Tag Archive: Dance

[Editorial] CNY @ Viet Hua

(Feb 22nd, 2015)

Chinese New Year in Houston, TX gets bigger every year. Perhaps not as intense as a traditional 15 day celebration in some parts of Asia, there are at least more than a few events for a good three weekends all around town — concerts, parades, celebrations, cultural activities etc. Dragon and Lion dance troupes are invited everywhere to help welcome the new year.

On assignment for the Folklife program, we visited Viet Hua. It has become a place to be the last few years for Chinese New Year celebrations. It host a 2 day event that features just about all of Houston’s Lion and Dragon Dance troupes and a new year market.

Below are a few images from a 2 hour window we were there on the 2nd day.

Gallery at : http://forestphotography.smugmug.com/Events/2015-Solils/20150222-CNY-Viet-Hua/47731790_BQcjbD 


(Dec 31st, 2014)

Ringing in the New year with Ars Lyrica at Hobby Center. Wonderful setting with great early music, good food, and good people.

“A festive evening of celebration and beautiful music featuring soprano Melissa Givens and mezzo-soprano Cecilia Duarte. Grammy nominee and plucked string expert Richard Savino curates this holiday-inspired program, which includes Spanish and Latin American Baroque classics”.

more images at: http://forestphotography.smugmug.com/Cantus-Mundus/2014-Cantus-Diem/20141231-FELICES-FIESTAS/46697323_kSzTzx 



(Nov 23rd, 2014)

Buffalo Bayou Silos Series finale and closing party for Transported + Renewed at Silos III: Comunidad & Matriz(x). Silos III featured artists Ramon Barela and Jonathan Jindra’s art projected onto the 60-foot silos and artist Sharon Engelstein’s whimsical sculpture Whatever Floats. In addition, Danza Azteca Taxcayolotl and FrenetiCore Dance will join forces for a series of dance performances; numerous flow artists including members of Mental Dexterity Special Operations and Agents Cilantro, Ms. YET, and Nigel created a party atmosphere with roaming dance and illuminated float arts; and the band Satellite d’Homme, presented by Lunaface Promotions, performed their unique hip-hip, soul, prog-rock, psychedelic tunes.

more images at: http://forestphotography.smugmug.com/Events/2014-Solis/20141123-Silos-III/46369334_srPGqZ

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(Oct 25th, 2014)

More than 3 chords and doing it without a tuba. Tejano giant David Lee Garza y Los Musicales at the East End Street Festival.

more images at: http://forestphotography.smugmug.com/Cantus-Mundus/2014-Cantus-Diem/20141025-David-Lee-y-Los/45267891_D9LDFJ


(Oct 19th, 2014)

from Houston Arts Alliance website:

Silos II: Inter/action & Noche Roja
Buffalo Bayou Silos Series as part of Transported + Renewed
Co-sponsored by Buffalo Bayou Partnership

Visual artist Allison Hunter’s latest video installation Inter/action draws comparisons between human and insect behavior and reflects on how various species go about creating community. FrenetiCore Dance fuses fiery Spanish dance and music by Solero Flamenco with daring contemporary choreography.

Silos II kicked off with live music from La Sien, presented by Lunaface Promotions, infusing Spanish pop rock with jazz, blues and funk. Throughout the evening, female Houston street artists Anat Ronen, Royal, Clear1, Lady Binx and Lee Carrier joined forces to showcase their talents; flow artists Agent Cilantro, Alie Rose and MX Tr3y of Mental Dexterity Special Operations and Punk Rock Hoops created a party atmosphere with roaming dance and illuminated float arts; and HTX Bike Fest, The Byke Project and Black Gold Cycling showed off their freestyle bike stunts. In addition, Silos II featured cocktails crafted by East End’s own Voodoo Queen alongside Ladybird, The Modular and MoonRooster‘s delicious menus.

more images at: http://forestphotography.smugmug.com/Events/2014-Solis/20141011-Silos-II/45052901_qDGp9P


(March 22nd, 2014)

Again, discovering more “secrets” of Houston art scene. An extremely vibrant Asian American musical culture. Young, dynamic, and full of colors.

more images at: http://forestphotography.smugmug.com/Cantus-Mundus/2014-Cantus-Diem/20140322-Eastern-Echo/38011411_KfpGVN


(May 24th, 2014) Kipekee African Diaspora Dance & Drum Festival

Kipekee African Diaspora Dance & Drum Festival @ The Barn. Hosted by KoumanKe’le’ African Dance & Drum Ensemble.

Performances by
KoumanKe’le’ African Dance & Drum Ensemble (Host),
Nkiruka African Dance Company (New Orleans, Louisiana),
Kalunga N’golo Capoeira Society (Houston, Texas) & Festival Guest Artists

More images at :http://forestphotography.smugmug.com/Stage/Top-Dance/20140524-Kipekee-African/41065822_b5xC9x

[Dance] Dallas Black in Houston

(Feb 1st, 2014)

Dallas Black returns to Houston for another sold out performance. Unparalleled technique. Truly poetry in motion.

more images at: http://forestphotography.smugmug.com/Stage/Top-Dance/20140201-Dallas-Black-Dance/36848306_XkM6zp



(Feb 8th, 2014)

KoumanKele African Dance & Drum Ensemble in studio. The Congo-Brazzaville session.

more images at: http://forestphotography.smugmug.com/Stage/Top-Dance/20140108-KoumanKele-African/37061563_hCg8Wb

(Feb 8th, 2014)

The Teochew Association gave a nearly complete modern performance/celebration Lions and (a rare) Dragon dance (plus martial arts) at the Hong Kong Market by Guld Freeway South.

more images at: http://forestphotography.smugmug.com/Cantus-Mundus/2014-Cantus-Diem/20140208-Lions-and-Dragon/36967571_7qrNSW

A kid attempts to wake the “napping” lion….