Big Two-Hearted Festival
Michele Brangwen Dance Ensemble and the Houston Composers Salon joined forces for the festival, which is composed of new dance and music. For SKAMATO, Brangwen, the artistic director of the dance group, worked with Tim Hagans, a Grammy Award-nominated trumpeter and composer. Building on the upbeat ska style was Brangwen’s idea. “Ska is so much fun, and while we’re looking at a serious subject, we wanted to keep things light and humorous.”
Light but thoughtful, she says. Translation: no dancing tomatoes. “It’s more symbolic. You’ll see [movement] that might remind you of vines growing or [plants flourishing].”
Other dance works in the program include No Standing Any Time and Rain Girl. Members of the Composers Salon join the dancers onstage during the performance. “They’re very involved with the movement. For one [piece], the musicians shove the dancers across the stage. In another, the dancers respond to the musicians and their positions onstage.” Houston bassist and composer Thomas Helton leads The Core Trio in a premiere of “Toxic,” music inspired by the late Ornette Coleman.
8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Studio 101 Theatre, Spring Street Studios, 1824 Spring. For information, visit brangwendance.org. $10.
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