UPDATE: My review of CD/FW Dance Exchange: A Choreographers Showcase, which took over the museum lobby Friday and Saturday night, is in today’s Dallas Morning News. Link here.
Contemporary Dance/Fort Worth was born 20 years ago in a modern dance-less Cowtown and ever since has put on performance seasons and acted as a community educator without ever losing money. Founded by Kerry Kreiman, who is executive and artistic director, and Susan Douglas Roberts, now artistic adviser, CD/FW struck up a relationship with the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth as the museum’s new building was under construction in 2002.
Since 2004, the two organizations have collaborated on an annual Modern Dance Festival at the Modern. It kicks off its eighth year Friday evening with an expanded film component, Modern Film Fest 2011, and a choreographers showcase that includes premieres by four company members and visiting artists from Denton (Mary Lynn Babcock/Satellite-Dance Company), Houston (john r. stronks/”there…in the sunlight” Contemporary Dance) and Chicago (Lonny Joseph Gordon of Winifred Haun & Dancers and GORDONDANCE). The showcase program will be performed again in the Grand Lobby on Saturday night.
The festival runs through July 24 and includes three performances of The Palace at Night by New Mexico’s Project IN Motion on the reflecting pool lawn; four shows of The Butterfly Effect and Other Beautiful Catastrophes, a collaboration between Kreiman, composer William H. Meadows and the CD/FW dancers, in the lobby; two programs of award-winning shorts from the Dance on Camera Festival and seven feature-length dance films in the auditorium; a special lecture-film screening by choreographer Shelley Cushman on the theme of Cinematic Caricatures; and a lecture on modern dance and aerial dance. Complete schedule here and here.