The online magazine Dance Hunter called Houston's Michele Brangwen a choreographer of "heart, soul, and depth." Her past work ranges from Black Rain, which compared the emotional and physical fallouts of Hiroshima and 9/11, to Desperados, a sensual display of tango. Brangwen considers original music such an integral part of her choreography that musicians usually share the stage during her performances. For her latest work, Sweet Land, which centers on the "uniquely American spirit and speculat[es] where it will lead us," Brangwen's ensemble will be joined by jazz trumpeter Carol Morgan and her quartet. Vortex, a piece by avant-garde composer John Edward Ross focusing on the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, will be integrated into the program. Hopefully some of the less destructive events that are uniquely American will get some stage time as well.
Sat., July 29, 8 p.m.; Sun., July 30, 7 p.m.