Season 25 Finale
by Kathy Dunn Hamrick Dance Company

Dec. 01 - Dec. 03, 2023

In 2016, we premiered MORE OR LESS, an hour-long dance for nine dancers who performed to a live version of Steve Reich’s iconic “Drumming.” I prefer making new dances over presenting a repertory of works, but a few months later I made a ten-minute version for four dancers and called it WALK ON, WALK OFF. I’ve not only brought this dance back, I’ve brought back the original cast! I love the precision, clarity, and focus of the dancing, and the tight, almost mystical ensemble work. There are no music cues for the dancers to follow, so I watch with anticipation to see how close the dancers come to “walking off” with the end of the music.

REROUTE is a new work made by the company dancers, with a small contribution from myself. I’m usually the choreographer/director, so working this way is new for us. Without me to lead, the dancers approached their choreographic task the way we always do: finding movement material through improvisation, shaping the movement into a structure, and building a narrative. When I saw their first draft in rehearsal, I was spellbound by what they had made: a dance with all my favorite things! Watch for innovative movements; high contrasts of time, space, energy; elements of surprise; rapport; and a tenacious attention to detail.

In 2013, we premiered THE UNDOING OF NONET, an evening-length dance for nine dancers with live music by line upon line percussion. It was a dark dance that marked the unraveling of a family. DUST is a new, shorter version for four dancers, with a new score by Drew Silverman. Picture dust particles floating randomly in the universe then swirling together to form something solid (a family). But it’s a precarious gathering, and each time a solid shape begins to form, it also starts to fall apart. I think DUST, a quiet, but emotionally-charged dance for four women, is the perfect bookend for the fiery WALK ON, WALK OFF.


Season 25 Finale
by Kathy Dunn Hamrick Dance Company
Kathy Dunn Hamrick Dance Company

December 01 - December 03, 2023
Rollins Theatre
Long Center
701 Riverside at South First,
Austin, TX, 78704

December 1 - 3, 2023

Rollins Theatre, Long Center