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Day In
the District
Sept. 26, 2009  
 
Paper Bags
and
Bare Feet
Oct. 3 &
Nov. 3, 2009
Fall Concert:
Barn Dance
Boogie
Nov. 13-14, 2009  
 
 
NOTcracker
Dec. 12, 2009  
 
 
 
A Jazzy
Christmas
Dec. 13, 2009  
 
The
Butterfly
Effect
Jan. 15, 2010  
 
A Muse
Was Here
Oct. 3-4
Nov. 20, 2009
Jan. 23-24, 2010
 
Spring
Formal
Feb. 26-27, 2010  
 
 
Dance for
the Planet
April 17-18, 2010  
 
 
City Arts
Festival
May 8-9, 2010  
 
 
Barefoot Brigade
Dance Festival
June 26-27, 2010  
 
 
Modern Dance
at the Modern
July 10-25, 2010  
 
Day In the District Photo
Photo by Milton Adams taken during a past "Random Acts of Dance" at The Modern.

Day In the District
Saturday September 26, 2009 at 2 pm
at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth in the Grand Lobby
ADMISSION FREE

Contemporary Dance/Fort Worth company members will perform "Random Acts of Dance" -- a series of structured improvisations designed to illustrate how modern dancers use improvisation to develop their performing skills and discover new movement vocabulary. See how dancers play movement games as part of their working process.

Day in the District is an open house in the cultural district from 10 am to 5 pm, with free admission to a variety of museums and cultural institutions, and free performances at the same locations.

For a full performance schedule go to www.artsfortworth.org

Paper Bags and Bare Feet: art is play when the ordinary meets the imaginary
Saturday October 3 at 12:30pm and Tuesday November 3 at 1:30pm
At the Dallas Museum of Art Center for Creative Connections
Admission: FREE for "First Tuesday" of the month

Join Contemporary Dance/Fort Worth dancers as they use their imaginations to link the physical worlds of dance and visual art. Even a simple paper bag is a world of infinite possibilities lurking in your kitchen cupboard when combined with a sense of play and discovery. Designed for children ages 5 and under and their families, aspiring young artists will have an opportunity to build their own costumes and props with paper bags during artmaking activities (available from 11 am to 2 pm) and will be invited to use these creations during the CD/FW event.

Dancers with Paper Bags

Barn Dance Boogie: Do The Funky Chicken and 300 Feet of Modern Dance at the Poultry Barn
Friday & Saturday November 13-14, 2009 at 8pm
Small Exhibits Building (aka Poultry Barn) at Will Rogers Memorial Center 3401 W. Lancaster, Fort Worth, TX 76107. (Barns are in section J on this map; close up with barn on this map.)
TICKETS: $15 General/$8 Students & Seniors Cash at the door, or advance sales on our tickets page.


INTERMISSION BONUS: Audience members are welcome to shake their tail feathers with the CD/FW dancers in a freestyle round of The Funky Chicken.
AMAZING FINALE: Drum Circle and Dance Jam for all

CDFW Dancers with Sloan Automatic
CD/FW dancers Courtney Mulcahy and Claudia Orcasitas (L to R) with Sloan Automatic musicians Cody Yates (guitar), Rob DeStefano (drums), Sloan Clark (bass/vox), and Steve Peglar (keyboards)
Photo by Milton Adams

Contemporary Dance/Fort Worth's 20th season takes flight at The Poultry Barn in Fort Worth when the company's fall concert returns to this striking community venue with an evening of three premieres and opportunities for audience participation.

The site-specific work "Shadow Dancing" will open the program, with dancers traversing over 300 feet across the Poultry Barn, casting shadows of all sizes throughout the barn. Imagery ranging from shadow puppets to film noir will appear, set to original music by Dallas composer Justin Eves. Lighting designer Nikki DeShea Smith will work with CD/FW artistic director Kerry Kreiman and the dancers to create a shadowy landscape of the imagination.

Guest choreographer/performer and former CD/FW company member Amy Jo (Austin) will premiere "Caution: children at play" -- a playful exploration into sibling rivalries and affections, performed with Bill Arnold.

The dancing will abound at intermission when audience members are invited to achieve economic stress relief through bipartisan group exercise, shaking their tail feathers alongside CD/FW company members in The Funky Chicken. One outstanding chicken dancer will be selected each night for a free chicken dinner from Babe's.

"Shut Up and Dance!" -- performed alongside the local experimental pop band Sloan Automatic -- A suite of lighthearted songs and dances will conclude with the song "Uncomfortable" and culminating in a giant community drum circle and dance jam. Souvenir percussion instruments will be distributed to audience members as everyone moves out into the giant dancing space to jam together. Audience members are welcome to BYODrum or percussion instrument to add into the mix. This is an opportunity for everyone's 'inner dancer' and 'inner musician' to fully participate, and we plan to have a great time together. Be sure to wear your dancing shoes.

NOTCrackerThe NOTcracker: A Barefoot Brigade Dance Festival of Modern Dance, Contemporary Dance, and Performance Art
Saturday December 12, 2009 2pm
Cafe atrium at the Dallas Museum of Art
ADMISSION FREE


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 12 at 2 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. This popular festival returns after a one-year hiatus, bringing seasonal relief to North Texas dance audiences.

Dances:

The Ghost of Music Past? Some songs never grow old...
    Fort Worth choreographer Lori Sundeen Soderbergh’s Dancing Outside The Box will premiere her group work "Questions" set to "Blowin’ in the Wind" by Bob Dylan, and performed live by musician David Tipps with Peter Lufkin and Harry Hoggard. Celebrating the 40th anniversary of Woodstock with a song made famous by the sweet voice of Mary Travers (Peter, Paul and Mary), the dance is dedicated to her memory and spirit, and to all the free thinkers of every generation.

Is that Rudolph’s nose blinking up there? No, it’s more astronomical than that...
    Satellite Dance Collective (Denton) presents "The Eclipse Project part 1," created by SDC artistic director Mary Lynn Babcock. An excerpt from a longer work, this trio unfolds the delicate existence between two spatial realms: real time human life space moved in real time live movement, and other-more seemingly far away celestial space as contextualized through virtual space. A metaphoric dance unveiling the live body sliding from the real into the virtual, one covers the other like the perceived traveling path of an eclipse – slow, steady, and gradual – yet inevitable. Visual images for the dance were created by Denton scenic designer Kenneth John Verdugo.

Ready to hibernate? Get out the blankets, because winter always does a number on you...
    3Dance(Dallas) premieres Angie Dutton’s solo inspired by the winter season... in weather, and in life.

Looking for a date for yet another holiday party?
    Contemporary Dance/Fort Worth will perform "Stand Next To You" – one section of the larger work "Shut Up and Dance!" choreographed by CD/FW artistic director Kerry Kreiman to music by Fort Worth’s experimental pop band "Sloan Automatic." CD/FW company member Sarah Newton is highlighted in this humorous but desperate attempt for attention and affection.

Celebrating Life, Past and Present....Why not?
    Beckles Dancing Company (Dallas) will perform "Celebration for Kwanzaa" – a trio choreographed by Loris Anthony Beckles in tribute to the annual week-long Kwanzaa holiday celebration which honors African heritage and culture.

Lisbon Elementary
The Lisbon Elementary School "Character Counts" Dance Company previewed "Message From Isaiah" for their school during a lecture-performance with Contemporary Dance/Fort Worth in May 2009.
photo by Milton Adams
Ready for a New Year? Maybe, maybe not... Because change is never comfortable....     Armstrong/Bergeron Dance Company (Bryan/College Station) offers up "Reluctance" – a solo created by Andrea Sheridan during a time of transition in her life when she feels like she is finally moving forward in her journey as a person and performer. Exploring the contrast between bound and free flowing movement, this piece represents both her hesitancy and exhilarated determination to step into this new, unknown place.

All that holiday food giving you weird dreams at night? And what about those Nutcrackers on every street corner?
    Guest company DeKaDance (Dallas) premieres "Behind the Curtain: the Real Nuts" choreographed by artistic director Kate Walker. In the true spirit of "The NOTcracker," DekaDance has re-visited and re-envisioned a smattering of the character dances from the original "Nutcracker." The company's quirky sense of humor brings a new flavor to all the indulgent holiday favorites, "Chocolate," "Tea" and even the Sugar Plum Fairy, herself! This is DeKaDance’s second guest appearance with the Barefoot Brigade.

A reason for the season...
    Lisbon Elementary School’s "Character Counts" Dance Company will perform "Message From Isaiah" by choreographer Christina Streward. Directed by Lisbon Elementary PE teacher Solomon Espie, this notable company of young dancers from the Dallas ISD has performed extensively throughout the metroplex, and last year was honored to be featured at the TAHPERD (Texas Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance) convention in Corpus Christi. This is Lisbon Elementary’s first appearance with the Barefoot Brigade.

The holidays bring out the best in everyone...
    Muscle Memory Dance Theatre’s Sunghun Lim will perform her solo "Close To The Bone."

Holiday madness? It isn’t just the shopping which makes you crazy...
    Phase 2 Dance Ensemble (Dallas, Fort Worth, Denton, Houston) group work "Mperfection" – choreographed by Marita Gardner and Alisha Armstrong – takes a comedic look at how peoples’ personal "issues" come to the forefront over the holidays.

A Jazzy Christmas with Adonis Rose and the Fort Worth Jazz Orchestra
Sunday December 13, 2009 7:00pm
University Christian Church, 2720 S. University Dr., Fort Worth, TX 76109
ADMISSION FREE


       Contemporary Dance/Fort Worth joins forces with Adonis Rose and the Fort Worth Jazz Orchestra to present a free, family friendly holiday event at University Christian Church on December 13 at 7:00 pm. "A Jazzy Christmas with Adonis Rose and the Fort Worth Jazz Orchestra" will feature members of the Contemporary Dance/Fort Worth company and school performing dances throughout the church. The program will close with Duke Ellington's playful "Nutcracker Suite."
TAFB Logo        This is not your ordinary Nutcracker. With just nine songs, there won't be any long party scenes. It will be whimsical and playful, like the music. Long-time CD/FW company member Tina Mullone will be the Sugar Rum Cherry. Look for small mice to come scampering down the aisles.
        Audience members will have an opportunity to make a "love offering" to benefit the Tarrant Area Food Bank. Tarrant Area Food Bank (TAFB) works to eliminate hunger in Fort Worth and 13 surrounding counties by providing food, education and other resources to 300 partner charities and their communities. Now in its 27th year, TAFB distributed more than 1,200,000 pounds of groceries per month to agencies serving children, abuse victims, the elderly, the chronically ill, the unemployed, the working poor, disaster victims, and other Texans in need. Admission is free.

The Butterfly Effect and Other Beautiful Catastrophes
January 15, 2010 at 7:30pm and 9pm
Dallas Museum of Art Center for Creative Connections (part of "Late Night" celebration)


Butterly Effect Rehearsal Photo - 1
...a fascinating kaleidoscope of sound and movement... It was a strange and wonderful scene.
-Fort Worth Star-Telegram
CD/FW will re-create a new version of The Butterfly Effect and Other Beautiful Catastrophes with Austin composer William H. Meadows for the Friday January 15, 2010 "Late Night" at the Dallas Museum of Art.

A collaboration between Austin composer William H. Meadows and choreographer Kerry Kreiman with members of the CD/FW company, this work uses interactive technology to transform dancers' movements and gestures into sound using Nintendo WiiMotes. Meadows will use a variety of programs he has constructed using Kyma DSP software to exploit the buttons and accelerometers on the WiiMotes, which have been configured for real time control of LIVE software. The blending of technology with the raw physicality of dance will highlight the unusual interplay of the physical and virtual worlds within daily life in our current culture. Utilizing ideas from chaos and catastrophe theory as part of a chance structure, each performance is a unique event.
Butterfly Effect Photo - 2  
   



A Muse Was Here: musing on artistic inspiration in the MUSEum
Saturday & Sunday October 3-4, 2009: 2pm each day
Friday November 20, 2009: 7pm and 9pm
Saturday & Sunday January 23-24, 2010: 2 pm each day

This is a commissioned work in conjunction with the Dallas Museum of Art's "All The World's A Stage" exhibition. Performances are free with admission to the exhibition.

Contemporary Dance/Fort Worth is creating a special dance event for the exhibition "All The World's A Stage" in celebration of the opening of the new Dallas Center for the Performing Arts.
Wide Shot at Pool
Ann-Marie Heilman and Claudia Orcasitas at the Fort Worth Water Gardens
Photo illustration by Milton Adams

BassAngels
Claudia Orcasitas and Ann-Marie Heilman
Photo illustration by Milton Adams

CD/FW created a special dance event for the exhibition "All The World's A Stage" in celebration of the opening of the new Dallas Center for the Performing Arts which premiered on October 3rd and 4th. Performed in "The Stage" performance gallery within the exhibition itself, A MUSE WAS HERE: musing on artistic inspiration in the MUSEum is an original work designed to bring the exhibition to life while reflecting on the sisterly relationship of all of the arts.

The important role of inspiration and creativity in human experience is clear throughout history, and yet we have little knowledge as to how or why we are inspired to create art or participate in the arts, whether as a creator or audience member. Artists frequently do not know where their best inspirations come from... the ideas simply come to them. In Greek mythology, the muses were believed to be the true source of inspiration, creativity, and learning. The muses might speak through us as vessels for the expression of the divine. They were also frequently associated with water, springs, and fountains, and were sometimes referred to as water nymphs.

The history of the "museum" itself is based in muse mythology. The word "muse-um" is derived from museion or mousaion -- a place where the muses were worshipped. The words "amuse" "musing" and "music" also derive from theses goddesses of ancient stories. The muses were friends with Pegasus. Where Pegasus’ hooves would touch the earth, springs of water would appear, and the muses would appear at those springs. Since Pegasus is a symbol for Dallas and the Dallas skyline, the muses are a very fitting tribute for the new performing arts center. Jung believed that Pegasus was an important bridging symbol for our time, signaling the unification or synthesis of polarities and oppositions. As we move fully into the 21st century, with rapidly changing technology and the greater integration of societies and cultures, we can look to the arts as an avenue for shared life experiences.

Utilizing the imagery of muses integrated with ideas from the art featured in the exhibition, choreographer Kerry Kreiman and members of the Contemporary Dance/Fort Worth company designed this dance to highlight the universal nature of creative inspiration across cultures and across art forms. Through simple props and a variety of costumes by costume designer Crickett Pettigrew, the idea of "transformation" in performance and ritual is visually reinforced -- a theme which is highlighted within the exhibition.

The company worked closely with local photographer Milton Adams to create a series of photos and photo illustrations which are projected during the dance, representing the expression of the arts and the presence of "the muses" throughout our local community. Many of the photos feature the dancers near water/fountains and at sites and activities representing artistic inspiration and a variety of themes from the exhibition. These diverse photos include working artists, actors and musicians -- Ron Boyer, Jo Dufo, Stephanie Dunnam, Ann Ekstrom, Blaine Gray, Susan Harrington, and DeAnna Wendolyn -- and highlight artistic sites from Dallas and Fort Worth, including:
"All The World's A Stage" exhibition and sculpture garden at the Dallas Museum of Art
Fort Worth Water Gardens
Nasher Sculpture Center
8.0 restaurant murals
St. Patrick Cathedral
DECA Deep Ellum mural project
Sri Sri Radha Kalachandji's Hare Krishna Temple
Trammell Crow Center
Bass Hall
Fountain Place
Billy Bob's Texas
Stage West
Avenue of Light
NorthPark Center
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
"Ocean Life" Whaling Wall mural in downtown Dallas
Flying Red Horse Pegasus sign in the Dallas night skyline

A Muse Was Here is performed to music by Layne Redmond, from her CD "Invoking the Muse," including "Hymn to the Muse" based on an ancient Greek hymn to the Muse Kalliopeia "She of the Beautiful Voice," written by Mesomedes of Crete (c. 117-138 C.E.) In 1997, while researching the ancient music of Greece, Layne discovered the searingly beautiful "Hymn to the Muse," composed by Mesomedes of Crete in the second century. Profoundly moved by this hymn, she was inspired to create a collection of hymns to all nine Muses with her musical partner, Tommy Brunjes. The emotional and tonal center for each hymn arises from the rhythms of the frame drum, the world's oldest known drum, used for thousands of years as the core instrument for sacred liturgy in ancient Sumer, Mesopotamia, Egypt, Israel, Greece and Rome. In ancient Greece, the Muse is often represented playing the frame drum.

Layne Redmond is a percussionist, composer, and the premier historian of the frame drum. In 2000, when Drum! Magazine listed the 53 Heavyweight Drummers Who Made a Difference in the 90's, she was the only woman on the list, and in 2002 the same publication named her percussionist of the year. CD/FW would like to gratefully acknowledge Layne Redmond for the use of her music for this special project.

Spring Formal: Dancing in a Theatre for Theatrical Effect
Friday February 26, 2010 at 8pm
Saturday February 27, 2010 at 2pm and 8pm
Hardy and Betty Sanders Theatre at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center
1300 Gendy St., Fort Worth, TX 76107 (corner of Lancaster & Montgomery, across from the Amon G. Carter Museum)
ADMISSION: $15 General / $8 Students & Seniors. Cash at the door, or advance sales via PayPal


BassAngels
Parking Garage
Shiva
Serra
Serra
Photo illustrations by Milton Adams
Contemporary Dance/Fort Worth's "Spring Formal" concert will feature short works by Elizabeth Gillaspy, Kerry Kreiman, Tina Mullone, and Claudia Orcasitas, and a special version of A Muse Was Here commissioned by the Dallas Museum of Art for their "All The World's A Stage" exhibition in celebration of the opening of the Dallas Center for the Performing Arts. The museum has given special permission for this work to be performed in Fort Worth on the last weekend of the exhibition in Dallas.

The first half of the program includes four short dances:
  • Terminus -- a quartet by CD/FW artistic director Kerry Kreiman which originally premiered in 1995, set to music by William Meadows (Austin) -- beautifully eerie, the dancers push and pull their way through time and space over a musical score which features the sounds of trains at a trainyard.
  • New Best Friend -- an excerpt from Elizabeth Gillaspy's Three Photographs which the CD/FW company premiered in 2003, this humorous dance portrays two young girls playing together.
  • Chao -- choreographed by CD/FW company member Claudia Orcasitas (performed in her native Peru) and restaged for company member Jessica Thomas, this solo features a little girl and her balloon.
  • lapriyè reyinyon (prayer meeting) -- A premiere solo work by CD/FW associate artist and company member Tina Mullone, created in honor of the people of Haiti.

The development of A Muse Was Here started at the invitation of the museum, with the idea of creating a work in celebration of the exhibition, the opening of the new performing arts center, and the interrelationship of the visual arts and the performing arts. The important role of inspiration and creativity in human experience is clear throughout history, and yet we have little knowledge as to how or why we are inspired to create art or participate in the arts, whether as a creator or audience member. Artists frequently do not know where their best inspirations come from... the ideas simply come to them. In Greek mythology, the muses were believed to be the true source of inspiration, creativity, and learning. The muses might speak through us as vessels for the expression of the divine. They were also frequently associated with water, springs, and fountains, and were sometimes referred to as water nymphs. The history of the "museum" itself is based in muse mythology. The word "muse-um" is derived from museion or mousaion -- a place where the muses were worshipped. The words "amuse" "musing" and "music" also derive from these goddesses of ancient stories.

Utilizing the imagery of muses, choreographer Kerry Kreiman and members of the CD/FW company collaborated to create a unique performance piece designed to highlight the universal nature of creative inspiration across cultures and across art forms. Costume designer Crickett Pettigrew contributed elements reinforcing the idea of "transformation" in performance and ritual, a theme which is highlighted within the exhibition. Bringing in the talents of local photographer Milton Adams, the company worked for weeks to prepare a series of photos to be projected during the dance. The photos feature dancers dressed as muses at over 40 locations throughout the community near sites and activities representing artistic inspiration, including: the Dallas Museum of Art, Bass Hall, Nasher Sculpture Center, Billy Bob's Texas, Sri Sri Radha Kalachandji's Hare Krishna Temple, Stage West, Fort Worth Water Gardens, Artspace 111, 8.0 restaurant, Fountain Place, and more... These photos are intended to celebrate the presence of the arts and the artistic spirit in our own North Texas community on a daily basis.

A Muse Was Here is performed to music by Layne Redmond, from her CD "Invoking the Muse," including "Hymn to the Muse" based on an ancient Greek hymn to the Muse Kalliopeia "She of the Beautiful Voice," written by Mesomedes of Crete (c. 117-138 C.E.) In 1997, while researching the ancient music of Greece, Layne discovered the searingly beautiful "Hymn to the Muse," composed by Mesomedes of Crete in the second century. Profoundly moved by this hymn, she was inspired to create a collection of hymns to all nine Muses with her musical partner, Tommy Brunjes. The emotional and tonal center for each hymn arises from the rhythms of the frame drum, the world's oldest known drum, used for thousands of years as the core instrument for sacred liturgy in ancient Sumer, Mesopotamia, Egypt, Israel, Greece and Rome. In ancient Greece, the Muse is often represented playing the frame drum. Layne Redmond is a percussionist, composer, and the premier historian of the frame drum. In 2000, when Drum! Magazine listed the 53 Heavyweight Drummers Who Made a Difference in the 90's, she was the only woman on the list, and in 2002 the same publication named her percussionist of the year. CD/FW would like to gratefully acknowledge Layne Redmond for the use of her music for this special project. Learn more about her work through her websites at: www.layneredmond.com, www.myspace.com/layneredmond, and www.myspace.com/kyprogenea.


In conjunction with the "All the World's a Stage" exhibition, the Dallas Museum of Art invited area artists to write short responses to works in the exhibit. Below is Kerry Kreiman's comment on the Shiva sculpture shown at the bottom left of this page. (Click on image for complete text.)
Courtney Mulcahy and Sarah Newton perform New Best Friend on a recent CD/FW company concert. Photo by Milton Adams.
2010 Dance for the Planet Festival
Produced by the Dance Council of North Texas
April 17-18, 2010, 1pm-5pm
Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing & Visual Arts
2501 Flora St., Dallas, TX 75201
Admission FREE

Contemporary Dance/Fort Worth will make a guest appearance at the 14th annual Dance For The Planet at 4:20pm Saturday April 17th. The festival's new indoor location is the Booker T. Washington High School of Performing and Visual Arts. CD/FW company members Courtney Mulcahy and Jessica Thomas will perform "New Best Friend" -- an excerpt from Elizabeth Gillaspy's "Three Photographs" which the CD/FW company premiered in 2003. This humorous dance portrays two young girls playing together.

The Dance Council of North Texas produces this annual festival which is FREE and open to the public. This year's festival includes free master classes and performances featuring guest artists Janett Manrara and Jason Glover (So You Think You Can Dance Season 5 Top Ten Finalists) and international flamenco artist Maria Juncal. For additional information on the full festival and to register in advance for classes go to www.thedancecouncil.org.
CD/FW and Barefoot Brigade Perform at City Arts Festival, Dallas

Jessica Thomas performing Claudia Orcasitas' Chao, one of the dances CD/FW will perform on May 9.
Photo by Milton Adams
Saturday May 8, 7:45pm: Barefoot Brigade
Sunday May 9, 3:15pm: Contemporary Dance/Fort Worth
Fair Park, on the City Arts Festival dance stage

On May 8 at 7:45pm, dancers representing a selection of the member company/artists of the Barefoot Brigade coalition for modern dance, contemporary dance, and performance art will perform a structured improvisation on the dance stage. Designed and directed by Angie Dutton (3Dance) and Kim Tapp-Jackson (Phase 2 Dance Ensemble), this will be the first collaborative public improv presented by the Barefoot Brigade.

On May 9 at 3:15pm, Contemporary Dance/Fort Worth will perform excerpts from a variety of the company's repertory, and lead interactive activities for children and dancers of all ages.

See http://www.cityartsfestival.com/ for additional information on the ARTIST MARKETPLACE featuring over 200 visual artists, and the full City Arts Festival lineup.
9th annual Barefoot Brigade Dance Festival
Saturday & Sunday June 26-27, 2010 at 2 pm (with a second entrance time at 3 pm), plus pre-show performances throughout the museum
New location: Horchow Auditorium at the Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 North Harwood, Dallas, TX 75201 Dallas Arts District Parking Map
Admission FREE

SPECIAL "MUSEUM EDITION" PRE-SHOW ENTERTAINMENT
(included in general admission to the Museum)
  12:30 PM: "Performances in the Galleries: Art in Motion" on the 4th floor landing
1 PM: "Performances in the Galleries: Art in Motion" in C3 main galleries and main concourse
The 2010 Barefoot Brigade Dance Festival will open with special site-specific informal performances scattered throughout the Dallas Museum of Art, in celebration of the festival's new location. A series of structured improvisations designed by Angie Dutton and other members of the Barefoot Brigade will intrigue and entertain museum-goers at locations throughout the museum.

This year's festival will feature Barefoot Brigade members Beckles Dancing Company (Dallas), Contemporary Dance/Fort Worth, Dancing Outside The Box (Fort Worth), Feel Good Dance (Dallas), Muscle Memory Dance Theatre (Dallas/Fort Worth), Phase 2 Dance Ensemble (Houston, Fort Worth, Denton), and Satellite-Dance (Denton), along wit adjudicated guests. The main program, which will be performed in the Horchow Auditorium, is divided into two parts with a second entrance time at 3 pm after a brief intermission. Audiences are welcome to attend just one part of the program as part of their visit to the museum. This year's lineup is a rich and diverse representation of dance from across the North Texas area and beyond.

Kihyoung Choi of Statellite-Dance
Photo courtesy of Satellite-Dance
2 pm -- Part 1
  • Perpetual Motion/Modern Dance Oklahoma — Neurosis
  • Tina Mullone (Monroe, LA) — lapryè reinyon ("prayer meeting")
  • Phase 2 Dance Ensemble (Dallas/Fort Worth/Houston) — Moving On?
  • Big Rig Dance Collective (DFW) / Whitney Boomer (Denton) — Insensible
  • Phase 2 Dance Ensemble (Dallas/Fort Worth/Houston) — Mosaic
  • Jenefer Davies (Lexington, Virginia) — This Macaroni and Cheese Crayon Tastes Like Wax
  • Beckles Dancing Company (Dallas) — Simone
  • Contemporary Dance/Fort Worth — Terminus
3 pm -- Part 2
  • Dancing Minds & Bodies (Dallas) — Angels On The Moon
  • Dancing Outside The Box (Fort Worth) — As Seen On TV
  • Cathy Delgadillo-Clark (Denton) — Addressed
  • Muscle Memory Dance Theatre — The Cigar Box
  • Satellite-Dance (Denton) — Please stop being nice!
  • Feel Good Dance (Dallas) — Express!!!
  • Out On A Limb (Waco) — Loophole
  • Lacie Minyard (Denton) — Sunny Days & Sweet Tea

Program Details
   Beckles Dancing Company (Dallas) will premiere Simone. A solo choreographed by Loris Anthony Beckles for Stacey St. Cyr-Lotten, Simone explores pride of ancestry through a delightful character. The dance is a response to music by Vanessa Rubin.
   Loris Anthony Beckles (Guyana, South America) has studied ballet, modern dance, jazz and a taste of African dance; performed with lots of 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 Beckles Dancing Company serves as a vehicle for his choreography. In addition, in the summer of 2005, he restaged Suite Beauty, Part II, and did a new work, SR70II, in Trinidad, W. I. In the spring of 2006 he choreographed Dive Slow Resurface on the Momentum Dance Company (MDC) in Irving TX. , and in 2008 MDC premiered his Spring (Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons). Beckles Dancing Company, is a founding member of the Barefoot Brigade and gives regular performances in Dallas and other parts. It is a part of the City of Dallas Neighborhood Touring Program, and was a part of the Houston Black Dance Festival in 2006 and 2008. BDC is supported by South Dallas Cultural Center, City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs, the James and Gayle Halperin Foundation, the Sammons Center for the Arts and the Star System / donations to ARGA NOVA DANCE. www.BecklesDancingCompany.org.
Stacey St. Cyr-Lotten
Photograph by Ken Wesley
   Big Rig Dance Collective (DFW) will perform Whitney Boomer (Denton)'s multi-media duet Insensible.
   Insensible examines the non-parallel relationship of what could be and starting over. Combining images of a stark hallway with two dancers negotiating the space, this work seeks to critically analyze the possibilities which arise when trying to break free from routine. Integrating video projection with live performance, this multi-media work uses the time frames of the recorded past to conjure up the possibilities of the future.
Amie Davis and Amanda Strassburg in Insensible
Photograph by Don Pool
   Performer, storyteller, and teacher, Whitney Boomer is originally from the “Little Apple” Manhattan, KS. She holds a B.S. in Theatre and Dance Performance with a minor in Business Administration from Kansas State University, where she performed with the University's Repertory Dance Company. After graduation Whitney joined the 940 Dance Company under the direction of Susan Warden and Susan Rieger, touring the Midwest region for four seasons: sharing dance through concerts, lecture-demonstrations, workshops and master classes. She also traveled overseas to study with various artists in Amsterdam and Copenhagen. In addition to performing, Whitney has taught a variety of ages and dance genres, including working with the Boys and Girls Clubs' After School Program and many community-based groups. Whitney is stirred by the impulse of connecting with others and expresses herself best through contemporary movement and collaborative environments. Over the last seven years she has focused on combining the rigor of practice and innovation in her performance and teaching. Whitney performed most recently in Big Range Austin '08, Dance Carousel, ReleaseMotion Dance Project's Circumstantial Playground, and with the Kathy Dunn Hamrick Dance Company. Whitney is a co-founder of the Big Rig Dance Collective, a group of dance artists seeking to build and connect artistic communities throughout the state of Texas. Whitney is pursuing her MFA in Dance at Texas Woman's University where she is engaged in the experimental group Dance Lab. www.whitneyboomer.com.
CD/FW company members Jessica Thomas (foreground) and Courtney Mulcahy (background) performing Terminus
Photo by Milton Adams
   Contemporary Dance/Fort Worth will perform Terminus. A quartet by CD/FW artistic director Kerry Kreiman which originally premiered in 1995, Terminus is set to music by Austin composer William Meadows. Beautifully eerie, the dancers push and pull their way through time and space over a musical score which features the recorded and electronically-manipulated sounds of trains at a trainyard.
   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 annual Modern Dance Festival at The Modern, presented in the summers at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, has become one of the region's most-recognized modern dance festivals. 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. In addition to outreach, the CD/FW School in residence at the Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts provides "in-reach" offering classes for ages 3 and up, at all levels of experience. 2009-2010 marks the CD/FW company’s 20th performance season. CD/FW is a founding member of the Barefoot Brigade. www.cdfw.org.
   Dancing Minds & Bodies (Dallas) will premiere Angels On The Moon. A new group work by Megan Goode for five dancers, Angels On The Moon reflects the paths people may take when facing the death of a loved one or coming to terms with one's own mortality. Loss is felt and expressed in many different ways, but each person must walk down a similar path someday.
   Dancing Minds & Bodies (DMB) performs a wide variety of traditional and contemporary dance styles. They have been dancing together for over 15 years. Founding members A'ngela Carter and Carrie Hamlin met in college in 1993. Ms. Carter and Ms. Hamlin danced together in the Collin Dance Repertory Theater and performed in American College Dance Festivals around the country. They continued dancing together after completing school. Late in 1997 they decided to take their original choreography and informal dance group and transform it into a professional dance company. Since forming in January 1998, DMB has performed around Dallas in venues such as the Allen Dance Festival, The Barefoot Brigade Dance Festival, Diffusion and Kismet. DMB also believes in making their art available to everyone. They have shared their love of dance with those less-mobile by performing at area health care facilities.
   Dancing Outside The Box (Fort Worth) will premiere As Seen on TV. This latest dance work from Dancing Outside the Box explores how our culture influences the self-perception of young women in a "multi"-generational duet as local professional dancer Jessica Thomas performs alongside the young Kati Hammonds. Performed to and inspired by original music from local artists Trinity Dogs.
   Lori Sundeen Soderbergh launched her own dance company, Dancing Outside the Box, in 2009. She has performed and choreographed in numerous theatres and site-specific settings in the U.S. and Europe. In North Texas she is an active member of the Barefoot Brigade and an invited guest artist with Contemporary Dance/Fort Worth. In Fort Worth, she has enjoyed participating four consecutive years at the Contemporary Dance/Fort Worth's Modern Dance Festival at The Modern. A Time to Dance (2005) filled the grand lobby with the vibration of Tibetan gongs, and Chakra Dance (2006) flowed through and around the Richard Serra sculpture "Vortex", located just outside the museum’s entrance. Starting in 2007, Lori’s work took a political flavor with the premiere of Freedom Blues> (music by Scott Lennox) at the Barefoot Brigade Dance Festival. She followed up with Peace Chain at the Modern Art Museum that summer, featuring live music by Eddie Dunlap. Peace Chain was invited for encore performances at The Modern in 2008. Freedom Blues was featured on CD/FW’s spring concert in 2009 at the Sanders Theater. Wanting to make a statement about our impact on the environment, Lori developed Footprints in collaboration with poet/performance artist Tammy Gomez and composer/musician Chris Curiel. Footprints was performed in 2008 at PrairieFest in Fort Worth, Barefoot Brigade Festival in Dallas and the DFW Fringe Festival. Lori has also worked in public relations and marketing for twelve years. She received her BFA in Modern Dance from Texas Christian University and her MA in Dance History from the Laban Centre for Movement and Dance, University of London. Lori considers it a privilege and an honor to work with live music. She has worked with area composers and musicians Eddie Dunlap, Scott Lennox, Johnny Case, Wayne McKinzie, Chris Curiel, Lars Soderbergh, David Tipps, Peter Lufkin, and Harry Hoggard. Lori is a member of the Barefoot Brigade.
   Jenefer Davies (Virginia) will present the solo This Macaroni and Cheese Crayon Tastes Like Wax. This solo is a slightly jaded and sarcastic look at expectations. Set to ironic vocals by Nellie McKay, This Maracroni and Cheese Crayon Tastes Like Wax asks the audience to question symbols and look deeply at meaning that might only be truthful in movement. Desires are up for grabs as we grapple for something familiar. Assumptions are tested and expectations are never met ... or maybe they are.
   Jenefer Davies received an MFA in Dance from The George Washington University in Washington DC and an MALS in performance from Hollins University. She has had works commissioned by West Virginia Wesleyan and Lycoming Colleges, George Washington and Hollins Universities, Fort Worth Contemporary Dance, Roanoke Symphony, Opera Roanoke, Roanoke Ballet Theatre and Mill Mountain Theatre, among others. Davies’ choreography has been recognized as outstanding work by the American College Dance Festival and was included in their gala performance. Her choreography and performance work has successfully toured throughout the state of Virginia. Her innovative full-length works have received international press and acclaim and have been featured on National Public Radio, Sports Illustrated and NASCAR Magazine. She has been published in the International Planetarian Magazine and the World Congress on Dance and is currently writing a paper on experiential learning in aerial dance. Jenefer is an Examiner in dance for the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program and serves on the advisory board of Nu Delta Alpha, the national honor society in dance. One proud dance moment was having one of her performances as the winning answer on NPR’s ‘Wait, Wait Don’t Tell Me’ and on TV’s ‘Jeopardy’. Davies is the Assistant Professor of Dance at Washington and Lee University in Lexington VA and Artistic Director of the W&L Repertory Dance Company.
   Cathy Delgadillo-Clark (Denton) will present Addressed. Addressed was inspired by aspects of U.S. politics over the course of the last 15 years. Designed for five dancers, choreographer Cathy Delgadillo-Clark seeks to portray how people are affected by the political choices made by individuals representing the U.S. government.
   Cathy Delgadillo-Clark began her dance education as a young child and continues to pursue dance as a career. She attended San Jacinto Community College in Houston, TX where she studied under Dance Department Director/Educator Dr. Suzanne Oliver from 2004-2007. While studying under Dr. Oliver, Cathy was introduced to the concept of dance as a form of therapy. Cathy just completed her Bachelor’s of Arts in Dance at Texas Woman's University. While at TWU she had the privilege of training with Melissa Young and Nycole Ray of Dallas Black Dance Theater, and choreographer/performer John Dixion. She also studied under TWU professors, performers and artists Michelle Contrino, Jordan Fuchs, Sarah Gamblin and Mary Williford-Shade. Recently Cathy has choreographed a piece entitled “Forgotten Wants” which was showcased in Dance Makers Concert in November 2009. She plans to earn her teacher's certification to teach high school dance and to continue her exploration of choreography in the Central Texas area. Cathy also plans on pursuing graduate school to earn a Master's of Arts in Dance/Movement Therapy. www.emotionthrumotion.com
Angie Dutton in EXPRESS!!!
Photograph by Milton Adams
   Feel Good Dance (Dallas)
   Angie Dutton of Feel Good Dance will present her multi-media solo EXPRESS!!!. EXPRESS!!! is a multi-media solo incorporating video projection and set to text from Neal Donald Walsh's Conversations With God recorded series.
   Angie Dutton has been formally dancing since age 3. Dance has been a life-long affair that has truly evolved for her over time: dancing at her childhood studio, studying dance at TWU, founding a modern dance company, and centering her energies in therapeutic process dance. Her work in this area includes Dancing Meditations, Contact Improvisation and Authentic Movement as taught by Mary Starks Whitehouse, Janet Adler, and Jane Chodorow. WIth a background in dance and massage/bodywork, Angie has developed a fascination with the therapeutic effects of this type of dance and the Infinite Wisdom that the Body/Mind holds. Angie holds a degree in Dance and Psychology from Texas Woman's University. She has been blessed to study and perform with amazing dancer artists from all over the planet, cultivating an eclectic style in her own choreography. In 1999, Angie co-founded 3/A Modern Dance Company, which created a distinctive body of work over four years. These dance works included abundant partnering, raw physicality and honest emotion expressed through original movement, monologue, song and aerial dance. Her formal choreographic presentations later evolved into being presented under the name 3Dance, and are now presented under a new company name: Feel Good Dance. Angie is a producing member of the Barefoot Brigade.
   Lacie Minyard (Denton) will present her dance Sunny Days & Sweet Tea. This group work for eight dancers is a lighthearted exploration of friendship with the help of vibrant bouncy balls, fluttering pinwheels, and the music Down to Earthby Peter Gabriel.
   Lacie Minyard is an aspiring performer and choreographer. As a performer she will begin her 5th season at Six Flags Over Texas and has worked under the direction of Neil Goldberg in Cirque Dreams Coobrila, the Gary Goddard company in the Glow in the Park Parade, and with Mark Dendy at the prestigious American Dance Festival. As a graduate of the Dallas Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts and a Senior at Texas Woman's University Lacie has been an active participant in master classes and choreography by Ron Brown, John Giffin, Excel Garner, Miguel Gutierrez, Bill Young, Dwight Roden and Desmond Richardson (Complexions), Kanji Segawa (Battle Works), Vernon Gooden, Camilie, John Dixon, Mary Williford-Shade, Jordan Fuchs, and Sarah Gamblin. Lacie is currently working on a full evening of her own work to be performed at Texas Woman's University in November, 2010. Her artistic work has won her several nominations and awards. During this year alone she has been nominated for the prestigious TWU Leman Award, the Dallas Dance for the Planet Festival and the Southern Region American College Dance Festival in Louisiana. Artistic Statement: My intention is to create work that draws from my personal experiences in life, love, and loss. Out of these experiences I create movement metaphors that allow both performers and audience members to also draw from their experiences. In a performance, I want to create reflective space for all participants: performers, choreographer and audience. website: Lacieminyard.weebly.com
   Tina N. Mullone (Monroe, LA) will perform an excerpt from her dance lapryè reinyon. This solo is dedicated to the people of Haiti. The work explores the commonalities and symbols of all religions through the use of props (candles, liquids, flowers, animals, vessels). Performed to music by Wyclef Jean, this second section from a longer work premiered earlier this year at Contemporary Dance/Fort Worth's "Spring Formal" concert.
   Tina N. Mullone (Monroe, LA), began her dance training in ballet under the late Fernando Schaffenburg. She continued to study under Darryl Sneed while attending the University of Oklahoma. After graduation, Tina performed and taught for JAADE Dance Theater, Contemporary Dance/Fort Worth and Beckles Dancing Company. She has also worked with Kariamu & Company: Traditions and Bianca G. Harris and Company in Philadelphia, PA. Tina has studied under numerous dance instructors and workshops including the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, Philadanco Dance School, Urban Bush Women and the New Orleans Jazz Dance Festival. After completing a Master's of Fine Arts in Modern Dance from Texas Christian University, she began teaching at local community colleges in addition to her continued teaching at private studios and public schools. Tina has performed in Germany, Mexico, Philadelphia, New York City, Houston, Monroe, Dallas and Fort Worth. She is currently Assistant Professor of Dance at the University of Louisiana at Monroe. In addition, she continues to work with Contemporary Dance/Fort Worth, Beckles Dancing Company (Dallas), JoAnna Norris Dance Company (Brooklyn/Detroit) and independently. She strives to keep the arts alive through performing, choreographing and teacher. "Dance is a performing and visual art."
Tina Mullone in February premiere
Photo by Milton Adams
Muscle Memory Dance Theatre (Dallas/Fort Worth) will perform The Cigar Box. An excerpt from the longer work Stranger Than Fiction; A Series of Rocks and Feathers, which recently premiered at the Dallas Fringe Festival, "The Cigar Box" is a duet choreographed by collective member Lauren Guyer, featuring M2DT company members Danielle Georgiou and Sonja Howard, an original score by John Osburn, and video created by Shawn Saumell.
Sonja Howard and Braulio Cruz-Ortiz
Photo by Dayna Morgan
   A collection of choreographed memories written in the staccato movements of bones which are weighted like rocks. Tender hands unfold the limbs which blow like branches. A story that uncovers a bounty of treasures found under closed lids.
   Muscle Memory Dance Theatre's mission is to support the work of North Texas dance artists who develop the human experience by connecting everyday experiences to perspectives that ask audiences to question their values, morality or perceptions. M2DT seeks to provide local performances and choreographic opportunities for dance artists in their evocative use of dance as an organic art form. M2DT supports emerging artists by organizing public performances of their dance works. Established in 2005 as a project-directed organization by Co-Artistic Directors Lesley Snelson-Figueroa and Amy L. Sleigh who, after earning MFA MFA degrees in dance from Texas Woman's University, seized the opportunity to utilize the immense talent of other dance artists emerging from surrounding Dallas and Fort Worth universities. M2DT seeks to provide local performance and choreographic opportunities for these dance artists. M2DT is a member of the Barefoot Brigade. www.musclememorydancetheatre.org
   Out On A Limb Dance Company (Waco) will premiere Loophole. Loophole portrays a woman navigating through the ambiguous questions of the human experience. She is traveling with no vessel, no beginning, and no familiar entry point. In this place she creates a comfortable chaos with detailed and expansive movement, as well as moments of resolve in a series of reset moments. Inevitably, her human nature finds a way of sense making without a complete resolution. Choreographed by L. Brooke Schlecte and performed by Sarah Newton.
   Out On a Limb Dance Company is a group of vibrant emerging artists based in Waco, Texas, with members reaching north and south along the I-35 corridor. The company’s work nourishes and cultivates choreographic subjects that heed human experience and interactions. Out On a Limb offers performance, collaborative choreographing, lecture-demonstrations, master classes, and workshops. With this investment of ardent missions, Out On A Limb wishes to reach diverse audiences in order for both dancers and viewers to find some moment, glimpse or propsect of commonality, as it relates to our humanness and its emotion. www.outonalimbdancecompany.com
   L. Brooke Schlecte is the artistic director of Out On a Limb Dance Company. Her repertory ranges from solo to group work and has been performed in many settings in Texas. Schlecte holds a M.F.A. in Dance from Texas Woman’s University as well as a B.F.A. in Dance from the University of Texas at Austin. She studied with Yacov Sharir, Lyn Wiltshire, Holly Williams, Sarah Gamblin, as well as professional choreographers such as Michael Foley, Vincent Mantsoe, and she performed in two of Doug Elkins’ works. Schlecte’s performances include a solo dance for camera film, "we all fall down" by choreographer/director Rachel Bruce Johnson, screened at the Film Fatale Festival in Fort Worth, Texas and Screen Door in Austin, Texas. She was honored to perform at the American College Dance Festival’s Gala in 2007 in her co-performance and choreographic work "She Drew a Picture of a Whale." She has also choreographed for the Kilgore College Rangerettes and provided a lecture demonstration/master class and performance for the Kilgore College dance department. Schlecte is currently adjunct faculty at Baylor University.
Rebekah Hampton
Photograph by Rachel Bruce-Johnson
   Perpetual Motion/Modern Dance (Oklahoma) will perform Neurosis, in which -- three dancers explore the need to quiet the nervous thoughts of the mind. The dancers strive to progress fluidly, but are frequently interrupted by jolts and twinges. Choreographed by Perpetual Motion company member Rebekah Hampton.
   Perpetual Motion/Modern Dance Oklahoma is an Oklahoma City based non-profit modern and aerial dance company. Founded in 2002, Perpetual Motion has since grown to become the premier modern dance company in Oklahoma. We perform established works and create original dance pieces that explore a variety of artistic and aesthetic ideas. Our repertory is evocative, visceral and innovative and aspires to harness the energies of the human spirit. Perpetual Motion was featured on OETA's "Gallery" in October 2007. In this feature, we were described as, "seven young women who dared to dream that they could create a following for their dynamic dances that herald the strength, fragility and camaraderie of the human experience." Perpetual Motion was also featured on Oklahoma City’’s Channel 4 segment ""Is This a Great State or What"" which highlighted our work in aerial dance and the development of a modern dance community in Oklahoma. In August 2006, Perpetual Motion organized the first annual Oklahoma Contemporary Dance Festival, which brought together local dance companies and student performers from the Oklahoma City area, as well as regional guest choreographers. In addition to producing annual spring and fall concerts, Perpetual Motion has performed at events such as, the Out of the Loop Festival (Texas), PILOT: Choreographers Take Flight (Texas), the New Genre Festival (Tulsa), and Momentum (Oklahoma City). www.perpetualmotiondance.org
   Choreographer Rebekah Hampton is a company member of Perpetual Motion/Modern Dance Oklahoma and a staff instructor for the School of Ballet Oklahoma, Dance Unlimited, and the Academy of Ballet and Theatre Arts in Edmond, OK. She has previously worked with Bellevue Dance Center and Charles Harding School of the Arts in Nashville, TN and performed for 2 seasons with the Nashville-based, modern dance company, Epiphany. While her principle forms are classical ballet and modern dance, Rebekah's multi-disciplinary training includes jazz, tap, hip-hop, gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, martial arts, weaponry, stage combat, physical conditioning, drama & mime. Growing up in Edmond, OK, she trained with A.R.T.S., Metro School of Fine Arts, the Oklahoma Arts Institute and Ballet Oklahoma before moving to Jacksonville, FL to tour nationally & internationally for 3 years with Renascent Productions where, in addition to being a principle performer & choreographer, she was also the creator & director of Renascent School of the Arts. Rebekah has over 13 years experience teaching all ages and all levels in ballet, jazz, modern dance and body conditioning, and has been brought in as a guest instructor for various studios and workshops in Oklahoma, Florida, Tennessee and Kentucky.
   Phase 2 Dance Ensemble will present two works: Moving On? and Mosaic. Choreographed by Lauren Butschek-Neisler, Moving On? is performed by company members Holly Arnold and Cristy Jefferson. This dance explores how sometimes in our quest for power and the need to be in control, we take away the basic rights of others. Today we hear a lot about how we have changed, but have we really moved on?
   Mosaic is a solo created and performed by Keisha Breaker. Based on a poem expressing the desire to be seen differently, Breaker investigates how people, especially women, are often seen or defined as the roles they take on or fall into, or even as the superficial facade of what they don on any given day. Her choreography attempts to break through these perceptions and misconceptions to show how there is much more to seen in the rich and detailed mosaic of our lives.
   Phase 2 Dance Ensemble is a dual city modern dance company existing in both the Houston and Dallas/Fort Worth Metropolitan areas. It is a partnership among like-minded artists committed to full self expression, artistic development, and the restoration of creative communities through the collaboration of artistic ideas, enhancement of choreographic and pedagogical concepts and the promotion of independent works. Phase 2 Dance Ensemble is one of the founding members of Barefoot Brigade. In addition to participation with the Barefoot Brigade, Phase 2 has performed in the Dance For The Planet Festival (Dallas), Big Range Dance Festival (Houston). Contemporary Dance/Fort Worth's Modern Dance Festival at The Modern and Muscle Memory Dance Theatre's PILOT Choreographer's Showcase (Fort Worth). History: In 2005, former JAADE Dance Theatre (Fort Worth) members Keisha Breaker (Houston), Kim Jackson (Carrollton) and Lacreacia Sanders (Frt Worth) met to create a dance commissioned by Breaker. Although the trio performed countless numbers together over the previous ten years, this collaboration seemed different. Change seemed evident. A sense of forward movement had taken place in each of them on both personal and professional levels. This growth ultimately affected the work they produced. "Many aspects of JAADE will never leave us. We are still dedicated to the mission of inspiring and educating. Those elements are rooted in us, but as we individually have redefined ourselves and our goals, we simply feel like another phase has begun," said Breaker, who serves as one of the company's co-artistic directors. www.phase2dance.com
   Satellite-Dance will perform Please stop being nice! As the title is silently shouting, this duet takes viewers on a desperate psychological journey where the culturally distinct persona from a different culture has to be imprisoned for social and cultural assimilation. Created by choreographer Kihyoung Choi, the dance incorporates Korean traditional movement vocabularies and breathing techniques, which are internal and meditative, and contrasts these with jumping, twisting, and jerking. Through these opposing forces and feelings, the dancers illustrate the process of evolving identities as a member of a minority group.
   Satellite-Dance is a collective group of artists from varied disciplines dedicated to the creation and performance of original dance works. We move through boundaries, integrate with new media technologies, and share live and virtual performance. Choreographer/performer/teacher Mary Lynn Babcock is the founder and director of Satellite-Dance, and is a member of the Barefoot Brigade. www.satellite-dance.com
SUMMER FUN AND GAMES
7th annual Modern Dance Festival at The Modern

July 10–25, 2010
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell St., Fort Worth, TX 76107
Admission: Free


On July 12-17, CD/FW will co-sponsor "The Ultimate" Bill Evans Modern Dance Intensive workshop, An Encyclopedic Overview of the Exercises and Phrase Work which have defined the Evans Technique, 1976 - 2010. -information and registration-
Modern at the Modern 2008

This annual festival features performances, lectures, site-specific events, and films from the Dance On Camera festival sponsored by the Dance Films Association (NYC). The CD/FW Dance Exchange: A Choreographer's Showcase will kick off the festival on Saturday and Sunday July 10-11 at 8 pm in the Grand Lobby, featuring special guest Don Halquist performing choreography by Bill Evans. Bill Evans will present a special lecture in the museum auditorium on Sunday July 11th, and a special Bill Evans workshop will take place at TCU the week of July 11-17.

Schedule
Saturday and Sunday
July 10-11 at 8pm
CD/FW Dance Exchange: A Choreographers Showcase
The 20th edition of CD/FW Dance Exchange: A Choreographers Showcase kicks off this year's festival with a performance in the Grand Lobby. Admission is free.
Saturday Night Fever (July 10 only)
Hang out with the artists for a 20th birthday party and informal reception after the show! Free birthday cake. Cash bar.
Sunday Night Blizzard (July 11 only)
Regional premiere of Claire Porter’s In Glovescreated for Bill Evans and Don Halquist in honor of Bill Evans’ 70th birthday celebration earlier this spring.
Guest artists include:
  • Don Halquist (NY) performing Bill Evans’ Climbing To The Moon and What’s Your Story, Morning Glory?

  • Kristin Torok (CA) performing Grid by Wade Madsen (Seattle)

  • Beckles Dancing Company (Dallas) in Above Red by Loris Anthony Beckles

  • CD/FW performing works by Elizabeth Gillaspy, Tina Mullone, Sarah Newton, and Kerry Kreiman


Sunday, July 11,
12:30pm
Bill Evans lecture at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth in the museum auditorium– An Activity of the Human Spirit
Sunday July 18 at 12:30pm
Museum Auditorium – admission free
Dance On Camera: Dance Shorts Dancing In The Land of Dreams
A showcase of seven experimental short films explore the surreal interplay between the physical world and the emotional, spiritual, and virtual worlds. These selections from the Dance On Camera festival of New York City (Dance Films Association) are a visual feast of miniatures for lovers of film, architecture, art and dance.
Rapture
defies gravity and logic as dancers bound across the roof of Frank Gehry’s Fisher Center at Bard College (Noemie Lafrance, USA, 2008, 6 min.). The hills of a metallic desert against the empty sky set the stage for the unexpected, as dancers use rappelling gear to traverse Gehry’s deconstructivist curvilinear forms.
Chloes
A covered bus stop at night becomes a way station for weary souls (Lea Fulton and Greg King, USA, 2009, 5 min.).
 
  Little Ease [outside the box] (Nominated for the Jury Prize for Best Short/Ami Ipapo and Matt Tarr, USA, 2008; 6:53 min.) takes the confines of one of Elizabeth Streb’s signature theatrical works out into the "real world," expanding the original solo’s imagery of coffins and claustrophobia into the architecture of the urban landscape. The constantly changing environments and the addition of pedestrians sprinkle a layer of wit over the bone-crushing impact of the living body fighting against the material world.

Beguine
A man falls into a copy machine at work while mourning the loss of his lover in Beguine – a tongue in cheek daydream mixing the business world with more fundamental matters of the heart. (Nominated for Jury Prize for Best Short/Douwe Dijkstra, Netherlands, 2009; 4:44 min.)
Entanglement Theory
In "Entanglement Theory" one man’s "real" and "virtual" worlds collide, as his live self dreams and his avatar self dreams – a duality which seems not that far removed from our Facebooking, Tweeting, and ever-expanding world of social media and video games. (Richard James Allen, Australia, 2009, 9 min.)
Sunscreen Serenade
(Nominated for Jury Prize for Best Short/Kriota Willberg, USA, 2009; 5:30 min.) this whimsical and satirical homage to Busbee Berkeley also celebrates the merits of skin protection. Whether or not you believe in global warming, this hilarious short must be seen to be believed. Morphing traditions from educational films, musical movies, political propaganda, and after-school television, Sunscreen Serenade uses Berkeley’s penchant for objectification of the female body, phallic imagery, dynamically-choreographed camera movements, and hallucinatory transitions to expose the nonchalance and exploitative nature of Hollywood-style political awareness. This EMPAC DANCE MOViES Commission 2008 was supported by the Jaffe Fund for Experimental Media and Performing Arts – Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, USA.

The Last Martini
(Nominated for Jury Prize for Best Short, Vickie Mendoza, USA, 2009, 6:16 min.) plays out the rain-soaked reverie of a man whose psyche becomes entangled in a dance of heartbreak. Conjuring up images from noir films of the 1940s and 50s and Edward Hopper’s iconic "Nighthawks," this mix of dance, film photography, and rotoscoped animation reveals a darkly comic world of regret and memory, possibilities, and lost opportunities.
Saturday and Sunday
July 24-25, 12:30-2:30pm
Irresistible Forces: A "happening" in honor of Mother Nature
In recognition of humanity’s blissful ignorance and limited power and control, CD/FW dancers will honor the state of constant change which nature commands. As a slowly moving force, the dancers will bring to life a structured improvisation representative of the world’s many physical manifestations. Whether it be bird migration, weather patterns, soil erosion, or an oil spill – nature keeps moving, changing, and evolving, seemingly oblivious to our agendas and concerns. As the dancers travel forward in space-time, they will create forms and relationships based on ideas from the underlying structures of the world around us – such as crystals and geometric forms, the flow of water, and plant growth. Museum-goers can choose to watch larger portions of the "happening" or simply allow it to "happen" within their trip to the museum. Nearby viewers will periodically be given opportunities to draw cards with themes on them to introduce a new idea to the ever-changing landscape.
Saturday July 24, 2:30pm
Museum auditorium – admission free
DANCE ON CAMERA, DOCUMENTARY FILM Invitation to the Dance: Body and Taboo (Gerhard Schick, Germany, 2006, 89 min.)
Despite her muscular dystrophy, German dancer Gerda Koenig has toured the world uniting abled and disabled dancers in performances. She delights in the process of confronting taboos while inviting dancers to explore the parts of their body which give them the most grief. Shot on location in Kenya, the film documents the artistic process, bringing together Kenyan and German professional and amateur dancers for a special collaborative project. The creative process forces all involved to come to terms with perceptions and misperceptions regarding race, class, religion, culture, poverty, beauty, pride, family, sexual orientation, gender, disability, superstition, taboo, human rights, and individual responsibility. The results are a heartwarming example of how dance can heal and how dancers can effect social change.

(See the Modern Dance at the Modern program from 2009.)

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Special thanks to Courtyard by Marriott for sponsoring the 7th annual Modern Dance Festival at The Modern and the Bill Evans Workshop. For accommodations near Fort Worth's cultural district, click here for more info.

 

 

Arts Council LogoCD/FW’s 2009-2010 season is supported in part by the Texas Commission on the Arts with the National Endowment for the Arts, the Arts Council of Fort Worth and Tarrant County and their Neighborhood Arts Program in collaboration with the City of Fort Worth, the Bath House Cultural Center, and the Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs. CD/FW gratefully acknowledges the in-kind support of additional partners: the Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts, the Dance Films Association (NYC), the TCU School for Classical & Contemporary Dance, Courtyard by Marriott, and the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. This program is supported in part by a 2009 Grant from the Arts Council of Fort Worth and Tarrant County. TCA Logo