Hope Stone Dance Company Announces 2011-2012 Season

Hope Stone Dance Company announced three new productions for its 2011-2012 season, including a contribution to the first-ever Houston Dance Festival, a collaboration with Mercury Baroque and a performance by some 60 students between the ages of six and 18 years.

Season opener Lemonade Stand combines some of the more whimsical pieces from Hope Stone Artistic Director Jane Weiner's past 12 years of work and will premiere a trio with Houston ballet dancers Melody Mennite, Kelly Myernick and Connor Walsh. The production is a part of the first-ever Houston Dance Festival and will run August 11 through 13 at Barnevelder Movement Arts Complex 2201 Preston St.

The company gets a little darker for its January production, la vie a pleines dents (to bite life with all of one's teeth). The work will be based on research and interviews with people who have had near-death experiences, terminally ill patients and death-row inmates and examines such cliches as "I could get hit by a bus" and "live each day like it's your last." The company is partnering with Mercury Baroque to remake a warehouse into a theater (the location is still TBD), and the Houston Boys Choir will make a guest appearance as well. This production runs January 12 through 15.

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The season will wrap up with Kid's Play: an opera in one act, which showcases the work of students in the Hope Stone Kid's Play and YouthSound Ensemble program. It will feature an array of dance, theater, music and spoken word performances by 60 kids between six and 18 years of age. The the performance will take place May 5 at Stages Repertory Theatre, 3201 Allen Parkway, Ste. 101.

For showtimes, tickets and information, call 713-526-1907 or visit www.hopestoneinc.org.

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