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Filming in Sweden

Photot by Karl-Martin Almqvist

 

Video Stills from SANCTUARY MOON

 

 

 

 

 

MBDE in Houston

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A NOTE FROM GUANTANAMO

 

 

 

 

 

CONFUSION OF ANGELS

 

 

Photos from CONFUSION OF ANGELS by Jeremy Choate

The Images of the Broken Obelisk & Reflecting Pool are used with permission of the Rothko Chapel.

 

 

 

 

 

SWEET LAND

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Images: Stills from DESESPERADOS

 

 

 

 

Dancers Sasha Filipovich and Arneita McKinney in BLACK RAIN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Deanna Green, Vladimir Kotsiouruba, Arneita McKinney, and Greg Harbar in Desesperados

 

Dancer Michele Brangwen and Musician Thomas Helton in Ghost Tango from DESESPERADOS

Photos by Graf Imhoof

 

 

 

Dancer Deanna Green in the DVD DESESPERADOS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Above: Dancers Deanna Green, Laura Dobbins, and Althea Skinner in MADRID

Photo by Graf Imhoof

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Members of MBDE in LOUIE'S, KEY WEST

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Welcome to our archive of some of our recent performances and projects!

You'll find current performance informantion on our PERFORMANCE INFO pag

2015-16: Season of Performances

Michele Brangwen Dance Ensemble Performs Saturday, October 24, 2015 at 5 p.m. at the Mark Morris Dance Center.

NO FRILLS & FREE!

Please join us for this fully staged 40 minute performance in the intimate setting of the Studio C, followed by a wine and pastry reception in the lobby.

Program:

RAIN GIRL
Choreography & Text: Michele Brangwen, Music by Tim Hagans
RAIN GIRL is a feature for dancer Robin Gilbert and trumpeter Tim Hagans. Inspired by Hemingway's short story "Big Two-Hearted River" that tributes the resilience of the human spirit.

SURROUND SOUND
Music by Rufus Reid

Music for two double basses by the legendary bassist and composer Rufus Reid. Surround Sound was commissioned by the Michele Brangwen Dance Ensemble and will be performed with dance in 2016.

SKAMATO
Choreography by Michele Brangwen, Music by Tim Hagans
SKAMATO is a ska influenced work for dancers, trumpet, sax, sousaphone, double bass and percussion, that celebrates the vine ripened, non-GMO tomato. SKAMATO is the first movment in UNSANTO, a work designed to explore the changes to the food we eat and how this effects us. Ecstatic and rebellious, this work explores the memories and emotions triggered by the taste, feel and smell of a real tomato.

Read the Houston Press Preview of SKAMATO.

Performed by Roberta Cortes, Robin Gilbert, Brit Wallis & Michele Brangwen, dancers; Tim Hagans, trumpet; Seth Paynter, saxophone; Thomas Helton, double bass and sousaphone; Joe Hertenstein, drums & percussion; James Ilgenfritz, double bass.

Saturday October 24, 2015 at 5 p.m.
Free
Mark Morris Dance Center
3 Lafayette Street
Brooklyn, NY 11217

MICHELE BRANGWEN DANCE ENSEMBLE With RUFUS REID
Saturday 4/23 at 8 p.m. & Sunday 4/24 at 3 p.m.
MATCH Center Houston. CLICK HERE TO BUY TICKETS

The Michele Brangwen Dance Ensemble performs in Houston's band new MATCH Center on Saturday and Sunday April 23 & 24. 3400 Main Street, Houston TX 77002
www.matchouston.org

GROOVE-FISH World Premiere
Choreography by Michele Brangwen & Music by legendary Composer-Bassist Rufus Reid.
If GMO Salmon renders real salmon extinct, will we loose more than just a species. Will we loose a vital and poetic price of the fabric of our own human existence? Dance and music express what these creatures can not.

SKAMATO
Choreography by Michele Brangwe & Music by Tim Hagans
SKAMATO is a ska influenced work for dancers, trumpet, sax, sousaphone, double bass and percussion, that celebrates the vine ripened, non-GMO tomato. SKAMATO is the first movement in UNSANTO, a work designed to explore the changes to the food we eat and how this effects us. Ecstatic and rebellious, SKAMATO explores the memories and emotions triggered by the taste, feel and smell of a real tomato.

UNENDING
Choreography by Michele Brangwen & Music by Tim Hagans, With Movement And Music Created Spontaneously In The Moment By All Performers.
Wild, unpredictable, and ecstatic, UNENDING tributes John Coltrane's composition Ole.

Plus Exciting Music From the RUFUS REID/TIM HAGANS QUINTET

About Rufus Reid:

"His luscious sound and buoyant swing can levitate an ensemble off the bandstand." -- The New Yorker

Performers:

Rufus Reid, double bass

Roberta Cortes, Robin Gilbert, Brit Wallis, Michele Brangwen, dancers

Tim Hagans, trumpet

Thomas Helton, double bass & Sousaphone

Seth Paynter, saxophone

Joe Hertenstein, drums & percussion

CLICK HERE TO BUY TICKETS

 

 

Theses performances are supported in part by a Dance Source Houston Production Grant.

Additional support is provided by the Quantuam Bass Center.

RUFUS REID MASTER CLASS
Thursday 4/21 at 7 p.m.
Quantum Bass Center, Houston
quantumbasscenter.com
Theater at 3414 La Branch (Corner of La Branch & Holman)

$10 Admission


2015:

BIG TWO-HEARTED FESTIVAL
Dance & Music From Michele Brangwen Dance Ensemble, Houston Composers Salon & the Core Trio

Friday & Saturday June 26 & 27, 2015 at 8 p.m.
Studio 101 Theatre, Spring Street Studios
1824 Spring Street, Houston, TX 77007
Tickets: $10 At the Door (cash or check)/$9 online at bthf.brownpapertickets.com

Parking is free in the Spring Street Studios Parking Lot.


The Michele Brangwen Dance Ensemble & the Houston Composers Salon present the first ever Big-Two Hearted Festival, new dance and music to inspire your summer at an affordable price!

SKAMATO, RAIN GIRL & NO STANDING ANY TIME
Choreography by Michele Brangwen & Music by Tim Hagans

"One of Houston's top ten choreographers" - Houston Press

"A Swarming, spirited tour de force" - Village Voice

The program features the premiere of SKAMATO, a ska influenced work for dancers, trumpet, sax, tuba, bass and drums, that celebrates the vine ripened, non-GMO tomato, featuring choreography by Michele Brangwen and music by Tim Hagans.

SKAMATO is the first in a series or works we are doing about the changes in the food we eat and how this effects us. Besides taste and nutrition, there are also memories and emotions tied to the taste and feel of real food. We decided to approach the first section from a joyous and humorous standpoint, focusing on the positive aspects of the real tomato, and indirectly raising awareness for what we would loose if all we have is the colorless, tasteless, rubbery, alternative.

In NO STANDING ANY TIME, 3 dancers and 3 musicians explore the nocturnal world between dreams, with sections of improvisation by all performers. Read about the inspiration for this work on our blog

RAIN GIRL is a feature for dancer Robin Gilbert and trumpeter Tim Hagans, inspired by Hemingway's short story "Big Two-Hearted River."

TOXIC & EYEMUSIC IV
Music by Thomas Helton & Aaron Bielish

"An agenda of decisive interdeterminacy, within the lineage of jazz's post 1960's-avant-garde." - New York Times

The Core Trio premieres TOXIC, new music inspired by Ornette Coleman, by its leader Thomas Helton.

Adventurous and innovative, in EYEMUSIC IV, The Core Trio performs music at the boundaries of art and sound by Aaron Bielish. Bielish’s score is a visual image rather than musical notes, and the musicians perform the work by following the visual paths in the artwork.

ROBERTA CORTES, ROBIN GILBERT, MICHELE BRANGWEN, TIM HAGANS
THOMAS HELTON, JOE HERTENSTEIN, SETH PAYNTER, AARON BIELISH



These performances are supported in part by Dance Source Houston's Micro Grant program.

Video of RAIN GIRL from a previous performance:


 

Michele Brangwen Dance Ensemble Performs Friday May 1, 2015 at 8 p.m. at the ShapeShifter Lab in New York City



Tickets $20 General
$16 Advance on line at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1433854

SHAPESHIFTER LAB
18 Whitwell Place
Brooklyn, New York 11215
646 820-9452
www.shapeshifterlab.com


Program:

NO STANDING ANY TIME
Choreography by Michele Brangwen & Music by Tim Hagans

With sections of movement and music created spontaneously in the moment by all performers. Featuring Roberta Cortes, Robin Gilbert, & Michele Brangwen, dancers; Tim Hagans, trumpet; Seth Paynter, saxophone; and James Ilgenfritz, bass.

Read about this work in Michele's blog: The Inspiration for No Standing Any Time

INVITATION
Choreography by Michele Brangwen & Music by Seth Paynter

In Invitation, soprano saxophone combines with dancers, woodbock, snaps, gongs and Burma bells, to create a performance work that invites us to unite, both poetically within ourselves, and with each other. The central duet, described by ARTSHOUSTON as "sensuous and poetic" will be performed by Robin Gilbert & Roberta Cortes.

BAD DUETS
Music by Tim Hagans & Joe Hertenstein

Two powerhouse musical collaborators join forces to explore the duet, looking for new territory. They will also expand that feeling of intimacy and communication inherent in the duet into a larger format to allow for special guests as the dancers and musicians of the Michele Brangwen Dance Ensemble sit in.

SHAPESHIFTER LAB
18 Whitwell Place
Brooklyn, New York 11215
646 820-9452

Michele Brangwen Dance Ensemble's
15th Anniversary Season in 2014

Robin Gilbert in Rain Girl. Photo by Peter Josyph

The Festival of New Trumpet Music & Village Zendo Arts present the
Michele Brangwen Dance Ensemble in Concert

Friday January 17 at 8 p.m

THE VILLAGE ZENDO
588 Broadway, Suite 1108, New York, NY 10012

Tickets: $16 online tickets click here.
$20 at the door the night of the show.
Seating is limited; advance purchase is recommend
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The Festival of New Trumpet Music & Village Zendo Arts present the Michele Brangwen Dance Ensemble in concert at the Village Zendo on Friday January 2014 at 8 p.m.

The Michele Brangwen Dance Ensemble will premiere RAIN GIRL, with choreography by Michele Brangwen and music by Grammy-nominated trumpeter and composer Tim Hagans. RAIN GIRL takes its inspiration from Hemingway’s post-war story “Big Two-Hearted River” to tribute the resilience of the human spirit and explore the process of rejuvenation after conflict and violence.

The program also includes DREAM-TRANE and INVITATION, two excerpts from SANCTUARY MOON, in which gongs, Burma bells, wood blocks and snaps combine with trumpet and saxophone to create an environment in which dancers and musicians evoke the emotions conjured by these ancient sounds on modern ears. In DREAM-TRANE two musicians tell each other their dreams using their instruments and dancers as extensions of their psyche. The work is completely improvised based on a concept by Michele Brangwen and Seth Paynter. INVITATION, which features choreography by Michele Brangwen and music by Seth Paynter, invites us to unite poetically within ourselves and with each other.

Trumpeter Tim Hagans and Jukkis Uotila conclude the evening with the BAD DUETS, in which they are joined by special guest Seth Paynter.

Performers are Robin Gilbert, Lindsey McGill & Michele Brangwen dancers
Tim Hagans trumpet, woodblock, Burma bells
Seth Paynter saxophone, opera gongs
Jukkis Uotila drumset, gong

Preview Invitation by watching it on ARTCAST:

Friday January 17 at 8 p.m

THE VILLAGE ZENDO
588 Broadway, Suite 1108, New York, NY 10012

Tickets: $16 online tickets click here.
$20 at the door the night of the show.
Seating is limited; advance purchase is recommended

More info at: Village Zendo



TIM HAGANS QUINTET AT DIZZY'S CLUB COCA COLA
Jazz at Lincoln Center
Broadway at West 60th Street, New York, NY.

Sunday January 19 at 7:30 & 9:30 p.m.
Tickets at: Jalc.org

Tim Hagans trumpet
Ravi Coltrane saxophone
Dave Stryker guitar
Jay Anderson bass
Jukkis Uotila drums

Tim Hagans performs music from his new composition Faces Under the Inluence, based on characters from the films of John Cassavetes, and from his hit CD: The Moon is Waiting. You can here music originally commissioned by the Michele Brangwen Dance Ensemble, as well music that will be used in upcoming premieres!

 

SUMMER 2014 PROJECTS, PERFORMANCES & EVENTS

Thursday August 14 from 5 to 7 p.m., Free
Cultured Cocktails

Boheme Cafe & Wine Bar
307 Fairview, Houston TX 77006
barboheme.com

In celebration of our 15th Anniversary and our celloman logo, Boheme will be serving a special drink: A CELLOMANHATTAN. Please come by & visit with us. A portion of the proceeds benefit the Michele Brangwen Dance Ensemble.

 

Friday August 15 from 9 p.m. to midnight, $15 Admission

TIM HAGANS & THE CORE TRIO
Cezanne Jazz Club
4100 Montrose Blvd, Houston TX 77006

cezannejazz.com

Trumpet legend Tim Hagans & Houston's Core Trio perform two sets of new wild jazz, including the score to the Michele Brangwen Dance Ensemble's upcoming film: IN AND OUT OF THE SHADOWS. Tim Hagans, trumpet; Seth Paynter, saxophone; Thomas Helton, bass; Joe Hertenstein, drums.

 

August 18-21

The Michele Brangwen Dance Ensemble films IN AND OUT OF THE SHADOWS

The Michele Brangwen Dance Ensemble films IN AND OUT OF THE SHADOW, a new work inspired by John Cassavetes' groundbreaking film SHADOWS. It will premiere this Fall as part of ARTCAST Season 2 on YouTube.com/brangwendance.

IN AND OUT OF THE SHADOWS features choreography by Michele Brangwen and music by Grammy-nominated trumpeter and composer Tim Hagans. Performers are Lindsey McGill, Roberta Cortes, & Michele Brangwen, dancers; Tim Hagans, trumpet; Seth Paynter, saxophone; Thomas Helton, bass; Joe Hertenstein, drums. Cinematography by Yunuen Perez Vertti and Lighting Design by Kris Phelps.

 


Saturday August 23. Two Shows at 6 & 8 p.m. $20 Admission

THE MICHELE BRANGWEN DANCE ENSEMBLE PERFORMS
Quantum Bass Center

Midtown Art Center, 3414 La Branch, Houston, TX 77004

The Michele Brangwen Dance Ensemble turns the beautiful Quantum Bass Center into an intimate performance environment where dancers & musicians intertwine for an exciting and unique evening. The program also features a work by the Houston Composers Salon.

Performers are Lindsey McGill, Roberta Cortes, & Michele Brangwen, dancers; Tim Hagans, trumpet; Seth Paynter, saxophone; Thomas Helton, bass; and Kris Phelps, lights.

Admission includes refreshments. Free parking in the Midtown Art Center lot.

Please note: Due to limited seating tickets must be purchased in advance.



TIM HAGANS QUARTET FRIDAY & SATURDAY OCTOBER 17 & 18 at the KITANO JAZZ CLUB, NYC featuring music from IN AND OUT OF THE SHADOWS

The Tim Hagans Quartet featuring Tim Hagans, trumpet; Rufus Reid, bass; and Jukkis Uotila, drums, join with legendary pianist Don Friedman for performances on Friday and Saturday October 17 & 18 at Jazz at Kitano. This collaboration between Hagans and Friedman brings two incredibly unique and melodic players together in performance for the first time.

The Jazz at Kitano performances will feature new music by Tim Hagans, including the music from IN AND OUT OF THE SHADOWS a new film from the Michele Brangwen Dance Ensemble. The performances will also feature music from the Tim Hagans Quartet CD: THE MOON IS WAITING.

Tim Hagans Quartet
JAZZ AT KITANO
66 Park Avenue, East 38th St, New York NY 10016
212 885 -7119
www.Kitano.com/Jazz-Schedule
$30 cover/ $15 minimum drink & food per person


 

THE MICHELE BRANGWEN DANCE ENSEMBLE PREMIERES
NO STANDING ANY TIME

WITH MUSIC BY 3 TIME GRAMMY-NOMINEE
TIM HAGANS

BARNEVELDER THEATER
Saturday February 9
Two shows: 6 & 8 p.m.

Tickets $20 General; $15 Students

The Michele Brangwen Dance Ensemble premieres NO STANDING ANY TIME, a new work with choreography by Michele Brangwen and music by three-time Grammy nominee trumpeter and composer Tim Hagans.

NO STANDING ANY TIME is a work for 3 pairs of dancers and musicians that explores the emotional shifts that can occur when we allow ourselves to absorb our external environment. Choreographer Michele Brangwen says: “The setting of NO STANDING ANY TIME is the world we experience when we awaken between dreams. The subtle sounds and feelings of that space resonate deeply, and challenge us to live wholly in the present.”

The program also includes a revival of INVITATION, a work for dancers, saxophone, gongs, wood blocks and Burma bells, with choreography by Michele Brangwen and music by Seth Paynter. INVITATION, described by critic John DeMers as “sensuous and poetic” (ARTSHOUSTON Magazine), centers on a duet for two women representing halves of the same person coming together. Brangwen:“It’s an invitation to come together, to move forward into a place of wholeness.”

The evening’s performers are dancers Brooke Barnes-Meeks, Roberta Cortes, Lindsey McGill, and Michele Brangwen; Tim Hagans, trumpet and percussion; Seth Paynter, saxophone; David Klingensmith, acoustic bass and percussion.

These performances will be filmed as part of ARTCAST, an Internet Television pilot created by the Michele Brangwen Dance Ensemble for broadcast in April 2013. The ARTCAST series will include dance, music, and film created in Houston and in New York City. ARTCAST is intended to develop audiences for the arts, and to link audiences and artists in different cities. The series will be broadcast on YouTube

Saturday February 9, 2013.
Two shows at 6 and 8 p.m.
Barnevelder Theater
2201 Preston Street, Houston, TX, 77003
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Directions to Barnevelder

Tickets are $20 general Admission and $15 Students & Seniors, and can be purchased at the door with cash or check.

Please arrive early. Due to the nature of the performance, there will be no late seating

Visit Tim Hagans website!

 

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Robin Glibert in "What I'll Tell Her Later Tonight"

You can watch WHAT I'LL TELL HER LATER TONIGHT, our latest short with choreography by Michele Brangwen and music by Tim Hagans, on our homepage

VIEW IMAGES FROM THE MICHELE BRANGWEN DANCE ENSEMBLE'S PERFORMANCE OF KATSU
by Photographer Galina Kurlat

Presented as part of FOTOFEST INTERNATIONAL'S 14th BIENNIAL,


 

KATSU at FOTOFEST

The Michele Brangwen Dance Ensemble performs KATSU as part of
FOTOFEST International's 14th Biennial

FotoFest, 1113 Vine Street, Houston, TX. Sunday April 15, 2012: Two Shows at 6 & 8 p.m. ADMISSION IS FREE

The Michele Brangwen Dance Ensemble premieres KATSU, a new work with choreography by Michele Brangwen; music by Tim Hagans and Thomas Helton; film, and live camera.

KATSU celebrates the forces unleashed when the restrictions of one's environment are overcome. The entire FotoFest Vine Street complex becomes the stage as dancers and musicians travel the historic galleries.

Michele Brangwen writes: “In expanding and developing KATSU, I’ve been exploring the ways we connect different locations in performance through film and live camera. KATSU explores how we move out of our current surroundings, literally and poetically. This is what Russian photographers have been doing for years: using their art to take them to another realm. Our sense of place is really a mysterious thing. Are we in a holding pattern, a plateau, or exactly where we need to be?”

KATSU is performed by Brooke Barnes-Meeks, Scarlett Barnes, Lindsey McGill, Robin Gilbert and Michele Brangwen, dancers; Tim Hagans, trumpet; Seth Paynter, saxophone; Thomas Helton and Scott Lee, acoustic bass; Fung Chern Hwei & Gregor Huebner, violin; Jeremy Choate and Yunuen Perez Vertti, live camera.

Sunday April 15, 2012. Two shows: 6 & 8 p.m.
FotoFest
1113 Vine Street, Houston, TX, 77002.

ADMISSION IS FREE

www.fotofest.org
713 223-5522

Please arrive early. Due to the nature of the performance, late seating is limited.

MBDE Performs OUTSIDE MY WINDOW at Stora Salen Theatre in Lulea, Sweden

The Michele Brangwen Dance Ensemble will be performing as a guest company on Dance Theater of Harlem's Sunday Matinee Concert Series

Dance Theater of Harlem
Everett Center for the Performing Arts
466 West 152nd Street, New York, NY
Sunday January 8, 2012 at 3 p.m.

We will be presenting Outside My Window, the opening dance from Get Outside, with choreography by Michele Brangwen and music by Tim Hagans.

Beautiful instrumental monologues get a physical interpretation by the dancers and the result is, to say the least, a delight for both eye and ear, a thrilling experience."

-- Anders Sandlund, Piteå-Tidningen

Performers are Robin Gilbert, Mary Beth Hansohn, Cristian Laverde Koenig and Michele Brangwen, dancers. Tim Hagans, trumpet; Seth Paynter, saxophone; Fung Chern Hwei, violin; Scott Lee, bass.

The program will also include performances by celebrated vocalist Carla Harris and students from the Dance Theatre of Harlem Professional Training Program. There will be a reception immediately following the performance.

Tickets and information on the entire program will be available on the Dance Theater of Harlem's website. We hope you will mark your calendars and join us on Sunday January 8 at 3 p.m. We are excited to be a part of this program.

Support for this performance was made possible through NYSCA subsidized rehearsal space at the Baryshnikov Arts Center and the Mark Morris Dance Center

 

CONFUSION OF ANGELS

The SHAPESHIFTER LAB presents 3 Short Films by the Michele Brangwen Dance Ensemble With Live Jazz By Tim Hagans and Matt Garrison.

SHAPESHIFTER LAB
18 Whitwell Place, Brooklyn, 11215
Sunday July 31, 2011

Admission is Free

The ShapeShifter Lab presents 3 short films by the Michele Brangwen Dance Ensemble: GET OUTSIDE, SANCTUARY MOON, and CONFUSION OF ANGELS. The screening will be followed by live jazz with trumpeter Tim Hagans and bassist Matt Garrison. Sunday July 31 at 6 p.m. at the ShapeShifter Lab, 18 Whitwell Place, Brooklyn, NY. Click here for directions.

The Michele Brangwen Dance Ensemble is a contemporary dance company known for its use of live original music in performance, and the integration of musicians into the visual imagery. The Michele Brangwen Dance Ensemble has performed in New York, Chicago, Austin, Houston, and in several cities in Sweden.

GET OUTSIDE (2009, 15 minutes) is a short film created by the Michele Brangwen Dance Ensemble in collaboration with the Norrbotten Big Band, an innovative jazz ensemble based in Luleå, Sweden. GET OUTSIDE features choreography by Michele Brangwen and a score by 3-times Grammy nominated jazz composer/trumpeter Tim Hagans. It was filmed on location in Luleå and explores the idea that protecting one’s internal and external environment are parts of the same process.

SANCTUARY MOON (2008, 10 minutes) is a short film conceived and choreographed by Michele Brangwen, with music by Seth Paynter. The film explores the idea that perhaps our unfinished thoughts and actions—represented here by fragments of movement and sound—have a power, beauty, and significant consequences—personally, politically—that we don’t realize.

CONFUSION OF ANGELS (2006, 12 minutes) is a short film conceived and choreographed by Michele Brangwen, with music by Thomas Helton. It was filmed in the Rothko Chapel at sculptor Barnett Newman’s Broken Obelisk and Reflecting Pool. Commissioned by Houston’s Dia de los Muertos Festival, the film was a response to the growing number of casualties in the Middle East.


2011 Grammy-nominated composer and trumpeter Tim Hagans is one of the most unique and influential modern voices in jazz. Mr. Hagans performs and records with the Tim Hagans Quartet, and with Bob Belden, Joe Lovano, Blue Note All-Stars, Gary Peacock, Yellowjackets, and Bob Mintzer. He was nominated for Grammy awards for Best Instrumental Composition for “Box of Cannoli” on The Avatar Sessions (2010 Fuzzy Music); Best Contemporary Jazz CD for Re: Animation (2000 Blue Note) and Animation*Imagination (1999 Blue Note).

Electric bassist and composer Matt Garrison was recently described as one of the top 20 most influential bass tones (Bass Player Magazine). He has performed, toured and recorded with Herbie Hancock, Joe Zawinul, Chaka Khan, Pino Daniele, Meshell Ndege Ocello, Joni Mitchell, Whitney Houston, Wayne Shorter, Jack Dejohnette, Steve Coleman, Rita Marcotulli, Bill Cosby, Paul Simon, Cassandra Wilson, Wallace Roney, Geri Allen, Gary Thomas, John Mclaughlin, Pat Metheny, The Gil Evans Orchestra, Tito Puente, Mike Gibbs, John Scofield, and the Saturday Night Live Band. He recently completed a tour of Japan, China and Taiwan with his own Matt Garrison Band.

Matt Garrison is the creator of the ShapeShifter Lab, an exciting new venue located in the Park Slope area of Brooklyn. Matt Garrison is the son of Jimmy Garrison, who was the bassist for John Coltrane from the quartet days of A Love Supreme to the final recordings. Continuing in his father’s tradition of innovation, Matt Garrison is exploring new ways of writing and performing music, developing new interactive performance technology, and cultivating an environment for collaboration and experimentation. He and ShapeShifter Lab director Fortuna Sung have created a bold new venue for performance that pushes the boundaries and explores new ideas and new territory.

Sunday July 31
Time: 6 p.m.
Admission is Free

Click Here For Directions!

SHAPESHIFTER LAB
18 Whitwell Place, Brooklyn, NY 11215
ShapShifter Lab telephone: 646.820.9452


www.shapeshifterlab.com

 

 

Michele Brangwen Dance Ensemble in collaboration with FOTOFEST present the premiere of a KATSU, a new work for dance, music and live camera.

FotoFest, 1113 Vine Street, Houston, TX. Sunday April 3, 2011. Two shows at 6 & 8 p.m.

The Michele Brangwen Dance Ensemble premieres KATSU, a new work for four dancers, trumpet, saxophone, acoustic bass, and live camera, created specifically for performance in FotoFest's historic 1913 Galleries.

Katsu is the Zen word for a roar. Michele Brangwen explains: "Katsu is about ideas and emotions that gain force and momentum, like a powerful train in the distance whose presence grows more intense as it gets closer. It's our wildest and most experimental work yet."

KATSU is conceived and directed by Michele Brangwen, with dance, music and live camera created spontaneously in the moment by Brooke Barnes-Meeks, Scarlett Barnes, Lindsey McGill and Michele Brangwen, dancers; Tim Hagans, trumpet; Seth Paynter, saxophone; Thomas Helton, acoustic bass; and Jeremy Choate, live camera.

The program will also include new music by Tim Hagans, Thomas Helton, and Seth Paynter performed by TIM HAGANS SUBVERSIVE JAZZ, featuring Richard Cholakian on drums.

KUHF Radio Announcer Eric Ladau introduces the program.

These performances are presented in conjunction with the exhibition "Nowhere Near Here: New Photographic Work by Texas Artists." Presented by FotoFest and Houston Center for Photography.

$20 general Admission and $15 Students & Seniors. Tickets can be purchased at the door with cash, check or credit card.

Photo by Vinod Hopson, FOTOFEST International

Tim Hagans Nominated For A 2011 Grammy

We wanted to share with you the exciting news that composer and trumpeter Tim Hagans, one of the Michele Brangwen Dance Ensemble's core collaborators, has been nominated for a 2011 Grammy for Best Instrumental Composition for "Box of Cannoli" from the CD: THE AVATAR SESSIONS (Fuzzy Music 2010). We hope you share in our elation!

Listen to "Box of Cannoli" at www.timhagans.com

Purchase THE AVATAR SESSIONS by going to www.fuzzymusic.com

Or visit our contribute page and get the CD as a donor perk!

 

 

The Michele Brangwen Dance Ensemble with Legendary NYC Composer & Bassist Rufus Reid & Tim Hagans Subversive Jazz

Barnevelder Theater, 2201 Preston @ Hutchins, on May 16, 2010.

Two shows: 6 & 8 p.m.

The Michele Brangwen Dance Ensemble premieres two new works: CARESS THE THOUGHT featuring chreography by Michele Brangwen and music by Rufus Reid; and THIS BELONGS IN THE GARAGE with choreography by Michele Brangwen and music by Tim Hagans.

Rufus Reid is one of today's premiere bassists on the international jazz scene and a celebrated composer. He is a recipient of the Chamber Music America New Works Commission; Charlie Parker Jazz Composition Award; The Sackler Commission Prize, and the ASCAP/IAJE Commission for Established Jazz Composers. Mr. Reid was named a Guggenheim Fellow in June 2008. As a bassist he has traveled, performed and recorded with Eddie Harris, Sonny Stitt, Don Byas, Philly Joe Jones, Thad Jones, Mel Lewis, Dexter Gordon, Bill Evans, Stan Getz, Dizzy Gillespie, and Art Farmer. His most recent CD as a leader, Out Front, was released on Motéma records 

“The album's centerpiece, the 12-minute suite "Caress the Thought," opens with rich, reverberating bowed bass; cinematic and shimmering at some points, fateful and insistent at others.”

- Aarik Danielsen, The Columbia Daily Tribune

CARESS THE THOUGHT has been arranged specifically for this performance with the Michele Brangwen Dance Ensemble. Brangwen describes the collaboration: “I heard Rufus speak about this composition and it has a very intimate and emotional arc to it, raw and yet refined. I can best describe this work by saying what if we can remember things before they happen. There is magic that comes from the intangible ways in which people connect to each other…perhaps there is no such thing as time, only togetherness.”

The program also includes the premiere of THIS BELONGS IN THE GARAGE, with choreography by Michele Brangwen and music by Grammy-nominated trumpeter and composer Tim Hagans. THIS BELONGS IN THE GARAGE is a high-energy rebellion against the marginalized places that art is relegated to in our current society. The work follows the form of a traditional jazz tune with the choreography and composition sandwiching a middle section of wild improvisation and interaction by all performers.

Performers are Brooke Barnes-Meeks, Scarlett Barnes, and Michele Brangwen, dancers; Rufus Reid, acoustic bass; and Tim Hagans Subversive Jazz with Tim Hagans, trumpet; Seth Paynter, saxophone; and Richard Cholakian, drums. KUHF Radio Announcer Eric Ladau will introduce the performances.

Performances are Sunday May 16, 2010 at Barnevelder Theater at 6 and 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 General Admission and $15 Students & Seniors, and can be purchased at the door with cash or check.

More info at www.rufusreid.com

Rufus Reid photo by PeterJosyph

 

 

Michele Brangwen Dance Ensemble & Norrbotten Big Band Premiere GET OUTSIDE

Thursday December 10, 2009, 7 p.m. Acusticum Theater in Pitea, Sweden

Saturday December 12, 2009 9 p.m. Stora Salen Theater in Lulea, Sweden

The Michele Brangwen Dance Ensemble is known for their daring interaction with musicians in performance. They join forces with the equally wild Norrbotten Big Band for the world premiere of GET OUSTIDE, featuring choreography by Michele Brangwen, music by Tim Hagans, and film by Yunuen Perez Vertti.

Performers are Brooke Barnes-Meeks, Scarlett Barnes, Lindsey McGill and Michele Brangwen, dancers; Tim Hagans, trumpet; Thomas Helton, contrabass, and the amazing musicians of the Norrbotten Big Band. Lighting Design by Jeremy Choate.

www.norrbottenbigband .com

www.acusticum.com

Get Outside images by Peter Josyph: Dancer Lindsey McGill and saxophone soloist Karl-Martin Almqvist

 


Michele Brangen Dance Ensemble, Barnevelder Theater, 2201 Preston @ Hutchins, November 28, 2009, 6:00 p.m.

Please join the Michele Brangwen Dance Ensemble for a preview performance of GET OUTSIDE, our latest work that will premiere the following week in Sweden. Choreography by Michele Brangwen; music by Tim Hagans; film by Yunuen Perez Vertti. Meet-the-Artists reception will follow in the lobby. Admission is free.

Performers are Brooke Barnes, Scarlett Barnes, Lindsey McGill and Michele Brangwen, dancers; Tim Hagans, trumpet; Thomas Helton, contrabass; Seth Paynter, saxophone; Karl Fulbright, flute

Barnevelder Theater, 2201 Preston @ Hutchins (across Hwy 59 from Minute Maid Park). Directions available at www.barnevelder.org

 

 

 

"Sustaining the Future" Emerging Leaders Film Showing and Networking in conjunction with Dance USA's 2009 Conference. Thursday June 4 at 9:00 p.m. at Dean's Credit Clothing, 316 Main Street (@ Congress), Houston, TX.

The Michele Brangwen Dance Ensemble presents the premiere of GET OUTSIDE, their latest film created in collaboration with the Norrbotten Big Band, an innovative jazz ensemble based in Sweden. The film is about 13 minutes long. This event is open to the public and admission is free. Please join us for the closing event of our 10th Anniversary Season.

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Tim Hagans Subversive Jazz and the Michele Brangwen Dance Ensemble in concert on Saturday April 25, 2009 at 8:00 p.m. at Barnevelder Theater, 2201 Preston @ Hutchins.

Composer and Trumpeter Tim Hagans is considered by many to be one of the most unique and influential modern voices on trumpet. His distinct tone was described by the Village Voice as “powerfully expressive” and the renown jazz critic Gary Giddins professed him to be a “swarming, spirited tour de force.”

Tim Hagans on trumpet is joined by Seth Paynter, saxophone; Thomas Helton, bass; Richard Cholakian, drums.

Hagans steps up the energy by partnering his furious eighth notes with the wild frenetic shapes of the Michele Brangwen Dance Ensemble. Described by ArtsHouston as “sensuous and poetic” the Michele Brangwen Dance Ensemble is known for their use of live original music in performance and the integration of musicians into the visual stage imagery.

Dancers Brooke Barnes, Scarlett Barnes, Lindsey McGill and Michele Brangwen join the musicians for two spontaneous works where anything can happen on stage.

The performance is presented by the Foundation for Modern Music. Saturday April 25 at 8:00 p.m. at Barnevelder Theater, 2201 Preston @ Hutchins. Tickets are $20 General Admission and $15 Students & Seniors and can be purchased at the door with cash or check or in advance by clicking the link below.

Directions to Barnevelder

Foundation for Modern Music

Visit Tim Hagans on the web

The Michele Brangwen Dance Ensemble traveled to Sweden in December 2008 to begin a two-part collaboration with the Norrbotten Big Band

Our collaboration with the Norrbotten Big Band, Sweden's innovative jazz ensemble, features choreography by Michele Brangwen, music by Tim Hagans, and video by Yunuen Perez Vertti.

The video we created this December with the Norrbotten Big Band that will be incorporated into live performances in December 2009 in Sweden at the Stora Salen in Luleå and the Acusticum in Piteå.

Joining the amazing NBB musicians will be dancers Brooke Barnes, Scarlett Barnes, Lindsey McGill and Michele Brangwen. MBDE bassist Thomas Helton will perform with the NBB as a guest musician.

● Barnevelder Theater, 2201 Preston, Houston Texas on Saturday July 26 at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday July 27 at 7:00 p.m. 2008

These performances will feature the premiere of SANCTUARY MOON, with choreography by Michele Brangwen, music by composer and saxophonist Seth Paynter, and video by Yunuen Perez Vertti. 20 gongs of varying shapes and sizes, wind chimes, Burma bells, wood blocks, snaps, saxophone, trumpet and string bass, create a mystical environment where dancers and musicians explore the emotions conjured by these ancient sounds on modern ears.

The program will include a revival of A NOTE FROM GUANTÁNAMO, with choreography by Michele Brangwen , music by Brian Nelson, and video by Yunuen Perez Vertti. A NOTE FROM GUANTÀNAMO is a work for three dancers, electronic wind instrument, string bass, and electronics, that explores the capacity of a gift to carry a current of human emotion across impossible boundaries.

Performers are Brook Barnes, Scarlett Barnes, Lindsey McGill and Michele Brangwen, dancers; Tim Hagans, trumpet & percussion; Seth Paynter, saxophone, electronic wind instrument & percussion; Thomas Helton, string bass & percussion.

KUHF Radio Announcer Elaine Kennedy will introduce the performance on Sunday July 27.

Performances are on July 26 at 8 p.m. & 27 at 7 p.m. at Barnevelder Theater, located at 2201 Preston @ Hutchins (across Hwy 59 from Minute Maid Park). Directions available at www.barnevelder.org

Tickets are $18 general Admission and $12 Students and seniors and can be purchased at the door.

 

● Performing Arts Center, Houston Community Northwest, 1060 Sam Houston Parkway South, on Saturday August 9 at 8:00 p.m.

Same program as above

The Performing Arts Center at Houston Community College NW (Town & Country Campus), located at 1060 West Sam Houston Parkway North (NE corner of I-10 & Beltway 8). Tickets are $12 General Admission; $8 Students & seniors, and may only be purchased at the door. Click here for directions and map

Meet-the-Artists reception follows in the lobby.

 

March 21, 2008 at 8:00 p.m. at Trinity Church, 1015 Holman (@ Main Street)

The Michele Brangwen Dance Ensemble performs CHECKPOINT a new work that explores how human emotions can impact the results of conflict. Based on a context and structure created by choreographer Michele Brangwen and composer Thomas Helton, CHECKPOINT is an entirely improvised work, with the dance and music being created spontaneously in the moment by the performers.

Dancers Brooke Barnes, Elizabeth Lucrezio, Lindsey McGill and Michele Brangwen are joined by Danielle Reich, vocals; Seth Paynter, saxophone and gong; and Thomas Helton, string bass.

CHECKPOINT will be performed as part of an hour long program of music presented by Trinity Episcopal Church on Friday March 21 at 8:00 p.m. Admission is free.

● December 16, 2007 at 11:30 a.m. Lutkin Concert Hall, Northwestern University, Chicago

The Michele Brangwen Dance Ensemble will perform PETRIFIED for the International Society for Improvised Music annual conference at Northwestern University in Chicago on Sunday December 16, 2007.

PETRIFIED, with choreography by Michele Brangwen and music by Thomas Helton, is inspired by the daring of free avant-garde music. The work creates a spontaneous performance environment where anything can happen. Thomas Helton is the solo bassist, who uses the full range and expressive power of the instrument. He is joined on the stage by dancers Brooke Barnes, Elizabeth Lucrezio, Lindsey McGill and Michele Brangwen.

Featured performers at the conference include Oliver Lake and the University of Michigan Creative Arts Orchestra; Jane Ira Bloom and Mark Dresser; Mazen Kerbaj and Michael Zerang

The Michele Brangwen Dance Ensemble performs at Lutkin Hall, Northwestern University, at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday December 16, 2007. Tickets for individual events at the conference are $20 General and $10 Students & Seniors, and can be purchased at the Music Administration Building right next to Lutkin Hall. More information on the conference is available on the International Society for Improvised Music's web site

It is not necessary to register for the conference in order to purchase a single ticket, but the registration fee of $100 General and $30 Students & Seniors allows audiences access to all performances and presentations over the course of this exciting three day conference.

● December 9, 2007 at 7:00 p. m: Barnevelder Theater, 2201 Preston, Houston

The Michele Brangwen Dance Ensemble performs PETRIFIED, with choreography by Michele Brangwen and Music by Thomas Helton on Sunday December 9 at 7:00 p.m. at Barnevelder Theater.

The performance will also include a special screening of CONFUSION OF ANGELS, a short film made on location at Houston’s Rothko Chapel. The work features choreography by Michele Brangwen, music by Thomas Helton, and video by Yunuen Perez Vertti. More about the film.

Performers are Brooke Barnes, Elizabeth Lucrezio, Lindsey McGill, and Michele Brangwen, dancers; Thomas Helton, string bass.

This half-hour program will be followed by a Meet-the-Artists reception in the lobby. Admission is Pay What You Like. More info at 713 533-9515.

 

The Michele Brangwen Dance Ensemble Performs PETRIFIED

Special Guest Artist TIM HAGANS Performs with the DANIELLE REICH TRIO

● October 7, 2007: Barnevelder Theater, 2201 Preston @ Hutchins

The Michele Brangwen Dance Ensemble will perform PETRIFIED, with choreography by Michele Brangwen and music by Thomas Helton. Inspired by the daring of free avant-garde music, PETRIFIED creates a spontaneous performance environment where anything can happen.

Thomas Helton is the solo bassist, who uses the full range and expressive power of the instrument. He is joined on the stage by dancers Brooke Barnes, Elizabeth Lucrezio, Lindsey McGill and Michele Brangwen.

The program also features special guest artist TIM HAGANS on trumpet performing with the DANIELLE REICH TRIO. Jazz trumpeter and composer Tim Hagans is considered by many to be one of the most unique and influential modern voices on trumpet. His distinct tone was described by the Village Voice as “powerfully expressive.” His discography includes several recordings of his original compositions on the Blue Note label, as well as with many jazz luminaries like Joe Lovano and Marc Copland, with whom he tours extensively.

Danielle Reich is one of Houston’s most in demand vocalists. Her sensual stage presence is equally engaging on a smoky blues, a jazz standard, or one of the band’s sultry and poetic originals. She is joined by Helton on bass and Richard Cholakian on drums.

After the performance the audience is invited to mingle with the artists in the lobby. Complimentary desserts and refreshments will be served.

Sunday October 7, 7 p.m. Barnevelder Theater, located at 2201 Preston @ Hutchins (across Hwy 59 from Minute Maid Park). For additional information call 713-533-9515

Admission: Pay What You Like

DIRECTIONS TO BARNEVELDER

TIM HAGANS

DANIELLE REICH

THOMAS HELTON

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Image of Tim Hagans courtesy of Forrest Photography

 

● July 6 & 7, 2007: Performing Arts Center, Houston Community College Northwest, Town & Country Campus

A NOTE FROM GUANTÁNAMO, a new work with choreography by Michele Brangwen, music by Brian Nelson, and video by Yunuen Perez Vertti, that explores the capacity of a gift to carry a current of human emotion across impossible boundaries.

The dance is inspired by a photograph from the FOTOFEST exhibition: GUANTÁNAMO. PICTURES FROM HOME. QUESTIONS OF JUSTICE. The image depicts a hand written note and a pair of earrings sent by proxy from a detainee at Guantánamo to his family in Yemen. Performers: Brooke Barnes, Lindsey McGill, & Kimberly Flanagin, dancers; Seth Paynter, electronic wind instrument; Thomas Helton, string bass; Gopal Mohapatra, actor.

PETRIFIED, a new work with choreography by Michele Brangwen and music by Thomas Helton. Inspired by Helton’s style of composition and his use of extended technique for string bass, the dance links sections of improvised movement with sections of set choreography. The performers create a daring stage environment where anything can happen. Performers: Brooke Barnes, Kimberly Flanagin, Lindsey McGill, and Michele Brangwen; dancers; Thomas Helton, string bass.

SENSORY SYSTEM, a set of new jazz from the Thomas Helton Trio. Performers: Richard Cholakian, percussion; Seth Paynter, saxophone; and Thomas Helton, string bass.

Introduction by KUHF Radio Announcer Elaine Kennedy and post performance Meet-the-Artists reception on Saturday July 7.

Tickets are $12 General Admission; $8 Students & Seniors, and may only be purchased at the door.

Friday & Saturday, July 6 & 7 at 8 p.m. at The Performing Arts Center at Houston Community College NW (Town & Country Campus), located at 1060 West Sam Houston Parkway North (NE corner of I-10 & Beltway 8).

Map and Directions to the Performing Arts Center

 

 

CONFUSION OF ANGELS

Saturday October 28, 2006 at 7:00 p.m. & 8:30 p.m.

BARNEVELDER THEATER

2201 Preston @ Hutchins (Near Minute Maid Park)

ADMISSION IS FREE

Two 25 Minute Shows! Refreshments & Day of the Dead Bread Served!

Confusion of Angels features choreography by Michele Brangwen, music by Thomas Helton, Video by Yunuen Perez Vertti, and Scenic Design by Sandra Tapia

A Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) altar that comes to life with dance, live  music, and two short films shot on location at the Rothko Chapel and in the Labyrinth of the Dominican Sisters.

KUHF Radio Announcer Elaine Kennedy introduces the performances

Performers are Brooke Barnes, Sasha Filipovich, Lindsey McGill, Michele Brangwen, dancers. Carol Morgan, trumpet; Seth Paynter, saxophones, and Thomas Helton, string bass

These performances are presented in association with MECA's (Multicultural Education & Counseling through the Arts) Dia de Los Muertos Festival 2006.

More information at 713 533-9515 or email info@brangwendance.org

Directions to Barnevelder

DON'T FORGET OUR PERFORMANCES ARE AT BARNEVELDER THEATER IN THE EVENING AT 7:00 p.m. & 8:30 p.m.

More info on Dia de Los Muertos Festival events at MECA at www.meca-houston.org

 

 

SWEET LAND

Saturday July 29, 2006 at 8 p.m. & Sunday July 30 2006 at 7 p.m.

Barnevelder Theater, 2201 Preston at Hutchins (near Minute Maid Park)

Friday August 4, 2006 at 8 p.m.

The Performing Arts Center, Houston Community College Northwest, Town & Country Campus) 1060 West Sam Houston Pkwy, North, (NE Corner of Beltway 8 & I-10)

 

SWEET LAND, a work for five dancers and four musicians that celebrates the legacy of the uniquely American spirit and speculates where it will lead us. SWEET LAND features choreography by Michele Brangwen, music by Carol Morgan, and video by Yunuen Perez Vertti.

The program also includes VORTEX a work for solo guitar and electronic effects with music by John Edward Ross. The avant-garde jazz composer tributes his hometown of New Orleans in the aftermath of hurricane Katrina.

KUHF Radio Announcer Elaine Kennedy introduces the performances on July 29 & August 4.

More information at 713 533-9515

Directions to Barnevelder

Directions to the Performing Arts Center

 

DESESPERADOS to be shown in Naples as part of

Il Coreografo Elettronico:
XIV FESTIVAL INTERNAZIONALE DI VIDEODANZA 2006

 

We are pleased to announce that DESESPERADOS will be shown in Naples in Italy’s 14th annual dance on camera festival.

The Festival runs May 11 through 13, 2006 at the Palazzo delle Arti Napoli.

DESESPERADOS is an intimate view of a performance by MBDE filmed in Barnevelder Theater, a wonderful new space in Houston designed specifically for contemporary dance theater. In this series of five tangos, with choreography and text by Michele Brangwen and live original music by Thomas Helton, a septet of dancers, musicians, and an actress explore the mystique of this evocative dance and its passionate music.

Performers are Deanna Green, Arneita McKinney, and Michele Brangwen, dancers; Vladimir Kotsiouruba, violin; Greg Habar, accordion; Thomas Helton, string bass; and Sandra Tapia, actress.

More information can be found at the festival’s web site: www.naoplidanza.com. We are the first listing in Category A.

 

 

 

The Earth ◊ Artists Responding to Violence: Dance and Music Celebrate FotoFest’s Dual Themed 2006 Biennial

Friday March 24, 2006 at 8:00 p.m.

Zilkha Hall in the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts

The Michele Brangwen Dance Ensemble, in association with FotoFest, presents an evening of contemporary dance and music that celebrates the Festival’s 2006 Biennial themes: The Earth ◊ Artists Responding to Violence.

The evening features a performance of Black Rain, a work by choreographer Michele Brangwen and composer Thomas Helton, that explores the dark poetry of rain by looking back to the fallout at two Ground Zeros -- Hiroshima after the bomb, and the destruction of Lower Manhattan after the 9/11 attacks -- with a cautionary look into the future under radioactive world leadership.
 
The Michele Brangwen Dance Ensemble always performs to live original music and their musicians not only share the stage with the dancers; they are an integral part of the chorography. For this performance dancers Brooke Barnes, Jarina Carvalho, Sasha Filipovich and Michele Brangwen are joined by the avant-garde jazz ensemble the Rosta Jazz Avengers: John Edward Ross, guitar; Seth Paynter, saxophone; Richard Cholakian, percussion; and Thomas Helton, string bass.

"Visually stunning….Brangwen and Helton blended their visions artfully, and they delivered a piece that was rich with dynamic changes and fascinating imagery."

--- Linda Phenix, HOUSTONDANCE.COM

"Finally, a choreographer gives heart, soul, and depth, to a global issue,"

--- Nancy Wozny, DANCEHUNTER.COM

The program also features the acclaimed Joe LoCascio/Woody Witt Quartet performing new jazz compositions, including LoCascio’s Soul Song for a Paralyzed Civilization, a haunting duet for piano and saxophone.  Apria Records recording artist Woody Witt on saxophone, and Hart Music recording artists Joe LoCascio on piano, are joined by a rhythm section comprised of Houston¹s finest jazz musicians.

"(LoCascio's) technical facility, harmonic sophistication and fluid melodic lines"
-- Paul Mac Arthur, Downbeat Magazine

Woody Witt continues the tradition of great 'Texas Tenors' with a big fat sound, fresh ideas and a decidedly modern and original approach to improvisation and composition. A perfect combination of building on the past and searching for the future."
--
Randy Brecker, Grammy award winning trumpeter/composer

The performance will also include Voices in My Head, with music by Arthur Gottschalk and video by Yunuen Perez Vert. This mesmerizing work for solo percussionist, video and electro-acoustic sound environment immerses the audience in the lush sounds and images of the rain forest.

KUHF Radio Announcer Elaine Kennedy will introduce the program and moderate a Meet the Artists Q & A Panel following the performance.

The performance is at Zilkha Hall, the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, 801 Bagby.
Tickets are $20 General Admission, $12 Students and Seniors, and can be purchased at the door or in advance at 713 315-2525 or www.thehobbycenter.org  

For more information of FotoFest's 2006 Biennial, go to www.fotofest.org

What is Black Rain?

30 Minutes after the A bomb was dropped on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, storm clouds appeared in the region and it began to rain. The rain was black and contained radioactive particles from the bomb's explosion. People who were rained on suffered the same radiation sickness as those directly exposed to the blast even though they were quite a distance from the bomb's hypocenter.

Fallout rained down again on September 11, 2001, when ash comprised of toxic compounds from the debris of the Twin Towers -- some of the most lethal compounds known to man, and some still as yet unidentified -- fell like precipitation all over the area, covering the ground like snow, and remaining for months afterwards.

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The Michele Brangwen Dance Ensemble performs excerpts of DESESPERADOS as part of Quirky Works 3!

Cullen Theatre, Wortham Center, on Saturday November 19, 2005 at 8:00 p.m.

"Essence of tango ruled the stage in Michele Brangwen's Desesperados" --

Nancy Galeota Wozny, Dance Source Houston, November 2005

MBDE performed Summer, Ghost Tango, and Tango Rayon Vert from Desesperados on a program with the Houston Met Dance Company, and Austin's Tapestry Dance Company.

Michele Brangwen Dance Ensemble performers were Mireya Gamez, Lindsey McGill, and Michele Brangwen, dancers; Vladimir Kotsiouruba, violin; Greg Harbar, accordion; Thomas Helton, string bass; and Sandra Tapia, actress.

The Cullen Theatre, Wortham Center is located downtown at 501 Texas. Parking is available under the theatre complex. Tickets are $15 - $35. Group, Senior & Student discounts available.

Call 713 522-6375 to purchase tickets; tickets will also be available for purchase on line soon at www.houstonmetdance.com

If you have questions, feel free to contact MBDE directly at info@brangwendance.org or call us at (713) 533-9515.

 

Thursday July 14 & Friday July 15, 2005 at 8:00 p.m. at Barnevelder Movement Arts Complex, 2201 Preston @ Hutchins.

 DESESPERADOS is a series of tangos, with choreography by Michele Brangwen and music by Thomas Helton, that explores the mystique of this evocative dance and its passionate music. Once disenfranchised because of its origins as a dance and music of the people, the tango evokes the complexity and vulnerability inherent in human interaction.

Argentinean Composer Astor Piazzolla boldly broke the boundaries of what was acceptable for the tango in the mid 20th century. Desesperados uses contemporary dance and avant-garde music to journey further into new territory.

Performers are Deanna Green, Arneita McKinney, and Michele Brangwen, dancers; Greg Harbar, accordion; Vladimir Kotsiouruba, violin, (of “The Gypsies,”); Thomas Helton, string bass; and Sandra Tapia, actress.

New music works without dance will include Arthur Gottschalk’s VOICES IN MY HEAD, a work for percussionist and electro-acoustic sound environment created from sounds of the rain forest recorded by the composer. Performance features Alec Warren, percussion, and accompanying video by Yunuen Perez Vertti.

Complimentary Argentinean refreshments provided by Europa Cafe.

Tickets are $15 general admission, $10 students and seniors, and can be purchased at the door. Advance Purchase tickets available at www.barnevelder.org

Performances are at 8:00 p.m.at Barnevelder Movement Arts Complex, 2201 Preston @ Hutchins. For directions visit: www.barnevelder.org

 

Friday, June 17, 2005 at 8:00 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center at Houston Community College Northwest (Town & Country Campus)

The premiere of DESESPERADOS, a series of tangos that explore the mystique of this evocative dance and its passionate music, with choreography by Michele Brangwen and music by Thomas Helton. A daring septet of dancers, musicians, and actress join together to create an evening of tango like you have never experienced before!

New music works without dance will include James Metcalfe performing award-winning composer Arthur Gottschalk’s VOICES IN MY HEAD, a work for percussionist and electro-acoustic sound environment created from sounds of the rain forest recorded by the composer. There will be a special meet-the-artists panel following the performance hosted by KUHF Radio DJ Elaine Kennedy.

Tickets are $10 general admission, and $5 students and seniors, and can be purchased at the door.

The Performing Arts Center at Houston Community College Northwest is located at 1060 West Sam Houston Parkway North, Houston, TX 77043. (Beltway 8 & I-10, just North of I-10 and just east of Beltway 8).

Click here for directions and maps.

The Michele Brangwen Dance Ensemble's video of MADRID was shown at

Il Coreografo Elettronico
XIII FESTIVAL INTERNAZIONALE DI VIDEODANZA 2005

Videodrome at Cinema Modernissimo

in Naples Italy in May

We are pleased to announce you'll find a photo of Deanna Green, Laura Dobbins, and Althea Skinner in Madrid on the Festival's homepage:

www.napolidanza.com

 

The Michele Brangwen Dance Ensemble presents a special concert program in association with FotoFest and FotoFest's 04 Biennial on water.

Saturday February 12, 2005 at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday February 13 at 4:00 p.m.

Read Reviews of Black Rain!

BLACK RAIN, a new work by choreographer Michele Brangwen and composer Thomas Helton, explores the dark poetry of rain by looking back to the fallout at two Ground Zeros -- Hiroshima, and Lower Manhattan after the 9/11 attacks -- and with a cautionary look into the future under radioactive world leadership.

WET SET, music by the Carol Morgan Trio. Carol Morgan has formidable technique; her improvisations are passionate and adventurous, but most of all, she is so damn fun to listen to -- Joe LoCascio

Lobby Installation of video and photographic art works on Water provided by FotoFest, including RIVERGLASS by Andrej Zdravic.

Performances are at Barnevelder Movement Arts Complex, 2201 Preston @ Hutchins (click here for directions). Tickets are $15 General Admission and $10 Students and Seniors and can be purchased at the door, or in advance through the Barnevelder web site.

Call (713) 533-9515 for more information.

BLACK RAIN is performed by dancers Deanna Green, Arneita McKinney, Aynsley Stephenson, and Michele Brangwen; and musicians John Edward Ross, guitar; Seth Paynter, saxophone; Richard Cholakian, percussion; and Thomas Helton, string bass. This ensemble of outstanding musicians is also known as the Rosta Jazz Avengers.

What is Black Rain?

30 Minutes after the A bomb was dropped on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, storm clouds appeared in the region and it began to rain. The rain was black and contained radioactive particles from the bomb's explosion. People who were rained on suffered the same radiation sickness as those directly exposed to the blast even though they were quite a distance from the bomb's hypocenter.

Fallout rained down again on September 11, 2001, when ash comprised of toxic compounds from the debris of the Twin Towers -- some of the most lethal compounds known to man, and some still as yet unidentified -- fell like precipitation all over the area, covering the ground like snow, and remaining for months afterwards.

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September 24 & 25, 2004 at 8:00 p.m.

Weekend of Texas Contemporary Dance

Miller Outdoor Theatre, Herman Park, Houston, TX

Performances are Free!

Read Reviews of Madrid!

The Michele Brangwen Dance Ensemble will perform Madrid, a quintet for dancers, string bass, and electronics, with choreography by Michele Brangwen and music by Thomas Helton.

Madrid, the Michele Brangwen Dance Ensemble’s tenth commission of new music for dance since their inception, contrasts the city’s ancient beauty with its recent tragedy.

The Weekend of Texas Contemporary Dance is an annual showcase of some of the finest contemporary dance companies in Texas. This year's program also includes works by Dominic Walsh Dance Theatre, Chrysalis, Fly, Dance Ad Deum, and Psophonia from Houston; and Forklift Danceworks from Austin. The evening also features new works from independent choreographers Leslie Skates and Becky Valls.

Miller Outdoor Theatre, 100 Concert Drive, Houston, TX: Click here to link to the map on the theatre's web site.

 

More about Madrid

Michele Brangwen writes:

 “The composer, Thomas Helton, is also an outstanding jazz bassist. When we began the collaboration, I knew that he would be performing the work with us. I wanted to be able to set the choreography to a written score, but at the same time I didn’t want to do a project with one of Houston’s masters of improvisation and not allow him to do what he did best.

So in addition to discussing various aspects of the work’s theme, we also decided upon a structure that incorporates music that is written and performed the same way every time with sections that allow the composer/performer to improvise. A bass groove is generated live by the performer and then looped electronically so it repeats; sections of the choreography are set to written melodies, and other sections are set to the groove so that the performer is free to respond to the dance through improvisation.

For me, the power and intensity of the spontaneous composition, especially as the dance is approaching its climax, electrifies the movement.”

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The Commission and production of Madrid were funded in part by the Carlyle Fund.

Support for the Michele Brangwen Dance Ensemble is also provided by Houston Endowment Inc., Cullen Trust for the Performing Arts, Target Stores, and Harris County through the Cultural Arts Council of Houston/Harris Country.

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