NobleMotion Spelunks into Industrial Cave World in Stalactites

July 2, 2024
Contact: Andy Noble
Co-Artistic Director, NobleMotion Dance
Tel: 832-627-9664

NobleMotion Spelunks into Industrial Cave World in Stalactites

Photos by Lynn Lane

HOUSTON, TEXAS – July 2, 2024 – NobleMotion enters season 16 with Stalactites, a mysterious new evening of dance theater at the MATCH, August 22-24 at 7:00 PM and August 24 at 9:00 PM. Set in a futuristic primal society, Stalactites draws inspiration from Plato’s allegory of the cave as a response to current advances in AI technology. The theater is transformed into an industrial cave with climbable architectural structures designed by Jared Doster. The light grid is lowered into the performance space allowing light designer Bryan Ealey to shape the world as the dancers perform above the fixtures. And a new hour-long music score by Travis Lake haunts and renders beautiful a hollow world full of possibility. Stalactites is a physical and evocative evening-length performance that offers a glimpse into one possible future of human “progress.”

Throughout time, the cave has been a mystical place, an opening into earth where humans have found shelter, given birth, performed rituals and burial rites, and told stories. Co-Artistic Director Andy Noble states, “Fresh off our tour to the United Nations’ ‘AI for Good’ Global Summit in Geneva, Switzerland, Dionne and I were both inspired and terrified by the developing AI capabilities. We heard many talks about the application of AI to help solve the world’s challenges. But it was a talk by Tristan Harris (Co-founder of the Center for Humane Technology) about lack of funding for AI governance that has inspired much of this evening’s themes.” AI, simply put, amplifies human desires, both positive and negative. The same technology that acts as an educational tool for child learning can also act as an educational weapon for terrorist activity. The cave stands artistically parallel to the future of AI—one that has long preceded us and one that might long outlast us. It offers a window into the earth’s past and by association, a map of human history. The futuristic industrial cave world of Stalactites not only speaks to environmental concerns on the horizon for humanity, but to a world where the governance of AI technology is outpaced by the primal needs and desires that have characterized the homo sapiens species: exploration, expansion, and exploitation.

Plato’s allegory of the cave in The Republic sheds philosophical insight into this confusing yet pivotal moment in time. As our eyes are fixed forward, unable to turn, we ignorantly race headfirst into the unknown shadow that is AI without governance oversight, tethering us to a reality that we have yet to understand. Even the most advanced AI researchers do not fully comprehend AI’s potentiality. We sit in a dark cave, devoid of light, creating god-like technology bound by sticks and rope.

Although we are a company that often employs cutting-edge technology in a live-performance setting, we have opted to make an evening without it. We dance in our simplest form and reveal AI’s true inspiration – us.

Collaborators include movement artists Dillon Bell, Wesley Cordova, Rachel Cox Culver, Deontay Gray, Kalli Loudan, Sheena Kapila, Lindsey McGill, Maria Perez, Tyler Orcutt, Jacob Regan, Lauren Serrano, Joseph Stevens, Angelica Villa, light designer Bryan Ealey, composer Travis Lake, and industrial designer Jared Doster.

Tickets can be purchased online at:

August 22-23 @ 7:00 PM
August 24 @ 7:00 PM & 9:00 PM
Tickets: General $35
Purchase online:
Call: 713.521.4533

Contact: Andy Noble

About NobleMotion Dance
NobleMotion Dance is a 501(c)(3) non-profit performing arts organization. In 2009, NobleMotion exploded onto the Houston dance scene and has since received critical acclaim for their “extraordinary athleticism” and “cutting edge” programming. NobleMotion Dance seeks to make work that is emotionally daring and honest; inspires discourse and understanding amongst diverse communities; and focuses on innovative collaborations in the arts and sciences with an emphasis on emerging technologies. Artistic directors Andy Noble and Dionne Sparkman Noble are long time collaborators who have been entertaining audiences for twenty-five years. NobleMotion also offers education and outreach programs for all ages including master classes, open rehearsals and lecture/ demonstrations. For more information about NobleMotion Dance, please visit us at

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