There’s no hiding it: I let my dance geek out this issue. The iconic American dance company, Pilobolus, stomps the State with stops in Houston, Austin, San Antonio and Dallas—with different programs at each venue, no less. Neil Ellis Orts gives us a glimpse inside the amazing Pilobolus story.
While we delight in being a place that dance companies love to visit, what about the local scene? How does Texas stack up as a place to grow a dance company? Nichelle Suzanne Strzepek examines the sustainability question for Texas contemporary dance companies.
We launch our first installment of Acting in Texas this month with Jay Sullivan, the Alley Theatre’s newest leading man, who can be seen onstage in December in A Christmas Carol and in January in Freud’s Last Session. Tarra Gaines gives us the scoop on how Venus in Fur and Other Desert Cities are enjoying multiple productions this season and Chris Johnson interviews Conspirare’s Craig Hella Johnson, named the 2013 Texas State Musician by the Texas Commission on the Arts.
We welcome Brian Gibb as our new art director and bid his predecessors, Scot Hart and David Lee Kelting, a fond adieu. Hart will continue to contribute his thoughtful reviews and features as we move forward. A Texas- sized thank you to both for all their work on the magazine and their help toward a seamless transition to Arts + Culture Texas! Remember to email visual arts-related press releases and images to firstname.lastname@example.org; for performing arts, email email@example.com.