Dayton Contemporary Dance Company ushers in the holidays with its family-friendly presentation of Charles Tazewell’s beloved 1946 children’s story “The Littlest Angel” Friday, Dec. 1, and Saturday, Dec. 2, in the Kennedy Union Boll Theatre of the University of Dayton.
This heartwarming and joyful tale of giving and humility concerns a 4-year-old child homesick in heaven who is allowed to return to Earth to retrieve a box he left behind. Meanwhile, God announces Jesus will soon be born in Bethlehem and every angel prepares a gift.
The Littlest Angel decides to give Jesus a small box of personal items, but ultimately questions its worth compared to the other gifts. However, God recognizes the inherent value in his gift nonetheless.
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“I think it’s one of the most beautifully put-together evenings of dance that tells a story,” said DCDC Artistic Director Debbie Blunden-Diggs, who fondly remembers her mother, DCDC founder Jeraldyne Blunden, reading the story to her when she was a young girl. “The music (and) movement vocabulary inspired by words within the story (is) really stunning.”
“The ideas of tradition and heritage and culture are important,” echoed choreographer and DCDC Associate Artistic Director Crystal Michelle. “To hear feedback from people that something I created has become something people expect to do during the holidays with their loved ones, that ‘The Littlest Angel’ is special in their life, is special to me.”
In related news, DCDC has been invited to perform across numerous cities in Russia and Kazakhstan in May 2018 as cultural ambassadors through the U.S. State Department’s “DanceMotion USA” exchange program.
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“As we are planning for the 50th anniversary celebration of our world-renowned dance company, this particular invitation is a special blessing of renewed spirit as our legacy continues,” said DCDC CEO Ro Nita Hawes-Saunders. “I’m excited for the dancers and for the exposure of our company to this worldwide audience. This kind of tour allows us to connect beautiful art to other cultures as we strive for knowledge and understanding of each other.”
WANT TO GO?
What: “The Littlest Angel”
Where: Kennedy Union Boll Theatre of the University of Dayton, 300 College Park, Dayton
When: Dec. 1 and 2: 7:30 p.m. Friday; 3 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday
Tickets/more info: Call Ticket Center Stage at (937) 228-3630 or visit www.ticketcenterstage.com
FYI: For a sneak peek of “The Littlest Angel” check out #LittlestAngel on DCDC social media accounts: Facebook/Instagram: @daytoncontemporarydancecompany and Twitter: @DCDCLive.