Jessica Ray Herzogenrath

Jessica Ray Herzogenrath, PhD, researches U.S. cultural history, in particular popular performances, drawing on her experience performing, choreographing, and teaching dance. She explores how embodied practices simultaneously reveal long-established cultural traditions and hold the potential for immediate change. Her manuscript-in-progress — Modern Folk: Dancing American in the Midwest Metropolis, 1890-1940 — examines how women deployed folk dance in the process of Americanization in Progressive-era Chicago. In 2019, she delved into the archives of dance writer Ann Barzel as the 2018-2019 John S. Aubrey Fellow at the Newberry Library (Chicago). Recently, she joined the faculty of the history department of Texas A&M University as an Instructional Assistant Professor. For more information, visit jessicarayherzogenrath.org.

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Community, Collaboration, and Care: Houston Contemporary Dance Company Ushers in a Return to Live Performance with “Parallel Play”

Community, Collaboration, and Care: Houston Contemporary Dance Company Ushers in a Return to Live Performance with “Parallel Play”

Houston, who’s ready to play?  As the arts world cautiously emerges from its over year-long lockdown on live performance, Houston Contemporary Dance Company (HCDC) will present “Parallel Play” for Houston audiences April 16 and 17 at Discovery Green.  “Parallel Play” captures the pandemic sentiment in which we have found ourselves “alone together”. More specifically, “Parallel […]

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A Transcendent Re-Invasion: Mark Morris Dance Group Presents its Kaleidoscopic Interpretation of the Beatles in Pepperland

A Transcendent Re-Invasion: Mark Morris Dance Group Presents its Kaleidoscopic Interpretation of the Beatles in Pepperland

Next weekend, the Beatles will re-invade Houston in the form of Mark Morris Dance Group’s (MMDG) Pepperland. The Society for the Performing Arts (SPA) invites audiences to experience this kaleidoscopic world for two nights, January 30 and 31, 2020, in the Cullen Theater at the Wortham Center.  Pepperland premiered in 2017 at Liverpool’s Sgt. Pepper […]

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Re-Rooting Houston Dance: Houston Met Dance Works to Serve the Gap 

Re-Rooting Houston Dance: Houston Met Dance Works to Serve the Gap 

Late last May, the Houston dance community rattled with the news that Houston Met Dance (also Houston Metropolitan Dance Center, or HMDC) would close the doors of its studios at 2808 Caroline in Midtown. Over the next four months, students, dance artists, and supporters anxiously awaited news regarding its future, because as Houston Met Dance […]

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NobleMotion Dance Makes a Splash with Man Overboard!

NobleMotion Dance Makes a Splash with Man Overboard!

Entering its eleventh season of entertaining audiences in Houston, NobleMotion Dance will present two new works and two favorites in Man Overboard! The company deploys its characteristic blend of technological innovation and rigorous live performance to comment on circumstances that have long afflicted human life, including questions regarding power, control, autonomy, and perseverance. Through Prometheus, […]

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Dance Salad Festival Will Again Serve Houston Audiences Distinctive Dance Dishes

Dance Salad Festival Will Again Serve Houston Audiences Distinctive Dance Dishes

Now in its twenty-fourth year in Houston, Dance Salad Festival will again serve audiences a feast of contemporary and classical dance, with at least two US premieres and three world premieres from nationally and internationally-recognized choreographers. I had the privilege to connect with Valentina Marini and Sussanna Leinonen, and our exchanges reflect both an appreciation […]

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The Dance Gallery Festival/Texas Experience: Offering a Taste of the Trajectory of Contemporary Choreography in New York and Texas

The Dance Gallery Festival/Texas Experience: Offering a Taste of the Trajectory of Contemporary Choreography in New York and Texas

For two nights at the Gaertner Performing Arts Center Dance Theater at Sam Houston State University (SHSU), audiences partook of ten pieces by ten different artists chosen from over 300 submissions, reflecting a tightly woven network between Huntsville, Texas, and New York City. The duet-heavy show offered a progressive dance dinner to the nearly-full house, […]

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