DBDT reflects on historic times, cherished moments in Director’s Choice series

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2019 Absolute Rule photo by Brian Guilliaux

Special to The Dallas Examiner

Dynamic and powerful are two words that have been used to describe the works of the Director’s Choice series presented by the Dallas Black Dance Theatre at the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre, located at 2400 Flora St. in the Dallas Arts District.

The evening will reflect national historic times and personal cherished moments illustrated through dance, Nov. 2 through Nov. 4 at 7:30 p.m. with a Sunday matinee at 2:30 p.m.

The Dallas premiere of Bodies as Site of Faith and Protest by choreographer Tommie-Waheed Evans will draw on fierce physical language through dance set to iconic speech excerpts by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The dance was originally created as a thesis at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.

“I reshaped it when I worked with the dancers at Dallas Black Dance Theatre,” Evans explained. “We worked on how to transcribe King’s ‘We Shall Overcome’ speech with body movements.”

The performance will take on added theatrics as dancers sing, with veteran DBDT dancer Claude Alexander III leading a cappella during the performance.

Bruce Wood Dance Artistic Director Joy Bollinger’s This Time will make its world premiere during the series.

Bollinger was inspired to create the work as a reflection of the fleeting nature of time in her relationships with her children and grandmother, and the constant desire to steal moments and capture memories. The dance is set to classical contemporary music with sweeping sounds of the piano and strings.

The strength and stamina of DBDT dancers are showcased as they push through the layers of Dallas Arts District Executive Director Lily Cabatu Weiss’ Thrown for a Loop. It explores how we cope with moments of extreme loss through the support and solace of others. Weiss draws inspiration from the physically charged contemporary classical score of John Mackey.

The iconic work, Absolute Rule, is a collaborative duet choreographed by Elisa Monte and David Brown of New York City.

The dance has been described by the New York Times as “a virtuosic duet with entangled acrobatics that cleverly describe a male-female relationship.”

For tickets and information, call 214-880-0202 or visit http://www.attpac.org.


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