Founded in 1976 by Ann M. Williams and directed by Melissa M. Young since 2018, Dallas Black Dance Theatre pursues a mission to create and produce contemporary modern dance at its highest level of artistic excellence through performances and educational programs that bridge cultures and reach diverse communities. As the oldest continuously operating professional dance company in Dallas, the company performs a mixed repertory of modern, ballet, jazz, and ethnic works by nationally and internationally known choreographers. Darrell Grand Moultrie is an award-winning Juilliard School graduate who has created works for ballet companies, off-Broadway plays, and operas. Like Water was commissioned by Jacob’s Pillow as the inaugural recipient of the Joan B. Hunter New Work Commission.