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Berlin-born choreographer Nejla Yasemin Yatkin’s company NY2Dance calls its work “a bridging of cultures from East and West.” To build this bridge, Yatkin draws inspiration from her Turkish heritage and from legendary female dancers-turned-choreographers like Martha Graham. Though she has choreographed numerous group pieces for her company and others (including the Washington and Baltimore ballets), Yatkin takes the floor alone in “What Dreams May Come.” Like much of her work, this solo piece explores questions of identity. The music comes from Ahmet Adnan Saygun and Kamran Ince, Turkish composers famous for blending Turkish and Western traditions. In the multimedia performance, Yatkin plays with fabric and shadows, and, with help from video artist Enki Andrews, is cloaked in images, both pre-recorded video and real-time projection body mapping designed to respond to her movements. Her visit to D.C. marks the end of “Dancing Around the World,” a yearlong, 20-city tour that took Yatkin and Andrews from Tunis to Antananarivo, from Madagascar to Hyderabad, India. In each city, they collaborated with local dancers on site-specific works, a program focused on creating dance in public spaces that began with Yatkin’s experiments in Dupont Circle almost a decade ago. The performance begins at 7 p.m. at Dance Place, 3225 8th St. NE. $15–$30. (202) 269-1600. danceplace.com.