TheaterJones: You run your own dance company, teach dance at a local college, have an art exhibit in the Magnolia Theater Gallery (are we missing anything here?). Where do all these creative juices come from? What motivates you?
Danielle Georgiou: Like many artists, I LOVE work. I love it because it is how I think and how I express myself. I don't know how to communicate unless it is through dance and performance. Sometimes, I can’t always find the right words, or I’m just at a complete loss for words and forget how to speak, but when I’m making work, I find that I can fully be myself, and express myself.
How do I do it? I deny myself the right to give up. I know that I would encourage other artists to work hard. So I do the same.
All of your pieces focus on current social issues. Why is it so important to have a show about men?
I think that we are currently at the height of many issues surrounding gender. At the center of most of these problems is the lack of communication and education. We need to work through these problems by continuing the discussion of gender on all platforms. With all of our shows, we want to present situations and structures that our audience can explore. The media sets a bizarre example for both women and men, and responding to both situations is equally important. One of the points to get across is that shows should be about people, regardless of gender, and hopefully, by the end of show, they will see that The Show About Men is just that.
After you’re done conquering sexism, what social issue are you dying to tackle next?
Haha, I believe there are enough wrinkles hiding in sexual identity and expression to last a life’s work.
Even though FIT has done dance shows in the past, it’s still a rare discipline for the festival. What does dance communicate that a play or musical cannot?
I think that dance, plays, and musicals are all crucial to the equation. Each medium has its own audience, and we want to find where they blend. Fortunately, for Dallas, FIT embraces so many different forms of work. We have really enjoyed the dynamic variety in the work at FIT, so it seemed like the perfect “fit” for our new work.
As this is your first FIT, what are you most looking forward to? Dreading?
I’m really looking forward to meeting a new audience! I love how Dallasites seek out new work, new companies, and new experiences! And I am look forward to all of the shows! I love what FIT brings to the festival, and I always enjoy what I get the privilege to see. Dreading? I guess the usual—abysmal failure.
» The Show About Men opens in the performance block at 8 p.m. Friday, July 10, and is also performed in the following blocks:
- 5 p.m. Saturday, July 12
- 5 p.m. Sunday, July 13
- 2 p.m. Saturday, July 18
- 8 p.m. Friday, July 24
- 8 p.m. Thursday, July 30
» Danielle Georgiou writes about her creative process for The Show About Men in her June Sixth Position Column on TheaterJones
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