ALIGHT DANCE THEATER
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 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.
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.
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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 email@example.com.
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
Connection with community members is paramount to us, and drives our work. Reach out to us in any of the
We are a small organization with big ideas. If you have experience or skills working with nonprofits, you can help!
Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to get involved.
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: email@example.com.