Local modern dance mainstay Demetrius Klein Dance Company/DIY Projects will present exciting new dance works on October 14 and November 11, 2017. Both dance performances begin at 8:00pm.

Laurel, a new work by Demetrius Klein in collaboration with the dancers will premiere in the Great Big Room at Memorial Presbyterian Church in West Palm Beach on Saturday, October 14, 2017. The piece examines how hopelessness evolves into resilience. As Klein puts it, “In very simple terms, Laurel is a work about home and community. It’s also about how people move forward, organize, and resist in the face of oppression. Finally, it’s about how people move away from family and home in order to find a better way of life but continue to hold on tight to the culture and values of their home.”

This evening-length performance features a versatile cast of performers. “Laurel is unique because we have such a vast range of dancer ages—10 to 60. Seeing the vulnerability and the power of the different generations interacting is really striking,” says Kristen Vencel, dancer and DKDC rehearsal director.

On Saturday, November 11, DKDC/DIY Projects presents its second annual 7×7. 7×7 features seven dances, each seven minutes long, by seven different choreographers, all set to original scores by composer David Brazzeal. The dances are performed multiple times, viewed each time by a roving, different docent-lead group. Due to the unique format of the evening, last year’s audience enthusiasm was palpable. “Changing locations and performers every few minutes kept everyone completely engaged,” gushes Vencel. The evening is designed to present dance in vastly different locations while also showcasing the nooks and crannies of the historic 81-year-old Memorial Presbyterian Church.

The fluid acrylic paintings of artist Jaci Jackson will be on display an hour before the 7×7 performances begin. Originally from South Africa, Jackson says her work is “about using the chaos and unpredictability of fluid art to create works that are as dramatic as they are peaceful.” Artwork will be available for purchase. Audience members are invited to arrive early and stay afterward for a small reception with all of the artists.

DKDC/DIY Projects is a collective of dance and movement artists committed to the creative process and to producing dance works of uncompromising artistic integrity in a variety of traditional and non-traditional settings.

The Demetrius Klein Dance Company has been a staple of the regional arts scene — and South Florida’s oldest modern dance company — since 1986. Mr. Klein is a celebrated choreographer whose awards include the Hector Ubertalli Award for Artistic Excellence, a Choreographic Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and several grants from the MacArthur Foundation.

For more information about this and other projects, please visit dkdcdiyprojects.org or call Tracy Simkowitz at 561-758-8726.


Upcoming fall dance from Demetrius Klein Dance Company/DIY Projects. The company will present exciting new dance works on October and November, 2017.