With Warriors, performed full-length by DDT at Manhattan's St. Mark's Church in June 1998, Chen highlights common themes that cut across cultures: struggling for something higher, breaking away from the group, preserving both individuality and group ties. The Saturday concert will also include dance works by DDT's artistic directors, Lisa R. Chow and Marion Kirk Jones, and local guest choreographer Candace Ammerman.
Desert Dance Theatre was founded 22 years ago and has been growing steadily ever since. Its theme-related programs focus on cultural diversity and are presented through music, dance and drama. Free at Last, Sister Moses: The Story of Harriet Tubman is one example, though the troupe went techno last October with a piece choreographed for them by Billbob Brown.
Step Raptis, Chow's husband, is music director for DDT, but is perhaps best known around the Valley as the affable percussionist of Crossroads Performance Group, which he and Chow co-direct. He'll perform the live music for Peace of the Pie.