Fall 2015 RECAP!
It's been an amazing couple of months. Several huge projects collided, giving me the chance to work intensely with some fantastic companies and collaborators. Here are the highlights!
An Unimportant Failure goes to the Houston Fringe Festival!
Zoey Cane Belyea and I took our work in development, An Unimportant Failure, to the Houston Fringe Festival September 24th and 25th. An Unimportant Failure is a play and a paper cutout. Using dance and object, it tells the story of the keepers of all lost things, and explores how they themselves are also lost, also found. Working with Zoey to create this piece through our collaborative company TETHER theatre/dance has been one of the most challenging and exciting processes I've had as a choreographer. Bringing the show to a new audience in Houston was a galvanizing and exhilarating experience for both of us, and we look forward to presenting its next phase at the Frontera Fest Long Fringe in 2016.
Hey Diddle Diddle premieres in Albuquerque
After my brief residency with the company to set the piece in August, Hey Diddle Diddle made its New Mexico premiere with Sparrow Dance Productions at the Albuquerque Wheels Museum on September 24th to a packed house. This company is near to my heart, as are the beautiful dancers who comprise it. The process of re-imagining this piece for them and the incredible site of the performance a thrilling one. Led by Artistic Director Christina Daly (left), Sparrow is a ferocious company on the rise in New Mexico, filled with thoughtful, powerful dancers who bring the full force of their training and creative energy to their work.
Young Frankenstein opens at the Georgetown Palace Theatre
I've had the incredible pleasure and honor to choreograph The New Mel Brooks Musical: Young Frankenstein at the Georgetown Palace Theatre, which opened October 9th and runs through November 8th. I've worked with an unbeatable production team: director Mary Ellen Butler, musical directors David Sherline and Lannie Hilboldt, and assistant choreographer Jesee Smart, along with gorgeous set design by Brandon Blake.
"Young Frankenstein is scientifically-proven, monstrously good entertainment" -– The Sun
This production has been a kind of magical hiatus from all the "serious" modern dance I've been doing, a journey into the over-the-top, totally rough-edged combination of Mel Brooks and musical theatre. I am so proud to have been a part of this hilarious, truly fantastic show which is being so well-received in Georgetown and Austin. Read more about the production here and here.