Thursday, May 5, 2011

The Atlanta dance scene this weekend

Posted By on Thu, May 5, 2011 at 10:12 AM

Dance Canvas will host free outdoor performances at Atlantic Station this Saturday afternoon. It's just one of many dance events this weekend in Atlanta.
  • Dance Canvas will host free outdoor performances at Atlantic Station this Saturday afternoon, just one of many dance events this weekend in Atlanta.
We're not sure why some weekends in Atlanta offer so many dance events, but so it is: Sometimes it seems there's not a grand jeté or Martha Graham contraction to be found in the whole city, while other weekends, the whole place seems to come alive to showcase Atlanta's movers and shakers. The planets must be aligning over the ATL this weekend, because this promises to be a very busy weekend for those who love dance, offering plenty of opportunities to check out the latest work of Atlanta's great local choreographers and dancers.

The community arts organization WonderRoot—which helps local artists create, exhibit and distribute their work—makes it first foray into contemporary dance when it presents Magnetic Drift, a mixed program with work by six independent choreographers which will include Blake Beckham, Emily Christianson, Corian Ellisor, Helen Hale, Sharon Sibley, Laura Wallace and technical direction and lighting design by the unstoppable Malina Rodriguez of Dance Truck. Magnetic Drift will be held on Friday, May 6, at 8pm, Saturday, May 7, at 8pm, and Sunday, May 8, at 3pm at the Magnetic Theatre, 889 Wylie Street, in Reynoldstown. Admission is $10-15. For tickets, visit the event's brown paper tickets site.

We love our local divas of dance, but so many great companies that are dominated primarily, if not completely, by the dancing ladies in town often leave us wondering when the men will have their turn to take the stage. Wonder no more. The show LIFT: Men. Dance. Life on stage at the Alliance Theater's Hertz stage will showcase the work of Atlanta's male choreographers and dancers. This year’s show brings the work of eight diverse male choreographers to the stage; presenting dance styles ranging from Contemporary to Hip Hop. The show takes place Friday, May 6, at 8pm and Saturday, May 7, at 2 and 8 pm. Tickets are $20-30. For more information or to purchase tickets visit the Woodruff Arts Center.

Brooks and Company presents a program of dance and film this weekend titled Shorts 6. The sixth installment of the choreographic outreach series returns this year with a brand new venue. The event takes place Friday, May 6, at 2 and 8 pm and Sat, May 7, at 8 pm at the Southwest Arts Center, 915 New Hope Road. Advance tickets are available on-line.

Beacon Dance will present At Once Now and Then, a new evening length movement theater work. Performances will be held May 6-7 at 8 pm and May 7-8 at 5 pm. All performances are free and open to the public, as works of public art. Reservations are strongly suggested, as there is limited space. The shows take place at B Complex in South Atlanta, 1272 Murphy Avenue, near the Oakland City Marta station. To make reservations, email or call 404-377-2929.

If free dance and public art are your things, you won't want to miss Dance Canvas' series of outdoor performances at Atlantic Station this Saturday, May 7, at Atlantic Station's Central Park, as it participates in the 3rd annual “pARTy for ART.”. Beginning at 1 pm, join the group for free dance workshops, booth spaces with art demos, and info from area arts organizations. Bring a blanket to enjoy an outdoor dance concert at 4 pm and at 6:30 pm featuring the professional dancers and choreographers of Dance Canvas and special guests, Bubba Carr and Zoetic Dance Company. Works by Angela Harris, Lonnie Davis, Kristy Nilsson and Apollo Levine.

The show Moving in the Spirit: Between Worlds slated for tonight Thursday, May 5, at 7 pm at the Rialto Theater was conceived by award-winning poet Alice Lovelace. Moving in the Spirit is a youth development program that utilizes dance to enrich the lives of children living in Atlanta’s under-served communities. The performance Between Worlds features student and professional dancers, artwork by Sal Brownfield, original music by M.U.G.A.B.E.E, and design by The Art Institute of Atlanta. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children and can be purchased at the door. For more information, contact Moving in the Spirit at 404-624-5295


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