For Colossal, an explosive play that debuted Dallas Theater Center in 2015, the Wyly Theatre was transformed into a football field. The story followed a University of Texas football player, who struggles with love, sexuality and strength in the wake of a game-ending spinal injury. American Theatre Wing recently released a short documentary covering the exciting production, which features real football players and the modern dance choregraph skills of Meadows Dance alum Joshua L. Peugh (Peugh’s dance company, Dark Circles Contemporary Dance, also took home Best Dance Company in Dallas very recently).
Kevin Moriarty, Director and Artistic Director of the DTC, weighs in: “The piece demands complete original modern dance at halftime. So that means you gotta go out and find a modern dance choreographer. In our case that’s Josh Peugh–an outstanding modern dance choreographer who doesn’t choreograph musicals or plays. He works exclusively in dance.”
It’s a must watch documentary that sheds light on the way intense, physical productions are made. Check out the full thing, which clocks in under 15 minutes, right here: