SATURDAY

The great Salvadoran poet Roque Dalton once said that “poetry, like bread, is for everyone.” The 12 artists performing in “No Ordinary Confluence,” would probably say the same of dance. A strong thread connects this eclectic group of choreographers, performers, and visual artists: a belief in performance as an egalitarian expression of the self and community. Choreographer and “No Ordinary Confluence” co-producer Ajax Joe Drayton expresses this conviction by using both trained and novice dancers in his work. Co-producer Nancy Havlik explores the possibilities of self-expressive collaboration by introducing trained dancers from different stylistic backgrounds to improvisation, yielding movement that is curious, fresh, unpretentious, and consistently fun. Ken Yamaguchi-Clark, the show’s producer, drew from his professional work as a community health consultant to create his new solo performance piece, #2: Take Your Medicine. “No Ordinary Confluence” begins with a ritual by Emerald City Productions Executive Director Terry Sidney that celebrates and brings together both the show’s artists and its audience. A solid cross section of the Washington dance and performance-art scenes—including Andy Torres, members of Medusa Speaks, Julie Clark, Marcy Schlissel, and Malcolm Shute—will continue to blur the line between audience and performer throughout the evening. An exhibition of dance photography by Raphael Talisman and the wood-block prints of Steven Stichter provides additional food for the creative soul before and after the performance. At 8 p.m. Saturday, July 15, at Joe’s Movement Emporium, 3802 34th St., Mount Rainier. $12. (301) 699-1819. (Holly Bass)