to celebrate that Texas art pride, every two years the Texas Cultural Trust puts on the ultimate star-gazing party, a.k.a. the Texas Medal of Arts Awards.
After a performance season filled with joyful starts, heart-breaking cancellations and casting understudies for the understudies when positive COVID tests rolled in, Texas theater companies have endured much real life drama to make the leap back to live performances.
Flash forward deep into the pandemic and the height of streaming theater while lying on a couch, I thought a lot about live, in-person stage chemistry.
From slabs on the scene to teeter-totters at the border, and all manner of complexity in between, what happens in Texas does anything but stay put.
The Fort Worth Symphony will spotlight Antonín Dvořák’s melodious but unfamiliar Serenade in E major on Jan. 8-10. The same weekend, Dallas Symphony performances of Dmitri Shostakovich’s Chamber Symphony in A-flat--a supersized version of the composer’s Quartet No. 10--will show how intense a string ensemble can be. The Houston Symphony will partner with onetime prodigy, now mature artist Midori in Beethoven’s Violin Concerto on Jan. 15-17.
As a pandemic spring spun into summer, it seemed all the performing arts world became a virtual stage and all the men and women remote players.
“You can’t fly if you have never left the ground,” says Houston’s 4th Wall Theatre cofounder, Kim Tobin-Lehl, when thinking about taking artistic risks.
Texas is home to a growing cohort of Latinx playwrights working in all parts of the state who have chosen to remain here despite the unique challenges that they face as artists of color in the Lone Star State.
The plays change but the players remain the same: Such is the model of a resident acting company, a group of artists who create theater together as a team.
In Obie Award-winning playwright Will Eno’s latest work, Wakey, Wakey, the endearingly befuddled Guy takes the audience along on a somewhat bumbling memorial journey through his life on the way to his death.
As more instances of sexual harassment and abuse of power are being uncovered, especially in the theatrical community, more companies are realizing they need an important addition to their creative team: an intimacy director.
Dance audiences worldwide have long come together for festivals large and small to engage with the art form.