Adam Castañeda

Adam Castañeda is a dancer and arts administrator in Houston, Texas. He is the Executive and Artistic Director of the Pilot Dance Project, a non-profit arts organization with the mission to empower and transform communities through innovative dance, theater, and visual art. With his company he has performed in evening-length works by Ashley Horn, jhon r. stronks, Jennifer Mabus, Jaime Walne-Fruge, and Heather VonReichbauer. When not with the Pilot Dance Project, he
enjoys performing with Suchu Dance/Jennifer Wood.

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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The Darkness of Light

The Darkness of Light

The audience for NobleMotion’s Collide experiences a tender moment in the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts’ Zilkha Hall before the show even begins. The curtain is raised and the dancers and Austin-based rock band My Education are visible for all to see. The dancers mark the evening’s work while My Education runs through their set. As […]

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