Lemonade Stand: i scream
Hope Stone Dance's Lemonade Stand: i scream was originally scheduled to be at the Photo Booth, the site of previous Drive By Dance performances. Those plans changed unexpectedly and the group scrambled to mount the show in another space. ''I was going to do a fishbowl dance originally,'' says choreographer Jane Weiner. ''Now it's in a 15,000-square-foot space.'' Weiner admits the size and shape of the new venue influenced the production, but says it didn't change its basic goal: to break through the fourth wall in dance performance. ''With my Lemonade Stands, I continue to break down the proscenium.'' Weiner says she tries to balance doing something new and different with doing something that's accessible to audiences. ''I want to do something that brings people back into a theater to watch dance and to enjoy dance. (Other artists) are purposely provocative. I don't think I'm provocative. I feel like I'm early Apple — I want to be user-friendly so that people aren't scared to come to a performance. I want to do work that people don't come out of the theater saying, 'What was that about?' I want them to know that it can be about anything.''
The soundtrack for i scream is a happy amalgamation of odd, errant sounds and seemingly unrelated music. ''We've got music being played on [traditional] Swedish instruments; we've got music from college that's come back to haunt me. I'm using a new composition by…Mike Wall. We've got something from Kurt Weill, who sounds like a German mad scientist that decided to sing in his lab one day. Pearl Bailey is in there and so is the Oakland Marching Band.''
7 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Art Square Studios, 2327 Commerce. For information, call 713-526-1907 or visit hopestoneinc.org. Pay-what-you-like.
Sept. 27-28, 7 p.m., 2013
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