Forget gilded curtains and spectator glasses. Bringing dance straight into the path of Houston commuters as they travel to work, home, and around the city, METROdances, choreographed by Lydia Hance and in partnership with METRO, is a vibrant traveling dance and live music performance that provides a front-and-center view for anyone taking the Red Line running from the Houston Medical Center through Downtown.
“Framers,” as the dancers are known throughout the Houston arts community, will be accompanied by traveling trumpets and brass quintet, featuring Omni Brass and original composition by Charles Halka. Lagan Percussion will also perform a brand-new percussion piece as moving trains and transit stops on Houston’s METRORail become a stage in motion for the performers. Spectators are invited to travel along for only the cost of a METRO ticket and passersby become welcome members of a fluctuating audience.
METROdances is meant to shake frames of reference and perception to spark creativity and renew passion in those stuck and ragged from the stresses of life. In Houston, a huge metropolitan area known for its car culture, Hance also sees this non-traditional display of dance as a way of highlighting the city and, in this public performance, an opportunity to get people to learn about the METRO system. Some viewers will ride, perhaps for the very first time, as friendly faces are found nearby to help them navigate the system.
“Dance brings people together, and has the power to spark joy in the mundane,” explains Hance.
The performers will be rehearsing on location throughout the month of April allowing those catching the train a window into the process and occasional drama of a work-in-progress.
Frame Dance Productions is a Houston-based contemporary dance company founded by Lydia Hance in 2010 out of a desire to connect dance with technology and to facilitate collaboration among diverse artists. Frame Dance has quickly become a fresh and energetic presence through internationally screened dance films and responsive, intimate performances in exciting and unconventional spaces like art galleries, ferry boats, dance festivals, warehouses, claw foot bathtubs, downtown buildings, and City Hall. The Framers include 8 nationally acclaimed dancers, cutting-edge collaborations with painters, photographers, playwrights, poets, chefs, community members, and emerging and established composers. Frame Dance Productions is committed to working with 100% new music by living composers.