Saturday and Sunday September 29th & 30th, 2012

Come join us for the first Kaleidoscope for Kids, an arts festival geared specifically for children of all ages and their families. We have an amazing line-up of nationally and critically acclaimed artists and performers, with plenty of hands-on activities. To view a complete schedule for Kaleidoscope for Kids, click HERE.
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Durant Center for the Arts
1605 Cameron Street • Alexandria, Virginia 22314 • 703.746.5560
Easily accessible from the King Street Metro Station and King Street Trolley.

Click HERE to see a map.


Kaleidoscope for Kids Events

Washington Metro Philharmonic

Kaleidoscope Making Workshop with t. Monk

Saturday, September 29 (10 am & 1 pm)
Sunday, September 30 (10 am & 1 pm)
For children ages 6 and older
The Durant Center (Aqua Studio)

t.Monk loves unleashing the creative side of science! These hands-on workshops bring the science behind a kaleidoscope and its beautiful symmetry, shapes, and colors directly to kids. Through differentiated instruction, the energetic workshop leaders will bring kaleidoscopes to life for all of the workshop participants, regardless of where they fall in that age-range, culminating in a kaleidoscope-making session. Each child will go home with a kaleidoscope they've made with their own hands and the secret to its magic!



Washington Metro Philharmonic

"Put Your Poem on the Map"
with Amy Young, Alexandria Poetry Laureate


Saturday, September 29 (10 am)
The Durant Center (Pink Studio)

Put Your Poem on the Map: Think colors, tastes, smells, sounds! What makes the street you live on unique? We will write and decorate poems to literally put on the map and to include in Alexandria’s citywide poetry project MAPP (Mapping Alexandria in Poems and Pictures).

 



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Urban Artistry

Saturday, September 29 (10 am)
The Durant Center (Purple Theater)

Urban Artistry is an international collective of artists and dancers focused on the authentic and complete representation of urban dance styles. UA is dedicated to preserving and building on the culture of urban dance through both performance and competition, which includes expertise in b-boying/b-girling, popping, locking, hip-hop, house dance, waacking, vogueing, and more.






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Zarzuelita Latina! by IN Series

Saturday, September 29 (1 pm)
The Durant Center (Purple Theater)

Travel from Spain to Latin America in song and dance. Let Mr. Imagination beat his drum and take everyone to the land of Zarzuela, Spain’s special kind of fun musical. This interactive program shares geography, history, music, folk tales, and dance with students through costumes, props, clapping, dancing, and singing in Spanish and English.



 

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"Stories Unfolding" with Storyteller Megan Hicks

Saturday, September 29 (1 pm)
The Durant Center (Pink Studio)

Storyteller Megan Hicks has a way with words. Add her warm sense of humor and deep respect for anybody who is now or ever was a kid, and you've got an award-winning performer who captivates audiences of all ages and from all walks of life.





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"Galapagos George" by Barefoot Puppet Theatre

Saturday, September 29 (11:30 am)
The Durant Center (Purple Theater)

Based on the true story of Lonesome George, this show tells the tale of a truly one-on-a-kind tortoise from the Galapagos Islands. Described by The Smithsonian as "an uplifting eco-fable," this engaging theatrical piece shares an important lesson about man's impact upon the environment. Barefoot Puppet theatre performances feature contemporary adaptations of world folktales, classic tales with a twist, myths, and works based on true stories.





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"Origami Workshop" with Megan Hicks

Saturday, September 29 (2 pm)
For children ages 9 and older
The Durant Center (Pink Studio)

Hands-on classroom workshop suitable that reinforces basic geometry concepts, listening, and sequencing skills. Get smart while you’re having fun with a no-mess craft program.

 

 




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"Out of the Box" by Arts on the Horizon

Saturday, September 29 (10 am & 11:30 am)
Sunday, September 30 (10 am & 11:30 am)
For children ages 18 months to 6 years
The Durant Center (Lime Theater)

Out of the Box, features local actor Tia Shearer and upright bass player Clay Arthur, follows an energetic young girl named PJ as she discovers the possibilities one box can hold. With the everyday items she finds in the box, PJ transports the audience into her imaginary world filled with new places and sounds to explore. One room can hold an entire ocean; one box, an entire cave; 3 stuffed animals can be friends and fellow adventurers; and home takes on a new meaning. Using music, sounds, and gentle interaction, PJ will engage children and adults in crafting this delightful and fun-filled world together in this 30-minute, gently interactive, non-verbal show.

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Kid Pan Alley with Paul Reisler

Saturday, September 29 (3 pm)
The Durant Center (Purple Theater)

Kid Pan Alley, the nationally renowned children's songwriting program, will be performing a live concert led by Paul Reisler, Kid Pan Alley's founder and Artistic Director. Reisler, who was the leader of the American folk group Trapezoid, founded Kid Pan Alley with the singular goal of reinvigorating creativity in children as a core value in education. He travels to different schools throughout the nation for a weeklong music education program with elementary school kids, and since its inception has created more than 1,000 songs with more than 20,000 kids in communities across the United States. The Kaleidoscope for Kids performance will highlight songs written by kids in The Corcoran Gallery's Camp Creativity summer program at Community Lodgings in Alexandria and our stars will be the songwriters themselves - come out and join us for this rare opportunity to see Alexandria's youngest songwriters in action!



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"The Big Meow" by Jane Franklin Dance

Saturday, September 29 (1 pm & 2 pm)
The Durant Center (Lime Theater)

Specially adapted for young audiences, Jane Franklin Dance offers The Big Meow! where Little Cat is taunted by neighborhood felines because his meow is just too loud. The dance, adapted from the children’s book by Baltimore author Elizabeth Spires, tells the story of an ever-hopeful orange fluff ball who desperately wants to belong to the band of neighborhood cats, but is ostracized for his “loud as a lion’s roar” meow. Kids will enjoy the imaginative retelling of this story through dance.





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Bookmaking Workshop with Family Legends

Sunday, September 30 (10 am, 11:30 am & 1:30 pm)
Children accompanied by Parent or Grandparent
The Durant Center (Pink Studio)

The Family Legends bookmaking workshop is a fun and informative art class where children choose a "legend" in their family, do the research, write the story and make it into a handmade storybook! Sushmita Mazumdar, is a Greater Washington DC area book artist, writer, and educator. She started writing stories for children when her children were little and made them into fun books by hand. Since then, she has taught art education programs for children as well as adult groups to encourage storytelling and passing on cultural heritage from one generation to the next. Her handmade storybooks have been sold at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival 2010 in Washington DC where she participated in the Asian Pacific American Program, Local Lives Global Ties and taught a bookmaking workshop to visitors.


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"Cowardly Christopher Finds His Courage" by Synetic Theater

Sunday September 30 (12:30 pm & 1:30 pm)
The Durant Center (Purple Theater)

Poor Christopher is anything but courageous, but that all changes when he embarks on a world-wide adventure to find his courage! Synetic Family returns to its roots with its newest comedic, musical pantomime journey, which first premiered at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts.





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Flamenco en Familia with GALA Hispanic Theatre

Sunday, September 30 (11 am)
The Durant Center (Purple Theater)

Flamenco performances that will amaze the whole family along with the opportunity to learn steps and fan techniques. Edwin Aparicio (Choreographer, Director, Dancer) was featured in Dance Magazine’s annual “25 Artists to Watch” list in 2009 and has been described by critics as “the most amazing dancer seen in years” with his “hellfire footwork.”  He is the director and founder of Flamenco Aparicio Dance Company and  curator of GALA Hispanic Theatre’s  celebrated annual Fuego Flamenco Festival.




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Mucha Musica with Cantare

Sunday, September 30 (1 pm & 2 pm)
The Durant Center
(Lime Theater)


Audiences are transported to Latin America to experience the many rhythms and unique instruments from different regions, while learning about the three cultures that shaped Latin music: Indigenous, European and African.

 

 



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"Drumming Through Cultures and Time" with Tom Teasley

Sunday, September 30 (3 pm)
The Durant Center
(Purple Theater)

Tom Teasley, described in the Washington Post as “a percussionist in the widest and most exuberant sense of the word,” maintains a unique career as a solo percussionist, composer and collaborator. Drumming Through Cultures and Time is a unique journey through the history of percussion. With Tom, the audience will travel the Silk Road from Italy to China and the Sugar Trade Route from Africa to the Americas. Ancient instruments such as the balafon, doumbek, djembe, kilimba and frame drums are combined with the most recent advances in music technology including digital looping.