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NOTcracker

Dec. 17, 2011  
 
Barefoot Brigade
Dance Festival
January 27-28, 2012  
 
"Color Your World"
Kimbell Art Museum
February 18, 2012  
 
AIDS Outreach
Center Benefit
February 18, 2012  
 
March Radness

March 2-3, 2012  
 
Dance Planet 16

April 1, 2012  
 
Modern Dance Festival
At the Modern
July 6-21, 2012  
photo by Milton Adams

The NOTcracker: A Barefoot Brigade Holiday Dance Festival for Modern Dance, Contemporary Dance, and Performance Art
Saturday December 17, 2011 at 2pm
Horchow Auditorium of the Dallas Museum of Art

1717 North Harwood, Dallas, TX 75201

ADMISSION to the NOTcracker is FREE WITH MUSEUM ADMISSION ($10 or less)

CD/FW is one of the founding members of the Barefoot Brigade coalition, and will contribute a dance work to The NOTcracker, along with other members of the Barefoot Brigade and adjudicated guests. Always a favorite with local audiences, this diverse, family friendly festival provides seasonal relief from all things "Nutcracker."


Satellite-Dance's Kihyoung Choi

11th annual Barefoot Brigade Dance Festival

Bath House Cultural Center
January 27-28, 2012
Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 3pm & 8pm

$15 General Admission / $10 Students, Seniors & Dance Council Members


Don't miss the 11th anniversary edition of the Barefoot Brigade Dance Festival when it kicks off the 2012 performance year at its birthplace and original "stomping ground" at the Bath House Cultural Center! Just on the heels of a successful “NOTcracker” at the Dallas Museum of Art, the members of the Barefoot Brigade and adjudicated guests will share the Bath House stage in a new festival program:

Angie Dutton of Feel Good Dance (Dallas) will premiere UP-Rooted – a new multi-media solo exploring the gifts that come from being suddenly uprooted from any place, situation or way of being. Using video footage of an old, uprooted tree as a metaphor for being 'uprooted' in our lives, the dance explores what lies within us and beyond us to ground us in the good that comes from change.

Beckles Dancing Company will premiere A Meditation – a new quintet by artistic director Loris Anthony Beckles. A master choreographer of many years, Beckles' works is notable for its thoughtful structures, themes and variations, and wide variety of musical inspirations. Originally from Guyana, South America, Beckles' own performing career included work with the Eleo Pomare Dance Company and the Alvin Ailey
Satellite-Dance performing Mary Lynn Babcock’s Phoenix
Photo by Milton Adams
Repertory Ensemble. He has taught in the U.S., the Caribbean and in Europe; and choreographed just about wherever he stayed long enough.

Phase 2 Dance Ensemble will present two works: the premiere of The Pea in the Other Pod – a duet by Holly Arnold and Lauren Butschek-Neisler – and the solo My Head Lay Nestled There (2011), choreographed by Holly Arnold and Lacreacia Sanders, and performed by Holly Arnold. The duet mines the topic of "opposites," while the solo explores the concept of finding perceived peace in the midst of chaos.

Contemporary Dance/Fort Worth will perform a new excerpted version of after dusk, before d+awn choreographed by company member Sarah Newton and set to music by local composer Van Eric Martin. Courtney Mulcahy, Julia Nova, and Sarah Newton will perform this kinetic exploration inspired by imagery from the poetry and writings of Edgar Allan Poe.

Dancing Outside The Box will perform Lori Soderbergh's Safe (2011) – an interdisciplinary duet created in collaboration with actress Laura Lutz Jones, which takes a tongue-in-cheek look at the ever-encroaching world of airline security screening.

Satellite-Dance will perform Phoenix by Mary Lynn Babcock – a trio portraying the tensions between being entrapped and freedom. Surging toward flight, the dancers' tenacity breaks through to discover a euphoric release and new possibilities.
Satellite-Dance performing Mary Lynn Babcock’s Phoenix
Photo by Milton Adams

Two adjudicated guest performers round out the offerings:

Tina Mullone (Fort Worth/Louisiana), will perform an excerpt from the late Dallas artist André R. George's Two Solos (originally created in 1994, re-staged by Loris Anthony Beckles). The dance shows a sense of humor and an appetite for movement. A notable choreographer in her own right, Mullone performs and choreographs for a variety of companies in the North Texas area and beyond, and has appeared as an independent guest artist on several Barefoot Brigade festivals.

Jessica Thomas (The Colony), will perform her solo U.Universe which premiered in Fall 2011 at The Poultry Barn in Fort Worth. Thomas describes the dance as "A subtle exploration of one's ever-evolving, orbiting inner landscape... inner world."

The Barefoot Brigade's annual festivals provide a unique opportunity for audiences and artists alike – audience members experience a diverse dance program representing a wide variety of companies and artists, and the artists who gather enjoy sharing their work with new audiences, in addition to the added benefits of the process of artistic exchange – being able to share their work with other participating artists, and discuss their thoughts, inspirations, and challenges as artists actively working in the field. And for audience members unfamiliar with the local modern dance and contemporary dance scene, it's a great introduction to the art form: "New audience members are often surprised by how much they thoroughly enjoy the shows," observed BB member Mary Lynn Babcock (artistic director of Satellite-Dance). "They'll make comments like, 'I didn't know that I loved modern dance!'" For those interested in a more in-depth experience, there will be a short Q&A with artists after each show.






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.

photo by Milton Adams
Color Your World
Saturday February 18, 2012, 1-4pm
Kimbell Art Museum
ADMISSION: FREE


How does color move you? Come explore the universe of your own colorful imagination as we explore the way color impacts our perceptions of art and the world around us. Members of the Contemporary Dance/Fort Worth professional company and student performers from the CD/FW Dance Workshop Company will present two 30-minute performances in the museum auditorium during this special event for families and audiences of all ages. Slide projections of art works from the Kimbell's permanent collection will be displayed while dancers express aspects of the color palettes through movement. Volunteers will be invited to come on stage with the CD/FW dancers and participate in color-inspired movement. Instant "lighting designers" from the audience will use flashlights with colored gels to spotlight CD/FW performers as they perform short excerpts from selected repertoire. Don't miss this opportunity to play with us!

Learn more about the Family Festival and get full museum info at the Kimbell’s website here.

photo by Milton Adams
photo by Milton Adams from the November 2011 premiere of after dusk, before dawn
AIDS Outreach Center Benefit Concert
Saturday February 18, 2012, 7:30pm
Presented by the TCU School for Classical & Contemporary Dance at the Erma Lowe Hall Studio Theatre 3000 South University Drive Fort Worth, TX 76129
ADMISSION: General Admission: $20 Donation; Student (with ID): $10 Donation
Cash/Checks only. Contributions above admission price are tax-deductible. Checks must me made out to AIDS Outreach Center (AOC).
To reserve tickets or make a contribution, CALL 817-257-4255.
100% of proceeds support AIDS OUTREACH CENTER OF TARRANT COUNTY.


Come join us in this special dance benefit concert, supporting the AIDS Outreach Center of Tarrant County.

Contemporary Dance/Fort Worth will perform Sarah Newton's after dusk, before dawn – a group work set to music by local composer Van Eric Martin. Inspired by imagery from the poetry and writings of Edgar Allan Poe, this dance for six will become part of a larger suite of dances at a future date. Featuring striking costume design by Crickett Pettigrew and set design by Patrick Pettigrew, this dynamic movement exploration alludes to shadows lurking in the subconscious – ominous ravens seeking prey, the grief of love lost, and the acknowledgment of one's own impending death.
Jon David Johnston (background) and Ann-Marie Heilman performing Courtney Mulcahy’s Kakudo during CD/FW’s Modern Dance Festival at The Modern in July 2011
photo by Milton Adams
March Radness

March 2-3, 2012
Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm & 8pm
Sanders Theatre at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center
1300 Gendy St., Fort Worth, TX 76107
(At corner of Lancaster and Montgomery, across the street from the Amon Carter Museum)

ADMISSION: $20 General Admission / $8 Students & Seniors — cash at the door or online via PayPal.
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CD/FW and guests stir up the March winds with new dances for spring.

CD/FW company member Claudia Orcasitas (Peru), will premiere The Human Season, a new group work set to the music of London-based violinist Anna Phoebe. Selections from Phoebe’s albums "Rise of the Warrior" and "Gypsy" will be featured. (You can hear samples from these albums at Anna Phoebe's website.) Costumes by Crickett Pettigrew and set design by Michael Pettigrew will set the stage for this dramatic work inspired by Orcasitas’ perspective as a human rights activist.

Jessica Thomas will premiere her solo beyond breathing. the uncreated. the unknown. Thomas is a CD/FW company member who has also become recognized for her solos incorporating explorations of concepts from Humphrey-Limon traditions in modern dance training.

Members of the CD/FW company will perform a new variation of Winter Night (which premiered at the Dallas Museum of Art for The NOTcracker in December). The dance is set to music by Austin composer William Meadows and choreographed by CD/FW artistic director Kerry Kreiman in collaboration with the performers.

Choreographer Claudia Orcasitas will premiere her new group work The Human Season
photo by Milton Adams
Dallas musician/composer Jon David Johnston will perform live on shakuhachi flute in a reprise performance of the original work Kakudo choreographed by CD/FW company member Courtney Mulcahy. (The Saturday matinee performance will use recorded music.) A composer/choreographer original collaboration which premiered at the Modern Art Museum in July 2011, Kakudo means "The Way of the Crane." This lyrical quartet features company members Ann-Marie Heilman, Julia Nova, Jessica Thomas, and Jacqueline Todd. You can listen to samples of Jon's music at his website.

CD/FW Associate Choreographer Tina Mullone will premiere a solo work.

The CD/FW company will revive an audience favorite from years past: Artistic Director Kerry Kreiman's Organized Dances, set to music by Denton-based dance band Brave Combo. Five songs are the inspiration for this whimsical suite: "Hosa Dyna," "Bunny Dirge," "People Are Strange," "Hava Nagila Twist," and "Breslau") with costumes by former company member Marisa LeRette. The premiere of this dance in Spring 1996 was dedicated to the memory of Susan Spalding Mohler, a beloved past president of the CD/FW organization. Her playful spirit is with us still. Special thanks to Brave Combo for their past collaborations and their very existence. You can listen to samples of music by America's Premier Dance Band at their website. Everyone keep on dancing!

CD/FW performs Irresistible Forces at 2pm during Dance Planet 16

Sunday April 1, 2012
Booker T. Washington High School for Performing & Visual Arts, 2501 Flora St., Dallas, TX 75201
ADMISSION: FREE

CD/FW will dance ABOUT the planet during the Dance Planet 16 festival, when members of the CD/FW professional company perform a new incarnation of Irresistible Forces: A "happening" in honor of Mother Nature – a traveling structured improvisation which will move throughout the BTWHSPVA campus, both inside and outside. The first performances of this work were during CD/FW's Modern Dance Festival at The Modern in summer 2010. An additional version was brought to life at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History for Day In The District in September 2010.

CD/FW performing at the September 25, 2010 Day in the District at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History
photo by Milton Adams
The traveling performance will start at 2pm near the check-in tables for the festival and will last somewhere between 90 minutes and 2 hours. Viewers can choose to follow the performers for a period of time, or simply leave it up to chance as to when they might happen upon the dance while attending other festival events.

America's one and only FREE community-based dance festival offering two unforgettable dance-packed days. Dance Planet 16 features Emmy-nominated Guest Artist Teresa Espinosa, Performance Showcases, 30 Master Classes, and much more. Come out and flip head over heels for dance: Enjoy exciting performances by more than 80 dance troupes and more than 1,000 performers; take a dance or fitness class from a diverse roster of styles from circus silks to contemporary, ballroom to belly-dancing. FREE to dance enthusiasts of all ages and experiences. Master classes begin on Saturday at 9:30am and Sunday at 11:30am. Afternoon Performance Showcases are from 1pm to 5pm on both days.

9th Annual Modern Dance Festival at the Modern
July 6-21, 2012 at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth

Modern Porch
photo by Milton Adams

Contemporary Dance/Fort Worth and the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth celebrate modern dance and contemporary dance with three weekends of performances, films, and lectures.


Weekend 1
Freudian Slips and Silent Screams

Friday, July 6, 5:30-8pm (during First Friday event)
Saturday, July 7, 1-3pm
Sunday, July 8, 1-3pm
Grand Lobby
Admission Free
The 9th annual Modern Dance Festival at The Modern kicks off with alternative performances during the First Friday event on Friday, July 6.

Witness a living embodiment of some of the concepts behind portraiture and figurative art in a "happening" series of miniature dances and scenes designed to be performed in silence. CD/FW company members will explore the idea of the very act of creating a portrait or modeling for one – drawing ideas from art history, photography, and personal histories, the dancers will bring their personal interpretations to this long-standing tradition of the portrait as a form of human record-keeping and storytelling through art. Audience members are welcome to come and go during the duration of the performance.

Note: During the First Friday performance, the dancers will be performing periodically outside the front entrance, and on the porch overlooking the reflecting pond. During the Saturday and Sunday performances the entire "happening" will take place in the Grand Lobby.
Dance On Camera:  "Dancing In The Streets!"

July 7, 3pm
Museum Auditorium

Hip hop, house, and street dance traditions are displayed in two high-energy documentary films from the Dance On Camera festival, featuring street dancers at their finest:

"Check Your Body At The Door" (2011, USA, 60 min.)  This long-awaited documentary produced by Sally Sommer brings to light the House dance culture that has largely been in the dark — by taking club dancers into professional studios and recording their moves in full light to be able to fully appreciate their technical abilities. Master free-stylists dance and chat in clubs, at their jobs, and in their everyday lives.  The film reveals the virtuosity of these eclectic urban dance styles and the personalities of the people who create the moves. Director Charles Atlas is also noted for his many collaborations with Merce Cunningham. -more about the film-

"All The Ladies Say"  (2010, USA, 45 min.)  Everyone knows about the men in hip hop, but this documentary showcases the female break-dancers, Vendetta, Severe, Lady Champ, Aiko Shirakawa, Baby Love, and Rokafella, illuminating the triumphs and challenges of hip hop culture.  A smart and exciting exploration of the B-Girl phenomena, Rokafella and Kwikstep, directors.

Video: Break dancers Rokafella and Kwikstep discuss call and response dance traditions related to "The Circle". They also discuss the role of movement “conversations” in relation to the development of dance, and how improvisation plays a role in this process to further the art form.

Check Your Body at the Door
Barbara Tucker and Brahms “Bravo” LaFortune in "Check Your Body at the Door". Photo by Andrew Eccles

All the Ladies Say
All The Ladies Say, directed by Rokafella and Kwikstep.

Weekend 2
Dance On Camera:  Dance Shorts

Saturday July 14, 2pm
Museum Auditorium
Admission free
See the local premieres of three provocative short films from New York City's 2012 Dance On Camera festival (Dance Films Association).

The passionate extremes of human relationships are displayed in two award-winning experimental narrative films:

Coup De Grace
Dancers Damián Munoz and Jordi Cortés Moliña in Clara van Gool’s "Coup De Grâce". KeyFilm.
"Coup De Grâce" (2011, Netherlands, 26 min.) -- A film about the collapse of a friendship;  about what is broken and what cannot break.  After a long separation, two men meet again in a massive building at a remote location.  In the course of the evening and an icy night, they fight a weaponless, exhausting duel.  Performed by Damián Munoz and Jordi Cortés Moliña, directed by Clara van Gool (Enter Achilles).  (Awards:  Best Short Film, NOVES VISIONS, Sitges Film Festival, 2011 Spain; Best Screen Choreography, Cinedans Dance On Screen Festival 2011, Amsterdam)

Labyrinth
Wendy Whelan in "Labyrinth Within". Photo by Pontus Lidberg

"Labyrinth Within" (2011, Sweden, 28.5 min.) -- A haunting tale of jealousy, this existential thriller posits a man, a woman, and an elusive lover in a series of intense pas de deux in a stark apartment that becomes a fourth character.  Danced to a commissioned score by David Lang with solo cello by Maya Beiser, the work features New York City Ballet principal Wendy Whelan, Giovanni Bucchieri, and Pontus Lidberg, a Swedish choreographer (The Rain, Mirror) also known for his work with Morphoses.  Local audiences raved over Lidberg's film "The Rain" when it was screened in at The Modern in 2009. (Awards:  Jury Prize for Best Picture, Dance On Camera, NYC, 2012; "Court-Métrange du Jury" prize at Court-Métrange Film Festival, Rennes, France, 2011) (trailer video)

Sand
Photo by Cari Ann Shim Sham
The nobility of tradition is portrayed in the short documentary "Sand" (2010, USA, 10:10 min.) A rhythmic and visual collage, this engaging short takes a loving and nostalgic look at the legacies of bodily knowledge as they are transferred from dancer to dancer, and father to son.  Sand dance stems from turn of the 20th century vaudevillian and traveling shows, with only a handful of people still performing it, this film is a rare archive of the transference of sand dance or "passin' the sand" from one generation to the next.  Featuring emerging tap dancer artist Kenjii Igus and his father Darrow, director Cari Ann Shim Sham. (trailer video)
Games of Chance in Music and Dance: 
The role of improvisation in process
and performance (lecture-performance)

Saturday July 14, 3:30pm
Museum Auditorium
Admission free
Sarah Newton
Sarah Newton. Photo by Milton Adams.

Guest pianist John Hopkins is featured with CD/FW choreographer/performer Sarah Newton in this lecture performance. CD/FW artistic director Kerry Kreiman and other company members will share insights in regards to the role of improvisation in dance, while Hopkins compares and contrasts its role in music. Q&A time at the end will allow audience members to interact with the performers.

Weekend 3
CD/FW Dance Exchange:
A Choreographers Showcase


Friday July 20 and
Saturday July 21, 8pm
Grand Lobby
Admission free
The 2012 Modern Dance Festival at The Modern culminates in a beautiful showcase concert in the Grand Lobby, featuring a diverse sampling of American dance from the last 50 years.

Special guests include internationally-renowned dance artist Bill Evans (NY), who will perform his own tap version of Gershwin’s “Three Preludes” in addition to a presentation of Daniel Nagrin’s 1958 solo “Blue Man.”

The Bill Evans Dance company will perform a new version of Evans’ 1979 signature work “Craps” and Don Halquist will perform Evans’solo “Harold.”  Treeline Dance Works (NYC/Chicago) will be represented in the duet “Before Now, Beyond That” by Jenny Showalter and Don Halquist.

Lonny Gordon
Lonny Gordon performing "News"

Lonny Joseph Gordon (IL/TX) will perform the regional premiere of “News” – a solo recently created for him by modern dance legend Don Redlich. (A master choreographer in his own right, Don Redlich’s company is noted for maintaining repertory created by American modern dance pioneer Hanya Holm.) Part of an historical lineage of commenting on life through theatricalized work that stretches from Wigman, to Holm, to Kloepper, to Redlich, to Gordon, "News" is a scathing comment on the moment we are experiencing in our rapidly changing world. The solo is a virtuosic performance vehicle as a challenge for Lonny Gordon to perform using elements of movement, dance, theatre, voice, text, narrative, performance art, and highly energized passion... It spares no punches and is raw and shocking in the fresh open presentation.

The Contemporary Dance/Fort Worth company will perform artistic director Kerry Kreiman’s “Currents” set to Bach’s “Concerto in G minor” (which originally premiered in 1996, and which the company has not performed since 1997).  With flowing costumes by former CD/FW company member Marisa LeRette, this piece for 9 dancers is rooted in an exploration of Bach’s music.   As the music and choreography ebb and flow – together and apart – the dancers ride the joyous musical waves of sound.

Staged in the stark beauty of the Grand Lobby of the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, The Dallas Morning News named this showcase one of the Top 10 Dance Events of 2005: Vast space and rippling water gardens at the Modern proved an ideal setting.

Teaching What I Want To Learn (lecture)

Saturday July 21, 2pm
Museum Auditorium
Admission free
Bill Evans
Bill Evans teaching in Fort Worth in 2010.
Photo by Milton Adams.
Special guest Bill Evans (NY) will reflect on his career and his choreography.
Evans is an internationally recognized choreographer / performer / teacher / analyst / adjudicator / writer and visionary in the fields of modern dance, contemporary dance, and dance education.  Recent honors include: Dance Teacher Magazine’s Lifetime Achievement Award, University of Utah College of Fine Arts Distinguished Dance Alumnus Award, Honorary Doctorate from Cornish College of the Arts, and the National High School Dance Festival’s Outstanding Service Award.  A short Q&A at the end will allow for audience interaction.

The Dance On Camera films are presented as part of the touring program for the Dance Films Association’s annual Dance On Camera Festival, which is co-sponsored by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.  CD/FW is a Domestic Touring Partner with the Dance Films Association of New York City.

Special thanks to: The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, the Dance Films Association (NYC), the TCU School for Classical & Contemporary Dance, and Courtyard by Marriott.
Daniel Nagrin (1917-2008) – choreographer of "Blue Man" close

Daniel Nagrin (1917-2009) was a modern dancer, choreographer, teacher, and author, and was often referred to a “the great loner of American dance” – a status originally bestowed upon him by Dance Magazine in reference to his outstanding work as a solo choreographer and performer.  Nagrin was an important mentor to Bill Evans, and this is a rare opportunity to see Nagrin’s choreography performed live.

Bill Evans’ artistic statement in regards to performing Nagrin’s “Blue Man”:

I first studied with the great solo dance artist Daniel Nagrin in 1960.  He became a role model for me, and I later followed in his footsteps and gave solo performances throughout the US, Canada, Mexico and 20 other countries.  He was an important mentor to me in my 40s and gave me the motivation to continue performing and—in fact—experience my most successful dancing years.  He was once an artist in residence in the Brockport Department of Dance, and what is now studio 240 was once known as the “Nagrin Studio.”

Daniel Nagrin Wikipedia bio

Excerpt of Nagrin dancing in "Strange Hero"

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Originally from Texas, Lonny Joseph Gordon received his BFA in Theatre Arts from UT-Austin and a MFA in Painting and Choreography from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. After completing his MFA in August 1967, that October Gordon first traveled to Japan as a Fulbright-Hays scholar to study the graphic and performing arts as represented in the Grand Kabuki Theater at the Kabukiza in Tokyo under the direction of Kanzaburo Nakamura XVII. A renewal of his Fulbright allowed him to continue his studies in Japan, where he was accepted into the Nishikawa School of Classical Japanese Dance - Cultural Studies and Umewaka Noh Theater for a three year apprenticeship. Gordon made his debut as a concert soloist at Toranomon Hall in Tokyo in 1968 and subsequently toured Japan, and was later invited by the U.S. Information Agency to tour to Russia, Finland, Sweden, Germany, Italy, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Hong Kong and Taiwan.

Gordon's distinguished performing career included early notoriety, with "GORDONDANCE" making its United States premiere at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in 1970 and New York City premiere at the Museum of Modern Art in 1971. Other touring sites have included the Museum of Modern Arts in Stockholm, the World Exposition Osaka, Japan, the Rubicon International Theatre Festival, Revolutions International Theatre Festival, Theatre of Changes - Athens, Greece, and the California International Theatre Festival. His projects have received notable grant support from notable institutions such as the NEA, Mobil Foundation, the Nevada Arts Council, and the Korean Performing Arts Institute.

Gordon has chaired the dance departments at the University of Wisconsin, Madison and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He was the founding Director of Development for the Las Vegas Performing Arts Center and the Dean of Fine Arts at Illinois State University. He is currently an Ambassador for the Fine Arts as the first World Outreach Professor for Illinois State University. In addition to presenting his own work, Gordon continues to collaborate with other choreographers and companies. He sometimes performs with Winifred Haun & Dancers (Chicago) and just recently premiered "News," a new solo work by Don Redlich.

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     Born in Winona, Don Redlich graduated from Winona Senior High School in 1947 and from Winona State Teachers College in 1950 with a BS in Education. He went on to do three years of graduate work in theater and dance at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
     Leaving for New York City in 1953, he spent the next forty years pursuing a multiple career in dance and theater – teaching, performing and choreographing throughout the United States. In 1966, he formed the Don Redlich Dance Company and toured the United States under the auspices of the National Endowment for the Arts Dance Touring Program and the Artists in the Schools Program. His company’s annual New York City season included concerts at the Billy Rose Theatre, ANTA Theatre, and numerous Off-Broadway theaters. Most recently, Redlich has conducted workshops at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the University of Hawaii, the University of Maryland, and the International Festival of Dance in New Delhi, India. In addition to performing Redlich’s choreography, the Company was committed to preserving the works of modern dance pioneer Hanya Holm and presented her Ratatat, Joscose, Rota, and Capers. Redlich recently restaged Jocose for Mikhail Baryshnikov’s White Oak Dance Project.
     Leaving for New York City in 1953, he spent the next forty years pursuing a multiple career in dance and theater – teaching, performing and choreographing throughout the United States. In 1966, he formed the Don Redlich Dance Company and toured the United States under the auspices of the National Endowment for the Arts Dance Touring Program and the Artists in the Schools Program. His company’s annual New York City season included concerts at the Billy Rose Theatre, ANTA Theatre, and numerous Off-Broadway theaters. Most recently, Redlich has conducted workshops at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the University of Hawaii, the University of Maryland, and the International Festival of Dance in New Delhi, India. In addition to performing Redlich’s choreography, the Company was committed to preserving the works of modern dance pioneer Hanya Holm and presented her Ratatat, Joscose, Rota, and Capers. Redlich recently restaged Jocose for Mikhail Baryshnikov’s White Oak Dance Project.
     During his performing career on Broadway, he performed in Kiss Me Kate, Plain and Fancy, and The Golden Apple. On television, his performances included Pinocchio, Aladdin, the Dybbuk, and Command Performance for Ed Wynn. He choreographed the Off-Broadway productions of Thieves’ Carnival, Robber Bridegroom, Ariadne auf Naxos, and The Wildman. Regionally, he choreographed dances for Nancy Hauser Dance Company of Minneapolis, Mordine and Company of Chicago, Portland Dance Company, Albuquerque Dance Theatre and the Bat-Dor Dance Company of Israel. He directed productions of Woyzeck and Volpone for the National Theatre of the Deaf, and was selected to represent the United States of America at the 1969 International Festival of Dance in Paris. He has taught at Sarah Lawrence College, the Juilliard School, Adelphi University, New York University, and Rutgers University where he is Professor Emeritus in the Mason Gross School of the Arts. At Rutgers, he has staged productions of Pierrot Lunaire, The Soldier’s Tale, Façade, and Kurt Weill: An Evening of Song. In 1996, Redlich choreographed the 1996 production of Benjamin Britten’s Noah’s Flood for the Santa Fe Opera.
     For the past seven years, he has mentored a choreographic workshop for graduates of the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU. Mr. Redlich presently resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

 

CD/FW's 2012-2013 season is supported in part by the Texas Commission on the Arts with the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Arts Council of Fort Worth and Tarrant County and their Neighborhood Arts Program in collaboration with the City of Fort Worth and Once Upon A Time.... CD/FW gratefully acknowledges season partners: Arts Fifth Avenue, Texas Ballet Theater, The Body Garage, City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs, the Bath House Cultural Center, the Dallas Museum of Art, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, and Courtyard by Marriott. CD/FW's Fort Worth home season is sponsored in part by a 2012 Grant from the Arts Council of Fort Worth & Tarrant County.
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