Hiding in Plain Sites: CounterCurrent Artists Reveal Stories throughout Houston
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Hiding in Plain Sites: CounterCurrent Artists Reveal Stories throughout Houston

In 2014, the University of Houston Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts blazed a…

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Rare Works, Beloved Classics & Surprises: Houston Ballet’s 2017-2018 Season
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Rare Works, Beloved Classics & Surprises: Houston Ballet’s 2017-2018 Season

At first glance, Houston Ballet's 2017/2018 Season can look like a crash course in ballet,…

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Borders, Ritual and Awesomeness: Five Days of Fusebox
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Borders, Ritual and Awesomeness: Five Days of Fusebox

Fusebox, Austin’s contemporary, cross-disciplinary visual and performing arts festival, and all round benevolent force in…

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Site-Specific Sightings: Laura Gutierrez at the Rec Room & Dušan Týnek Dance Theatre at Rice’s Skyspace
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Coming Home to Texas and Sometimes Leaving Again
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Coming Home to Texas and Sometimes Leaving Again

When a writer pitched a story about an actor leaving Texas I immediately said, “No…

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Open Space: Dance at Rice’s Moody Center for the Arts
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Open Space: Dance at Rice’s Moody Center for the Arts

“We are putting in a dance floor,” Alison Weaver told me during a hard hat…

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Substance & Spunk: Women Triumph in Life and Love in Stanton Welch’s <em>Cinderella</em>
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Substance & Spunk: Women Triumph in Life and Love in Stanton Welch’s Cinderella

Stanton Welch prefers strong heroines. So it's no wonder that his Cinderella knows her own…

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DSH’s <em>Mind the Gap</em> Mines the Personal and the Political
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DSH’s Mind the Gap Mines the Personal and the Political

When I saw that Dance Source Houston cooked up a follow-up project for their AIR…

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Doing Well By Doing Good: Dallas Black Dance Theatre at 40
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Doing Well By Doing Good: Dallas Black Dance Theatre at 40

Forty years in the business – that fact has quietly crept up on Dallas Black…

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Fresh Start: Austin Welcomes Trey McIntyre
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Fresh Start: Austin Welcomes Trey McIntyre

The word is out: renowned American choreographer Trey McIntyre calls Texas his home once again.…

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Motion Redux: Tad Beck at FotoFest’s International Discoveries VI
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Motion Redux: Tad Beck at FotoFest’s International Discoveries VI

When Vinod Hopson of FotoFest suggested that I check out the work of Tad Beck,…

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Paul Taylor Company Connections at SMU and Eisemann Center
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Paul Taylor Company Connections at SMU and Eisemann Center

When they were students at Southern Methodist University in the 1990s, Michael Trusnovec and Annmaria…

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Eclectic and Equal: W-I-P offers San Antonio movement artists critical feedback
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Eclectic and Equal: W-I-P offers San Antonio movement artists critical feedback

Frustrated by the awkward process of giving and receiving critical artistic feedback, dance/theater legend and…

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Honoring Texas Artists: The Texas Medal of Arts Awards come to Austin
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Honoring Texas Artists: The Texas Medal of Arts Awards come to Austin

You may be hard-pressed to explain what ZZ Top, Eva Longoria, Willie Nelson and Walter…

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Cultural Awareness Threads Through Dance Month 2017 at the Kaplan
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Cultural Awareness Threads Through Dance Month 2017 at the Kaplan

One of the remarkable things about dance is its consistent ability, despite diversities in origin,…

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Altered Reality: Pilobolus brings <em>Shadowland</em> to Texas
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Altered Reality: Pilobolus brings Shadowland to Texas

Even if you’re never seen Pilobolus in concert before, you’re probably familiar with the acrobatic…

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Performania: Texas Dance Ambassadors
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Performania: Texas Dance Ambassadors

Dancing Bodies Wake Up Space:  Third Coast Dance Film Festival at Aurora Picture Show
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Dancing Bodies Wake Up Space: Third Coast Dance Film Festival at Aurora Picture Show

I'm convinced that most spaces can be improved by the presence of a few dancing…

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Clara’s Big Dream: Houston Ballet’s New Nutcracker
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Clara’s Big Dream: Houston Ballet’s New Nutcracker

Snow, a Sugar Plum Fairy and a gigantic Christmas Tree are three things we all…

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Coming Home: Annie Arnoult
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Coming Home: Annie Arnoult

Hunter Dance Center’s director Annie Arnoult shows no signs of slowing down as she enters…

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Animated Dance: <em>The Proximity of Being</em>  at Luminaria
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Animated Dance: The Proximity of Being at Luminaria

For San Antonian Barbara Felix, the human form is a never-ending source of fascination.

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Breaking Boundaries: METdance’s Big Year
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Breaking Boundaries: METdance’s Big Year

After twenty years of success, a dance company might find itself hard-pressed to top itself…

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Performania: Houston Ballet’s Fresh <em>Nutcracker</em>
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Performania: Houston Ballet’s Fresh Nutcracker

Houston Ballet is throwing a little holiday get-together, at least that's what it looks like…

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A Culture Collective: Art Outside the Therapy Hour
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A Culture Collective: Art Outside the Therapy Hour

In the months following our two comedy improvisation classes with Beta Theater last year, our…

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Identity and Mortality with ARCOS Dance
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Identity and Mortality with ARCOS Dance

ARCOS Dance is known as an experimental platform for dance technology – a merging together…

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Riveting & Rare: CORE Presents Dance from Israel at Miller
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Riveting & Rare: CORE Presents Dance from Israel at Miller

When Niv Sheinfeld, Keren Levi and Oren Laor's Big Mouth started with a pedestrian walking…

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The Dance of Work: Forklift Danceworks reflects on past projects and looks to the future
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The Dance of Work: Forklift Danceworks reflects on past projects and looks to the future

Convention is not a part of Allison Orr’s vocabulary. The Forklift Danceworks artistic director has…

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Badge of Honor: SMU Dance Grads Impact Texas Dance
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Badge of Honor: SMU Dance Grads Impact Texas Dance

Southern Methodist University’s Meadows School of the Arts in Dallas is home to one of…

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Sea & Space: Karen Stokes Mines Houston’s History
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Sea & Space: Karen Stokes Mines Houston’s History

All too often choreographers of modern dance present work based on material they without question…

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Learn/Imagine: Pablo Helguera at DiverseWorks
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Learn/Imagine: Pablo Helguera at DiverseWorks

Pablo Helguera's exhibition The Fable is to be Retold at DiverseWorks (on view through Nov.…

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Dance/USA Conference Convenes in Austin
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Dance/USA Conference Convenes in Austin

The Dance/USA conference was held in Austin this past June, a first for the capital…

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Sixty Years Later…With Ballet Austin
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Sixty Years Later…With Ballet Austin

As Ballet Austin celebrates its sixth decade of performance, the company is a beehive of…

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Powerful Presence: CORE Presents Dance from Israel at Miller
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Powerful Presence: CORE Presents Dance from Israel at Miller

If movement can reveal a national identity and specific cultural context, then the dance work…

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Daring Dance in Dallas: Charles Santos on the 2016/17 TITAS Season
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Daring Dance in Dallas: Charles Santos on the 2016/17 TITAS Season

Dallas is a strong dance city for many reasons, TITAS Presents at AT&T Performing Arts…

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When Worlds Collide: Houston Ballet’s new <em>Giselle</em> overlaps the worldly and the ethereal
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When Worlds Collide: Houston Ballet’s new Giselle overlaps the worldly and the ethereal

In traditional versions of Giselle, the worlds of the living and the dead are separated…

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Objects & Motion: Jonah Bokaer at Soluna
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Objects & Motion: Jonah Bokaer at Soluna

Jonah Bokaer folded space in two in one sweeping motion. OK, so maybe he used…

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Performa/Dance: A Collaborative Endeavor
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Performa/Dance: A Collaborative Endeavor

“Connection.” This one word rang out as director Jennifer Hart eyed her dancers, four bodies…

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Performania: Festival Fever
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Performania: Festival Fever

Waltzing with Ghosts: Houston Ballet’s Stanton Welch Revises <em>Giselle</em>
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Waltzing with Ghosts: Houston Ballet’s Stanton Welch Revises Giselle

On a sunny May afternoon, I found myself spellbound, watching Houston Ballet principals Yuriko Kajiya…

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A Season Six Celebration: A Visit with Bruce Wood Dance Project’s Kimi Nikaidoh
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A Season Six Celebration: A Visit with Bruce Wood Dance Project’s Kimi Nikaidoh

Bruce Wood Dance Project celebrates its sixth season with the Dallas premiere of Bruce Wood’s…

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