Adam Castañeda

Adam Castaneda is a dancer, writer, and arts administrator based in Houston. He is the Executive/Artistic Director of the Pilot Dance Project and performs with Suchu Dance/Jennifer Wood and Bones and Memory Dance/Heather VonReichbauer.

Karen Stokes Dance Turns Twenty

Karen Stokes Dance Turns Twenty

For a working dance artist, every show is a milestone. For a choreographer, every produced piece is a victory. And for or a director of a dance company, each conquered season is a blessing. But what does it mean to notch twenty years of consistent quality production? Few ever get the opportunity to answer this […]

Read More →

Read More →

Dancing Tesseracts and the Visuals of Jessica Lang

Dancing Tesseracts and the Visuals of Jessica Lang

  The imagery of Jessica Lang’s The Calling is simple, yet, arresting. A single dancer moves in the center a giant cream dress that expands into the reaches of the solitary spotlight. As the dancer spirals and reaches out into the expanse of space beyond the light, the dress contracts and then breaths out again, […]

Read More →

Read More →

Memory Web – Psophonia Dance Company

Memory Web – Psophonia Dance Company

Memory is a tricky thing to grapple with. While memory is key to understanding the past, it’s not infallible and without suspicion. If no two memories recreate a single event in the exact same way, then how is the accuracy of memory measured? Or does accuracy even matter when so much of this human time […]

Read More →

Read More →

Take The J Train – Transitory Sound and Movement Collective

Take The J Train – Transitory Sound and Movement Collective

Lynn Lane is a man of many talents, but since returning to his hometown, he has primarily made a name for himself as a photographer of dance, theater, and opera. But his work in New York City, during his almost 2 decades in residence there included film, experimental music, and furniture design. After a series of invitation-only […]

Read More →

Read More →

Dance Salad Festival 2016

Dance Salad Festival 2016

by Adam Castaneda Houston’s dance community has seen many notable shifts in the past two years, with presenting organizations changing the methodologies in which work is programmed and seasons are created. But for artistic director Nancy Henderek, there is continued relevance in the signature format of her Dance Salad Festival, presented by the Houston International […]

Read More →

Read More →

Nicolay Dance Works – Romance

Nicolay Dance Works – Romance

by Adam Castaneda This year’s Valentine’s mayhem was marked by a number of love-themed dance concerts by several companies, including CORE Performance Company, METdance, VauLt, and Houston City Dance. The trend is not surprising. Love means many things to many people, and the physicality of dance certainly has a lot to say on matter. One […]

Read More →

Read More →

Dreamscapes in the Real World: Ashley Horn’s Wishing Well

Dreamscapes in the Real World: Ashley Horn’s Wishing Well

By Adam Castaneda Site-specific dance works do not just offer choreographers the opportunity to create beyond the parameters of the proscenium stage, but they also provide the chance to imbue locations with new meaning and mine layers of unexplored character. But what happens when the site of choice is the Orange Show Monument, a location […]

Read More →

Read More →

Playing with Fire

Playing with Fire

Maggie Lasher’s Holding Space Dance Collective Premieres The Burning Times Artistic Director Maggie Lasher isn’t just on the cusp of premiering a full-length narrative work, she’s also in the midst of rebranding her contemporary dance troupe via a name change. Her company is no longer ChinaCat Dance, but Holding Space Dance Collective, a name she […]

Read More →

Read More →

A Streetcar Named Desire as Ballet

A Streetcar Named Desire as Ballet

SPA Presents The Scottish Ballet in the Tennessee Williams Classic Taking on an iconic role from an American literary classic may seem like a daunting task, but Eve Mutso, principal dancer at Scottish Ballet, is relishing the experience of bringing to life Tennessee Williams’ Blanche DuBois, the fading Southern Belle of A Streetcar Named Desire. […]

Read More →

Read More →

ERJCC’s Dance Month Celebrates Houston Companies, Local Legends and Ate9 dANCE cOMPANY’s Houston Debut

ERJCC’s Dance Month Celebrates Houston Companies, Local Legends and Ate9 dANCE cOMPANY’s Houston Debut

For Houston dancers and choreographers, the start of a new year signifies more than a clean slate and an opportunity to make good on a host of personal resolutions. January means that it’s Dance Month at the Kaplan Theatre. 2015 marks the 35th year of the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center’s annual dance celebration, which […]

Read More →

Read More →

Top