HOUSTON -- The first in what's planned as an annual event, the Fringe Festival of Contemporary Dance and Performance Art takes place Memorial Day Weekend in Houston at DiverseWorks Artspace. Presented by Several Dancers Core, in a benefit serving the Houston Dance Coalition, the Festival is a non-juried, lottery-based affiliation of area talent established to foster creativity and originality in dance and performance art. The philosophy of the festival is to nurture the new and the alternative, risky works that might otherwise never be produced.
Some of the more noteworthy participants include:
AlienNation Co., formed in 1993 by artistic director Johannes Birringer as a performance ensemble experimenting with multiple media and technology.
Amy Ell, an independent artist who blends live singing, reading, and movement. She will enact "Pussy," which depicts the idiosyncrasies of word interpretation.
ANJALI, Center for Indian Performing Arts, founded in 1975 by Rathna Kumar to promote contemporary Indian choreography. Don Price, Friends & Loved Ones, an ensemble established in 1994 that uses contact improvisation in public performance to develop, indeed, new friends and loved ones.
KORO (Knights of Rhythm Choreography), an urban street dance group begun in 1994 that specializes in breaking, hip-hop and freestyle.
Second Generation Dance Company, which since 1992 has brought to life African-American culture.
The first annual Fringe Festival of Contemporary Dance and Performance Art takes place May 21 - 24 at DiverseWorks Artspace in Houston. For tickets, $10, call (713) 520-5530
By Peter Szatmary