Month: August 2013

MIRÓ QUARTET: A Texas Beethoven Cycle & More

When violinist William Fedkenheuer steps onto the stage this month with his colleagues in the Austin-based Miró Quartet for a series of six concerts at the Butler School of Music at UT-Austin (Sept. 6-8 & 27-29), he will achieve a distinction that few other professionals can claim. He will be one of the few living violinists who have performed all sixteen of Ludwig van Beethoven's string quartets for two violins, viola and cello as both a first and second violinist....

Playing With Words

For lovers of Shakespeare and Molière, Ibsen and Chekhov, Miller and Williams, declaring our time a new Golden Age of the playwright might seem delusional, or at best, a flourish of hyperbole from some theater’s marketing department. But if you ask the artistic directors of some of the most respected ensembles in Texas, they’ll assure you such claims are hardly ridiculous....

The Lone Star State en Pointe

No, ballet wasn’t born in Texas. But, in accord with the proverbial Law of Attraction, it got here as fast as it could. Since the arrival of a troupe of traveling Russians during a time when even Hollywood movies were still, literally, finding their voice, the art and practice of ballet has been nurtured by Texans, who support not one, but three multi-million-dollar-budget ballet companies, and a host of smaller, but no less notable, organizations....

Undermain at 30

The logo of the Undermain Theatre adorns a sandwich board at the edge of the Deep Ellum neighborhood in Dallas. The lone black and yellow marker beckons curious theatergoers to venture below Main Street for shows they can't see anywhere else. Undermain Theatre celebrates its 30th year with a lineup of three brand new plays, continuing its lifelong commitment to presenting original plays that challenge audiences. Whether it's an edgy new work by David Rabe or a scintillating production of August Strindberg or Harold Pinter, the consistently high quality of work at the Undermain Theatre is unrivaled in the local scene....

No Limits in the Book of Mormon

A centerpiece of the first act of The Book of Mormon is the song, "Hasa Diga Eebowai." This Ugandan phrase punctuates the show's irreverent version of "Hakuna Matata," in which a tribe sings about AIDS, Africa, and telling God where he can stick his lightning bolts....

Space Painting

Jessica Lang paints movements in broad strokes, making her one of the most visually exciting choreographers in the dance world. Houston's Society of Performing Arts presents Jessica Lang Dance (JLD) on Sept. 20, following the TITAS presentation in Dallas on Sept. 14....

Energy Dance

Forklift Dance Works founder Allison Orr, formerly fearful of heights, can now climb a power pole. Don't expect her to fix your electricity when it goes out, but she knows way more about energy than your average choreographer....

Open Season

Some people say ideas are a dime a dozen. The Idea Fund says they are $3,500 each and, with help from a special initiative of The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, it is putting that money directly into the hands of Texas artists. As a result, some of the state's most provocative or otherwise unexpected imaginings are being made real....

Performania

Musings & Mumblings on Time-Based Art   IMAGE: Brock England and Nathan Jerkins in Hidden Room Theatre’s award- winning production of Rose Rage. Pho...