As early as 1955, Anna Sokolow refused to alter her choreography with a gay sequence for a concert. "She was a Jewish, straight white woman. There was really no reason for her to take that [gay-affirming] stance," says Daniel Phoenix Singh. "She could have easily said, 'Okay, I'll change it.' It wouldn't have affected the dance much. No one would have known."
The 38-year-old Singh has admired the late choreographer since before his days at the University of Maryland. Tonight, Nov. 4, and Friday, Nov. 5, Singh returns to his alma mater with his six-year-old company Dakshina. The company will perform a full program of works by Sokolow, including the 1955 piece "Rooms," which features a duet with two men amongst several choreographed pairings. --Doug Rule
Dakshina performs Thursday, Nov. 4, and Friday, Nov. 5, at 8 p.m. Clarice Smith Center's Ina and Jack Kay Theatre, University of Maryland, University Boulevard and Stadium Drive. College Park. Tickets are $30. Call 301-405-ARTS or visit claricesmithcenter.umd.edu or dakshina.org.