Green tights and pointy hats aren’t anywhere to be found in the Dark Circles Contemporary Dance’s newest take on Peter Pan. To celebrate the opening of their 2019-20 season in the U.S., the company is presenting the world premiere of Pete:A New Dance Musical this September. This adventurous show reimagines J.M. Barrie’s iconic novel of The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up in a way that audiences have never seen before!
Pete was written and choreographed by international award-winning choreographer and founder of Dark Circles Joshua L. Peugh. This story is a “modern meditation on reality and make-believe as well as the effects of patriarchy and systematic racism on queer men of color,” according to a recent press release.
Peugh says, “CreatingAladdin, Habibi last fall gave me a taste for creating longer, more fully developed dance works. Peter Pan is a legendary character who has a huge mythology surrounding him. His name itself elicits feelings of magic, happiness, adventure and dreams of flight in almost everyone. I want to celebrate those feelings and dreams while also acknowledging the fascinating contradictions: Peter’s desire to be the master of a household although he doesn’t wish to be a man, Wendy’s desire to imitate her mother, and Hook’s obsession with having good manners although he is a devious pirate.”
This dance musical is set in a present-day city playground, and then transforms into the chaotic world of Neverland. Peugh, one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch,” has created the show with fast-paced dance numbers and many original Peter Pan songs. In addition to being entertaining (which it will be, trust us!), this show also will showcase the way Peter Pan has evolved in pop culture and how his story can be used to explore social equity and the minority queer experience.
“I’ve always loved musical theatre, and the work I’ve done choreographing shows at Dallas Theater Center and WaterTower Theatre has inspired me to devise a musical for my own company that reflects our personal stories, fantasies and realities,” added Peugh.
Additionally, the music for Pete was written by composer Brandon Carson, with lyrics by local award-winning soul and R&B singer/songwriter Kierra Gray. Production will feature lighting and scenic design by Bart McGeehon with projections by digital media artist Mona Kasra.
Pete is presented through a partnership with WaterTower Theatre. Performances will be held Sept. 12-15 at Addison Theatre Centre for $25 each.
In addition to the world premiere in Dallas, the show will tour to Houston, where the company will headline The Houston Fringe Festival.
Dark Circles Contemporary Dance (DCCD) was founded in 2010 in Seoul, South Korea, and the company’s Dallas-based branch (DCCCDUSA) is led by Peugh. DCCDUSA is dedicated to bringing the progressive work of international choreographers and dancers to a worldwide audience. The young company has received critical acclaim and praise by a variety of media platforms and commended for its innovative combinations of classical technique and modern movement styles. Since its inception, the company has performed around the world, including: Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Theater am Aegi (Germany), Seoul Arts Center (South Korea) and at the Ailey Citigroup Theater (New York) among others. Its repertory includes works by Peugh, Sidra Bell, Mark Caserta and Mikey Morado, Eoghan Dillon, Gregory Dolbashian, Mike Esperanza, James Gregg, Gabrielle Lamb, Fabio Liberti and MADBOOTS.
Peugh is the founder and artistic director of DCCD. After graduating from Southern Methodist University, Peugh moved to South Korea to join the Universal Ballet Company. Since then, he created work for festivals in Asia, Europe and North America, and won awards for his choreography in South Korea, Japan, Canada and the U.S. He is the recipient of the Grand Prize at McCallum Theatre’s 18thAnnual Choreography Festival, was named “an important discovery” by The New York Times, and recently served as choreographer for legendary soprano Kathleen Battle’s concert Underground Railroad – A Spiritual Journey. He is the 2018 recipient of the Natalie Skelton Award for Artistic Excellence and has created over 40 new works for BalletX, Ballet Memphis, BODYTRAFFIC, Bruce Wood Dance Project, Company E, Dallas Theater Center, DanceWorks Chicago, Eisenhower Dance, Korea National Contemporary Dance Company, MADCO, METdance, Tulsa Ballet, WaterTower Theatre, Whim W’Him and others.
“Creating a musical will be an awfully big adventure,” said Peugh.
With a little pixie dust, and a whole lot of talent, anything is possible! This amazing new show will be full of adventure, excitement and love, in a way that is totally unique. Buy tickets to see this show online today – you won’t be disappointed!