dance in an alley

Along with more traditional performances in more conventional spaces, Agora Dance is known to break from tradition in both its choreography and its selection of performance spaces—like an alley.

Philanthropic Platforms

Philanthropic Platforms – choreography by Sam Horning, performed by Cyndal Gilmore and Melissa Lineburg (not shown)

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fire and light

I love fire. Not so much for its consumptive or destructive nature (although that deserves fascination and respect), but more for its fluidity, its continuous reinvention of itself, its ever changing color and its ability to synthesize seemingly disparate qualities. It is formless form. And watching it — even while your brain screams “danger” — the flickering dance of its flames seduces you and draws you into it’s trance.

fire and light 6

fire and light 6

I love projection art. The motion of color being painted onto huge canvases of concrete and brick — all in real time and all in front of your eyes. It too is formless form. And despite knowing that is is merely  projected phantoms, you are nevertheless drawn toward the light. Continue reading

kites, kids & squid

Take Off

take off

Along with the always present families and twenty-somethings, the annual Kite Festival on the National Mall also drew some protest flyers this year. I originally planned to photograph the protestors, but as soon as I dismounted my bike I was reminded what this festival is really about–the kids.

Click any of the following photos to view higher quality large images of this set of kids (and squid).

Let's Fly a Kite

let’s fly a kite

At the Mall with Kites

chasing squid

Squid Pro Quo

squid pro quo

kids and kites

Tangled

tangled

Take Off

take off

Crystal City on Fire

Fire Tower

 

Friday evening brought the opening of Artomatic 2017 to Crystal City in Arlington, and with it another fire spinning performance… and you know I cannot resist fire. Continue reading

It’s Getting Funky In Here

Joe Keyes and the Late Bloomer Band

Joe Keyes and the Late Bloomer Band

Most people think of Spring in DC as Cherry Blossom season, but around the U Street Corridor and Shaw neighborhoods we know it as Funk Season. On May 6th the sounds and spirit of funk will again rock DC at the fourth annual Funk Parade and music festival. Before that there are funds to raise, volunteers to recruit, permits to be obtained, acts to sign, and hype to hype–all the groundwork that goes into pulling off a day and night that draws tens of thousands of people to experience a few dozen acts at multiple clubs and outdoor venues. But first, before the work and before the festival, we party.

This past Friday the DC Department of Funk sponsored the Funk Parade Kickoff Jam at Tropicalia, one of U Street’s basement music clubs. I was there to get into the groove and to photograph all of the bands and dancers.  Continue reading

under a hot February sun

Happy Retriever

Quinn

Last week brought a beautiful Spring sun to DC followed by temps in the seventies. In February! But the dogs at the park didn’t seem to mind the abrupt seasonal confusion. Click Quinn to view the full gallery of his friends romping under a hot February sun.