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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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NobleMotion Pairs with Musiqa to Give us Tonal Impact

NobleMotion Pairs with Musiqa to Give us Tonal Impact

  by Neil Ellis Orts NobleMotion Dance has been a centerpiece of the Houston dance scene since they started producing work in 2009. Known for their tightly choreographed athleticism and use of technology they always bring a bit of spectacle to the stage. Teaming up with Musiqa for an evening in Zilkha Hall, the Hobby […]

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Tell Your Story Because No One Else Will

Tell Your Story Because No One Else Will

Dana Nicolay’s True Story Dances by Lydia Hance If variety is the spice of life, then Beyond! by Nicolay Dance Works, performed on March 6 and 7, 2015 at The Barn, was muy calliente. Artistic Director Dana Nicolay has had an impressive performance career, dancing with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Contemporary Dancers Canada, and Houston […]

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Dance From the Heart’s Empowerment Gathering

Dance From the Heart’s Empowerment Gathering

Belly Dance 2.0 Dance From the Heart’s Empowerment Gathering By Lydia Hance If you were to ask me what it’s like to watch a woman descend into the splits with three foot swords balanced on her head, I could tell you. It’s impressive. I found out because Dance from the Heart celebrated their 10th Anniversary […]

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When a Building Dances

When a Building Dances

021 Urban Songline at the Blaffer Art Museum A group of dancers commandeered Blaffer Art Museum on Nov. 18, led by Houston improvisation legend Leslie Scates and University of Houston’s School of Theatre & Dance faculty Karen Stokes, Teresa Chapman and Becky Valls. The event, called, 021 Urban Songline, was part of Buildering: Misbehaving the […]

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Dance Gallery Festival Offers Power, Punch a Welcome Dose of Subtlety

Dance Gallery Festival Offers Power, Punch a Welcome Dose of Subtlety

  This year’s Dance Gallery Festival felt like going through a break-up, complete with bitterness, anger, fear, and the sweet memories that you must contextualize among the darkness. I was left wondering who had the power and, more importantly, how do you get it? Brute force, coercion, rewards, fear… power takes effect in various forms. […]

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Karen Stokes Dances History 

Karen Stokes Dances History 

It just feels good when theater seats are full with students wrestling and curious about what modern dance means.  This was the case at The Barn for Karen Stokes Dance’s opening night student preview of their program Dance, Film, and Conversation.  In the post-show conversation, they sat with their notebooks insistent they understand exactly what […]

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