DBDT 2018 Cultural Awareness Work

February 16, 2018 - 06:00 AM

Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre, 2400 Flora Street, Dallas, TX


Dallas Black Dance Theatre’s (DBDT) taps Hurricane Katrina survivor and choreographer Michelle N. Gibson to choreograph a work featuring a New Orleans-style second line brass band in the grand finale. Displaced, Yet Rebirthed makes its Dallas premiere during DBDT’s Cultural Awareness Series. Presented by Wells Fargo, the Series is showcased Friday – Sunday, Feb. 16 through Feb. 18, at the Wyly Theatre, 2400 Flora, Dallas, TX 75201.

“There is a void of missing home. This piece is snapshots of our experience,” explained Gibson who created Displaced, Yet Rebirthed as a proud New Orleans resident who had to flee her hometown in 2005 during Hurricane Katrina. Together with her family, she evacuated to Dallas and they have lived here since.

Choreographer Michelle N. Gibson. Photograph by Omar Ramos

The dance both honors survivors and is a tribute to the more than 1,800 people who tragically lost their lives. Gibson is incorporating a live band in the New Orleans tradition to celebrate the lives lost and rebirth of those who survived. “As New Orleans celebrates its tricentennial this year, I am proud to share the rich authentic culture of our city with Dallas,” said Gibson.

Another aspect of DBDT’s Cultural Awareness Series features a tribute to one of the most iconic leaders of our time. His Grace by Christopher L. Huggins is dedicated to former South African President Nelson Mandela. The work features images of Mandela accompanied by the techno sound of artist, Moby. In 2014, His Grace made its world premiere in Dallas. Huggins is an international choreographer who has worked in Italy, France, Norway, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Slovenia, Austria, Japan, Korea, Jamaica, South Africa, and throughout the United States. Huggins is a former soloist of the renowned Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and Aterballetto of Reggio Emilia, Italy.


Friday and Saturday evening performances

February 16-17, 2018, 7:30 p.m.

Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre

2400 Flora Street, Dallas, TX.

Sunday matinee

February 18, 2018, 2:30 p.m.

Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre

2400 Flora Street, Dallas, TX.

The Thursday morning student matinees are both sold out. These matinees are made possible by SodexoMAGIC and Hattie Mae Lesley Foundation.


Performance ticket prices range from $22 – $58.

For single tickets visit www.attpac.org or call 214-880-0202.

Group tickets are available by calling 214-871-2376 Ext. 413 or email grouptickets@dbdt.com

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