Atlas Performing Arts Center Presents 'INTERSECTIONS'

2/12/2013, 12:14 p.m.

The Unique All-arts INTERSECTIONS Festival Returns for its 4th Season

Washington, D.C. -- The Atlas Performing Arts Center announces its fourth annual INTERSECTIONS Festival featuring more than 600 artists in more than 100 performances over three weekends.

In addition to a robust main-stage schedule, Festival Artistic Director Mary Hall Surface has programmed 20 free cafe concerts and 25 special events to further enhance the audience's experience.

Starting Feb. 22 and running through March 10, the festival will feature a dynamic and diverse arts line-up that reveals the collaborative energy of artists and audiences from D.C. and beyond in boundary-crossing performances and events.

INTERSECTIONS features the best established, emerging, student and community artists with performances in music, theatre, dance, film and visual arts.

The 2013 INTERSECTIONS festival features an energetic and dynamic roster of performers including The Sweater Set, MOVEiUS Dance, SpeakeasyDC, Rachel Ann Cross, Ron Litman and Quynn Johnson. The festival will also include artistic collaborations between Nasar and Kush Abadey, Dissonance Dance and Atlantic Reed Consort and dance companies Spilling Ink and the Kirov Academy of Ballet. Faction of Fools Theatre Company, a first-time INTERSECTIONS participant, will perform as part of the worldwide Commedia dell' Arte Day 2013.

The festival will also present the Washington premiere of Holding It Down: The Veterans' Dreams Project from jazz composer/pianist sensation Vijay Iyer, spoken word phenomenon Mike Ladd with veteran poet Maurice Decaul. This breathtaking performance piece explores the experiences of veterans of color from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars through their dreams

Each Saturday during the festival has been programmed with family-friendly performances and activities. Family themed events include the award-winning and critically-acclaimed musical Sing Down the Moon. Perfect for kids ages 5 and above, Sing Down the Moon delights the whole family using music, dance and puppetry to craft well-known tales (Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella, and more) into a crazy quilt of Appalachian lore, humor and wisdom. Nominated for 5 Helen Hayes Awards, the musical will feature the talented students from the Catholic University of America School of Music.

In addition to its main stage performances and special events, the curated festival will feature emerging and up-and-coming artists in its Washington Post Cafe Concerts in the Atlas' Kogod Lobby, including Wytold, Sarah Hughes and Cuban born pianist Mari Paz. The cafe concerts are designed to engage audiences before, during and after festival performances.

Major support for INTERSECTIONS comes from founding sponsor, The FIRE FUND of the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region, which was established to promote interracial understanding and collaboration, as well as founding media sponsor, The Washington Post.

Additional media partners include ABC7/WJLA-TV and News Channel 8, Washington City Paper and The Washington Informer.

Tickets can be purchased at intersectionsdc.org and at the Atlas Box Office at 202.399.7993 ext. 2. For more information about the festival, visit www.intersectionsdc.org.