October 29, 2015
University of Houston School of Theater & Dance presents
Emerging Choreographers Showcase
Houston, TX - University of Houston School of Theater & Dance (SOTD) presents Emerging Choreographers Showcase on December 4, 2015 at 12 p.m. and December 4-5, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. in the Quintero Lab Theatre, located on UH Main Campus. Emerging Choreographer Showcase is an annual production of diverse works produced in a professional setting. The show is entirely produced, lit, and choreographed by SOTD students; for many it is their first time to see their works set in a professional theater.
This showcase is one of many opportunities that the School of Theatre & Dance provides to start students on their professional journey. Graduates have gone on to perform in both local and national companies, such as Chapman Dance, Core Dance Company, Karen Stokes Dance, Psophonia Dance Company, and Suchu Dance. Senior Kara Stenz describes the choreographers excitement for this opportunity and its potential benefits. She states, "I am using this showcase as a way to network with other artists in the Houston area." Her piece titled Predestined uses six dancers on a strong diagonal to expand the audiences focus past the stage. Predestined describes the emotional journey of discovering ones destiny.
Michelle Largent presents "Selene," a quartet that demonstrates the rich historical and scientific Greek mythology theme of the Greek Goddess Selene, who represents the moon, and water nymphs, minor deities in charge of the elements and resources of the earth. Largent comments, "I want people to enjoy the connections between the religious and scientific versions of the same concepts."
Thu-Mai Nguyen is premiering a work of six dancers that manipulate different pathways, and the relationship those pathways produce to create a visual image of the process of collaboration. The music is an original cover composed by a YouTuber specifically for the dance. The easy-going mood shows the ideal that people don't have to reach for a destination and how being content can be satisfying in itself.
Alma White introduces her first choreographic work, "Foci." The mood is diverse and intense, centering on the pinnacle of her internal relationship with her childlike spirit and the rebellious alter ego that forces its nature to lead. White states, "This process reveals to me the potential of my creative force, giving me the courage to have the dancers move in my unique and dynamic style, utilizing a call and response motif.
University of Houston School of Theater & Dance presents Emerging Choreographers Showcase on December 4, 2015 at 12 p.m. and December 4-5, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. in the Quintero Lab Theater, 3351 Cullen Blvd. Houston TX, 77204. Ticket prices are $15 general, $12 senior, and $10 students. For tickets, contact the School of Theatre & Dance box office at (713) 743-2929 or visit www.uh.edu/class/theatre-and-dance. For more information, contact Toni Valle at 713/409-2838 or visit www.udtdance.info
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WHAT: Emerging Choreographers Showcase
WHO: University of Houston School of Theatre & Dance
WHEN: December 4, 2015 @ 12 p.m. / December 4-5, 2015 @ 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Quintero Lab Theater, 3351 Cullen Blvd. Houston, TX 77204-4016
HIGHLIGHTS: Showcase is entirely created by University of Houston School of Theatre & Dance students
Ticket prices: are $15 general, $12 senior, and $10 students.
Box office: (713) 743-2929 or http://www.uh.edu/class/theatre-and-dance
Information: 713/409-2838 or udtdance.info