Special to The Dallas Examiner
Dallas Black Dance Theatre will commemorate its 40th anniversary season during its seventh annual Cultural Awareness Series. The series will be held Feb. 17 to Feb. 19 at the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre in the AT&T Performing Arts Center, located at 2400 Flora St.
“At Wells Fargo, caring for communities is embedded in our culture, we strive to create and support positive, lasting impact – socially, economically and environmentally – through our business practices, philanthropy and community engagement. Cultural programs like this are one more opportunity for us to add to the quality of life in our communities,” Wells Fargo area president Scott Wallace said. “We are honored to have supported Dallas Black Dance Theatre for more than 10 years and to serve as presenting sponsor for seven years, and look forward to continuing to partner with them for many years to come.”
DBDT has commissioned veteran DBDT dancer/choreographer Sean J. Smith to create a work that brings the 40-year legacy of the theater’s to life onstage. In developing the concept for Interpretations Smith interviewed DBDT founder Ann Williams, as well as former dance company members, staff and supporters integral in the formation of the theater.
Other works in the Cultural Awareness program include audience favorites by nationally acclaimed choreographers. Fort Worth native Bruce Wood choreographed Smoke for the theater in 2001. DBDT will reintroduce its 2014 world premiere Memoirs by Garfield Lemonius, a former principal DBDT dancer and Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts faculty member.
Also performing Dallas native Darryl B. Sneed’s …And Now Marvin, set to the tunes of Marvin Gaye. Prior to his death in 1997, Sneed was the theater’s associate artistic director, resident choreographer and principal dancer. In 1932, Asadata Dafora choreographed Awassa Astrige/Ostrich, the solo dance that imitates the graceful, but powerful movements of the Ostrich. Dafora was one of the first Africans to introduce African drumming music to the United States in the early 1930s.
Matinees for school groups only will be held Feb. 16 at 10:15 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. Tickets can be purchased by calling 214-871-2376 ext. 104. All other performances will be held Feb. 17 to Feb. 19 at 7:30 p.m. with a matinee performance Feb. 19 at 2:30 p.m. For tickets, call 214-880-0202 or visit http://www.attpac.org.