Runs March 17-25 (Preview March 16) @ MATCH, 3400 Main St: Buy Tickets Now!
Open Dance Project’s “‘Bout a Stranger” transforms the black box theater at MATCH into a three dimensional mediascape that chronicles Woody Guthrie’s dynamic personal and creative life in movement, text, song and video. Fusing Open Dance Project’s expressive athleticism with gesture and task oriented movement derived from the repetitive labor of 1930s and 40s farm and factory workers, the physical language of “‘Bout a Stranger” moves seamlessly between the contemporary aesthetic of the performance and its historical source. Image, sound and text derived from the original source material pepper the set, sound and projection design, serving as touchstones of literal meaning that anchor and guide the unseated audience members as they roam in and amongst the performers, determining their own vantage point and distance from the action.
Annie Arnoult (Choreographer), Garreth Broesche (Music Director), Lauren Cascio (Props), David Deveau (Lighting and Projection Design), Bryan Ealey (Sound Design), Ashley Horn (Costume Design), Ryan McGettigan (Set Design), Laura Harrell (Company Management), Christina Maley (Stage Management)
Created and Performed by: Garreth Broesche, Joshua DeAlba, Brittany Deveau, Abby Flowers, Elizabeth “Nalley” Grossberg, Justin Grubbs, Emily Hardey, Tehillah Joy Hartmann, Zach Lacy, Sarah Lyman, Taylor McAnulty, Seth McPhail, Alisa Mittin, Alonzo Moore, Stacy Skolnik, Joseph Stevens, Davis Stumberg, & Juan Ventura
Annie Arnoult is a recipient of an Individual Artist Grant Award. This grant is funded by the City of Houston through Houston Arts Alliance.
About the Company: Open Dance Project is a contemporary dance theater company whose highly stylized performance experiences break down conventional barriers between artist and audience to make dance more accessible and meaningful for both. Dynamic, three-dimensional architectural environments and the engagement of interactive technologies collapse the distance between the subject and the stage, live performance and new media, dance and theater. Open Dance Project’s performance and education programs invite the audience to explore dance and dance making from their own self-determined vantage point – simultaneously demystifying dance and making dance matter.
ARTISTIC DIRECTION BY ALISA MITTIN. FEATURING ODP’S PROFESSIONAL COMPANY AND THE PREMIERE OF PRE-PROFESSIONAL YOUTH ENSEMBLE ODP2.
Open Dance Project presents the beloved children’s fantasy “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.” Come journey with us through the wardrobe to the magical land of Narnia!