Mind The Gap 5.0

Heather von Reichbauer’s “Dark Waters.” Elaine F.K. Fields and Anna Clare Harris pictured. Photo by Lynn Lane.

Mind The Gap returns with a fresh line-up of works from choreographers Nicola Bennett, Gillian Bowen, Somya Gupta, Jennifer Mabus, Tina Mullone and Heather vonReichbauer on November 28 at 7:30pm at Midtown Art & Theater Center Houston (MATCH). Mind The Gap, presented through a collaboration between Dance Source Houston (DSH) and MATCH, offers dance makers an opportunity to present their work and receive production and marketing support.

The evening will feature a sampling of new, in-progress and established works.

Heather vonReichbauer, a former Dance Source Houston Artist In Residence, is revisiting a work originally created in 2005, entitled Good Feet, Long Hair, and other words of wisdom. The work was expanded from a solo to a duet in 2013 and includes text from The Rules: Time-tested Secrets for Capturing the Heart of Mr. Right and a 1950’s guide to being a “good wife.” When asked what influenced her decision to create and reexamine the work, von Reichbauer said, “I was single. I expanded the work several years ago when I was engaged, and I am excited to revisit the piece as I approach my third wedding anniversary.”

For Mind The Gap, Gillian Bowen is translating an existing dance on film, Mask, into a live performance piece. “I wanted to expand on the ideas and tone that I presented in Mask, a piece that explores the disconnect between the true self and the performer. Adapting this film to the stage has been quite an exciting challenge, as the medium commands a different kind of focus and participation. The audience will experience the piece in an entirely new way,” says Bowen.

Born in Houston, but currently working in both Forth Worth, TX and Monroe, LA, Tina Mullone and collaborator Mel Mobley will premiere Perspectives, a duet investigating racial identity in America. “I am in the process of returning to my roots, hoping to further expand my passion for dance and the arts in general,” said Mullone. “I believe the Mind the Gap program is an exciting venue to present our unique collaboration, build connections with the Houston arts world and help us further refine our production skills.”

A duet choreographed by recent University of Houston graduate Somya Gupta, entitled Mood Lighting will also featured on the program. Nicola Helwig will present Full Tilt, which premiered last season at Ascend Dance Collective’s first evening length performance. Jennifer Mabus, also a former DSH Artist In Residence, will share a new solo work, Everything Collapses, that investigates the connection between destruction and creation.

Tickets for the November 28 performance are $15 and are available at matchouston.org.

Choreographer Bios

Nicola Bennett grew up in Spring, TX and began her dance training at an early age. She studied ballet, jazz and lyrical throughout childhood and into high school, where she was an officer with the Klein Bearkadettes. Nicola’s focus shifted to modern dance upon entering Texas State University, where she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 2008. Bennett studied Erick Hawkins technique under the instruction of LeAnne Smith, Michelle Nance, Kaysie Seitz-Brown and Pat Stone. She went on to apprentice with the department in contact improvisation and modern dance, and received several scholarships, including the Orchesis Dance Scholarship and the Joan Hays Achievement in Choreography Award. During and after her time at Texas State, Nicola was a member of Orchesis Dance Company and Merge Dance Company, both based in Austin, TX. When her husband relocated to the North Houston area, she took a break from dancing to put down roots and start a family, while still dropping in for classes from time to time. After connecting to an adult modern class at TADA she felt ready to jump back in with a talented group of dancers. Nicola is a founding member of Ascend Dance Collective and serves as Co-Director, alongside Donna Frogge. She is excited to serve as both a dancer and choreographer for the company.


Gillian Bowen is a dancer/choreographer based in Houston. Her training includes Maine Central Institute for classical ballet training, Patel Conservatory in Tampa, the University of Houston, and Peridance in New York. She has trained and worked with choreographers including Igal Perry, Victor Quijada, Cindy Salgado, Loni Landon, and Jesse Zarrit, as well as attending Sidra Bell’s 2017 Dance Module. She has also studied in Houston and Austin with Noble Motion Dance, METdance Company, and with Amy Morrow. Recently, Gillian has choreographed and performed at ACDA, Austin Contemporary Dance Festival, and Boston Contemporary Dance Festival.  


Somya Gupta recently graduated from University of Houston with a major in Media Production and a minor in Dance. Gupta hopes to find her way into professional dance with a focus on film and dance. Currently, she has her hand in graphic design and videography for local Houston businesses/companies. She is excited to keep moving forward and plans to keep things interesting along the way!


Photo by Lynn Lane

Jennifer Mabus, a dance artist currently based in Texas, has performed internationally as a soloist and founding member of Robert Battle’s BattleWorks (NYC), the Amy Marshall Dance Company (NYC), Heidi Latsky (NYC), Takehiro Ueyama (NYC), Bruce Wood Dance Project (TX), Noble Motion Dance (TX), and Dark Circles Contemporary Dance (founding dancer, TX), among others, and she currently performs as a collaborator in the Transitory Sound and Movement Collective. Mabus has presented choreography in festivals such as the Dance Gallery Festival (TX), the Dumbo Dance Festival (NYC), Cool/NY Festival, 254 Festival (TX), and she has been commissioned to create work on the dance companies Contemporary Ballet Dallas, Muscle Memory Dance Theater(TX), Omega Dance Company(NYC), and Elle Danceworks (TX). In Houston, she has been commissioned to create work for the Miller Outdoor Theater and Zilka Hall at the Hobby Center by the Foundation for Modern Music and the Windsync ensemble. Mabus was the 2015 Rice University Dance Artist in Residence, one of Noble Motion Dance’s 2016 “Next Step” emerging artists, and one of Dance Source Houston’s 2017 Artists in Residence. As an educator, she has served on the dance faculties of Texas Christian University, Booker T Washington HSPVA, Interlochen Arts Academy, Houston’s HSPVA, San Jacinto College, and Sam Houston State University. Mabus received her BFA in Dance from Southern Methodist University and her MFA from Sam Houston State University.


Tina Mullone, a Texas native, began her dance training under Fernando Schaffenburg in Fort Worth, TX. She continued to study at Dallas Black Dance Theatre and the University of Oklahoma. After completing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History, she performed and taught for JAADE Dance Theater, Contemporary Dance/Fort Worth and Beckles Dancing Company. Besides the Fort Worth/Dallas metroplex area, Tina taught at the Texas Ballet Theater School and Texas Christian University. She performed with Kariamu and Company: Traditions and Bianca G. Harris Dance Ensemble (Philadelphia, PA). After receiving a Master of Fine Arts degree from Texas Christian University, she continued teaching at several Dallas/Fort Worth community colleges. She has performed in Germany, Mexico, New York, Philadelphia, Louisiana and Texas. Over the years, Ms. Mullone attended numerous dance workshops including the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Philadanco Dance School, Urban Bush Women and the William Evans Dance Institute. She is currently Associate Professor of Dance at the University of Louisiana at Monroe. Ms. Mullone continues to commute from Louisiana to Texas to work with Beckles Dancing Company, Contemporary Dance/Fort Worth (as Associate Artistic Director) and co-director of M2 (m squared), a performance art ensemble based in Monroe, LA. She sits on the South Regional board for the American College Dance Association, the Arts Advocacy committee under the National Dance Education Organization, Women of Color in the Arts, is a certified Pilates mat instructor and M’Singha Wuti level Umfundalai contemporary African dance instructor. Miss Mullone is proud to be a part of this year’s Dance/USA’s Institute Leadership Training program.


Photo by Amy Smith

Heather vonReichbauer is a choreographer, educator, and Artistic Director of Bones and Memory Dance. An avid reader, vonReichbauer is inspired by the written word and aims to weave literary and allegorical elements into a visual tapestry of movement and music, connecting the audience to the work on a physical and emotional level. Formerly an Artist in Residence with Dance Source Houston, vonReichbauer is currently creating a new evening length concert in collaboration with Pilot Dance Project that will premiere in March 2018. Her work has been presented at Barnstorm Dance Fest, 254 Dance- Fest, Houston Fringe Festival, Houston Choreographers x6, American Dance Festival’s Acts to Follow, NC Dance Alliance’s Annual Event Showcase, and Greensboro Fringe Festival. Heather is currently adjunct dance faculty at Houston Community College and previously taught at Rice University, Greensboro College, Catawba College, and The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Since 2007, Heather has worked as a freelance musical theater choreographer for universities, high schools, and community theater groups Heather holds an MFA in Choreography from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a BA in Dance from Coker College. In the fall of 2016, she began the Dance for PD Teacher Training Program through the Mark Morris Dance Group. vonReichbauer was an inaugural graduating member of the 2017 Artist Inc -Houston program, a professional 8-week workshop for artists.


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