Human Landscape Dance
Making partnerships with dancemakers around the world

About Human Landscape Dance

Human Landscape Dance is a contemporary dance company based in Washington DC. Our work explores original movement in the context of human struggles. We show the transformation of relationships over time through the medium of touch.

Upcoming Performances

Shinpukuji Temple in Kameoka City
Shimokubo-1 Sogabecho Nishijo
Kameoka, Kyoto 621-0028

Attune brings together artists from Japan and The United States: featuring Heidi Durning, Kumiko Nonaka, Malcolm Shute, and Tabata Vara. Beginning with 1-hour workshops in creative movement for children ages 3-5 at 10am, and contact improvisation for adults at 12pm, the event culminates in a live dance performance from 2-3:30pm. Those who attend the improvisation workshop are invited to perform at 2pm.

Recent Performances

On the Verge

Green Space
37-24 24th Street
Ste. 211
Long Island City, New York 11101

On the Verge is a shared dance performance with work by Quilan Arnold, Emily Berry, Kevin McEwen, and Malcolm Shute. The group brings different movement forms together, including West African, Contemporary, and House. Their dances express diverse perspectives about humanity within dire circumstances. From remembering Haitian revolutionary cries to mourning cries for a lost father, On the Verge uses an array of forms to showcase the colorful ways we cope, we heal, we celebrate, and we overcome. 

Out of the Box/Into the World

Dance Institute of Washington
3400 14th Street, NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20010

“Out of the Box/Into the World” celebrates breaking free from zoom boxes to return to face-to-face interaction. Four DC-area choreographers and their companies rely on each other’s physical presence for support during our stuttering return to community. They premiere contemporary dance crafted during the pandemic.

Out of the Box/Into the World Postcard

Crossing Paths Dance Collective

CHI Movement Arts Center
1316 South 9th Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19147

THE CROSSING PATHS MOVEMENT COLLECTIVE is pleased to present an evening of innovative dance works by four internationally known movement artists and choreographers. Evalina "Wally" Carbonell, Malcolm Shute, Sarah Carlson and Nick M Daniels will bring their works to the stage together as a collective for a Philadelphia premiere, LIVE at CHI Movement Arts Center, home of KYLD, on Saturday March 19th (2pm and 8pm) and Sunday March 20th (4pm).

Katie Sopoci Drake and Malcolm Shute

39th Annual Choreographer's Showcase

Publick Playhouse
5445 Landover Rd
Hyattsville, Maryland 20784

Human Landscape Dance will premiere Personal Space at the 39th Annual Choreographer's Showcase: 8pm Saturday Jan 22, 2022, at the Prince George's Publick Playhouse. Malcolm Shute and Katie Sopoci Drake, are adrift on a tabletop.

Katie Sopoci Drake and Malcolm Shute


Restaged "Great Wave" on Towson University Dance Company.

A Light Mix: Wine, Cheese, Dance Series

Capitol Hill Arts Workshop
545 7th Street SE
Washington, District of Columbia 20003

Performed "Great Wave" at the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, Washington, D.C.

Alexander Short and Mary Szegda in "Great Wave"

Topographies: Dances for Land, Air, and Water

Dance Loft
4618 14th Street NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20011

Human Landscape Dance and Spacetime Dance present Topographies: Dances for Land, Air, and Water on Saturday November 17, 2018, at 8pm and Sunday November 18 at 7pm in the Dance Loft, 4618 14th St NW, Washington DC.

Malcolm Shute and Erica Rebollar in Eurydice. Photo by Ellen Rosenberg.

Exchange Choreography Festival

110 E. 2nd Street
Tulsa, Oklahoma 74103

Performance in Tulsa, OK.

Contact Dance International Film Festival

Premiere of "For John and Merce" and "Hood", contact improvisation class, gala screening of "For John and Merce" dance video, Betty Oliphant Theatre, Revue Cinema, Dovercourt House, Toronto, ON.

American Gods

Dance Place
3225 8th Street, NE
Washington, District of Columbia 20017

On Saturday December 8, 2012 at 8pm and Sunday December 9 at 4pm, Human Landscape Dance of Washington DC and Code f.a.d. of North Carolina presented American Gods, an artistic exploration of contemporary American icons, at Dance Place, 3225 8th St NE, Washington DC.

Read the review of this concert by The Washington Post

The Washington DC/Philadelphia Exchange

Dance Place
3225 8th Street, NE
Washington, District of Columbia 20017

On Saturday July 9, 2011, at 8pm and Sunday July 10 at 7pm, Human Landscape Dance and Anne-Marie Mulgrew and Dancers Co presented The Washington DC/Philadelphia Exchange at Dance Place.

Read Human Landscape Dance artistic director Malcolm Shute's blogpost reflecting on the concert.

The Philadelphia/Washington DC Exchange

Painted Bride Arts Center
230 Vine Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19106

Human Landscape Dance, a contemporary dance company based in Washington DC, and Anne-Marie Mulgrew and Dancers Co, a contemporary dance company based in Philadelphia, presented the Philadelphia/Washington DC Exchange at the Painted Bride Art Center in Philadelphia Memorial Day weekend: Saturday May 29, 2010 at 7:30pm and Sunday May 30, 2010 at 3pm.

Recent Partnerships

Performance in DC.