The Creative List: The Performers

by Editorial

Here are some D.C.’s latest and greatest. But we can’t list everyone. Who do you think should be here? Post your comments below.


Soprano Micaëla Oeste with actor and singer Emily Levey at the Willard Intercontinental Washington. (Photo by Gabriel Scindian.)

Step Afrika!, Dance Company
Originating as a cultural exchange program with a South African dance studio, Step Afrika! has developed into the first company dedicated to the tradition of stepping in the world. When they’re not on tour, they’re doing kicks and turns from the Kennedy Center to the Smithsonian and beyond.

Marin Alsop, Music Director, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Alsop has beckoned Washingtonians to Baltimore ever since she became the first woman to lead a major orchestra in 2005. Lauded for making classical music accessible to a modern audience, she was named 2009 Conductor of the Year by Musical America.

Dana Tai Soon Burgess, Director of Dana Tai Soon Burgess & Company, Associate Professor of Dance at George Washington University
Esteemed arts organizations including the Smithsonian, the Kennedy Center, and Lincoln Center have presented and commissioned this young ground-breaking dancer’s choreography. With works described as “perfect as a pearl,” by The Washington Post, Burgess has taken his vision overseas to over 15 countries.

Constellation Theatre Company, Theatre Company
This new company takes audiences outside of the every-day theatre experience into a fantastic world of artistic human expression with a fresh and non-traditional approach to musical and presentational theatre.

Emil de Cou, Associate Conductor, National Symphony Orchestra
The Wolf Trap Festival’s summer conductor recently made his Carnegie Hall debut and has appeared as guest conductor with leading orchestras in Philadelphia, Houston, Montreal, Boston, and San Francisco. He also works as a backup conductor during National Symphony Orchestra tours, most recently to China and Korea.

Yuliya Gorenman, Pianist, Professor of Piano at American University
An award-winning pianist, Russian-American Yuliya Gorenman is currently performing and recording a complete cycle of Beethoven’s 32 piano sonatas in a series of eight solo recitals at American University, while also tickling the ivories at the Phillips Collection, the Smithsonian, and The Kennedy Center.

Marshall Keys, Jazz Saxophonist
Howard University grad Marshall Keys is giving Washington an even greater name in the jazz world. A former member of the chart-topping 1980’s jazz group c, Keys has taken his passion for the saxophone around the world, performing with Stevie Wonder and Charlie Rouse.

David London, Magician and Performance Artist
Never one to pull a rabbit out of a hat, London has studied conventional magic extensively, but his real passion lies with surrealism and hypnagogia, the scientific mental state in between waking and dream consciousness.

Micaëla Oeste, Soprano
In her second season with the Washington National Opera‘s Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program, Oeste preformed in La Traviata, Peter Grimes, Siegfried, and alongside Plácido Domingo when the opera traveled to Beijing. This season, the bright young star appeared as Nannetta in Falstaff. Not a bad resume for a 27-year-old.

Synetic Theatre, Physical Theatre Company
Synetic Theatre combines the classical elements of drama, movement, dance, mime, and music into an innovative and non-traditional theater experience. The company will adapt Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra this winter at the Shakespeare Theatre.

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