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NextLOOK - New Work




New Performance Work

A creative partnership with The Clarice

NextLOOK supports the development of new music, plays, dance and other experiences by regionally-based performing artists. These artists are mentored by seasoned arts administrators from The Clarice and Joe’s Movement Emporium to construct innovative methods of deepening the audience’s involvement in their creative process. By removing logistical barriers of cost and space, 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. All tickets are pay-what-you-wish starting at $5.

The 2019–2020 season of NextLOOK includes the following performances and residencies. All performances are held at Joe’s Movement Emporium and are pay what you want.

NextLOOK is supported by Community Forklift:

Community Forklift is proud to partner with Joe’s Movement Emporium. Our large warehouse is open to the public 7 days a week, so you can donate or shop for modern & vintage house parts, tools, appliances, and home furnishings, and save big! Proceeds support our nonprofit work to create green jobs, make repairs affordable, reduce demand for natural resources, & provide free supplies to community groups & neighbors in need. For more information, visit


December 9 - 13, 2019: Chitra Subramanian


Date of public performance: Friday, Dec. 13, 2019 at 7pm

Temple shines the spotlight on the fraying of public life and the growing reality that people participate in institutions less and less. Through the language of Indian Dance and Hip-Hop culture, Chitra Subramanian will explore the experiences and stories of her South Asian immigrant journey. She will also showcase the limitless ways in which Hip-Hop continues to transform, inspire and unleash untapped talent and power.


February 10 - 14, 2020: Simone Baron

ruin gaze

Date of public performance: Friday, Feb. 14, 2020 at 7pm

This new work for dance and chamber ensemble examines the mystery and elusive magic of ruins. Ruins remind us of a past that could have been and a future that never took place, tantalizing us with dreams of escaping the irreversibility of time. Exploring the disharmonious relationship of human, historical and natural temporality, ruin gaze makes a powerful case for connection.


April 13 - 17, 2020: Dominic Green

The Final Genocide

Date of public performance: Friday, April 17, 2020 at 7pm

Set in the year 2093, this theatre work follows Davu, a young black man, through the ruins of a futuristic African-American history museum. There, Davu encounters androids who help him uncover a past unrealized, as they reenact stories of both the heroism and the destruction of Davu’s predecessors. The Final Genocide is a story of the possibilities and dangers faced by black men in America.


May 18 - 22, 2020: Sinclair Ogaga Emoghene, Pablo Regis de Oliveira, and Kate Spanos 

Performing Otherness (Ainihi e Alteridade)

Date of public performance: Friday, May 8 at 7pm

This new dance and music project examines ainihi (“identity” in Hausa) and alteridade (“otherness” in Portuguese) based on the traditions of Nigeria and Brazil. Multidisciplinary artists Sinclair Ogaga Emoghene, Pablo Regis de Oliveira and Kate Spanos collaborate to look for both universality and cultural specificity in shared movements and rhythms. This work includes new and traditional songs and dances, a carnival-style parade, an audience feedback session and an artist discussion.


Joe’s Movement Emporium is a cultural arts hub that acts as a catalyst for creativity and economic opportunity for all through programs and productions in education, the performing arts, and work readiness. Located in the town center of Mt. Rainier, Maryland within the Prince George’s County Gateway Arts District, the organization supports and promotes creative projects of local artists and community groups. For additional information on programs and events, please visit

University of Maryland's Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center builds the future of the arts by training, educating and presenting artists and creative innovators through robust campus and community partnerships. As part of the university’s College of Arts & Humanities, the professional staff and presenting programs of The Clarice are committed to advancing the learning and research investigations for our students; enriching the artistic and cultural opportunities for the campus; and actively developing the arts ecology of the community that surrounds and supports the university.