Creative Minds at Uptown – An evening of Japanese-inspired Ballet, Music & Voice

Photo: Courtesy of Asia Society Texas Center (Lynn Lane Photography)

WHEN:
April 23, 2017 (Sunday)
2:00pm / 6:00pm

2017年 4月23日 (日)
14時 / 18時

WHERE:
Uptown Dance Centre
アップタウン・ダンスセンター
7417 Shadyvilla Ln, Houston, TX 77055

WHAT:

創造心
バレエ・音楽・歌 を通して「日本」を語る

Creative Minds at Uptown – An evening of Japanese-inspired Ballet, Music & Voice

2017 marks the 45th anniversary of the City of Chiba and The City of Houston as Sister Cities. Honoring this occasion, Uptown Dance Company (UDC) partners with Creative Minds Collaborative (CMC) for an evening of dance and music, featuring performers from UDC, CMC, Houston Ballet, Axiom Quartet, and University of Houston’s Moores School of Music.

CMC presents selections from “TSURU,” a ballet conceived by CMC Founder Nao Kusuzaki. This original ballet is an arrangement of a traditional Japanese folktale, “鶴の恩返し Tsuru no Ongaeshi (The Cranewife).” Chiba-born dancer Kenta Kojiri choreographed the work in collaboration with Ms. Kusuzaki and Asia Society, for its premiere at Asia Society Texas Center on June 27, 2015.

Complementing the themes of “TSURU,” UDC Artistic Director Beth Gulledge-Brown creates a world premiere inspired by a set of Japanese art songs for classical voice and piano, with music that has just recently been collected and published in the United States. Utilizing dancers from both UDC and CMC, the new co-creation highlights themes in the Haiku poetry of the songs which deal with wildlife and landscapes.

Following the performances there will be question and answer sessions, giving the audience a chance to hear from choreographers, musicians, and dancers involved in the creation of these works.

In addition to UDC and CMC artists, the performances feature Houston Ballet’s first Japanese male Principal Dancer Charles-Louis Yoshiyama, cellist Patrick Moore from Houston’s Axiom Quartet, and musicians from University of Houston’s Moores School of Music.

This project is made possible in part through the Houston City’s Initiative Grant and Dance Source Houston’s Production Micro Grant program.

CMC and guest artists of Houston Ballet will also perform “TSURU” in Chiba, Japan in the summer of 2017. For more information, visit http://chiba-houston-ballet.com/ (Japanese only).

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

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Courtesy of Asia Society Texas Center

Spring Fusion 2017 & Uptown Dance Gala 2017

WHEN:
Friday, March 3, 2017 7:30pm
Spring Fusion 2017
Pre-Show starts at 7:00pm, featuring Uptown Dance Junior and Senior Companies.

Saturday, March 4, 2017 7:30pm
Uptown Dance Gala 2017

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

WHAT:

you & me, together we…

This March, experience the art form of DANCE through a collection of duets representing passion, determination, grace and athleticism.

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The Nutcracker Suite 2016

Join Uptown Dance Company for an evening of magic and dance!

claraprince-b-medIt’s that time of the year again… What better way to celebrate the holidays than spending it with Clara, her Nutcracker Prince, and The Sugar Plum Fairy for an adventure in The Land of Sweets. You will be sitting at one of the tables at the Christmas Eve dinner party where Drosselmeyer delights the children with magical dolls. Watch the snowflakes dance amongst you, and participate in the celebration of sweets from around the world.

There will be refreshments, treats and raffle drawings at each show, and audience members are encourage to dress up for the festivities.

Featuring UDC pre-professional division dancers as well as Uptown Dance Centre students, make this event your new holiday tradition and come join us for a family-friendly, fun-filled evening at Uptown Dance Centre.

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Dance Infusion 2016

DATE & TIME:
Friday, September 23, 2016
Saturday, September 24, 2016

7:00pm – Pre-Professional Show
8:00pm – Professional Show

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

TICKETS:
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Featuring guest choreographers Andre Silva and Chet Walker.

Returning to Uptown Dance Company for “Dance Infusion 2016” is Chet Walker, the Tony-Award-Winning creator of FOSSE the musical, and choreographer of Broadway classics such as Pippin, Annie Get Your Gun, Chicago, A Chorus Line, and many more. This will be Mr. Walker’s third work for Uptown Dance Company.

Texas Ballet Theater principal dancer Andre Silva also returns to create a new work on Uptown Dance Company. Mr. Silva set a work on the Uptown Dance Company II last season. An accomplished dancer, Mr. Silva 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.

Uptown Dance Company’s pre-professional students will be featured in their own show, one hour before the main company performs.

Be sure to also check out our Summer Master Class Series with Andre and Chet. Click links below to find out more and to register:
Andre – July 30, 2016
Chet – August 26-27, 2016

Dance Infusion 2016 Press Release

Dance Source Houston’s Preview on Dance Infusion 2016

Spring Fusion Dance Festival 2016

WHEN:
Friday, March 4, 2016, 7:30pm
Saturday, March 5, 2016, 2:30pm

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

WHAT:
Celebrating Women’s History Month
Presenting the female choreographic voice!

Uptown Dance Company invites you to a celebration of the female choreographic voice in honor of Women’s History Month.  Presenting three world premieres by three Houston-based female choreographers, UDC’s third annual Spring Fusion Dance Festival is a night of romance, humor and passion.

The festival begins with performances by Uptown Dance Company’s pre-professional division (Uptown Dance Company II, Senior Company and Junior Company).  UDC II performs a brand new contemporary work, “Cosmos”, by Andre Silva of Texas Ballet Theater.  They also debut a new work by UDC artistic director Beth Gulledge Brown.  Titled “La apasionadas”, the piece is about connecting the Latin American expression of passion to the classical form of dance.  Senior Company and Junior Company will reprise their works from Dance Infusion 2015, choreographed by UDC dancers Lindsay Cortner and Eric Glenn.

UDC main company takes the stage with three premiere works of distinct styles.  Tina Kay Bohnstedt’s “What happens backstage…” takes a humorous, behind-the-scene look at the battle between dancers and stage workers.  It’s a piece inspired by and reflects the different characters and personalities of the company.  Priscilla Nathan Murphy’s “Fuga/The Chase” is about the fickleness in relationships.  The 12-cello arrangement of Astor Piazolla’s Fuga Misterio provides the inspiration behind the piece.  Gulledge-Brown’s “Serenity” rounds out the show with her signature classical style.  Moved by Franz Waxman’s music and celebrating the birth of her own daughter, Gulledge-Brown’s work deals with finding peace, happiness and balance throughout life’s many changes.

Join us this March for a look into the art of dance through the fairer sex perspective.

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

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The Nutcracker Suite 2015

Cast_B_clara_medJoin Uptown Dance Company for an evening of magic and dance!

Due to popular demand, two extra shows added! It’s that time of the year again… What better way to celebrate the holidays than spending it with Clara, her Nutcracker Prince, and The Sugar Plum Fairy for an adventure in The Land of Sweets. You will be sitting at one of the tables at the Christmas Eve dinner party where Drosselmeyer delights the children with magical dolls. Watch the snowflakes dance amongst you, and participate in the celebration of sweets from around the world.

There will be refreshments, treats and raffle drawings at each show, and audience members are encourage to dress up for the festivities.

Featuring UDC pre-professional division dancers as well as Uptown Dance Centre students, make this event your new holiday tradition and come join us for a family-friendly, fun-filled evening at Uptown Dance Centre.

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Uptown Dance for Cancer Research and Awareness

To celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Uptown Dance Company and Uptown Dance Company II have been invited to join other local companies and artists to perform at Artists for Hope, hosted by San Jacinto College.

WHEN

Saturday, October 17, 2015 from 7:30 PM to 10:30 PM (CDT) Add to Calendar

WHERE

Marie Spence Flickinger Fine Arts Center, San Jacinto College, South Campus –
13735 Beamer Rd Houston, TX 77089 – View Map

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