MET dance’s INDIVISIBLE

MET dance’s INDIVISIBLE Performance to Premiere at
The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts

MET to explore the art of numbers with groundbreaking performance

MET dance - Indivisible

HOUSTON, TEXAS, October 17, 2014 – MET dance, the leader in the vitality and diversity of Houston’s dance community, is opening its 19th season with the world premiere of “INDIVISIBLE” on November 21 and 22 at The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts. INDIVISIBLE, a groundbreaking performance exploring numbers as a universal language used to count, label, measure and define value, is a collection of work presented by four diverse men including Joe Celej, Steven Vaughn, plus two premieres by acclaimed choreographers Larry Keigwin and Houston’s jhon r. stronks.

This collection of innovative work celebrates MET dance’s solid foundation and continual growth in the quest to create and explore larger issues, while bringing a new direction in dance. With new choreography as the prime mission of the company, MET dance will present the works of both local emerging artists and nationally acclaimed dancemakers – bringing diversity and creativity.

Contributing to the show with world premiere acts, are nationally recognized choreographers Larry Keigwin and jhon r. stronks.  Keigwin, known for his electrifying brand of contemporary dance, has performed at theaters and dance festivals throughout the country, winning numerous awards. Stronks, has also been recognized with awards such as one of the three current Houston Press Master Minds. Both award-winning dancemakers, will present unseen unique pieces that will bring vibrant energy and movement.

Among the young dancers that will display works during INDIVISIBLE is Steven Vaughn, the winner of MET dance’s “2014 Emerging Choreographer.” As the recipient of this prestigious award, Vaughn was given an assignment to create a new 10-minute work with a one-week intensive rehearsal process, in which he createdShifts in Normality – an original piece that will be performed at INDIVISIBLE. “Normal is constantly being redefined,” says Vaughn. “This piece is a genuine representation of the process of its creation – as small, unexpected things can be huge motivation for new ideas.”

New ideas are brought to life with choreographer Joel Celej’s primed – a piece that highlights contemporary dance style bended with fluid partnering, floor work, dynamic energy with musicality and theatrical imagery. This piece also involves a unique collaboration between Celej and lighting designer Andrew Hunt – bringing an extraordinary light show to the audience. “My goal as an artist is to create works that are accessible to a wide range of audience memebers and is not specific to an age, racial, gender or cultural group,” said Celej. “primed, liked most of my works, will appeal to viewers who respond to intimate, sensitive, subtle and physical works of art.”

INDIVISIBLE will be performed on Friday, November 21 at 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, November 22 at 7:30 p.m. at Zilkha Hall in The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are priced from $15-$45 and can be purchased through the Box Office at 713.315.2525 or online at www.thehobbycenter.org.

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About MET dance

Founded in 1995, MET dance strives to educate and revitalize a passion for dance through the finest instruction and performance. MET dance offers performances by a professional company, classes open to the public, pre-professional youth training and a strong community outreach program, engaging as many as 20,000 people each year. The backbones to the company, Executive Director Michelle Smith and Artistic Director Marlana Doyle,have implemented MET dance’s vision as “A New Direction in Dance” by keeping the diversity and versatility of the dancers and choreographers. MET dancer have performed in dozens of theaters throughout the United States, receiving national praise and high acclaim. With an unmatched repertoire and a new state-of-the-art dance facility, MET dance continues to be a leader in Houston’s dance community.

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