make eyes at me: a preview of Suchu Dance’s newest work
by Rosie Trump
Clenched fists open into flexed palms, as four dancers coquettishly parade around the Barnavelder stage. Their arms reach into all directions and intertwine until their torso’s thrust into convulsions. This is not your typical sexy dance, but Suchu Dance’s upcoming show make eyes at me aims to seduce you, nonetheless.
Suchu Dance’s last production, Slam School, was bright, sporty and comical, so artistic director Jennifer Wood knew she wanted to head into the opposite direction for her next dance. make eyes at me developed from investigating ideas of sex, death and violence. “I was thinking about dark things and listening to heavier music,” Wood replies when asked what has inspired make eyes at me. To read more click here
By Rosie Trump
“A mutual love fest” is how choreographer Jack Ferver describes his collaboration with visual artist Marc Swanson for Two Alike, premiering September 15-17 at DiverseWorks Theater. While both these artists are based in New York, it took a commissioning partnership between two Houston arts organizations (the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston and DiverseWorks) to bring Ferver and Swanson together. Despite the affection these artists share for each other’s work, Two Alike was born from a darker seed, the journey through childhood loneliness.
“This piece is many firsts for me. This is my first time collaborating with a visual artist, and in fact, my first time having a set,” confesses Ferver. After a series of studio visits, rehearsals and long talks about their personal histories, Ferver and Swanson decided that the main theme of Two Alike work would revolve around the woods, which both artists had spent a lot of time in as children… read more
This article was originally published at Dance Source Houston
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Preview Psophonia’s Rip inthe Atmosphere
by Rosie Trump
In the back studio of Barnevelder Movement Complex, eight sweaty dancers pull on knee pads as they prepare to rehearse Sophia Torres’s The Long Hallway, one of the six dances in Psophonia Dance Company’s upcoming performance Rip in the Atmosphere. The dancers tumble to the floor and bound again to their tip toes, their breathing is labored but the execution is fierce… To read the rest of the story click here