Fresh off their uplifting arts-for-all children’s program say please and thank you, Hope Stone Dance Company presents i was told there would be cake. Fans of the video game Portal might have more insight than the average dance-goer about the cake in question. As the catchphrase goes, the cake is a lie. “We are told there’s going to be cake,” explains artistic director Jane Weiner. “But what if there is no cake?”
One of the new works is fandango, a piece for the company’s male contingent. It’s a multilayered dance, one that’s been in gestation for nearly 15 years. “Joe Modlin, who’s danced for me forever, remembered years ago that I wanted to do a [male] quintet. One guy broke his knee and another went into rehab, so the piece ended up being two men and a woman. The first day of rehearsal, Joe told me that I wanted to do this in 2000, so it’s been in my psyche,” explains Weiner.
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8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Houston Ballet Center for Dance, 601 Preston. For information, call 713-526-1907 or visit hopestoneinc.org. $20.
April 10-12, 8 p.m., 2014