1968: The Whole World is Watching
An Immersive Dance Theater Performance, May 12-20, 2023
MATCH – Midtown Arts & Theater Center Houston, 3400 Main Street
Conceived and directed by Annie Arnoult and collaboratively devised by Arnoult and the ensemble, 1968 takes us to Chicago as Yippies, student activists, conscientious objectors, would-be-presidents, poets, musicians, local police, and state troopers collided on the grounds of Grant Park and the streets of Michigan Avenue during the Democratic National Convention in August 1968. This interdisciplinary, multimedia performance investigates the body as both source and site of protest – mining iconic photographs, news media, music, art, actions, and events of 1968 for a deeper understanding of our conflict-ridden, intensely mediated here and now.
Original music by Paul Beebe captures the social upheaval and revolt of the era. Supported by accomplished artists Ryan McGettigan (set designer), Tiffany Schrepferman (lighting and projection designer), Ashley Horn (costume designer), and Bryan Ealey (sound design) and Lauren Davis (Props master), the show benefits from their extensive local and national design experience specializing in interdisciplinary collaboration and innovative use of movement, space, and form. This is the sixth immersive performance this collaborative team has built together with production manager Christina Maley and ODP artistic director Annie Arnoult.
Lead Commissioner: The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts
PETER & WENDY
February 3-11, 2023 @ MATCH
Are you an HISD teacher interested in having access to our free livestream of “Peter & Wendy” on Friday, Feb. 10th at 1 pm? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more info!
Based on the beloved book by J.M. Barrie. Featuring a multi-generational cast of dancers and aerialists and the music of Two Star Symphony.
Open Dance Project’s Peter & Wendy takes a fresh look at this children’s favorite through the company’s signature athleticism, daring physicality, and theatrical whimsy. Featuring the music of Two Star Symphony and Paying tribute to J.M. Barrie’s beloved story, performances on aerial silks and trapeze by Peter and Tink provide a magical approach to the story. A multigenerational cast of dancers and aerialists, featuring the ODP professional company and ODP2 (pre-professional dancers ages 14-18), sets the ingenuity and imagination of children at the heart of this performance for family audiences.
Recommended for ages 3 and up!
An Evening of New Works by ODP Company Members
Fri & Sat, September 30th and October 1, 2022 at 8pm
Sat, Oct. 1st – 4:30 pm Family Matinee (Pre-performance “Behind the Scenes” Workshop on stage with choreographers 4-4:30 pm)
@ MATCH – Midtown Arts & Theater Center Houston, 3400 Main St
Featuring world premiere choreography by Open Dance Project company members Joshua de Alba, Sonia Engman, Atticus Griffin, Madelyn Manlove, Lizzy McGoldrick and guest artist Laura Harrell.
BONNIE & CLYDE
An Immersive, Multimedia Dance Theater Production at Studio5, 1934 Dempster St, Evanston, IL 60202 — November 5 & 6, 2022
Using history and disrupt/ed-ive narrative to ask critical questions about today’s world, Bonnie & Clyde personalizes the contemporary issues of gun violence and prison reform through the lens of Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow’s story. Situated in the 1930s through original music, costume, lighting, and immersive set design, this work looks inward at the emotional experience of two young criminals from Texas in the midst of the Great Depression. Through compelling choreography the couple’s sensationalized drama is peeled back to reveal the human experience of love, desperation, and violence.