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Karen Stokes Dance – DEEP: Seaspace

Karen Stokes Dance – DEEP: Seaspace

October 20-22, 2016, Zilkha Hall, The Hobby Center by Neil Ellis Orts DEEP: Seaspace was already in progress as the audience filtered in. Audio interviews with Houston Ship Channel captains play as performers in white, baggy jumpsuits take slow, stiff steps across the stage. They pause, turn to the audience, and offer enigmatic stares before […]

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BEETHOVEN RECNSTRCTD

BEETHOVEN RECNSTRCTD

Ash Danceworks, one of Houston’s newest contemporary dance companies, made its inaugural debut with BEETHOVEN RECNSTRCTD last Friday evening with a repeat performance on Saturday. Though the company is new, its director is certainly familiar to anyone who has been paying attention to the fringier perimeters of the Houston dance scene for the last decade […]

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NobleMotion Dance – Supernova

NobleMotion Dance – Supernova

NobleMotion Dance seems to have created a winning formula for its annual fall concert at the Hobby Center’s Zilkha Hall: hold a summer intensive for advanced students, cast a dozen or so the most compelling movers, then create (and promote) a sleek and polished mega-dance designed to dazzle. I think it’s a sensational premise that gives […]

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Looking Back at Honored Guests Implies a Bright Future for METdance

Looking Back at Honored Guests Implies a Bright Future for METdance

20 years ago, what’s now known as a hashtag was still just the pound sign on your cell phone. That is, if you even owned a cell phone 20 years ago. Last evening at Honored Guests, the 4th celebratory program of METdance company’s 20th anniversary season, audience members were encouraged to use their cell phones […]

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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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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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