Joe’s Movement Emporium

Joe’s Movement Emporium

Location: 3309 Bunker Hill Road, Mount Rainier MD 20712

Phone: 301-699-1819

Website: http://joesmovement.org/

Joe’s Movement Emporium is a cultural arts hub that acts as a catalyst for creativity and economic opportunity for all through productions and programs in education, artist services and work readiness. Located in the town center of Mount Rainier, Maryland within the Prince George’s County Gateway Arts District, the organization supports and promotes creative projects of local artists and community groups.

Joe’s Movement Emporium has a variety of classes, and dance, music and theater performances.

Joe’s Movement Emporium runs summer theater and arts camps for children and teens.


Upcoming Events


Be Steadwell: A Letter to my Ex at Joe’s Movement Emporium, Sep 19-22

A Letter to my Ex
A musical by Be Steadwell

Thursday, September 19th at 8 pm
Friday, September 20th at 8 pm
Saturday, September 21st at 8 pm
Sunday, September 22nd at 4 pm

Location: Joe’s Movement Emporium

In A Letter to My Ex, the musical, Composer and vocalist Be Steadwell tells stories of love, loss, and intimacy. Following the 2018 release of her album “Queer Love Songs”, Steadwell brings her album to life through theater and performance. A Letter to My Ex is a collage of music, movement, and film, narrating one character’s journey through the ups and downs of love.

The piece is presented through a series of letters to an ex. Each letter coupled with a song. Each moment, a reflection on the process of grieving the loss of love and learning to move on. A letter to my ex explores self-love, addiction, twerking, sex, life, and death through the lens of a heartbroken queer black woman.

Tickets: Early bird (limited): $17, Adults: $28, Students/Seniors/Veterans/Teachers: $23. Click here.

Tags: Joe’s Movement Emporium, Mount Rainier Maryland, Be Steadwell, A Letter to my Ex


2for2Boobs: Shades of Pink at Joe’s Movement Emporium, Sep 25

2for2Boobs: Shades of Pink, Our Voices… Our Stories

Wednesday, September 25th at 6:00 pm

Location: Joe’s Movement Emporium

Join us for a gathering of women’s voices celebrating their faith, strength and their will to survive, overcome and thrive in the face of breast cancer. Women will share their stories through spoken word, poetry, dance and more.

The event starts at 6:00 pm with reception/red carpet and production will start at 7 pm.

There will be a Q&A panel discussion after the presentation featuring Dr. Regina Hampton, President Doctors Community Hospital & Founder Breast Care for Washington, Dr Laray Imani Price, PHD – Psychologist, Cancer Survivorship Care, Women’s Inner Fitness & Wellness Ctr. and a notable genetic testing and nutrition health experts.

Partial funds to benefit the ‘MobileMammo’ program: “D.C. has the highest breast cancer mortality rate in the nation, but a new mobile mammography program seeks to change that.”

Tickets: $25 in advance, $30 at the door. Click here.

Tags: Joe’s Movement Emporium, Mount Rainier Maryland, 2for2Boobs, Shades of Pink, Fundraiser


Crying From the Streets at Joe’s Movement Emporium, Sep 27

The Milt Matthews Foundation presents:
Crying From The Streets – The Play

Location: Joe’s Movement Emporium

CRYING FROM THE STREETS is a true story about men and women living on the streets of Washington, D.C.

With a cast consisting of mostly homeless and formerly homeless people, watch their stories unfold from a life of drugs, alcohol, prostitution, and crime to becoming Praise Leaders, Ministers, Outreach Coordinators, Psalmists and more.

The Play is FREE to the Public. Bring your guest(s) and witness why many people were motivated and inspired to join the fight to end homelessness.

Tickets: Free or by donation. Click here.

Tags: Joe’s Movement Emporium, Mount Rainier Maryland, Milt Matthews Foundation, Crying From the Streets


Ally Theatre Company’s Dhana and the Rosebuds at Joe’s Movement Emporium, Nov 2-23

Dhana and the Rosebuds
Devised and Created by Federica Cellini

Saturday, November 2nd at 2 pm
Saturday, November 2nd at 8 pm
Sunday, November 3rd at 4 pm
Thursday, November 7th at 8 pm
Friday, November 8th at 8 pm
Saturday, November 9th at 2 pm
Saturday, November 9th at 8 pm
Sunday, November 10th at 4 pm
Monday, November 11th at 8 pm (Industry Night)
Thursday, November 14th at 8 pm
Friday, November 15th at 8 pm
Saturday, November 16th at 2 pm
Saturday, November 16th at 8 pm
Sunday, November 17th at 4 pm
Thursday, November 21st at 8pm
Friday, November 22nd at 8 pm
Saturday, November 23rd at 2 pm
Saturday, November 23rd at 8pm

Location: Joe’s Movement Emporium

Dhana and the Rosebuds, follows a young Syrian woman pursuing her science career in NYC as she tries to forget her complicated past. But when she thinks she recognizes her estranged grandmother on a TV news report highlighting Syrian refugees crossing the Macedonia/Serbia border, she decides to go find her. Her international journey results in a spiritual rediscovery of her roots, her identity, and the reason why she left it all behind.

Content warning: Recommended for all ages though viewer discretion is advised as this production may trigger personal/cultural/racial traumas of escaping war and violence.

Tickets: Adults: $25, Students/Seniors/Veterans/Teachers: $15. Click here.

Tags: Joe’s Movement Emporium, Mount Rainier Maryland, Ally Theatre Company, Dhana and the Rosebuds, Federica Cellini


Upspring Studio’s Nutterween at Joe’s Movement Emporium, Dec 8

Upspring Studio’s Nutterween!

Sunday, December 8th at 6 pm

Location: Joe’s Movement Emporium

In this (slightly) deranged (new) annual aerial tradition, UpSpring explores what would happen if the Nutcracker took place on Halloween. Zombies, snow ghosts, and sea monsters dance and dangle from the ceiling. Does it make any sense? No! And that’s why we love it!

Tickets: $10 (limited early); $17 advance, $20 door, $15 senior/student. Click here.

Tags: Joe’s Movement Emporium, Mount Rainier Maryland, Upspring Studio, Nutterween, The Nutcracker, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky


Temple at Joe’s Movement Emporium, Dec 13

NextLOOK: Chitra Subramanian
Temple

Friday, December 13, 2019 . 7PM

Location: Joe’s Movement Emporium

Temple shines the spotlight on the fraying of public life and the growing reality that people participate in institutions less and less. Through the language of Indian Dance and Hip-Hop culture, Chitra Subramanian will explore the experiences and stories of her South Asian immigrant journey. She will also showcase the limitless ways in which Hip-Hop continues to transform, inspire and unleash untapped talent and power.

In partnership with Joe’s Movement Emporium, NextLOOK supports the development of new music, plays, dance and other experiences by regionally-based performing artists. These artists are mentored by seasoned arts administrators from The Clarice and Joe’s Movement Emporium to construct innovative methods of deepening the audience’s involvement in their creative process. By removing logistical barriers of cost and space, and providing a sounding board for artists creating new work, NextLOOK invests in the regional arts ecology and creates an accessible, exploratory environment that connects intriguing artists with adventurous audiences.

Tickets start at $5, pay what you wish. Click here.

Tags: Joe’s Movement Emporium, Mount Rainier Maryland, Chitra Subramanian, Temple, NextLOOK, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland


SHiFTing TECHNOLOGiA at Joe’s Movement Emporium, Jan 31-Feb 2

Shawn Stone & Movement Graffiti:
SHiFTiNG TECHNOLOGiA

Friday, January 31 at 8 pm
Saturday, February 1 at 8 pm
Sunday, February 2nd at 4 pm

Location: Joe’s Movement Emporium

Calling upon the wild of our survival consciousness, SHiFTiNG TECHNOLOGiA melds this with precise movement as a technology of the future. At the inner-section of dance/movement, visual art and voice this work seek to evoke creation as communication. …that we ARE the language of our past and also the story of our future.

“In the very earliest time, when both people and animals lived on earth, a person could become an animal if he wanted to and an animal could become a human being. Sometimes they were people and sometimes animals and there was no difference. All spoke the same language. That was the time when words were like magic. The human mind had mysterious powers…. Nobody could explain this: That’s the way it was.”
~Translated by poet, Edward Field in ‘Magic Words: From the Ancient Oral Tradition of the Inuit

Tickets $10 (limited early); $20 advance, $25 door, $17 senior/student Click here.

Tags: Joe’s Movement Emporium, Mount Rainier Maryland, Shawn Stone, Movement Graffiti, Shifting Technologia


Ally Theatre Company’s Welcome to Sis’s at Joe’s Movement Emporium, Feb 28-Mar 1

Welcome to Sis’s
A performance by Ally Theatre Company of an original play written by Doug Robinson

Friday, February 28 at 8 pm
Saturday, February 29th at 4 pm
Saturday, February 29th at 8 pm
Sunday, March 1st at 4 pm

Location: Joe’s Movement Emporium

It’s Friday night in North Brentwood and anybody who’s anybody knows the spot to be is Sis’s Tavern. Sis, Margaret, Willie, and Sterling are all on hand to prep for a busy night, but when James doesn’t show on time, tensions begin to rise. Set in the 1940s, Welcome to Sis’s shines a light on one community’s ability to survive and thrive amidst the turbulent backdrop of racist housing codes and local dividing lines which played out across the country’s neighborhoods and still affects us today.

Tickets: $10 (limited early); $20 advance, $25 door, $17 senior/student, $15 children. Click here.

Tags: Joe’s Movement Emporium, Mount Rainier Maryland, Ally Theatre Company, Welcome to Sis’s, Doug Robinson


Ally Theatre Company’s Rasheeda Speaking at Joe’s Movement Emporium, Mar 5-22

Ally Theatre Company presents:
Rasheeda Speaking
By Joel Drake Johnson
Directed by Ty Hallmark

(COMMUNITY PREVIEW) Thursday, March 5th at 8 pm
Friday, March 6th at 8 pm
Saturday, March 7th at 8 pm
Sunday, March 8th at 4pm
Thursday, March 12th at 8 pm
Friday, March 13th at 8 pm
Saturday, March 14th at 2 pm
Saturday, March 14th at 8 pm
Sunday, March 15th at 4 pm
(INDUSTRY NIGHT) Monday, March 16th at 8 pm
Wednesday, March 18th at 8 pm
Thursday, March 19th at 8 pm
Friday, March 20th at 8 pm
Saturday, March 21st at 2 pm
Saturday, March 21st at 8 pm
Sunday, March 22nd at 4 pm

Location: Joe’s Movement Emporium

“RASHEEDA SPEAKING [is] an exquisitely tense and often cringingly funny portrait of racial paranoia…Chilling. An incendiary play by Joel Drake Johnson.” —The New York Times.

“…the racially charged atmosphere thickens fast in RASHEEDA SPEAKING, an acidic depiction of race, power and friendship. Blending darkly awkward workplace comedy with intense racial tension, Johnson’s office-politics thriller is not afraid to push buttons hard.” —Time Out (New York).

“A wild ride…a wallop of a play…a thrilling must-see play.” —New York Magazine.

“‘The doctor will see you now’ takes on a whole new meaning in [this] comedy-drama that’s jagged, jolting and just plain terrific.” —New York Daily News.

Tickets: $25 general, $17 senior/student/veterans/teachers. Preview is pay-what-you-wish. Click here.

Tags: Joe’s Movement Emporium, Mount Rainier Maryland, Ally Theatre Company, Welcome to Sis’s, Doug Robinson


The Final Genocide at Joe’s Movement Emporium, Apr 17

NextLOOK: Dominic Green
The Final Genocide
Friday, April 17, 2020 . 7PM

Location: Joe’s Movement Emporium

Set in the year 2093, this theatre work follows Davu, a young black man, through the ruins of a futuristic African-American history museum. There, Davu encounters androids who help him uncover a past unrealized, as they reenact stories of both the heroism and the destruction of Davu’s predecessors. The Final Genocide is a story of the possibilities and dangers faced by black men in America.

In partnership with Joe’s Movement Emporium, NextLOOK supports the development of new music, plays, dance and other experiences by regionally-based performing artists. These artists are mentored by seasoned arts administrators from The Clarice and Joe’s Movement Emporium to construct innovative methods of deepening the audience’s involvement in their creative process. By removing logistical barriers of cost and space, and providing a sounding board for artists creating new work, NextLOOK invests in the regional arts ecology and creates an accessible, exploratory environment that connects intriguing artists with adventurous audiences.

Tickets start at $5, pay what you wish. Click here.

Tags: Joe’s Movement Emporium, Mount Rainier Maryland, Dominic Green, The Final Genocide, NextLOOK, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland


Haja, the Bird who was Afraid to Fly at Joe’s Movement Emporium, May 1-17

Theatre for the Very Young presents:

Haja, the Bird who was Afraid to Fly

COMMUNITY PREVIEW: Friday, May 1 at 10 am
COMMUNITY PREVIEW: Friday, May 1 at 11:30 am
Sunday, May 3 at 10 am
Sunday, May 3 at 11:30 am
Saturday, May 9 at 10 am
Saturday, May 9 at 11:30 am
Sunday, May 10 at 10 am
Sunday, May 10 at 11:30 am
Friday, May 15 at 10 am
Friday, May 15 at 11:30 am
Saturday, May 16 at 10 am
Saturday, May 16 at 11:30 am
Sunday, May 17 at 10 am
Sunday, May 17 at 11:30 am

Location: Joe’s Movement Emporium

A theatre for the very young work based on the book titled, “Haja, the Bird who was Afraid to Fly” by Julia Kamanda. The story is set in the mountains of Sierra Leone, and capture the musical awakening of animal characters that mirrors the musical quest of a human child. Through the vehicle of a TVYA performance, the audience would be moved to recognize their selves, explore music and movement in that recognition, and discover ambiguity, multiplicity and community.

This is a premier interactive theatre performance designed for the very young. Best for Ages 1-5.

Tickets $12, preview is by donation. Click here.

Tags: Joe’s Movement Emporium, Mount Rainier Maryland, Haja the Bird who was Afraid to Fly, Julia Kamanda, Theatre for the Very Young


Veritas at Joe’s Movement Emporium, May 29-31

Madeline Gorman presents:
Veritas

Friday, May 29th at 8 pm
Saturday, May 30th at 8 pm
Sunday, May 31st at 4 pm

Location: Joe’s Movement Emporium

Veritas is a multimedia performance about how truth can be silenced, distorted, or erased entirely by American mass media. Featuring original music and striking digital projections, Veritas ultimately calls into question for each audience member how willing they are to defend truth in their own lives.

Tickets: $10 (limited early); $20 advance, $25 door, $17 senior/student. Click here.

Tags: Joe’s Movement Emporium, Mount Rainier Maryland, Madeline Gorman, Veritas


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