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Drawing Lines in Space: Alonzo King LINES Ballet comes to Dallas

 

Courtesy of AT&T Performing Arts Center

Courtesy of AT&T Performing Arts Center

Guest blogger Danielle Marie Georgiou  is the artistic director and choreographer of DGDG: Danielle Georgiou Dance Group. She also serves as Assistant Director of UT-Arlington’s Dance Ensemble. And she’s a member of Muscle Nation. – See more at: http://artandseek.net/2013/12/13/mistletoe-magic-from-the-bruce-wood-dance-project/#sthash.2B3WPrJ6.dpufGuest blogger Danielle Marie Georgiou is the artistic director and choreographer of DGDG: Danielle Georgiou Dance Group. She also serves as Assistant Director of UT-Arlington’s Dance Ensemble. And she’s a member of Muscle Nation. -

Guest blogger Danielle Marie Georgiou is the artistic director and choreographer of DGDG: Danielle Georgiou Dance Group. She also serves as Assistant Director of UT-Arlington’s Dance Ensemble. And she’s a member of Muscle Nation.

Stunning. Fierce. Evocative. New. These are the words generally used when Alonzo King’s name is brought up in conversation. His work is known nationally and internationally, and is described as having the ability to personify our emotions and to bring forth a sense of humanity. Dallas will become witness to this on Saturday, January 25 as King and his company, LINES, bring two of their repertoire pieces, Resin (2011) and Scheherazade (2009) to the Winspear Opera House stage.

LINES is known for doing just what its name represents: create shapes, redefine geometrical patterns, and construct a new language for contemporary ballet. Since, 1982, the company has been working and staging King’s original choreography.  Thirty years later,  they are moving forward with even more inventive work that promotes the spirit of collaboration and has firmly placed King among the greats of American choreographers.

I had the chance to speak with King just days before his arrival to Dallas to discuss his thoughts on choreography and collaboration.

Danielle Georgiou: How did you first get involved with dance? What prompted you to become a dancer, and now a choreographer?

Alonzo King: My mother was a dancer. I received a lot of information by observing how she moved. She encouraged me and I enjoyed it, and so
it has continued.

DG: How did the formation of your company, LINES, come about? And what does the name symbolize?

AK: Robert Rosenwasser, Pam Hagen and myself began the company in 1982. The term LINES alludes to all that is visible in the phenomenal world. There is nothing that is made or formed without line. Straight line and circle encompass all that we see. Whatever can be seen is formed by line. In mathematics it is a straight or curved continuous extent of length without breadth. Lines are in our fingerprints, the shapes of our bodies, constellations, geometry. It implies genealogical connection, progeny and spoken word. It marks the starting point and finish. It addresses direction, communication, and design. A line of thought. A boundary or eternity. A melodic line. The equator. From vibration or dot-to-dot, it is the visible organization of what we see.

DG: What inspires you?

AK: Most human beings want to accomplish something while on planet earth. The opportunity for self expansion and to bring beauty into the world is motivating.

DG: There always seems to be an underlying, or prevalent, spiritual theme to your work. Does that come from a personal place, or does it come from something more metaphysical and conceptual?

AK: Creativity is the inherent birthright of all human beings—it is our most natural state. Everyone is some kind of artist if they are serious about their life and are making some effort to change, help others and be creative. The majority of art that exists in the world from pre-recorded history to the present is about making the invisible visible, about a sense of awe in what we call the everyday, and about the effort to see what is behind appearance and form. All matter is composed of spirit—it is inescapable.

DG: Collaboration is a key element to your process. When did you start working collaboratively, and why do you continue to do so? What are the rewards, and the risks?

AK: Everything is a collaboration. To get out of the bed in the morning, your will has to be engaged to cajole your body, and your body has to participate through cooperation—they work together. The people one works with aren’t Lego’s—they are human beings with thoughts, feelings and personal perspectives. No one does anything alone—its impossible.

Courtesy of AT&T Performing Arts Center

Courtesy of AT&T Performing Arts Center

DG: What advice do you have for young dancers pursuing dance as either a career or educational goal?

AK: It’s important to have a personal relationship with dance outside of your academic training. You must have a romance and communication in dance that is unique to you and exists in you like no other. It’s important to realize that everything has meaning and to the best of your ability, to discern what the meaning is behind all things. Observe trees, human behavior, animals, nature, how things are made, from broom to rocket ship. Be unshakably honest with yourself, others, and in all that you do. Live a life of introspection and service. Train with the best in the field. Associate with dancers that you admire. Sometimes that association can’t happen personally, so read the lives of great artists regardless of discipline, and watch them or their work. Make lots of mistakes. Never take criticism personally, if there is truth in it or if it is useful use and apply it. Love what you are doing and don’t seek reward. Learn as soon as possible that the body is an instrument and is separate from what you are. Just as the pianist is not the piano. Immersion is your art, should expand your heart, mind and develop your character. Dancing itself is a teacher. Listen, while moving, to what is being internally communicated and experienced. Believe in yourself and know that everything will improve if you are making effort.

 

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The High Five: When The Mayors Come To Dallas In June, Lyle Lovett, LeAnn Rimes, Asleep At The Wheel Will Entertain Them

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Brr! It’s cold out there; Rick Perry says states have a right to legalize marijuana; Skinny the cat isn’t so fat; and more.

  • Dallas is hosting the 82nd annual U.S. Conference of Mayors in June – more than 300 mayors are expected to gather in Dallas for the four-day session. And when they come to Big D, so-called “Texas grown artists” will entertain them – the list includes Lyle Lovett, Leann Rimes, Alseep at the Wheel, Marcia Ball and Bonnie Raitt. The mayors and their families plan to visit various North Texas venues, including the Dallas Arts District, the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, Klyde Warren Park, the Dallas Arboretum – and they’ll even venture to Arlington to see AT&T Stadium.
  • The Dallas Woman’s Forum will present a discussion, book signing and champagne reception with  author Patricia Falvey at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Alexander Mansion, 4607 Ross Ave. Falvey, who was born in Ireland and came to the United States when she was 20, will discuss her books, The Yellow House and The Linen Queen, and offer a glimpse of her next novel, Connemara Manor, which she calls an “Irish Downton Abbey.”  Tickets are $30 and can be purchased at the door or online.
  • It was a very cold night and a very cold morning across North Texas. As of 8 a.m., it was only in the teens throughout much of Dallas-Fort Worth. We missed the snow and ice that fell across parts of Central Texas. Waco reported a trace of snow, while Centerville and Hearne reported 2 inches, according to the National Weather Service. Austin has reported snow and ice on bridges and overpasses – many schools are closed. If you’re heading south today, prepare for icy roads through midday. Expect a warmup by afternoon – we should hit a high in the low 40s. Tonight will be cool, but not as cold as last night – around 30 degrees. It warms up Saturday – into the mid-60s. By Sunday, we’ll approach the mid-70s.
  • Is Gov. Rick Perry hot for pot? He said Thursday morning that states have the right to decide whether to legalize marijuana. Perry spoke as part of a high-profile panel about drugs at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Other panelists included Kofi Annan, the former United Nations secretary general, and Juan Manuel Santos, the president of Colombia. States should be able to set their own policies on abortion, same-sex marriage and marijuana legalization, he said, “then people will decide where they want to live,” according to U.S. News and World Report. But he added he doesn’t favor outright legalization. Perry said that he has started to implement policies that “start us toward a decriminalization,” such as introducing drug courts that offer treatment and softer penalties for more minor offenses.
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Review: ‘On the Eve’ at Theatre Three

OTE74_SpacegroveAntoinetteHomegrown musicals are rare in Dallas. And On the Eve is the little musical that could. It began in 2012 in a tiny workshop production in Fair Park, now it’s been re-staged at Theatre Three. In his review, KERA’s Jerome Weeks says On the Eve is bigger – but not necessarily better.

  • Dallas Morning News review by Nancy Churnin
  • Front Row review by Lindsey Wilson
  • Arts&CultureTexas review by Lauren Smart
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The music in On the Eve is the heart and soul of the show’s appeal. It’s by the Dallas band Home by Hovercraft, and their indie pop tunes are smart, catchy foot-stompers. Seth and Shawn Magill, the husband-and-wife team behind Home by Hovercraft, throw in waltz rhythms, cellos, tuba and Irish step dancers. The entire musical has much the same feel – it’s full of youthful passion and a quirky resourcefulness. Even the storyline has a throw-in-the-kitchen-sink approach.

Homegrown Dallas musicals have rarely been this lively — but they’ve been rare, period. So I’m sorry I have to disagree with the adoration that’s greeted On the Eve. What, for instance, is this show actually saying? Written by Michael Federico, On the Eve follows an acting troupe in the future re-telling the story of Joseph-Michel Montgolfier, the Frenchie who invented the hot-air balloon in 1783 with his brother Jacques-Etienne. Here, Montgolfier invents a time machine as well, and just as the French Revolution erupts, he takes off, along with a swashbuckling space hero (Seth Magill) and a talking statue (Maryam Baig).

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Best R&B Performance? Denton-Born Snarky Puppy Up For A Grammy

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The Denton-born music collective Snarky Puppy is looking to garner a Grammy this weekend for the single “Something.” (Update, 6:13 p.m. Sunday: The group won the Grammy for Best R&B Performance, awarded during a pre-telecast.)

A couple members of Snarky Puppy worked with Lalah Hathaway before. And the group is literally all about improvising. But when it was time to gather onstage and record Hathaway’s song “Something” last March, they weren’t ready for what was about to happen.

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The High Five: The State Of The Arts In North Texas From A Curator’s Perspective

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: The state of the arts in North Texas; Selena Gomez is nominated for a Razzie; the Fort Worth Stock Show continues; and more.

  • Can’t get enough of KERA’s Jeff Whittington on Friday’s Anything You Ever Wanted To Know? Then join him tonight at 7:30 in the latest installment of State of the Arts at the Dallas Museum of Art. The topic: “A Curator’s Perspective.” Joining Jeff will be Andre Karnes, curator with the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth and Gabriel Ritter, the DMA’s Nancy and Tim Hanley Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art.
  • Grand Prairie’s very own Selena Gomez has been nominated for a 2014 Razzie. It’s for her role in last year’s “Getaway.” Billboard reports: “The film was panned, receiving an approval rating of 2 percent at Rotten Tomatoes, and earned Gomez, the female lead, a Razzie nomination for Worst Actress. She’ll go up against Halle Berry, Lindsay Lohan, Naomi Watts and, humorously, Tyler Perry.” The $4.97 gold spray-painted Razzie Award is handed out to otherwise great talent who dropped the ball. The Razzie is an opportunity to “own your bad.”
  • The Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo is underway at the Will Rogers Memorial Center. It started last Friday and runs through Feb. 8. The Dallas Morning News reports: “At its core, the 118-year-old show is a livestock event, as evidenced by the acres of pickups, trailers and young people tugging cattle through hay-strewn barns. And it’s still a popular one with about 28,000 animals entered this year.” One highlight so far this year: a Western-style wedding featuring a couple from Iowa wearing cowboy regalia, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.
  • By 2040, Hispanics or Latinos will be the largest ethnic minority in the United States. So which is it? Hispanic? Latino? To better understand the views and experiences of Latino Americans, NPR conducted a poll with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health. An NPR story featured Mando Rayo, a Texas marketing specialist who says he’s “’part Mexican, part American, 100 percent Tejano!’ Texas trumps everything, although Rayo said if forced to choose, he chooses Latino, because he feels it connects him more to his Latin American roots.” KERA interviewed Rayo last year at the South by Southwest Interactive festival in Austin.
  • A Dallas jury on Wednesday convicted former Cowboys player Josh Brent of intoxication manslaughter in a wreck that killed a teammate. The jury found Brent guilty in a December 2012 wreck in suburban Dallas that killed Cowboys practice squad player Jerry Brown, who was Brent’s close friend and also his college teammate. Brent faces up to 20 years in prison, though he’s also eligible for probation. Brent and Brown were heading home from a nightclub, where they had partied with other Cowboys players, when Brent lost control of his Mercedes. He was found to have a blood-alcohol level more than twice the legal limit. Brent’s attorneys argued authorities’ blood tests were flawed and that their client was a bad driver, but not drunk at the time of the crash. [The Associated Press]
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The Big Screen: Lone Star’s New Film Series

Regulars at Fort Worth’s Lone Star Film Festival know the event takes place every year in November. But with the launch of ArthouseFW this month, the festival is stretching beyond its traditional spot on the calendar. Lone Star artistic director Alec Jhangiani joins the Big Screen today to talk about the series, which you can peruse on the Art&Seek calendar.

As it turns out, it’s really four separate series that fall under the ArthouseFW umbrella. Everything kicks off Jan. 31 at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth with Cinemuse. That series features directors and actors who frequently collaborate. First up is a look at the films of John Carpenter and Kurt Russell. They made five of them together, and Escape from New York, The Thing, Escape From L.A. and Big Trouble in Little China will all be shown. Also on offer will be the Samurai Series, tied to the Kimbell’s upcoming samurai exhibition; a Silent Sundays series; and an Auteur Series featuring the films of Luis Buñuel.

Be sure to subscribe to The Big Screen on iTunes. Stream this week’s episode below or download it.

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Flickr Photo of the Week

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Congratulations to Christopher Richey of Dallas, the winner of the Flickr Photo of the Week contest. Christopher previously won our contest back in July. He follows our previous week’s winner, David Hobson.

4If you would like to participate in the Flickr Photo of the Week contest, all you need to do is upload your photo to our Flickr group page. It’s fine to submit a photo you took earlier than the current week, but we are hoping that the contest will inspire you to go out and shoot something fantastic this week to share with Art&Seek users. If the picture you take involves a facet of the arts, even better. The contest week will run from Monday to Sunday, and the Art&Seek staff will pick a winner on Monday afternoon. We’ll notify the winner through FlickrMail (so be sure to check those inboxes) and ask you to fill out a short survey to tell us a little more about yourself and the photo you took. We’ll post the winners’ photo on Wednesday.

Now, here’s more from Christopher:

Name: Christopher Richey

City of Residence: Dallas

Title of photo: Dallas, Texas – December 25, 2014

Tell us more about your photo: In a sea of closed businesses on Christmas day 2013, this East Dallas convenience store stood out like a beacon in the night.

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The Big Deal: Dallas Summer Musicals Presents ‘Ghost, The Musical’

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In case you did not cry enough the first time you watched Ghost with Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore, then you have another chance.  Ghost, The Musical will manifest at Fair Park when Dallas Summer Musicals presents the Broadway musical Jan. 28 through Feb. 9.

The production, based on the commercially successful 1990 film, features music by Dave Stewart, formerly of the Eurythmics, Glen Ballard, co-writer with Alanis Morissette, and screenwriter Bruce Joel Rubin. Enhancing the production is film illusionist Paul Kieve (Hugo, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Matilda the Musical, Pippin) who  brings the special effects and illusions to life.

For this Big Deal, we have one pair of tickets to award for opening night, Jan. 28. And since we do have actual tickets, the lucky winner will have to make arrangements to come by the station during business hours and pick up their tickets before the curtains rise Tuesday evening.  Please keep that in mind before signing up for this Big Deal

Remember also, only Art&Seek e-newsletter subscribers can win the Big Deal.  If you are not a subscriber then take care of that first, then sign up below for a chance to see Ghost, the Musical at Music Hall at Fair Park.

UPDATE: WE have our winner. Thanks for playing.

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The High Five: Is East Texas Becoming A Country Music Hot Spot?

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Azle residents speak before the Texas Railroad Commission; one writer says the black rhino auction is a good thing; is East Texas a country music hotspot?, and more.

  • When it comes to Texas country music, is Tyler the next Austin? Several musicians call East Texas home. “Thanks to such artists such as JB and the Moonshine Band, William Clark Green and perhaps most significantly, Whiskey Myers, more and more industry-types could soon likely make the almost four hour trip from Austin to Tyler pretty regularly,” the Dallas Observer reports. Why Tyler? “I think it’s all coincidence, man,” Whiskey Myers front-man Cody Canon told the Observer. “Tyler and Palestine aren’t big areas, so when we were younger, we pretty much sat in the woods and thought about the music we wanted to make.”
  • Once again, the opera is invading Cowboys territory. The Dallas Opera will offer another free simulcast April 11 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington – The Barber of Seville. And like one of last year’s simulcasts, the April simulcast will be preceded by a Looney Tunes opera parody featuring Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd – Rabbit of Seville. The 1950 cartoon includes a version of Mozart’s famous overture, and was named No. 12 of the 50 greatest cartoons by professional animators. Also, the opera will present five mainstage shows after having done only three in 2012. KERA’s Jerome Weeks has the details on Art&Seek.
  • Azle residents ventured to Austin Tuesday to sound off about the dozens of earthquakes that have hit North Texas since November. They spoke at a Texas Railroad Commission meeting and urged commissioners to stop injection wells used during oil and gas drilling. Residents say the injection wells are causing the quakes. “Commissioners heard a steady stream of complaints about disruptions and health concerns related to the quakes,” the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. “One resident played a guitar and sang a version of Elvis Presley’s ‘All Shook Up.’” But the three-member agency, which regulates the oil and gas industry in Texas, was non-committal on the solution to the tremors, the newspaper reported. But the commission recently announced it would hire a seismologist to study the issue.
  • Meet Dallas’ new city manager. Dallas City Council members voted unanimously to name A.C. Gonzalez the new city manager. Before Tuesday morning’s vote, they spent nearly an hour showering him with praise. They say they’ll work with him to improve the city. “Change will not be instant, nor will it be change for change sake,” Gonzalez told the council. “It will be strategic.” Gonzalez had been the interim city manager since last summer. He’s a 15-year veteran at City Hall.
  • The debate over the black rhino auction rages. This time, Richard Conniff, who writes about wildlife and is author of “The Species Seekers: Heroes, Fools, and the Mad Pursuit of Life on Earth,” wrote an opinion piece in The New York Times. He acknowledges the controversy over the Dallas Safari Club’s African black rhino hunt auction earlier this month.Even so, auctioning the right to kill a black rhino in Namibia is an entirely sound idea, good for conservation and good for rhinos in particular,” Conniff wrote. Why? Namibia has a strong record when it comes to saving the black rhino. Also, the proceeds from the $350,000 auction will be used to preserve rhinos. “Trophy hunting one rhino may thus save many others from being butchered,” Conniff wrote.
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Art&Seek Jr: 5 Cures For The Winter Doldrums

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Art&Seek Jr. is one mom‘s quest to find activities to end the seemingly endless chorus of the “I’m Bored Blues” while having fun herself.  Impossible, you say? Check back on Tuesdays for kid-friendly events that are fun for adults, too.

This time of year can be hard on a lot of kids. The hub-bub of Christmas is over and it seems like spring break is ages away. If it weren’t for the occasional late winter ice storm the tinies would have nothing to look forward to.

Fear not! The Junior’s got you covered.  Here are some picks guaranteed to chase away the winter blues. Read More »

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