An Evening of Dance with Ido Tadmor and Open Dance Project
Tuesday, February 18, 2020

The Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center of Houston (the J) continues Celebrating 40 Years of Dance at the J with An Evening of Dance with Ido Tadmor and Open Dance Project Saturday, March 7 at 8:00 PM. A fresh and original innovative showcase of exhilarating works will be performed when Ido Tadmor, choreographer/dancer, and Annie Arnoult’s Open Dance Project, a Houston-based contemporary dance theater company, share the stage in a public concert in the Kaplan Theatre. A highlight of the evening will be a piece commissioned by Dance at the J for Tadmor to set on Open Dance Project.

Open Dance Project’s highly-stylized performance experiences break down conventional barriers between artist and audience to make dance more accessible and meaningful for both. Annie Arnoult, founding artistic director and choreographer, returned to her native Houston from Chicago where she was the artistic director of Chicago’s Striding Lion Performance Group. She was named one of Dance Magazine’s 25 to Watch for 2018. Open Dance Project will perform two pieces for the concert Stalemate and Tadmor’s piece FALLEN. “Working with Ido was a gift for all of us. Genuine human connection drove the making of this piece from start to finish. We are all very excited to share the work with an audience on March 7. It will be a very special evening,” said Arnoult.

Stalemate is a theatrical meditation on human inertia, drawing on elements from Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot and Jean Paul Sartre’s No Exit. Stalemate is choreographed by Arnoult, featuring an ensemble cast of the full company, and performed to the music of Andrew Bird. The company will perform Tadmor’s piece FALLEN to the music of Max Richter. “FALLEN is a mirror to where society is today, which includes violence, distance and lack of human contact that brings pain and mourning instead of love. Imagine a different world where people actually connect and create open dialogue,” stated Tadmor.

Legendary world-renowned Israeli dancer Ido Tadmor is the Presidential Fellow Professor at the Chapman University in California and the 2011 winner of the highly-respected “Landau Prize” in Israel for life achievement. He was the Artistic Director of the Israeli National Ballet and had his own ensemble for 13 years. During more than three decades, he has represented the State of Israel around the world as an “Ambassador of Dance,” a title that was given to him by the Israeli government. Tadmor will perform a solo, UNSPOKEN WORDS, that he choreographed to the music of Max Richter. Tadmor believes “as an artist you are constantly exposed and feel under interrogation. The solo brings the true feeling that one feels inside with words that cannot be said out loud.”

Following the concert there will be a talk-back with Arnoult and Tadmor in the Kaplan Theatre to discover how this artistic process developed. 

Tickets for the concert are $20 Member | $30 Public | $16 Student/Senior and are available at or by calling the box office at 713.551.7215.

Dance community outreach, audience expansion and professional artistic development are continuing goals of Dance at the J. Dance concerts take place in the Kaplan Theatre, I W Marks Theatre Center, The Gerald Rauch Cultural and Performing Arts Wing at the Evelyn Rubenstein JCC.

Dance at the J is funded in part by the Evelyn Rubenstein JCC Patron of the Arts, a grant from the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance, RBC Wealth Management, a grant from Texas Commission on the Arts, and with support of the consulate general of Israel to the Southwest. Marriot Houston Westchase is the official hotel for Dance at the J.

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