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Shows from DBDT in Dal­las, Eyakkam Dance in Plano

- Manuel Men­doza Dal­las Black Dance Theatre: Eyakkam Dance Com­pany: Entertainment · Arts · Theatre · Dance · Theatre & Ballet · Plano · New York City · Austin, TX · Alvin Ailey · Alexander the Great · 2.0 Film · Cleveland · Chicago

The pre­miere of a new work com­mis­sioned from New York chore­og­ra­pher Ni­jaw­won Matthews, From Within, de­scribed as “a trans­for­ma­tive ex­pe­ri­ence from the trauma of be­trayal to self-heal­ing,” high­lights Dal­las Black Dance Theatre’s Di­rec­tor’s Choice shows at the Wyly Theatre. The pro­gram also in­cludes the ballet Bounce by Ballet Austin artis­tic di­rec­tor Stephen Mills and Fur­ther­ance from for­mer Alvin Ai­ley dancer Kir­ven Douthit-boyd. Among the dancers are Claude Alexan­der III and Sean J. Smith, cel­e­brat­ing their 10th sea­son with the com­pany.

In Plano, Eyakkam Dance Com­pany draws on the In­dian clas­si­cal form of

Bharatanat­yam with pro­duc­tion num­bers from the last 80 years of Tamil cin­ema in Kon­jum Salan­gai 2.0. The re-cre­ated song-and-dance se­quences, com­plete with cos­tumes in­spired by the orig­i­nals, fea­ture 25 per­form­ers, in­clud­ing guest artists from Cleve­land and Chicago.

■ Nov. 1-2 at 7:30 p.m., Nov. 3 at 2:30 p.m. at the Wyly Theatre, 2400 Flora St., Dal­las. $34-$58. dbdt.com. attpac.org.

■ Nov. 2 at 6 p.m. at Dance In­dus­try Per­form­ing Arts Stu­dio, 6614 Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Park­way, Plano. Sold out. eyakkam­dance.org. eventbrite.com.

 ?? Raj Sun­dar ?? Eyakkam Dance Com­pany will high­light pro­duc­tion num­bers from the last 80 years of Tamil cin­ema in Kon­jum Salan­gai 2.0.
Raj Sun­dar Eyakkam Dance Com­pany will high­light pro­duc­tion num­bers from the last 80 years of Tamil cin­ema in Kon­jum Salan­gai 2.0.
 ?? Brian Guil­li­aux ?? Dal­las Black Dance Theatre’s Claude Alexan­der III (left) and Sean J. Smith are cel­e­brat­ing their 10th sea­son with Dal­las Black Dance Theatre.
Brian Guil­li­aux Dal­las Black Dance Theatre’s Claude Alexan­der III (left) and Sean J. Smith are cel­e­brat­ing their 10th sea­son with Dal­las Black Dance Theatre.

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