Previous Performances


MIDSUMMER OFFERINGS: Three Dances

(June 2017)

Our third major production, paring innovative, local artists with award-winning, nationally recognized masters of dance in a trio of world premieres.

photography by Anne Marie Bloodgood

 

First on the program, we presented Uri Sands, from St. Paul, Minnesota’s TU Dance. Sands' new work, Better Left Unsaid, introduced  Austin audiences his unique blend of dance styles,  including classical ballet, modern, and African styles fused with an urban vernacular movement that distinguishes him from other modern choreographers.

Artistic director and resident choreographer of Performa/Dance, Jennifer Hart, presented her new work, Fellow Travelers, which examined notions of togetherness and separation, hope and pessimism, fears of the unknown, and desires for escape. Hart says, “I’ve always been interested in that liminal space between coming and going and those feeling and ideas of where you’re at and where you’re going. There’s and anticipation and apprehension along with curiosity about what lies ahead.”

Rounding out the program was a young, highly innovative choreographer, Magdalena Jarkowiec, who created Overseas Phone Call, 1987.  Through sculptural costuming and specific rhythms, this work examined the separation of families, the structures that aggravate distance, and the state of technology, all of which at any moment can define that distance in specific ways.

A special Thank You to our Kickstarter backers who collectively raised over $4000 and helped make this production a reality

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Liza Barskaya
Rosanne Butera Chiropractor
Angelina Cantu-Maass
Evamarie Capareda
Sergio Capareda
David Carr and Anne Jane Gray
Kristen Farley
Nanette Fodell
Claudia and Glenn Garvey
Rosanne Gronseth
Debra Haas and Marty Hood
Sean W Henry
Katie Isaacs
Katie's Family
Keryn Gottshalk
Simona Morecroft
Nadine Latief
Julie Meder
Hannah Neal
Marge Porter & Tim Deuitch
Gail Romney
Abdo Sayegh Rodrigez and Leif Anderson
Eve Schulte
Barbara Shack
Simon Sinek
Paige W. Smith
Robin Stiehm
John Swanger
Michelle Ulerich
Ballet Zaida


4x3: Four Works by Three Choreographers

(June 2016)

For our second production we presented two pieces by Artistic Director Jennifer Hart in addition to sharing our stage with local multimedia performance group ARCOS and Minneapolis based gay rights activist Nic Lincoln. The premiere of Hart's Camille: A Story of Art and Love was nominated for multiple Austin Critics' Table Awards and won Best Short Work (Dance.)

In rehearsal for Camille: A Story of Art and Love
photography by Anne Marie Bloodgood

 

IGNITE: Three Works

(June 2014)

Our first production featured a trio of pieces, old and new, by Artistic Director Jennifer Hart. Lightspace, which explores ideas of community inside a rigorously defined pool of light, On Truth and Love, which investigates the boundaries of domestic relationships, and Variations on Surrender, a widely varied series of vignettes all with a different take on "surrender."

 

videography by Jordan Moser