Dark Circles’ American Debut
Dark Circles Contemporary Dance will make its American debut this weekend in Fort Worth. DCCD’s parent company was created three years ago by Joshua Peugh in South Korea, where he performed with the Universal Ballet of Seoul, and it has since appeared in five countries. Peugh assembled an American wing last spring with seven new dancers and picked Fort Worth for its first performance.
Those familiar with local dance might feel their antennae go up at the mention of Universal Ballet. Two former principals with Texas Ballet Theater, Erica and Chung-Lin Tseng, met and married while dancing with the South Korean company before moving to Fort Worth.
Chung-Lin Tseng is also visiting artist-in-residence at SMU, and, yes, there is a connection, Peugh said. He studied with Tseng in Dallas and was later recommended to the South Korean company, where he danced for seven years. Peugh has come full circle, rehearsing his new DCCD dancers in a SMU studio this summer in preparation for the Fort Worth performances.
The program will include two works choreographed by Peugh, Cosmic Swords and the new Jjigae, set to Korean folk music and drums. Guest choreographer Kim Dong Hyoung’s ballet Fighting Games will also make its world premiere. –– Leonard Eureka