Dates: June 17 and 18
Time: 8 p.m.
Location: Studio F, 5102 Navigation Boulevard
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Always experimenting, Suchu Dance has made a new work which can be performed anywhere: The Totally Rude Variations. The locations inform the dance and the dance invigorates the locations. There are six performance opportunities to see how this piece evolves and changes with each environment. In a collaborative first for Suchu Dance, Anthony Barilla has created a live score to accompany these dances. Barilla and choreographer Jennifer Wood worked together during the rehearsal process, allowing the movements of the dancers to inspire the musical composition.
We have been questioning the structures we use to make work. Main questions asked: Are you uncomfortable? Is it unfamiliar? Good. We are taking the same source material of movements and performance structures and placing them in a series of different environments, with the goal of discovering something new about the process of making work, how environment influences the work and how performance enables a space to be seen with fresh eyes.
How will this dance work be changed by each environment? Will the viewers’ perception of the environment be changed by this new experience?
Anthony Barilla is a musician, writer, and performance artist based in Houston, Texas. He makes interdisciplinary works, often involving his travels in Kosovo, the Caucasus, Africa, and Europe. He has written music for theaters around the U.S., regularly creates compositions for national radio program THIS AMERICAN LIFE, and performs regularly with his band Merel & Tony. www.truthandreconciliationcommission.com
Suchu Dance We are a Houston-based contemporary dance company. Since our founding in 1998, we have worked to enhance the presence and vitality of contemporary dance in Texas through performances, classes, and making spaces for rehearsal and performance. We have drawn attention for our inventiveness, variety and comedic innovation. We foster experimentation and play, exploring movement and questioning forms within a structure of openness, risk-taking and humor. With the establishment of the Comedy Dance Festival in 2015, we expanded our mission to include encouraging comedy in dance. Raised in Houston, Artistic Director Jennifer Wood often draws on the absurdity of the human experience for movement inspiration. Wood’s work has been performed at the historic Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival Inside/Out, in Becket, Massachusetts and in Austin, Atlanta, Las Vegas and San Diego.www.suchudance.org