[these are translations]: “It is a sophisticated excellent work with meditation and emotion moderately blended with each other,” while another commented: “The choreography in which techniques of classic ballet and contemporary dance fuse was full of deformations and twists, and sparkled with unique originality.”
As Des Grieux in ‘Manon,’ with Hana Sakai in Tokyo
But a dozen years in multiple jobs—as company director, dancer, teacher, chief choreographer and guest dance-maker/teacher around the world—began to take their toll. As Dominic says, “Administering a company is very demanding. It pulled me from the studio, and maybe also felt I’d done as much as could be done in Houston. I didn’t know if there was fertile soil to continue growing there.” In addition, things were changing in his personal life, and his “long dream” of being a father was coming true with the birth of his daughter Viviana.
He needed, he says, “to free myself,” and the Dominic Walsh Dance Company closed down last year. It was a momentous decision, but, says Dominic, “I feel really good about all we have accomplished with relatively limited resources. I can close this chapter knowing that we have surpassed our artistic goals and I’m very proud of what we accomplished and contributed to Houston and the overall dance world,” says Dominic. “To wrap up the journey,” as his website reports, “company photographer Gabriella Nissen has been working on a photo book documenting the company.” She has been with DWDT since 2006 and with Dominic will launch the 200 page coffee table photo book this winter. “It’s amazing,” he writes, “how the book is finishing up now and how things come together at the right time. Having this beautiful representation of all we have done is both cathartic and gratifying.”
So now it’s on to fresh endeavors for Dominic—other dancers and stories and places to explore and learn from. And in January 2016, Seattle audiences will get to observe the captivating fruits of a new collaboration, now unfolding in the studio with Whim W’Him.
Next week: Whim W’Him dancers, Dominic Walsh and a brand new piece in creation.
*Note that the web-site dwdt.com seems to have been hacked. When you try that address it takes you to some dubious Dubai operation or an ad for light, so use the link: dominicwalshdancetheater.com to get to the correct website.