Dallas Black Dance Theatre has dubbed its 33rd season “TranscenDANCE,” a fitting title as the company finds a new home in the Wyly Theatre this year.
The other big change this season is an expansion from two to five performances per week, running from the group’s Wine down Wednesdays through a Sunday matinee at 2:30 p.m.
Monday was the dancers’ first day back after a summer break, and DBDT artistic director Ann Williams told a crowd of supporters that the expanded performance schedule fits the dancers’ refreshed frame of mind.
“They’ve been saying they want to dance, dance, dance,” she said this afternoon at the company’s headquarters. “Well, this year, they’re going to dance, dance, dance.”
The season begins with the the 4th Annual DanceAfrica Festival and Performance Series on Oct. 9-10. The festival celebrates the history and spirit of Africa and will feature guest artists Giwayen Mata – an all-female dance, percussion and vocal ensemble – and Muntu Dance Theatre of Chicago.
The Winter Series will run Dec. 2-6 and will be the group’s first performances inside the Wyly Theatre. The series will include Elisa Monte’s Pigs and Fishes, Asadata Dafora’s Awassa Astrige/Ostrich and Texas Ballet Theatre artistic director Ben Stevenson’s Camouflage.
The annual Cultural Awareness Series will be staged Feb. 17-21 and feature choreography from Troy Powell, DBDT II director Allyne D. Gartrell, Nycole Ray and Christopehr Huggins. Then, on April 15-16, DBDT heads west to perform Jazz Course 101 and Malaguena at the Scott Theatre in Fort Worth. On April 23-24, DBDT’s second company will perform works by Ray Mercer and Gartrell at the Latino Cultural Center.
The Spring Celebration Series wraps up the season May 19-23, featuring Dance Theatre of Harlem Ensemble’s performance of The Greatest (pas de deaux). DBDT will perform works by Gene Hill Sagan, Nejla Y. Yatkin and a new piece by Camille Brown.