Celebrating the Merce Cunningham Centennial - Modern Dance Festival
  • July 14, 2019 - 1:00pm

Performance of Dance and Music
Presented by Contemporary Dance/Fort Worth  

The premieres of several composer/choreographer collaborations will be featured:

Alisa Behrens (Birmingham, AL, former CD/FW company member and former director of the dance program at the Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts) returns to Fort Worth to premiere “Two and Two” with Oklahoma-based musician Andy Behrens (her brother).

Arlington composer George Chave is paired with Grand Prairie choreographer Lacie Minyard Sereika to create a new work for Momentum Dance Company (Irving).  Momentum will also premiere a new group work by choreographer Ian Forcher (Irving) in collaboration with Brent Fariss of the New Music Co-op (Austin).  Fariss will also a new sound score for Kiera Amison’s trio “edikSHen” to be performed by Muscle Memory Dance Theatre (Dallas).

Flatlands Dance Theatre (Lubbock) will premiere a new chance dance variation of a previously performed group work entitled “Havillah” – choreographer Allison Beaty and composer Neemias Santos are re-shuffling all of the content and applying chance determination to create a new structure from the original material.

Choreographer Jessica Thomas (Celina, TX) and composer David Bacon (Celina, TX) will premiere “Chance Divided by 2- #1” and “Chance Divided by 2- # 2” – an in the moment exploration on the nature of chance in two parts. One musician and one dancer merge together on the spot, riding the happenstance moments of movement, rhythm and sound from classical instruments and everyday objects.

In addition, Collette Stewart (Madison) will perform a chance dance variation of her solo “Dissolution” in silence after allowing audience members to draw playing cards to determine the order and sequencing of the dance.

Merce Cunningham. Photo by Annie Leibovitz 1997. Image courtesy of the Merce Cunningham Trust, all rights reserved.