Review By Rosie Trump
In an empty second floor retail loft in the Houston Pavilions, Hope Stone Dance Company has set up a pastiche of dining room table chairs, settees and carpet squares flanking a portable dance floor, ensuring no two seats are the same, literally.
Artistic director and choreographer Jane Weiner assembles eleven dancers, accompanied by almost forty musicians and singers for “la vie a pleines dents” (to bite life with all of one’s teeth.) Featuring special guests, Mercury Baroque and the Houston Boychoir, “la vie a pleines dents” is epic in scale and girth. Continue reading…
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
Reading the Dance would like to introduce our newest guest blogger! Rachel Holdt is contributing a review on the recent performance of the Margaret Jankins Dance Company in Riverside, CA.
Rachel Holdt is a choreographer, dancer and writer and currently a student at Mt. San Jacinto College in Menifee, CA. She writes reviews about local dance performances for the examiner.com. Click here to read more articles by Rachel. She will be continuing her education this coming year at the University of California, Riverside, and hopes to complete her BA in dance in the near future. Dance has always been a passion for Rachel, and the opportunity to pursue an education in the field has always been a dream. Writing about dance comes naturally, and she hopes to pursue both fields as she continues her journey towards her educational goals.