Each fall, both casual dance fans and aficionados flock to the University of Houston for a first look at works created by rising choreographers.
UH’s Emerging Choreographers Showcase presents works developed during the fall semester by students in the University’s growing dance program. Performances will be presented in UH’s Jose Quintero Theatre (Entrance 16 off Cullen Boulevard). Tickets are $20; $15 for faculty, staff and alumni and $10 for seniors and students. Times and dates are as follows:
- noon and 7:30 p.m., Dec. 6
- 7:30 p.m., Dec. 7
Student dancers and works include:
- Lauren Burke – “In Light of Gravity”
- Sarah Cross – “Forever … Always”
- Cecilia Kerr – “swaydiohead”
- Katrina Woods – “Light Before Men”
- Amber Baker – “Side Effects”
- Bryan Peck – “Contraffinity”
- Vi Dieu – “1%”
- Gaby Luna – “Into the Night”
- Anasheh Partiai – “You, Me and We”
- Brittany Bass – Untitled
- Bryan Peck – “…ing”
In addition to developing and directing the performances, students also oversee aspects of the event’s production (lighting, design, marketing). They are guided by UH School of Theatre & Dance faculty members including Karen Stokes, Teresa Chapman, Becky Valls, Toni Valle and Jonthan Middents.
The Emerging Choreographers Showcase provides students with real world experience as both choreographers and producers. It also serves as an opportunity to launch dances that may be performed in other venues in Houston or other parts of the country. Previous works that premiered on campus have been taken to professional festivals, including the Houston Fringe Festival and Big Rage Dance Festival.
UH is the only university in Houston to offer a bachelor of arts degree and teacher’s certification in dance. Components of UH’s dance program include the Center for Choreography, University Dance Theatre (student organization) and the UH Dance Ensemble (the university’s pre-professional dance company). For more details on UH’s dance program and upcoming performances, visit its website.