The Nautical Yards

World Premiere of a Devised Work created by the ensemble

April 26-29, 2012 @ 7:00pm

Venue:  Yards Park canal, 100 Water Street SE (Navy Yard metro/parking available)

Tickets:   On Sale March 13!   Premium Seating – $30;   General Admission (Standing Room) is FREE, reservations recommended

A dance for the river.  Lovers caught in nautical netting.  The rime for a mariner.

force/collision pairs with Rebollar Dance Company (2011 John F. Kennedy Center commission) to create a site-specific performance work on the historic Washington Navy Yard.  Featuring new music by composer Daniel Paul Lawson (2012 New Music USA grantee), live musicians and an ensemble of fourteen performing in and around the canal, this dance/theatre work will create a dialogue between art and architecture, history and progress.  The Nautical Yards is made possible by a generous grant from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.



A play by Erik Ehn

World Premiere

Directed by John Moletress, co-created with force/collision

Workshop:  Burning Coal Theatre, July 5-8, 2012 (Raleigh, NC)

Pre-NYC engagement:  Atlas Performing Arts Center, Sprenger Theatre, Sept 26-Oct 14, 2012

New York City:  La Mama ETC, November 10-18, 2012

Tickets:  Not yet on sale, check back at for updates


Based loosely on the biographies of African-American vaudevillians Billy and Cordelia McClain, Shape concerns the life and labors of vaudevillian fairies exploited for their historical songs and dances, used by the dominant culture and abandoned at times of great need.  Take part in their vast spectacle staged in Brooklyn at the beginning of the 20th Century. Shape is a fable about genocide ideology and part of Ehn’s larger body of work Soulographie.


And don’t miss…

Inaugural Fundraiser/Cabaret Performance

March 27, 2012  7:00pm-9:00pm

The Home of Darrell West and Karin Rosnizeck

Donation:  $50, $100, $150 (tax deductible)

Join us for our first party introducing the force/collision ensemble, featuring music by Daniel Paul Lawson and performances by ensemble members, as well as wine and hors d’oeurvres.

$50pp (tax deductible) includes a ticket to any performance of Shape at Atlas (not including opening night)

$100pp (tax deductible) includes 1 ticket to Shape at Atlas (not including opening night), plus 1 Premium Seat to The Nautical Yards

$150pp (tax deductible) includes 2 tickets to Opening Night or any performance of Shape and 2 Premium Seats to The Nautical Yards

Make a donation to us through Fractured Atlas and attend this event here:

For more information, please email Karin Rosnizeck at