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Toni Valle

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tvalle@uh.edu

 

Katherine G. McGovern College of The Arts Theatre & Dance presents

                                    Ensemble Dance Works

 

Houston, TX – Katherine G. McGovern College of The Arts Theatre & Dance presents Ensemble Dance Works, an annual showcase featuring original dance works by faculty and guest artists as performed by the pre-professional dance company; The UH Dance Ensemble. Ensemble Dance Works premieres April 27-28, 2018 at 7:30PM and April 29, 2018 at 1:30PM at Lyndall Finely Wortham Theater, University of Houston Central Campus. The University of Houston dance program showcases inventive choreography created by faculty Teresa Chapman, Karen Stokes, Toni Valle, Becky Valls, John Beasant III, and guest choreographers Corian Ellisor and Jennifer Wood.

 

Teresa Chapman explores the invasion of personal space and the creation and decay of physical intimacy through her piece titled Place. "My happy place is in your personal space," remarks Chapman. Place is performed by ten Ensemble members with music by Radiohead and costume design by UH alumni Ashley Horn Nott. 

 

In Never Again: The Texas CircusToni Valle uses dark music selections from Circus Contraption and Vermillion Lies to reflect the theme of the circus agenda in Texas politics. “Never Again comments on current political landscapes and Texas’ hostile bills towards women,” Valle states it “takes a look at the battle of Texas Legislation against Planned Parenthood, Roe vs Wade, birth control, sex education, and ultimately for fetus personhood.” Never Again: The Texas Circus, “also highlights the feminist movement uprisings of 2017, such as the pink pussycat hats and the Handmaid’s Tale protestors; Women and Men who have found a voice through dark wit and humor as opposition to the government." 

 

Spotless, choreographed by Becky Valls, is a “spoof on the American obsession with house cleaning.” This satire battles “war on grime” equipped with household cleaning supplies and the misconception of it being a woman’s watch post. Set to poetry and music, this dance will take the audience through the everyday household chores people encounter. 

 

John Beasant III presents his piece Calligraphy, a contemporary dance piece that explores the joy of unification through the idea of beautiful writing, yielding to a creative fire. Set to music written and performed by Sinead O’Connor, the dance highlights two dancers in a tight, lush, and sensual choreographic structure. The piece is "audience-friendly" in that allows the viewing eye to saturate itself in a pleasing and unchallenging way. This piece is an example of the voice the art of dance can have. It also pays homage to Beasant’s classical roots as a young mover and those who he studied with him in graduate school.  

 

Guest choreographer Corian Ellisor is an alumni who graduated with a B.A. in Dance from the University of Houston in 2008 and then relocated to Atlanta to dance with Core Dance. Ellisor comments, “I strive to make art that builds a community who shares a common appreciation of the ties that bind people together as a human race.” His work, Divided We Fall, explores the feeling of being isolated within a group. 

 

Guest choreographer Jennifer Wood is the Artistic Director and Founder of Suchu Dance Company. Wood premieres a work to original music by Fescennine, incorporating 11 dancers to create one of her signature large-scale works. Wood expresses that she enjoyed getting to know each dancer and experience their movements. Wood states that the message being conveyed in this piece is simply “None. There doesn’t need to be.” 

 

Katherine G. McGovern College of The Arts Theatre & Dance presents Ensemble Dance Works on April 27-28, 2018 at 7:30PM and April 29, 2018 at 1:30PM at the Lyndall Finely Wortham Theater, University of Houston Central Campus. Ticket prices range from $10-$20. For tickets visit http://www.uh.edu/kgmca//theatre-and-dance/buy-tickets/2017-2018/dance-works/. For more information, contact UH Dance Production Faculty member, Toni Valle at (713) 409-2838.

 

 

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Fact Sheet

 

WHAT: Ensemble Dance Works

WHO: Katherine G. McGovern College of The Arts School of Theatre & Dance

WHEN: April 27-28, 2018 at 7:30PM and April 29, 2018 at 1:30PM

WHERE: Lyndall Finely Wortham Theater 3351 Cullen Blvd. Houston, TX 77204

TICKET PRICES: $10-$20

BOX OFFICE: 713-743-2929 or visit http://www.uh.edu/kgmca//theatre-and-dance/buy-tickets/2017-2018/dance-works/

INFORMATION: 713/409-2838

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