Reviews

Kyle Abraham Goes Untitled in Exploration of Black Love

Kyle Abraham Goes Untitled in Exploration of Black Love

Listening to the music of D’Angelo is a kind of sensual, indulgent experience that is rooted in the pleasure of being in one’s own body. The crooner’s voice is rich in texture, and sultry in pitch, fully realizing the seductiveness of masculinity while recognizing its potential for softness and comfort.  D’Angelo’s music is also a […]

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Houston Contemporary Dance Company Lets Their Hair Down

Houston Contemporary Dance Company Lets Their Hair Down

Houston Contemporary Dance Company (HCDC) is in its third season. Do the math and you’ll likely deduce that this professional dance ensemble has experienced kind of a rocky start. Fortunately, under the artistic and executive direction of Marlana Doyle, a proven leader in the Houston dance community, the company overcame the obstacles of 2020 and […]

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From Hardship to Hope

From Hardship to Hope

A Story, A Song, and a Dance at Asia Society Texas Center, March 26, 2022 Concept and Choreography by Rathna Kumar Storytelling by Jean Donatto Flamenco by singer Irma La Paloma and guitarist Jeremy Garcia Indian music by violinist Abhishek Balakrishnan and percussionist Naga Srinidhi Indian Classical Dance by Rathna Kumar, Venugopal Josyula, and the Anjali Dance Company Artists of all […]

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Ishida Dance Company Makes a Promising Debut in Houston with you could release me

Ishida Dance Company Makes a Promising Debut in Houston with you could release me

After two thwarted-by-COVID attempts in two years, Austin-based Ishida Dance Company finally made its Houston debut this weekend at Midtown Arts and Theater Center Houston (MATCH), bringing a quartet of dance premieres to the intimate venue with their program, you could release me. Ishida Dance, launched in 2019 by California native Brett Ishida, is a […]

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The Start of an Epoch 

The Start of an Epoch 

Choreographer Brittany Bass’ evening of dance, EPOCH, was presented by the Houston Metropolitan Dance Center on December 18th, 2021 to an enthusiastic and engaged audience. Subtitled “an evening of dance, film, and conversation,” Bass hosted the evening herself and seasoned each piece with warm and honest commentary.   The audience sat on three sides of the […]

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The Hour is Coming, and It is Now: Adam Castaneda’s Lazarus in the Promised Land

The Hour is Coming, and It is Now: Adam Castaneda’s Lazarus in the Promised Land

On November 6 and 7, 2021 at The Storyhive, Adam Castaneda premiered Lazarus in the Promised Land, a brand-new, evening length work exploring the story of Castaneda’s paternal grandparents, Lazaro and Adelina, who, upon migrating in Houston from Mexico in the 1950s, became Jehovah’s Witnesses, raising their children and grandchildren in accordance with the denomination’s […]

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Chapman Dance Provides a Welcome Sanctuary

Chapman Dance Provides a Welcome Sanctuary

Standing in line at the MATCH box office; sliding into a stranger-adjacent seat while sending a wave to an acquaintance on the opposite side of the intimate theater; noting the hush as house lights dim; joining the eruption of applause for our host issuing welcomes and reminders — dancegoing is vaguely familiar. Even if we […]

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The Rhythm Lives As They Enter – Review of Kalpana Subbarao’s Ritmo Zindagi

The Rhythm Lives As They Enter – Review of Kalpana Subbarao’s Ritmo Zindagi

Foot-tapping is an understatement when describing this heart-pounding work. A pulsating rhythm pumping life into the theater, Kalpana Subbarao’s Ritmo Zindagi (Rhythm of Life) is electrifying. The Spark Dance Grant recipient presented an outstanding new work in Act 1 of Silambam Houston’s August 13th performance at Miller Outdoor Theatre. The performance commences in darkness, with […]

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Dance Gallery Festival’s Eleven Course Texas Experience

Dance Gallery Festival’s Eleven Course Texas Experience

After marking its 13th year in New York City just last weekend, the Dance Gallery Festival (DGF), made its annual leap to Texas, celebrating its tenth year at Sam Houston State University (SHSU) in Huntsville on Oct. 4 and 5. Held at the hilltop James and Nancy Gaertner Performing Arts Center, the sold-out Friday evening […]

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Ashley Horn’s The Long Stay—The Pilot Dance Project

Ashley Horn’s The Long Stay—The Pilot Dance Project

The Pilot Dance Project began its new season of projects by various choreographers with a site specific performance created by Ashley Horn. The Long Stay took place across three floors and several rooms in the distinguished downtown edifice known as the Hotel Icon. There were five performances across one Saturday afternoon, start times between 1:00pm […]

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