- The Washington Times - Friday, July 7, 2006

When the livin’ is easy and the air balmy — OK, hot — watching dance with all its sensual allure is an appealing way to spend a summer evening or even a lunch hour.

At Wolf Trap — Two major black American companies, Ronald K. Brown/Evidence and Philadanco, have appeared separately at Wolf Trap in the past. On July 18, they are joining forces in “For Truth,” a world premiere that was commissioned by Wolf Trap.

Mr. Brown has created work for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and is one of the most talented choreographers of his generation, known for the deep spiritual underpinning that informs his movement.

Each of the companies will dance a work of its own in addition to coming together in “For Truth,” a large-scale project that celebrates the emancipation of women around the world.

The following week, July 25, Noche Flamenca makes its fifth appearance at Wolf Trap, bringing with it from Spain a group of singers, musicians and dancers that interact to create the spirit of flamenco onstage.

A newcomer to the soaring outdoor venue will be the Trey McIntyre Project, a summer-only group making its first appearance in the area Aug. 8.

All these performances at Wolf Trap begin at 8:30. 877/WOLFTRAP. $26 to $34 (lawn $10)

At Dance Place — It’s not al fresco, but part of the charm of Dance Place is its constancy: Month in, month out, it brings original dance to its black-box theater. This summer will see an unusually light schedule of performances.

New Releases Choreographers Showcase features new works by choreographers covering modern, aerial and flamenco dancing, July 8 and 9.

Dakshina/Daniel Phoenix Singh & Company, a young company exploring Indian dance forms, appears July 15 and 16.

Gravity Optional looks at the serious and witty sides of human interaction, July 29 and 30.

Lesole’s Dance Project/Jessica Marchant/Emily Berry, three emerging artists, perform new work stressing athleticism, Aug. 5 and 6.

All Saturday performances at 8, Sunday at 7. Tickets for all $7 to $20.

Energizer’s Talent Show with youth from Dance Place’s summer arts camp, April 11 at 7, $5.

At Woodrow Wilson Plaza — Workers near the Federal Triangle and parched summertime sightseers visiting the museums might find a welcome break watching free noontime performances every weekday on Woodrow Wilson Plaza. On Wednesdays, dance groups take to the stage, offering a wide variety of styles. Takeout restaurants are near at hand, and cafe-style seating on the plaza adds to the relaxed experience.

On Wednesday, Culture Shock Dance Troupe will appear in hip-hop routines with a dance talent show part of the program. Would-be contestants can call 202/508-1045 or show up the day of performance with a CD of their music. The winner, to be decided by a round of applause, wins $100.

Another local company, Young at Heart, a tap-dance group with no age limit, takes to the stage July 26.

August brings two groups from abroad. Ballet Folklorico Mexico arrives Aug. 2 wearing colorful costumes to re-create the rich regional dances and rituals of Mexico. On Aug. 9, a group from Kenya, the Jabali African Acrobats, brings a combination of Chinese and African acrobatics and dances inspired by the movement of animals, such as snakes and flamingos.

Continuing the international flavor, Orquesta Ashe, a group of Cuban musicians-singers-dancers based here, appears Aug. 16 performing timba, an energetic form of Cuban salsa.

Of note is the appearance Aug. 23 of Edwin Aparicio, a flamenco dancer who comes with impressive credentials. Before his free performance at the Wilson Plaza, Mr. Aparicio will premiere a new work at GALA Hispanic Theater Aug. 4 and 5.

Woodrow Wilson Plaza is at 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, next to the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center. Metro stops are Federal Triangle or Metro Center.

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