The African Diaspora reconnects with the motherland in both body and spirit today, when the Brooklyn-based company Urban Bush Women and the Senegalese mens troupe Compagnie JANT-BI take the stage in Les écailles de la Mémoire (The Scales of Memory). The women, known for celebrating their African roots through adventurous modern dance, are a perfect fit with the mens company, which uses dance thats largely western in style, but inspired by and rooted in African culture and tradition.
Presented here by the Society for the Performing Arts, Houston, the two companies met for the first time in 2004 and have collaborated several times since. In todays performance, the seven men and seven women will explore love, resistance and memory through their shared talents for energetic, evocative movement. 8 p.m. Wortham Center, 500 Texas. For information, call 713-227-4772 or visit www.spahouston.org. $21 to $45.
Sat., Jan. 19, 8 p.m., 2008