2013 Capital Fringe Show Preview: ‘heady collectables’ by Nicole A. Martinell

heady collectables is sure to thrill this year’s Capital Fringe goers, as zany dancers bob, float and dart about the stage. This clever representation of American ‘head-slang’ is a fun hour-long spectacle that delights audiences – a scrumptious head-trip for all ages!

Be entertained on July 11th at 10:00 PM, July 14th at 12:00 PM, July 24th at 6:15 PM, July 26th at 8:30 pm, and July 28th at 3:15 PM at the GALA Theater, one block from Columbia Heights Metro.

Photo by Maxime Siegler.
Photo by Maxime Siegler.

heady collectables is a lighthearted production, using vibrant characters, animated dance, humorous poetry, and wooden boxes to weave together idiomatic ‘head’ expressions. With the syncopated rhythms of ragtime music, this witty production highlights the collaborative process of Baltimore’s Deep Vision Dance Company with DC poet Dorrit Carroll.

From the start, audiences are triggered to consider just how often American culture refers to their head – “headstrong,” “let me wrap my head around this,” “sleepyhead,” etc. Choreographer, Nicole A. Martinell, pokes fun at society’s (and her own) fascination with the human head through an introductory dance-monologue. This solo playfully strings together words from her journal, a true peak into the choreographer’s creative brain at work.

Sharing the spotlight, six colorfully unique characters interact and tease one another. The story unfolds as the characters cleverly explore the literal and figurative interpretation of head idioms, such as “out of my head,” “can’t keep my head on straight,” and “two heads are better than one.” Audiences joyfully learn about each character’s quirks and quips while tapping their toes to the uplifting scores of Scott Joplin’s ragtime music. Watch in amazement, as the dancers manipulate four black and white hollow boxes, creating scenery, obstacles, and even costumes.

Whimsical characters such as ‘Airhead’ and ‘Hothead’ developed as Martinell and the Deep Vision dancers explored head idioms through movement, idiosyncratic gesture, and distinct character-postures. Taking inspiration from the ragtime era, film, comedians, and classic cartoons, the dancers trained fervently to perfect their comedic timing and extreme facial expressions. The quirky, yet flowing movement vocabulary evokes emotion and arouses curiosity, leaving the audience with questions, images, and stories spiraling through their minds.

Photo by Maxime Siegler.
Photo by Maxime Siegler.

At GALA Theatre at Trivoli Square
3333 14th Street NW Washington, DC 20010

Entrance on 14th Street between Park Road and Monroe Street
One block north of Columbia Heights Metro Station on Green Line

Thursday, July 11th at 10:00 PM
Sunday, July 14th at 12:00 PM
Wednesday, July 24th at 6:15 PM
Friday, July 26th at 8:30 PM
Sunday, July 28th at 3:15 PM


This production is presented as a part of the 2013 Capital Fringe Festival, a program of the Washington, D.C. non-profit Capital Fringe.

Deep Vision Dance Company (DVDC), founded in 2011 by Artistic Director Nicole A. Martinell, is a Baltimore-based nonprofit organization upholding the mission to engage, inspire, and motivate the community through high quality dance performances and educational experiences. DVDC fulfills this mission by creating innovative works, collaborating with local artists, educating the community in the creative process, and playing an integral role in sustaining the local arts scene. In 2012, DVDC founded AKIMBO, a site-specific dance festival for Baltimore’s professional dance scene and the Station North Arts & Entertainment District. For more information about Deep Vision Dance Company and their other upcoming events, please visit their website.

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  1. This company is brilliant. The humor speaks to every person about our confusion between our bodies and our heads…as if there is really a disconnect! The intelligence it takes to pull off this message is so very authentic to the artistic director Nicole Martinell. Attend and Enjoy!


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