Adam Castañeda

Adam Castaneda is a dancer, writer, and arts administrator. He is the Executive/Artistic Director of FrenetiCore, and performs with Suchu Dance, the Pilot Dance Project, Bones and Memory Dance, and Holding Space Dance Collective.

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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Of Love and Hip-Hop: Dance Houston’s 12th Annual Festival

Of Love and Hip-Hop: Dance Houston’s 12th Annual Festival

Photos by  James Wiseman, Reefpix.org The annual Dance Houston festival has been a successful platform for emerging dance companies and new choreographers for the past decade. Sonkiss’d Dance Theater made one of its first public appearances at last year’s festival, and this season’s larger company followed through on that promise of good things to come. The […]

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The ChinaCats Go Under the Sea with Aquaria

The ChinaCats Go Under the Sea with Aquaria

Escape is the chief appeal of fantasy. Whether it’s Narnia, or Middle Earth, or say, the world of My Little Pony, fantasy offers an alternate realm where imagination is the all-powerful prime mover. For Maggie Lasher, artistic director of ChinaCat Dance, fantasy is also the wellspring of creation. In addition to those adorable, starry-eyed equines, […]

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