2017 Season of Performances:

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.

The program will also include UNENDING, a new work inspired by the music of John Coltrane, with choreography by Michele Brangwen, music by Tim Hagans, and movement and music created in the moment by all performers. UNENDING folllows the form of a traditional jazz tune, with set choreography and music to the head and bridge, and then improvised duets for dancers and musicians during the choruses.

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?

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August 16 , 2017: The Michele Brangwen Dance Ensemble & the Boomtown Brass Band 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 and the Boomtown Brass Band will share an evening of new works on Wednesday August 16, 2017 at 8 p.m. at the Midtown Arts & Theater Center Houston (MATCH) in Theater 2.

The program features the premiere of WHAT WILL YOU DO WHEN YOU FEEL THEIR ABSENCE? with choreography, text & costumes by Michele Brangwen and music by Thomas Helton, with additional text by Peter Josyph. Guest artist, vocalist Danielle Reich Seale, joins the dancers, Grammy-nominated trumpeter Tim Hagans, and bassist Thomas Helton for an exploration of what the symbol of the Statue of Liberty, and the ideas and ideals behind her, mean to us today. Brangwen writes: ‘The work opens a dialogue as to what are the ramifications to our collective consciousness as a nation when treating people with cruelty, like breaking apart families and incarcerating asylum seekers fleeing violence, becomes the norm. “

Set in an intimate bar/café that could be in any city, WHAT WILL YOU DO WHEN YOU FEEL THEIR ABSENCE? invites the audience to watch as stories unfold about how we are all connected to each other. Brangwen writes: “Art can find ways into our hearts and minds where rhetoric falls short. I have long been thinking about a wall of dance and music. A few people standing together become a tiny segment…of a different kind of wall.”

The second half of the program is a set of new music written in the style of Hot New Orleans Jazz from the 1920’s by composers Thomas Helton and Ryan Gabbart, and performed by the Boomtown Brass Band. Joyous and sensuous music that is both new and from another time will have the audience soaring with its bouncing rhythms and infectious energy.

Performers are Danielle Reich Seale, voice; Robin Gilbert Campos, Yuritzi Govea, and Michele Brangwen, dancers; Tim Hagans, trumpet; Thomas Helton, double bass. Boomtown Brass Band: Ryan Gabbart, trombone; Johan Keus, cornet/trumpet; Doug Wright clarinet; Mike Viteri, guitar; Morris Moon, banjo, and Thomas Helton, tuba.

Tickets are $20 General Admission & $15 Students & Senors. Click here for tickets!



September 16, 2017 at 7 p.m.: The Jazz Loft Presents the Michele Brangwen Dance Ensemble, The Jazz Loft, Stony Brook, NY

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.

The program will also include UNENDING, a new work inspired by the music of John Coltrane, with choreography by Michele Brangwen, music by Tim Hagans, and movement and music created in the moment by all performers. UNENDING folllows the form of a traditional jazz tune, with set choreography and music to the head and bridge, and then improvised duets for dancers and musicians during the choruses.

Performers are: ROBIN GILBERT, YURITZI GOVEA, CRISTIAN LAVERDE KONIG, MICHELE BRANGWEN, dancers; TIM HAGANS, trumpet; JON IRABAGON, saxophone; JOE HERTENSTEIN, drums and percussion; THOMAS HELTON, double bass

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Dates TBA: Michele Brangwen Dance Ensemble Performs at the 3rd Annual Festival of Jazz and Dance at the KoKo Jazz Club, Helsinki, Finland


Fall /Winter 2017: ARTCAST Season 3, Internet Television Series Featuring Dance, Music & Film Created in Houston, New York City & Vancouver.
YouTube.com/brangwendance and Brangwendance.org

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
An Internet Television Series
YOUTUBE.COM/BRANGWENDANCE


Episodes are also available for viewing any time following each broadcast
on YouTube.com/brangwendance. More info at www.brangwendance.org

November 9
EPISODE 1: IN AND OUT OF THE SHADOWS

A new film with choreography by Michele Brangwen & music by
Grammy-nominated composer Tim Hagans, inspired by John Cassavetes’
film SHADOWS. Guest artist Joe Hertenstein on drums joins MBDE
dancers and musicians. Lighting Design by Kris Phelps
.
Houston

Read Michele Brangwen's post on "The Lelias" on
our new ARTCAST Season 2 blog



November 16
EPISODE 2:
NO STANDING IN ST. PETERSBURG PART 2: ASTORIA


Award-winning filmmaker Peter Josyph premieres ASTORIA, part 2 of his serial
film NO STANDING IN ST. PETERSBURG. Part 1 premiered on ARTCAST Season 1.
The Russians are back! ASTORIA stars Anna Istomina & Raymond Todd
. New York

Read Michele Brangwen's post on "The Russians Are Coming " on
our new ARTCAST Season 2 blog


November 23
EPISODE 3: QUANTUM BASS

The Michele Brangwen Dance Ensemble transforms the Quantum
Bass Center’s studios into an intimate performance environment. Featuring
Lindsey McGill, Thomas Helton and Seth Paynter. Co-presented by the
Houston Composers Salon. Houston

Read Michele Brangwen's essay "Still Dancers Displaying Their Exquisite Shapes" on our
ARTCAST Season 2 Blog



November 30
EPISODE 4: RAIN GIRL

A new film with choreography and text by Michele Brangwen and music
by Tim Hagans. Inspired by Hemingway’s “Big Two-Hearted River”
tributing the resilience of the human spirit. Featuring dancer
Robin Gilbert. Narration by Cristian Laverde Koen
ig New York

Read Michele Brangwen's essay Hemingway & Rain Girl
on
ARTCAST Season 2 blog




 

December 7
EPISODE 5:
NO STANDING IN ST. PETERSBURG PART 3:
FILM AT THE TOP


Part 3 of Peter Josyph’s serial film NO STANDING IN ST. PETERSBURG.
An actress, played by Elena A. Shadrina, tries to comprehend her enigmatic
director, played by Kevin Larkin.
New York

Read Michele Brangwen's essay "Film at the Top: The Feminist Take" on
ARTCAST Season 2 Blog



December 14
EPISODE 6: QUANTUM BASS PART 2

Featuring SQUEAKY DREAM, conceived by Lindsey McGill and
performed by Roberta Cortes, Michele Brangwen, Seth Paynter &
Thomas Helton, followed by a duet by Roberta Cortes & Seth Paynter.
Co-presented by the Houston Composers Salon. Houston

Read Michele Brangwen's essay on improvisation "Choices Informed By Everything Up To That Moment" on our ARTCAST Season 2 blog.


December 21
EPISODE 7: SITATUNGA

A new work from composer Mark Masters that tributes the wild and
innovative spirit of legendary saxophonist Dewey Redman. Performed by the
Mark Masters Jazz Ensemble featuring Kirsten Edkins. Presented by the
American Jazz Institute. Los Angeles

Read Michele Brangwen's essay "Women in Jazz, Dewey Redman & Sitatunga Dreams"
on our
ARTCAST Season 2 blog


 

December 28
EPISODE 8: IN THE HEART OF WOMEN

IN THE HEART OF WOMEN is a new documentary short by filmmaker Yunuen Perez Vertti. Filmed in Vancouver, IN THE HEART OF WOMEN is about West Coast Women Artists, a collective of indigenous artists whose goal is to build on artistic skills, share knowledge, and preserve traditional teaching through art.

Read Michele Brangwen's interview with Yunuen Perez Vertti about IN THE HEART OF WOMEN on our ARTCAST Season 2 blog

Join us on facebook.com/brangwendance
and twitter @brangwendance or #ARTCAST.

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.

And by ARTCAST Episode Sponsors:
Joyce Freeman;
Rufus & Doris Reid
Quantum Bass Center, Houston


Vancouver Photo by Arlene Bowman

 

ARTCAST Season 2: See Episode Guide at the top of this page

Read ARTCAST Season 1 Commentary

 

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 is intended to develop audiences for the arts and also to link both audiences and artists in different cities. ARTCAST Seasin 1 included broadcasts created in Houston and New York City. Season 2 will expand to include episodes created in Houston, New York City, Los Angeles and Vancouver.

ARTCAST Episodes

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.