STILL WE TEND
To help celebrate the Houston Botanic Garden’s one-year anniversary in September 2021, Open Dance Project and Musiqa will co-present “Still We Tend” in the Garden.
These promenade* dance and music performances mark the joyful return of both Open Dance Project and Musiqa to live collaborative public programming.
*For this promenade performance, audience members will be standing and walking throughout various portions of the Garden for the full 40-minute performance. If you require accessibility accommodations, please email details to firstname.lastname@example.org, so we can plan in advance.
Born out of the loneliness and longing of pandemic isolation, “Still We Tend” leaned into the collective desire to keep making new artistic work, or tending to one’s creative garden, during the shutdown.
The piece was originally commissioned by Musiqa and conceived as a site-specific dance performance, filmed at the Garden in January 2021 and released for viewing online in February 2021. The live performances will replicate the film’s journey through five different locations throughout the Garden and include the original score by Malian musician Hawa Kassé Mady Diabaté.
Admission to a performance of “Still We Tend” is not included in general admission to the Garden, which will close at 3 p.m. on Sept. 25 & 26. Visitors with tickets to a 4:30 p.m. performance may enter the Garden beginning at 4 p.m.
Adult tickets are $25. Tickets for artists, students (age 16+, with valid ID), and children age 3-15 are $15. Members of the Garden will also receive a $10 discount on adult tickets during online checkout.
Open Dance Project and performances of “Still We Tend” are supported by the City of Houston through Houston Arts Alliance, the Texas Commission on the Arts, and Dance Source Houston.
All the Devils are Here: A Tempest in the Galapagos
November 5 & 6 @ Studio5 in Evanston, IL
Shakespeare’s The Tempest collides with the true story of an unsolved murder in the Galapagos in 1929. This immersive dance theater performance follows the failed attempts of a nihilist couple, a conservative family, and a baroness and her two gay lovers to escape the world of man on the uninhabited island of Floreana. Their conflicting visions of Paradise, sexual and moral “rightness,” colonial instincts, and social and psychological demons lead to disaster and provide a rich canvas for a poignant examination of basic human rights, social justice, and power structures.
Interested in learning more about the process of creating this production? Our roundtable discussion “Power, Sex, and Climate Change” is available for viewing on our Vimeo page and is recommended for audience members who want to dig deep into the issues that inspired the piece.
All the Devils are Here: A Tempest in the Galapagos is co-presented by Open Dance Project and DiverseWorks, Inc. Houston and is a National Performance Network (NPN) Creation Fund Project co-commissioned by DiverseWorks in partnership with Studio5, Evanston and NPN. The Creation Fund is supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Ford Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts (a federal agency).