- The Washington Times - Saturday, September 8, 2001

The fall season reflects three trends enlivening today's dance scene. The still-vital riches from this country's great era of dance in the last half of the 20th century will be on view locally. Suzanne Farrell, George Balanchine's celebrated muse, is bringing classics by the master choreographer to the Kennedy Center for two weeks later this month and early October; Paul Taylor presents his superlative company there at the end of October; and on a lighter note, Richard Move brings an acclaimed and witty parody of Martha Graham to Dance Place, also in October.
Even without those giants, dance is still one of the liveliest of arts, with plenty of experimentation. Intriguing performances scheduled this fall include those of the Next Ice Age, which brings artistry to ice (frozen on the Kennedy Center's Center's Eisenhower Theater stage); Anna Halprin, the mystical West Coast guru, teaming up with the nature-inspired work of Eiko & Koma; Susan Marshall, one of the most talented and innovative choreographers of her generation with a new work; and a world premiere of a choreographed "Carmen" by Septime Webre, Washington Ballet's artistic director.
A third trend is globalization, a force in dance as well as in trade. The fall season is sprinkled with performances by dance groups from around the world. The Kennedy Center's schedule features a rare visit from the Ballet Nacional de Cuba and includes dance groups from Australia, China and Hong Kong.
"Something New at the Kennedy Center Series" will open with an aboriginal dance company from Australia, continue with a contemporary Australian company dancing about computer data, and feature "Silk Road Dreams," by the Washington-based Dana Tai Soon Burgess Company, a work commissioned by the center. This month, the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center, which features free daily performances at 6 p.m., will include companies from Colombia and India.
With the Kennedy Center placing a new and welcome emphasis on dance, another important local development is the strengthening of other dance venues in the Washington area. Most notable is the new Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at the University of Maryland in its first full season. Other seasoned performance spaces are at George Mason University in Fairfax, Lisner Auditorium at George Washington University in Northwest and the Warner Theatre in downtown Washington.
Dance Place continues to be one of the busiest places for dance, showcasing the best of local talent and dance from such places as El Salvador and Africa.


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