This Labor Day weekend — September 4 through 6 — the Dance Council of North Texas in partnership with the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs kicks off the fall dance season with Dallas DanceFest 2015, a one-of-a-kind event featuring diverse acts from Texas and the South.
“It’s our second year, and we’re more excited than ever,” says Gayle Halperin, chair of the DDF committee. “Dallas City Performance Hall is such a wonderful location – great lighting, great sound. Every seat in that house is fantastic.”
Audiences will be treated to three different programs over three days: Friday night, Saturday night and a Sunday matinee. “You get a mix and a mashup of different styles at each performance. It’s not abstract dance, either. You’re going to see some really creative work that has a personality all its own,” Halperin says.
Among the companies performing this year are Dallas Black Dance Theatre, Houston-based contemporary company METdance and Dark Circles Contemporary Dance. The latter is the North Texas branch of the multicultural company founded in Seoul, South Korea.
Cowboys fans will recognize the Dallas Cowboys Rhythm & Blue dance team performing a cutting edge hip-hop piece alongside the company’s drumline. Classical Indian dancer Smriti Krishnan will travel from Alabama to perform her Bharatanatyam solo that has won her national and international acclaim.
The crown jewel of the weekend will come from Broadway dancer and actress LaQuet Sharnell Pringle, who will celebrate the world premiere of her newest piece on the Dallas stage. In collaboration with Bruce Wood Dance Project, LaQuet combines the spoken word and the art of dance in one dynamic piece created specifically for Dallas DanceFest 2015.
From a hilarious dance about the trials and tribulations of twentysomethings on a trek by Amy Morrow with The Bell House, to dynamic Mexican dances from Mosaic Dance Project of Dallas, 20 different companies from Dallas-Fort Worth, Oklahoma, Austin, Houston and Alabama will be featured September 4-6.
Tickets start at $25 and can be purchased online. Performances begin Friday and Saturday at 8 pm and at 3 pm on Sunday following a special reception.