- The Big Switch
Nov. 9, 2007
Dec. 8, 2007
- Three's Company
March 28, 2008
- Barefoot Brigade
April 4-6, 2008
- Conjuring Light
May 16-17, 2008
at the Modern
July 17-Aug. 2, 2008
"The Big Switch"
Contemporary Dance/Fort Worth with guests Kacico Dance (Kansas City Contemporary
November 9 at 8pm
Saturday November 10 at 2pm and 8pm
General Admission / $8 Students and Seniors
Advance tickets available here on CD/FW's website through PayPal
Hardy and Betty Sanders Theatre at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center
1300 Gendy St. (corner of Lancaster and Montgomery), Fort
Worth, TX 76107
Theatre website: www.fwcac.com. Since
the Sanders Theatre is in the heart of the cultural district, where there
are many events at many facilities, we suggest that you arrive early to
ensure adequate time for parking.
Dance/Fort Worth and Kacico Dance (Kansas City Contemporary Dance)are
joining forces to produce shared concerts in each other's home cities,
including the premiere of a collaborative work featuring both companies. This is
the first time that these companies have worked collaboratively together
In addition to presenting public performances in both cities, they will
also be jointly presenting school shows in educational outreach programs.
"Swap and Shop" is the new collaborative work which the company will premiere together.
"This is a true collaboration from the get go," says CD/FW Artistic
Director Kerry Kreiman. "We came up with some general themes based
on the ideas underlying human activities such as exchange, trade, barter,
and swap. Each company created original movement phrases, we exchanged
videotapes of those phrases, we then created new phrases with themes and
variations of the other company's phrases, and we are working on a chance
structure which will manipulate those phrases based on a variety of factors.
It should be a lot of fun, and will likely be quite humorous in its results."
(More on Swap and Shop,
with photos from Kansas City trip.)
Jo, in "Blessed"
In Kansas City, CD/FW will
perform a new version of "Blessed" along with
the musicians Icicle and the Kid featuring Brian Oblivion (John Siebman
aka Icicle, David Daniels aka the Kid, Van Eric Martin aka Brian Oblivion.)
An earlier version of this collaborative dance incorporating video projection
was featured in CD/FW's "Guns and God" concert last spring.
Choreographed by Kerry Kreiman in collaboration with the CD/FW dancers
and composer/film maker Van Eric Martin, "Blessed" features
live music and video projections to accompany the dancers. A previous
edit of Martin’s "Spirit Matters" video, which was a forerunner
to this work, was featured in the 2004 national conference of the International
Association of Near Death Studies in Chicago. Martin’s video features
excerpts from interviews he conducted with economically disadvantaged
residents of Fort Worth, during which he asked people whether or not they
felt that a higher power had had an influence on their lives.
by Milton Adams
Dance/Fort Worth dancer Sheyna Ferraro performs an excerpt from "Light
in 5 acts" by Amy Jo
CD/FW will also perform an
excerpt from "Light" by Amy Jo, featuring Sheyna
Ferraro in a solo.
When Kacico Dance appears in
Fort Worth, they will be bringing three dances: "Four of
a Kind" an upbeat, fast-moving quartet to jazz music; "Moving
Into Stillness," an airy trio featuring suspensions and
stillnesses; and excerpts from a longer work, "Freedom (of
Speech)." CD/FW will be premiering new group works on this
same concert, in addition to the Fort Worth premiere of "Swap and
Shop" in collaboration with Kacico Dance.
The residencies also include
educational outreach programs at schools in the respective cities: Oak
Grove Middle School in Kansas City and Manuel Jara Elementary School in
Fort Worth (CD/FW's Adopt-A-School Partner since 1994).
|Public performances in
Kansas City are:
October 13, 2007, at 2 pm and 8 pm
Folly Theater, 12 and Central
PO Box 26505
Kansas City MO 64196
Tickets are $20 General / $12 Students and Seniors
Advance sales through Ticketmaster: www.ticketmaster.com
Ticketmaster phone: 816-931-3300
Folly Box Office: 816-474-4444
NOTcracker: A Barefoot Brigade Holiday Dance Festival of Modern Dance,
Contemporary Dance, and Performance Art
8, 2007 at 3 pm
Museum of Art café atrium, 1717 Harwood, Dallas, TX 75201
Just when you thought you couldn't
stomach another Nutcracker, The NOTcracker brings a variety of holiday
treats for visual consumption in a free performance at the Dallas Museum
of Art on Saturday December 8 at 3 pm.
The members of the Barefoot
Brigade coalition, and guests, will present an eclectic show of modern
dance, contemporary dance, and performance art in the Café atrium
of the museum. The performance is family friendly and admission is free.
The NOTcracker's "stocking
stuffer surprise" lineup this year includes:
Reflecting Winter's Beauty: Beckles Dancing Company will perform the trio "Shimmer"
to music by Richard Strauss. Choreographer Loris Anthony Beckles' notes
for the audience: "A reflection / as if in snow at midnight / by
turns peaceful, turbulent, resigned"
Amison of Muscle Memory Dance Theatre performs "Embellish"
by choregrapher Amy L. Sleigh
Photograph: Jeanne Mam
Fun and Games: Armstrong/Bergeron
Dance Company will perform "No Bonz" choreographed
by Artistic Directors, Carisa Armstrong and Christine Bergeron, and
former ABDC dancer, Julie Spector. This piece is set to electronic music
and incorporates funky and fun movements based on the idea of having
Ice Capades: Guest Chiaroscuro
Dance Company will premiere a new solo by artistic director
Kimberly Bland entitled, "To the Sea: Metamorphosis of an Ice Sculpture"
- the fantastical odyssey of an ice sculpture as she melts, evaporates
into the atmosphere, and rains down into the ocean. This solo celebrates
the wonder of movement and the beauty of transitions.
Dance/Fort Worth will premiere "A Swinging Christmas"
- a light-hearted dance to holiday music by Ella Fitzgerald - the choreography
is a collaboration between CD/FW company members and artistic director
Kerry Kreiman, who are all equally guilty of allowing their "inner
Rockette" to be revealed. Kreiman says, "I can't say that
it's necessarily modern dance or contemporary dance or any particular
style, but we're definitely dancing, it's definitely eclectic, and we're
having a good time... It's just a dance... Primarily costumed at Old
Navy and out of people's closets."
Dance Company will present the lyrical solo "Love Me Still."
Extra Decorations and a Little
Decadence: Muscle Memory Dance Theatre will perform
the group dance "Embellish" choreographed by Amy L. Sleigh,
with the dancers costumed in "abstract tutus." "Embellish"
features quick-witted movements, snooty gestures and the marvelous sounds
of Mozart. The choreographer's note: "The world's smallest violin
is playing just for you..."
Taking Stock at the End of
Year: Phase 2 Dance Ensemble will premiere "Unleashed"
to music by Clint Mansell. This dance is a exploration of self and the
art of looking at oneself to find the true self.
Blanton of Armstrong/Bergeron Dance Company in "No Bonz"
Photographer Igor Kraguljac
The producing members of the
Barefoot Brigade coalition are:
Company (Bryan/College Station)
Mary Lynn Babcock (Denton)
Beckles Dancing Company (Dallas)
Contemporary Dance/Fort Worth
Dallas Dance Company
3/A Modern Dance Company (Dallas)
MamLuft&Co. Dance (Ohio)
Muscle Memory Dance Theatre (Dallas/Fort Worth)
Out On A Limb Dance Company (Waco)
Phase 2 Dance Ensemble (Houston/Fort Worth/Dallas/Denton)
Lori Sundeen Soderbergh (Fort Worth)
OTHER UPCOMING EVENTS: The Barefoot
Brigade Dance Festival at the Bath House Cultural Center will take place
on April 4-6, 2008.
The Barefoot Brigade coalition
gratefully acknowledges the Dallas Museum of Art as a sponsor of "The
of Kathy Dunn Hamrick Dance Company in Say WHAT!? Photograph by Brett Buchanan.
Contemporary Dance/Fort Worth
Caroline Calouche & Company (North Carolina)
Kathy Dunn Hamrick Dance Company (Austin)
March 28 at 8pm, Saturday, March 29 at 2pm and 8pm
Hardy & Betty Sanders Theatre, Fort
Worth Community Arts Center, 1300 Gendy St. (Corner of Lancaster &
$15 General / $8 Students & Seniors
tickets available here on CD/FW's website through PayPal.
Three dance companies
join forces to present an eclectic concert: Contemporary Dance / Fort
Worth, Kathy Dunn Hamrick Dance Company,
and Caroline Calouche & Company.
Co. (Austin) will perform "Say WHAT?!" Choreographed
by artistic director Kathy Dunn Hamrick, "Say WHAT?!" is inspired
by the words critics use to describe dance in their reviews. Audiences
can look for selected words and phrases in this choreographic word hunt. Here's a list of the
words and phrases: In tandem; Scampered, preened and tumbled; Multiple
cuppings of dipped heads; Soporific; Hunched shoulders and dangling arms;
Arm sculptures; Bobbles and wobbles; Jarring; Zippity canons; Enigmatic
pantomimes; Slid, tumbled and collided.
"...a splendid piece of modern dance..."
-- Austin American-Statesman
"... ingenious. Hamrick's sense of humor is one of her trademarks
as a dancemaker."
-- Austin Chronicle
Calouche & Co. will perform three dances: An excerpt from
"RiSK" choreographed by Caroline Calouche in collaboration with
the dancers. In the groundbreaking, original dance performance "RISK,"
Caroline Calouche & Co. challenge the audience to remember the euphoria
of accomplishing a goal, amidst the looming effects of making the choice
to follow a dream.
and Natty Mncube
Photo by Michael Church
In addition, Calouche
will premiere the duet "At Odds" -- an exploration of two women
at odds with themselves and society. While in each other's presence, their
internal frustration grows invading each other's space. Once the storm
passes, they wonder, "will it come back?"
dancer Nkosinathi 'Natty' Mncube will also perform "Still feel the
presence" -- Part I of III were created & premiered in South
Africa in 2000. Part I deals with da loss of a loved one dat I accept
and keep da memories. Part II entails da difficulties i encountered. Fear
of trusting, giving in, and accepting love . Part III concludes da journey
accepting dat we live to die, we love to hate and above all we trust but
Dance/Fort Worth will premiere three new dances choreographed
by former CD/FW company member Amy Jo (Austin), CD/FW Artistic Director
Kerry Kreiman), and CD/FW dancer Tina Mullone-Carter (Dallas):
by Amy Jo, is an abstract group work which hints at the politics of "change"
by Kerry Kreiman, is a densely structured "visual snack" set
to musical "11"s
danse fer fud" by Tina Mullone-Carter is a humorous "dance theatre"
piece celebrating some of the more interesting aspects of life as a dancer
KDH DANCE COMPANY www.kdhdance.com
Austin-based KDH Dance Company delights audiences with work described
as "heavenly," "ingenious," "zany," and
"smart." Kathy Dunn Hamrick's collaborations with composers,
visual artists, musicians and filmmakers provide her dances with a colorful
and dynamic richness, while audiences and critics alike applaud the choreography
for its combined athleticism and expression, and, quite often, for its
wit and humor. Over the years, the company has accumulated numerous awards
and recognitions including "Top Ten Dance Events" by the Austin
Chronicle and "Outstanding Dance Concert" by the Austin Critics
Table and invitations to perform at prestigious dance festivals, conferences
and other events. In addition to dancing for Austin audiences, KDH Dance
Company has toured extensively throughout Texas and has performed in several
major North American cities as well, garnering critical acclaim from the
Dallas Morning News, the Toronto Globe and Mail, and the New York Times
CALOUCHE & CO. www.carolinecalouche.org
Founded in 2005, Caroline Calouche & Co. developed from an independent
project called Dimension that produced a great success drawing college
football players to professional artists into the University Theater at
Texas Christian University to see an evening-length dance work in October
2000. Since then Caroline Calouche has continued to produce her choreography
in festivals and for dance companies within North Carolina, Texas, Germany
and Austria. Her unique genuine and physical choreographic voice has been
praised by many throughout her artistic career. Caroline Calouche &
Co. was formed with the mission of creating an arts organization dedicated
to producing and promoting contemporary dance choreography in conjunction
with multi-disciplinary artistic collaborations.
Contemporary Dance/Fort Worth’s mission is to develop the art, artists,
and audience for Modern Dance through performance and education in schools
and the community. Fort Worth’s first professional modern dance
company, CD/FW is led by Kerry Kreiman, one of the company’s co-founders.
The Star-Telegram has recognized Kreiman as "one of the most inspired
artistic leaders in our community." The CD/FW company's repertory
includes works by choreographers recognized on local, regional, and national
levels. In addition to producing the CD/FW Co., the organization also
acts as a presenter, bringing nationally and internationally-recognized
modern dance companies and independent choreographers to Fort Worth audiences.
The CD/FW company has toured throughout the U.S. and in Mexico, and artistic
leaders Kerry Kreiman (Executive/Artistic Director) and Susan Douglas
Roberts (Founding Director and Artistic Advisor) have taught and performed
internationally, representing the company as solo artists throughout the
world (Taiwan, Brasil, Guatemala, Paraguay, Spain, France, Mexico, Hong
Kong). CD/FW’s "Dance Delivered" educational and community
outreach programs bring dance to under-served communities and the general
public to reach audiences and participants of all ages, abilities, ethnicities,
and socio-economic backgrounds through presenting performances, teaching
residencies, workshops and master classes in schools, community centers,
workplaces, shopping centers, museums, parks, festivals, landmarks, and
more. In 1996, CD/FW was awarded the Fort Worth ISD Adopt-A-School Program
Outstanding Small Company/Organization Award for its exemplary partnership
with Manuel Jara Elementary School. CD/FW is honored to be a member of
the artist rosters for the Mid-America Arts Alliance Regional Touring
Program, Imagination Celebration Fort Worth, and the Arts Council of Fort
Worth and Tarrant County's Neighborhood Arts Program in collaboration
with the City of Fort Worth. The company established a school in new studios
at Orchestra Hall in southwest Fort Worth in 2003, and now offers year
round classes for ages 3 and up, at all levels of experience. In the fall
of 2007, CD/FW became a Company In Residence at the Fort Worth Academy
of Fine Arts. 2007-2008 marks the CD/FW company’s 18th performance
Brigade Dance Festival
and members of the Barefoot Brigade Coalition along with adjudicated
April 4-6, 2008 at the Bath
House Cultural Center at White Rock Lake
Program A: Friday at 8 pm, Saturday at 3 pm
Program B: Saturday at 8 pm, Sunday at 3 pm
$15 General / $10 Students, Seniors, and Dance Council members. Tickets
sales are cash at the door, but reservations can be made in advance
by calling 214-886-2321.
Lynn Babcock (Denton)
DBDTII (Dallas Black Dance Theatre II),
Allyne D. Gartrell, Artistic Director
Muscle Memory Dance Theatre (Dallas/Fort
Worth), Amy Sleigh Ross and Lesley Snelson-Figuerroa, Artistic
Lori Sundeen Soderbergh (Fort Worth)
Out on a Limb Dance Company (Waco), L. Brooke Schlecte articistic director and choreographer
Balance (Denton), Michelle Contrino, Artistic Director
Infusion Dance Ensemble (DFW Metroplex),
Marquita DeJesus and Lara Strain, Artistic Directors
Locklear of Dallas Black Dance Theatre II in "No More Dry
Tears". Photograph by Sharen King- Bradford
Barefoot Brigade members:
Dancing Co. (Dallas), Loris Anthony Beckles, Artistic
Contemporary Dance/Fort Worth, Kerry
Kreiman, Executive/Artistic Director
Phase 2 Dance Ensemble (Houston/Fort
3Dance (Dallas), Angie Dutton, Artistic
The Moving Canvas Dance Project (Fort
Worth), Gypsy Crane Ingram, Artistic Director
Program A Dances
Out On A Limb Dance
Company (Waco) will premiere Confusing The Looking Glass -- Artistic director
and choreographer L. Brooke Schlecte created this solo for company
member Sarah Newton, exploring aspects of one's internal self image.
The dancer feels her way through a dreamlike fantasy while contemplating
the physical and emotional paradigms of this world. The juxtaposition
between tiny and large moments expose both familiar and unfamiliar
sensations as it relates to common emotion.
Newton of Out On A Limb Dance Company. Photograph by Rachel
Balance (Denton) premieres Forbearance and Mercy by artistic director and choreographer Michelle Contrino. Forbearance
and Mercy is a new group dance which exposes the human soul in
a state of weakness, yet shows the power of faith in people and a
Infusion Dance Ensemble makes its Barefoot Brigade
premiere with Spring Haze choreographed by Marquita DeJesus.
This quartet focuses on the mental, physical, and spiritual struggle
Muscle Memory Dance Theatre presents Qubix -- This unique duet by choreographer Elisa De La Rosa takes place
within a box-shaped world where the performers discover a fusion of
risk and stability. Two cubes are used throughout the dance to represent
their individual dynamics while they are assisting each other with
guidance and support. The relationship between the dancers builds
as they understand the purpose of the six-faced figures.
Fort Worth's Lori Sundeen Soderbergh premieres Footprints,
a collaboration with Tammy Gomez (Fort Worth) and Chris Curiel (Dallas).
Inspired by the "carbon footprint" movement, choreographer
Lori Sundeen Soderbergh joins forces with performance artist Tammy
Gomez and musician Chris Curiel in an artistic exploration of the
destruction of the environment. This fusion of dance, poetry and sound
ranges in tone from the tragic to the comic.
Mary Lynn Babcock (Denton) presents the duet Where
Rivers Meet. Like rivers that merge and part, sometimes softly,
sometimes crashing, the dancers in this duet inscribe vivid spatial
patterns, and weave imaginative interactions which unfold confrontations,
negotiations, and overthrowing; all of which crescendo into newer
terrain... like the waters ripple, there is a time for healing, when
the flows of difference run together. Babcock collaborates with Denton
composer Robert W. Brown. His musical score contains a driving energy
with a haunting dissonant pull and unexpected syncopations pushing
and pulling the dancers into crossing paths.
DBDTII contributes two works to this year's festival: artistic director
Allyne D. Gartrell will perform his own choreography in the solo Reflections and eight of the company members will perform No More Dry Tears, choreographed by Edmond Giles to music
by Sweet Honey in the Rock.
As It Once Was Told is a duet that examines the complexities of relationships. Created
by Denton choreographer Nicole Touzien, the dance
explores themes such as the
Lim, Bethany Therese Nelson in Nicole Touzien's "As It
Once Was Told". Photographer: Emily Lockard
struggle for power and
dominance, the need for love and affection, and the value of support
and equality. The dance rejects the fairy tale ideal of romance
and illustrates the sometimes unsuccessful quest for happiness in
Company will perform two contrasting works choreographed
by artistic director Loris Anthony Beckles: Charlie is
a playful, flirtatious, and rhythmic celebration ; Dream Flow
Forty is a meditation on a journey, a painting in four panels.
The Moving Canvas
Dance Project presents In The Name Of... -- a
duet by choreographer Gypsy Crane Ingram exploring the subtle negotiation
of power that emerges when individuals lose themselves in the passion
of competition and the fervor of rivalries.
Dance/Fort Worth will perform the group dance will
danse fer fud by CD/FW dancer and choreographer Tina Mullone-Carter
-- a humorous "dance theatre" piece celebrating some of
the more interesting aspects of life as a dancer.
3Dance's Angie Dutton presents a new videodance version of I Am A Woman
Phase 2 Dance
Ensemble brings more humor to the table with choreographer
Lacreacia Sanders' new Trippin' Out -- a group dance which
takes an over-exaggerated and not so serious look at conflicts that
arise when we take differences between people too seriously. In
addition, they will perform Cristy Jefferson's trio Unattained.
|How to get
to the Bath House Cultural Center
Bath House Cultural Center is located at 521 East Lawther (at
Northcliff) in Dallas. From Buckner Boulevard, turn west on
Northcliff. Northcliff dead-ends into the Bath House Cultural
Center, on the eastern shore of White Rock Lake. Yes, the address
is 521 East Lawther Drive, and no, it cannot be reached using
Lawther Drive. The BHCC phone number is 214-670-8749.
the Barefoot Brigade
Barefoot Brigade is a coalition of area modern dance and performance
art professionals and enthusiasts working to improve exposure,
accessibility, and economics for artists creating new works.
The Barefoot Brigade encourages collaborations between area
artists and companies to support each other’s growth
and impact on the local community.
long-term mission is to develop a vibrant artistic community
for modern dance choreographers and performers, and performance
artists who emphasize movement in their work. The Barefoot
Brigade seeks to work alongside the larger community to develop
the audiences, venues, and financial resources necessary to
make North Texas a nationally-recognized community for the
creation and presentation of innovative dance works.
Barefoot Brigade's 2007-2008 season is sponsored in part by
the Bath House Cultural Center, the Dallas Office of Cultural
Affairs, and the Dallas Museum of Art. The Barefoot Brigade
and their members also acknowledge the support of many other
institutions as they conduct their collective and individual
seasons, including the Texas Commission on the Arts with the
National Endowment for the Arts, the Mid-America Arts Alliance,
the Arts Council of Fort Worth and Tarrant County and their
Neighborhood Arts Program in collaboration with the City of
Fort Worth, the South Dallas Cultural Center, the Fort Worth
Academy of Fine Arts, and more.
NOTE: Contemporary Dance/Fort Worth is a founding member of
the Barefoot Brigade coalition, and frequently acts as a representative
on behalf of the Barefoot Brigade coalition, but is not the
sole "presenter" of any Barefoot Brigade event
Producing Members of the Barefoot Brigade
Dance Company (Bryan/College Station), Carisa Armstrong
and Christine Bergeron, Artistic Directors Mary Lynn Babcock
Dancing Co. (Dallas), Loris Anthony Beckles, Artistic
Dance/Fort Worth, Kerry Kreiman, Executive/Artistic
(Dallas Black Dance Theatre II), Allyne D. Gartrell,
Memory Dance Theatre (Dallas/Fort Worth), Amy Sleigh
Ross and Lesley Snelson-Figuerroa, Artistic Directors
On A Limb Dance Company (Waco), L. Brooke Schlecte,
Sundeen Soderbergh (Fort Worth)
2 Dance Ensemble (Houston/Fort Worth/Dallas/Denton)
3Dance (Dallas), Angie Dutton, Artistic Director
Light Quilting Life
Stage West and
Contemporary Dance/Fort Worth premiere a unique dance/theatre collaboration
for the “More Life: The Art & Science of AIDS” festival.
May 16-17, and 23-24, Friday at 8pm and Saturday at 3pm and 8pm
Sanders Theatre at the Fort Worth Community
General admission. Stage West Season Subscribers: $15. Students & Seniors:
$12 matinee / $15 evening. 20%
of ticket price goes to AIDS service organizations.
For more information, and for reservations, call the Stage West box office
Between May 10 and
June 8, 2008, Fort Worth’s three AIDS Service Organizations, along
with the Fort Worth Opera, are taking a unique, groundbreaking approach
to AIDS education and awareness in our community, as they open the first More Life Festival: An Arts Intervention. More
Life leverages the excitement surrounding the Fort Worth Opera’s
2008 Festival, which includes Angels in America, and brings together
more than 45 arts, science and educational organizations, who will focus
their energies and talents on programs to increase the awareness and knowledge
of AIDS in our community.
Justin Flowers, Contemporary Dance/Fort Worth's Breanna Kimbley and
guest choreographer Loris Anthony Beckles prepare for the premiere
of Conjuring Light Quilting Life.
Photo by Milton Adams.
Stage West and Contemporary Dance/Fort Worth have joined forces
for the Festival to present Conjuring Light Quilting Life,
a collaboration which fuses music, dance, and theatre in a celebration
of life and love as they intermingle with sorrow and loss. In this unique
piece, opening Friday, May 16 at the Sanders Theatre at the Community
Arts Center, actors and dancers merge together on stage to create a dream-like
tapestry of memories. Guest choreographer Loris Anthony Beckles (Dallas) and members of the CD/FW company have created a choreographic
collage to interweave with actors and text. Electronic music by composers William Meadows (Austin) and Timothy Wilkendorf (Minnesota) amplifies a dream world of childhood patty-cake and guardian
angels, interwoven with the more adult musings and realities of life and
death. Rather than focusing on AIDS specifically, this collage of human
experience celebrates the beauty that is life, even in the face of illness
event is a must-see for local arts audiences and is limited to six performances.
More importantly, your attendance will also benefit local AIDS service
organizations. Twenty percent of all ticket sales will be donated
to AIDS Outreach Center, Samaritan House, and Tarrant County AIDS Interfaith
Network. Learn more at www.morelifetexas.com.
ABOUT THE GUEST ARTISTS
GUEST CHOREOGRAPHER LORIS ANTHONY BECKLES
Loris Anthony Beckles (Guyana, South America) has studied ballet, modern
dance, jazz and a taste of African dance. He has performed with companies
including the Eleo Pomare Dance Company and the Alvin Ailey Repertory
Ensemble. He has taught in the U.S., the Caribbean and in Europe; and
choreographed just about wherever he stayed long enough. His company,
Beckles Dancing Company, gives regular performances in Dallas and other
GUEST COMPOSER WILLIAM MEADOWS
William Meadows (Austin) has worked as a composer, performer, and sound
designer for over twenty years. His compositions have been performed at
the Austrian Society for Electro-Acoustic Music, the Los Angeles New Music
Festival, SEAMUS National Conferences, and new music concerts across the
country. Meadows has created and performed in multimedia works at the
International Symposium of Electronic Arts in Montreal, the Caravan of
Dreams Theater (Fort Worth), the Dallas Museum of Art, and Richland College
Planetarium. He has performed with Tina Marsh and in concerts presented
by the Austin New Music Co-op. Meadows has worked as a sound designer
and composer for many choreographers and dance companies including Contemporary
Dance/Fort Worth, Deborah Hay, Tré Arenz, Johnson/Long Dance Company,
Sharir/Bustamente Danceworks, Heloise Gold, and Stephen Brown. For eleven
years he has been composer in residence with Austin-based Sally Jacques’
Blue Lapis Light productions.
GUEST COMPOSER TIM WILKENDORF
Tim Wilkendorf, a native Texan now living in Minnesota, has performed
mainly as a laborer and tile setter throughout Texas for the last twenty
years. Though he has played several musical instruments throughout his
life, he is mostly self-taught on the piano and began composing on the
keyboard a few years ago. He has written and performed recorded voice-overs
for the production of WHIRLYGIG by the Minneapolis based theater company,
Burning House Group.
Annual Modern Dance Festival at The Modern
July 11-26, 2008
|Named one of
the Top 10 Dance Events of 2005 by The Dallas Morning News."Vast
space and rippling water gardens at the Modern proved an ideal setting."
event: CD/FW Dance Exchange: A Choreographers Showcase
11-12, 2008, 8pm in the Grand Lobby
Worth kicks off its 5th Annual Modern Dance Festival at The Modern with
the 18th edition of the CD/FW Dance Exchange: A Choreographers Showcase.
Renowned for her
lengthy career as a principal dancer with the Paul Taylor Dance Company,
Dallas native Mary Cochran returns from New York to premiere Beau Geste, a solo dance choreographed with
her longtime artistic associate Sara Hook.
In this satire of confessional modern dance, Cochran's driven character
is adrift in a landscape of modern dance clichés, pursuing her
appetite for fame and perfection with a frank, determined optimism that
will make you cringe. This is Cochran's third appearance at the Modern.
Back by popular demand,
Seattle’s Deborah Birrane will perform two solos
by prominent Seattle-based choreographers. The Raven,
by Eva Stone, is set to Richard "Lord" Buckley's
semantically hip version of the Edgar Allen Poe poem. Shirley
Jenkins’ In a Sacred Manner We Dance is a solo inspired by a Native American poem:"Praising the sky, earth,
wind and life...the dancer's love is great."
A past guest of the
dance exchange, Mary Williford-Shade (Denton) makes her
first appearance at The Modern with the premiere of Out of
the Woods, a solo created by John Giffin (Ohio), a former member of Pina Bausch’s Wuppertal Dance Theatre.
& Dancers are traveling from South Florida to preview Beneath
Percussion, a trio work-in-progress exploring the textures
and rhythms of a percussive score. This is their first appearance in Fort
Dance Theatre (Dallas/Fort Worth) will premiere La Serenissima, part one of a three-section
dance by Amy L. Ross. Three female dancers portray strong
Celtic women with vertical carriage and stern chins, while softened eyes
and hands unravel the romantic mysticism of travels to Venice.
Contemporary Dance/Fort Worth will perform two group
dances which premiered in March. Elevenses by
artistic director Kerry Kreiman, and almost? by former company member Amy Jo, who currently resides in Austin.
who arrive a little early to claim their seats will get a sneak preview
of some of the movement phrases from Twyla Tharp's "The One Hundreds"
which will be performed in a culminating event on Saturday July 26 (see
|A new version
of Lori Sundeen Soderbergh's "Peace Chain" will be presented
in the Grand Lobby. Photographer: Milton Adams.
Events During the Festival
Saturday and Sunday
July 19-20, 1pm in the Grand Lobby
Fort Worth choreographer
Lori Sundeen Soderbergh in collaboration with composer/musician Eddie
Dunlap, directs a performance event featuring music, dance, and poetry,
and culminating in a dance in which the audience may participate. Join
us for a performance inspired by a desire for world peace.
Dance 101, Lecture-performance
Saturday July 19, 2pm
in the Museum Auditorium
Members of the Contemporary Dance/Fort Worth company provide
an introduction to the basic philosophies and styles of modern dance.
still from Scrap Life
On Camera: Dance shorts film
Saturday July 19, 3 pm in the
See some of the most popular short films from the Dance
On Camera Festival 2008. Five films will be featured this year:
|still from La Vie Est Belle
Inearthia (Simon Halbedo, Nazario Brana, Maren Sandmann, Switzerland, 2006; 2:15m)
-- This short film from Switzerland reveals a creative way to spin the
Life (Su-En, Sweden, 2006; 8:30m) -- The SU-EN Butoh Company
of Sweden presents an homage to the art of recycling on site at a scrap
yard. The moving, breathing organic bodies of the dancers highlighted
against seemingly endless piles of metal is a vibrant and thoughtful
study in contrasts, with humor interlayered throughout.
Vie Est Belle (Tristan Duhamel, France, 2004; 3:13m) -- A character
of street-art painted by JJr^me Mesnager is dancing and running on the
walls of Paris, animated by Tristan Duhamel.
D'un Jour (Pascal Magnin, Switzerland, 1996; 28m) -- Six tumbling
bodies on mountain slopes of the Alps, caught between Heaven and Earth,
among the cows and the villagers. This strikingly visual and sensual
film triggered a wave of understanding
among dancers when it was first shown in Dance On Camera Festival 1997.
Marie-Louise Nespolo, Christine Kung choreographed the work and performed
with Veronique Ferrero, Roberto Molo, Mikel Aristegui, and Antonio Bull.
A unique blend of storytelling and abstract movement,
the scenes reveal profound facets of the human condition with its interrelationships
of body, mind, and spirit.
still from Reines D'un Jour
Flower Shop (Pawel Partyka, Denmark/Poland, 2001; 15m) -- Inspired
by the story, puppets, and design of Frances Osterflet, with animation
by Krzysztof Brzozowski and Adam Wyrwas, this award-winning short should
inspire fashion designers as well as storytellers. Set in a flower shop
at closing time, wires spin out from their spools to become small characters
who pluck petals to adorn themselves and dance the night
|still from Fantastic Flower Shop
CD/FW is a Domestic
Touring Partner with the Dance Films Association of New York City. The
Dance on Camera films are presented as part of the touring program for
the Dance On Camera Festival co-produced by the Dance Films Association
and the Film Society of Lincoln Center with support of the National Endowment
for the Arts.
To Twyla, Saturday July 26 (two events)
innovator and visionary for modern and post-modern dance, Twyla
Tharp has truly changed the shape of American modern dance and ballet
for generations to come. Her early choreography explored many of
the same issues as the Judson Church choreographers of the 1960's.
Over time, her vision expanded to include "big ballet"
and Broadway. Her musical "Movin
by Gregg Gorman
music by Billy Joel is still touring the U.S. to popular acclaim.
The Contemporary Dance/Fort Worth company is inviting area dancers
to celebrate her work with them, as they perform her 1970 work "The
One Hundreds" in a special staging incorporating the museum
grounds and building with 100 dancers scattered throughout. Tharp
is renowned for creating works for alternative spaces -- gymnasiums,
streets, parks, libraries, and museums. This unique presentation
of her seminal work "The One Hundreds" at The Modern is
presented with her blessings and great enthusiasm.
devoted to the possibilities and properties of physical movement.
Simultaneously, she is less and less interested in the formal separation
of audience and performer and has begun to create her works more
and more in such a manner that an audience, which may not see all
of a work, will pay more attention to what it can see. — Don McDonagh, The Rise and Fall and Rise of Modern Dance, 1970.
Dancers Perform "The One Hundreds"
noon, 2pm, 4pm,
various locations around museum
unique special edition of Twyla Tharp's "The One Hundreds"
featuring 100 dancers scattered throughout the museum and grounds.
When Tharp originally developed this dance in 1970, she wanted to
address three questions she faced as a performing dancer: 1) how accurate
is my memory? 2) how good is my coordination? 3) how strong is my
sense of beginnings, middles and endings? Tharp created 100 eleven-second
phrases in answer to these questions.
On Twyla (film)
3pm in the Museum Auditorium
look at Twyla's career and philosophies gives a wonderful overview
of her contributions to American dance.
100 Bottles of Beer On The Wall Party and Fund Raiser Campaign
Don't miss the "after party" at Rahr & Sons Brewing Company after the performances on July 26. This party supports CD/FW's programming, including a special project to bring The One Hundreds to North Texas students during the 2008-2009 school year.
You can make a donation and read more about the party by clicking here.
Photos from last year's Modern Dance Festival at The Modern