FrenetiCore Dance Presents ‘The Snow Queen’ (Encore and Sugar Land Tour)

Contact:
Executive Director: Adam Castaneda
adam@freneticore.net
(832) 649-2096
www.freneticore.net

 

Photo by Pin LIm.

Photo by Pin LIm.

Following a successful December run of its first family-friendly holiday production, FrenetiCore Dance will present an encore of The Snow Queen at Frenetic Theater on June 2 and 3. The company will then take the show to the Anjali Center in Sugar Land on June 4 and 5 as part of Houston Arts Alliance’s Touring + Neighborhood Grant program. Based on the original fairy tale by Hans Christian Anderson, The Snow Queen is a family-friendly dance narrative about the enduring power of sibling friendship and the miracle of finding love in the least likely of places.

Dates: June 2 and 3 (Frenetic Theater), June 4 and 5 (Anjali Center)
Time: 8:00 p.m. (June 2 and 3), 2:00 p.m. (June 4 and 5)
Location: Frenetic Theater, 5102 Navigation Blvd, Houston, TX 77011
Anjali Center 2615 Cordes Drive, Sugar Land, TX 77479
Tickets: All performances are pay-what-you can
For tickets and more information please visit www.freneticore.net

Photo by Pin LIm.

Photo by Pin LIm.

Retold by Adam Castaneda, FrenetiCore Dance explores the enchanted, yet, dark landscape of Anderson’s tale through imaginative choreography by Rebecca French and guest choreographers Laura Harrell and Heather VonReichbauer. FrenetiCore’s re-imagining is a departure from the story popularized by Disney’s Frozen, and follows Gerta (danced by Tory Pierce) as she journeys through the wintry geography of Scandinavia to find Kai, her twin brother who has been abducted by the elusive Snow Queen. Along the way, she meets a host of fantastic characters (all costumed by Ashley Horn), including a flower witch, a band of merry robbers, the Magic Woman of the North, and a peculiar, but handsome young man named Crow who joins her on her adventure. And in addition to Gerta’s mission to save Kai, the audience witnesses the Snow Queen’s back story and her life before she became the notorious and feared figure of winter. What makes a woman evil? And what makes her good? FrenetiCore’s production mines the complicated psychology behind one of Anderson’s most enduring stories for a dance work especially made for children and children-at-heart.

Photo by Pin LIm.

Photo by Pin LIm.

FrenetiCore Dance is also excited to have two guest companies join them on stage as show openers. For the Frenetic Theater performances, Holding Space Dance Collective will present an excerpt from its upcoming full-length work, Light Bearer; and for the Sugar Land Tour SonKiss’d Dance Theater will present sections of its Memorial Day Weekend show, Urbanity.

The touring portion of the encore of FrenetiCore Dance’s The Snow Queen is funded in part by the Houston Arts Alliance’s Touring + Neighborhood Grant program.

Cast: Brenda Baez, Adam Castaneda, Dorianne Castillo, Rebecca French, Carlos Guzman, Holly Moran, Tory Pierce, Eric Williams, Brendan Winkfield

About the Guest Companies:

Performing throughout Texas since 2008, Holding Space Dance Collective (formerly ChinaCat Dance), under the artistic direction of Maggie Lasher, is a fun, fresh company with a unique approach to contemporary dance. Holding Space Dance Collective is known for creative and memorable costuming and design elements, and loves to present simple themes that speak to the imagination and the heart. Holding Space Dance Collective also presents fully produced fire dance shows incorporating poi, staff, fans, fingers, and torches with contemporary choreography. Maggie Lasher was named one of Houston’s 100 Creatives of 2013 by Houston Press.

SonKiss’d Dance Theater was founded in January 2012 with the mission to minister to all through visual and performing arts. Director Chris “YungChris” Thomas built his company around the idea of creating dance experiences so powerful that the audience would leave completely transformed and inspired. Since 2012, the company has performed at the Dance Houston Festival, Barnstorm Dance Fest, and has presented full-length dance works at venues throughout Houston and beyond. Most recently, the company presented at APAP 2016 in New York City, and completed a five-month performance project at Texas Rock Gym, Moving Mountains. Chris Thomas is the recipient of a 2014 Houston Arts Alliance Independent Artist Grant.

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FrenetiCore Dance is a 501(c)3 non-profit arts organization with the mission to empower and transform communities through innovative dance, theater, and visual art. The organization is based out of Frenetic Theater, a black box theater located in Houston’s East End. FrenetiCore’s resident performance troupe, FrenetiCore Dance, was founded in 2003 by Artistic Director Rebecca French with an emphasis on producing multimedia, narrative driven dance works for Houston audiences.

 

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