Spring Fusion 2018

WHEN:
March 3, 2018 (Saturday)
2:00pm

March 4, 2018 (Sunday)
2:00pm

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Hidden Dimensions with Axiom Quartet Press Release

WHO: Uptown Dance Company and Axiom Quartet

WHAT: Hidden Dimensions – an evening of live music and dance

WHEN: March 2-3, 7:30pm

WHERE: Uptown Dance Centre, 7417 Shadyvilla Ln, Houston, TX 77055

On March 2-3, 2018, Uptown Dance Company partners with Houston’s Axiom Quartet for two performances of “Hidden Dimensions,” a program of three new dance works all performed to live music. The performances, which take place at Uptown Dance Centre, feature music from three Phillip Glass String Quartets, the first Cello Suite by Benjamin Britten, and selections from Axiom Quartet’s upcoming debut album (“Axiom – Moments of Truth,” release date April 13, 2018, Parma Recordings).

Choreographer Andre Silva, current principal dancer with Texas Ballet Theater, returns to Uptown Dance Company with his newest creation. Mr. Silva’s Hidden Dimensions marks his final installment of a multi-year project, moving towards the creation of an evening length work titled To the moon and back (planned for Uptown Dance Company’s upcoming 20th anniversary season). Mr. Silva’s previous works for the same project (Cosmos, 2015; and Wherever you go there you are, 2016) explore themes of aggression, sensuality, playfulness, and solitude. Mr. Silva says his newest work “combines the past concepts, including: mindfulness within each moment of movement, space in different levels – both ethereal, and those around us – and expression of emotions through movement.” With Hidden Dimensions, Mr. Silva explores a narrative approach to his choreographic process, creating a work that portrays a woman caught in a dream realm.

Music from Axiom’s new album inspired Artistic Director Beth Gulledge-Brown’s newest pas de deux, titled At first sight. The musical selections highlight Axiom’s focus on performing varied musical genres, ranging from Haywyre and Monteverdi. Drawing her inspiration recent life events of her dancers, as well as the kinetic energy of the music, Gulledge-Brown describes her work as an example of “art imitating life.” Guest dancer Rupert Edwards also returns, building on his artistic relationship that began with Uptown Dance Company last season.

Even in a city as culturally rich as Houston, audiences rarely get the opportunity to hear one of the solo cello suites by Benjamin Britten in live performance. Axiom cellist Patrick Moore first approached Uptown Dance Company in 2015 with the idea of programming Britten’s Cello Suite No. 1, seeking the addition of choreography and lighting alongside his performance to provide multiple pointes of access to listeners. The concept greatly interested choreographer Alex Pandiscio and sparked a collaboration. Through numerous discussions of the musical structure and motifs, Moore and Pandiscio extracted themes in the work that resonated with them both – fate, separation, trauma, love, fear, and triumph. These themes form the basis for the programmatic work, Entanglement.

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Hidden Dimensions with Axiom Quartet

Photo: Cristin Miller

WHEN:
March 2, 2018 (Friday)
7:30pm

March 3, 2018 (Saturday)
7:30pm

WHERE:
UPTOWN DANCE CENTRE
7417 Shadyvilla, Houston, TX 77055

WHAT:

Dance performance with live music by Axiom Quartet.
Featuring three world premieres by Andre Silva, Alex Pandiscio and Beth Gulledge-Brown.

Journey through different musical dimensions, guided by classical and contemporary movements and music of Benjamin Britten, Philip Glass and Axiom Quartet.

Uptown Dance Company partners with Houston’s Axiom Quartet for two performances of “Hidden Dimensions,” a program of three new dance works all performed to live music. The performances, which take place at Uptown Dance Centre, feature music from three Phillip Glass String Quartets, the first Cello Suite by Benjamin Britten, and selections from Axiom Quartet’s upcoming debut album (“Axiom – Moments of Truth,” release date April 13, 2018, Parma Recordings).

Choreographer Andre Silva, current principal dancer with Texas Ballet Theater, returns to Uptown Dance Company with his newest creation, Hidden Dimension.  Mr. Silva explores a narrative approach to his choreographic process, creating a work that portrays a woman caught in a dream realm.  Music from Axiom’s new album inspired Artistic Director Beth Gulledge-Brown’s newest pas de deux, titled At first sight.  Ms. Gulledge-Brown describes her work as an example of “art imitating life.” Guest dancer Rupert Edwards returns to perform in this new work.  Houston audiences will get the rare opportunity to hear one of the solo cello suites by Benjamin Britten in a live performance.  Axiom cellist Patrick Moore and choreographer Alex Pandiscio extracted themes in the work that resonated with them both – fate, separation, trauma, love, fear, and triumph. These themes form the basis for the programmatic work, Entanglement.

The performances will take place at Uptown Dance Centre’s black box theater, equipped with great acoustics that is ideal for live music performances.

TICKETS:
$30 General Admission
$25 Seniors (65+)
$15 College Students with ID

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Master Class with Andre Silva (2018)


WHEN
Saturday, January 6th, 2018
10:00am – 11:30am
WHERE
Uptown Dance Centre
7417 Shadyvilla Ln, Houston, TX 77055 (map it)
COST
$25 per class

 

 

 


Uptown Dance Centre is excited to announce a ballet master class with Texas Ballet Theater principal dancer Andre Silva in January 2018. Andre returns to UDC to create two world premieres. The new works will be performed to live music during UDC’s spring show Hidden Dimensions with Axiom Quartet.

Born in Brasilia, Brazil, Andre Silva began training at age 4 with his mother at the Royal Academy of Dance. He continued his training at The Harid Conservatory and Houston Ballet’s Ben Stevenson Academy. He was a Company member of Texas Ballet Theater from 2003 to 2009, where he was featured in leading roles of Ben Stevenson’s Peer Gynt, Romeo and Juliet, Swan Lake, Dracula, Vivaldi and Brittain pas-deux, Bartok, Preludes for Van, Five Poems and Mozart Requiem. Andre was the first recipient of the Booz Hamilton international “Rising Star Award” for excellence in dance and was a Silver Medalist at the International Ballet Competition in Shanghai, China. He has appeared as a guest artist at Houston’s Dance Salad and TITAS’ Festivals.

He joined Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montreal from 2009 to 2014, where he toured and expanded his repertoire dancing title roles of European choreographers such as Jiri Kylian, Mats Ek, Ohad Naharin, Stijn Celis, Stephan Thoss, Christian Spuck, Didy Veldman and Marco Goecke.

He joined Germany’s Ballet Augsburg for one year, where he was featured in principal roles in Young Soon-Hue’s Romeo and Juliet, Georg Reischl’s Verflixte Nähe, Stephen Shopshire’s Murmul and Spill and Angel Rodriguez’ Medea.

In 2015, Mr. Silva returned to Texas Ballet Theater.

Don’t miss this chance to take class from an inspiring dancer, teacher and choreographer. Space is limited, register for your spot today!

Support UDC at Big Give Houston (and Beyond)

Note: In light of the recent events caused by Hurricane Harvey, Big Give Houston 2017 has been rescheduled to November 28, 2017

Uptown Dance Company is excited and honored to be part of Big Give Houston 2017, happening on November 28, 2017.

Big Give Houston is a 24-hour collaborative fundraiser for nonprofits in and around Houston. BGH celebrates 24 hours of Houstonians coming together to give back to the local organizations that support the community where we live, work and play.

You can show your love and support for the art of dance by making a donation to Uptown Dance Company via Big Give Houston.

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(Donation form will be active on November 28, 2017 12:00am)

Why should you donate to Uptown Dance Company during Big Give Houston 2017?

UDC is trying to raise funds for our Spring 2018 project, Hidden Dimensions with Axiom Quartet.  The project features three world-premiere works by Texas Ballet Theater principal dancer Andre Silva, UDC artistic director Beth Gulledg-Brown, and resident choreographer/ballet master Alex Pandiscio.  UDC will be dancing to live music performed by Axiom Quartet.

How can you help?

Pledge your support now and help spread the word by sharing this image on your social media profiles:
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Make a donation to Uptown Dance Company via
Big Give Houston on November 28, 2017 (12:00am – 11:59pm)Bonus: Check with your employer if they have a matching gift program that matches donations you make to non-profit organizations.
 
(Donation form will be active on November 28, 2017 12:00am)
Join Uptown Dance Company on
September 28, 2017 for happy hour at The Raven Tower.(Cancelled due to Hurrican Harvey)They will donate portion of the proceeds to ONE nonprofit with the most attendees!  More details to come…
 

More About Big Give Houston…

Big Give Houston is designed to rally the community around the critical missions of local nonprofits. For one day per year it focuses its attention on the amazing missions within the Houston (and surrounding) community and encourage donors to give local.

One day out of the year BGH helps strengthen the foundation of our local communities, by providing critical funding for and celebrating the work of our community partners.

When is Big Give Houston?

November 28th from 12:00am CT – 11:59:59pm CT

Who can donate?

Anyone with a credit card or debit card and access to the internet can participate.

What forms of donations are accepted?

MasterCard, Visa, Discover and American Express donations received through the website. No donations via check, cash or stock will be accepted.

Is my donation tax-deductible? How do I get a copy of my receipt?

All donations are fully tax deductible and irrevocable donations to a donor advised fund at The K Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization which assists with the processing of the donation and forwarding of grant funds on to the nonprofit a donor specifies.

The K Foundation will provide an electronic receipt at the time of the donation via email. The e-mail you receive shortly thereafter meet all IRS requirements as a record of donation. If you are asked to provide a paper receipt for IRS purposes, please print out a copy of your email receipt. 

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How can I support Uptown Dance Company beyond Big Give Houston?

 Come to our show, Soul Searching, at MATCH on September 27, 2017 7:30pm
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Soul Searching (and TSURU) at Miller Outdoor Theatre

Uptown Dance Company is performing “Soul Searching” at Miller Outdoor Theatre this Thursday, Novermber 2, 2017.  Performance begins at 7:30pm.

Presented by Asia Society Texas Center, the evening also includes a presentation of TSURU, a ballet originally commissioned by Asia Society in partnership with the Houston Ballet.  Excerpts of TSURU was performed during UDC’s Creative Minds at Uptown this past spring.

All performances at Miller Outdoor Theatre are free of charge. Assigned seating is available, and details on how to obtain those tickets, and other information about seating, can be found on their website. Open seating on the hill is available .

Photo: Beth Gulledge-Brown
Dancer: Rupert Edwards (from “Soul Searching”)

Soul Searching PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
September 15, 2017
CONTACT:
Beth Gulledge-Brown
713-686-0334
info@uptowndance.org

UPTOWN DANCE COMPANY PRESENTS TWO WORLD PREMIERES AND BRINGS BACK AN AUDIENCE FAVORITE

HOUSTON, TX – On Friday September 29th, 2017, Uptown Dance Company opens their 18th Season with Soul Searching, an evening of three one-act contemporary dance works. Joining the company’s six dancers will be Principal Guest Artist Rupert Edwards III (a former Houston Ballet dancer, who performed with the group this past spring for Creative Minds at Uptown). This exciting program features the company’s first work by award-winning choreographer Barry Kerollis, a world premiere by Beth Gulledge-Brown, and the return of an audience favorite.

Barry Kerollis describes his newest work “Disenabled” as exploring “the concept of a family unit putting their foot down in order to preserve their integrity in the face of manipulation and deception. As an audience member, we offer you a glimpse into their personal moment, and the resulting fallout when the individual chooses not to accept help or responsibility for their actions.” Mr. Kerollis was a member of Houston Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and Ballet X, and later held the position of Artistic Director of Alaska Dance Theatre. In 2014, he was selected out of over 60 international applicants to choreograph at the National Choreographers Initiative. He was a finalist at both the McCallum Theatre’s 18th annual Choreography Festival and the 2nd annual Visions Choreographic Competition. Mr. Kerollis has also received an Outstanding Choreographer award at Youth America Grand Prix.Mr. Kerollis currently teaches ballet and contemporary Broadway Dance Center and Steps on Broadway, and manages the contemporary dance department at Greenwich Ballet Academy. Mr. Kerollis is also well known for his podcast, Pas de Chát: Talking Dance (on the Premier Dance Network), and his award-wining the blog, Life of a Freelance Dancer.

The music of Japanese composer Ryuichi Sakamoto inspires Artistic Director Beth Gulledge-Brown’s work of the same name as the evening’s program. “Soul Searching” portrays the spiritual journey of a man as he discovers and integrates the many facets of his diverse inner world. The addition of enigmatic poetry awakens age-old questions on the nature of human experience within our vast universe.

The program also includes the revival of “Café Flor,” created in 2013 by resident choreographer Alex Pandiscio. Pandiscio’s light-hearted work features upbeat music by the Hot Club of San Francisco, and Cuban singer Guillermo Portables. This quirky piece evokes a sense of nostalgia for some remote imaginative world where dancing inevitably ensues.

 

Uptown Dance Company is a non-profit 501(c)3 professional dance company based in Houston, TX, found in 1999. It comprises of six professional dancers from around the world, and places a special focus on introducing audience members and dancers alike to new choreography, regularly performing premieres by renowned local and national choreographers

 

FACT SHEET:

CONTACT:
Beth Gulledge-Brown
713-686-0334
info@uptowndance.org

WHAT: UPTOWN DANCE COMPANY PRESENTS SOUL SEARCHING

WHEN: Friday, September 29th, 2017. 7:30pm

WHERE: MATCH (Midtown Arts & Theater Center Houston), 3400 Main St, Houston, TX 77002

TICKETS: $30 General admission / $25 Senior/ $15 Student w/College I.D.

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Photo: Laura Winslow