Free Friday: Join an interactive, improvised performance at the Kennedy Center


Editor’s note: Free Friday is Vox‘s newest serial, showcasing a free, weekend event in D.C. each Friday as a way to break the bubble without breaking the bank.

Where are you from? Where are you now? Where is home? How do you leave? What is home? This Saturday, ponder these fundamental questions of life at a dance party like no other.

On Saturday, The Playground dance company will present an eight-hour, travelling performance, Acts of Arriving. Led by the dance company’s artistic director, Daniel Burkholder, actors will traverse the D.C. metropolitan area to examine the meaning of communities through personal narrative, genealogy, and larger immigration and migration trends.

The Playground is a dance company of improvisational dancers and musicians in the D.C. area dedicated to movement-based improvisational work. It aims to explore the structure, meaning, and authenticity of a performance, as well as the relationship among dancers, musicians, technicians, and the audience. According to Burkholder, this is his “most ambitious project to date.”

Starting at 11 a.m. at Joe’s Movement Emporium in Mount Rainier, Maryland, The Playground will perform a 45 minute performance at each of the four sites that they will walk to, before concluding the evening at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

At each of the four locations, The Playground has partnered with local organizations that connect the performance to their constituents. A combination of dance, spoken word, original and live music, and audience participation will celebrate the communities.

The performance at the Kennedy Center begins at 6 p.m. on the Millennium Stage.

Video: Daniel Burkholder via YouTube

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