‘A Gathering’ features new works by Wood, Stevenson and SMU, Booker T. faculty

Posted: December 6, 2011 in Bruce Wood, College Dance, Dallas Black Dance Theatre, Local Dance, Texas Ballet Theater, TITAS

UPDATE: Here’s my review of the show in The Dallas Morning News, though you may need a subscription to read the whole article.

The largest gathering of North Texas performing artists in memory will raise money for local AIDS organizations Tuesday night at Winspear Opera House. The dance world will be represented at A Gathering: The Dallas Arts Community Reflects on 30 Years of AIDS by Texas Ballet Theater, Bruce Wood Dance Project and student ensembles from SMU and the Booker T. Washington arts magnet.

TBT artistic director Ben Stevenson has made a pas de deux set to the so-called “Caccini Ave Maria” for company members Heather Kotelenets and her husband, Alexander Kotelenets. The aria will be sung by countertenor John Holiday, who won this year’s Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition.

Bruce Wood has choreographed three new pieces for the show: Blue for dancers Dallas Blagg, Albert Drake and Harry Feril, set to the Joni Mitchell tune to be performed by Denise Lee; a solo to the Chopin Prelude in E Minor for Kimi Nikaidoh that will use panels from the AIDS Memorial Quilt as decor; and Blackbird for Nikaidoh, Feril and Jennifer Mabus to the Beatles song, with Robin Hackett on vocals.

SMU dance professor Millicent Johnnie has worked up MAW Expensive (A Tribute to Fela) for a company of 12 students. And from Booker T., dance coordinator Lily Cabatu Weiss has choreographed This Woman’s Work for Mabus, Dallas Black Dance Theatre company members Katricia Eaglin and Richard Freeman and six students, and faculty member Bridget L. Moore has made Human for six students, and The Road Home for DBDT’s Claude Alexander III and Sean Smith and student Mason Manning.

Both good and inexpensive seats remain for the fundraiser, with the organizers offering half-price tickets. Just use the promo code “artist” without quote marks.

Comments
  1. sadiewallace says:

    Manuel,

    Enjoyed your article this morning sorry I missed this fantastic show. Wanted to let you and others know that if they too missed it they would have another opportunity to see Texas Ballet Theater’s Heather and Alexander Kotelenets perform their stunning piece (Ava Maria) choreographed by Ben Stevenson at the Latino Cultural Arts Center. They will be part of the Texas Ballet Theater School-Dallas’ Ensemble Workshop, held at the beautiful Latino Cultural Arts Center, January 28th, at 7pm. This annual workshop also features students of the Dallas school’s Ensemble 1, 2, 3 groups and other students under the direction of Principal Lyndette Galen and her staff. For tickets call 214 369-5200. Hope to see you there!

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