Elledanceworks Dance Company opens its 15th season this Friday and Saturday, Oct. 7-8, outdoors in McKinney. The program in Katie’s Garden at the Heard-Craig Center for the Arts includes the first North Texas performances of work by Berlin-based choreographers Birgitt Bodingbauer and Simone Grindel, who are in residence at the University of Texas at Dallas.
The pair from the German troupe Nightmare Before Valentine are showing A Shot in the Dark, a duet that won first place at the 5th International Online Dance Festival in 2009. Later this month, Bodingbauer and Grindel will premiere V.I.P., a new piece they have been conceiving with UTD dance students.
This weekend’s free program, titled Elledanceworks 15: Garden Party, also features From One Fountain by company co-founder and UTD professor Michele Hanlon, who runs the UTD residency; Unravel by company co-founder Ronelle Eddings; and a piece by company member Tiffanee Arnold.
Music will be performed by the Amy Seltzer Quartet, led by the Elledanceworks resident composer joined by musicians Tom Ottinger, Tomas Hernandez and Russell Blair.