DIRECT CURRENT, the Kennedy Center's two-week celebration of contemporary culture, returns for a third season. With special emphasis on female creators, works new to the District of Columbia, and interdisciplinary creations, the 2020 spring immersion showcases some of the most provocative, original, and pioneering voices in the arts today. DIRECT CURRENT takes place March 8–21 at the Kennedy Center—including the indoor and outdoor spaces of the REACH—and around the city.
DIRECT CURRENT presents a music and dance double-bill crowned by the East Coast premiere of 1 0 0 1, performed live by its creators: choreographer and Company Wayne McGregor member Fukiko Takase, “a diabolo of a dancer” (Evening Standard, UK) best-known for her viral video collaboration with Radiohead’s Thom Yorke, and composer Dustin O’Halloran, whose original scores for Marie Antoinette, Lion, and Transparent have been recognized with Oscar® and Golden Globe nominations and an Emmy Award.
Produced, as at its premiere in Minneapolis, by Kate Nordstrum, a “curatorial powerhouse with international pull” (Minnesota Public Radio), 1 0 0 1 explores ideas of technology, humanity, and mind-body dualism in an existential, electronics-forward performance. As we approach the age of AI, the collaborators ask: how will a new form of consciousness manifest inside a body? What will happen to our soul?
The performance will be on Thursday, March 19, 2020