Pulitzer-Prize Journalist Clarence Page Chairs EDGEWORKS Dance Theater's Red Hot & Riot Gala, Celebrating Company's 10th Anniversary

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Join Founding Artistic Director Helanius J. Wilkins and DC's premiere all-male EDGEWORKS Dance Theater for "RED HOT & RIOT," a spring gala that will feature a short performance by EDT followed by a “sizzling” dance party featuring live reggae music. The honorary chair for this event is Pulitzer prize-winning journalist, Clarence Page, and NBC News4 weekend anchor, Aaron Gilchrist, will be the Master of Ceremonies.

Since the curtain first went up on EDT almost a decade ago, the theater has shown courage and creativity in its efforts to open up new worlds to all of us, provoke a richer dialogue and open our eyes to our own human potential.

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EDGEWORKS Dance Theater (EDT) Founder and Artistic Director Helanius J. Wilkins is thrilled to announce the Company’s "Red Hot & Riot Gala: Celebrating EDGEWORKS Dance Theater’s 10th Anniversary." Taking place in the heart of downtown DC on Thursday, May 5, 2011 at Woolly Mammoth Theatre, this gala will celebrate the outstanding artistry and accomplishments of EDT while providing a festive backdrop to raise necessary funds to support the Company's vital programs. Joining EDT will be Pulitzer Prize Journalist Clarence Page, Honorary Chair, and News4 Anchor Aaron Gilchrist, Master of Ceremonies. Complete with live entertainment, special guests, and a performance by EDGEWORKS, the event aims to attract local and national luminaries in business, philanthropy, and entertainment.

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WHAT: RED HOT & RIOT Gala: Celebrating EDGEWORKS Dance Theater’s 10th Anniversary
WHEN: Thursday, May 5, 2011 @ 8 PM (Program is followed by Dance Party)
Where: Woolly Mammoth Theatre, 641 D Street, NW, Washington, DC 20004
Tickets: $100 per person
Reservations: Online at http://www.hjwEdgeworks.org or by phone at 202-483-0606

EDGEWORKS Dance Theater (EDT), founded in 2001 by choreographer, Helanius J. Wilkins, is an all-male professional, contemporary dance company of predominately African-American men based in Washington, DC. It strives to provide minority and artistically underserved populations with unique opportunities to experience the art of dance while examining and experiencing the role of and place of African-American and immigrant males in our society. It achieves its mission through residency activities that engages youths as well as adults directly in the creative process, through educational outreach programs, and stunning performances that end with compelling thought-provoking conversations with audience members.

During the past ten years, Helanius J. Wilkins and EDGEWORKS Dance Theater’s local and national reputation has grown substantially. In 2008, Helanius won the Pola Nirenska Award for Outstanding Achievement in Contemporary Dance by the Washington Performing Arts Society—the most prestigious choreography award in the Washington region—and the company has received commissions from some of the most highly regarded dance presenting organizations in the country, including the Kennedy Center, National Performance Network, Dance Place, and Jacobs Pillow Dance Festival (Inside/Out). Additionally the company has toured internationally to Lithuania, Scotland, and Switzerland.

Most recently EDGEWORKS premiered Helanius' brand new "Trigger" project, the final installment of a trilogy of works examining and exploring often difficult issues faced by our society that began in 2002. The creation of "Trigger" involved collaborating with a playwright, composer/musician, set designer, and several performance artists. The project unfolds as a choreographed play where ordinary people have extraordinary lives; and is currently the center of a developing national tour.

The support of a diverse cross-section of DC and nationally based individuals and organizations can make a tremendous impact on the journey of EDGEWORKS Dance Theater and provide the chance for them raise critically needed funds to continue its unique approach to dance and community building.

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