As the Dallas Black Dance Theater celebrates its 45th anniversary, the dancers prepare for their first live performance in Dallas since the pandemic.
“We are really very happy and excited to present to a live audience,” DBDT: Again! said artistic director Nycole Ray. “But I am also grateful that we are still here. There are a lot of companies that did not survive the pandemic.”
DBDT’s Director’s Choice series performance features works by 5 choreographers. The dances include a performance Ray collaborated on with the late Bruce Wood called “The Edge of My Life … So Far”.
“It’s just about this woman who has to do all of these things, and how does she do it all,” Ray asked. “We all have those moments in our heads where it’s absolutely crazy, right, and cloudy, and how not to fall overboard?”
The dance takes place on and around the “table where everything happens”; meals, bills, studies, love. It was choreographed and performed for the first time about ten years ago. Ray said social justice issues and the pandemic add another layer to that performance.
“The isolation that people had to go through… how do we see our way,” Ray asked. “Because I’ve always thought that tomorrow isn’t really promised to any of us, but I REALLY know tomorrow isn’t promised, and to make the most of the day.”
Ray said that dance is a universal language that brings people together.
“It’s not really necessarily a question of steps,” said Ray. “It’s the way we connect with each other emotionally that attracts people.”
The director’s choice will take place on November 5 and 6 at 7:30 p.m. at the Dee & Charles Wyly Theater. Tickets are available for live, social distancing, live streaming, and on-demand audiences. For more details on performances and tickets, click here.
NBC 5 is a sponsor of the Dallas Black Dance Theater.