The 37th season for Dallas Black Dance Theatre has been announced, and fittingly, the season is a tribute to founder Ann Williams, who will retire at the end of the season. More on that here.
Here's the announcement from DBDT on the season:
DALLAS – How do you honor a 40- year commitment of providing excellence in dance to a global community? Dallas Black Dance Theatre intends to show how it’s done during their 37th Season of Celebration. Honoring the legacy of Founder and Artistic Director Ann Williams (who will retire as Artistic Director in May 2014), the yearlong festivities will introduce groundbreaking choreography from new emerging artists as well as favorites from their repertoire. Choreographers include
Christopher L. Huggins (New York), Chang Yong Sung (New York), Gumaro Armando Silva (Houston MECA), and Richard A. Freeman, Jr.
In addition to the spectacular season performances, Dallas Black Dance Theatre will host the 26th Annual International Association of Blacks in Dance (IABD) Conference and Festival which features performance showcases from leading African American professional modern dance companies from around the world. Companies scheduled to appear include Dallas Black Dance Theatre, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, Lula Washington Dance, Philadanco!-The Philadelphia Dance Company, Ron K. Brown evidence, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and more.
To conclude the season, a Gala has been scheduled for May in which Dallas’ dance community will honor Williams with two nights of spectacular performances and receptions in the 2,000 seat AT&T Performing Arts Center Winspear Opera House. Booker T. Washington HSPVA alumni Christopher Vo and faculty member Lily Weiss will choreograph a new work for the Company that will premiere during the event. Also, members of Texas Ballet Theater (Ben Stevenson, O.B.E), Bruce Wood Dance Project and Troy Powell (Alvin Ailey II Artistic Director) will perform.
Here is a performance calendar for the (2013-2014) 37th Season of Celebration:
DanceAfrica – October 4-5, 2013 – Winspear Opera House, Festival – October 5 – Annette Strauss Square
Black on Black – November 1, 2013 – DBDT Studios, 2700 Flora Street
Behind the Scenes – November 25-27, 2013 – DBDT Studios, 2700 Flora Street
Founder’s Luncheon – January 10, 2014 – Hilton Anatole
IABD Festival and Conference– January 16-19, 2014 – Performances at McFarlin Auditorium, SMU
Cultural Awareness – February 7-9, 2014 – Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre
New York Season – March 6-8, 2014 – Ailey Citigroup Theater
Dancing Beyond Borders – March 21, 2014 – W. E. Scott Theatre, Ft. Worth
Spring Fiesta! – April 9-10, 2014 – Dallas City Performance Hall
Spring Celebration Gala– May 16-17, 2014 – Winspear Opera House
Touring and outreach performances include engagements in the cities of Jackson, Mississippi; Richmond, Virginia; Cheverly, Maryland; Laredo, Texas; Houston, Texas; Shreveport, Louisiana; Allen, Texas; and Ft. Worth, Texas. Locally, the Company will perform at the Dallas Museum of Art, Mountain View College, Big Thought, T.D. Jakes Megafest, The Gathering and more. The company will collaborate once again with St. Paul United Methodist Church and One Arts Plaza to present Easter Sunday service on the Plaza.
In addition, Dallas Black Dance provides education and community performances throughout the year. These efforts are funded in part by: Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas, Dallas Independent School District, South Dallas/Fair Park Trust Fund, Target, Pat and Emmitt Smith Charities, National Endowment for the Arts, Texas Commission on the Arts, Sam and Ruth Bussey Foundation, Rosemary Haggar Vaughn Family Foundation, and Ken Woods/Help is Here, Inc.
For more information about the 37th Season of Celebration, visit the website at dbdt.com. Season subscriptions are now on sale. To purchase your subscription, call DBDT Sales at 214-871-2390. Become a soloist patron with a gift of $1,250 and receive a complimentary Gold Season Subscription for two. Beginning August 15 you may purchase single tickets for the season. Call the AT&T Performing Arts Center at 214-880-0202 or visit attpac.org.