The Danielle Georgiou Dance Group (DGDG) is a dance theatre company that works within the ideas of contemporary dance and physical theatre. Each production is created using an ensemble-based method to devise concepts and choreographic ideas under the direction of Artistic Director/Choreographer Danielle Georgiou.
DGDG is dedicated to crafting and curating creative dance and theatre works that explore human and social conditions. DGDG educates the public on the power of the art of dance and theatre, and provides audiences with a multicultural experience. Whether collaborating or defining their work, DGDG looks for performers who constantly strive to transform themselves, either in image or skill. As Georgiou says, "Technique is your foundation; not your identity."
DGDG’s mission is three-fold: to create and perform innovative and excellent works of contemporary dance theatre; to craft and curate inspiring and accessible works of dance and theatre, and to participate in community conversations about the power of movement in storytelling and performance. It is our hope that audiences appreciate and delight in our work and leave the theatre engaged in a conversation with themselves, with others, and with the performers. Our goal is to explore the depths of our humanity while reflecting on the many ways in which we connect, interact, and react with one another.
The Danielle Georgiou Dance Group was selected as Best Dance Troupe by the Dallas Observer for 2017 and 2015, and Best Dance Company for 2016 by the readers of D Magazine. The Show About Men (2015) was named Best New Play or Musical and cited for Outstanding Creative Contribution for Choreography by the Dallas Fort Worth Theater Critics Forum Awards. NICE (2014), which premiered at the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre for the AT&T Performing Arts Center’s Elevator Project, also won for Choreography. DGDG was the first dance company to be asked to participate in the Elevator Project, and the only company asked to return in 2017 for the second iteration of the Elevator Project. Also in 2017, DGDG completed the first-ever year-long artist residency at the Dallas Public Libraries, during which time we conducted monthly performing and visual arts workshops and produced an original production.
DGDG’s seasons for 2017-2014 were listed as highlights of the years in dance by publications including The Dallas Morning News, TheaterJones, and Art&Seek. In 2015, Danielle was named one of TheaterJones’ Forward Thinkers, and in 2012, she was named Outstanding Female Director of 2012 by Critical Rant. DGDG has a wonderful working relationship with numerous dance companies and independent dance and theatre artists in North Texas, as well as visual artists and musicians, including ishi, Dezi 5, Paul Slavens, Jermy Johnson, Unconscious Collective, George Quartz, Sarah Jaffe, Sudie, and Midnight Opera (formerly known as Siamese).
Danielle Georgiou (Artistic Director/Choreographer) and Justin Locklear (Producer/Conceptual Artist) both teach master classes and workshops in their individual and combined pedagogies, which are based on physical theatre, contemporary dance, and Viewpoints. They also both have rich performance and directing careers as freelance artists, and bring those experiences back to DGDG to create their unique take on contemporary dance theatre.
Photo by Kent Barker
Photo by Kent Barker
Get to know Danielle Georgiou and DGDG
a little bit better! Check out this interview with Art&Seek.
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