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Stars Over
Euless

Oct. 6, 2012  
 
SKYWALKERS
(films)
Nov. 17, 2012  
 
Winter
SolstiCelebration
Dec. 21, 2012  
 
Barefoot Brigade
Jan. 10-12,17-19,
and 24-26, 2013
 
 
Sculpture Dance
(NorthPark Center, Dallas)
March 2: 2pm & 4pm; March 3, 3pm  
 
Colors, Costumes, and
Contemporary Dance
March 9: 3–4pm  
 
Sculpture Dance (encore)
(NorthPark Center, Dallas)
April 6: 12:30pm & 2:30pm;  
 
10th Annual Modern Dance
Festival at the Modern
July 12-28, 2013  
 
CD/FW Residency
Performances at UT Dallas
October 24-26, 2013  
photo by Milton Adams
Stars Over Euless
Saturday October 6, 2012 7pm
Bob Eden Park, 901 W. Mid-Cities Blvd., Euless, TX 76039
ADMISSION FREE


In collaboration with the City of Euless and the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, Contemporary Dance/Fort Worth will perform a series of short dances based on stories and shapes of the constellations. In addition to being featured during the formal presentation, selections from these dances will be performed periodically throughout the evening near the concessions area. This star-watching party is fun for the whole family! Telescopes will be available for viewing. A refreshment stand will be provided by the City of Euless.


SKYWALKERS: A daring double feature dedicated to humans who dance high above the ground
Saturday November 17, 2012, 2pm and 3:30pm
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell, FW, 76107
Museum Auditorium
ADMISSION FREE

Contemporary Dance/Fort Worth presents a double feature of films documenting movers who dance in the high space, above the earth's surface.


2pm - Skydancer (U.S., 2011, 74 min. -trailer-)
Broadcast premiere on PBS was October 21, 2012 - see it now on a big screen.

Renowned for their balance and skill, six generations of Mohawk men have been leaving their families behind on the reservation to travel to New York City, to work on some of the biggest construction jobs in the world. Jerry McDonald Thunderbird and his colleague Sky shuttle between the hard drinking Brooklyn lodging houses they call home during the week and their rural reservation, a grueling drive six hours north, where a family weekend awaits.

Through archival documents and interviews, Academy Award nominated director Katja Esson (Ferry Tales, Latching On) explores the colorful and at times tragic history of the Mohawk skywalkers, bringing us a nuanced portrait of modern Native American life and a visually stunning story of double lives. The film includes amazing footage of the steel workers moving with the grace and skill of dancers on girders high above the ground, which is contrasted with glimpses of participation in traditional dances at home on the reservation. "Skydancer" was selected for many film festivals: Margaret Mead Film Festival; One World International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival, Prague; Big Sky Documentary Film Festival; Hot Springs Film Festival; Salem Film Fest; Brooklyn Film Festival; American Indian Film Festival, and is released through Women Make Movies.

3:30pm - The Last Tightrope Dancer In Armenia (Armenia, 2009, 52 min. -trailer-)
Two septuagenarians, the most celebrated tightrope dancers in Armenia, share the same dream - that their only remaining student will keep their daring heritage alive. An elegy to a vanishing art form, this remarkable film by director Inna Sahakyan was the winner of the Best Documentary Film at the 2011 Dance On Camera Festival.

Tightrope Dancer
SKYWALKERS is presented in collaboration with the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.

The Last Tightrope Dancer In Armenia is presented in collaboration with the Dance Films Association of New York City'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 DFA.

Skydancer is presented in collaboration with Women Make Movies.
CD/FW Participates in Winter SolstiCelebration in Dallas
Friday December 21, 2012, 7pm
Cathedral of Hope, 5910 Cedar Springs in Dallas
Advance tickets are $17, $13 children and seniors:  Purchase Online
(Tickets may be available at the door for $20/$15, but this event frequently sells out.)


Members of the Contemporary Dance/Fort Worth company, and other members of the Barefoot Brigade, will perform to Dallas musician Andrew Tinker's song "Every Day" during the 20th and Final Winter SolstiCelebration on Friday December 21, 2012 at Cathedral of Hope in Dallas. This nondenominational event marking the Winter Solstice celebrates the regenerative power of darkness and redemptive grace of light. This year's event explores the theme of Transformation through a collage of ceremony, ritual, performance, and a variety of arts.

Winter SolstiCelebration Web Site        Facebook Event Page



CD/FW will perform on Week 1 and Week 2 of the Barefoot Brigade Dance Festival, and Lonny Joseph Gordon will preview a new work choreographed by CD/FW artistic director Kerry Kreiman on Week 3. Purchase tickets in advance at the Barefoot Brigade web site.
CD/FW Artistic Director Kerry Kreiman
Photos by Milton Adams
Sculpture Dance: A traveling performance inspired by sculptures on display at NorthPark Center
Saturday March 2, 2013 at 2pm & 4pm
Sunday March 3, 2013 at 3pm
NorthPark Center, 8687 N. Central Expressway, Dallas, TX 75225
ADMISSION: Free

The performance starts at the NorthCourt near Mark di Suvero’s “Ad Astra” and will progress counterclockwise around the mall, stopping at 8 different sculptures:
  • Ad Astra, 2005, by Mark diSuvero (NorthCourt, between Nordstrom and Macy’s)
  • 20 elements, 2004-2005, by Joel Shapiro (Nordstrom Court)
  • Three Places, 1983, by Antony Gormley (Between Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus)
  • The Field of the Cloth of Gold, 1987-1988, by Jim Dine (Between Neiman Marcus and Dillard’s)
  • Five Hammering Men, 1982, by Jonathan Borofsky (SouthCourt, between Neiman Marcus and Dillard’s)
  • A Surrounded Figure (Assediato), 1983, by Mimmo Paladino (Between Neiman Marcus and Dillard’s)
  • Rediscovered King, 1987, by Alain Kirili (Between Dillard’s and Macy’s)
  • Large Leaping Hare, 1982, by Barry Flanagan (Between Macy’s and Nordstrom)
The performance at each sculpture will last approximately 3-6 minutes before traveling to the next sculpture. Audience members are welcome to come and go throughout the performance.

Fort Worth musician Austin Patton will be featured at all 3 shows, and Dallas musician Jon Johnston will be featured at the Sunday performance.

You can learn more about NorthPark Center’s art collection at their website.

This event is sponsored in part by a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts in collaboration with the National Endowment for the Arts. Special thanks to NorthPark Center for hosting this special event.

















Audience members will have an opportunity to be the lighting designer. This photo from a performance at the Kimbell Art Museum shows audience members using flashlights and gel to help light the dancer. Photo by Milton Adams.
Colors, Costumes, and Contemporary Dance: Contemporary Dance at
Saturday March 9, 2013, 3pm–4pm
Dallas Museum of Art, Horchow Auditorium
ADMISSION: Free

Enjoy a series of short dances inspired by the Chagall: Beyond Color exhibition performed by Contemporary Dance / Fort Worth. Watch and interact as dancers explore how color and light change how we see costumes and dancing. Audience members will have opportunities to dance and be the lighting designer too!

This is part of the "Family First Day" event at the Dallas Museum of Art.

See photos from the March 9 event at CD/FW’s Facebook photo album here.















photos by Milton Adams
Sculpture Dance: A traveling performance inspired by sculptures on display at NorthPark Center
Saturday April 6, 2013 at 12:30pm & 2:30pm
NorthPark Center, 8687 N. Central Expressway, Dallas, TX 75225
ADMISSION: Free

The performance starts at the NorthCourt near Mark di Suvero’s “Ad Astra” and will progress counterclockwise around the mall, stopping at 8 different sculptures:
  • Ad Astra, 2005, by Mark diSuvero (NorthCourt, between Nordstrom and Macy’s)
  • 20 elements, 2004-2005, by Joel Shapiro (Nordstrom Court)
  • Three Places, 1983, by Antony Gormley (Between Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus)
  • The Field of the Cloth of Gold, 1987-1988, by Jim Dine (Between Neiman Marcus and Dillard’s)
  • Five Hammering Men, 1982, by Jonathan Borofsky (SouthCourt, between Neiman Marcus and Dillard’s)
  • A Surrounded Figure (Assediato), 1983, by Mimmo Paladino (Between Neiman Marcus and Dillard’s)
  • Rediscovered King, 1987, by Alain Kirili (Between Dillard’s and Macy’s)
  • Large Leaping Hare, 1982, by Barry Flanagan (Between Macy’s and Nordstrom)
The performance at each sculpture will last approximately 3-6 minutes before traveling to the next sculpture. Audience members are welcome to come and go throughout the performance.

ARTSPARK is an open door to the arts, created to heighten awareness about arts organizations and cultivate new audiences for our vibrant arts and cultural sector in North Texas. The event includes information and activity booths sponsored by area arts organizations.

You can learn more about NorthPark Center’s art collection at their website.

You can learn more about the Business Council for the Arts at their website.

This event is sponsored in part by a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts in collaboration with the National Endowment for the Arts. Special thanks to NorthPark Center for hosting this special event.
Dancers on Floor
photo by Milton Adams


















10th Annual Modern Dance Festival at the Modern
July 12-28, 2013 at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth (3200 Darnell St., Fort Worth, TX 76107)
For directions to The Modern and other visitor information, please visit their website at www.themodern.org.
Tina Mullone
photo by Milton Adams
In conjunction with our 10th Annual Modern Dance Festival at the Modern, CDFW is having a raffle to support the festival and our "Dance Delivered" educational programs. DETAILS
The 10th anniversary festival of Contemporary Dance/Fort Worth’s Modern Dance Festival at The Modern includes a special series of events utilizing Leif Inge’s mind-bending “9 Beet Stretch” as the sound score (Beethoven’s 9th symphony stretched to 24 hours with no pitch distortion), along with formal concerts, films, and more!

Admission to all dance festival events is FREE. For portions of the 9 Beet Stretch project being performed in the Second floor gallery, admission is still free, but your entry is restricted to that gallery. To visit other galleries, you must pay museum admission or be a museum member.

Weekend 1
Beckles Dancing Company
Jared Brown and Layla Brent in A Meditation by Loris Beckles
photo by Milton Adams
CD/FW Dance Exchange:  A Choreographers Showcase
Friday & Saturday July 12–13 at 8pm (CAFÉ MODERN opens for dinner at 5pm on Friday evenings)
Grand Lobby

The festival kicks off with formal concerts in the Grand Lobby, including a return appearance by Seattle solo artist Deborah Birrane in the regional premiere of works by Debra Knapp (NM) and Joanna Cashman (OR).

Beckles Dancing Company (Dallas) will perform A Meditation, choreographed by artistic director Loris Anthony Beckles. This group work combines lyricism and emotion with form and structure to create a unified whole.

Premieres by CD/FW company members Tina Mullone, Claudia Orcasitas, and Jacqueline Todd will be featured:

  • Claudia Orcasitas' new group dance Ahani (fabric or textile) is rooted in imagery and cultural history from her native country, Peru. Five performers round out this collage of poetry and movement.
  • Tina Mullone's Interior was inspired by a sculpture in The Modern's collection: "The Etruscan" (L'etrusco) by Michelangelo Pistoletto. Set to music by California composer David S. Hamilton, this duet will be performed by CD/FW company members Julia Nova and Claudia Orcasitas.
  • Jacqueline Todd will premiere Color Schemes in collaboration with her 7-year-old daughter Catherine DePetris and Dallas composer Jon David Johnston.

Lonny Joseph Gordon (GORDONDANCE, TX/IL) will premiere the solo Radiant, part of a larger collaborative project with KANOPY DANCE (Madison, WI), which will be presented in Madison in 2014. Gordon's group work "Radiance" was commissioned for and recently premiered by KANOPY DANCE, is set to original music by composer Thomas Powell, and with hand-dyed costumes created by designer Amy Panganiban. The choreography is influenced by Gordon's intensive study at the Umewaka Noh Theatre and Grand Kabuki Theatre in Japan. It is grounded in the aesthetics, styles, and texts of the Umewaka Noh and is a culmination of his Japan Foundation and three Fulbright fellowships for research and study.

Christine Bergeron's Pinwheels and Roses will be the finale for the CD/FW Dance Exchange program. Originally inspired by the work of installation artist Daniel Wurtz, Bergeron's two-part dance is both whimsical and lyrical, with beautiful performances by Carisa Armstrong and Kathleen Byrne. Armstrong and Bergeron have appeared on previous choreographers showcases at Orchestra Hall, and CD/FW is honored to have them return for the 23rd CD/FW Dance Exchange, which is the 10th anniversary year since its move to the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.


Weekends 2 & 3
July 19-21 and July 26-28 will be highlighted by a special project entitled "9 BEET STRETCH / MUSIC OF THE SPHERES"

Incorporating Scandinavian sound artist Leif Inge's mind-bending 9 Beet Stretch as the sound score (Beethoven's 9th symphony stretched to 24 hours with no pitch distortion), a series of special performance events will be scattered throughout the museum building and grounds, with contributing artists offering up works related to the ancient idea of the "Music of the Spheres." During the 24 hours of music, various dancers/companies/artists will come and go, presenting a variety of visual offerings to be surrounded by this extraordinary music.

The locations are as follows, with artistic lineup for each day to be announced at a later date:
Friday July 19 – DAY ONE (CAFÉ MODERN opens for dinner at 5pm on Friday evenings)
5:45pm: Introductory Remarks in the second floor gallery
6–7:45pm: Second floor gallery
Distant shores… Inner Streams… (start time 6pm)
Choreographed by CD/FW artistic director Kerry Kreiman in collaboration with the dancers.
The mysteries of seashells help to launch the opening of the 9 BEET STRETCH/MUSIC OF THE SPHERES project as members of the Contemporary Dance / Fort Worth company perform in the Second Floor Gallery. Using over 80 seashells as props and set pieces, nature's beauty is brought into the gallery space as part of the artistic offering. Listening as an act of awareness and consciousness becomes part of the choreography as the audience begins the journey of listening to Scandinavian sound artist Leif Inge's mind-blowing "9 Beet Stretch" score (Beethoven's 9th symphony stretched to 24 hours without pitch distortion).

Company members Courtney Mulcahy, Tina Mullone, and Sarah Newton start off the evening, with Ann-Marie Heilman and Kerry Kreiman joining into the dance at a later point.

imPULSE dance project (Lewisville), artistic director Anastasia Waters (start time app. 7:30pm)
This new quartet explores the subtle movements we make in moments of supposed stillness. It is an investigation of the idea that perfect stillness is impossible. Even in our attempts to be still, there is much movement happening beneath our skin, in our bones, and throughout our body that may not be perceived by the eye at first glance. Just as the listener can hear movement even in a single drawn out note in the 9 Beet Stretch score, one note produces multiple notes. You can hear the subtle pulses of sound happening beneath the long note, just as you can sense the subtle movements happening throughout your body in attempts to be still. Waters has been exploring the concept of honestly trying to be still, and then exaggerating the subtle movements the dancers discover in their attempts of doing so. These explorations became the basis for the movement vocabulary for the dance.
Dancers: Rachel Cummings, Mika Vera, Colleen Pagnotta, and Anastasia Waters
7:45-8pm: Serra “Vortex” – outside, southwest corner of museum (seating)
Hypatia’s Own - Part 1
Project IN Motion artistic director Hilary McDaniel-Douglas will perform an aerial dance solo in 3 parts – designed to be performed near the Serra "Vortex" sculpture outside at the southwest corner of the museum. (Part 2 will be performed Saturday July 20 at 11am and Part 3 will be performed Sunday July 21 at noon.)
8–10pm: Reflecting Pond Lawn
(seating - please click to see seating chart for pond and note that blankets are allowed, but not lawn chairs)
The Strength of Divinity, Parts A & B, Preston Contemporary Dance Theatre (Florida)
(Part A starts at 8pm and part B starts app. 9:15pm)
A group work envisioned to be performed on the Reflecting Pond Lawn, and related to one of the underlying themes of the "Music of the Spheres" project: "straining to hear the divine." Choreographer Anna Preston challenged herself to explore the artistic divinity within each dancer, to see how that can be expressed and enjoyed when allowed to manifest.

Matter Is Just Energy That Decided To Spin – Dennis Beck (Fort Worth) (start time app. 8:15pm)
Dennis Beck will perform two styles of T'ai Chi as part of the 9 Beet Stretch/Music Of The Spheres project. Other dancers will collaborate with him to perform a structured improvisation related to the themes. Matter Is Just Energy That Decided To Spin will feature Yang Style T'ai Chi, and Step Up To The Seven Stars will feature Sun style T'ai Chi.

Deconstructing (starts app. 8:35pm)
"Deconstructing" is a structured improvisation exploring the possibilities of circles. Soloist Sarah Newton creates and moves through hundreds of circles with her body. Drawing circles with body parts, moving through circles, and traveling in circular pathways. How many circles can you count within the dance?

Catch a Falling Star - Come Dance With Us! (starts app. 8:50pm)
Volunteers from the audience can help to make a lit "star" dance across the reflecting pond lawn and land somewhere to continue to shine through the rest of the performance that evening. Dancers of all ages are welcome to float their dancing stars across the lawn. (Lite cubes will be provided and distributed.)

Step Up To The Seven Stars – Dennis Beck (Fort Worth) (start time app. 8:45pm)

Saturday July 20 – DAY TWO
10:45am: Introductory Remarks at the Serra “Vortex” – outside, southwest corner of museum)
11–11:45am: Serra “Vortex” (seating)
Hypatia’s Own - Part 2

Working Together (starts app. 11:12am)
Dance Club (Austin)
Members of Austin's Dance Club will perform a structured improvisation created specifically for the 9 Beet Stretch/Music of the Spheres project and incorporating the Serra "Vortex" sculpture. Former CD/FW company member Amy Myers will perform alongside Ellen Bartel, Jessica Cairo, Jenna Ciernia,Stephanie Chavez, and Jude Hickey.

11:45am–3pm: Museum Auditorium

The Essence of Origin – (video, start time 11:45am)
Preston Contemporary Dance Theatre (Florida)
Dancers: Kelly Connolly, Lindsay Dromerhauser, Amanda Mire, Erin Rumble, Lisa Zahradnik. Choreography: Anna Preston
PCDT company members will perform on the museum auditorium stage while a video of an earlier performance in Florida will be simultaneously screened. Blending both modern and classical vocabulary, and attired in dresses of classic silhouettes, but modern colors and prints, the essence of both the original and core is examined and compared, creating a bridge between the two. By allowing the dancers to perform with an earlier version of themselves, this project takes ideas created in a particular spatial environment  (Treasure Coast, Florida) and allows the original essence to travel out to new destinations, to inspire and create in an always expanding process. "The Essence of Origin" mirrors the dense origin of the musical score, which is stretched to a point that allows the essence to be both examined and savored.

/ by any stretch \ – (live performance and digital projections - starts app. 12:05pm)
A collaborative text, presented by 24 local artistic associates of Sound Culture, in response to a specific question. The performance will feature digital projection, guided improvisational movement, and unbridled candor. Tammy Gomez is the artistic director and a featured performer for the project. Images by Jessica Fuentes.

Fort Worth Poetry Society (starts app. 1pm)

Visualizations Dance Jam Part 1 (starts app. 1:45pm)
Dancers will perform a structured improvisation inspired by "music visualization" digital images generated by the 9 Beet Stretch sound score being processed through music visualization software created by SoundSpectrum. Visuals courtesy of SoundSpectrum.

Firsts and Lasts Part 1 – (video, starts app. 2pm)
Utilizing imagery primarily from nature and urban environments, Tim Wilkendorf's video/photography contributions to the 9 BEET STRETCH/MUSIC OF THE SPHERES project will be screened in two parts in the Museum Auditorium on July 20 and 27.

of – (video, starts app. 2:30pm)
In this pre-recorded video piece, Austin-based artists Amy Myers (choreographer / performer) and Chris Archer (photographer / videographer) experiment with dancer and camera speed. The project plays with the audience's perception of gravity and the ideas related to the relativity of time/space. The piece takes place inside something reminiscent of an hour glass. The movement of the falling sand and costume fabric mixed with the changing dancer/camera speed toy with the perceived sense of time and gravity.

Visualizations Dance Jam Part 2 (starts app. 2:40pm)
Sunday July 21 – DAY THREE
11:45am: Introductory Remarks at the Serra “Vortex” – outside, southwest corner of museum
noon–1pm: Serra “Vortex” (seating)
Hypatia’s Own - Part 3 (starts at noon)

Sacred Geometry Jam (audience participation opportunity, starts 12:15pm)
Volunteers from the audience can help to make their own 3-D geometric shapes in space using ribbons and gold bands and working alongside performers. Take turns making temporary sculpture shapes with others or dancing in and out of them. Everyone's a dancer, and people of all ages are welcome to join in the fun as we define and redefine space making cool shapes for everyone to see.
1–4pm: Second floor gallery
3 Questions About Time (starts at 1pm)
In the first part of this structured improvisation, soloist Sarah Newton (Dallas) challenges herself to answer the 3 questions about time: Is time money? Who is killing time? Does time fly when your having fun? Each question will be answered in three rounds of structured improvisation lasting 5 minutes, 3 minutes and 1 minute. (Part 2, 3 Timeless Questions will be performed on Friday July 26).

Time in mind... Part 1 (starts app. 1:40pm)
Dancers will work together to create a structured improvisation related to perceptions of time... AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION OPTIONS will be presented along the way... Performers: Derrius Harmon, Eboni Ann Ivery, Breanna Kimbley, Courtney Mulcahy, Tina Mullone, Kristin Reed

Reticent (starts app. 2:20pm)
Choreographer: Courtney Mulcahy (Euless) and dancers representing Tarrant County College Southeast Campus. Dancers: Kevin Boateng, Marisa Rosales, Sasha Waldrep, Courtney Williams
Courtney Mulcahy in collaboration with her dancers representing Tarrant County College Southeast Campus compose a collective choreography revolving around variant aspects of procurement of information and subtle consequences.

The Beginning? Collective Force Dance Company (starts app. 2:30pm)
Collective Force Dance Company members will perform a structured improvisation designed by Alisha Armstrong in collaboration with the dancers.
This will be Collective Force Dance Company's first appearance at the Modern Dance Festival at The Modern, however several of the company members have performed in previous festivals under the auspices of other companies and choreographers. CD/FW is happy to host CFDC as part of the ever-evolving North Texas modern dance community, and welcomes the return of several of the performers as contributors to the 10th anniversary edition of the festival.

Time in mind... Part 2 (starts app. 2:40pm)

Embodied Pt. I (starts app. 3pm, part 2 will be performed Friday July 26)
Company: Marianne Shih (Dallas). Choreographer: Marianne Shih (Dallas). Performers: Kristen Hamilton, Marianne Shih
Dallas choreographer Marianne Shih has created a new duet for the 9 Beet Stretch/Music of the Spheres project. Shih's creative process started from asking herself a series of questions, including: What would space sound like if we could hear it? What did the world sound like before I was born? Why do I seem to have no memory of my existence or what my environment sounded like before I was born? Could the perspective of a fetus be similar to the perspective of someone looking at the world from another galaxy, dimension, or plane of existence?

Shih collaborated with another dancer (Kristen Hamilton) to explore an environment for two different beings (fetus/embryo and supernatural being) who might be observing the world and noting the possible similarities and differences in their views. They interact and respond with the idea of only being "vaguely aware" by unintentionally mimicking the other at times, occasionally falling into sync.

Echoes from the past... (starts app. 3:25pm)
Echoes from The Butterfly Effect and Other Catastrophes and A Muse Was Here. Performers: Derrius Harmon, Eboni Ann Ivery, Breanna Kimbley, Courtney Mulcahy, Tina Mullone, Sarah Newton, Kristin Reed

Echoes from... Our histories... (starts app. 3:40pm)
Dancers offer up snippets of phrases in muscle memory, fragments of ideas from their own dancing lives, and interact with each other... Exploring what's recorded in the body and deep in the memory and nervous system...
Friday July 26 – DAY FOUR (CAFÉ MODERN opens for dinner at 5pm on Friday evenings)
In the event of rain, outdoor performances scheduled for 8-10pm will be moved indoors to the Grand Lobby.
5:45pm: Introductory Remarks in the second floor gallery
6–8pm: Second floor gallery
Embodied Pt. II (starts 6pm)
Company: Marianne Shih (Dallas). Choreographer: Marianne Shih (Dallas). Performers: Kristen Hamilton, Marianne Shih

Pythagoras Dimension — (starts app. 6:25pm)
Company: Dance Unending (Lewisville), choreographer Nathan Scott
A large group work delving into the mind and the school behind "the music of the spheres." As part of his creative process, Scott has been examining the hierarchy of the students and the arrangements of the numbers in Pythagoras' number symbolism.

3 Timeless Questions (starts app. 6:40pm)
In the second part of this structured improvisation, soloist Sarah Newton (Dallas) challenges herself to answer the 3 timeless questions: 1. What happens when we die? 2. Who is God? 3. What is the meaning of life? Each question will be answered in three rounds of structured improvisation lasting 5 minutes, 3 minutes and 1 minute. (Part 1, 3 Questions About Time will be performed on Sunday July 21).

Time in Mind Part 2 (starts app. 7:15pm)
Structured improvisations using sand timers plus with audience participation.
8–10pm: Reflecting Pond Lawn
In the event of rain, event will be moved indoors to the Grand Lobby.
(seating - please click to see seating chart for pond and note that blankets are allowed, but not lawn chairs)
Whispering Trees (starts 8pm)
(performed under Roxy Paine’s "Conjoined" sculpture north of the Reflecting Pond Lawn,
choreographed by CD/FW members Kerry Kreiman, Tina Mullone, and Jacgueline Todd)

Created to be paired with Night sinks blue, Earth rises black later in the evening, these duets highlight different qualities and ideas related to trees, and also bring out different personalities and qualities in the dancers. CD/FW costume designer Crickett Pettigrew has created stunning dresses incorporating fabric which has special illumination properties under black lights. Audience members are welcome to move their blankets closer to the "Conjoined" sculpture during these segments, or can watch from other parts of the lawn.

Journey to the Second (starts app. 8:15pm)
Company: Dance Unending

Excerpts from Urania and A Muse Was Here (starts app. 8:33pm)
Company: CD/FW

Dance of the Molecules (starts app. 8:38pm)
Volunteers from the audience can help to create a "molecules" dance across the reflecting pond lawn utilizing small bouncy balls which light up and flicker. Audience members of all ages are welcome to help create flickering energy across the lawn. (Balls will be provided and distributed.)

China Cat Dance (starts app. 9pm)
ChinaCat Dance's artistic director Maggie Lasher offers up a Butoh-inspired group work testing how we perceive movement versus stillness, and how much can one slow down movement yet still be moving, thus altering one's sense of time and the relationship to it. The dancers will be wearing colorful trash bag tutus.

Night sinks blue, Earth rises black (starts app. 9:10pm)
Company: CD/FW

heima variation (starts app. 9:20pm)
Choreographer/dancer: Jessica Thomas
The original material for this solo and the solo Thomas will perform Sunday is related to ideas of listening to the body and the universe, making them a natural fit for this special project.

Excerpts from The Butterfly Effect and Other Catastrophes (starts app. 9:28pm)
Company: CD/FW

Time Travel… A Visual Meditation (starts app. 9:40pm)
A large group improvisation featuring members of several companies working together to create a unique scene by the museum reflecting pond
Saturday July 27 – DAY FIVE

10:45am: Introductory Remarks in the Museum Auditorium
11am–3pm: Museum Auditorium

Something Close To Nothing, Section 1 "Augenblick" (video)
Choreographer: Danielle Georgiou; Performers: DGDG (Danielle Georgiou Dance Group)
Sections 3 and 4 will be presented Sunday July 28.

Breathing Lessons (video, 11:12am)
Choreographer: Jenefer Davies; Costume Design: Jessica Miller; Lighting Design: Shawn Paul Evans; Dancers: Jennifer Ritter, Erin Sullivan, Blair Davis

Virginia choreographer Jenefer Davies is submitting a video of a dance previously performed to a different sound score. When Davies began to create the dance Breathing Lessons she had several seed ideas, including: Human breath and how breath connects us as and human beings, Humanness and what it means to be frail, How organic and inorganic elements often struggle for supremacy, Anxiety and how time stretches to make the suffering last longer – that a few seconds or minutes might feel like a year. Similar themes are inherent in the 9 BEET STRETCH score, with the clear tension between the stretched out sounds of the human voices vs. the instruments, and the foundation of the original score of Beethoven's 9th Symphony with its themes of humanity uniting through harmony and joy.

Fort Worth Poetry Society – Pt. 2 (11:25am)

Something Close To Nothing, Section 2 "Übermensch" (video with live soloist, 12:15pm)

Visualizations Dance Jam Part 3 (12:28pm)

BANG (short film, 1pm)
Noted Fort Worth visual artist Ronald Watson will contribute the short film BANG as an offering for the 9 BEET STRETCH/MUSIC OF THE SPHERES project.

Photographs (1:04pm)
Fort Worth photographer Milton Adams brings his unique view of the world (both in and out of balance) to the 9 BEET STRETCH/MUSIC OF THE SPHERES project with a screening of selected photographs in the museum auditorium. "Milton has served as Contemporary Dance/Fort Worth’s official company photographer for many years now," notes CD/FW artistic director Kerry Kreiman. "I’m thrilled that we’re able to include Milton in a larger project which reflects the broader scope of his work and his brilliant observations of the world around us."

Protean Grids (video, 1:12pm)
Ronald Watson

No Connection (1:15pm)
Filmmaker Melissa Eidson / Marea Productions (San Miguel de Allende, Guanuato, Mexico)

The Big Small in Nu Time Part I (1:30pm)
Kathy Dunn Hamrick Dance Company

Firsts and Lasts Part 2 (film, 2pm)

The Big Small in Nu Time Part II (2:30pm)
Kathy Dunn Hamrick Dance Company
3:15–4pm:
"DANCE SHORTS" - DANCE FILMS ASSOCIATION films from the 2013 DANCE ON CAMERA festival (NYC)
(This is not part of the “9 Beet Stretch” project, but has been coordinated with the schedule.)
In the AUDITORIUM, admission FREE   (view the Dance on Camera trailer)

Folie à deux  (Director Nel Shelby, Choreographer Adam Barruch,  2012, USA, 10:44) – Folie à deux is an exploration into the interior landscapes of two people whose acts of intimacy are the fantasy that thinly veils a greater discord.  Folie à deux (a French term which translates as "a madness shared by two") is a psychiatric syndrome in which symptoms of a delusional belief are transmitted from one individual to another. 

Substance:  Moloko  (Director Natasha Merkulova, Choreographer Anna Abalikhina, 2012, Russia, 17 min.) – A movie about looking for the substance of life.  The film is a cinematic dance fantasia performed by Anna Abalikhina, one of the leading Russian contemporary dancers and choreographers.

Sunday July 28 – DAY SIX

11:45am: Introductory Remarks at the Serra "Vortex" – outside, southwest corner of museum
noon–1pm: Serra "Vortex" sculpture (seating)
Something Close To Nothing, Section 3 "3 Clowns and 1 Walker"
Choreographer: Danielle Georgiou; Performers:DGDG (Danielle Georgiou Dance Group)

Sacred Geometry Jam (audience participation opportunity, starts 12:22pm)
Volunteers from the audience can help to make their own 3-D geometric shapes in space using ribbons and gold bands and working alongside performers. Take turns making temporary sculpture shapes with others or dancing in and out of them. Everyone's a dancer, and people of all ages are welcome to join in the fun as we define and redefine space making cool shapes for everyone to see.

Moments In Time Part 1 (12:40-12:50pm)
Circuitous Dance/Kate Warren
1–3pm: Second floor gallery
Something Close To Nothing, Section 4 "The Other Dance Song" (1pm)
Choreographer: Danielle Georgiou; Performers: DGDG (Danielle Georgiou Dance Group)

Is God a mathematician? (1:20pm)
Tina Mullone (choreographer, performer)

CD/FW – Breanna Kimbley – other muses material (1:23pm)

Moments In Time Part 2 (1:26pm)
Circuitous Dance/Kate Warren

U Knows variation (1:42pm)
Jessica Thomas

FireWalk Dance (new solo material, 1:50pm)
Leslie Graves

echoes from A Muse Was Here (2pm)
CD/FW – Tina Mullone

echoes from The Butterfly Effect and Other Beautiful Catastrophes (2:05pm)
CD/FW – Breanna Kimbley and Kristin Reed

verbal translation (2:08pm)
CD/FW – Kerry Kreiman; Choreographer: Jeff Slayton

Echoes of Distant Shores… (2:21pm)
a variation on the group work utilizing seashells which launched the 9 Beet Stretch project on July 19 will be performed
3–4pm: Grand Lobby
Moments In Time Part 3 (3pm)
Circuitous Dance/Kate Warren

butterfly effect variations - running fold and ski slope graph (3:15pm)
CD/FW

Slow Motion Pedestrian Landscape (3:30pm)
Volunteers from the audience can help to create a slow motion pedestrian landscape dance across the length of the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth's beautiful Grand Lobby. Audience members of all ages are welcome to help create a slow motion field of pedestrian movement.
4–4:30pm: MEET & GREET coffee with the artists in the Café Modern
Wilkendorf_escalator Wilkendorf - Clouds
Stills from Tim Wilkendorf's Firsts and Lasts
Katherine_Dunn_Hamerick Big Stretch
Kathy Dunn Hamrick Dance Company will perform on July 27 as part of the 9 Beet Stretch / Music of the Spheres project
photo by Lynn Lane
Attitudes
Preston Contemporary Dance Theater: attitudes. Photo by Dana Roxanne.
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photos from Milton Adam's presentation:lol
Breathing Lessons
Still from Jenefer Davies' Breathing Lessons. Photo by Kevin Remington.
Folie A Deux
Still from Folie à deux
July 19, 2013 Performance
July 19, 2013 performance by Reflecting Pond
photo by Milton Adams
July 19, 2013 Performance
Preston Contemporary Dance Theatre at July 19, 2013 performance
photo by Milton Adams
July 19, 2013 Performance
July 19, 2013 performance by Reflecting Pond
photo by Milton Adams
Circuitous Dance
Circuitous Dance
photo by Brett Buchanan
CONTRIBUTING ARTISTS/COMPANIES INCLUDE:
Milton Adams (FW), ChinaCat Dance (Houston), Circuitous Dance/Kate Warren (Austin), Collective Force Dance Company (FW), Dance Club (Austin), Dance Unending(Lewisville), Jenefer Davies (VA), DGDG – Danielle Georgiou Dance Group (Dallas), Melissa Eidson, Marea Productions, FireWalk Dance (Frisco), The Fort Worth Poetry Society, Kathy Dunn Hamrick Dance Company (Austin), imPULSE dance project (Lewisville), Tina Mullone (LA/TX), Amy Myers & Chris Archer (Austin), Sarah Newton (Dallas), Claudia Orcasitas (Euless), Crickett Pettigrew (FW), Preston Contemporary Dance Theatre (FL), Project IN Motion (NM), Marianne Shih (Dallas), Nikki DeShea Smith (Euless), SOUND CULTURE/Tammy Gomez (FW), Ronald Watson (FW), Tim Wilkendorf (MN)
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DEBORAH BIRRANE – (Seattle solo artist and guest performer in the regional premieres of "Samskara" and "By The River, Under The Moon" ) — Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Deborah Birrane began her dance career "late" at the age of 20 in a PE class at Penn State University.  Graduating with a BA in Social Work and a minor in Interdisciplinary Dance (1989), she ultimately chose the road to dance. Her early dance experiences led her to travel to Israel with the Penn State Dance Collective; to perform in the touring series of Bill T. Jones "Last Supper at Uncle Tom’s Cabin"; as well as a performing with Anne-Marie Mulgrew & Dancers in her home town of Philly and, self-producing her own works. She later received her MFA in Dance from the University of Arizona (1995), danced with Tenth Street Danceworks and eventually made her way back to Philly dancing with Mulgrew & Dancers, David Appel and presenting her own work at through the Philadelphia Dance Alliance. In 1998, she made the move to Seattle, Washington, which is now home -- by day Deborah works as a transcriptionist; by any other hour of the day she is dancer, choreographer, and teacher. As an artist-in-residence she merges cultural studies with creative movement and folk dance to children (K through 2nd grade). She also enjoys bringing yoga and dance to all people, especially engaging first-timers to both movement arts.  Currently, Deborah is working to put herself back out in the community, forging ahead on a second career (so-to-speak), with a focus of bringing movement to people as a nurturing, healing, or personal investigatory way to living.  On a personal level, Deborah took a three-year break from performing, and has returned to it with new vigor and awareness. She comments on her current investigations as an artist:

What a "come back" journey this year has been! At times I have felt like someone experiencing dance for the first time, yet, with a built-in maturity that has been at times confounding.  A little shake up was needed to break old patterns, so I have taken to the outdoors "rehearsing" on the piers - smelling the air, feeling the wood shift underneath… the crash of the waves, the clouds, the rain and the sun...it’s alive! Back in the studio, or anywhere, the question then becomes "How does one move with a continued sense of surround-awareness, bursting through the mental and physical boundaries and moving more deeply from within with a sense of freedom, trust and owning completely each dance?" There is an exquisite vulnerability, humbleness and, also, a sense of eloquence in opening up to the unfamiliar and to something that can only enrich the totality of the dance. These solo dances have not only been gifted to me, they have been a true gift to me. And, I gift them to you. Please visit me at: www.deborahbirranedance.org and/or drop me a line at debbirrane@gmail.com.

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Joanna Cashman (Guest Choreographer of "Samskara") — received her Master of Fine Arts degree in Dance from Arizona State University. She is a certified teacher of the Evans Method: A Laban-Bartenieff Based Method of Teaching Dance Technique and the founder of the Radiant Health Yoga® teacher training. A former member of the Barbara Mettler Dance Company, she has performed and taught internationally and is the recipient of numerous grants and awards for her creative work. In 1988 she co-directed an Arts for Peace Tour which produced an American-Soviet Concert of Contemporary Dance while in residency at Shevchenko University in Kiev, Ukraine and in 1994 she was awarded the Mayors Art Award in Bellingham, Washington. She served as an adjunct faculty member at The Evergreen State College and Lesley University where she taught MindBody Medicine and dance. Since 1976 she has shared her investigation of dance/movement as a holistic practice that illuminates universal truths about the human experience offering a rich vehicle for creative expression and personal growth. Currently she lives in Portland, Oregon where she is a licensed massage therapist and hospice nurse. For more information visit www.JoannaCashman.com.

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Dr. Debra Knapp (Guest Choreographer of "By The River, Under The Moon") is a Professor and the Director of Dance at New Mexico State University. She has also been on the dance faculties of Butler University, Indiana University, University of New Mexico, and the Palucca School Academy of Performing Arts in Dresden Germany. She has danced professionally with the Bill Evans Dance Company, the Dresden Germany Semperoper Ballet Company, the Nora Reynolds Dance Company, the Danzantes Dance Company, InMotion Dance Company, and the Windfall Dancers. She has received national choreographic recognition from the American College Dance Festival Association and the National Dance Association. Debra has choreographed over 50 dances and produced 40 dance concerts as director of the NMSU dance program. She has hosted the American College Dance Festival in 2011, the National Dance Association Pedagogy Conference in 2010, and the National Association of Ballet Folklorico Conference in 2007. Debra has also been a keynote speaker at conferences and festivals in the USA, China, and Mexico. Debra received the 2013 NDA Scholar/Artist award and the 2012 NDA University Dance Educator award. She has received the Donald C. Roush award for teaching excellence and the Research Council's award for creative scholarly activity both from NMSU. She is also a New Mexico Kennedy Center artist. Debra continues to freelance as a choreographer, performer, and dance instructor.

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Kathy Dunn Hamrick Dance Company (Austin, TX) makes original contemporary dance works, presents other modern dance companies, and directs New Art Kinnections, an outreach program for foster youth in residence at The Settlement Home. With work described as "strikingly athletic and wonderfully expressive," "ingenious," and "masterful," the company has accumulated numerous awards and recognitions as well as invitations to perform and teach at dance festivals, conferences and residencies. In addition to dancing for Austin audiences, Kathy Dunn Hamrick Dance Company has toured extensively and received critical acclaim from the Dallas Morning News, the Toronto Globe and Mail, and the New York Times among others.

Websites: www.kdhdance.com, facebook.com/KathyDunnHamrickDanceCo

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Tim Wilkendorf (St. Paul/Minneapolis) has been a photographer and printer most of his life except for brief stints in bronze casting, gunfight shows, and hotel work, where he has been working the last six years; presently for Marriott Courtyard in Minneapolis, MN. He has worked as a printer for curatorial research at Amon Carter Museum in years past. He attended college at Baylor University and studied Fine Arts at Texas Christian University. He has a collection of his photography available on the web at www.redbubble.com/people/toadtree13. He has also been working recently on video supplements for the performances of a musician friend in Minneapolis. That friend is not, nor has ever been, formerly known as Prince. Tim is pleased to be a part of this amazing project.

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Currently based in Fort Worth, Tammy Gomez is a literary artist/producer and playwright/director. She curated the Texas Book Festival Poetry Tent readings at the State Capitol for six consecutive years, and performed with the Red Salmon Poets, Dharma Broads, and WOW (Women of Words). As an award-winning poet (Best Poet of Austin - Reader's Choice Poll, Austin Chronicle, 1997), she has performed throughout the U.S., and in Mexico and Nepal. Her poems and essays have been anthologized widely, including in the Brooklyn Review, Conjunctions, the Yellow Medicine Review, Hecho en Tejas (University of New Mexico Press, 2006), and Bicycle Love (Breakaway Books, 2004). In 2007, the world premiere of her first play, "She: Bike/Spoke/Love," drew a standing-room only audience and received critical acclaim from Star-Telegram critic Mark Lowry, among others. This work was re-staged in Austin in 2012 on Bike to Work Day. For more info: bikespokelove.com. Tammy is also an inaugural artist on the United States Artists' USA Projects website, launched in December 2010. Her profile can be found at: www.unitedstatesartists.org/user/tammygomez. According to FW WEEKLY arts editor Anthony Mariani, Tammy is the local Spoken-Word Poet Laureate."

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Sound Culture, founded by Tammy Gomez and based in north Texas, is an intermedia production lab that emphasizes the spirit of community and collaboration among artists of various disciplines to enhance individual creative expression and social justice literacy through stage performance, spoken word, print publications, event production, and educational programming.

9 Beet Stretch project features original prose/poetry by: Julie Riggs, Horacio Elizondo, Rose Ann Meredith, Gloria Bermejo, Crystal Dozier, Fatima Hirsi, Shara Hammitt, Gabrielle Randle, Mary Margaret Boswell, Brian Patrick McCarthy, Katrina Perez-Titze, Carolina G. Martinez, Terry Horn, Angelica Hernandez, Glenda Dianne Walker, Andrea Gonzales, Ofelia Faz-Garza, Devin Wright, Melissa Freeman, James Jem Rodriguez, Ramsey Sprague, Melanie Rose, Layne Calabro, Tammy Gomez

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Jessica Fuentes is a Fort Worth based photographer, artist and art educator. Since graduating from UT Dallas in 2004 with a BA in Art and Performance, she has been active in the local art and independent film scenes. She recently received her MA in Art Education from UNT with a concentration in museum studies. Visit www.jessicafuentes.com to view her art and access her art education blog.

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Guest performer/choreographer of Radiant and founder/artistic director of GORDONDANCE (TX/Japan) is an internationally-acclaimed American Kabuki Master.  Gordon's choreography is influenced by his intensive study at the Umewaka Noh Theatre and Grand Kabuki Theatre in Japan. It is grounded in the aesthetics, styles, and texts of the Umewaka Noh and is a culmination of his Japan Foundation and three Fulbright fellowships for research and study.  For more than 45 years, Lonny Joseph Gordon has garnered world praise for his unique artistic vision, technical virtuosity, and a rare combination of strength and delicacy in performance. He has served as artist in residence at more than 150 cultural institutions throughout the world and has received 80 commissions for original works of art in choreography, painting/drawing, and theatrical design. He retired from academia in 2012, and he continues his world creative projects from his Texas ancestral home base of GORDON RANCH, founded in 1902.

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Choreographer of Pinwheels and Roses, Christine S. Bergeron currently serves as the Director of Dance Programs and Initiatives at Texas A&M University. Christine received a B.A. in Dance Education from the University of Akron and a M.F.A in Choreography and Performance from Florida State University. Chris is certified in Pilates Mat through the advanced level and is an Associate Instructor for the Pilates Equipment work from the Physical Mind Institute. She has danced with companies such as the Kathy Dunn Hamrick Dance Company, Women's Dance Project, Dance Repertory Theatre and K403. She has had the honor of performing works by Martha Graham (Acts of Light staged by Myra Woodruff), Peter DiMuro (Preludes to a Song), Jawole Willa Jo Zollar (Shelter) and Beverly Brown (Life at 12). She has presented choreography in Ohio, Florida, North Carolina, New York, California, Illinois, Texas and Mexico at various performances and festivals.

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Carisa Armstrong is the acting PEAP Coordinator for the Dance Program at Texas A&M University. She received a Master of Fine Arts in Dance, with concentration in pedagogy, performance, and choreography, from Case Western Reserve University. Her undergraduate degree is a Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science with Teacher Certification in Dance from Southwest Texas State University. While at SWTSU, Carisa received the Connie Webb-Brown Scholarship in Choreography/Performance. Since then, she has had the honor of performing works by Erick Hawkins, Diane Gray, Peter DiMuro, Kathy Dunn Hamrick, Louis Kavouras, Richard Dickenson, and Karen Potter. During her graduate years, Carisa taught several technique classes at Case, which lead to her receiving the Graduate Dean's Instructional Excellence Award. She also traveled to Milan, Italy where she was an assistant demonstrator at the NonSolo Danza Studio. After graduate school, she moved to NYC where she studied with numerous dancers in all genres of dance. Currently she is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Dance Program at Texas A&M University. She teaches a variety of technique courses, choreographs on students, performs her own works and those of guest artists, works with the Theater Program on special projects, and serves as the Costumer for the Dance Program.

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Kathleen Byrne received a Master of Fine Arts in Dance Choreography and Performance from Florida State University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ballet at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. She began her dance training with Martha Mahr in Coral Gables, FL and attended New World School of the Arts in Miami. While at FSU, Ms. Byrne performed in works by Martha Graham, Dan Wagoner and Gerri Houlihan as well as choreographed and taught various levels of technique classes. Ms. Byrne was a member of the New York Theatre Ballet for five years performing in New York as well as throughout the United States and Europe. During her tenure there, she danced principle roles in works by Antony Tudor, Frederick Ashton, Sallie Wilson, Keith Michael, Agnes de Mille, José Limón and Donald Mahler. Ms. Byrne was honored to be the recipient of the Suzanne Farrell Fellowship at Florida State University and was asked by Ms. Farrell to dance with The Suzanne Farrell Ballet at the Kennedy Center for their 2007 season. Ms. Byrne has also performed with Dance Repertory Theatre, Miami Ballet, and The Isadora Duncan Dance Ensemble. Currently, Ms. Byrne is an Instructional Assistant Professor in the Dance Program at Texas A&M University where she teaches Ballet technique, Pilates, Dance History, Dance Composition, and Ballroom Dance.

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Ronald Watson retired from TCU in May of 2012. He was a Professor of Art and Director of TCU's School of Art 2009-2011 and served as the Director of the Art Galleries at TCU. He was the Chair of the Department of Art & Art History from 1982-1989 and 1994-2009. A native of Nebraska, Professor Watson received his BFA and MFA from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, and has been teaching in higher education since 1967. He is an active artist who has been awarded an Artist Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts (1975) and two grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities (1977 and 1991). He has been a guest artist at the Cranbrook Academy of Art, the Ohio State University, and Lehman College in New York. His work has been presented in solo exhibitions in Michigan, Texas, Illinois and Florida and is in more than a dozen public and corporate collections including the Veterans Administration Hospital, Wood (Milwaukee), Wisconsin; Standard Oil, Inc., Chicago and the National Collection of Fine Arts, Washington, D.C. Watson has published one book and four exhibition catalogues. He has administered two college level art programs since 1971. He also was the founder and Director of the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts in Grand Rapids, Michigan from 1977 to 1982. Watson was a consultant to the Art in Public Places program of the National Endowment for the Arts from 1975 to 1979. His teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate levels was in a variety of studio disciplines including drawing, painting, design and color. He also offered seminars in art criticism and in professional practice for artists. Watson teaches in the TCU in Budapest program and has offered instruction in art criticism at universities in Peru and Mexico. Contact via e-mail: R.Watson@tcu.edu.

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Performing throughout Texas since 2008, ChinaCat Dance, under the artistic direction of Maggie Lasher, is a fun, fresh company with a unique approach to contemporary dance. ChinaCat presents simple themes that speak to the imagination and the heart, and are also known for creative and memorable costuming and design elements. ChinaCat Dance also presents fully produced fire dance shows incorporating poi, staff, fans, fingers, and torches with contemporary choreography. Performance highlights include a concert at the historic Arneson theater on the San Antonio Riverwalk, Luminaria- Arts Night in San Antonio, DiverseWorks 12 Minutes Max, Big Range Austin, the Houston Fringe Festival, Brazos Contemporary Dance Festival, Barefoot Brigade Dance Festival, and they were featured as the 2012 FrenetiCore Artist-in-Residence which culminated with an evening length production. At the core, ChinaCat Dance creates enlightening, audience friendly dance works that are accessible to diverse communities and age groups and they always strive to share joy and love through dance.

Website: chinacatdance.com, FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/ChinaCat-Dance/283679604984104?ref=tn_tnmn

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Jenefer Davies Jenefer Davies received an MFA in Dance from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and a MALS and BA in Dance/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, and Mill Mountain Theatre, among others. Her choreography and performance work has toured to Spain, Greece, Scotland and throughout the U.S. Her piece Veil of Ignorance was recognized as an "Outstanding Creative Work" by the American College Dance Festival and was included in a 2007 ACDFA gala performance. Davies has been published in the International Planetarian Magazine, the World Congress on Dance, the Nu Delta Alpha Journal and the Athens (Greece) Institute for Research in the Arts Consortium. She is currently writing a paper on experiential learning in aerial dance. Davies 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. Her innovative full-length works have received international press from media outlets including National Public Radio and Sports Illustrated Magazine. In 2004, one of her compositions was referenced 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 and Artistic Director of the W&L Repertory Dance Company.

Jenefer Davies was a past participant of the Modern Dance Festival at The Modern, appearing in the 2005 CD/FW Dance Exchange: A Choreographers Showcase during the 2nd annual Modern Dance Festival at The Modern. CD/FW is happy to have her work represented in a special long-distance contribution for the 10th anniversary of the festival.

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Preston Contemporary Dance Theatre (PCDT) is committed to using dance as a means of cultural awareness to enhance the cultural atmosphere of the Treasure Coast and the Palm Beaches. Comprised of Dance Educators and professionals under the artistic direction of Anna Preston, PCDT creates dance pieces, full length dance concerts, and artistic events. Approximately seventy percent of the PCDT mission is dedicated to community outreach, working closely with other national and community groups to produce dance programing that has fought hunger, created awareness about human trafficking, encouraged at-risk teens to overcome obstacles, and championed the rights of the disabled for access to the arts. The focus of PCDT is always on quality art, striving to connect their passion to purpose. www.pcdancetheatre.org

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Nathan Scott – artistic director for Dance Unending – is a senior at The University of North Texas pursuing a BFA in dance. He is the new artistic director for Dance Unending after dancing for the company for 3 years. He also is a resident company member for The Frisco Ballet and Collin County Ballet Theatre. He has been performing on stage for nearly 20 years and also does stunt work for films.

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Anastasia Waters received her BFA in Modern Dance at Texas Christian University. At TCU, she performed in works choreographed by Susan Douglas Roberts, Elizabeth Gillaspy, Suki John and guest artists Robert Battle, Loretta Livingston, and Alexandera Beller. In her final year at TCU she was awarded the "Emerging Choreographers Award" for her creation of modern pieces, Bedtime Story and Omnipotence. Bedtime Story was chosen be performed and adjudicated at the 2010 American College Dance Festival. In the summer of 2009, she attended the American Dance Festival in North Carolina, where she studied modern dance technique and choreography with Mark Heim. In the summer of 2010, she attended Bates Dance Festival in Maine, where she performed in an original work choreographed by renowned dance artist, Doug Varone. She also studied modern dance technique with Natalie Desch, of Doug Varone and Dancers, and Omar Carrum of Delfos Danza Contemporanea.

Anastasia has been teaching dance to young children, and young adults for 7 years. She has taught ballet, modern, jazz, and tap in many studios around the DFW metroplex.? 2010-2012 she had the opportunity to dance with Muscle Memory Dance Theatre, performing in works choreographed by Meghan Cardwell-Wilson, and Amy Sleigh. After her lovely years with M2DT, she decided to begin a company of her own, and started imPULSE dance project. Her work with IDP, True Colors, was selected to participate in the 2013 Barefoot Brigade, the 2013 Out of the Loop Fringe Festival, as well as the 2013 Denton Dance Festival.

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Rachel Cummings received her B.F.A in Modern Dance from Texas Christian University. At TCU, she had the pleasure of performing in works by Susan Douglas - Roberts, Elizabeth Gillaspy, Robert Battle and Christian Von Howard as well as performing student works at the American College Dance Festival. While attending Bates Summer Dance Festival in 2009, Rachel had the pleasure of performing an original work by Robert Battle while also taking class from Nancy Starks-Smith and Michael Foley. Rachel's professional experience includes dancing with Muscle Memory Dance Theater and Ewert and Company as well as being the Assistant Artistic Director of Denton City Contemporary Ballet. She currently is the Co-Director of the Arlington Heights High School Dance Department and a Company Member of Impulse Dance Project.

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Colleen Pagnotta (Crystal Lake, IL) graduated Magna Cum Laude May 2012 from Texas Christian University with a double BFA in Ballet and Modern Dance and Departmental Honors in Dance. She received her early training at the Summers Academy of Dance performing classical roles in the Berkshire Ballet Theater under the direction of Jennifer Echols. Colleen received further training at summer programs with Milwaukee Ballet and touring cities in Europe with the Blue Lake Ballet Ensemble. Colleen continued her training at TCU, studying under their inspirational artists and recently attended the Complexions Contemporary Ballet Intensives in NYC and Dallas. Colleen has performed in many works during her time at TCU, a range of classical ballet such as Swan Lake and Don Quixote, restaging of Balanchine in Elegie, Serenade, and Episodes, to more contemporary works by John McFall, Jessica Lang, Elizabeth Gillaspy, and Kanji Segawa.

Recently Colleen performed the character Desidaria in Atony Tudor's Fandango. In 2010, Colleen performed Jessica Lang's Confessions at American Collage Dance Festival Nationals held at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. Colleen was very proud to have her choreography, entwine selected to represent TCU at the2012 American College Dance Festival South Central Region. This April, Colleen's honors thesis, "Individual Movement through Dance and Choreography" was selected as a finalist for the prestigious Boller Award in the John V. Roach Honors College at TCU. Most recently, Colleen performed with Ballet Concerto in the 29th annual Summer Dance Concert performing works by Luis Montero and Fernando Bujones. Colleen looks forward to continue dancing and teaching in the DFW area and sharing her passion for dance with the community.

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Mika Vera received her early training from Ballet Conservatory in Lewisville, TX. There she studied modern, ballet, pointe, hip hop, jazz, and character under the instruction of Kelly Lannin, Allan Kinzie, Shawn Stevens and Shannon Tate. She was also a part of the pre-professional student company Lake Cities Ballet Theatre (LBT). With LBT, she performed advanced and lead roles in many classical ballets, such as Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, Peter and the Wolf and Dracula. She was honored to perform in two George Balanchine pieces staged by Shawn Stevens, Serenade and Concerto Barrocco. To further her training, Mika attended the Alonzo King LINES Ballet summer program, two summers in a row, as well as Hubbard Street Dance Chicago summer intensive. She has also had the honor of competing in the New York Finals of Youth American Grand Prix (YAGP) in ensemble pieces such as Paperback Writer and had been in finals qualifying ensembles like Precious Stones from Sleeping Beauty. In May 2013, Mika was offered a scholarship to dance and assist alongside Bill Hotaling, founder of Manhattan Dance Project in Fuiggi, Italy this summer. She is excited for what the future holds and is honored to be a part of Impulse Dance Project.

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Artistic Director of Beckles Dancing Company and Executive Director of ARGA NOVA DANCE, Loris holds a BA in Dance from Adelphi University. He has also studied dance at New York School of Ballet and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center. He has danced with the ALVIN AILEY REPERTORY ENSEMBLE, ELEO POMARE DANCE COMPANY, CAPITOL BALLET and the SYRACUSE BALLET THEATRE, among others, in NEW YORK and on tour in the U.S. and the CARIBBEAN. He has taught in NEW YORK CITY, cities across the U.S., in EUROPE and the CARIBBEAN. He has choreographed for several companies, including the ALVIN AILEY REPERTORY ENSEMBLE (now Ailey II), and was artistic director of the BLUE MERCURY DANCING COMPANY in New York for over ten years. Mr. Beckles has served as Facility Manager for Deep Ellum Opera Theatre (DEOT and coordinated their New Dance Meets New Music and A Month of Dance festivals. In the summers of 1997 and 1998 Mr. Beckles spent several weeks teaching "at risk" students at AileyCamp in Kansas City, MO. He has taught Ballet and Modern Dance at Park Cities Performing Arts Center in Dallas, Modern/Jazz to youngsters at South Dallas Cultural Center, and Jazz Dance at Dream Catcher and Infinite Bounds in Plano. He is the founder of the André R. George Association (ARGA), dedicated to Dance and Related Arts and Issues. He is also the founder and coordinator of the South Dallas Dance Festival, which has had increasing success in its short history. A 1997 Dallas Morning News review of one of his works referred to it as "... daring" and "gorgeous". And he won a 1997 Leon Rabin Award for Outstanding Choreography for "HAIR" at the Deep Ellum Opera Theatre (DEOT). 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 (Dallas), 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.

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Beckles Dancing Company celebrates the primacy of Dance! We exult by dancing. We develop on, and refine human movement. We speak without words, using the body as instrument of communication, and we reflect the natural beauty we see. We combine various forms to reach you through an exhilarating mix. In works than span the gamut from light to dark, reverential to irreverent, we touch the spirit and renew the soul …

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For outdoor portions (Reflecting Pond Lawn and near the Serra “Vortex”) audience members are welcome to bring blankets. (Lawn chairs are prohibited.) Please note for the 8pm-10pm performance by the pond, the area close to the pond is the "stage" -- seating is further back.

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Amy Myers is an Austin-based choreographer and dancer. She holds a BFA from TCU in Ballet and Modern Dance, and has had the pleasure of working with many companies over the years, including Contemporary Dance/Fort Worth, Woven Feet, Spank Dance, Dance Club, and Ariel Dance Theatre.

Amy is a former CD/FW company member who has contributed as a choreographer and performer to multiple previous festivals at The Modern. The CD/FW organization is excited and honored to have her participating in the 10th anniversary edition of the festival.

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Chris Archer is an Austin-based photographer and film maker. He received his BFA in Photography from St. Edwards University. He has done portraiture and album covers for several musicians, including The Salesmen, Trent Gentry, and Sorne. You can see samples of his work at www.Archershot.com.

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Founded in 2012, Collective Force Dance Company seeks to promote collaboration among artists; to create an environment that fosters individual growth and creative expression; and to provide dance for our community through performances, master classes, workshops, and outreach.

History: In March 2012, former Phase 2 Dance Ensemble members Alisha Armstrong, Holly Arnold, and Lauren Butschek-Neisler, determined to continue their professional careers, formed Collective Force Dance Company (CFDC). The company was built on the notion that together we are stronger, collectively we have greater strength and endless possibilities. CFDC is working toward non-profit status, and their continued dancing is made possible through individual donations and discounted/donated rehearsal space at local studios. CFDC is a member of the Barefoot Brigade coalition for modern dance, contemporary dance, and performance art, thus serving as a co-producer for the Barefoot Brigade Dance Festival.

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Milton Adams is a Retired Photo Editor/Photographer at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and has been a photojournalist for over 35 years. Milton has worked on staff at the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, Dallas Times Herald, and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Over the years he has been published in most all of the world's major news and sports magazines and newspapers.

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A New Orleans native, Johnston was fortunate to be surrounded by good music from an early age and began playing the piano at age 4. By age 8, he was winning awards for his original compositions. His love of music was further nurtured at the Booker T. Washington High School for the Visual and Performing Arts in Dallas, where he was recognized nationally as one of the top performing jazz pianists in the country. Johnston continued his studies at Berklee College of Music in Boston where he studied with legendary artists such as jazz pianist Ray Santisi. It was at Berklee that Johnson had his first encounter with the shakuhachi flute, which touched off a love affair with the instrument and Japanese music which has continued to this day. He has studied with shakuhachi masters Stan Richardson and Yodo Kurahashi II, and holds his Shihan (master's teaching license) and the shakuhachi name of ´Jo-on dó (pure sound) from Stan 'Kakudo' Richardson sensei. In addition to teaching, Jon has performed shakuhachi at a variety of local venues such as the Crowe Collection of Asian Art, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, the Dallas Museum of Art, the Dallas Arboretum, the Japanese Gardens of Houston, and the Fort Worth Japanese Gardens. This is his first artistic collaboration with choreographer Courtney Mulcahy. You can hear samples of his work at his website at www.jondavidjohnston.com.

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Claudia Pacheco Orcasitas Claudia is a Peruvian modern dancer who comes to us from San Marcos Ballet of Peru, directed by England's Vera Stasny. She brings almost 22 years’ experience in dance to CD/FW. Claudia studied Psychology and Education at San Marcos University. In 2007, she came to the U.S. to improve her teaching skills in foreign languages and bilingual education. She is currently working in Fort Worth ISD where she teaches Science, Math and Spanish. She has been a member of Contemporary Dance/Fort Worth since 2008. As a contributor to CD/FW, she has created several new works for the company and has also restaged new versions of old works originally created in Peru. Claudia has also been a guest instructor and choreographer for Wise Dance Center.

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Project IN Motion was founded in 1998 and incorporated in 1999.  PIM develops collaborative audio/video, theatrical, terrestrial and aerial dance productions and perform on traditional aerial apparatuses, as well as custom-built devices and set pieces of our own design. In the past thirteen years Project IN Motion has performed in historic homes, along the banks of the Rio Grande, and in New York lofts, in addition to many other locations. Utilizing projected color, poetry, prose, musical collaboration, as well as custom designed, and traditional aerial apparatuses, Project In Motion uses movement and dance to redefine story and elaborate on the way we experience live performance.

North Texas audiences may remember PIM's 2011 appearance at the 8th annual Modern Dance Festival at The Modern when the company performed The Palace at Night on the Reflecting Pond Lawn. Inspired by the work of Alberto Giacometti, The Palace at Night is a series of aerial and terrestrial dance pieces performed on, in, and around a custom built sculpture. This production continued to tour in 2013 and through 2014.

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Hilary McDaniel-Douglas has always been interested in artistic communication of all sorts. Attending Interlochen Arts Academy and Camps on full scholarships for Dance and Writing, she went on to Sarah Lawrence College and Indiana University in diverse fields such as Music, Oil Painting, African Studies, Audio Technology and Contemporary Dance, finally graduating in History and continuing in Contemporary Dance in Graduate studies under Mr. Bill (William) Evans. She is Certified in Evans Technique, but has turned her focus to the space above the stage and aerial arts continuing a passion for trapeze that was born in the 1980's. She feels Aerial Arts meld the physical human with the animal human taking us back to our tree climbing roots and are second nature to us. She is the artistic director of Project In Motion Aerial Dance Company and has just completed a tour with the company of The Palace at Night, Inspired by the Work of Alberto Giacometti which was performed at The Modern in 2011. Especially intrigued with the vertical, she embraced the chance to climb next to Richard Serra's incredible "Vortex".

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Danielle Georgiou is a dancer, choreographer, and video artist based in Dallas, TX. Her stage and video work deals with puzzles found in femininity—vulnerability, deformity, and beauty.

She is the Visiting Scholar in Dance at Eastfield College and the Director of the UT Arlington Dance Ensemble. Danielle is pursuing her Ph.D. in Humanities at the University of Texas at Dallas and is a current Artist-in-Residency at CentralTrak—the UT Dallas Artist Residency program.

In 2011, she founded DGDG (the Danielle Georgiou Dance Group), a performance art dance group that works within ideas of German expressionism and tanztheater. The productions work toward creating compelling images of a "new female." Whether collaborating or defining her own work, Danielle wants dancers that constantly strive to transform themselves, either in image or skill. Technique is your foundation – not your identity.

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The Danielle Georgiou Dance Group was founded by Danielle Georgiou in 2011. DGDG is a performance art dance group that works within ideas of German expressionism and dans theatre. The productions work toward creating compelling images of a "new female." Whether collaborating or defining her own work, Danielle wants dancers that constantly strive to transform themselves, either in image or skill. Technique is your foundation—not your identity.

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Dennis Beck is a professional T'ai Chi instructor who has studied the Chinese art of stress reduction and exercise for the last 20 plus years. He has taught extensively in Fort Worth, including classes at TCU (for many years in the Japanese Garden), at Lockheed Martin, Trinity Terrace, Town Village Ridgmar, for the City of Fort Worth at R.D. Evans Recreation Center on the West Side, at JPS, and in several area churches such as University Christian Church, First Presbyterian, Saint Stephens Presbyterian, First Congregationalist, and others. He also worked with pain patients at High Point Rehabilitation in Arlington and Fort Worth's Center for Rehabilitative Medicine for many years.

Dennis is also a Navy veteran, a graduate of Texas Tech University with a degree in history, adjunct faculty at TCU for many years teaching classes in creative writing and smoking cessation, and a freelance journalist who for years wrote book reviews and profiles for the Star-Telegram, Dallas Morning News, and other newspapers around the country. His latest book Quit Smoking the T'ai Chi Way: Help Yourself or Someone You Love and his novel Feather Duster, a World War II mystery, are available at amazon.com and other major outlets.

He has official permission to teach Yang Style T'ai Chi from his teacher, Master Ho Chin-Han. Dennis also studied extensively with Master Justin Harris who taught him Sun style T'ai Chi, Hsing-I, and related arts. Emphasis in all the classes he teaches is on stress reduction and general health benefits.

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Sarah Newton (Dallas) holds a Master's of Fine Arts degree from Texas Woman's University and is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of Sam Houston State University, where she holds a Bachelor's of Fine Arts in Dance. Sarah is a member of Contemporary Dance / Fort Worth and Out On a Limb Dance Company, and has also performed professionally with the Kista Tucker Dance Company, Satellite-Dance, and MAMandSCHLECTE Dance, including appearances on the Barefoot Brigade Dance Festival and The NOTcracker. She is a well-seasoned performer with credits including a solo choreographed by Dr. Linda Caldwell that was performed at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She toured New Zealand with the Pickwick Players (a youth theatre troupe offered by audition only) in the lead role of The Hundred Dresses. Sarah is certified to teach mat and equipment Pilates through Balanced Body University, and her dance training includes study at the American Dance Festival. She has taught modern dance, hip-hop, creative movement, ballet, jazz, tap, body conditioning, and dance fitness (salsacise, dancercise) to students of all ages. She is currently on faculty for TCU's School for Classical & Contemporary Dance and is an in-house "mechanic" for The Body Garage (Pilates studio) in Fort Worth. She has served as adjunct faculty for Tarrant County College's Northwest Campus (2008-2010) and has taught for the CD/FW School since 2008.

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Marianne Shih holds a degree in Public Affairs and Dance from the University of Texas at Dallas. An alumnae of American Dance Festival, Marianne has had the opportunity to study with the likes of Dallas Black Dance Theatre, Bill Evans, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, and more. She was fortunate enough to discover the world of aerial and circus arts at Vertical Fitness Dallas and continues to find ways to blend her love of art, expression, and physicality through creating choreography on and off the ground. Marianne is currently in the process of completing her Pilates instructor certification through Power Pilates.

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Melissa Eidson currently resides in San Miguel de Allende, Guanuato, Mexico where she is making independent films. Her latest short film is currently in production, with a working title Give and Take. It will be shown at The Modern in Fort Worth, Texas July 27th at 1:30pm.

Melissa started making independent films after working with Mexican filmmaker Carlos Reygadas and IMCINE in Mexico City. She has produced and directed two of her own documentaries: El Barrio, (trailer) covering the neighborhood of Tepito in Mexico City, which was screened at various film festivals including the Cannes Film Festival and the Berlin Film Festival in a group of other films from Latin America organized by Pablo Udenio of Haciendo Cine in Argentina. El Barrio won Best International Documentary Award in October of 2006 at the New York International Independent Film and Video Festival (NYIIFVF) in Los Angeles and the Founders Choice Award for Best Feature Documentary at NYIIFVF in New York City in November, 2006.

Her last documentary No Son Invisibles: Maya Women and Microfinance, (trailer) featuring Muhammad Yunus, was originally screened at Cannes film festival in France and the Buñuel Festival in Calanda, Spain. It was also translated into Arabic for the Fajr International Film Festival in Tehran, Iran. It went on to the Torino and Roma Film Festivals in Italy and The Seattle Film Festival as well as the Del Ray Beach Film Festival. It was also screened at The University of Washington and University of Texas. It has been acquired by Harvard, Stanford, UT, TCU, Baylor, University of Washington, Vanderbilt, USC, and SMU libraries.

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Jessica Thomas is a graduate from the University of North Texas with a BFA in Dance Performance. While attending UNT, she was privileged to receive the Lucille Murchison Dance Scholarship, as well as perform faculty choreography in New York City. She also had the beautiful opportunity to perform the reconstruction of José Limón’s “Psalm,” for former company member, Brenna-Monroe Cook. This experience led her to travel between California and New York, immersing... delving deeper into the Limon technique, as well as other realms of movement. The humble, transcendent beauty of this technique combined with its organic, technical rigor continues to significantly shape her own movement aesthetic... drawing her deeper into her own sense of being. Jessica is currently dancing with Contemporary Dance/Fort Worth and Satellite-Dance, as well as teaching for The Colony Dance Studio. Her choreography has been presented by the Barefoot Brigade Dance Festival as well as CD/FW, and has been praised by local audiences.

Contemporary Dance/Fort Worth Residency Performances at UT Dallas
Thursday – Saturday October 24–26, 2013, 8pm
The Thursday evening performance is FREE to the general public, the Friday & Saturday shows are $15 general admission.   Ticket Information

Contemporary Dance/Fort Worth is a featured company “in residence” for the UT-Dallas Dance Ensemble’s fall concert at the University Theatre on the Richardson campus. The UT-Dallas Dance Ensemble will premiere the commissioned work “False Light” choreographed by CD/FW artistic director Kerry Kreiman to music by composer David S. Hamilton. The dance incorporates small hand-held lights resembling cell phones, and examines how current technologies are changing how people perceive themselves and interact with each other and society in a process of evolution and adaptation as our lives become increasingly intertwined with technology within an ever-expanding “web” of complexity. From privacy issues, to sleep patterns, to our posture as we sit or stand, our every move in the physical world is constantly altered by our rapidly evolving virtual world.
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The CD/FW company will also present 3 notable solos:
Heima by Jessica Thomas (CD/FW company member)
Two by Courtney Mulcahy (CD/FW company member) in collaboration with Dallas composer Jon Johnston
Blind Faith by Tina N. Mullone (CD/FW associate artistic director)

Learn more about the composers at: www.jondavidjohnston.com and www.davidhamiltonmusic.com.

 

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 Residence Inn Fort Worth Cultural District and 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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