Dark Circles Contemporary Dance presents Pete: A New Dance Musical
Dark Circles Contemporary Dance will celebrate the opening of their 2019-20 season with its most ambitious work to date: Pete: A New Dance Musical. With this new work, Dark Circles will take an enormous leap, expanding the artistic world to include theatre as well as dance. Believing they have only begun to scratch the surface of what they are artistically capable of, and are ready for a new level of risk, investigation, and production.
Conceived and choreographed by internationally award-winning choreographer and founder of DCCDUSA Joshua L. Peugh, this original 90-minute dance musical is inspired by J. M. Barrie’s iconic novel Peter Pan. Responding to the narrative of the classic story, Pete: A New Dance Musical takes an adventurous, playful, and creative approach to not only explore the intersecting themes of childhood, freedom, and mortality, but to reflect on issues of race, gender, sexually, and privilege. The production will inspire genuine, uninhibited, and productive conversations about the concept of race, the political impulse to define it, and the systemic inequities that, as a result of this definition, affect the way we perceive and experience the world.
An original musical score for the work will be commissioned from composer and SMU Meadows School of the Arts alumnus Brandon Carson and will feature lyrics by award-winning Soul and R&B singer-songwriter and Dallas-native Kierra Gray.