2019 Waterfront Park Performance Series

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Free Public Performance Series

Music, Movement, and Light in Alexandria’s Waterfront Park

Animated Image of Mirror MirrorWaterfront Park comes alive with a series of original site-specific performances in conversation with the sound-responsive, interactive installation Mirror Mirror

Music, voices and ambient sound activate Mirror Mirror’s  enclosed LED tubes to produce a panoramic forest of light. The installation casts brilliant rainbow hues, allowing the performers to interact with the installation and affect its appearance using their instruments, voices and bodies. (See and post images and videos via #mirrormirrorALX.)

All performances are free and feature lawn seating. Lawn chairs and blankets are encouraged. Please leave pets at home. Waterfront Park is located at 1 King Street. For reasonable disability accommodation, contact arts@alexandriava.gov or 703.746.5592, Virginia Relay 711.


Music: David Schulman

Violinist and composer David Schulman’s original site-specific score Fifth Order is named for the fifth-order Fresnel lens that for decades cast its light from Alexandria's Jones Point Lighthouse across the waters of the Potomac. The performance will vary significantly each time. He will perform with other musicians—trumpeter, saxophonist, or vocalist—who will reflect and refract the site’s natural, human and technological contexts. As the ambient light changes with the seasons, so too will the music’s relationship with the sound-responsive lights on Mirror Mirror

  • These dates have been postponed due to the heat advisory.
    Saturday, July 20; 9 p.m.
    Now: Sunday, July 28; 8 p.m.
          Joined by Tillery
    Sunday, July 21;  8 p.m.
    Now: Thursday, August 15; 9 p.m.
          Joined by Bonnie Lander
  • Friday, August 9; 9 p.m.                                    
          Joined by Tillery
    Saturday, August 10; 9 p.m.                                    
          Joined by Sarah Marie Hughes
    Rain date: Sunday, August 11; 9 p.m. 
  • Saturday, October 5; 8 p.m.                                    
          Joined by Sarah Marie Hughes
    Sunday, October 6; 8 p.m.                                    
          Joined by Bonnie Lander
    Rain date: Saturday, October 19; 8 p.m.

Movement: Orange Grove Dance

Orange Grove Dance is exploring movement and sound within and around Mirror Mirror, from visceral virtuosic movements, to stomping, clapping, singing and custom-built music scores. Artistic Directors Colette Krogol and Matt Reeves are building site-specific movements that explore both the installation’s and audience’s relationship to land and river to tap into deep relationships that communities have with the spaces they inhabit. 

  • Friday, September 6; 8 p.m.                                    
    Saturday, September 7; 6 and 8 p.m.
  • Friday, September 13; 8 p.m.                                    
    Saturday, September 14; 6 and 8 p.m.                                     

Schulman and Orange Grove Dance were selected through a regional open call seeking performing artists and arts groups in DC, Maryland, and Virginia. They have been researching and exploring Mirror Mirror and Waterfront Park to develop their new performances. 

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About David Schulman

The music of violinist and composer David Schulman has been described as “mysterious and beautiful” by The Washington Post. A 2018 Music Fellow of ART OMI, Schulman wrote and recorded the theme music for NPR’s The Big Listen and BBC’s Americana. He has composed numerous scores for modern dance and performed live at the Kennedy Center. For more than a decade, Schulman has performed programs at leading galleries and museums interpreting art into music. In 2019, he launched the ARTSOUNDS series at the Hirshhorn Museum, with a performance with/in Rafael Lozano-Hemmer’s interactive Pulse Tank installation. David also created and produced the award-winning Musicians in Their Own Words public radio series (NPR, APM, PRI). For more info see: quietlifemotel.com. 

About Orange Grove Dance

Orange Grove Dance, founded in 2007 by Colette Krogol and Matt Reeves, is built on the ideals of integrating dance, design, film, and movement with all communities. Their work has been produced for gallery dance-cinema installations, film festivals, the Dupont Underground tunnels, city streets, public parks, black box theatres, botanic gardens, and concert stages ranging in location from the small medieval streets of Rauma, Finland, to the Terrace Theater at The Kennedy Center. They are currently working on a site-specific performance for the U.S. Botanic Garden. Krogol and Reeves hold Masters’ of Fine Arts in dance from the University of Maryland and Bachelors’ of Fine Arts in Dance from the University of Florida. For more info see: orangegrovedance.com.

About Mirror Mirror

Mirror Mirror, created by SOFTlab, is a temporary installation that has drawn thousands of visitors and residents to Waterfront Park since its reveal this past March. Inspired by the historic Fresnel lens of Alexandria’s Jones Point Lighthouse, its mirrored surface reflects the urban environment, river and visitors themselves. The interior’s surface is washed in full-spectrum color. Mirror Mirror is the inaugural work for the Office of the Arts’ Site See: New Views in Old Town public art series. Site See is an annual exhibition of temporary public art whose goal is to attract visitors, foster interaction, provide a visual anchor and enrich the experience of Alexandria’s waterfront. For more information, visit alexandriava.gov/publicart.