2017 Houston Fringe Festival Pushes on with ANYTHING GOES!
In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, the decision has been made to push on with the 2017 Houston Fringe Festival.
"Art is essential, it's important, and it's transformative," says Executive/Artistic Director Adam Castaneda. "I have to believe that art survives no matter what, otherwise, why would we be doing it? I'm also happy to say that the festival's closing night event, Anything Goes, will support hurricane relief with a portion of all ticket sales donated to the Red Cross."
The 2017 Houston Fringe Festival concludes with its signature event - Anything Goes! This showcase-style event features twelve performing artists presenting works ten minutes or less.
The 2017 Anything Goes roster includes Suchu Dance/Jennifer Wood, jhon r. stronks, Tehillah Hartmann, Sarah Lyman, Tina Mullone (Monroe, LA), Margo Stutts Toombs, Kaamil/Wazeer, and surprise artists that won't be revealed until the show!
Below are descriptions of a few of the confirmed acts:
Suchu Dance/Jennifer Wood
One of Houston's longest-running Modern dance companies presents an excerpt of its upcoming evening-length work, Ocean, to be presented at MATCH September 21 - 24. Get a taste of this exciting and visual gorgeous production about the depths and darkness of the sea.
jhon r. stronks
An improvised jazz /dance floor/ disco inspired trio based on the three fairy gawdmothers of sleeping beauty Flora, Fauna and Merry Weather. #Beckoning REDUX enlists dance/ performance artists Nicole McNeil (Houston), jhon r. stronks (Houston) and Dani Tirrell (Seattle) in a collaboratively improvisational attempt to administer an antidote for triflin' times. The Narcissisters, as they are collectively known enact a queer performance practice each accessing their femme embodiment for the good of all creatures great and small, and also because dancing is the last true and just weapon of the day. This disco infused concoction hopes to be the cure we never knew we needed.
several attempts at trying is a softly satirical duet between one dancer and an anatomically correct life-sized skeleton. The piece reimagines conversations between the soul and the body and explores questions of loss, reconciliation, and healing. Layered with humor, the monologue is a real-time display of our efforts to contrive vulnerability on the stage, and how we craft dances to communicate, evoke, explain, and parade the state of the heart. several attempts at trying presents a tension between the absurd personal journey of art-making, and the irresistible pull to always keep trying.
patsy is a demonstration of femininity and aggression, and how repetition can exaggerate a theme. patsy begins with a slideshow of stark, rhythmic movement, mostly stationary, arranged in contrast to a dreamy, honeyed soundtrack. The piece transitions into the dancer's own dystopian fantasy, a party game gone awry, exposing the allure of violence and her own inclination towards destruction.
Tina Mullone (Monroe, LA)
ABW is based on recent personal experiences. The common stereotype is that all African-American women are angry all day...every day. However, that is not true. Some women become upset when they are perceived that way based on some people's limited perceptions. In my case, I am perceived that way by students who are upset with their grades or who try to disrupt the class with inappropriate behavior. This work is a solo which explores the generalizations and ramifications of the angry black woman. The music will be original composition and sound bytes from interviews.
Margot Stutts Toombs
Get ready to get your "ohm" on with Margo Stutts Toombs' Meditation for Regular People. The audience will participate in a series of odd meditation maneuvers followed by a short, sometimes humorous video. Enjoy ten tongue-in-cheek suggestions to wake up happy or at least less pissed off than usual.
IF YOU GO:
2017 Houston Fringe Festival presents
September 10, 2017 @ 8pm
At MATCHBOX TWO, 3400 Main Street, Houston, Texas 77002
Anything Goes may also be included in all festival passes.
Purchase tickets at www.matchouston.org.
For more information, visit www.houstonfringefestival.org.