Performances: Bettmann Dances Presents Quis Custodiet

Quis Custodiet is a year-long community exploration of security by the dance company Bettmann Dances. Bettmann Dances is a program of the not-for-profit Day Eight.

Quis Custodiet explores how we – as individuals and communities – define and pursue security. Choreographer Robert Bettmann states, “Especially since 9/11, and the financial crisis, I have been grappling with issues of national and personal security, and I know I’m not alone. What can we do to be safe, as individuals and communities, and how does that impact security outside our communities?”

The title for the work is drawn from a phrase by the Greek philosopher Piccarus (6th century B.C.) – Quis Custodet Ipsus Custodiet, which means “who shall watch the watchers themselves?” In addition to exploring weighty issues of local and national security, Quis Custodiet is also a light-hearted exploration of the dancers relationship to the audience, and curation in the art world.

Over the coming months Mr. Bettmann and members of the company are available to bring the project to schools, community centers, and universities to share an empowering opportunity to express individual experience in motion.

The company was able to begin the Quis project through successful completion of Kickstarter project, but additional support through donations, sponsorships, and grants is necessary to bring the project to audiences throughout the mid-atlantic region.

Bettmann Dances first evening length performance – All Good Men – premiered in 2009 at the Capital Fringe Festival. A dance theater adaptation of a Dylan Thomas film-script, All Good Men was hailed in The Examiner as “an example of artistic craftsmanship.” For Quis Custodiet, choreographer Bettmann is teaming with an accomplished group of collaborators. Renowned glass and video artist Tim Tate (founder of the Washington Glass School) is working with multi-media artist Chanan Delivuk (professor at GW University) to create the video/set design for the project, and Ginger Carlin (founder of Booshie Design) is creating costumes.

The above information is from an e-mail received Monday, January 9th from a Day Eight board member.

The Deets

  • Bettmann Dances presents Quis Custodiet
  • Woolly Mammoth Theater –  641 D Street NW; Washington, DC 20004
  • Saturday, January 14th, 7:00 p.m.
  • Tickets $25.00
  • Want two free VIP tickets? E-mail your full name (subject line: Quis Custodiet) by Friday, January 13th at 9:00 a.m. Winner will be chosen and announced at 10:30 a.m. via Twitter and Facebook.

About Cecile
Cecile Oreste is an arts marketing and public relations professional living in New York City. Follow her on Twitter @cecileoreste.

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