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The Importance of Normal

The Naked Stark, is being presented in the Capital Fringe this July 9-17!  PDF Flyer attached.

The Importance of Normal

This haunting dance narrative follows the life of a girl-woman. She struggles to separate self and sanity in a complex of ever-shifting floors and walls. Defying or ignoring gravity, she confronts the undeniable presence of normal.

The work features a fabulous multi-disciplinary group of artists.  
Concept and direction by Katherine Kiefer Stark
Dance performance by Beau Hancock, Meredith Stapleton, Katherine Kiefer Stark, and Grace Stern  
Original sound score by Paul Stern, performed live by Konnie Stark on piano and Ajibola Rivers on cello
And lighting design by Leigh Mumford

The Importance of Normal premiered in Philadelphia's First Person Arts Festival in 2013.  

"I found the dance a most intriguing way to express the arc of a life." -- Audience member

"It is the dance’s richest metaphor: of a divided self, of the barriers that prevent us from feeling and communicating, and, as the unstable plywood continually falls between the two, the fragility of coping with life and relating to others. In its laconic poetry this brief segment becomes a distillation of the entire work." -- Jonathan Stein, thINKing DANCE

Sprenger - Atlas Performing Arts Center
1333 H Street NE, Washington, DC, 20002

July 9 @ 6pm
July 10 @ 2:30pm

July 14 @ 8pm                                                
July 16 @ 1:45pm
July 17 @ 2:45pm

Tickets $17 and will be available through the Capital Fringe Box Office June 20.  
The link will be posted at

Earlier Event: June 17
2 by 2
Later Event: August 5
InHale Performance Series