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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