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Dallas Black Dance Theatre eyes a blend of new works, old favorites

Posted 8:02am on Thursday, Aug. 12, 2010

A new commissioned work inspired by the life of legendary singer Nina Simone is one of the highlights of Dallas Black Dance Theatre's 2010-11 season, which was announced Tuesday.

The company of 12 dancers will also introduce seven new faces.

The 34th season will open Oct. 8-9 with the annual DanceAfrica Festival at the Majestic Theatre in Dallas. This year's theme is "From African Roots ... Modern Moves." It will feature appearances by Philadelphia hip-hop dance group Illstyle & Peace Productions, African drum and dance ensemble Bandon Koro of Dallas, the African-American Dance Ensemble of the Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, and the junior company DBDT II. On Oct. 9, there will be an outdoor marketplace in the Dallas Arts District.

Another new commissioned work, by singer, actress, filmmaker and dancer Francesca Harper, will anchor the Dec. 8-12 shows, which include Hope Boykin's Eventually, Two and Nathan Trice's Verses, based on the art and architecture of the Nasher Sculpture Center.

On Feb. 23-27, the company will revive old and recent favorites, including Bruce Wood's Smoke, Darryl Sneed's ... And Now Marvin and Christopher Huggins' Beams From Heaven. And on March 4-5, DBDT II will perform new work by Millicent Johnnie and Nycole Ray, the new director of the junior company, at the Latino Cultural Center.

The company will move to Fort Worth for its annual show, Dancing Beyond Borders, at Scott Theatre on March 11-12.

The Simone piece, by veteran choreographer Dianne McIntyre, will conclude the season May 25-29 in a program with a guest appearance by the Las Vegas Contemporary Dance Theater.

Subscriptions cost $96 to $208 and are available at 214-871-2390. For more information, visit www.dbdt.com. Single tickets will go on sale next month.

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