"unexpected, unique and wholly rapturous" - dcmta


Founded in 2010 by Hayley Cutler, MFA, darlingdance is an avant garde feminist dance theater company. Our work is an experimental take on a postmodern lineage; we weave pedestrian action, text and task-based contemporary movement with a dance-theater philosophy that the fourth wall is meant to be broken, and nothing is off limits: from a star-spangled “break for Beyonce,” to a nude restaging of Trio A, we are always pushing the limits of what gets to be “dance,” and encouraging our audiences to do the same. We prioritize humor and authenticity over the glossy traditions of formal theater dance, infusing the stage with exaggerated but relatable actions and tension-soothing cackles, because we believe this work can help us all come to grips with the realities of womanhood. Our process is incredibly collaborative, and everything that ends up on stage is a result of a deep sense of community and shared reckoning that takes place when we gather together to create.