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Deviated Theatre Celebrates 10th Anniversary With World Premiere Of BEYOND

Deviated Theatre Celebrates 10th Anniversary With World Premiere Of BEYONDDEVIATED THEATRE, whose mesmerizing dance operas are heralded for their spellbindingly compelling choreography, celebrates its 10th Anniversary performance with the world premiere of Beyond, presented by Dance Place (DC) on July 7th and 8th, 2018. With an all-heroine cast, Beyond follows Luna the astronaut on a journey with an interplanetary reach that takes her to the very edge of life.

For DEVIATED THEATRE, the premiere of Beyond at Dance Place is filled with meaning-as it was on Dance Place's stage that the company made its debut exactly ten years ago. Since then, the company's husband and wife team-Choreographer Kimmie Dobbs Chan and Theater Director Enoch Chan-have created six full-length original dance operas.

"My spirit has caught fire again," says Dobbs Chan. Who, after two years recovering from injuries and having had to step away from the dance studio, looks back at her past ten creative years and muses about the fresh perspective she has gained: "I am feeling more comfortable in my own skin, more vibrant with my choreographic voice, and I could not be more excited for this new work."

Costumes for Beyond were created in collaboration with avant-garde fashion designer Andy Christ, who also helped create costumes for the company's acclaimed dance opera Creature. This project will also mark a new collaboration with graphic designer Kamajian Kamajinator for projection. Beyond was workshopped as part of a post-graduate professional development program at the Choreographic Institute at the Dance Loft, and is supported in part by a 2016/2017 rehearsal space subsidy grant from Dance Metro DC.


Tickets for the WORLD PREMIERE at Dance Place can be purchased online at the link here. Performances will take place on Saturday, July 7 at 8 pm, and Sunday, July 8 at 7 pm. Tickets are $15-25.

PREVIEW EXCERPTS of Beyond will also be available during the Dance Thesis Concert held by the Choreographic Dance Institute at Dance Loft on 14. The Dance Thesis Concert will take place on Saturday, June 2 at 7 pm, and Sunday, June 3 at 6 pm. Tickets are $25-30 and can be purchased through the link here.


Dance Place is located at 3225 8th Street NE, Washington, D.C. 20017, and is a short walk from the Brookland/CUA Metro Station on the Red Line. Numerous Metro Bus lines also go to the Brookland Station, including the H series, G8, and 80 buses.

Dance Loft on 14 is located at 4618 14th Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20011, and is a one mile walk from the Columbia Heights and Petworth Metro Stations and accessible by the S1, S2, S4, S9 express lines and the 52, 53 and 54 Metro Bus lines.


Beyond World Premiere, 2018

Director: Enoch Chan

Choreographer: Kimmie Dobbs Chan

Costume Design: Andy Christ

Projection Design: Kamajian Kamajinator


Katie Creed (Luna, adult)

Lilly Schultz (Luna, child)

Bre Seals (Lady Time)

Catherine David (Astronaut)

Christina Gleason (Astronaut)

Vivian Chen (Figment)

Hannah Church (Figment)

Kelly Fisher (Figment)

Elizabeth Looby (Figment)

Katherine Maloney (Figment)

Stacey Smith (Figment)

In Beyond, Luna the astronaut is guided by Lady Time on a journey to life's very edge. Her childhood stargazing and dreams of flying are transformed through heroic trials in the void of outer-space and on the stormy climes of Mars. Accompanied by Figments of her own mind-which appear as both playful companions and burdensome shadows-Luna learns that every thrust outward into the solar system carries her further inward to frontiers of her true self. Suspended between here and hereafter, Luna discovers that getting lost (on Mars) is part of getting found.


Husband and wife team, Kimmie Dobbs Chan and Enoch Chan, founded DEVIATED THEATRE in 2008. The pair utilizes a mix of dance, acting, and aerials to tell fantastical stories of other worlds. Choreographer Kimmie Dobbs Chan's movement, at times pedestrian and precise, resonates with Director Enoch Chan's enigmatic aesthetic to evoke powerful and even haunting imagery. The company has performed nationally at venues including The Kennedy Center, National Gallery of Art, Ailey Citigroup Theater, and more. Awards include the Individual Artists Award for Choreography from the Maryland State Arts Council (2014, 2011), Mark Ryder Original Choreography Grant (2012), and the John F. Kennedy Center Local Dance Commission (2011).

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