The Contemporary Dance/Fort Worth company gave its premiere performance at the Dallas Morning News Dance Festival on Labor Day weekend of 1990. The summer of 2020 would have been the 30th anniversary celebration of the company, but it was put on hold due to the pandemic. Coming out of this hiatus, CD/FW is honored to be celebrating Robert Motherwell’s work as part of the 17th Modern Dance Festival at The Modern.

WHAT: Guest lecturer Allana Lindgren (University of Victoria, BC) presents “Motherwell and Modern Dance: Activating Creativity through Automatism” – Lecture and Q&A
The opening event of the 17th Modern Dance Festival at The Modern
Presented by Contemporary Dance/Fort Worth in collaboration with the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
Celebrating the Robert Motherwell Pure Painting exhibition and CD/FW’s “Thirty-Something” Anniversary
WHEN: Saturday, June 10, 2023 at 2 pm
WHERE: Museum Auditorium, Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell St., Fort Worth, TX 76107
Note: While admission to the lecture is free, regular museum admission policies apply when visiting the Robert Motherwell Pure Painting exhibition on display in the galleries. For museum admission info go to:
CONTACT: Kerry Kreiman, Contemporary Dance/Fort Worth, (817) 922-0944 or

This special Motherwell-inspired festival kicks off with a special appearance of Canadian dance historian Allana Lindgren:

Motherwell and Modern Dance: Activating Creativity through Automatism
Lecture and Q&A
Museum Auditorium
Saturday June 10
2 pm
Admission FREE

In the 1940s, automatism, in its various forms, was a powerful accelerant for creativity. This talk transposes Robert Motherwell’s ideas about plastic automatism to modern dance using the choreography of Françoise Sullivan, a member of the Montréal Automatists, as a case study. These artists’ innovative experiments with automatism can serve as catalysts for anyone interested in activating new sources of inspiration. Audience Q&A will be offered at the end of the program.

Allana Lindgren, PhD, is the Dean of the Faculty of Fine Arts at the University of Victoria. She has published in a variety of journals and collections, including The Oxford Handbook of Dance and Ethnicity, Dance Research Journal, Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices, American Journal of Dance Therapy, and Quarterly Review of Film and Video. Co-edited publications include Canadian Performance Documents and Debates: A Sourcebook (2022), Moving Together: Dance and Pluralism in Canada (2021), The Modernist World (2015) and Renegade Bodies: Canadian Dance in the 1970s (2012). She is also the Dance Editor for the Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism.

Other free festival events:
Saturday June 17 at 2 pm in the Museum Auditorium — Re-Assembling The Past and Pondering The Future: Merce Cunningham’s “Assemblage” — Film, Lecture, and Q&A — Guest Contributors: Jeff Slayton & James Klosty – Film courtesy of Electronic Arts Intermix

July 22-23, July 29-30 – 2 pm – Grand Lobby — A series of live performances of dance and music inspired by the Robert Motherwell Pure Painting exhibition and dedicated to the memory of Jerry Bywaters Cochran, who founded the modern dance program at TCU and was a pioneer for modern dance in the North Texas area.

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