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‘To Sail Around the Sun’ Returns to the Kennedy Center

WASHINGTON — Company E, Washington, DC’s leading contemporary repertory dance company, will return its catered-to-kids performance of ‘To Sail Around the Sun’ to the Kennedy Center on National Dance Day, September 17th.

Through dance, live music and storytelling, ‘To Sail Around the Sun’ takes the audience on one child’s journey to gather all four seasons before dinner time.

The show travels beneath the springtime waves of the Australian shores, the summertime rainforests of Argentina, the autumn leaves of Japan, and the wintry snows of Kazakhstan. Set to Antonio Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons” and performed by a live string quartet (of the musical organization Sound Impact), the show is designed for families and children of all ages.

“An aural and visual feast, ‘To Sail Around the Sun’ is wonderfully inventive,” Jennifer Perry of Broadway World said in a 2017 review. “Certainly, it’s true that any young child could learn this science lesson in a classroom, but at Kennedy Center the lesson is presented in a way that also enchanted this adult.”

‘To Sail Around the Sun’ was originally created in 2017 by Paul Gordon Emerson, Kathryn Pilkington, Jason Garcia Ignacio, Robert J. Priore and Alicia Canterna. Co-Artistic Director Kathryn Pilkington oversaw the 2022 re-staging of the show.

Company E recently performed ‘To Sail Around the Sun’ in Richmond, Virginia and at DC Public Schools (DCPS). One DCPS teacher said of the show: “[The students] loved the diversity and inclusivity of the characters and roles. They loved seeing the emotions of the music and dancers.”

The September 17th performances at the Kennedy Center will feature eight Company E dancers alongside Sound Impact’s live string quartet. Additionally, special guest Amikaeyla Gaston, who played Mother Earth in the 2017 staging, will return to the Kennedy Center in her original role.

Join Company E on National Dance Day to celebrate movement, music, and the planet we call home.

Showtimes: September 17 at 11am and 2pm EST, in the Kennedy Center’s Family Theater.

About Company E

Using science as a source and art as an inspiration, Company E engages audiences and cultures around the globe and at home with art and education programs described as “breathtaking” by The Washington Post.

The Washington, DC-based contemporary repertory dance company, dance education and interdisciplinary arts organization emphasizes international collaborations with the great choreographers, dancers, composers, film-makers and artists at work today.

Globally, members of Company E serve as cultural diplomats through engagement with missions around the world and the U.S. Department of State. At home, Company E has been commissioned six times by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts since 2012. The company works with Washington Performing Arts on school-time arts education programming and runs an in-house school for dance: The Movement Center. 

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