The cool, air-conditioned confines of the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth will be the perfect place to take in the Modern Dance Festival at the Modern, the ninth annual staging of this Contemporary Dance/Fort Worth showcase, which occupies the venue for the next three weekends.
The live performance this weekend is called Freudian Slips and Silent Screams, an homage to the Lucian Freud show that opened at the museum last week. However, we’re most intrigued to see the film presentations on Saturday, which include All the Ladies Say, a documentary focusing on the contributions of women to hip-hop dance, and Check Your Body at the Door, in which club dancers re-create their moves in full daylight in professional studios, a setting that should bring out the talents and virtuosity of these performers.
Future weekends include a couple of intense dance films. (The Dutch-made Coup de Grâce focuses on the implosion of a friendship.) The live performances include the regional premiere of Lonny Joseph Gordon’s News and a performance of Kerry Kreiman’s Currents, which CD/FW hasn’t performed in 15 years. There’s also a tribute to Bill Evans, in which his dance company will perform his works while the man himself performs his own tap dance set to Gershwin’s Three Preludes.