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Artist Spotlight: This Dallas Choreographer Tackles Societal Issues Through Dance

This is a promotional photo for DGDG's "War Flower."
Danielle Georgiou Dance Group
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This is a promotional photo for DGDG's "War Flower."

Choreographer Danielle Georgiou is known in North Texas for bold and often provocative work about feminism, sexuality and culture. Her most recent project — "War Flower" — tackles rituals and media consumption.  

The 116-seat theater inside the Bath House Cultural Center in Dallas was in the process of being transformed on the Tuesday evening that I caught up with the Danielle Georgiou Dance Group. They were preparing for the premiere of a new work called “War Flower.

The usually dark black box theater was flooded with lights and the floors, walls and ceilings were all being turned into scenery  for the upcoming performance. The group’s conceptual artist and co-producer Justin Locklear and others were laying out AstroTurf on one part of the stage and mirrored wall paper on another.

Danielle Georgiou, the group’s choreographer and artistic director, paced around the space and watched them work. Then she looked at her phone to check the time and asked if they’d be done before practice. Locklear told her they would be and she announced, “We’ve got four minutes.”

Georgiou then began fluttering like a bee, moving from one group of dancers to another. She watched them perform moves, adjusted arms and legs and sometimes simply greeted them. She was very busy and a little bit nervous.

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To explore the rest of this story and read a Q&A with Georgiou, visit Art&Seek's Artist Spotlight.