The dance students of the University of Houston will present a conglomerate of student works at "The Barn," a term of endearment for Barnevelder Theater, a black box theater nestled in downtown Houston. "UH Goes to the Barn," sponsored by University Dance Theatre, the UH dance department student organization, is choreographed, performed and produced by UH students. "UH Goes to the Barn" gives students an opportunity to explore their personal styles and ideas while pushing their artistic boundaries.
Each piece represents a culmination of the choreographers' dance education in combination with their personal aesthetics. The evening's program will feature works from budding student choreographers, some of whom have already made an impression on Houston's professional dance scene. Stephanie Sermas, a member of City Dance Professional Company, premiered the highly intense Blood Pressure in the student concert, "Emerging Choreographers' Showcase," last season. Erica Henderson will be restaging an audience favorite, S.I.R., a work that opens with a tableau of dancers reciting a fragmented version of Maya Angelou's Still I Rise. Erica Henderson will also be performing a solo choreographed by Maria Williams that explores the importance of hair in African-American culture. Marcela Acosta's Blank Page is a quartet set to an instrumental track punctuated by the echo of a typewriter.
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