance: Thursday, April 4, 2019 at 7 pm & Friday, April 5, 2019 at 7 pm

Past events:

Victor Provost: The Other Side of the Storm

The Other Side of the Storm will be a concert of new music examining local and global societal structures in the U.S. Virgin Islands as the territory rebounds from a devastating hurricane season.

TICKETS: Performance: Friday, October 12, 2018 at 7 pm

Ronya-Lee Anderson: Kings and Queens

Kings and Queens is a multi-disciplinary project designed to highlight the contributions of African-American artists to the beloved musical genre: Rock n’ Roll. The project will combine monologues, live music, projections, dance and discussion honing in on artists such as Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Jimi Hendrix, Big Momma Thorton, Bo Diddley, Louis Gordon and others. Beyond noting the practice of cultural appropriation, the project will illustrate the influence of black musicians on their white successors like Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, and Led Zeppelin, generally considered the greatest rockers. In workshop and performance Kings and Queens links the lives and legacies of black and white artists, the richness of their synergy lost due to racial discrimination and ignorance.

TICKETS: Performance: Friday, November 16, 2018 at 7 pm

Be Steadwell: A Letter to My Ex

A Letter to My Ex, the musical. Composer and vocalist Be Steadwell tells stories of love, loss and intimacy with LGBTQ affirming pop music. Following the 2018 release of her album “Queer Love Songs”, Steadwell brings her album to life through theater and performance. A Letter to My Ex is a collage of music, movement and film, narrating one character’s journey through the ups and downs of love.

TICKETS: Performance: Thursday, February 14, 2019 at 7 pm OR Friday, February 15, 2019 at 7 pm

Monique Walker: Amma’s Chasm

Collaborating with community activists and artists, southern Maryland-based dance artist Monique Newton Walker, explores perspectives, outcomes, and healing when a fatal domestic violence event disrupts a community’s continuity in her mixed-media dance residency, Amma’s Chasm.

TICKETS: Performance: Friday, March 8, 2019 at 7 pm