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2019 Dance Salad Festival-Three Nights of Unique Performances!

On Thursday, April 18, opening night performances for the 2019 Dance Salad Festival include Ashley Bouder and Joaquin De Luz of New York City Ballet performing De Triana a Sevilla (choreography by Victor Ullate); Spellbound Contemporary Ballet of Rome, Italy performing Full Moon (curated for DSF with choreography by Mauro Astofli); Susanna Leinonen Company of Helsinki, Finland performing Shame/less (curated for DSF), based on Nasty (choreography by…

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CounterCurrent19 - Tia-Simone Gardner: Salt Water Sweet Water

Taking place at “Houston’s birthplace,” Allen’s Landing on Buffalo Bayou, Gardner’s Salt Water Sweet Water (2019) is a site-specific response to Houston’s own history of commerce and construction. Visitors will interact with these histories through a presentation of projected image, sound, and performance. Tia-Simone Gardner (Minneapolis, MN) illuminates often overlooked histories as they relate to…

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CounterCurrent19 - Ganzeer, Perpetu-War

"Make Art, Not War" has become a cliché sentiment, perhaps to the point of losing its meaning. But, artist Ganzeer asks, is there something to it? Is it at all possible that art represents antithesis to a culture of warfare that has dominated humanity since the beginning of our time? Perpetu-War is a speculative public…

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CounterCurrent19 - Stacy Garrop: How Does a Composer Compose?

For CounterCurrent19, Garrop will focus on the compositional process she utilized for her woodwind arrangement, Bohemian Café. The presentation features videos of Prague street performers from whom she drew inspiration, photos of her early pencil sketches for the work, and examples (both audio and visual) of how the piece took shape within a music notation…

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CurrentConversations, organized by Carrie Marie Schneider

CounterCurrent festival artists and University of Houston faculty experts engage in lively discussion about themes and concepts connected to this year’s festival programming. Each one-hour, lunchtime talk kicks off with a set of rapid-fire presentations followed by questions and answers among panelists and the audience. Light fare and coffee will be provided. Carrie Marie Schneider…

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CounterCurrent19 - Awilda Rodríguez Lora: SUSTENTO: from La Performera to La Mujer Maravilla

Stories, movements, and songs are strategies used by La Performera to invite the audience to reflect on the concept of sustento (sustenance) as a complex and vital idea for survival in creative and everyday practices. As a performance choreographer, Rodríguez Lora challenges traditional notions of womanhood, sexuality, and autonomy, examining relationships between the economy of…

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