Get Out of Dallas For the Best Dance Events this July
Summertime can lead to feelings of wanderlust, boredom, and - if you're lucky - a really good tan. In the summer, it's super easy to just want to relax all day long, stare out your window, and daydream. But it is in those dreams that something great can come. The long days and hot temperatures can be inspiring if you let them, and if you let yourself have a good time and just play around, with no expectations.
This summer, let's commit to having a good time. With that in mind, we've named this summer the "Summer of Play": a time to experiment and see where our creativity can take us. The dance shows, events, and workshops happening in July might just be the best motivator.
The biggest player of them all is Contemporary Dance/Fort Worth, who is once again taking over the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth with their annual Modern Dance Festival at The Modern. Celebrating its 11th year, the festival takes places over two weeks with performances, film screenings, and workshops. I have broken down its offerings for easier planning.
July 12-13: Contemporary Dance/Fort Worth presents Some Assembly Required
Fort Worth musician/composer Austin Patton is collaborating with members of Contemporary Dance/Fort Worth to create an interactive performance inside the Grand Lobby of The Modern for two days in July. Some Assembly Required is an exploration of how inspiration can be drawn from any and all objects, environments, and people. You can also contribute to this project by providing "ingredients" for the performers to use. You can submit movement suggestions for the dancers and choreographers by posting photos, videos, or descriptions of found and observed movements and shapes to CD/FW's Facebook page. The sooner you submit your suggestions, the more likely they will be integrated into the formal choreographed phrases and musical composition. Catch it at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 12 or 3 p.m. Sunday, July 13 in the Grand Lobby at the Fort Worth Modern (3200 Darnell St.). Free.
July 12 and July 19: Dance Shorts at the Fort Worth Modern
CD/FW and The Modern will be hosting the Dallas premieres of short films from New York City's 2013 and 2014 Dance on Camera festivals. The screenings will take place over the period of two weeks with the first showing on Saturday, July 12, and the second installment on Saturday, July 19. The films, from United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Scotland, France, and Australia explore movement narratives found in ballet, modern, and cultural dance. The program on July 19 will include a screening of Homegoings: a Dance, which features dancers from Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company and is inspired by the award-winning documentary, Homegoings, which explores the African-American funeral rites. Another highlight, will be the screening of Rules of the Game, a narrative dance film where trust between four male factory workers dissolves under the unremitting surveillance of the management. Dance on Camera: Dance Shorts, Program A takes place at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 12, Program B is at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 19 at 1:00 p.m., both are in the Museum Auditorium at The Modern (3200 Darnell St.). Free.
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