The Last Word: Alexandra Light on Her Lifelong Love of Dance, as Her Work ‘Ode’ Debuts This Weekend at The Modern

“I just loved making up dances with my friends in elementary and middle school. I was always choreographing for a talent show of some sort.”

Alexandra Light
.…on her lifetime love of dance, which informs the debut of her work “Ode” at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth this weekend, via Dallas Observer.

On the same weekend that dancers will be flying in the air above the Dallas Arts District, another mashup of dance and architecture will be happening at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. “Dance at the Modern: Ode, a contemporary ballet on the cyclical nature of life from generation to generation, will be presented April 13 and 14 at 1:30 p.m., with choreography by Alexandra Light.

Performed by eight dancers from the Texas Ballet Theater to the music of Fever Ray, the event is free and open to the public, and will take place in the Modern’s Grand Lobby.

“Ballet dancers are almost never hired for the entire 52 weeks of the year,” Light told the Dallas Observer’s Alex Gonzalez, offering a window into the business behind ballet. “So a good contract is usually 40 weeks out of the year. Our contract currently at Texas Ballet Theater is only 35. So that means for the other weeks out of the year, we’re not getting paid and we’re not dancing.”

At least for this weekend, though, the dance will go on—amid The Modern’s zen-like setting created by Japanese architect Tadao Ando. You can read more about what went into Light’s new work in the D.O. story here.

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