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How Now Why Fly By Sweet Baby (1977)


“The playful and humorous “How Now” (set to absolutely enchanting Dixieland music by The New Black Eagle Jazz Band) defined the comic interaction between a slightly incompetent leader (dressed in white) and his rather loyal band of five followers (dressed in black).  Using a deft combination of mechanistic and musical comedy movements, Dyde reversed the interaction from a slavish following by the five to a complete subordination of the leader.”
 – Charles Ward, Houston Chronicle

“Whimsical and quite delightful humor kept surfacing in the very kinky, sometimes rubbery, deadpan dancing of the ensemble…It was all good fun, the patterns were inventive and engaging and the dancers carried it off with same verve they had maintained all evening.”
-- Carl Cunningham, The Houston Post.

Web (1978)

Photo: Geoff Winninham

“Web: begins very formally and starkly so that the direction it takes from there catches us by surprise. Two men and two women in formal dress pace out the courtly and deadly dance of social nicety thinly veiling animal brutality.  The dance is of epic proportions – a modern day ode on the descent of man.”
—Lori Daren, The Jewish Herald-Voice

“Societal decay was the theme of “Web”.  Four dancers all dressed in formal black outfits began an awkward, regimented dance that slowly unwound as baser instincts took over, The fantasy of a wild party emerged and gave way to the jungle elements of man going back to his primal life.” 
-- Charles Ward, Houston Chronicle

Majestic Roof (1983)

Photos above & below: Paul Mazzara

“The multi-part “Majestic Roof” was the evening’s smash. With avant-garde music by Belgian composer Wim Mertens, the dancers worked ceaselessly.  It’s exciting to see how this jpiece – originally know as “Orion’s Belt” – has come to fruition.”
--Teresa Byrne Dodge, The Houston Post

A bright and pretty dance about stellar constellations was the highlight of this weekend’s Miller Theatre Program by the Farrell Dyde Dance Theatre.  Dyde’s recent “Majestic Roof” was a a piece that showed off the clean definition of his abstract choreography as neatly as it showed off the thorough preparation of his eight member company.   It was the highlight of the 83-84 Houston performing arts season.”
-- Carl Cunningham, The Houston Post