Dallas — Joshua L. Peugh has announced the 2014-15 season for his Dark Circles Contemporary Dance, which made quite the splash on the local season with its first Texas season in 2013-14. Locally, the company, which began in South Korea (and still has a presence there), is based in Dallas but will continue its main fall and spring productions at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center. The new season will see several new works by Peugh, including his take on Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring, and perform its works on the festival circuit around the country. Guest choreographers for the new season include Mike Esperanza of New York's BARE Dance Company and Montreal-based James Gregg.
Here's more from the news release:
Dark Circles Contemporary Dance (DCCD) announces its 2014/2015 Season. The four-year-old internationally acclaimed dance company—which boasts branches in both South Korea and now North Texas—will feature its 10 dancers in World Premiere dance works commissioned by the company from award-winning guest choreographers Mike Esperanza and James Gregg. DCCD’s Founder and Artistic Director Joshua L. Peugh will also premiere several new works and revive critically praised company favorites. The season begins with a Fall Series at the intimate Hardy and Betty Sanders Theatre Thursday, September 4th through Saturday, September 6th at 8:00 PM. The company’s Winter Series runs Thursday, January 29th through Saturday, January 31st, 2015 with performances at the Sanders Theatre at 8:00 PM. Reserved tickets are $20 and student tickets are $12.
The company’s second season in the west vaunts World Premieres by Founder and Artistic Director Joshua L. Peugh as well as by two other internationally award-winning choreographers whom Peugh has commissioned. Mike Esperanza—Director of his own company, BARE Dance Company, based in NYC—will create a new work for the Fall Series September 4th through the 6th, 2014 while Montreal-based choreographer James Gregg creates for the Winter Series January 29th through the 31st, 2015. It is worth noting that Gregg collected the “Audience Favorite” and “Juror's Choice” awards at Ballet Austin’s New American Talent/Dance competition this past April.
Also on the program for the Winter Series is Peugh’s take on Igor Stravinsky’s masterwork The Rite of Spring. Peugh’s works have been described as, “an exquisite display of meaningful movement that [are] carefully constructed yet perfectly open to chance.” (D Magazine).
His new creation uses senior prom—situated in a 1950s gymnasium—as a medium through which to consider the iconic rite of passage for American teenagers.
That is just the tip of the company’s second season iceberg. Peugh and the company have also been invited as commissioned artists for the Dance Gallery Festival’s Level UP program in New York City this coming October. The program—shared with two other up-and-coming choreographers—is the culmination of the festival and is presented at the prestigious Ailey Citigroup Theater. The company will premiere a new work by Peugh.
Other tour dates for DCCD’s 2014/2015 Season include Sam Houston State University (the Texas venue for the Dance Gallery Festival). DCCD is a nonprofit arts organization and is made possible by support from the following sponsors: Preston Center Dance, Kreative J, our promotional partner Asian Film Festival of Dallas, and SMU Meadows School of the Arts.
For more information visit DarkCirclesContemporaryDance.com.