2016-2017 Season of Performances:
Music Commissioned by MBDE Performed at
The Tim Hagans Quintet will perform music from Unending, a new work the Michele Brangwen Dance Ensemble recently premiered at the new MATCH Center in Houston in April, and music from Get Outside, our 2008 collaboration with the Norrbotten Big Band.
October 13-15, 2016 The Dance & Music Conversation, The Michele Brangwen Dance Ensemble at the Texas Dance Improvisation Festival, presented by Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas
The Michele Brangwen Dance Ensemble will teach “The Dance & Music Conversation,” a workshop that shares our unique process of cultivating dancer and musician interaction in performance as part of the Texas Dance Improvisation Festival, presented by Sam Houston State University. https://www.shsu.edu/academics/dance/events/tdif/tdif
IN AND OUT OF THE SHADOWS, Michele Brangwen Dance Ensemble Performs Saturday, February 25, 2017 at 5 p.m. at the Mark Morris Dance Center, FREE!
The Michele Brangwen Dance Ensemble presents a free 40-minute program in Studio C at the Mark Morris Dance Center, followed by a meet-the-artists wine and pastry reception in the lobby.
The Michele Brangwen Dance Ensemble will perform IN AND OUT OF THE SHADOWS, with choreography by Michele Brangwen and music by Grammy-nominated trumpeter and composer Tim Hagans. IN AND OUT OF THE SHADOWS is inspired by John Cassavetes’ groundbreaking film SHADOWS from 1959.
Performers are: ROBIN GILBERT, YURITZI GOVEA, CRISTIAN LAVERDE KONIG, MICHELE BRANGWEN, dancers; TIM HAGANS, trumpet; JON IRABAGON, saxophone; JOE HERTENSTEIN, drums and percussion; JAMES ILGENFRITZ, double bass
June 9 & 10, 2017 The Michele Brangwen Dance Ensemble Performs at the Comedy Dance Festival, MECA, 1900 Kane Street, Houston, TX 7700
Come and see our tribute to Juan Garcia Esquivel: JUAN ESPRESSO?
August 16 , 2017: The Michele Brangwen Dance Ensemble in Concert, Featuring Premiere of "What Will You Do When You Feel Their Absence?"MATCH, Matchbox 2, 3400 Main Street, Houston TX 77002
The Michele Brangwen Dance Ensemble will premiere "What Will You Do When You Feel Their Absence," a new work that explores the effects of the recent crack down on undocumented immigrants. With choreography by Michele Brangwen and music by Thomas Helton, this new work for 3 dancers, 3 musicians, and an actress, features vocalist Danielle Reich Seale.
More program details coming soon. Check back for ticket link!
September 16, 2017: Michele Brangwen Dance Ensemble Performs at the Jazz Loft, Stony Brook, NY
Fall 2017: ARTCAST Season 3, Internet Television Series Featuring Dance, Music & Film Created in Houston, New York City & Vancouver.
The Michele Brangwen Dance Ensemble created ARTCAST, an Internet Television Series that features dance, music and film created in multiple cities. Season 1 premeired in June of 2013 and featured 4 epsiodes created in Houston and New York. ARTCAST Season 2 premiered in November 2014 featured 8 episodes created in Houston, New York, Los Angeles and Vancouver. ARTCAST Season 3 will premiere In Fall 2017 and include episodes created in Houston, New York and Vancouver. ARTCAST was designed to develop audiences for the arts and also to link both audiences and artists in different cities.
ARTCAST Season 2
A new film with choreography by Michele Brangwen & music by
Read Michele Brangwen's post on "The Lelias" on
Read Michele Brangwen's post on "The Russians Are Coming " on
Read Michele Brangwen's essay on improvisation "Choices Informed By Everything Up To That Moment" on our ARTCAST Season 2 blog.
Read Michele Brangwen's essay "Women in Jazz, Dewey Redman & Sitatunga Dreams"
Read Michele Brangwen's interview with Yunuen Perez Vertti about IN THE HEART OF WOMEN on our ARTCAST Season 2 blog
ARTCAST is funded in part by grants from the Cullen Trust for the Performing Arts, the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance, and NYSCA-subsidized rehearsal space at the Mark Morris Dance Center.
ARTCAST Season 2: See Episode Guide at the top of this page
The Michele Brangwen Dance Ensemble Launches ARTCAST
The Michele Brangwen Dance Ensemble is pleased to announce the launch of ARTCAST, an internet television pilot series. Season I premiered in the Spring of 2013 and Season 2 will premiere in Fall 2014.
ARTCAST episodes are broadcast weekly onYouTube, and then available for viewing on Youtube anytime. Each episode contains live dance, music and film content.
Robin Gilbert, Tim Hagans & Michele Brangwen in COLUMBUS CIRCLE
Why Are We Doing This?
When I was a child, I first saw dance on television. Although I did not make the transition to jazz fan at age 4, I first heard the John Coltrane vibe played by puppets on The Friendly Giant TV show. When my big brothers were children, they saw classics of cinema, like Fellini's "La Dolce Vita" on local stations. There was a time when television could offer a selection of content that could nourish us, comfort us in meaningful and lasting ways, and challenge us.
Now we live in a time where television is riding a wave of sadism, violence, and exploitation. With few exceptions, television series are run like businesses, with commercialism dictating content. Now with the beginnings of internet television and the use of open sources like Youtube, we have the opportunity to put artistic content out into the internet television universe. We also have the opportunity to explore how this technology can link audiences and artists alike in multiple cities.