NextLOOK 2017-18

A creative partnership with The Clarice.

Established in 2014, NextLOOK supports the development of new music, plays, dance and other experiences by regionally-based performing artists. Selected through a yearly application process, NextLOOK artists are given a stipend and access to rehearsal and performance space at Joe’s Movement Emporium. These artists also collaborate with The Clarice and Joe’s Movement Emporium staff to construct innovative methods of deepening the audience’s involvement in their creative process. By removing logistical barriers and providing a sounding board for artists creating new work, NextLOOK invests in the regional arts ecology and creates an accessible, exploratory environment that connects intriguing artists with adventurous audiences. 

The 2017–2018 season of NextLOOK includes the following performances and residencies. All performances are held at Joe’s Movement Emporium and are pay what you want.



NextLOOK: alight dance theater Faerie

Friday, May 11, 2018 . 7 PM

alight dance theater will create a fantastical and mythical dance work exploring the under-considered culture and belief in fairy lore. Faerie – referencing the world in which fairies inhabit – will examine the prevalence of fairies, their connection with humans and common misconceptions of both types of creatures. In a realm of “in-between,” existing alongside our version of reality, fairies and humans encounter one another.

JOIN US: Join alight dance theater at Joe's Movement Emporium for a FREE workshop for ages 6 & up and their caretakers! Fun activities and exploration will inform the final piece. RSVP by clicking here.

Employing the magic of imagination and storytelling, Faerie will inform contemporary perspectives on a range of themes including the power of belief, the struggle of human control, identity shaping and unpacking identity-related stereo. Pay-what-you-wish by clicking here.


NextLOOK: Dior Ashley Brown & the dAb Band

Friday, October 20, 2017 . 7 PM

Through song, poetry, spoken word, hip-hop, theater and live instrumentation, Dior Ashley Brown and The dAb Band create a tribute to women past and present. This project will explore women's struggles and their contribution to creative change.

NextLOOK: Alexandra Kelly Colburn termiNATION

Friday, November 17, 2017 . 7 PM

termiNATION is an in-process movement-based solo work investigating life and death through the lens of a pregnant war widow. Inspired by an adolescence and early adulthood steeped in the events of post-9/11 and the recent inauguration of Donald Trump, this piece explores the role women have to play as we carry this new era of politics to term. In the maelstrom of American culture, 21st-century colonialism and the cyclical blind faith to trust the institution, termiNATION looks to use the last sixteen years worth of politics, perspective and war to ask ourselves what kind of world we want to create for our children.

NextLOOK: Orange Grove Dance1 Mile Radius Project

Friday, April 20, 2018 . 7 PM

An expansion of Orange Grove Dance’s 16-17 NextLOOK residency, part two of the 1 Mile Radius Project allows for deeper exploration of the unique spaces within a one-mile radius of Joe's Movement Emporium in Mount Rainier, MD. Through dance, film and projections, it will investigate the personal and uniquely traversed spaces of the community, zooming into and magnifying the intimate nooks and crevices of seemingly familiar areas.

Founded in 2007 by Colette Krogol and Matthew Reeves, Orange Grove Dance is built on the ideals of integrating dance, art, film and movement with all communities, large and small.


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