Boston Contemporary Dance Festival

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Posted August 13, 2014 by Lindsey Daniels in Urban Living
Paramount Theater

This Saturday, August 16, some of the world’s best modern dancers will be strutting their stuff on stage at downtown Boston’s Paramount Theater, located at 559 Washington Street. The Boston Contemporary Dance Festival, now in its third year, is the premier Boston showcase for modern dance. Let’s preview top attractions to this year’s event and see what makes DTX such a perfect place fto host it.

This Year’s Festival

The 2014 BCDF offers three different showcases that allow you to take in local and national standouts in the contemporary dance scene. At 12:00 noon, there is a Boston showcase that puts Boston’s top dancers center stage.

Performers not to miss include:

  • FreeFall Contemporary Dance – NH-based FreeFall Contemporary Dance offers an energetic and vibrant piece inspired by the See No Evil, Speak No Evil, and Hear No Evil monkeys.
  • Chantal Doucett – DJ-turned-choreographer Chantal Doucett puts her take on the classic Ave Maria in the noon showcase, infusing the tune with modern movement and rhythm.

At 3:00 p.m., there is the first National Showcase, featuring performers from New England, New York, Florida, and Indiana.

Popular dancers include:

  • Arch Contemporary Ballet – With choreography by company founder Sheena Annalise, Arch Contemporary Ballet premiers their new all-female work, World’s Joy.
  • Jessica Taylor – With DAMAGEDANCE, Jessica Taylor brings to life a modern and evocative portrayal of the masks we all wear. Her work has been compared to the lithe dancers in a Picasso painting for its expressiveness and fluidity.
Past BCDF performers Houston Metropolitan Dance Company

Past BCDF performers Houston Metropolitan Dance Company

Finally, there is a second National Showcase at 7:30 p.m. Dancers from as far west as Los Angeles and as far north as Toronto share the stage with talent from much closer to home.

Can’t miss performers at the evening showcase include:

  • Suzanne Beahrs – Termed a “rising name” in dance by none other than The New York Times, Suzanne Beahrs offers an eclectic, kinetic form of modern dance that’s amazingly powerful.
  • Laurie Sefton of Clairobscur Dance Company – This year’s BCDF marks L.A.-based Sefton’s first ever East Coast performance. Sefton’s work focuses on the embodiment of the female experience and the concept of womanhood in the modern world.

After any of the performances, guests are encouraged to mingle with dancers, choreographers, critics, and other members of the dance community. For dance enthusiasts, this is a truly amazing and incredibly unique opportunity. Don’t miss it!

If You Go

General admission and Premium tickets are both still available as of this posting. Premium tickets include admission to the BCDF afterparty, name recognition on the BCDF website, and a limited edition Boston Contemporary Dance Festival poster that would be perfect for gifting.

If you purchase tickets to two of the BCDF events, you can save 15 percent. If you elect to purchase tickets for all three showcases, you can save 20 percent. If you want to bundle tickets, contact the box office directly.

You can either pick up your tickets at the Paramount Theater or order them online.

Any of these three performances would be incredible. If you decide to go, make an evening out of it by getting dinner beforehand at one of the trendy new restaurants cropping up in the Downtown Boston area. The vibrant tone of downtown Boston really complements the energy of modern dance.


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