I absolutely love all the dance experiences that are happening this month. In addition to all the Nutcrackers and other holiday dance performances occurring around town, there is also plenty of opportunities to see some free dance performances as well. The NorthPark Mall’s Sights and Sounds of the Season features a number of Dallas’ elite dance companies in free performances running throughout December.
Danielle Georgiou Dance Group (DGDG) will also be hosting a free performance Dec. 15-17 at the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library in downtown Dallas. Entitled Things Missing/Missed is a devised, movement theatre work written by Justin Locklear and Houston playwrights Melissa Flower and Philip Hays with choreography by Colby Calhoun and Danielle Georgiou. The ensemble cast will use physical theatre techniques, puppetry and contemporary dance to bring to life the story of a young couple on the brink of disaster and a hermit, who may or may not, be stealing their property.
Things Missing/Missed is based on the real story of a hermit who renounced all interaction with other people and hid in the woods outside of North Pond, Maine for 30 years, which engendered myths of forest monsters, stealing from pantries and sock draws. The legend is juxtaposed against T.S. Eliot’s “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock,” and from this structure, the play explores the sensations of missing, being missed, and being erased, according to DGDG’s press release.
“We believe in storytelling through movement and the power of dance to communicate ideas that are normally hidden,” Georgiou says. “Each word or phrase embodies a gesture and movement that can fundamentally alter our perceptions and emotions, and there is something beautifully haunting in exploring that.”
If you haven’t seen any of Georgiou’s work over the last six years, then you are definitely in for an experience. Georgiou and her tribe of quirky writers, actors, dancers and singers are known around town for producing work that chips away at the thick societal shell surrounding individuals to ultimately reveal the imperfect beauty that lies beneath. The group accomplishes this with its quick-witted dialogue, catchy original tunes, and modern-based movement choices. The themes are always real and relevant and Georgiou’s creative use of satire and irony to broach controversial topics such as gender roles, sexuality and political viewpoints is pure genius.
I have had the pleasure of seeing many of Georgiou’s shows, including NICE, The Show About Men, War Flower, and Donkey Beach, and yes, some of the content and language did make me feel uncomfortable at time, but I never felt judged or preached too. DGDG’s performances are also a mind-bending experience and I am excited to see what they have in store for us with Things Missing/Missed.
Things Missing/Missed will be performed Friday, December 15 at 7:30p.m., Saturday, December 16 at 2:00p.m. and 7:30p.m., and Sunday, December 17 at 2:00p.m. All performances will take place at the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library. All shows are free and open to the public!