Its always a pleasure to see a young troupe take its place in the Houston dance pantheon. Today, Urban Souls Dance Company officially arrives with a presentation of new works meant to proclaim the companys mission: the fusion of urban life with dance theater, with an emphasis on the African-American experience. For Deeply Rooted, the troupe and its two artistic directors, Harrison Guy and Walter Hull, will first present a solo from Guy, then move on to Scarlet Situation, which explores the trajectory of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. This emotional piece will be followed by the upbeat Playlist, and theyll round out the night with In the Shadow of Their Wings, set to the music of Philip Glass and Samuel Barber. Welcome the new kids at 8 p.m. Morris Cultural Arts Center, 7502 Fondren (on the campus of Houston Baptist University). For information, call 832-687-3928 or visit www.urbansoulsdancecompany.com. $15 to $20.
Sat., June 7, 8 p.m., 2008