Contemporary Dance / Fort Worth Previous Seasons

2010-2011 Season

current season2013-20142012-20132011-20122010-20112009-20102008-20092007-2008

Barking Moon
Barn Dance
Nov. 5-6, 2010  
Dec. 18, 2010  
10th Annual Barefoot
Brigade Dance Festival
January 21-22, 2011  
Close Up and Personal
February 25-26, 2011  
8th Modern Dance
Festival at the Modern
July 8-24, 2011  

BARKING MOON BARN DANCE: Hearts, Moons, Stars and Chickens
Two unique events on one of the world's largest "dance " floors, with over 300 feet of dance!

Friday and Saturday November 5–6, 2010 at 8pm
at the Small Exhibits Building (aka Poultry Barn) at Will Rogers Memorial Center 3401 W. Lancaster, Fort Worth, TX 76107 (parking)
TICKETS: $15 General/$8 Students & Seniors Cash at the door, or advance sales via PayPal

Contemporary Dance/Fort Worth's 21st season takes flight at The Poultry Barn in Fort Worth.

INTERMISSION BONUS: Audience members are welcome to shake their tail feathers with the CD/FW dancers in a freestyle round of The Chicken Dance. Winners will receive gift certificates to the The Black Rooster Bakery on Forest Park Blvd! Photos from 2008 Chicken Dance.

Special musical guest Austin singer/songwriter Leeann Atherton will perform live in the premiere of "Something To Crow About"! Stay after to join us in a community "Full Moon Barn Dance"!

"Something To Crow About" is a dance suite set to songs by Leeann Atherton: "Something To Crow About," "Too Many Tears," "Way of the Heart," "Ode To Nowhere," "Change of Heart," "Ride Out The Blues" and "All For One." Versions of these songs can be found on her albums "Mama's House," "Every Day Dream," "Only Glory" -- with four of the selections from her most recent album "Heart Traveled Road." CD's will be available for purchase at the show. The dance will premiere on Saturday November 6, and is featured on the closing evening only, and will be followed by an audience jamming "Full Moon Barn Dance" out on the gigantic dance floor of the Poultry Barn. Listen to Leeann's music on her website.

Leean Atherton

Three Photographs


The Friday show will feature an encore performance of Elizabeth Gillaspy's "Three Photographs" -- drawn from the inspiration of three photographs from a family album, this crowd-pleaser recalls life's sweetness and sorrows with playful humor. The anxieties of a teenager's first date, the remembrance of a grandmother's love, and the ups and downs of a child's afternoon of playtime with a "new best friend" make this dance appealing to children of all ages.

Photo by Milton Adams featuring Courtney Mulcahy (pink) and Sarah Newton (blue) in the "New Best Friend" section of "Three Photographs".

Photo by Milton Adams -- Dancer/choreographer Jessica Thomas performing in CD/FW's "Spring Formal" concert in February 2010.
CD/FW dancer Jessica Thomas will premiere her solo seenunseen on Friday November 5. This dynamic exploration in time and space blurs the lines between memory and presence, repetition and rebirth.

3 B's and a C
Let your little light shine! The premiere of 3 B's and a C will be featured on both nights, using more than 300 feet of the Poultry Barn, and featuring dancers manipulating alternative lighting sources varying from flashlights to glow sticks to LED novelty items. Set to the music of Bach, Brahms, Beethoven and George Clinton, this dancing light show will be as much fun as sparklers on the Fourth of July. Be there when the pfunk mothership launches!

NOTcracker: A Barefoot Brigade Holiday Dance Festival of Modern Dance, Contemporary Dance, and Performance Art

Saturday December 18, 2010 at 2pm
Cafe atrium at the Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 N. Harwood, Dallas, TX 75201
ADMISSION: Included in General Admission to the Museum (Museum admission is $10 or less per person)

Just when you thought you couldn't stomach another Nutcracker, The NOTcracker brings a variety of holiday treats for visual consumption in an informal, family-friendly public performance at the Dallas Museum of Art on Saturday December 18 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. This popular festival brings seasonal relief to North Texas dance audiences.

BATH HOUSE DIRECTIONS:  How to get to the Bath House Cultural Center:  The Bath House Cultural Center is located at 521 East Lawther (at Northcliff) in Dallas. The BHCC phone number is 214-670-8749.  To get to the Bath House Cultural Center:  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, our address is 521 East Lawther Drive, and no, we cannot be reached using Lawther Drive.

10th Barefoot Brigade Dance Festival
Friday January 21, 2011 at 8pm, Saturday January 22 at 3pm and 8pm
at the Bath House Cultural Center, 521 E. Lawther Dr., Dallas, TX  75218
TICKETS: $15 General/$10 Students & Seniors. Cash at the door. To reserve seats in advance, call 214-886-2321 and leave a message with Beckles Dancing Company.

The Barefoot Brigade Dance Festival returns to its original stomping ground at the Bath House Cultural Center for its 10th festival!  The program 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 (DFW), Phase 2 Dance Ensemble (Dallas/Fort Worth/Denton/Houston), Satellite-Dance (Denton), and adjudicated guests Seme Jatib (San Antonio), Kristi Vincent Johnson (Dallas) and Jessica Thomas (The Colony). 

Close Up and Personal
Friday February 25, 2011 at 8pm, Saturday February 26 at 2pm and 8pm
at the Sanders Theatre at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center, 1300 Gendy St., Fort Worth, 76107 (corner of Lancaster and Montgomery across the street from the Amon G. Carter Museum of Western Art) (parking)
TICKETS: $15 General/$8 Students & Seniors. Cash at the door or advance payment using PayPal here.

Jessica Thomas in "seenunseen"
CD/FW company member Jessica Thomas will perform her solo "seenunseen"
photo by Milton Adams

Close Up and Personal will present a diverse program revealing the dancers' characters in a wide variety of circumstances from the humorous to the deeply personal. The intimacy of the Sanders black box theatre at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center provides the perfect setting for seeing each glance, hearing each breath and footfall, and feeling the very electricity of the dancers emotions and movements. Jam-packed with premieres, the lineup offers something for everyone.

Jacqueline DePetris in iAm uAre Sarah Newton in iAm uAre
Jacqueline DePetris and Sarah Newton in photo projections for iAm uAre
photos by Milton Adams. See more photos at the CD/FW Facebook page.
CD/FW artistic director Kerry Kreiman is working in collaboration with CD/FW company members and photographer Milton Adams, costume designer Crickett Pettigrew, lighting designer Nikki DeShea Smith, and composer Sara Donaldson to create a new group work inspired by the increasingly fluid boundaries between fantasy and reality in our electronically-driven lives. iAm uAre incorporates quotes from Descartes and general nonsense inspired by stereotypes, storytelling, and media.

Four CD/FW company members will also present their own choreography:

Sarah Newton will premiere a post modern jig performing alongside fellow CD/FW company member Courtney Mulcahy. This modern spin on folk dance movement vocabulary fused with rock 'n roll is a dance til you drop, foot stomping, head bopping jaunt. Mulcahy will also premiere Two a new solo performed with a simple bench as her dancing partner.

Claudia Orcasitas, a CD/FW company member who is a native of Peru, will present two dances which she originally premiered with the San Marcos Ballet. Claroscuro (Chiaroscuro / Origins: "clear-obscure") is a solo inspired by one of Adolphe-William Bouguereau's paintings: "The water girl" (1885) which used the chiaroscuro technique. Orcasitas' intent is to portray life as a long journey, with its many tasks to be completed, and heavy burdens to overcome; and at the end, the conquest over those struggles is all that matters. Orcasitas originally premiered this solo in 2001 for the XXXIII San Marcos Ballet Anniversary. In addition, Orcasitas has worked to re-compose Madre Luna, a dance for CD/FW company members Jacqueline DePetris and Jessica Thomas based on a duet she first premiered in 1998 for the San Marcos Ballet (Peru). An abstracted exploration of love and loss, this lyrical dance contrasts light and darkness and how they can become intertwined when people yearn for things they do not possess.

CD/FW company member Jessica Thomas (The Colony) will perform her original solo seenunseen... A dance portraying the "seen" and "unseen" aspects of the human spirit – the intangible energies of feeling – fully expressed through the tangible medium of the body. The human spirit and body are one... thus seenunseen.

The show also features premieres by two guest choreographers from the North Texas area: Lori Sundeen Soderbergh of Dancing Outside The Box (Fort Worth) and independent artist Ellie Leonhardt (Denton).

Leonhardt will premiere The Well Interruption -- a new group dance featuring projections as a video-based set design created by David Bithell (Denton). This work expands our sense of what it means to dance in and create engaging worlds of image, movement, and sound. Soderbergh will premiere Safe -- an interdisciplinary duet created in collaboration with actress Laura Jones -- which takes a tongue-in-cheek look at the ever-encroaching world of airline security screening.

8th Annual Modern Dance Festival at the Modern
July 8-24, 2011
at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth

Contemporary Dance/Fort Worth and the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth are delighted to once again celebrate the art of dance! This summer's festival features a thrilling array of live performances, and an exciting film festival spotlighting award-winning films about dancing and dancers.

ADMISSION: FREE for live performances and lectures presented by CD/FW.
Paid admission is required for the Let's Dance! Modern Film Fest 2011.

WRR "Art Matters" Interview with Kerry Kreiman

Please help support our free programming
Photo by Milton Adams

CD/FW Dance Exchange:
A Choreographers Showcase

Friday-Saturday July 8-9, 8pm

Grand Lobby

Admission free

More Button
Lon Gordon The 8th annual Modern Dance Festival at The Modern kicks off on July 8-9 with the CD/FW Dance Exchange: A Choreographers Showcase at 8pm in the Grand Lobby. Special guests include soloist Lonny Gordon (Winifred Haun & Dancers, Chicago), jhon r. stronks, Contemporary Dance (Houston), Satellite-Dance Company (Denton), and composer/musician Jon David Johnston. Themes of love, renewal, and rebirth are prominent within this year's diverse program, in addition to two very distinct works influenced by Japanese artistic traditions.
VIEWING GUIDELINES: Doors open to the public at 7pm. Seating is first come, first served, with chairs on three sides of the stage. Young children are welcome to sit on the floor closer to the stage for easier sight lines.

VISITOR PHOTOGRAPHY AND VIDEOGRAPHY IS PROHIBITED DURING THE SHOWCASE CONCERTS. (That includes cell phone photos/videos.) Photographers representing media sources must arrange in advance for a media pass.

Let's Dance!

July 8-11 & 15-17
Museum Auditorium

More Button

As an official touring partner with the Dance Film Association, the Modern is proud to present shorts, documentaries and feature films from the 2011 Dance on Camera festival at Lincoln Center, in addition to premieres of new films and screenings of classic films about dance such as Robert Altman's The Company.

The film festival has been scheduled to coordinate with CD/FW's live performances so that you can attend multiple events in the same trip to the museum. For example, you can come early to see a dance film immediately prior to each of the evening showcase concerts!

Tickets for screenings are $8.50, $6.50 for Modern members $6.00 for Reel People. Advance sales begin two hours prior to the show. Festival passes are available for purchase beginning July 1, and must be purchased from The Modern. NOTE: All live performances and lectures within CD/FW's festival are FREE. All film screenings for "Let's Dance!" require paid admission.

Special touring appearance by New Mexico aerial dance company Project IN Motion

Friday July 15, 7:30pm
Saturday July 16, 1pm
Sunday July 17, 1pm
Reflecting pond lawn

Admission free

More Button
Project IN Motion Aerial dance company Project IN Motion (Las Cruces/Mesilla) will perform The Palace at Night outside on the lawn near the reflecting pond. Inspired by the life and writings of Alberto Giacometti, The Palace at Night is a vignette of five aerial and terrestrial pieces choreographed by Hilary McDaniel-Douglas and dancers using an elaborate sculptural apparatus. Dancers climb, twist in bungees and hammocks and relate the secret activities transpiring in this minimalist castle's various rooms.

VIEWING GUIDELINES: Audience members can watch from inside or outside, with distant viewing points available from the porch, inside the lobby, or from the windows on the east side of the galleries. Admission to the museum is required to watch from the windows inside the galleries or the catwalk over the lobby. Free access is available to the lawn, the porch, and the lobby. The full dance runs approximately 35 minutes. Outdoor viewers are welcome to bring a colorful umbrella for shade from the sun, and/or a blanket to sit on.
VISITOR PHOTOGRAPHY AND VIDEOGRAPHY IS PROHIBITED DURING THE PROJECT IN MOTION PERFORMANCES. (This includes cell phone photos/videos.) Photographers representing media sources must arrange in advance for a media pass.

Modern 101 & Flight 2011

Saturday July 16, 2pm
Museum Auditorium

Admission free

Members of the CD/FW company provide an introduction to the basic philosophies and styles of modern dance.

Guest Hilary McDaniel-Douglas, artistic director of New Mexico's Project IN Motion company, will also give a brief overview of the history of aerial dance and speak about her work integrating aerial dance with modern contemporary dance.
Project IN Motion

The Butterfly Effect
and Other Beautiful

Saturday July 23, 1pm & 3pm
Sunday July 24, 1pm & 3pm
Grand Lobby

Admission free

More Button
Butterfly Effect

A LIVE music and dance event FEATURING INTERACTIVE TECHNOLOGY, The Butterfly Effect and Other Beautiful Catastrophes is a collaboration between Austin composer William H. Meadows and choreographer Kerry Kreiman with members of the CD/FW company.

VIEWING GUIDELINES: Performed in the Grand Lobby with quadrophonic sound coming from four corners. Running time for full dance is approximately 40-45 minutes. The dance incorporates the majority of the lobby floor space. Viewers can stand/sit around the perimeter of the lobby. Audience members are welcome to view from all four sides of the room, and can sit on the floor, available benches, or steps to the auditorium. Museum-goers with paid admission to the galleries can also choose to view from above on the catwalk or from the west balcony.

VISITOR PHOTOGRAPHY AND VIDEOGRAPHY is permitted on a limited basis from your own viewing spot, with ALL FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY PROHIBITED. Professional photography is prohibited without permission from CD/FW executive director Kerry Kreiman. Photographers representing media sources must arrange in advance for a media pass.

Cinematic Caricatures
lecture and films

Saturday July 23, 2pm
Museum Auditorium

Admission free
North Texas choreographer Shelley Cushman will present short films from her Cinematic Caricatures project, a collaborative intermedia work combining dance choreographed by Cushman, algorithmically-generated computer music composed by Phil Winsor, and videos/films by Ben Levin. These works in progress are organized in "books" of 10 pieces each (30 pieces in 3 books). The first book of ten was produced in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Each piece varies in length from one to four minutes.

Although the concept of Cinematic Caricatures is present in each of the works, they are imagistically unrelated. Films from this project have been screened at dance, music, and film festivals/conferences around the world. Cushman will be on-hand to introduce the films, and a Q&A will be offered.

Support Cinematic Caricatures

Art... Dance... Food... Films... Martinis...
Your weekend trip to the Modern can be a one stop destination for lots of activities!
Visit the Cafe Modern and their martini bar... Visit the Galleries... Catch a dance flick...
Dinner on Fridays is from 5-10pm

Brunch on Saturdays and Sundays is from 10am to 3pm
Full Bar Service is 10am to 10pm on Fridays and 10am to 5pm on Saturdays and Sundays

Learn more or make a reservation
Fridays 10am to 8pm

Saturdays & Sundays 10am to 5pm

Map and visitor information
The "Let's Dance!" MODERN FILM FEST 2011 is designed to coordinate around the live performances and lectures.

More about the films and how to purchase a single ticket or festival pass

The 8th Annual Modern Dance Festival at The Modern is sponsored in part by: Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Arts Council of Fort Worth and Tarrant County in collaboration with the City of Fort Worth, Texas Commission on the Arts in collaboration with the National Endowment for the Arts.

Marriot Courtyard by Marriott
Special thanks to Courtyard by Marriott for sponsoring the 8th annual Modern Dance Festival at The Modern. For accommodations near Fort Worth's cultural district, click here for more info.


Arts Council LogoCD/FW’s 2010-2011 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, "Once Upon A Time...", 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 2011 Grant from the Arts Council of Fort Worth and Tarrant County. TCA Logo