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Frame Dance Infiltrates METRO again to Make You Rethink Your Commute
Live Performance Comes to Houston’s Red Line 

METROdances: The Holiday Edition is a pop up winter performance to get everyone in the holiday spirit. METROdances is meant to shake frames of reference and perception to spark creativity and encourage community as we gather in public spaces. In Houston, a huge metropolitan area known for its car culture, Frame Dance Artistic Director, Lydia Hance, sees this non-traditional display of dance as a way of highlighting the city and, in this public performance, an opportunity to get people to learn about the METRO system. Join us for this pop up winter version of METROdances on two midtown stops on the redline, live music, caroling, dance– an artful, wintery exit into our holiday break.

Performance Schedule and Tickets:
Saturday, December 15 @ 12:00pm
FREE
Meet us on the east side of the MATCH to start, the performance will begin at 12:30
Performance will end in Midtown Park
We encourage everyone to ride share to MATCH

ABOUT FRAME DANCE
Frame Dance Productions is a Houston-based contemporary dance company founded by Lydia Hance in 2010. An immersive inroad to into play and creativity, Frame Dance gives the people of Houston a physical, intellectual, and spiritual connection to themselves and each other. We offer Houstonians a safe place to explore creativity and experience challenging, artful, and undiluted modern dance. And we do it with an unmatched quality, spirited optimism, and inclusive welcome.

Frame Dance has quickly become a fresh and energetic presence through internationally screened dance films and responsive, intimate performances in exciting and unconventional spaces like art galleries, ferry boats, dance festivals, warehouses, claw foot bathtubs, downtown buildings, and City Hall. The Framers include 8 nationally acclaimed dancers, cutting-edge collaborations with painters, photographers, playwrights, poets, chefs, community members, and emerging and established composers. Frame Dance Productions is committed to working with 100% new music by living composers.

ABOUT LYDIA HANCE
Dubbed Houston’s “queen of curious locations,” Lydia Hance is the Founding Executive and Artistic Director of Frame Dance Productions. She has been named an Emerging Leader by Dance/USA and Arts + Culture Texas has described her as “sharply focused.” Hance has choreographed works on the Galveston pier, the METRO light rail, in the backs of U Haul trucks, downtown tunnels, clawfoot bathtubs and museums, stages, and warehouses. A champion of new music composers, her work deepens interdisciplinary and multigenerational collaborations, and investigates the placement of dance in our lives. Hance is a choreographer, curator, filmmaker, educator, and dance writer originally from the California Bay Area. Her work has been funded by the Puffin Foundation, Aaron Copland Fund for Music, Charles and Joan Gross Family Foundation, Houston Arts Alliance, Dance Source Houston, City of Houston, Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center, and the Houston Parks Board. She holds degrees in Dance Performance and English Literature from SMU and trained at the Taylor School, Graham School, Tisch School of the Arts, Limon Institute and SMU. Since 2011 she has been a curator of the Third Coast Dance Film Festival, and has served on the artist boards of DiverseWorks, and Fresh Arts.

PROJECT SPONSOR
METROdances: The Holiday Edition is made possible by the support of Midtown Management District.

 


Event Phone: 832-781-0808

In an intimate performance with Axiom Quartet, Frame Dance exposes the pain and purpose of conflict in relationships. Willfully built under pressure-cooker artistic constraints, Lydia Hance and the dancers create a weekend of performances at Studio 101 where they rely on their own conflict in the creative process to craft this original work.

Performance Dates

Saturday, January 26 8pm
Sunday, January 27 4pm

About Frame Dance

Frame Dance empowers Houstonians to communicate, inspire, and connect to the world and others through movement, community and artistic collaboration, and technology. They relate the process of making dance to audiences, and develop scenarios where the audience’s presence impacts the work. Since 2010, Frame Dance has presented over 40 live, original performances in Houston with guest artist collaborators from different genres, and each performance features original musical compositions by emerging and established composers. In its series of annual films — nine to date — Frame Dance creates new experiences for audiences using technology to record and edit dance performance into dynamic video narratives that document stories that would otherwise remain unheard. In 2014, Frame Dance established the Little Framers and MultiGen Framers educational ensembles, providing dance education for ages 6 months – 99.

About Lydia Hance

Dubbed Houston’s “queen of curious locations,” Lydia Hance is the Executive and Artistic Director of Frame Dance Productions. She has been named an Emerging Leader by Dance/USA and has led Frame Dance in performances from the Galveston pier onto the METRO light rail, in the backs of U Haul trucks, downtown tunnels, and into museums, stages, and warehouses throughout Texas for the past eight years. A champion of new music composers, her work deepens interdisciplinary and multigenerational collaborations and investigates the placement of dance in our lives. She is a choreographer, curator, filmmaker, educator, and dance writer originally from the California Bay Area. She holds degrees in Dance Performance and English Literature from SMU and trained at the Taylor School, Graham School, Tisch School of the Arts, Limon Institute, and SMU.

Collaborating Artists

Karl Blench is a composer and conductor who holds degrees from Rice University and the University of New Hampshire. His music has been performed throughout the United States, Asia, Europe, and Cuba. Most recently, his work “Axiom” as well as several of his arrangements for string quartet were toured throughout China by the Axiom Quartet.  He has been the recipient of the Indianapolis Symphony Prize, and an ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Award. When not writing, Karl can be found stuck in Houston traffic, discussing wine, or brewing beer.

Daniel Harrison Cincinnati-based composer Daniel Harrison (b.1987) writes music that is recognizable for its poetic melodic and harmonic expressiveness. His works are characterized by uniquely striking combinations of instrumental colors and unfolding linear forms. His music has been performed by numerous outstanding performers and ensembles such as members of Fifth House Ensemble, Del Sol String Quartet, Columbus Ohio Discovery Ensemble, Iktus Percussion Ensemble, All of the Above, the CCM Chorale, and Hypercube. In 2015 and 2017, he was a finalist for ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award. In 2015 he was awarded a commission to compose a new work for chorus and electronics for a recording project for the CCM chorale. He was recently named the Ohio Music Teachers Association’s commissioned composer for 2016. Recently his piece “Sometimes My Arms Bend Back” was selected from a call for scores for performance at the upcoming 2018 Contemporary Music Festival at the University of Tennessee at Martin. He currently is an Adjunct Professor of Music at the University of Northern Kentucky.