Female Voices in Motion Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
September 19, 2018
CONTACT:
Alex Pandiscio
713-686-0334
info@uptowndance.org

UPTOWN DANCE COMPANY PRESENTS WORKS BY
THREE HOUSTON-BASED CHOREOGRAPHERS

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HOUSTON, TX – On Friday September 28th, 2018, Uptown Dance Company opens their 2018-2019 Season with Female Voices in Motion, an evening of three one-act contemporary dance works by celebrated local choreographers Jane Weiner, Krissy Richmond, and the company’s Artistic Director, Beth Gulledge-Brown. Joining the company will be Principal Guest Artist Rupert Edwards III, a former Houston Ballet dancer, who has performed with the company frequently in the past. The two performances, Friday and Saturday evening at 7:30pm, take place at the MATCH.

Jane Weiner has created her first work for the company, entitled “Climate Orange”. Dancers playfully interact with oranges, rock out to R.E.M., tell knock-knock jokes (sometimes in Chinese), and gracefully dance to a Bach Fugue! Weiner’s signature quirky modern dance style is a joy for both dancers and audience.

“Crossroads” is Beth Gulledge-Brown’s stunning new contemporary ballet showing off the classical lines of the company artists. Set to hauntingly beautiful music from Ezio Bosso’s “Music for Weather Elements,” the work explores how people relate with one another and the various forces that push them together and pull them apart.

Rounding out the evening is “Life is just a bowl of cherries,” Krissy Richmond’s second creation for the company. The work pays homage to the classic jazz dance made famous by masters such as Jack Cole, Luigi, and the incomparable Bob Fosse. Upbeat, energetic and evoking the golden age of classic jazz dance, the dancers get to share with the audience a style of dance not performed very often in Houston.

Uptown Dance Company is a non-profit 501(c)3 professional dance company based in Houston, TX, found in 1999. The Company fosters an appreciation of dance within the Houston community by offering family-friendly dance performances and educational opportunities. Uptown Dance Company produces exciting and innovative performances known for featuring versatile professional dancers with strong classical lines. The company provides high quality training opportunities for aspiring young dancers regardless of their financial means, and serves the greater community through outreach performances and masterclasses.

 

FACT SHEET:

CONTACT:
Alex Pandiscio
713-686-0334
info@uptowndance.org

WHAT:
UPTOWN DANCE COMPANY PRESENTS FEMALE VOICES IN MOTION

WHEN:
Friday, September 28th 2018, 7:30pm
Saturday, September 29th 2018, 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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Female Voices in Motion + Dance Infusion 2018

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WHEN:

Female Voices in Motion

September 28, 2018 (Friday)
September 29, 2018 (Saturday)
7:30pm

Dance Infusion 2018

September 29, 2018 (Saturday)
1:00pm & 4:00pm

WHERE:

MATCH
3400 Main Street, Houston, TX 77002

WHAT:

Uptown Dance kicks off 2018-2019 season with 2 distinctive shows — Female Voice in Motion featuring Uptown Dance Company and Dance Infusion 2018 featuring the pre-professional companies of Uptown Dance.

Female Voice in Motion

Uptown Dance Company’s versatility is on full display with an evening of world premieres in contemporary ballet, jazz and modern. Featuring a trio of Houston-based female choreographers, each piece represents the female voice in dance in its own unique way. Krissy Richmond pays homage to Jack Cole, Luigi and the incomparable Bob Fosse with a classic jazz tribute. Jane Weiner of Hope Stone Dance brings her signature quirkiness to the audience and shares the joy of dance. UDC Artistic Director Beth Gulledge-Brown showcases the company’s classical technique and aesthetic with a dramatic contemporary ballet.

Female Voice in Motion Press Release

Dance Infusion 2018

The young dancers of Uptown Dance Company pre-professional divisions showcase their talent in an evening of world premieres by artistic director Beth Gulledge-Brown, co-director Adrian Ciobanu, former Houston Ballet soloist Nao Kusuzaki, and UDC dancer Claire Westerman.

TICKETS:

$30 General Admission
$25 Seniors (65+)
$15 College Students with ID
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Hidden Dimensions with Axiom Quartet

Photo: Cristin Miller

WHEN:
March 2, 2018 (Friday)
7:30pm

March 3, 2018 (Saturday)
7:30pm

WHERE:
UPTOWN DANCE CENTRE
7417 Shadyvilla, Houston, TX 77055

WHAT:

Dance performance with live music by Axiom Quartet.
Featuring three world premieres by Andre Silva, Alex Pandiscio and Beth Gulledge-Brown.

Journey through different musical dimensions, guided by classical and contemporary movements and music of Benjamin Britten, Philip Glass and Axiom Quartet.

Uptown Dance Company partners with Houston’s Axiom Quartet for two performances of “Hidden Dimensions,” a program of three new dance works all performed to live music. The performances, which take place at Uptown Dance Centre, feature music from three Phillip Glass String Quartets, the first Cello Suite by Benjamin Britten, and selections from Axiom Quartet’s upcoming debut album (“Axiom – Moments of Truth,” release date April 13, 2018, Parma Recordings).

Choreographer Andre Silva, current principal dancer with Texas Ballet Theater, returns to Uptown Dance Company with his newest creation, Hidden Dimension.  Mr. Silva explores a narrative approach to his choreographic process, creating a work that portrays a woman caught in a dream realm.  Music from Axiom’s new album inspired Artistic Director Beth Gulledge-Brown’s newest pas de deux, titled At first sight.  Ms. Gulledge-Brown describes her work as an example of “art imitating life.” Guest dancer Rupert Edwards returns to perform in this new work.  Houston audiences will get the rare opportunity to hear one of the solo cello suites by Benjamin Britten in a live performance.  Axiom cellist Patrick Moore and choreographer Alex Pandiscio extracted themes in the work that resonated with them both – fate, separation, trauma, love, fear, and triumph. These themes form the basis for the programmatic work, Entanglement.

The performances will take place at Uptown Dance Centre’s black box theater, equipped with great acoustics that is ideal for live music performances.

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

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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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