Big Two-Hearted Festival

Big Two-Hearted Festival

Photo by Galina Kurlat Michele Brangwen Dance Ensemble in NO STANDING ANY TIME

Details

Fri., June 26, 8 p.m. and Sat., June 27, 8 p.m. 2015
$10 at door with cash or check/$9 online at bthf.brownpapertickets.com

Location Info:

Studio 101
1824 Spring St.
Houston, TX  77008
Ska music and a celebration of vine-ripened, unmodified tomatoes come together in SKAMATO, one of the new works seen in the Big Two-Hearted Festival. “It’s pronounced like tomato, ska-mato,” Michele Brangwen tells us, laughing. “I knew that I wanted to do something about the food industry, and I thought about the people who have never tasted a vine-ripened tomato, who have eaten only food that’s been [genetically] modified. We need to change that.”

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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