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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!
Whirl!: Inspired by the 1920s dance marathon craze which traces its roots to Houston’s own McMillan’s Dance Academy, Whirl! is an evening length environmental dance-theater piece that transforms the performance venue into a Depression-era dance hall where taxi dancers, dance contestants and heroes and villains from the popular radio show The Shadow collide. Drawing on newspaper articles, archival images, first hand accounts, and popular media (pulp novels, radio and film), Frenetic Theater’s 2015 Artist-in-Residence and Open Dance Project Artistic Director Annie Arnoult presents the human imagination as a resource of strength and resilience in the face of economic and physical hardship. While conceived and choreographed by Arnoult, she also credits much of Whirl!’s resonance to the collaborative effort of Open Dance Project company members, saying, “Our ensemble-driven work draws on the rich well of diverse talents and life experiences of our company members to make work that is athletic, virtuosic, witty, sharp, theatrical, whimsical, socially engaged and deeply human.”
Conceived and choreographed by Annie Arnoult. Featuring performances and contributions by Lauren Burke, Brittany Thetford Deveau, Abby Flowers,Elizabeth Nalley Grossberg, Tehillah Hartmann, Taylor McAnulty, Alisa Mittin, Kate Rash, Stacy Skolnik, Jaime Vergara, and Juan Ventura. Music Direction by Garreth Paul. Lighting and Projection Design by David Deveau. Set by Andrew Karavitis.
Whirl! was supported by Frenetic Theater’s Artist-in-Residence Program. Open Dance Project is a not-for-profit organization. Click here to make a tax-deductible contribution through Fractured Atlas.