‘Among the Stars’ by Yuan Yuan Tan from ‘Command Performance.’ Photo: Sharen Bradford
If anyone is taking advantage of the versatility the City Performance Hall has offered Dallas in terms of staging or presenting shows here, it’s Charles Santos, executive director of TITAS. His new season presents almost half of its companies (and more than half of all performances) at the CPH. It’s a major reason TITAS’ new season is able to present nine different Dallas debuts: The smaller hall permits him to bring in exciting, daring but lesser-known companies — like Canada’s Kidd Pivot or Mr. & Mme Revé from France.
The big news about the Twyla Tharp world premiere here in Dallas has been known since February, but the news with this season announcement is just how much will be completely new to North Texas.
For this week’s Art & Seek Spotlight, it’s a whole day of invention and creativity at the iMake Maker Fest at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History. We’ll meet local makers, find out how 3D Printers work, and make stuff – like constellations and wearable art. We’ll also get to play with rubber band race cars, Lego Robotics, and animatronic puppets.
Friday’s airing of the Mark Morris Dance Group’s L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, couldn’t come at a better time as the American choreographer has just been named one of the National Museum of Dance’s 2015 Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney Hall of Fame Inductees (the other is Rudolf Nureyev, so Morris is in great company).
The Mark Morris Dance Group, which was founded in New York City in 1980, has become one of the preeminent modern dance companies in the world. The dancers are constantly praised for their technique and musicality. Artistic director and choreographer of the group, Morris is noted for his emotional and universal choreography and storytelling, and L’Allegro might be the jewel of his choreographic work.
The rebel of the dance world is back. Jacque Heim and his company, Diavolo Dance Theatre are returning to Dallas and the Dallas City Performance Hall for two days and with a show that will thrill and delight: There are skateboards, larger-than-life ramps, a gigantic sphere and performers who will, no doubt, defy gravity.
But this rebel without a cause didn’t always know his place would be in dance.
A character layout drawing from What’s Opera, Doc? Photos: Chuck Jones Center for Creativity
Chuck Jones may not be as well known to today’s generation of cartoon watchers. But even kids know Bugs Bunny, Wile E. Coyote, Daffy Duck and the other characters who came to life at the end of his pencil. Jones’ artwork is currently on display at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, and this week, we talk to Jacie Hood, the museum’s Innovation Gallery and Studios Manager, about his lasting legacy.
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Next month, the Dallas Theater Center’s production will be Colossal. The play won the Kennedy Center’s Jean Kennedy Smith Playwriting Award. The protagonist of the play is Mike, a former University of Texas football player disabled by a hard hitting play. Mike tries to move forward but cannot help but look back on his glory days. Real life football players bring grace and high energy physicality to the show accompanied by a driving, beating drumline. Win tickets for the April 3 performance and see the Wyly Theatre space transform into a football field.
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The Lone Star Film Society and the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth have joined forces to present two partnership series. Past ArthouseFW series have featured a Samuari, Cinemuse, and an Auteur Series. This time around the ArthouseFW series will explore the influence of Roger Corman on a generation of filmmakers that adapted his particular spirit of cinema to independent film and Hollywood. The second series, ArthouseFW Late Night, celebrates the work of Joe Dante, one of Roger Corman’s closest collaborators. Screenings this spring include Gremlins, Raging Bull, The Burbs and Lone Star. Win this Big Deal and receive two ArthouseFW Annual Passes that will provide you and a guest priority access to all ArthouseFW screenings for an entire year.
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The final interview in our three- part series with the choreographers for Southern Methodist University’s 2015 Spring Dance Concert is with SMU jazz dance professor Danny Buraczeski.
Buraczeski is bringing back his acclaimed 1999 piece Ezekiel’s Wheel, inspired by the life and work of author and civil rights activist James Baldwin. The piece is set to a percussive musical score interspersed with passages of Baldwin’s writings. Buraczeski, a nationally known jazz dance artist and consultant for the National Endowment for the Arts, choreographed the work for his former company Jazzdance. Following its premiere at New York’s Joyce Theater, The New York Times called it “balm for the soul in troubled times.”
Second up in our three-part series of interviews with the choreographers for Southern Methodist University’s 2015 Spring Dance Concert is visiting artist-in-residence John Selya, who will be premiering his new work, Darkside.
Based on the Tom Stoppard BBC radio play of the same name, Darkside was Stoppard’s “adaptation” of Pink Floyd’s album, Dark Side of the Moon — although Stoppard said he didn’t try to make his story into the album “writ large,” but “invented a little story in the spirit of the album,” taking cues from the music.
Thus, Selya will bring a visual element to what has been a solely auditory work. The piece centers on a character named Emily, an inquisitive philosophy student who sets out on a journey to decipher the teachings of her professor and fulfill her destiny. Classically trained in ballet, Selya has danced numerous principal roles with American Ballet Theatre and Twyla Tharp Dance and is a veteran of several Broadway productions, including Tharp’s Movin’ Out, for which he received a Tony nomination in 2003.