Soul Searching PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
September 15, 2017
CONTACT:
Beth Gulledge-Brown
713-686-0334
info@uptowndance.org

UPTOWN DANCE COMPANY PRESENTS TWO WORLD PREMIERES AND BRINGS BACK AN AUDIENCE FAVORITE

HOUSTON, TX – On Friday September 29th, 2017, Uptown Dance Company opens their 18th Season with Soul Searching, an evening of three one-act contemporary dance works. Joining the company’s six dancers will be Principal Guest Artist Rupert Edwards III (a former Houston Ballet dancer, who performed with the group this past spring for Creative Minds at Uptown). This exciting program features the company’s first work by award-winning choreographer Barry Kerollis, a world premiere by Beth Gulledge-Brown, and the return of an audience favorite.

Barry Kerollis describes his newest work “Disenabled” as exploring “the concept of a family unit putting their foot down in order to preserve their integrity in the face of manipulation and deception. As an audience member, we offer you a glimpse into their personal moment, and the resulting fallout when the individual chooses not to accept help or responsibility for their actions.” Mr. Kerollis was a member of Houston Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and Ballet X, and later held the position of Artistic Director of Alaska Dance Theatre. In 2014, he was selected out of over 60 international applicants to choreograph at the National Choreographers Initiative. He was a finalist at both the McCallum Theatre’s 18th annual Choreography Festival and the 2nd annual Visions Choreographic Competition. Mr. Kerollis has also received an Outstanding Choreographer award at Youth America Grand Prix.Mr. Kerollis currently teaches ballet and contemporary Broadway Dance Center and Steps on Broadway, and manages the contemporary dance department at Greenwich Ballet Academy. Mr. Kerollis is also well known for his podcast, Pas de Chát: Talking Dance (on the Premier Dance Network), and his award-wining the blog, Life of a Freelance Dancer.

The music of Japanese composer Ryuichi Sakamoto inspires Artistic Director Beth Gulledge-Brown’s work of the same name as the evening’s program. “Soul Searching” portrays the spiritual journey of a man as he discovers and integrates the many facets of his diverse inner world. The addition of enigmatic poetry awakens age-old questions on the nature of human experience within our vast universe.

The program also includes the revival of “Café Flor,” created in 2013 by resident choreographer Alex Pandiscio. Pandiscio’s light-hearted work features upbeat music by the Hot Club of San Francisco, and Cuban singer Guillermo Portables. This quirky piece evokes a sense of nostalgia for some remote imaginative world where dancing inevitably ensues.

 

Uptown Dance Company is a non-profit 501(c)3 professional dance company based in Houston, TX, found in 1999. It comprises of six professional dancers from around the world, and places a special focus on introducing audience members and dancers alike to new choreography, regularly performing premieres by renowned local and national choreographers

 

FACT SHEET:

CONTACT:
Beth Gulledge-Brown
713-686-0334
info@uptowndance.org

WHAT: UPTOWN DANCE COMPANY PRESENTS SOUL SEARCHING

WHEN: Friday, September 29th, 2017. 7:30pm

WHERE: MATCH (Midtown Arts & Theater Center Houston), 3400 Main St, Houston, TX 77002

TICKETS: $30 General admission / $25 Senior/ $15 Student w/College I.D.

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Photo: Laura Winslow

Soul Searching + Dance Infusion 2017

WHEN:
Soul Searching
September 29, 2017 (Friday)
7:30pm

Dance Infusion 2017
September 30, 2017 (Saturday)
2:00pm / 7:30pm

WHERE:
MATCH
3400 Main Street, Houston, TX 77002

WHAT:

Uptown Dance kicks off 2017-2018 season with 2 distinctive shows — Soul Searching featuring Uptown Dance Company and Dance Infusion 2017 featuring the pre-professional companies of Uptown Dance.

On Friday September 29th, 2017, Uptown Dance Company opens their 18th Season with Soul Searching, an evening of three one-act contemporary dance works. Joining the company’s six dancers will be Principal Guest Artist Rupert Edwards III (a former Houston Ballet dancer, who performed with the group this past spring for Creative Minds at Uptown). This exciting program features the company’s first work by award-winning choreographer Barry Kerollis, a world premiere by UDC artistic director Beth Gulledge-Brown, and the return of an audience favorite.

In his work “Disenabled”, Barry Kerollis explores the concept of a family unit putting their foot down in order to preserve their integrity in the face of manipulation and deception. It offers the audience a glimpse into their personal moment, and the resulting fallout when the individual chooses not to accept help or responsibility for their actions. Artistic director Beth Gulledge-Brown’s work, “Soul Searching”, portrays the spiritual journey of a man as he discovers and integrates the many facets of his diverse inner world. The addition of enigmatic poetry, accompanied by Japanese composer Ryuichi Sakamoto’s music, awakens age-old questions on the nature of human experience within our vast universe. Soul Searching also includes the revival of “Café Flor,” created in 2013 by resident choreographer Alex Pandiscio. Pandiscio’s light-hearted work features upbeat music by the Hot Club of San Francisco, and Cuban singer Guillermo Portables. This quirky piece evokes a sense of nostalgia for some remote imaginative world where dancing inevitably ensues.

Uptown Dance Company II, Senior Company and Junior Company take the stage on September 30 with works by Kerollis, Gulledge-Brown, Pandiscio and co-director Adrian Ciobanu in Dance Infusion 2017.  UDC II will be showing off their technical skills and versatility with three new works with three distinctive styles.  Senior Company dances “A Bouquet”, another work created in 2013 by artistic director Gulledge-Brown.  Junior Company will perform a classical work set to Ludwig Minkus’ classical ballet “Paquita”.  Uptown Dance Company performs selected works from Soul Searching.

TICKETS:
$30 General Admission
$25 Seniors (65+)
$15 College Students with ID / UDC Students

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Summer Master Class Series – Barry Kerollis

Photo: Shalem Photography

WHEN
Friday, August 25th, 2017
4:15pm – 5:45pm

Saturday, August 26th, 2017
9:30am – 11:30am

Cancelled due to Hurricane Harvey.  We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience.

WHERE
Uptown Dance Centre
7417 Shadyvilla Ln, Houston, TX 77055 (map it)

CLASS STYLE
August 25th: Ballet (intermediate)
August 26th: Contemporary (advanced)

COST
$25/class; $50 for both

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Uptown Dance Company welcomes award-winning choreographer, dance educator, speaker, and social media expert Barry Kerollis.  Based out of both New York City and Philadelphia, Barry currently works as Ballet and Contemporary faculty at Broadway Dance Center and Steps on Broadway, and manages the contemporary dance department at Greenwich Ballet Academy. He has choreographed for numerous organizations, held the position of Artistic Director of Alaska Dance Theatre, hosts the Pas de Chát: Talking Dance podcast on the Premier Dance Network, and runs the popular blog, Life of a Freelance Dancer.

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