Houston’s newest dance company, Nicolay Dance Works, is led by a very familiar face, Dana Nicolay. He first came to Houston in 1978, when he joined the Houston Ballet as an apprentice under Ben Stevenson. After touring with his own company, Raven Dance Project, during the 1990s, Nicolay joined the arts faculty at Sam Houston State University.
Ready to once again launch his own company, Nicolay has put together Timeline, a debut program that includes works he has created over the past 30 years, including Vivaldi Trois, winner of 2013’s Houston Fringe Festival Critics Choice Award. (Nicolay choreographed Vivaldi Trois in 1987 and 1988.) A key work is Nicolay’s dramatic Anthem, based on the history-making moment when a man blocked an advancing column of tanks during the Tiananmen Square protests in 1989. “That was so inspiring,” says Nicolay. “He stood there and faced [the tanks] down. It was incredible.”
8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The Barn (formerly Barnevelder Movement/Arts Complex), 2201 Preston. For information, call 936-581-3657 or visit nicolaydanceworks.com. $5 to $15.
Feb. 28-March 1, 8 p.m., 2014