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Houston Dance Company Addresses Poignant Topic In LGBT Community

Urban Souls’ choreographer Harrison Guy is turning tragedy into a message of hope in an upcoming performance.

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Cast members of “Between Two Worlds: A Hymn for Black Gay Men on Race, Religion, and Rites of Passage”

For the past two months, the cast members of the Urban Souls Dance Company have been hard at work rehearsing for this weekend’s performance, Between Two Worlds: A Hymn for Black Gay Men on Race, Religion, and Rites of Passage.

And there are a couple of chilling coincidences.

“The first section of the piece happens in a club,” says Harrison Guy, the company’s Founding and Artistic Director, who began choreographing the work months ago.

Urban Souls cast members
Cast members of “Between Two Worlds: A Hymn for Black Gay Men on Race, Religion, and Rites of Passage”

“So the Orlando massacre just really brought it to reality for me. This is a club that we’ll be in, doing something that’s specifically LGBT,” he said. 

Some of the other movements within the work focus on the role of religion and rites of passage in the life of a black gay man. But until Orlando, Guy says he’d been struggling with deciding how to close the performance, ultimately deciding to end on an uplifting note.

“Even though we’re a community that’s often targeted, we’re a community that still finds a way to be there for each other,” he says. “And so I found the finale through that tragic occurrence.”

A close friend of one of the cast members was one of the 49 people who were killed inside the Pulse nightclub in Orlando. They’re dedicating the performance to his memory.

Between Two Worlds takes place Friday night as a progressive performance at the MATCH and a few adjacent spaces in Midtown.

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