, and she says the little rooms will prepare the audience for the remaining hour-long performance about ritual and tradition. “Then the walls will raise to make a ceiling for the stage,” says Horn. “The whole story was inspired by rituals and the creation of materials used in rituals. It’s not necessarily narrative but all themed around building this structure.” As with anything Horn-related, there are a lot of costumes. “I tried to sit down and limit myself, but that doesn’t happen.” She says the nine performers — one male and eight female — will wear around 40 costumes during the show, which is presented by the Pilot Dance Project. 8 p.m. March 17-18 and 24-25. The Pilot on Navigation, 5102 Navigation. For information, call 281-979-4982 or visit freneticore.net
. $16 to $25.
After thirteen years of providing the Houston community with media-based, narrative-driven dance theater, FrenetiCore Dance has been restructured into the Pilot Dance Project. This new collaborative company has an emphasis in providing independent choreographers with the resources to create original evening-length dance theater. The inaugural production in this format is Vesper, a new dance work by acclaimed choreographer/filmmaker/costume designer Ashley Horn.
Vesper is an immersive performance rooted in ritual and tradition. Part supplication and part inspection, the evening unfolds through moments of cleansing, surrender, and questioning. Dancers construct meaning, purpose, and discernment through a series of tiny ceremonies. The evening begins with the audience invited to explore an onstage maze filled with intimate scenes of movement, nature, and light. Dancers perform personal rituals that the audience is invited to join before the maze is lifted into a canopy that the dancers will perform under for the remainder of the experience.
“I’m really excited that Ashley is directing this show at the Pilot on Navigation,” says Executive/Artistic Director Adam Castaneda. “Her work has been described by many as whimsical and magical, but I also think there is a high degree of escapism in the worlds that she creates, which I think is hard to find in Modern dance. I think the audience will get to experience something thoughtful and contemplative, but also something that transcends the time and space we’ll inhabit.”
Shanon Adame, Adam Castaneda, Dorianne Castillo-Rivera, Anna Claire Harris, Eva Jin, Cloe Leppard, Mollie Miller, Tori Pierce, and Kristina Prats
About the Choreographer:
Ashley Horn is a dancer, choreographer, filmmaker, costume designer, and artist from the Houston area. She has shown choreography and films at ACDF, the University of Houston, Big Range Dance Festival, the Texas Weekend of Contemporary Dance, Third Coast Dance on Film Festival, the Houston Fringe Festival, and Dance Month at the ERJCC among other venues and events. She has created costumes for FrenetiCore, Frame Dance Productions, Chapman Dance, Open Dance Project, Jacquelyne Boe, Hope Stone, and her own works. Ashley is a two-time recipient of an individual artist grant from the Houston Arts Alliance for choreography. In 2014, she was the Dancer in Residence at Rice University and a HopeWerks resident. Ashley was named one of the 100 Creatives of 2013 by the Houston Press and one of the top 10 Houston choreographers of 2014 by the Houston Press.
Nobody will fall asleep in his or her chair during this dance piece. It begins with audience members taking a 15-minute jaunt through a maze of rooms filled with intimate scenes of movement, nature and light. It’s the brainchild of Ashley Horn, the choreographer/filmmaker/costume designer behind