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LauraLaura Dobbins and Max Dyer in CELLO FISHING AT ANTIBES, 2002

Photo by Marilyn Brodiwck 2002


The Michele Brangwen Dance Ensemble is a contemporary dance company that specializes in commissioning new music for dance and incorporating musicians into the visual imagery. Sharing the stage and the focus, our dancers and musicians break the boundaries of traditional ensemble interaction. Performance works include original choreography and music as well as improvisation by all performers, creating a spontaneous performance environment where anything can happen. The Michele Brangwen Dance Ensemble is known for innovative format, bold subject matter, and wide range of music spanning from classical to jazz to avant-garde and experimental.

In April 2016 the Michele Brangwen Dance Ensemble performed at the MATCH Center, a brand new multi-theater venue in Houston with a concert hall designed specifically for dance. The program featured the premiere of Groove-Fish with choreography by Michele Brangwen and music by the Grammy-nominated bassist and composer Rufus Reid, who also performed in the work. In October 2015, the Michele Brangwen Dance Ensemble performed at the Mark Morris Dance Center, and in May 2015 we were presented by the ShapeShifter Lab, a new multidisciplinary venue in New York City. In June 2015, we joined with the Houston Composers Salon to present the Big Two-Hearted Festival, featuring new music and dance, at Studio 101 Theatre in Houston. In Fall 2014 we premiered the second season of ARTCAST, our Internet Television Series that features new dance, music and film from Houston, New York, Los Angeles and Vancouver on YouTube.

In 2014, the Michele Brangwen Dance Ensemble was presented by the Festival of New Trumpet Music at the Village Zendo in NYC. In June 2013 the Michele Brangwen Dance Ensemble premiered ARTCAST, an Internet television Series that featured dance, music and film created in Houston & New York City, on YouTube. In January 2012, the Michele Brangwen Dance Ensemble performed as part of Dance Theatre of Harlem’s Sunday Matineé Concert Series. Notable commissions include a new site-specific work for FotoFest International’s Biennial in April 2012; notable collaborations include the premiere of two new works with legendary bassist and composer Rufus Reid at Barnevelder Theater in Houston, TX. In December 2008 the Michele Brangwen Dance Ensemble traveled to Sweden to create a dance and music on camera project with the Norrbotten Big Band, an internationally acclaimed jazz ensemble based in Luleå. The Michele Brangwen Dance Ensemble returned to Sweden in December 2009 for live performances with the Norrbotten Big Band at the Stora Salen Theater in Luleå and the Akusticum Theater in Piteå.

The Michele Brangwen Dance Ensemble has been featured at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts in Houston, Texas as part of FotoFest’s 2006 International Biennial dedicated to the themes of The Earth and Artists Responding to Violence. We have been presented at Northwestern University by the International Society of Improvised Music; the Interart Annex in New York City by Creative Women New York, and three times at the Miller Outdoor Theater as part of the Annual Weekend of Texas Contemporary Dance.

Now entering our seventeenth season of performances, the Michele Brangwen Dance Ensemble has commissioned twenty-two new music works for dance. Composers include Tim Hagans, Seth Paynter, Thomas Helton, Brian Nelson, Carol Morgan, Reynaldo Ochoa, Arthur Gottschalk and Rufus Reid. The Michele Brangwen Dance Ensemble is based in New York City and Houston.

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