Michele Brangwen Dance Ensemble: Subversive Jazz

Rufus Reid and Tim Hagans provide music for new works by the Houston choreographer

In Subversive Jazz, New York City composer/bassist Rufus Reid joins the Michele Brangwen Dance Ensemble for the premiere of Caress the Thought. The piece is set to a composition from Reid's last CD release, the 12-minute, rich, cinematic suite "Caress the Thought." In press materials, Brangwen says, "I can best describe this work by saying what if we can remember things before they happen. There is magic that comes from the intangible ways in which people connect to each other...Perhaps there is no such thing as time, only togetherness." The dance troupe, which recently returned from a performance tour through Sweden, is known for its performances set to live, original music, so the joint effort with Rufus Reid is not unusual.

Also on the program is the premiere of the athletic This Belongs in the Garage, set to the music of Grammy-nominated composer/trumpeter Tim Hagans. Both works are choreographed by Brangwen. 6 and 8 p.m. Barnevelder Movement/Arts Center, 2201 Preston. For information, call 713-533-9515 or visit www.brangwendance.org. $15 to $20.
Sun., May 16, 6 & 8 p.m., 2010

 
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