The Best Things to Do in Houston This Weekend: The (Mostly) Valentine's Day Edition

Met Dance has a Valentine's Day treat for fans -- Duo. Marlana Doyle, the Met's artistic director, says, "Every year my husband and I go out to dinner for Valentine's Day. I thought people need to have something else to do besides dinner. We came up with Duo." The program, which is just an hour long with Friday and Saturday performances, includes several duets drawn from the company's repertoire. "It's kind of a ride -- some things are up, some things are down, some are funny. It's still date night, just a different sort of date night. It's just fun; come see the individual dancers and support the arts." There's plenty of time after the show for a romantic dinner, she notes.

The group, our Best of Houston Best Dance Company winner for 2014, is celebrating 20 years this season. It's also welcoming six new members. Duo is the perfect introduction of the individual dancers to Met fans. "With Duo, what I was trying to do was to get the company to do something more intimate and on a smaller scale," Doyle says. "We always dance as an ensemble. I wanted to challenge the dancers to work one­-on­-one for a change."

Partnerings includes new company members Jesus Acosta and John Michael O'Neill in an athletic, dramatic piece (the men are tied together with a length of black rope). There's also Terrill Mitchell and Danielle Snyder in a somber work choreographed by Doyle (Mitchell is in his last year with the company; Snyder is in her first). Kerry Jackson partners with Doyle for a funny piece that closes out the evening. Music for the program includes Angélique Kidjo, Earth Wind and Fire, Nat King Cole and Ben Doyle (Marlana's husband).

See Duo at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Studio 101 at Spring Street Studios, 1824 Spring Street. For information, call 713‐522‐6375 or visit $25.

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