May 6, 2020 12:00:00 AM by DCDC News

Former dancers return to stage for ONE NIGHT ONLY!

Former dancers return to stage for ONE NIGHT ONLY!

Favorite former dancers from Dayton Contemporary Dance Company will return to the stage for ONE NIGHT ONLY, joining current artists onstage to perform excerpts of 10 works spanning DCDC’s 50-year repertory.


Catch Reunited Saturday, Feb. 24 at 7:30 p.m. at Victoria Theatre, located at 138 N. Main St. in Dayton. Tickets start at $14.50.


“To still have a legacy thriving after 50 years is something I’m not only proud of, but extremely excited about sharing with everyone,” DCDC Artistic Director Debbie Blunden-Diggs said.


The evening of concert dance will feature works from each of the company’s three artistic directors: founder Jeraldyne Blunden, Kevin Ward, and Blunden-Diggs. It will also feature works from powerhouse choreographers in DCDC’s classic rep including Asadata Dafora & Donald Byrd, and works from today’s top choreographic names, including Ronen Koresh, Dwight Rhoden, Alvin Rangel & Ray Mercer.


“All you can really do in one performance is give a thumbprint of who we are,” Blunden-Diggs said. “Using the different artistic leaders as anchors, I pulled out some of the most memorable moments of those decades.”


The dances will be connected through a live storyteller — former WDTN news anchor Marsha Bonhart.


“Marsha has witnessed a lot of the things DCDC has done,” Blunden-Diggs said. “I was looking for a way someone could help us tell the story in more than one way, and she’s a wonderful host and moderator.”

To kick off the celebration as DCDC turns 50, the company will host The Gathering: A DCDC Family Reunion. Mingle with dancers, choreographers, teachers and patrons, old and new, Friday, Feb. 23 at 7 p.m. at the DCDC studios, located at 840 Germantown St. in Dayton.


Tickets for Reunited and The Gathering are available here or by calling 937-228-3630.


Reunited is only the first in a series of special programming and events that will take place over the next two calendar years to celebrate DCDC’s 50th anniversary, Blunden-Diggs said.


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