Neil Ellis Orts

Neil Ellis Orts is a writer and performer, living in Houston. Visit him online at neilellisorts.com.

Movement and Color

Movement and Color

Modern dance has a history of its choreographers being in conversation with visual artists. Two of the more famous examples would be Martha Graham with Isamu Noguchi and Merce Cunningham with Robert Rauschenberg. Following in that tradition is choreographer Teresa Chapman and visual artist Lucinda Cobley, both based in Houston. Their cross-disciplinary conversation gave us […]

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They, Who Sound

They, Who Sound

  We entered from the back alley/loading dock side of the converted warehouse now known as Hardy and Nance Street Studios. A small,rectangular cement room with chairs set all around the periphery greeted us. There was no program to prepare us, so we waited until Leslie Scates, dancer, and Damon Smith, upright bass player, entered […]

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VauLt Dance Company Thread

VauLt Dance Company Thread

Spring Street Studios Friday, October 19, 2012   VauLt Dance Company, choreographer Amy Ell’s performance company, inaugurated their new home in Spring Street Studios with an hour’s length program. Thread was the title given on the printed program handed out before the show, but some publicity had a subtitle:Stories of Eight Women and Their Lessons in Limitation. […]

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NobleMotion Spitting Ether

NobleMotion Spitting Ether

NobleMotion Dance & David J. Deveau Barnevelder Movement/Arts Complex Friday, August 31, 2012 Lights flash, arc, blind, blink. Arms, legs, faces appear, disappear. Shadows bend, swallow, haunt.   Spitting Ether: A Reality Bending Dance, created in collaboration by NobleMotion Dance and lighting designer David J. Deveau, is an evening of light and dance, yes, but perhaps […]

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