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Dance in DC: Matthew Crittenden @ ARTECHOUSE

Premieres Thursday, December 10 at 7pm ET

Join teenage dance virtuoso Matthew Crittenden for an inspiring contemporary dance performance at DC’s ARTECHOUSE, an innovative art exhibition space where art, science, and technology intersect. This online event will premiere free of charge on Thursday, December 10 at 7pm ET on this page.

This event is part of our Mars Arts DC: VirtualDance in DC. Throughout these six short films, we celebrate the dynamic creativity of the local dance scene alongside the entrepreneurial spirit of local businesses. Curated and co-directed by dancer/choreographer C. Lorenzo Evans III—who also serves as Washington Performing Arts’s Chief Operating Officer and Director of Finance—each Dance in DC film pairs a dance artist with a signature DC business. Award-winning Chilean-born local filmmaker and music-video director, Francisco Campos-Lopez, filmed and co-directed the pairings on location. Each production features a site-specific work, along with conversations between dancers and business owners who speak about their community in these critical times.

About the Artist

Matthew Crittenden began dancing at the age of five. A native of Upper Marlboro, Maryland, Crittenden studied at The Washington Ballet Southeast Campus, where he primarily trained in ballet and African dance. He made his first stage appearances in The Nutcracker at the Warner Theatre in 2012 and 2013, and Cinderella at the Kennedy Center in 2013, under Artistic Director Septime Weber. He later was cast for Debbie Allen’s DC-based stage play, Brothers of the Knight, at the Warner Theatre in 2014. As a part of the Star Makers Academy of Dance, Crittenden was a competitive dancer, winning numerous awards. He also performed in 2014 and 2015 with the majorette troupe, Ms. D and the Dancing Dolls, from the nationally televised show, Bring It. From 2016-2019, Crittenden appeared in Broadway Across America’s A Christmas Story at Hippodrome Theater, AIDA at the Kennedy Center, Donnie Simpson’s 40th Anniversary Celebration at the Warner Theatre, and MC Hammer’s House Party Concert at Entertainment and Sports Arena. He is currently a dance major and honor student at Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington, DC.

About the Business

At the intersection of art, science and technology, ARTECHOUSE brings digital and innovative art exhibitions to the public. ARTECHOUSE/Washington, DC has welcomed over one million visitors through its doors since June 2017 when it opened its doors. It aims to inspire, educate, and empower experimental art, connecting new age artists with audiences of all ages.

Mars Arts DC is a partnership of Mars, Incorporated and Washington Performing Arts, with support from Jacqueline Badger Mars.

Mars Arts DC: VirtualDance in DC is made possible in part through the support of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, Events DC, a Small Business Recovery Microgrant from the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development administered by the Latino Economic Development Center, and the HMF Beaudoin Family Foundation.

In addition, WPA thanks the Royal Norwegian Embassy, ChasenBoscolo, Encompass Supply/Rudy Burwell and Mona Mohib, and Washington Gas for their support of WPA’s innovative virtual community programming in 2020.

Mars Arts D.C.

DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities

Events DC

Chasen Boscolo, Lawyers That Care

Washington Gas

Encompass Supply

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