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Direct Current Festival

March 24, 2019 - April 7, 2019

Prices vary

This adventurous festival—which began in March and runs through April—brings forward-looking performers of all sorts to town (prices vary). Here are a few we’re especially excited about:
Henry Threadgill
April 5

Appearing here with his group Double Up, the renowned jazz multi-instrumentalist will make the most of an unconventional lineup that includes flute, cello, and—as is usually the case with Threadgill’s distinctive ensembles—tuba.

Phantom Limb Company
April 4–5

In the hands of this avant-garde puppetry collective, dancers and marionettes combine for a creepy response to the 2011 Fukushima nuclear incident.

Caroline Shaw
April 5

The contemporary-classical star (and occasional Kanye collaborator) will likely perform with cellist Andrew Yee and members of her vocal ensemble, Roomful of Teeth. Beyond that, anything is possible—part of what makes this evening so intriguing.

Du Yun
April 6

Du Yun is a Shanghai-born composer and performance artist who now lives in New York, where she writes operas—including 2017’s Dim Sum Warriors, parts of which she’ll perform here—and concocts all manner of fascinatingly unclassifiable sonic weirdness.

Vijay Iyer Sextet
April 6

The jazz pianist is bringing along the same group that played on his exhilarating 2017 album, Far From Over, which is full of rhythmic intensity and thoughtful soloing.


March 24, 2019
April 7, 2019
Prices vary
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2700 F Street, NW
Washington, DC 20566 United States
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