Next Sunday at the University of Dayton, DCDC2, the repertory training ensemble of Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, will examine the human condition with a spring concert titled “The Ways of Humanity.”
“DCDC2 is about transcending human bodies through contemporary dance, connecting on a higher emotional, spiritual level,” said DCDC2 director Shonna Hickman-Matlock. “I want our dancers to be effective in communicating DCDC’s vision. Dance is about more than just physical movement. Audiences can be inspired and engaged by us. We have passionate artists presenting passionate dance.”
Hickman-Matlock will particularly supply a spiritually driven work titled “Within His Spirit Lies Humanity,” set to the soul-stirring gospel music of Kirk Franklin, Yolanda Adams, Whitney Houston and Lauryn Hill.
“The routine expresses how within mankind lies the spirit of God in His likeness,” she said. “It also expresses the ability to love, forgive and impart kindness and charity. I’m very interested in humanness, the purity of who we are, which I believe is led by the spirit I’m interested in connecting with the audience on a human level. Love and spirituality is very important in every aspect of our lives and our relationships.”
Inspirational themes of grace, humility, love, spirituality and sorrow will also be evident in the routines choreographed by DCDC2 resident choreographers Amy Renee Jones and Marlayna Locklear, DCDC2 newcomer Demetrius Tabron, nationally acclaimed emerging choreographers Robert Priore and Rodney A. Brown, and former DCDC company members Gina Gardner-Walther and Suzanne Payne.
“DCDC2 not only develops and cultivates dance artists, but choreographers and teachers, as well,” said Hickman-Matlock. “We set the platform to introduce those who show an interest or talent and we give them that opportunity. Many have gone on to be quite successful in their careers onstage and when they decide to retire from the stage.”
The spring concert marks DCDC2’s final mainstage performance of the season. Committed to arts integration and community involvement, the troupe has delivered more than 40 performances since its season began last summer. The nearly 20-member company is a conglomeration of graduates from various universities across the country and undergraduates from Sinclair Community College and Wright State University.
“DCDC2 is an integral part of DCDC in regards to its presence in the community,” Hickman-Matlock said. “The company serves as ambassadors for DCDC. We are keeping our presence out within the community, reaching people from many diverse populations. We reach about 30,000 people every season, which doesn’t include our mainstage performances. We touch a lot of lives through the art of dance.”
As the concert approaches, Hickman-Matlock hopes audiences grasp the potency within the program as the breadth and depth of the human spirit is explored.
“I hope the audience is excited and entertained by this experience, connected on a human level, spirit to spirit,” she said. “I hope they are moved by the beauty of dance and its emotional depth which can transform. When dance speaks it’s a healing to the soul.”
HOW TO GO
What: “The Ways of Humanity,” DCDC2 Spring Concert
Where: Kennedy Union Boll Theatre, University of Dayton, 300 College Park Ave., Dayton
When: 4 p.m. next Sunday, April 28
Tickets: Call Ticket Center Stage at (937) 228-3630 or go online to www.ticketcenterstage.com
More info: (937) 228-3232 or www.dcdc.org