Dayton Contemporary Dance Company
DCDC delivers outstanding contemporary dance to audiences worldwide, with the largest repertoire of works by African American choreographers in the world. The Times-Picayune described a recent New Orleans' concert as filled with "vibrant and moving imagery, sleek moves, and tingling energies."
DCDC will open their performance with J. Lawrence Paint (Harriet Tubman Remix) by choreographer Donald Byrd, who based the work on a series of paintings by Jacob Lawrence, a Harlem Renaissance painter and printmaker. The dance depicts the exhaustive travails of slavery and the strength of one woman, Tubman, always leading her people onward towards freedom through the Underground Railroad.
Vespers, by choreographer Ulysses Dove, captures the passion and spirituality of women who have a faith and belief in God that sustains and supports them all their lives.
Rainbow 'Round My Shoulder, choreographed by Donald McKayle, mirrors the lost hope and frustrations of men on a chain gang, which at one time was a common sight in the South.
Children of the Passage, choreographed by Donald McKayle and Ronald K. Brown, follows a party of decadent lost souls that are haunted and later rescued by spirits that reconnect them to their ancient and ancestral character. Set to the vibrant rhythms of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, this dance celebrates the cultural rituals of yesterday and today.
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Excerpt of DCDC’s production of Las Desenamoradas at 2008 American Dance Festival