Bowen McCauley Dance: Imaginative Contemporary Dance
Bowen McCauley introduces people of all ages to the joy of dance and makes contemporary dance accessible to all. Each interactive performance features 2-3 dance pieces linked through narration that highlights elements of the music and movement. Audiences compare partnered vs. solo dance, or the sound of a rock band vs. the sound of a solo violin, and consider how dancers move differently to different music – and whether the dance tells an exact story or is open to interpretation.
For 20 years Bowen McCauley Dance (BMD) has energized broadly diverse audiences with inventive and vibrant choreography – a fusion of contemporary and classical techniques set to a sweeping range of musical styles. Showcasing the founding Artistic Director Lucy Bowen McCauley’s choreography, the award-winning company is renowned for its spirited dancers, use of live music, the professionalism of its dance performances and its extraordinary outreach programs for socio-economically diverse communities.
Ranging from free family-friendly programs to ticketed concerts, BMD performs regularly throughout Northern Virginia and the greater DC area. BMD’s artistic focus is on expanding its reach and impact, introducing people of all ages to the joy of dance. Over the last 20 years, BMD has continued to fulfill its mission, bringing the joy of dance to people from Virginia to New York, and as far away as China, Mexico, and Germany. Lucy has choreographed more than 85 original pieces and has collaborated with the best artists from a variety of fields. Live music not only is a strong element to the performances of BMD but is an integral part of BMD’s guiding philosophy. Through Lucy’s choreography and the musical direction of Larry Alan Smith, the fusion of live music and dance sets BMD apart from other dance companies. BMD is committed to sharing the joy of dance with people of all ages and ability, and is the only dance company in the Metropolitan-DC area to provide Dance for PD, free weekly dance classes for people with Parkinson Disease and their care-takers.
Artist’s website: Bowen McCauley Dance: Creating Community Through Dance
Each interactive performance features 2-3 dance pieces (choose from options below) linked through narration that highlights elements of the music and movement. Audiences compare partnered vs. solo dance, or the sound of a rock band vs. the sound of a solo violin, and consider how dancers move differently to different music – and whether the dance tells an exact story or is open to interpretation.
Carnival of the Animals, with music by Saint-Saens, brings humorous poems to life through animated characters and inventive choreography. The Unicorn, the Gorgon, and the Manticore teaches compassion and acceptance of others through an original composition based on a fable about a man who takes three unique creatures as pets. Both pieces draw strong connections between dance and language arts and are examples of how dance can be used to tell a story.
Victory Road and Lucy’s Playlist energize audiences with rock music and sing-along electricity. The choreography brings classic rock songs to life through the amazing physicality and partnering skills of the dancers. Dancing Through the Decades teaches the development of a variety of dance forms throughout American history and features popular hit songs. Students relate dance to their own lives through familiar music and movements and are given an understanding of how dance crosses generations and connects to the music of the time.
ah, love tells a story through contemporary and classical ballet and music by Brahms. Bach’s Chaconne in D Minor is a classical quartet choreographed to a solo violin piece that features the elements of movement (line, shape, timing, direction, flow) and the interactions between the dancers. Both pieces introduce classical music and dance in an enjoyable, accessible way.
Single $895/Back-to-Back $1245
Fees are for daytime school programs in Maryland, Washington, DC and Northern Virginia only.
Evening, weekend, workshop and non-school fees differ – please contact us.
Additional travel fees apply.
Art Forms, Dance, Music, Storytelling
Program Type, Performance, Workshop, Residency
Curriculum/Theme, Language Arts, Social Studies, Character/SEL