Reviews

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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Open Dance Project Explores American Identity in Stories to Tell

Open Dance Project Explores American Identity in Stories to Tell

by Nancy Wozny American identity is in the air, thanks to a gaggle of presidential hopefuls who rant endlessly about immigration, American values, and what makes this country great. Leave it to the modern dancers to take their own more nuanced stance, which is exactly what happened on the Open Dance Project stage during their […]

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NobleMotions “Next Step” Succeeds

NobleMotions “Next Step” Succeeds

New Works by Jesus Acosta, Catalina Alexandra, and Jennifer Mabus. By Adam Castaneda Choreographers Andy and Dionne Noble are still flying high from their work on ABC’s American Crimes, which premiered earlier this week. Athletic, visceral, and wholly human, the four-minute dance possessed all of the qualities of the Nobles’ best work. But the artistic […]

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Drift Delicately Keeps to its Title Promise

Drift Delicately Keeps to its Title Promise

Frame Dance Productions at Asia Society by Nancy Wozny When something is happening, acting on you, but you have yet to notice, that is a particular phenomenon in human experience, which like many things, is magnified on a performing arts stage. That exact experience occurred while watching the opening passages of Lydia Hance’s Drift, presented […]

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‘Tis the Season for Snow and Dancing

‘Tis the Season for Snow and Dancing

Clara, sugar plums, and the rest of the Land of Sweets have the monopoly on winter holiday ballets, so when I heard about FrenetiCore Dance’s new version of The Snow Queen, I was all ears.  I’ve been sugared out for years. The narrative ballet opened December 4 at Frenetic Theater and runs through December 12, […]

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Urban Moves: Karen Stokes Dance Sunset Evokes Houston’s History

Urban Moves: Karen Stokes Dance Sunset Evokes Houston’s History

By Adam Castaneda The tradition of organized al fresco art watching goes all the way back to the ancient Greek prosceniums but on October 18, choreographer Karen Stokes staged an outdoor site-specific work that could have only have happened here in Houston. Stokes’ Sunset at White Oak transformed Allen’s Landing, a little known alcove of […]

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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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NobleMotion Dance’s Storm Front: Experience the Elements

NobleMotion Dance’s Storm Front: Experience the Elements

  By Claire Christine Spera NobleMotion Dance makes things look easy, in the best way possible. Co-Artistic Directors Andy Noble and Dionne Sparkman Noble’s choreography may be astoundingly athletic, fast-paced, driving; but the company of 10 sure-footed dancers makes it all look like a breeze. In their latest production, Storm Front: Experience the Elements, that […]

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Dance Source Houston Delivers a Flurry of Dance in the Inaugural Barnstorm Festival

Dance Source Houston Delivers a Flurry of Dance in the Inaugural Barnstorm Festival

JESSICA MACFARLANE Reprinted via Arts+Culture TX.       The Barnstorm Dance Festival washed over downtown Houston for three weekends, May 28 – June 13, kicking off the sultry summer for dance fans. For its inaugural performances at The Barn, presented by Dance Source Houston, dancers and choreographers from in and around Texas were invited […]

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The Elements Come to Life in Houston Ballet’s Morris, Welch & Kylián

The Elements Come to Life in Houston Ballet’s Morris, Welch & Kylián

By Nancy Wozny Houston Ballet touched on all the elements in their final mixed repertory of the season, with Stanton Welch’s Zodiac explaining the heavens, Jiří Kylián’s Svadebka bringing us down to earth for an austere wedding, in a barn no less, and finally, Mark Morris’ all air delicacy in The Letter V. The fire […]

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