The Dysonna Theatrical Art & Fashion Show is not a typical models-on-the-catwalk event.
Instead, the show incorporates choreographed movement, song, dance and art
into a production.
“I do have dancers. … They will do street dance, modern dance,” said show founder Donna Dyson of Dysonna City Art Production. “I choreograph movement. The feeling is different. The audience will feel what they’re doing, what they’re modeling. The feel of the music is important. The way they move so they’re not just mannequins walking down the runway, they’re giving you personality.”
“Impressions of Love” is the theme of the show on Sunday, Jan. 26, at the African American Performing Arts Center. The purpose behind the theme is to “highlight and define the impressions of love and beauty in an eclectic manner,” according to a news release.
“Dysonna takes women and men of all ages, shapes, and races to create a dynamic powerhouse of a show that all audiences can relate to,” the news release says.
“Everything is choreographed, so we practice for, like, two to three months and organize everything,” Dyson said. “We have close to 30 to 40 models and keep track of them and make sure they know what they’re doing. A lot of them are young and new, and that’s exciting to me because we train them. It gives them an opportunity to shine onstage, and once we work with them for three months, they have it. They look really good, and they just keep doing it forever because it’s their passion.”
The show will feature creations by fashion designers from Albuquerque, Farmington, Colorado and El Paso.
Mentors were brought in to guide and coach designers to take their craft to the next level. Models participated in workshops that prepare them for photo shoots, commercials and more. Artists created works inspired by the show’s theme. Their pieces will be on display in the exhibition area of the African American Performing Arts Center. Guests can peruse the artwork before the fashion show.
Dysonna will award three scholarships, to help a participating model, fashion designer and artist continue their journey. Scholarship awards will be announced after the gala.
Dyson said the essays help give insight on each of the candidates and will determine who is the most deserving of each of the scholarships.
“I want someone who is really trying hard and really love what they are doing and maybe have a hard time doing it because of finances or because of their home situation or whatever, but that’s the reason why we have the essays and interviews and really work with them,” Dyson said.