Don’t expect a straightforward plot in Lemonade Stand 2012 WRECK-WE-UMMM. The Hope Stone Dance Company doesn’t quite work that way. Instead of a story, the third annual summer show, which is set to Mozart’s Requiem, explores the relationship between movement and sound, style and emotion. Asked if the show has a narrative, JoDee Engle, company manager and performer, tells us, “At this point, I don’t think so, but who knows? By the time we get on stage, there might be. That’s still to be determined,” she laughs. So will there be lemons or a stand? “Yes, lemons will appear at some point,” she assures us.
Engle explains that during each scene, Hope Stone artistic director/choreographer/chief mischief maker Jane Weiner has given the dancers and performers various tasks. For example, at one point there’s a group onstage, and each performer is required to break away and briefly sit in one of three chairs on the set before rejoining the others. Exactly when and how they accomplish this was still being worked on at press time.
Hope Stone is careful to clarify that there won’t be just company dancers onstage for WRECK-WE-UMMM. Members of Houston Ballet (Connor Walsh, Melody Mennite) and the Houston Metropolitan Dance Company will also be performing. And actors (Troy Schulze, Justin Doran), musicians (Ana Treviño-Godfrey, Jonathan Godfrey) and a puppeteer (Kevin Taylor) complete the cast. 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Houston Ballet Center for Dance, 601 Preston.
Aug. 9-11, 8 p.m., 2012