Dance Month at the Kaplan Theatre
Celebrating 37 Years
January 13-February 12, 2017
Dance Month at the Kaplan Theatre, one of the most anticipated dance events in Houston, will celebrate and spotlight prominent choreographers, master teachers, companies and dancers.
Jan 13 | Arts in the Afternoon Towards the Gypsy Roads
Jan 14 | Israeli Contemporary Performance Art
Jan 15 | Mr. Gaga A Film
Jan 22 | Ariel Rivka Dance Family Event
Jan 22 | Ariel Rivka Dance Concert
Jan 28 | Houston Choreographers X6 with Special Guest Houston Ballet II
Feb 11 | Excerpts from And Still You Must Swing / Going the Miles
About Dance Month
Friday, Jan 13 | 1:00 PM
Flamenco was born in the South of Spain in a region called Andalucia where for decades Indians, Arabs, Sephardic Jews, Christians and Romany Gypsies lived freely.
Join us for a taste of an educational journey of Flamenco and its influence of Jewish culture. The show includes poetry in Ladino, Sephardic dance, Flamenco Paterneras and other Flamenco styles accompanied by canto hondo (deep singing) and Spanish guitar.
Towards the Gypsy Roads was conceived by Marisol Monasterio, honored by the Houston Press as one of the 100 Creatives in 2012 for her unusual voice and emotional performance.
Saturday, Jan 14 | 12:00 PM–3:00 PM
Gaga/dancer Class with Amy Morrow-Idan Sharabi Master Class
Saturday, Jan 14 | 3:30 PM–4:30 PM
Informal Showing by Amy Morrow and Idan Sharabi
Join Amy Morrow, teacher, choreographer, and consultant in Austin under AM Arts and award-winning Idan Sharabi from Tel Aviv, choreographer, teacher, and former Batsheva dancer, in an afternoon of Gaga and repertory. Certified directly under Ohad Naharin in Gaga, Morrow will lead a Gaga warm-up class followed by Sharabi, who will expose dancers to his movement language giving them improvisational tools for their own creative research. In the informal showing, both Idan and Amy demonstrate choreographic processes and artistic voices.
Sunday, Jan 15 | 2:00 PM
Directed by Tomer Heymann
Israel, Sweden, Germany, Holland, 2015, 100 min
Director Tomer Heymann in Attendance
Followed by a Gaga/People Master Class
Mr. Gaga is an award-winning documentary film by celebrated director Tomer Heymann (Paper Dolls). Eight years in the making it was the first time filmmakers were allowed in the studio to tell the story of Ohad Naharin, renowned choreographer and artistic director of the Batsheva Dance Company – artistic genius who redefined the language of modern dance.
Gaga/People classes are open to people ages 16+. No previous dance experience is needed regardless of their background in dance movement.
Sunday, Jan 22 | 10:00 AM
The Book of Esther:
The Journey of Queen Vasti and Queen Esther
Jewish Federation of Greater Houston event for
PJ Library Families and Public
See the stories of Vashti and Esther come to life in an interactive, educational, family-friendly performance. A condensed, 25-minute dance performance is sure to delight audience members of all ages.
Before the performance, audiences enjoy a workshop with Artistic Director Ariel Grossman and Composer David Homan. The two will discuss the art of collaboration and how they use music and movement to tell a story.
FREE | Family Program | Recommended for ages 3–5
Concert: Sunday, Jan 22 | 3:00 PM
Ariel Rivka Dance (ARD) shares an afternoon of its repertoire. The work explores emotionally driven movement with underlying currents of technique and structure. In this all-female contemporary dance company, each of the eight women brings a particular perspective and interpretation of the choreography resulting in a stunning collaboration.
Collaboration and accessibility are the heart of ARD, and we produce shows that incorporate various styles of dance and original music by composer David Homan, exposing our audiences to quality artistry in an inviting way.
Saturday, Jan 28 | 8:00 PM
Houston Choreographers X6 presents a memorable evening of dance featuring six dynamic independent local choreographers: Jacquelyne Boe, Roberta Cortes and Lindsey McGill, Rebecca French, Dorrell Martin, Stacy Skolnik and Kathy Wood. Each artist has been commissioned to premiere a piece for the concert.
Houston Ballet II makes a guest appearance performing Allegro Brittante choreography by George Balanchine who called Allegro Brittante “everything I know about classical ballet in thirteen minutes.” This ballet is set to Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 3, a work that the composer created from sketches for a composition that was intended to be his Sixth Symphony, but which instead served as a single movement which was published posthumously in 1894.
Excepts from Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards’ And Still You Must Swing & Jason Samuels Smith’s Going the Miles
Saturday, Feb 11 | 8:00 PM
Join us for a Dance Month closing night celebration following the concert.
Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards, Derick K. Grant, and Jason Samuels Smith are three of the world’s most influential ambassadors of tap.
They will be joined by drummer and arranger, Allison Miller, as they come together in excerpts of Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards’ And Still You Must Swing, a show that captures the heart and legacy of tap dance and honors the influence of jazz roots on this outstanding art form.
Jason Samuels Smith’s Going the Miles, takes a step further than simply tributing Mr. Miles Davis, one of the world’s greatest American jazz artists.
Additional performance by Texas’ own leading tap dancer Tony Merriwether.
Please contact Maxine Silberstein at email@example.com or 713.551.7217 for more information.