100 Creative 2013: Shanon Adams, A Dancer Who Likes to Be Scared
Photo by Ashley Horn
What She Does: Shanon Adams has mad street cred as a dancer and performance artist in Houston. She's performed with Freneticore, The Catastrophic Theatre, The Ornery Theatre, Recked Productions, Frame Dance Productions, Suchu Dance, and Diverse Works, and has worked with a veritable Who's Who of the Houston art scene including Leslie Scates, Amy Ell, Daniel Adame, Ashley Horn, Rebekah Chapell, Stephen Koplowitz, Tino Sehgal, Tony Feher, Jim Nolan, Linda Post, and Sarah Draper. That is one busy woman.
One of her most notable performances was as Woman in The Catastrophic Theatre's, The Pine. Coming from a dance heavy background the challenge of meeting the emotional needs in Mickle Maher's world premiere gothic fairytale was especially hard, and all the more rewarding for that. She's passionately interested in roles that frighten or excite her, and hates the idea of stagnating in any single character or part.
Adams has been on stage ever since she was a young girl, performing impromptu scenes for whoever would indulge her. Still, she didn't seriously consider any sort of career on stage until into her twenties. Her close friend Ashley Horn recommended that she come take class with and audition for FrenetiCore Dance Theater in 2007. This was her first introduction into Houston's performance community and she fell immediately in love.
Why She Likes It: "I tend to be a pretty emotionally motivated performer, especially in dance. I like to create narratives around my movement or sometimes I will think about past experiences I have had and let my feelings about those experiences influence my movement or performance. Sharing these intimate feelings with an audience is, selfishly, my favorite part of performing. When I am on stage, I feel like I am sharing my secrets."
What Inspires Her: Adams is a dedicated people watcher, who draws much of her personal inspiration from the way people around her interact in their day-to- day lives. She likes to guess and learn at people's motivations for what they do, and uses those deductions to full her own performances. As far as influences, she finds that being surrounded by so many friends in the art scene is the best source.
If Not This, Then What: "I have a soft-spot for animals and I'm currently fostering a rescue dog and her seven puppies... anyone want a puppy? If I wasn't on such a crazy schedule, I would love to start my own rescuers organization."
If Not Here, Then Where: After a recent trip to New Orleans, Adams would love to try living there for a year or two.
What's Next: "On October 20th, 2013, I will be performing in Ashley Horn's, The Persistence of Vision at Frenetic Theater. The Persistence of Vision explores the constant evolution of memories resulting in individual relative histories. The dancers were given varying amounts of information about different movement phrases and the audience will have the chance to see how each individual dancer interprets their memory of the movement. I will also be in Mildred's Umbrella's upcoming production, Carnival Around the Central Figure and will be dancing in FrenetiCore Dance Theater's upcoming show in December."
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