Flatlands Dance Theatre
On Friday, Oct. 28 and Saturday, Oct. 29, the Flatlands Dance Theatre will present seven dance pieces, originally choreographed and performed by the artists themselves, celebrating Halloween.
If you’ve been looking for something spooktacular to do this October, the Flatlands Dance Theatre has just the event for you. And it’s likely the only performance they’ll invite you to say Boo to.
On Friday, Oct. 28 and Saturday, Oct. 29, the Flatlands Dance Theatre will present seven dance pieces, originally choreographed and performed by the artists themselves, celebrating Halloween. FDT titles this event Tricks and Treats: A Halloween Spooktacular.
According to the Flatlands Dance Theatre news release, the public is invited “to experience a one of a kind show guaranteed to leave you shaking in your boots! Come dressed in your best costume for the chance to win great prizes in our costume contest! Prepare for a ghoulishly delightful evening of dance!”
According to Ali Duffy, Artistic Director, Flatlands Dance Theatre is a nonprofit professional dance company located in Lubbock that has been offering this event and more for almost seven years.
“FDT was founded in 2010,” Duffy said, “and we have a mission to produce and promote contemporary dance in West Texas and beyond. Our company of artists includes twenty company and apprentice company members and four artistic and administrative staff members. We produce two formal dance concerts per season at LHUCA’s Firehouse Theatre and also perform at events like First Friday Art Trail, tour our commissioned, award winning work nationally, and offer guest artist and master classes around Lubbock.”
As artistic director of Flatlands Dance Theatre, Duffy envisions the artistic concepts and productions, classes and performances. Additionally, she facilitates guest artist residencies and community events, choreographs the productions and performs with the teams. But, likely most importantly, she founded the dance company.
“I founded FDT,” Duffy said, “because I saw a need for professional dance in the Lubbock community. Lubbock offers its residents such a rich tradition of music and visual art, and I think our community deserves a home-grown company, creating and performing innovative original dance, as well. I love when audience members tell us how our work has impacted them or made them feel something or evoked a memory for them. In our culture of screens and distance from each other, I am inspired by the way live performance can affect us so deeply and meaningfully.”
Additionally an educator at Texas Tech University, Duffy says she enjoyed working with the numerous artists our city has to offer, many of whom she is aware she likely would’ve never met if not for Flatlands Dance Theatre.
“FDT has created opportunities for unique artistic partnerships to happen,” Duffy said, “which have helped challenge me as an artist and educator. Flatlands Dance Theatre has literally changed my life, giving the company and me opportunities to collaborate with other artists, meet and work with guest artists from around the world, meet and support community members, and travel performing around the country. I feel like FDT allows me to actively make a difference in my community as an arts leader,” Duff continued. “I am grateful for it all. I hope,” Duffy added, “FDT will continue making strides in Lubbock as an innovative, impactful arts organization. I want FDT to establish a legacy of professional dance here.”
And, considering the near decade-long run Flatlands Dance Theatre has already seen, there’s no doubt the establishment of that legacy is certainly a strong possibility. The simple fact that FDT provides a yearly, unique Halloween experience for the whole family gives them far more than a ghost of a chance.
So, get dressed in your very best—costume, that is—and head out to Firehouse Theatre at the Louise Hopkins-Underwood Center for the Arts [LHUCA] on Oct. 28 or 29, and support Flatlands Dance Theatre’s efforts to positively impact the city of Lubbock and offer you and your family a spooktacular time.
Tricks and Treats will be presented at 8 p.m. Oct. 28 and 29 in the Firehouse Theatre at LHUCA (511 Avenue K). Ticket prices include a $3 Select-a-seat surcharge, and are $25 general admission and $15 for seniors, children, and students with ID. Tickets can be purchased online at www.selectaseatlubbock.com or by calling Select-A-Seat at 806.770.2000. A cash bar will be made available for the evening shows.
Interested in joining Flatlands Dance Theatre and being a part of next year’s ghoulish production? For information and audition updates, check the website: www.flatlandsdance.org.
By Toshia Humphries