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.


Soul Searching + Dance Infusion 2017

Soul Searching
September 29, 2017 (Friday)

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

3400 Main Street, Houston, TX 77002


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.

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


Creative Minds at Uptown PRESS RELEASE

March 11, 2017
Beth Gulledge-Brown

“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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Get to an UDC Dancer – Katie (Trevino) Lammers

You’ve watched Uptown Dance Company performs on stage, and you’ve seen the dancers on Facebook or Instagram, but how well do you REALLY know our dancers?

Last but not least, meet Katie Lammers. Katie started her first season at Uptown Dance as Katie Trevino 4 years ago, and boy how things have changed!  She is now a happy newlywed and a new mom to an adorable puppy!  Katie will perform in the last show of the 2016-17 season, Creative Minds at Uptown – An Evening of Japanese-Inspired Ballet, Music and Voice.

You Name:
Katie Lammers

Where Are You From?
Born in Huntsville, AL. Grew up in southeast TX

Any Nickname?

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Get to Know an UDC Dancer – Amy Phillips

You’ve watched Uptown Dance Company performs on stage, and you’ve seen the dancers on Facebook or Instagram, but how well do you REALLY know our dancers?

This March, meet the multi-talented Amy Phillips. Not only you have seen Amy on stage dancing, you will also see her in classroom teaching, in UDC office as an administrator, and online as UDC’s webmaster and social media guru! Come join Amy and the rest of Uptown Dance Company on March 3rd and 4th for Spring Fusion and Uptown Dance Gala 2017!

You Name:
Amy Phillips

Where Are You From?
Hong Kong

Any Nickname?
Yun (From my Chinese name, “Wing Yun”)

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Get to Know an UDC Dancer – Edward DeShane

You’ve watched Uptown Dance Company performs on stage, and you’ve seen the dancers on Facebook or Instagram, but how well do you REALLY know our dancers?

For December, meet one of the newest members of UDC family, Edward DeShane. After showing off his contemporary moves back in Dance Infusion 2016, you will see Edward on stage this month dancing as the Nutcracker Prince and Snow King!

You Name:
Edward DeShane

Where Are You From?
Born in San Diego, CA

Any Nickname?
Eddie, Ed

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Get to Know an UDC Dancer – Tiffany Ramey

You’ve watched Uptown Dance Company performs on stage, and you’ve seen the dancers on Facebook or Instagram, but how well do you REALLY know our dancers?

Next, we have our Southern Belle from The Peach State… Ladies and gentlemen, introducing Uptown Dance Company member, Tiffany Ramey!

You Name:
Tiffany Ramey

Where Are You From?

Any Nickname?
Don’t have one yet

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