Hilary McDaniel-Douglas goes airborne at the Modern.

Ever hear of a 24-hour-long Beethoven piece?

We hadn?t either, until we found out about a performance this weekend at the tenth annual Modern Dance Festival.

Over the course of three days, Contemporary Dance Fort Worth (CDFW) will stage dances set against the daring acoustic backdrop of Norwegian composer Leif Inge?s 9 Beet Stretch, best described as an elongated version of Beethoven?s ?9th Symphony,? stretched to 24 hours (with no pitch distortions)--six performances, in four-hour blocks.

The music, of course, is noteworthy in its own right (think "Ode to Joy?), but it?s the dance that most excites us.

A handful of companies are participating, including a Florida company best known for socially aware performances and Hilary McDaniel-Douglas, a New Mexico-based choreographer who specializes in aerial acrobatics.

Surely, Ludwig would have approved.

Tenth annual Modern Dance Festival at the Modern, through July 28, at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell St., Fort Worth; 817-922-0944 or www.cdfw.org. The event is free to the public.

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