Brian Brooks Moving Company Explodes Onto the Dallas Scene This Weekend

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Erin Baiano

Brian Brooks. Maybe you've heard of him; maybe you haven't. Don't be surprised if you find your self in the latter category. Even the dance world is still getting acquainted with the choreographer coming to the Dallas City Performance Hall this week as part of TITAS' 2014-2015 dance season. Though Brooks has been creating work for more than a decade--and dances that have received both national and international attention--he hasn't become a name common amongst dancers and dance critics; at least not yet.


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Two Groundbreaking Dallas Dance Companies Debuted New Seasons This Weekend

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Muscle Memory Dance Theatre
This past weekend, the fall season of dance in Dallas started off with two very different shows from two very different companies. In the Arts District, Dallas Black Dance Theatre opened its 2014-15 season with The Director's Choice series; in Deep Ellum, Muscle Memory Dance Theatre opened its season with two Dallas premieres from guest choreographers. Each show intended to illustrate the future direction each of these companies --both during this present season and in the many that will hopefully follow. Which seemed fitting as both are going through monumental changes.


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Two of the Most Exciting Pieces of Dance You'll See in Dallas This Fall Are at SMU This Week

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A still from the video portion of Christopher Dolder's "Handle"

SMU's Meadows School of the Arts dance program is known for putting on really good shows. The college's dance program not only teaches its students form and choreography, it also brings in celebrated guest artists, whose work challenges both the students and any outsiders who can weave their way through the Owens Art Center to the Hope Theatre for a performance. The 2014 fall dance concert, which takes place this week, is no different, presenting a packed evening of dance that includes two world premieres.

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Avant Chamber Ballet Explores the Animal Kingdom This Weekend

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Sharen Bradford
In 2012, Avant Chamber Ballet gavotted into Dallas promptly presenting more than a dozen world premiere ballets, as well as two regional premieres. The collaborative efforts of Artistic Director Katie Puder and Music Director David Cooper keeps the organization on its toes, pairing live chamber music with original choreography. With season three in full swing, the company presents an evening-length work this weekend.

This Saturday and Sunday at the Eisemann Center, ACB will stage a triple bill of Puder's ballets. See re-stagings of her "Ravel Sonata" and "Exactly Woven," and the premiere of her reimagining of the "Carnival of Animals." "With this show, you will just see the resident dancers of ACB, and I'm proud that we can do such a strong show with no guest artists," says Puder.

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With Its Dallas Debut, Spectrum Dance Theater Proves that Dance Can Be Manly

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Nate Watters
Couples Yoga or Spectrum Dance Theater?

Donald Byrd has a dance career to would make anyone envious. For more than four decades, he has been living his dream of creating, performing, and educating. Oh, and he cut his teeth working for Twyla Tharp. His impressive career started in 1978 and includes prestigious credits like The Joffrey Ballet, and Alvin Ailey, to name a few.

But when he took over Seattle-based Spectrum Dance Theater in 2002, heads turned and jaws dropped. He had been known as one of the world's leading contemporary choreographers, but with this new position, he had the chance to breathe new life into a company entering a brand-new stage themselves, one that found them with the responsibility bringing awareness to dance in a city that didn't know about the gem in their own backyard. With Byrd's leadership, Spectrum Dance Theater has embarked on a transformation that has attracted world-class dancers and produced some of the most avant-garde works in contemporary dance. And they're bringing that magic to Dallas for the first time at 8 p.m. Saturday, with a performance at the Winspear Opera House, thanks to TITAS.

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Finding the Future in the Past for Bruce Wood Dance Project's Lovett + More

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Bruce Wood Dance

Many people wondered what would happen to the Bruce Wood Dance Project (BWDP) after the untimely passing of their artistic director and choreographer. Would the company fold once again? Or would they continue to pursue the mission set forth by their founder? It seems as if fate, this city, the dance community, and the desire to do what they love, has found the company choosing the latter, which you can see on stage in Lovett + More at Dallas City Performance Hall 8 p.m. Saturday or 2 p.m. Sunday.


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The Fertile Mind of Momix's Moses Pendleton Blossoms with Alchemia

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Max Pucciariello
"I can't go a day without clicking my camera. Capturing the personalities in the flowers, capturing the personality of the ice that forms on the lake by my house...I see the dancers in those flowers and that ice."

Moses Pendleton, artistic director of the dance company Momix, is wired to the wilderness. Every day he goes for a swim in the lake by his house in Connecticut, cutting blades through the still water and tuning into the nature surrounding him. "I get my ideas when I'm moving. We have such a mechanized body now," said Pendleton during our interview this last weekend. "I wonder about how to keep it organic ... and whatever really turns you on, will become your next big thing."

From that personal journey, Pendleton created his dynamic and enchanting Botanica, an exploration of the four seasons, and now, Alchemia, his interpretation of the four elements. This darker, dreamy and spiritual show comes to the Winspear Opera House September 12 and 13.

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Beautiful Knuckleheads Opens Season for Dark Circles Contemporary Dance

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Dark Circles Contemporary Dance has already scheduled an additional performance this weekend. Saturday night sold out quickly. The season premiere of one of Dallas' top emerging companies expects full houses at the Sanders Theatre in Fort Worth.

Originally founded in Seoul, South Korea in 2010, DCCD moved state-side in 2013, when choreographer/artistic director Joshua Peugh moved back to the city that helped launch his pursuit of an artistic career, Dallas. Ready to give back to the community that helped shape him, and quickly welcomed him back with typical Texan hospitality, Peugh debuted his company to critical reviews. Now, DCCD lands at the top of people's "to watch/don't miss this" lists. That's where we find them again, with the latest offering, Beautiful Knuckleheads.

But where did this title come from? What does it mean, and why did Peugh name not only his piece this, but the entire show? Well, it all started with the music.

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A Complete Guide to the Companies Performing at Dallas DanceFest This Weekend

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Sharen Bradford
Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, Rep II
"The Dallas DanceFest is very timely. Dance is surging forward...and it's exciting because there are more emerging dance companies than ever before," says Gayle Halperin, Vice President of Development for the Dance Council of North Texas (DCNT) and Chair of the Dallas DanceFest Committee (DDF).

Returning after a 10-year hiatus, the festival that began with only outdoor performances is moving into a new era and a new space, the Dallas City Performance Hall. This new and improved Dallas DanceFest is determined to expand its previous reach by looking for ways to include the local community and raising the dance stakes by introducing our city to regional and national artists, such as MET Dance (Houston) and Chado Danse (Kansas City).

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Grab Your Calendars, Dance Returns to Dallas in August

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Big Rig Dance Collective

Where did the summer go? It's been a relatively quiet and cool one this year, and that can only mean one thing. That we've all been be resting and waiting for August to hit and for the performance season to start again. Dancers who have been gone all summer training and performing across the United States, whether it was at the American Dance Festival in North Carolina, the Bates Dance Festival in Maine, or the Dance in the Desert Festival in Las Vegas, it's time to get on Dallas stages again.

In August, dance companies hold general auditions for new seasons, performances begin again, and classes resume. I've broken down the month's offerings into 3 main categories: performances, auditions, and intensives. There is a lot to choose from. See something we've missed? Add it in the comments.

Now get dancing.


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