Houston's Open Dance Project andamp; Musiqa proudly announce the February 13 premiere of two short dance films set to music by Andrew Norman and Hawa Kassé Mady Diabaté. This production features four musicians, twenty dancers, and the creativity of two Houston organizations deeply committed to innovative cross-disciplinary exploration. “Inside/Out” marks the two organizations' second collaboration and was filmed by Houston artist James Templeton.
Joining the artistic direction of ODP's Annie Arnoult, “Inside/Out” was curated by Musiqa’s composer-led Artistic Board headed by founding Artistic Director Anthony Brandt.
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For "Moving Pieces", set to Andrew Norman’s “An Index of Particular Strokes” The Open Dance Project company of dancers are joined on film by ODP2, Open Dance Project’s company of young dancers who range in age from 12 through 18, and take part in a rigorous schedule of ballet and modern dance courses under the guidance of Artistic Director Arnoult. ODP2 dancers worked in duets and trios with ODP Company members in vignettes that were shot at locations throughout MATCH.
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"Still We Tend" set to Hawa Kassé Mady Diabaté “Tegere Tulon," a series of handclapping songs transcribed and arranged for a string quartet came out of a 2018 collaboration with Kronos Quartet. This work was shot in the newly renovated Houston Botanic Gardens. Taking inspiration from the hand clapping games that inspired the composer’s work, the piece uses contradances and children’s games like red rover and ring-around-the-rosie to mirror the dancers’ growing sense of community and family.
“Inside/Out” will be available to be viewed online between 10 am and 10 pm CT on February 13, 14, 20, 21, 27 and 28 at www.musiqahouston.org. The suggested ticket price is $25.00, but all performances offer a Pay What You Can option.
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