Dance Abounds At The REACH, The Kennedy Center’s Inspiring Expansion For Public Arts Events

#CamerasandDancers @ The REACH With Jacob Jonas The Company

In June 2018 The Kennedy Center announced that The REACH, its first expansion, would open to the public in September 2019 offering a unique mix of public arts events in an inspiring setting designed by Steven Holl Architects.

Future dance events at The REACH include the Mark Morris Dance Group’s Dance for Parkinson’s Disease project, a Martha Graham Dance Company master class and discussion panel, Unifying Uniqueness with A.I.M and ongoing dance fitness classes.

The following videos illustrate the facility’s design and the broad ranch of REACH programming with excerpts from official announcements.

The REACH Fly-Through | The Kennedy Center

(Washington, D.C., June 5, 2018) – The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts today announced that the REACH – its ongoing expansion project – will open to the public on September 7, 2019.

Designed by Steven Holl Architects with BNIM, the REACH is the first-ever expansion in the Kennedy Center’s 47-year history. The 4.6 acre project features 72,000 square feet of new interior space, expanding the Kennedy Center’s public areas by more than 20%, and nearly doubling the volume of outdoor space…

The Building the Future campaign supports the design and construction of the REACH, now estimated at $175 million. $25 million of the campaign is dedicated to associated costs of activating the REACH, including art and exhibits in public spaces, technology, and artistic and education initiatives, as well as standard campaign costs and contingency funds. A component [of] the campaign also provides funding for ongoing programming throughout the project.

The REACH Opening Festival | The Kennedy Center

(Washington, D.C., May 29, 2019) – This fall, artists and audiences from the Washington, D.C. area, the U.S., and around the globe come together at the nation’s cultural capital to dance, sing, create, collaborate, listen, learn, talk, share, and celebrate the opening of the REACH, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts’s unprecedented new expansion…

Built for active participation and access, the REACH brings visitors directly into the creative process. From masterclasses and workshops to dance parties and DJ sets, the Opening Festival offers a first glimpse of the many varied and interactive ways that visitors will be able to experience art at the REACH.

(Washington, D.C., Aug 7, 2019) – With more than 1,000 artists and more than 500 free events in three new sunlit pavilions and more than 130,000 square feet of new landscaped green space at the nation’s cultural capital, the REACH opens its doors in exactly one month’s time with 16 full days of creativity in action, providing artists and audiences the opportunity to experience art as never before.

Kennedy Center Staff @ The REACH Prepare For National Dance Day 2019

(Washington, D.C., Aug 7, 2019) – Sat, Sep 21: National Dance Day

The REACH celebrates the tenth annual National Dance Day, now moved for the first time from July to September. Three-time Emmy-winning Fame star and So You Think You Can Dance judge Debbie Allen guides visitors through the day’s mainstage activities and presents students from her own dance academy. New York City Ballet principal Tiler Peck discusses her Hulu documentary, Ballet Now, and performs her “pointe-to-pop” moves from Charlotte OC’s Medicine Man music video.

Festival-goers of all ages and abilities can learn the official 2019 National Dance Day routine, take part in a locally inspired line dance, and attend public dance classes in styles ranging from Indian classical and Chinese ribbon to tap, salsa, and dancehall fusion, with a special session for those with Parkinson’s disease.

This twelve-hour non-stop extravaganza concludes with an evening performance of Fela! The Concert, an exuberant music and dance party inspired by the Broadway show about Nigerian Afrobeat master Fela Kuti, starring cast members from the original Tony-winning production.

Press Releases Via: The Kennedy Center

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