CORE Performance Company and Association Manifeste Engage In International Cultural Exchange

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CORE Performance Company and Association Manifeste engage in international cultural exchange with Houston– Toulouse: A Creative Dialogue 

Free October series offers two world premiere performances

CORE Performance Company

CORE Performance Company


October 1, 2014 (Houston) —
CORE Performance Company continues its 34th annual Houston performance season with Houston – Toulouse: A Creative Dialogue. Presented in partnership with the Cultural Service at the French Consulate in Houston, the Texan French Alliance for the Arts, and the City of Toulouse, the performance series is the culmination of CORE Performance Company’s international exchange project with Toulouse-based dance company, Association Manifeste. The performance of Je Suis/I am is also made possible in part by the East End Street Fest; the performance of Point of View on the Street Corner: The American Corner are also made possible in part by the Historic Magnolia Ballroom.

Houston – Toulouse: A Creative Dialogue follows two years of multiple exchange visits in which CORE Performance Company and Association Manifeste explored each other’s cities and choreographic styles to pursue opportunities for creative collaboration. The world premiere performances of Je Suis/I am and Point of View on the Corner: The American Corner will unfold during the weekend of October 24-25.

“CORE Performance Company celebrates collaboration, and we have been enriched by our opportunity to engage in a true cultural exchange with the talented artists of Association Manifeste,” says CORE Performance Company Artistic Director, Sue Schroeder. “Each component of the Houston – Toulouse series offers a unique, international perspective to the Houston community, and I look forward to the continuing evolution of the project.”

Houston – Toulouse events, listed chronologically, include:

  • Point of View on the Street Corner: The American Corner, Friday, October 24, two performances: 6pm and 7pm, corner of Franklin and Milam Streets in the Old Market Square Historic District
  • Je Suis/I am, Saturday, October 25, 3:00 p.m., East End Street Festival

Performance Information:

Point of View on the Corner: The American Corner explores the differences and similarities among people of different cultures as well as the meeting points that transcend cultural barriers to bind and connect us all. Created and performed by Association Manifeste with CORE Performance Company’s Anna Bracewell, the piece is an evolution of previous Manifeste works performed in Toulouse, Casablanca, and Havana.

Event Details: Friday, October 24, 6pm – 7pm, corner of Franklin and Milam Streets in the Old Market Square Historic District, 715 Franklin Street, 77002, http://www.marketsquarepark.com

Je Suis/I am is a performance piece created for public spaces that explores stories of who we are and where we live. This world premiere performance intertwines CORE Performance Company and Association Manifeste’s visions of their own and each other’s home cities and countries.

Event details: Saturday, October 25, 3 pm, East End Street Festival, corner of Navigation Boulevard and N. Live Oak Street, 77003 http://eastendstreetfest.com

For more information on all Houston – Toulouse: A Creative Dialogue events, visit www.COREdance.org.

Ticket Information:

All events are free and open to the public. No ticket reservations are required.

 

CORE’s 34th season in Houston is supported in part by the Pattillo Foundation, The Houston Endowment, Inc., Texas Commission on the Arts, the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance, Lonestar Energy Fabrication and the Texan-French Alliance for the Arts.

CORE, a contemporary dance organization, creates, performs, and presents compelling, original dance that ignites the creative spirit and actively engages in international cultural conversations. CORE supports innovation, collaboration, artistic risk-taking, and sustainable art making in dance. Founded in 1980 by Sue Schroeder, CORE (Several Dancers Core, Inc.) has homes in Houston, TX and Atlanta (Decatur), GA, and promotes dance awareness and education nationally and internationally through three organizational initiatives: CORE Performs, CORE Presents, and CORE Connects. CORE Performance Company, the professional contemporary dance company of CORE, is internationally acclaimed for its compelling and original dance work. For more information, visit COREdance.org, connect with COREdance on Facebook, and follow @coredances on Twitter.

Interviews are available upon request.

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