September 25-26, Miller Outdoor Theatre
Gorgeous dance, eclectic music and intriguing multi-media performance works – all free – are all yours to enjoy at Houston’s annual dance festival, A Weekend of Texas Contemporary Dance, at Miller Outdoor Theatre on Friday Sept. 25 and Saturday Sept. 26.
Presented by Dance Source, the evening program showcases a wide range of contemporary choreographic styles featuring solos, duets and large company pieces, set to both live and recorded music. For more information about the performance please call (281) 975-4023 or visit http://www.houstondance.org or www.MillerOutdoorTheatre.com.
Performances featured on the evening program include: American Repertory Ensemble of Austin performing Fray, an innovative dance work created by Artistic Director David Justin for a cellist, dancer and video monitor; Amy Ell’s new work Thread, a gravity defying aerial dance for Ell’s aptly named company Vault; Charmed Romantics, created this year for CORE Performance Company by Polly Motley, was described by dance critic Nancy Wozny as a “spacious piece with power, charm and breathtaking originality.”
The strength and beauty of Houston-based dancers Paola Georgudis and Lindsey McGill are blended in Dichotomy, a work by Spencer Gavin Hering created for his new company infinite movement ever evolving (iMEE). Freneticore will reprise their new urban dance-on-film Tetsujin. HIStory Dance Company, a Top 12 contender on MTV’s Randy Jackson Presents America’s Best Dance Crew in 2008, will bring their dynamic style to the stage with A Different Same Old Thing.
Choreographer Jane Weiner presents a glimpse of her new evening length work, Village of Waltz, created for her company Hope Stone Dance. Houston Metropolitan Dance Company performs Stirring Simple Gifts in Shades of Blue, a lyrical work created for Houston Met by choreographer Caleb Mitchell, a former Houston Ballet company member. REDDance of Dallas/Fort Worth brings their obsessive duet, Habit is a Cable to the Weekendchoreographic mix; and Urban Souls Dance Company presents their powerful narrative work, Across the Waters, which illustrates the atrocity of genocide in Africa.
The curatorial committee for A Weekend of Texas Contemporary Dance includes: Dance Source Founder and President Christina Giannelli; Joanna Frieson, Dance Educator, former Houston Ballet Soloist Jeanne Doornbos Maher, and noted independent choreographer Leslie Skates.
The annual weekend includes a special family matinee, Dance Around the World, featuring Houston Ballet II and J&L New Arts Company on Saturday, September 26 at 11 a.m., at Miller Outdoor Theatre.
Admission to A Weekend of Texas Contemporary Dance and Dance Around the World is free. All seating is available to the public on a first-come, first-served basis. Free tickets for the evening performances will be available at Miller Outdoor Theatre Box Office on the day of the show from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Listening devices for the hearing impaired are available at the Miller Theatre Box Office one hour prior to curtain.
Miller Outdoor Theatre is located at 100 Concert Drive in Hermann Park in the heart of Houston. For Miller Outdoor Theatre General Information please call (281) 373-3386 or visit http://www.milleroutdoortheatre.com. For public transportation to Miller Outdoor Theatre visit the METRO Web site at www.RideMetro.org.
Photo: Members of Hope Stone company, by Frank White Photography