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Chamber Dance Project Project

Chamber Dance Project presents two world premieres, with original and improvised live music by the street band Brass Connection.

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CDP’s “Ballet & Brass” season

Posted on August 22, 2016 by Chamber Dance Project

Chamber Dance Project’s month-long “Ballet & Brass” season was packed with workshops, master classes, open rehearsals, preview performances, and street jams!

Our collaboration with Brass Connection Band was all and more than we could hope for. The Band brought their music and our dance to the streets in front of the theatre, for our first ever street jam which stopped passersby in their tracks. We also performed with the Band outdoors at City Center DC- Penn Quarter, where we previewed guest choreographer and hip hop artist Victor Adebusola’s premiere, “Festival”.

At the Lansburgh Theatre, CDP presented five performances. Three premieres with music by Brass Connection Band brought a New Orleans vibe to the season: Adebusola’s “Festival,” which had audiences dancing in their seats, guest choreographer Jennifer Archibald’s sultry “Rue Noir,” and Artistic Director Diane Coburn Bruning’s athletic “Five.” With the Band starting in the street, and playing through the lobby, audiences danced along to their seats from start to finish.



Chamber Dance Project (CDP), dancers & musicians, is a company of professional artists dedicated to redefining contemporary ballet in partnership with live music in intimate settings heightening the impact on audiences. Based in Washington, DC, CDP will present two world premieres blending the classical aesthetic of ballet with the ingenuity of a street band influenced by jazz, rhythm & blues, and spirituals. Brass Connection Band will perform an original composition and improvisations for the premieres, and will join the dancers for a full company structured improvisation to complete the program. This month-long season of activities, rehearsals, and workshops, will culminate with six performances in June 2016 at the Lansburgh Theatre in DC.

Founded in 2000 to create and develop choreography and provide opportunities for emerging dancers, musicians and choreographers to share their work, CDP is committed to presenting live music and encouraging interactions between artists and the audience. CDP is a company of dancers and musicians that come together each summer to present a dynamic season featuring choreography by Artistic Director, Diane Coburn Bruning and guest artists. The Company is comprised of seven solo and principal dancers from nationally recognized ballet companies (Atlanta Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet, Washington Ballet) and a string quartet of outstanding Washington musicians.

This season, Brass Connection Band, a street band with five members from Charlotte, NC and Washington DC, will perform live for the second half of our program. Bill Smothers formed Brass Connection 2010 with the hope of inspiring his community during a time when jobs were scarce and morale was low. The Band consists of his family members that range in age from 15 to 53 and is known for its exhilarating street performances during which audiences cannot stand still. Their repertoire includes original works and improvisational renderings of compositions from a wide range of musical styles.

Bringing Brass Connection onstage: Diane envisions the Brass Connection entering playing from the street during intermission in New Orleans-style second line through the lobby and onto the stage bringing the audience into the theatre after them. Mosche Snowden will play solo trombone in an original composition for Diane’s new work. The entire Band will perform for the premiere by guest choreographer Jennifer Archibald and for the company structured improvisation.

Jennifer Archibald will prove a formidable collaboration: she using improvisation to create soulful contemporary movements using hip-hop and street dance with classical technique. A graduate of the Alvin Ailey School and Maggie Flanigan Acting Conservatory, Archibald has her own company in NYC and has been commissioned by Ailey II, Atlanta Ballet and Cincinnati Ballet and presented nationally and internationally.

Closing each evening, CDP will present its signature structured dance and music improvisation. Each performance will be unique, displaying the creativity and explosive performance abilities of both musicians and dancers in an onstage dialogue. CDP initiated this structured improvisation during its 2015 season and both audiences and artists responded enthusiastically. With Brass Connection, CDP will add a new element of innovation and creativity.

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Chamber Dance Project, dancers & musicians, is a company of professional artists dedicated to redefining contemporary ballet in partnership with live music in intimate settings heightening the impact on audiences. We are dedicated to sharing our art and exposing it to a diverse audience not otherwise afforded the opportunity. Our work is a celebration of…


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