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.

http://uptowndance.org
https://matchouston.org/events/2018/female-voices-motion

Creative Minds at Uptown – An evening of Japanese-inspired Ballet, Music & Voice

Photo: Courtesy of Asia Society Texas Center (Lynn Lane Photography)

WHEN:
April 23, 2017 (Sunday)
2:00pm / 6:00pm

2017年 4月23日 (日)
14時 / 18時

WHERE:
Uptown Dance Centre
アップタウン・ダンスセンター
7417 Shadyvilla Ln, Houston, TX 77055

WHAT:

創造心
バレエ・音楽・歌 を通して「日本」を語る

Creative Minds at Uptown – An evening of Japanese-inspired Ballet, Music & Voice

2017 marks the 45th anniversary of the City of Chiba and The City of Houston as Sister Cities. Honoring this occasion, Uptown Dance Company (UDC) partners with Creative Minds Collaborative (CMC) for an evening of dance and music, featuring performers from UDC, CMC, Houston Ballet, Axiom Quartet, and University of Houston’s Moores School of Music.

CMC presents selections from “TSURU,” a ballet conceived by CMC Founder Nao Kusuzaki. This original ballet is an arrangement of a traditional Japanese folktale, “鶴の恩返し Tsuru no Ongaeshi (The Cranewife).” Chiba-born dancer Kenta Kojiri choreographed the work in collaboration with Ms. Kusuzaki and Asia Society, for its premiere at Asia Society Texas Center on June 27, 2015.

Complementing the themes of “TSURU,” UDC Artistic Director Beth Gulledge-Brown creates a world premiere inspired by a set of Japanese art songs for classical voice and piano, with music that has just recently been collected and published in the United States. Utilizing dancers from both UDC and CMC, the new co-creation highlights themes in the Haiku poetry of the songs which deal with wildlife and landscapes.

Following the performances there will be question and answer sessions, giving the audience a chance to hear from choreographers, musicians, and dancers involved in the creation of these works.

In addition to UDC and CMC artists, the performances feature Houston Ballet’s first Japanese male Principal Dancer Charles-Louis Yoshiyama, cellist Patrick Moore from Houston’s Axiom Quartet, and musicians from University of Houston’s Moores School of Music.

This project is made possible in part through the Houston City’s Initiative Grant and Dance Source Houston’s Production Micro Grant program.

CMC and guest artists of Houston Ballet will also perform “TSURU” in Chiba, Japan in the summer of 2017. For more information, visit http://chiba-houston-ballet.com/ (Japanese only).

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

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Courtesy of Asia Society Texas Center

Spring Fusion 2017 & Uptown Dance Gala 2017

WHEN:
Friday, March 3, 2017 7:30pm
Spring Fusion 2017
Pre-Show starts at 7:00pm, featuring Uptown Dance Junior and Senior Companies.

Saturday, March 4, 2017 7:30pm
Uptown Dance Gala 2017

WHERE:
Uptown Dance Centre
7417 Shadyvilla Ln, Houston, TX 77055

WHAT:

you & me, together we…

This March, experience the art form of DANCE through a collection of duets representing passion, determination, grace and athleticism.

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Dance Infusion 2016

DATE & TIME:
Friday, September 23, 2016
Saturday, September 24, 2016

7:00pm – Pre-Professional Show
8:00pm – Professional Show

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

TICKETS:
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Featuring guest choreographers Andre Silva and Chet Walker.

Returning to Uptown Dance Company for “Dance Infusion 2016” is Chet Walker, the Tony-Award-Winning creator of FOSSE the musical, and choreographer of Broadway classics such as Pippin, Annie Get Your Gun, Chicago, A Chorus Line, and many more. This will be Mr. Walker’s third work for Uptown Dance Company.

Texas Ballet Theater principal dancer Andre Silva also returns to create a new work on Uptown Dance Company. Mr. Silva set a work on the Uptown Dance Company II last season. An accomplished dancer, Mr. Silva was the first recipient of the Booz Hamilton International “Rising Star Award” for excellence in dance, and was a Silver Medalist at the International Ballet Competition in Shanghai, China.

Uptown Dance Company’s pre-professional students will be featured in their own show, one hour before the main company performs.

Be sure to also check out our Summer Master Class Series with Andre and Chet. Click links below to find out more and to register:
Andre – July 30, 2016
Chet – August 26-27, 2016

Dance Infusion 2016 Press Release

Dance Source Houston’s Preview on Dance Infusion 2016

UDC Open Rehearsal – Dance Infusion 2015

WHEN

Friday, September 25, 2015, 7:00pm

WHERE

Uptown Dance Centre (map)

COST

FREE

Go behind the scene with Uptown Dance Company and its pre-professional division as the companies prepare for Dance Infusion 2015. Watch the creative and rehearsal process of the choreographers, meet with the dancers and see the making of a show. You even get a sneak peek of the new works premiering at the show. And it’s all FREE!!!

Dance Infusion 2015 Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
September 7, 2015
CONTACT:
Beth Gulledge-Brown
713-686-0334
info@uptowndance.org

Uptown Dance Company
Presents
Dance Infusion 2015

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Uptown Dance Company opens the 2015-2016 season with Dance Infusion 2015, a two-night event at the brand new Midtown Arts and Theater Center Houston (MATCH), on Friday, October 2, 2015 and Saturday, October 3, 2015.  Dance Infusion 2015 will be the inaugurating event that marks the grand opening of MATCH, featuring contemporary and classical works by Artistic Director Beth Gulledge-Brown, co-director Adrian Ciobanu, guest choreographers Alex Pandiscio and Krissy Richmond, and Uptown Dance Company dancers Lindsay Cortner, Eric Glenn and Emily Roy.

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