San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
In this contemporary dance fall thriller, artistic director Gregory Dawson presents new work: fabrica matterasso d’argento. Set to original music by the youthful composer, Alton San Giovanni, the ballet was inspired by Langston Hughes’ masterpiece poem “Dreams,” as well as daily working experiences in the historic Serta Mattress Company--now the home for the Center for Dance and Aerial Arts in San Francisco, CA, where the piece was created. Born from a creative process reminiscent of early twentieth century Surrealists, fabrica enacts the dream-awake state experienced by the choreographer when fully immersed in the creative process, interrupted by the interpretations of the musical composer, and further shaped by the surprises offered by dancers who intoned their own notes into each phrase as the piece was set upon them. Apropos to the dreamlike qualities evoked in fabrica, the ballet is balanced and completed with a second piece: an abbreviated version of Dawson's Brahms. Aptly named for its accompanying music by the 19th century master of counterpoint and Classic composer of lullabies, Brahms finishes the performance with light yet electrifying passages that that leave the audience dreaming while most certainly awake.
When & Where
Dawson/Wallace Dance Project
Dawson|Wallace Dance Project (DWDP), formerly David Taylor Dance Theatre, was founded in 1979 by choreographer David Taylor and is Colorado’s original professional contemporary ballet company. Artistic Director Gregory Dawson of Alonzo King's Lines Ballet has choreographed award winning works throughout the United States to critical acclaim. DWDP continues to possess a distinguished record of performances in Colorado and the region showcasing a dramatic, original, and innovative repertoire that reaches 10,000+ people each year. DTDT has a 31-year history of increasingly diverse and dynamic productions. New works are introduced annually and DWDP’s acclaimed productions of Rainforest and The Nutcracker remain popular. In 1997, DTDT was the proud recipient of the Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts. A recent review in The Denver Post lauded DTDT as "...the most intriguing of all Colorado dance companies..."