Posted: 3/28/13

DBDT Brings Down the House with 'Beyond Borders' TAMIU Performance



A dazzling display of the remarkable artistry and physical power of contemporary dance was eagerly greeted by a full house audience enjoying the recent  Dallas Black Dance Theatre (DBDT) performance of Beyond Borders at the Texas A&M International University Center for the Fine and Performing Arts' Theatre.

Friday's performance of Beyond Borders featured exciting works from DBDT’s Dallas Season including  “Beams from Heaven” by Christopher L. Huggins, "Escapades"  by Alvin Ailey and "Variations I" by Milton Myers.

One number, "Awassa Astrige/Ostrich," based on an original 1932 choreography by Asadata Dafora, featured DBDT dancer Jamie Thompson as an ostrich.  His rhythmic performance, pulsating with elongated steps and chest thrusts, was especially popular with youngmembers of the audience.

At a post concert chat that stretched past 10 p.m., DBDT members expressed their appreciation for the hospitality showed by TAMIU.  They answered questions ranging from their physical preparation for dances to how they mentally motivate themselves for an often grueling performance life.  They offered advice to would-be dancers and posed for numerous photos with TAMIU master class students and members of the audience.

The DBDT  has performed for 3 million art patrons and 2 million students over five continents. During their week-long residence at TAMIU, they hosted master classes, two school performances and a well-received surprise "flash mob"  at TAMIU's Student Center.

Founded in 1976 by Ann Williams, art director, DBDT's mission is to create and produce contemporary modern dance at its highest level of artistic excellence. This year, they  celebrate their 36th season as the oldest, continuously operating professional dance company in Dallas.

Funding support was  provided by the Fernando A. Salinas Charitable Trust and the Texas Commission on the Arts.

For additional information, contact the TAMIU department of fine and performing arts at 326.2654, email bleyendecker@tamiu.edu or visit offices in the Center for the Fine and Performing Arts, suite 217.  

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