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Dominic Walsh Announces the closing of DWDT
HOUSTON— At the end of August of this year, Dominic Walsh Dance Theater will be closing the book on its 13-year history. Dominic spent the 2014-15 season on sabbatical from the company to work on personal art projects and prepare for his daughter’s arrival, who was born in February of this year. “I was spread thin at DWDT, with each sector of the organization in need of my attention. I found myself getting pulled into more and more administrative duties, which left little time for me in the studio doing what I opened the company to do. Now I have the priority of family and must make adjustments to my time commitments.”
Dominic is continuing with a busy schedule traveling the globe creating new works and staging existing creations. This season he will be creating/staging his works for Ballet San Antonio, Colorado Ballet, Festival Ballet Providence, Whim W’Him, and Asami Maki Ballet in Tokyo. He is also traveling, giving master classes and workshops, as well as staging works by his former director and mentor, Ben Stevenson. Last season Dominic staged Mr. Stevenson’s Romeo and Juliet, and this season, his Swan Lake. He has also staged his Esmeralda Pas de Deux in Tokyo and Cinderella for Tulsa Ballet in past years.
Dominic Walsh Dance Theater became an important cultural landmark for Houston as well as nationally and internationally. DWDT was often featured in national and international magazines and newspapers for its unique take on narrative works, collaborations and contacts with the most iconic choreographers of our day. (Recently the company was listed as one of the top 10 things about Texas in Air France’s March issue) DWDT performed the most recent work by Jiri Kylian, the 2007 Gala version of 27’ 52”. They were the first U.S. company to add the work of Mats Ek into its repertoire, and the only company outside of his own to dance a section from Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake.
“ I feel really good about all we have accomplished with relatively limited resources. I can close this chapter knowing that we have surpassed our artistic goals and I’m very proud of what we accomplished and contributed to Houston and the overall dance world,”says Dominic.
DWDT was also known for collaborating with other Houston groups like Musiqa, Opera in the Heights, Houston Grand Opera, Lawndale, MFAH, Blaffer Gallery, UH Clear Lake, local artists, and especially Mercury Houston, the longtime collaborating organization that helped to bring Romeo & Juliet, Contemporary Baroque as well as opera productions to the stage. Walsh has given talks and presentations at Houston Jung’s Center, TEDx Houston, City Art Works, as well as a number of Houston organizations.
To wrap up the journey, company photographer Gabriella Nissen has been working on a photo book documenting the company. Since 2006 Gaby has been with DWDT, capturing its sublime moments from behind her lens. She and Dominic will launch the 200 page coffee table photo book this winter. “It’s amazing how the book is finishing up now and how things come together at the right time,’ says Walsh. “Having this beautiful representation of all we have done is both cathartic and gratifying. I’m so thankful to Gaby and everyone who had contributed in whatever way they could to this beautiful endeavor.”