12 Minutes Max! at The Barn

Stephanie Todd Wong, Executive Director, Dance Source Houston
Email: stephanie@dancesourcehouston.org
Phone: 713.224.DANC (3262)


12 Minutes Max! at The Barn 

HOUSTON, TX, November 8, 2013 – 12 Minutes Max! pops into The Barn with an exciting line up of choreographers showcasing all new work.  Curated and produced by Dance Source Houston from participants of Fieldwork, 12 Minutes Max! features work by Rebekah Chappell,  Sara Draper, Laura Gutierrez, Cori Miller and jhon r. stronks.

Performances will take place on Friday and Saturday, January 17 and 18, 2014 at 7:30pm at The Barn – Dance Source Performing Arts Space.

Ticket Information:  Dance Source Houston presents 12 Minutes Max! on January 17 and 18, 2014 at 7:30pm at The Barn, 2201 Preston St, Houston, TX 77003.  Tickets are $10/presale general admission, $15/at the door and $5/Dance Source Members.  To purchase tickets visit dancesourcehouston.secure.force.com/ticket/.  For more information, call 713.224.3262 or visit www.dancesourcehouston.org.

Featured Choreographers:

Rebecca Chappell - Photo by Maria Roig Tió

Rebecca Chappell – Photo by Maria Roig Tió

Rebekah Chappell is from Williamsburg, Virginia.  She holds a BFA in Dance, Summa Cum Laude (2009) from Shenandoah University.  She has also studied at the summer intensives of American Dance Festival, Dance New Amsterdam, and North Carolina Dance Theater. Before moving to Houston, Rebekah lived in Costa Rica where she taught and choreographed at Danceworks Costa Rica, and Promethean Spark: Danza par la Vida. She has had the delight of working with Jennifer Wood, Karen Stokes, Sandra Organ Solis, Erin Reck, Jane Weiner, Steve Rooks, Stephen Koplowitz, Roxanne Claire, and Ashley Horn, since moving to Houston in 2011.  Currently she is Adjunct Faculty at San Jacinto College South and teaches at Claire School of Dance.  Her choreography has been presented in Costa Rica in Cartago, Escazu, and San Jose, and in Texas at The Dance Gathering, Big Range Dance Festival, San Jacinto College South, Fieldworks Showcases, and Venturing Out.

Sara Draper

Sara Draper – Photo by Amitava Sarkar

Sara Draper is a dance artist/educator who is interested in blending spoken word and voice with dance.  Always exploring new possibilities in the art form, Sara’s current interests include aerial dance.  She is also currently collaborating with Miami-based contemporary flamenco dancer/choreographer, Niurca Marquez.  They are exploring new ways to blend dance genres, continuing a theme from Sara’s past. Sara has shown her works in Washington, D.C., Chicago, and Atlanta, and has been awarded grants and residencies from DiverseWorks and Houston Arts Alliance.  She has served as Movement Instructor for Houston Grand Opera Studio and for Advanced Opera Studies, Shepherd School of Music, Rice University, as well as adjunct dance faculty at several universities including University of Houston.

Laura Gutierrez - Photo by Simon Gentry

Laura Gutierrez – Photo by Simon Gentry

Laura Gutierrez is a graduate of the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts (HSPVA) and received her BFA in Contemporary Dance from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. While at HSPVA, she trained under Beth Gulledge-Brown at Uptown Dance Center. She has also studied at Jazz Dance World Congress- Costa Rica, the American Dance Festival and Dance New York International in Burgos, Spain, under the direction of Kazuko Hirabayashi.  A recipient of a 2009-2010 William R. Kenan, Jr., Performing Arts Fellowship at the Lincoln Center Institute, Gutierrez has performed works by Trish Casey, Brenda Daniels, Lar Lubovitch, Sara Skaggs, Jonah Boaker, Janis Brenner, and Molly Shanahan, appearing most recently at the Menil Collection (Tino Sehgal), Contemporary Arts Museum-Houston (Joan Jonas), and Fabric Workshop Museum in Philadelphia (Jonah Bokaer).  Since returning to Houston, she has participated in Big Range Dance Festival, Texas Weekend of Contemporary Dance, and HopeWerks, Hope Stone, Inc.’s emerging artist residency.  Laura has also been featured in two films by choreographer and filmmaker Rosie Trump: If she needs a third eye, she grows it and Come Crawl Out Your Window. In addition to her work as a performer, Gutierrez’s choreography has been seen at Lincoln Center Institutes, Clark Studio Theatre, and Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center.  She currently performs with Frame Dance Productions, is an adjunct faculty member at HSPVA and teaches at Hope Stone, Inc.

Cori Miller - Photo by Simon Gentry

Cori Miller – Photo by Simon Gentry

Cori Miller is an arts administrator and dance creator. A native Houstonian Cori graduated with a BFA in Dance from University of Texas-Austin. She has worked at Dance New Amsterdam and Dancespace Project in New York. She is currently the Production Manager at Hope Stone, Inc. and Director of Operations at Vitacca Productions and Company. Her work has been presented by Dance Houston, Big Range Dance Festival, Houston Fringe Festival, and Vitacca Productions and Company’s Dance Design.

jhon stronks - Photo by L.Sarah Creative

jhon stronks – Photo by L.Sarah Creative

jhon r. stronks is often presenting his audiences with seemingly disobedient work that behaves according to its own santy. stronks’ passion for giving address to the gaps between what is perceived and what is present, lands his work somewhere between a cry for personal consciousness and a plea for social justice. jhon’s choreography combines the fundamental elements of composition and choreography, with a convergence of movement styles and techniques drawn from his personal movement foundation. From this place, stronks dives into alternative dance making systems. The result is the creation of an open space for the dancing to inhabit, where the context is clear; the eye has choices, and the viewer gets to decide. He is the Artistic Director of jhon r. stronks|“there … in the sunlight.”  a contemporary dance company dedicated to creating and presenting dance works and performances that embody his unique choreographic vision.

About Dance Source Houston:

Dance Source Houston is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to creating audiences and appreciation for contemporary dance in Houston and beyond. Dance Source Houston publishes The Dance Card – Houston dance event listings, The Dance DiSH online magazine, and manages The Barn – Dance Source Performing Arts Space. www.dancesourcehouston.org.  Dance Source Houston is funded in part by The Houston Endowment, the city of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance and is a participant in the Capacity Building Initiative.

About Fieldwork and CORE:

Fieldwork is a facilitated workshop process developed by The Field in New York over 25 years ago, which CORE has offered during spring and fall in Houston since 1992. It is a session that meets once a week for several weeks and culminates in an informal showcase. The Fieldwork workshop is a rigorous workshop designed to help artists gather information about their work as they are making it, in order to develop it with more awareness of the message they are conveying to their audience.  Fieldwork discussions use a specific feedback structure developed by The Field NYC in which, each meeting artists have the opportunity to show developing work and receive feedback from their peers in a supportive environment.  This open but demanding process creates an ongoing forum in which artists examine art, and challenge themselves to become as expressive as possible in their chosen discipline.

CORE offers Fieldwork as part of CORE Connects, outreach programs that provide opportunities for people in the community to deepen their experience and education of art and movement. Committed since 1980 to innovation, artistic risk-taking and collaboration, CORE (formally Several Dancers Core), a professional dance organization, creates, performs, and presents contemporary dance.  CORE promotes dance awareness and education through performances, presentations, workshops, and classes in contemporary approaches to movement and is dedicated to opening new channels of communication between artists and the community.  CORE is funded in part by the Pattillo Foundation, Texas Commission on the Arts, the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance, Airtran Airways and the Houston Endowment Inc. For more information about CORE, please call 713-862-5530 or visit www.COREdance.org.






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  1. Dear all,
    This sounds like a really interesting evening of dance. The bio’s of the dancer/choreographers were very complete and compelling to make me interested. I look forward to seeing the performance!
    Warm Regards,

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