Atlas's 'INTERSECTIONS' Festival Returns for Multicultural Arts Marathon
3/6/2013, 12:36 p.m.
With music, dance, spoken word and theater, the all-arts INTERSECTIONS 2013, has expanded not only the number of days it runs, but also the variety of artists involved. For the first time, Faction of Fools Theater Company joined the festival celebrating worldwide Commedia dell'Arte Day 2013 last Monday.
The festival has continued to grow and expand since 2010. INTERSECTIONS Festival Director Mary Hall Surface programmed 20 free cafe concerts and 25 special events, film and visual arts into this year's offerings.
One such special event is the Washington premier of "Holding it Down: The Veteran's Dreams Project," by international jazz composer/pianist Vijay Iyer, spoken word artist Mike Ladd and veteran poet Maurice Decaul. The documentary project will explore experiences of veterans of color in the Iraq and Afghan wars through the lens of their dreams. "Holding it Down," will play on Friday, March 8th and again on Saturday, March 9th.
"It was a wonderful experience in many ways," Ahmad said. "First, as an artist you seek to find a community where you can express yourself freely. I found the INTERSECTIONS community very accepting. They celebrate all kinds of culture and all kinds of expression."
"The logistical support is amazing," she added. "The process starts the year before, and within two weeks you know if your proposal was accepted. From then on, it's like being part of a family. As an artist, you are taken care of."
INTERSECTIONS 2013 will dance, sing, act and poeticize through March 10th at the Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H Street NE. Support for INTERSECTIONS comes from The FIRE FUND of the Community Foundation for the National Capital Area, The Washington Post, The Washington Informer Newspaper, The Washington City Paper, and ABC/WJLA-TV and News Channel 8. For tickets and festival schedule, visit www.intersectionsdc.org or call (202) 399-7993 ext. 2.