May 20, 2015 @ 7:00 pm
Zip Through a Tight Space
Join us this spring for an evening of live performance at our annual Benefit in the lovely and spacious Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall & Arts Center. Dynamic performances feature a new inter generational dance work performed by former Jane Franklin Dance company members and their young children, live music by Brian Pagels and Erin Ryan in a premier collaboration, live music by Eclipse Chamber Orchestra members Alice Weinreb & Truman Harris in a new collaboration, and performances by Forty+, a group of performers past the age of 40. A catered reception and silent auction precede the performance. Jane Franklin Dance provides courtesy parking in the Beauregard Street Garage adjacent to the theatre.
A Pop Up Art Exhibition entitled “Future Perfect” will be on display in the forum in conjunction with the Gala performance. The benefit will support Jane Franklin Dance’s successful flagship programs including: Forty+ projects, dance education and camps and performances for the 2015-2016 season including “Niche” at the Capital Fringe Festival.
Where: Rachel M Schlesinger Concert Hall & Arts Center, Northern Virginia Community College, Alexandria Campus
May 28, 2015 @ 1:30 pm
a special performance/participation hour with Forty+, a performing group of dancers past the age of 40, as part of the Creative Aging Festival.
Creativity has no age limit. Forty+, a group of dancers past the age of 40, performs works by local contemporary choreographers including Shannon Quinn, Artistic Director of Revisions Dance Collaborative, resident company at Dance Place, Sandra Atkinson, Artistic Director of Light Switch Dance Theatre, Jane Franklin, Artistic Director of Jane Franklin Dance and works by company members Sean Miller & Leslie Noble, and Emily Crews.
Where: Hollin Hall Senior Center for Creative Retirement
Department of Neighborhood and Community Services
1500 Shenandoah Road
Mount Vernon, VA 22308
July 9 – 26 - 2015 Capital Fringe
Niche is a dance theatre production about an ordinary and unremarkable couple on their honest search for a place called ‘home.’ Jane Franklin creates a twist on boy-meets-girl. The couple has a house without windows but with passersby who are not the “people to meet.” The unsettling group includes a shredded cheese specialist and an assistant to the guy in charge of the big door. Vintage technology ramps up innovative movement and text as he gains success and she conquers fame. Recycled materials, contributed by UpCycle, an Alexandria-based creative reuse center, are transformed via the ‘old school’ methods of overhead projector and slide projector. Handmade 2-D cut-outs and transparencies include archaic PowerPoint slides manipulated by hand. Storyboard caricatures are drawn in real time by artist Susan Miranda. Live music for banjo, mandolin and guitar propels the story as musician Mark Sylvester moves among the players.
Location & dates TBA April 2015. Check back for coming details.