Digital Screening kicks off Bowen McCauley Dance Co.’s 25th Season

Bowen McCauley Dance Company (BMDC), an award-winning contemporary dance company with a legacy of community engagement, announces changes to its previously announced 25th Season schedule, due to COVID-19-related restrictions. The celebration will now begin with an added livestream screening of the 2012 World Premiere of Le Sacre du Printemps (Rite of Spring) on Friday, March 19, at 5:30 p.m. The Company’s 25th Celebration event will now take place in September 2021 at Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater.


Performances slated for the season will include four world premieres and reprises of classic BMDC works. These world premieres build on a repertoire of over 100 original dance works choreographed by Lucy Bowen McCauley in the Company’s 25 year history. 


Le Sacre du Printemps, recorded at Kennedy Center Terrace Theater during its 2012 World Premiere, features eight BMDC dancers, and choreography by Lucy Bowen McCauley in her signature style of musicality and athleticism. This fresh interpretation of Sacre—long considered the staple of modern dance — is angular and abstract, with a score full of harmonic dissonance and syncopated rhythms. “I wanted people to relate to the full emotional range of the work and the unfolding of events in a less obvious way,” said Lucy Bowen McCauley. At the recommendation of then Music Director and Composer Larry Alan Smith, the piece uses the four-hand piano version as opposed to the orchestral 1913 version, which Lucy felt was a perfect match for her chamber size company.


Additional changes to the schedule include: BMDC Presents 25th Season Opening Performance (Virtual) – Live from the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater for One Night, which will now take place on Wednesday, May 26, at 7:30 p.m. Two Artists Reunite for the Company’s Season 25 Finale will be open to in-person attendance on Tuesday, September 14, at 7:00 p.m. at the Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater.


The shift to online livestream performances is a special opportunity for BMDC to fulfill its mission to “make contemporary dance accessible to all, through performances and community outreach activities.” Accessible online performances accompany online weekly Dance for Parkinson’s Disease classes. BMDC is the only Dance Company that is a licensed affiliate of the Mark Morris Dance Group’s researched-backed Dance for Parkinson’s Disease program in the Mid-Atlantic region. Since 2009, BMDC has served over 700 people living with Parkinson’s as part of the program.  


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