An Evening of Bread and Circus

There’s a simple explanation behind the title of the latest offering from Hope Stone Dance Company, An Evening of Bread and Circus. “It’s things intended to keep people happy and divert their attention from problems,” Executive and Artistic Director Jane Weiner tells us. Not that Bread and Circus is meant to lull viewers into a false sense of security: “I hope it twists the brain a little bit,” says Weiner.

One of the three pieces planned for the program is bloom where you are planted, which will be performed by young adult dancers from the Houston Ballet II. “It’s exciting to see them take chances as ballet dancers exploring the modern genre.” One difference between ballet and the modern dance Weiner choreographs is that ballet dancers continuously try to find a perfect balance, while Weiner often forces her dancers to fall off balance. “They have to hold their body in a certain way, and I’m in many ways throwing my weight around.” 8 p.m. Barnevelder Movement Arts Complex, 2201 Preston. For information call 713-526-1907 or visit $18.
April 7-9, 2011

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