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ALIGHT DANCE THEATER

Page 115 , 2015. Dancers: Eleni Grove, Matina Phillips. Photo: David Dowling.

Page 115, 2015. Dancers: Eleni Grove, Matina Phillips. Photo: David Dowling.

ABOUT

Alight dance theater strives to generate and strengthen community through storytelling – interweaving a movement-based art rooted in collaboration that spans cultures and generations to entertain, illuminate, and educate.

Through the lens of innovation, we strive to create dialogue, explore expression, and communicate the heart of one another’s story.

ARTISTIC VISION

Artistic Director Matina Phillips and Associate Artistic Director Eleni Grove develop work striving to exemplify movement storytelling. Blurring the line between real and abstract, the alight artistic team want their audiences to experience familiar elements of performance, ranging from movement, theme, text, and production elements, while also giving space for personal interpretation by challenging audiences to see past the known.

COMPANY HISTORY

Under Founding Artistic Director Angella Foster, alight dance theater began in 2010, based out of Greenbelt, MD. Foster forged the company’s initial community partnerships and theatrical creative work, making alight recognizable and a respected dance company in the DC, Maryland, and Virginia region, while building intimate community roots in Greenbelt. Upon successfully leading the company for six years, Foster resigned from her role as Artistic Director in November 2016, appointing long-time company member, Matina Phillips, as Artistic Director and her collaborator, Eleni Grove, as Associate Artistic Director. Phillips and Grove have a several year history of
creating dance work collaboratively, and have created new opportunities for alight in their short tenure. Alight dance theater is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, incorporated in the state of Maryland.

Learn more about our Board & Staff

EVENTS

UPCOMING EVENTS

Photo: Becca Weiss

Photo: Becca Weiss

Free Inter-Generational Movement Series | Sept 28-Oct 6

We are excited to announce that we will offer a movement series for ages 6 and up this fall in Greenbelt, Maryland. To register, email alightdancetheater1@gmail.com.

Photo: David Dowling

Photo: David Dowling

Faerie in GCC’s Artful Afternoons | Oct 6, 1:00p

Join us for a free performance of Faerie at Greenbelt Community Center! Including participants in alight’s Movement Series. See below for performance details.


UPCOMING EVENT DETAILS

Faerie In The Park

Free Community Events Throughout Greenbelt

Supported by the Greenbelt Community Foundation, alight will present excerpts of Faerie throughout Greenbelt outdoor spaces during the summer and fall of 2019.

Next up:
Alight performs Faerie at Greenbelt Community Center’s Artful Afternoons
Sunday, October 6, 1:00p
This is a free, outdoor performance. After the performance, join us for movement exercises and free arts workshops creating fairy houses.

Alight values the contributions of community members and seeks opportunities to work directly with the community to create movement art.

ABOUT THE SHOW

All depicted within the realm of magic - through movement - Faerie puts a lens to centuries of storytelling to feature the multi-dimensionality of these mythical creatures, and celebrate the notion of individuality.

Faerie was first performed for the Danceacostia Festival in summer 2017 at the Anacostia Arts Center. From there, it was further developed through a generous grant from the NextLOOK residency of The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center and Joe’s Movement Emporium, including a public performance, in early 2018. Since then, Faerie was recently presented again at Joe’s Movement Emporium in spring 2019.

Outside of the professional performances, alight has hosted several community movement classes within the theme of Faerie around the greater DC area.

UPCOMING COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

Save the dates for the following Faerie events:

  • August 4: Schrom Hills outdoor performance, Greenbelt, MD

  • September 2: Greenbelt Labor Day Festival outdoor performance

  • September/October: Community Movement Series

  • October 6: Artful Afternoon outdoor performance and workshops at Greenbelt Community Center, Greenbelt, MD

Faerie , May 2018. Dancer: Rebecca Weiss. Photo: David Dowling.

Faerie, May 2018. Dancer: Rebecca Weiss. Photo: David Dowling.

Faerie , May 2018. Dancers: Eleni Grove, Katherine LiPuma, Katie Murphy, Matina Phillips, Rebecca Weiss. Photo: David Dowling.

Faerie, May 2018. Dancers: Eleni Grove, Katherine LiPuma, Katie Murphy, Matina Phillips, Rebecca Weiss. Photo: David Dowling.

Faerie , May 2018. Dancer: Katie Murphy. Photo: David Dowling.

Faerie, May 2018. Dancer: Katie Murphy. Photo: David Dowling.

 

PAST WORK

Page 115: Playing With Words , 2018. Dancers: Erica Chamblee, Eleni Grove, Matina Phillips. Photo: David Dowling.

Page 115: Playing With Words, 2018. Dancers: Erica Chamblee, Eleni Grove, Matina Phillips. Photo: David Dowling.

Page 115: Playing With Words

 Premiered in February 2018                                                                                                 Greenbelt Community Center Dance Studio (MD) 

Page 115 is an ongoing literature and movement-based performance series created by alight. In this iteration of the show, the alight artistic team worked directly with intergenerational community members of Greenbelt, MD to generate movement and word phrases. 

The workshops – hosted in 2017 at Springhill Lake Recreation Center, Greenbelt Community Center’s Explorations Unlimited program, and the Greenbelt Library – were an active collaboration with tots, kids, teens, and adults using words, shapes, sentences, and movements to playfully rearrange stories, and create new ideas and unique vignettes. The alight artistic team aimed to showcase the value in thinking beyond the words on the page, as well as the power of play. 

The powerful final installment of these community movement and storytelling workshops was presented as part of the Artful Afternoon series at the Greenbelt Community Center. 

Choreographers: Matina Phillips, Eleni Grove, in collaboration with the Greenbelt   community                                                                                                                        Performers: Erica Chamblee, Eleni Grove, Matina Phillips
Set Designer: Carlos Bustamante
Stage Manager: Katie Murphy

 

 
Page 115 , 2015. Dancers: Erica Chamblee, Eleni Grove, Matina Phillips. Photo: David Dowling.

Page 115, 2015. Dancers: Erica Chamblee, Eleni Grove, Matina Phillips. Photo: David Dowling.

Page 115

 Premiered in November 2015                                                                                             Anacostia Arts Center (DC) 

Page 115 brings literature to life. The premise of Page 115 was started by flipping to the same page number in various books, discovering the content and nuances in each page, and then stringing them together to create our own story through movement and words. 

Throughout the evening, audience members hear passages from Life of Pi, A Time to Kill, as well as other texts, both well-known and obscure, while experiencing unique movement choices and visual art that’s created live on stage.  

Choreographers: Matina Phillips, Eleni Grove, in collaboration with the performers
Performers: Erica Chamblee, Eleni Grove, Matina Phillips                                   
Light Designer: Chris Curtis                                           
Set Designers: The performers                                               
Stage Manager: Katie Murphy

 

 
Blue Mountain Express, 2016. Dancers: Brenna Dames, Eleni Grove, Olivia Landrum, Matina Phillips. Photo: David Dowling.

Blue Mountain Express, 2016. Dancers: Brenna Dames, Eleni Grove, Olivia Landrum, Matina Phillips. Photo: David Dowling.

Blue Mountain Express

 Premiered in November 2013                                                                                                     Anacostia Arts Center (DC) 

Remounted in October 2016                                                                                                   Dance Place (DC)

Description: Blue Mountain Express is where contemporary dance and bluegrass music collide. Four people board a train. Where they are going - only they know. During their journey, their personal stories are revealed and become interwoven. They discover similarities with one another and celebrate the idiosyncrasies that make them individuals.

Original Cast & Designers:                                                                                        Choreographers: Matina Phillips, Eleni Grove, in collaboration with the performers Performers: Erin Fitzgerald, Eleni Grove, Elizabeth Malone, Matina Phillips                      Light Designer: Zac Gilbert

Other Company Performances Include: 

Anacostia Arts Center (DC)

Baltimore Dance Invitational (MD)

Bowie Center For Performing Arts (MD)

Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (DC)

Dance Place (DC)

DAnCEacostia Festival (DC)

Fuse Festival (VA)

Intersections Festival (DC)

Greenbelt Community Center (MD)

Greenbelt Museum (MD)

The Kennedy Center Millennium Stage (DC)

Mead Center For American Theater (DC)

Old Greenbelt Theater (MD)

Source festival (DC)

Velocity DC (DC

Support

Alight is a community-minded, collaborative organization that thrives on the contributions of and connections between its members. There are many ways in which you can contribute to alight dance theater.

fundraising

Your financial contribution will go a long way toward helping us use our brand of storytelling to serve the communities around us.

Learn more and donate here.

We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization,incorporated in the state of Maryland; all donations are tax-deductible.

CONNECT

Connection with community members is paramount to us, and drives our work. Reach out to us in any of the
following ways:

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Volunteer

We are a small organization with big ideas. If you have experience or skills working with nonprofits, you can help!                                        
Please email us at alightdancetheater1@gmail.com to get involved.

Page 115 , 2015. Dancers: Erica Chamblee, Eleni Grove, Matina Phillips. Photo: David Dowling.

Page 115, 2015. Dancers: Erica Chamblee, Eleni Grove, Matina Phillips. Photo: David Dowling.

Audition

We strive to create and produce at least one original piece every season. Casting for individual performance projects is done by audition, which are announced ahead of time. To indicate your interest, email: alightdancetheater1@gmail.com.