Dark Circles Announces 2018-19 Season

Dark Circles Announces 2018-19 Season

Dallas' Dark Circles Contemporary Dance has announced its 2018-19 Season. The company will produce seven world premieres, including a brand-new evening-length creation by Founder and Artistic Director Joshua L. Peugh, as well as commissioned works by highly sought-after and emerging choreographers Sidra Bell, Mark Caserta, Eoghan Dillon, and Mikey Morado.

The company celebrates the opening of its 2018-19 Season in the U.S.A. with a brand-new immersive evening-length creation by international award-winning choreographer and founder of Dark Circles Joshua L. Peugh based on the story "The History of Aladdin, or The Wonderful Lamp."

Aladdin, Habibi is a meditation on American rhetoric regarding the Middle East and the stereotypes associated with Middle Eastern races and cultures. The new work also explores how time and imagination have transformed the original tale of Aladdin and his magical lamp. The work touches on women's rights, anti-Semitism, violence, public pressure, domestic politics, and foreign policy. A brand-new score for the work has been commissioned from composer and SMU Meadows School of the Arts alumnus Brandon Carson and will be performed live. The production will feature a lighting design by Roma Flowers. Susan Austin will provide the costume design. Performance details to follow.

In the new year, Dark Circles (who is being featured as WaterTower Theatre's Guest Company in Residence) moves to Addison Theatre Centre-the company's new home theatre for 2019-for a Winter Series featuring three world premieres centering on gay identity in America. The new creations focus on coming out, gender, desire, relationships, sex, and other timely issues. Dark Circles has commissioned budding queer choreographers Mark Caserta, Eoghan Dillon, and Mikey Morado for the program. A new creation by Peugh closes the evening. Performances will run January 24 - 27, 2019.

Rounding out the season, the company presents its Spring Series featuring the commission of a world premiere by the internationally praised choreographer Sidra Bell. Two other new works are slated for this series and will be announced at a later date. Performances will run March 22 - 24, 2019.

For more information, visit DarkCirclesContemporaryDance.com.


Dark Circles Contemporary Dance was founded in 2010 in Seoul, South Korea. The Company's Dallas-based branch-lead by internationally award-winning choreographer and Dance Magazine "25 to Watch" breakout star of 2015, Joshua L. Peugh-has been hailed as "the area's most exciting dance company" (Star-Telegram) and as the "Best Dance Company" by D Magazine (2015 & 2016) and Dallas Observer (2016). The young company has been praised as "frequently stunning, and always fascinating" (DFW.com) and commended for innovative combinations of classical technique and modern movement styles. Since its inception, the company has performed nationally and internationally at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, Theater am Aegi (Germany), Seoul Arts Center (South Korea), and at the Ailey Citigroup Theater (New York), among others. Repertory includes works by Joshua L. Peugh, Sidra Bell, Mark Caserta & Mikey Morado, Eoghan Dillon, Gregory Dolbashian, Mike Esperanza, James Gregg, Gabrielle Lamb, Fabio Liberti, and MADBOOTS. DCCD is dedicated to bringing the progressive work of international choreographers and dancers to a worldwide audience.


Joshua L. Peugh is the Founder and Artistic Director of Dark Circles Contemporary Dance. After graduating from Southern Methodist University, Joshua moved to South Korea to join Universal Ballet Company. Since then, he has created work for festivals in Asia, Europe, and North America winning awards for his choreography in South Korea, Japan, Canada, and the USA. He was the recipient of the Grand Prize at the McCallum Theatre's 18th Annual Choreography Festival. He was chosen as one of Dance Magazine's 2015 "25 to Watch," and was named "an important discovery" by The New York Times. Joshua has been commissioned to create for BalletX, Ballet Memphis, BODYTRAFFIC, Bruce Wood Dance Project, Company E, Dallas Theater Center, Eisenhower Dance, Korea National Contemporary Dance Company, METdance, Tulsa Ballet, and Whim W'Him, among others.


Sidra Bell is currently a Master Lecturer at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, an Adjunct Professor at Ball State University in Indiana, and an Adjunct Professor at Alonzo King LINES Ballet School BFA Program in San Francisco. She was artist in residence at Harvard University, an Adjunct Professor at Georgian Court University and an Adjunct Professor at Barnard College. She has a BA in History from Yale University and an MFA in Choreography from Purchase College Conservatory of Dance. She has created over 100 works for dance, theater, and film internationally.


Mark Caserta, from Philadelphia, trained in many styles at the Creative and Performing Arts HS and the Ailey School. In 2010, he graduated from the University of the Arts with a B.F.A. in Ballet Performance. Mark was a member of Eleone Dance Theater from 2006 - 2010. He was a member of International touring companies Complexions Contemporary Ballet from 2010 - 2014 and Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal from 2014 - 2016 and Camille A. Brown + Dancers in 2017. He has set work on PA Ballet II, the University of the Arts Dance Department, Pace University, Agora Dance and Grace Dance Theater. He has presented work at Steps Lab NYC, the Banff Centre Choreographic Lab, the Brooklyn Dance Festival and is an Emerging Choreographer at Springboard Danse Montreal 2018. Mark is co/founder + co/Director of a NYC dance and film company. He currently resides in Dallas, Texas co/directing the Pre-Professional company at Dance Industry Performing Arts Center.


Eoghan Dillon was born in County Tyrone, Ireland. At the age of four, he moved to Canada, where he began dancing at the age of 12. In 2012, Mr. Dillon received a full scholarship to study at the Ailey School in New York City, where he studied under many prestigious professionals. Eoghan is currently a company member and assistant rehearsal director with Parsons Dance in NYC, an internationally renowned touring contemporary dance company. Under the direction of David Parsons, he has worked one on one with choreographers Robert Battle, Kate Skarpetowska, Trey McIntyre, and Omar Roman De Jesus and has toured, taught, and choreographed all over the United States and Europe. Eoghan has been featured in international marketing publications, most notably the GAP's "Dress Normal" Campaign. Most recently Eoghan has been asked to join the Flow40 touring dance convention under the direction of Nicholas Drago.


Mikey Morado is a native of Colorado and trained at Artistic Fusion Dance Academy. He received a B.F.A. in Dance from Marymount Manhattan College in New York. Mikey joined Sidra Bell Dance NY where he was a company member from 2011-2015. He has performed works by Sidra Bell, Saar Harari, Mark Morris, Cherice Barton, and Benoit-Swan Pouffer. He currently co-directs the Pre-Professional company at Dance Industry in Plano, TX.

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