Hidden Dimensions with Axiom Quartet Press Release

WHO: Uptown Dance Company and Axiom Quartet

WHAT: Hidden Dimensions – an evening of live music and dance

WHEN: March 2-3, 7:30pm

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

On March 2-3, 2018, 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. Mr. Silva’s Hidden Dimensions marks his final installment of a multi-year project, moving towards the creation of an evening length work titled To the moon and back (planned for Uptown Dance Company’s upcoming 20th anniversary season). Mr. Silva’s previous works for the same project (Cosmos, 2015; and Wherever you go there you are, 2016) explore themes of aggression, sensuality, playfulness, and solitude. Mr. Silva says his newest work “combines the past concepts, including: mindfulness within each moment of movement, space in different levels – both ethereal, and those around us – and expression of emotions through movement.” With Hidden Dimensions, 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. The musical selections highlight Axiom’s focus on performing varied musical genres, ranging from Haywyre and Monteverdi. Drawing her inspiration recent life events of her dancers, as well as the kinetic energy of the music, Gulledge-Brown describes her work as an example of “art imitating life.” Guest dancer Rupert Edwards also returns, building on his artistic relationship that began with Uptown Dance Company last season.

Even in a city as culturally rich as Houston, audiences rarely get the opportunity to hear one of the solo cello suites by Benjamin Britten in live performance. Axiom cellist Patrick Moore first approached Uptown Dance Company in 2015 with the idea of programming Britten’s Cello Suite No. 1, seeking the addition of choreography and lighting alongside his performance to provide multiple pointes of access to listeners. The concept greatly interested choreographer Alex Pandiscio and sparked a collaboration. Through numerous discussions of the musical structure and motifs, Moore and 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.

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Creative Minds at Uptown PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
March 11, 2017
CONTACT:
Beth Gulledge-Brown
713-686-0334
info@uptowndance.org

UPTOWN DANCE COMPANY PRESENTS:
“CREATIVE MINDS AT UPTOWN: An evening of Japanese-inspired Ballet, Music, & Voice”

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

HOUSTON, TX – On April 23rd, 2017, Uptown Dance Company (UDC) partners with Creative Minds Collaborative (CMC) in an exciting program of Japanese-themed dance and music. The show featuring performers from UDC, CMC, Houston Ballet, Axiom Quartet, and University of Houston’s Moores School of Music.

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Spring Fusion 2017 PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
February 17, 2017
CONTACT:
Beth Gulledge-Brown
713-686-0334
info@uptowndance.org

UPTOWN DANCE COMPANY
PRESENTS SPRING FUSION 2017
“you & me, together we …”

HOUSTON, TX – This March, Uptown Dance Company presents “Spring Fusion 2017:  you & me, together we…” The evening celebrates partnerships – between two dancers, between music and choreography, and between performers and audience. Artistic Director Beth Gulledge-Brown has choreographed a present-day “Four Temperaments” for her company, showcasing PassionDeterminationGrace, and Athleticism as the four qualities she believes every dancer must possess and embody. The music choices for the pas de deux are diverse, and include Vivaldi, Sundance Head, Michael Nymann, and Andrea Boccelli. The choreography underscores the intimate connections between dance partners through thoroughly different movement vocabularies, showcasing Uptown dancers’ versatility in jazz, modern, ballet, and contemporary dance techniques.

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Dance Infusion 2016 PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
August 11, 2016

CONTACT:
Beth Gulledge­Brown
713.­686­.0334
info@uptowndance.org

HOUSTON DANCE COMPANY PREMIERES WORKS BY
INTERNATIONALLY CELEBRATED ARTISTS
ANDRE SILVA AND CHET WALKER

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HOUSTON, TX – On Friday September 23rd, 2016, Uptown Dance Company will kickoff its 17th Season with “Dance Infusion,” the company’s annual mixed bill that presents diverse choreographic voices from around the world, performed by one of Houston’s premiere contemporary dance companies.

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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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Dance Infusion 2014 Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
September 2, 2014
CONTACT:
Beth Gulledge-Brown
713-686-0334
info@uptowndance.org

Uptown Dance Company and Uptown Dance Company II
Present
Dance Infusion 2014

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“Gulledge-Brown has chosen quality and sophisticated material for her company to perform. Good dancing is the core and strength of this fusion (or infusion) of artists.”
– Nichelle Suzanne Strzepek, Dance Source Houston, 2009

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Spring Fusion Dance Festival Press Release

Uptown Dance Company and Ad Deum Dance Company
present
Spring Fusion Dance Festival

Houston, TX — This spring Uptown Dance Company hosts Ad Deum Dance Company in the first annual Spring Fusion Dance Festival. The two companies will join forces to celebrate contemporary dance in Houston. The festival will present exciting brand new works as a culmination of Ad Deum’s two month residency with UDC. Mixing classical and contemporary styles of dance, each company showcases the dancers’ skills, artistry and versatility with two premier works. The two companies’ artistic directors will also choreograph a joint piece that celebrates the spirit of collaboration.

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