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Co-presented with Kumble Theater for the Performing Arts
Flatbush between DeKalb and Willoughby
651 ARTS opens its Classically Black Spring season with the world-renowned Dayton Contemporary Dance Company (DCDC). Founded in 1968 and rooted in the African-American experience, DCDC is known for its remarkable artistry, rigorous movement, and story-telling through dance. After nearly a decade away from New York City, DCDC brings Tapestries, a selection of its most dynamic work, to Brooklyn. The evening includes Donald Byrd’s The Geography of the Cotton Field (World Premiere – February 2014 – Dayton, Ohio).
The world-renowned Dayton Contemporary Dance Company (DCDC) is the oldest modern dance company in Ohio. Founded in 1968, DCDC is known for its extraordinary artistic execution, dance precision, and story-telling through dance art of international standard. Having the world’s largest repertoire of classic works by African-American choreographers, this Dayton, Ohio company continues to celebrate dance art around the world. Most recently DCDC performed in Suzhou Industrial Park in Jiangsu Province, China for the opening of University of Dayton’s China Institute. Artistic Director Debbie Blunden-Diggs continues the company’s long legacy with fresh new dance works by top choreographers, including Donald Byrd, Ronen Koresh, and Kiesha Lalama.
For over 20 years Debbie Blunden-Diggs performed with the company appearing in most of the company’s repertoire establishing herself as a formidable artist. She is also an accomplished choreographer creating works for the company that have become part of the company’s artistic blue print. Her notable works include Configurations, Kaleidoscope, Fragments, In My Father’s House and Traffic. Blunden-Diggs has also served as the company’s Associate Artistic Director and Deputy Director for Arts and Operations. In addition to her role as Artistic Director of DCDC, Debbie is an adjunct professor at the University of Dayton in the Theatre department.
Donald Byrd became Artistic Director of Seattle’s Spectrum Dance Theater in December 2002. From 1978-2002, he was Artistic Director of Donald Byrd/The Group, a critically acclaimed contemporary dance company, founded in Los Angeles and later based in New York, that toured extensively, both nationally and internationally. He has created over 80 modern dance works for his own groups as well as the Alvin Ailey Company, the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, and Philadelphia Dance Company (Philadanco), among others. He has choreographed for classical companies, including Pacific Northwest Ballet, The Joffrey Ballet, Aterballetto, Maggio Danza di Firenze, and Oregon Ballet Theater. He has worked with some of the most prestigious theater and opera companies in the U.S., including New York Shakespeare Festival/Public Theater, La Jolla Playhouse, the Intiman Theater, San Francisco Opera, Seattle Opera and New York City Opera. In 2006, Mr. Byrd received a TONY nomination for his choreography for The Color Purple.
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