Houston Met Dance Presents ‘The Met Unbound’ at TAMIU Thursday
Posted: 03/11/2010

Houston Met Dance Presents ‘The
Met Unbound’ at TAMIU Thursday

“The Met Unbound,” an artful blend of athletic and technically virtuosic mixes of ballet, jazz, modern and contemporary dance by the Houston Metropolitan Dance Company, takes center stage Thursday at 8 p.m. at Texas A&M International University’s Center for the Fine & Performing Arts (CFPA) Theatre.

The performance program features five works created for the company including: “Zoom” by internationally renowned choreographer Pattie; “History” by Braham Logan Crane; “Consumed” by Kate Skarpetowska; “Elevated” by Salim Galuwoos and a duet excerpted from a full-length work “Where Beauty Washes the Soul” by Randall Flinn.

Tickets for “The Met Unbound” are $10 and may be purchased at TAMIU’s CFPA, room 217. Tickets may also be purchased on site the evening of the event, dependent on availability.

Jazz movement propels “Zoom,” Obey’s turbo-charged work set on the company in 2006. Set to the driving music of Big Noise from Winnetka, the dancers execute intricate movements at break-neck speed across the stage. Soloist Kiki Lucas explodes as the focal point of this mesmerizing work.

Braham Logan Crane re-set his seven section dance theater piece, “History” on the full company in 2009. The dramatic 32-minute piece includes music, multi-media projections and precise movement that inform a narrative that celebrates life.

Houston Met Dance will perform Kate Skarpetowska’s newest collaboration with the company, “Consumed,” her commentary on globalization and one man’s attempt to escape its entrapment. The precise and frenetic movement combined with the pulsating soundtrack captivates the audience as they wait to see if freedom is obtainable.

“Elevated” examines Gauwloos interest in an afterlife of "perfect balance and harmony" which informed this work set for Houston Met Dance in 2009. For the company, Gauwloos created a work of quiet reverence that builds to an exuberant conclusion.

Flinn's work for Houston Met Dance, “Where Beauty Washes the Soul,” features the music of Yo Yo Ma and Ennio Morricone. Flinn describes his work as "truly pure movement, not contrived or worked, but simply experienced and given in return." Managing Director Marlana Walsh-Doyle and Christopher Cardenas will perform a duet excerpted from the full-length work.

For additional information please contact TAMIU chair of the Department of Fine and Performing Arts, Bede Leyendecker, at 326.2654 or e-mail bleyendecker@tamiu.edu

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