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An original performance piece captures a ‘portrait’ of Houston

Part dance and part film, the work is a collaboration between two French artists and several Houstonians.


Courtesy of the artists and DiverseWorks
A still image from “LANDS–Portrait of the City of Houston”


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Starting tonight (November 7) at the Midtown Arts and Theater Center Houston, DiverseWorks presents a performance four years in the making, that aims to capture the essence of Houston.

Originally conceived in 2019, It's called LANDS – Portrait of the City of Houston. It was created by French artists Jocelyn Cottencin and Emmanuelle Huynh, and organized by DiverseWorks curator Ashley DeHoyos Sauder, who developed the work through a series of artist site visits, interviews, and workshops with Houstonians from fall 2022 through this past summer.

The performance combines dance choreography with a film screening, and examines the past, present, and future of Houston in a way that's part poetry and part documentary.

In the audio above, Houston Matters producer Troy Schulze visited The MATCH to talk with the co-collaborators.

Troy Schulze

Troy Schulze

Producer, Houston Matters

Troy Schulze is a producer for Houston Matters. He also produces the podcast Party Politics and the digital video series Skyline Sessions. Schulze has been working as a writer and producer in digital media for over 20 years. He has received three Emmy nominations for his work on the TV...

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