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Barnstorm Dance Fest Celebrates Houston’s Diverse Dance Scene And The Alley Theatre Presents Action-Packed “Three Musketeers”

Movement, adventure, stunts! A local dance festival offers a mix of experimental, contemporary and cross-cultural works, and a swashbuckling musketeer stops by the studio.

  • Choreographer Kalpana Subbarao and actor Seth Andrew Bridges (Photo Credit: Lynn Lane)
    Choreographer Kalpana Subbarao and actor Seth Andrew Bridges (Photo Credit: Lynn Lane)
  • Mollie Haven Miller, Executive Director of Dance Source Houston (Photo Credit: Lynn Lane)
    Mollie Haven Miller, Executive Director of Dance Source Houston (Photo Credit: Lynn Lane)
  • Kalpana Subbarao merges dance forms in "Kathak - Flamenco / A celebration of cultures." Selected for Barnstorm Program B, the work juxtaposes the Indian and Spanish cultures by weaving together folk tales from both diaspora using dance and musical elements from Kathak and Flamenco.  (Photo Credit: Lynn Lane)
    Kalpana Subbarao merges dance forms in "Kathak - Flamenco / A celebration of cultures." Selected for Barnstorm Program B, the work juxtaposes the Indian and Spanish cultures by weaving together folk tales from both diaspora using dance and musical elements from Kathak and Flamenco. (Photo Credit: Lynn Lane)
  • Ayan Felix presents "Secure The Bag" on Barnstorm Program A. Felix's work presents questions on vulnerability, individuality and time within group settings. It is a conversation on race, femininity and attempted collectivism among five young dancers. (Photo Credit: Biyani Photography)
    Ayan Felix presents "Secure The Bag" on Barnstorm Program A. Felix's work presents questions on vulnerability, individuality and time within group settings. It is a conversation on race, femininity and attempted collectivism among five young dancers. (Photo Credit: Biyani Photography)
  • Jaime Frugé-Walne's "TWENTY-FIVE" is inspired by personal accounts of the effects of mass incarceration in the American prison system and engages audience members in a journey to explore the things left undone and unsaid as life is uprooted by a set of unexpected circumstances. The work appears on Barnstorm Program A.  (Photo Credit: Lynn Lane)
    Jaime Frugé-Walne's "TWENTY-FIVE" is inspired by personal accounts of the effects of mass incarceration in the American prison system and engages audience members in a journey to explore the things left undone and unsaid as life is uprooted by a set of unexpected circumstances. The work appears on Barnstorm Program A. (Photo Credit: Lynn Lane)
  • Jennifer Mabus' solo work, "Everything Collapses," was created by asking the question 'How does one collapse into movement, rather than stillness?' in a desire to explore how something that feels like destruction can create needed change in our internal and external lives.  This work is featured on Barnstorm Program B. (Photo Credit: Lynn Lane)
    Jennifer Mabus' solo work, "Everything Collapses," was created by asking the question 'How does one collapse into movement, rather than stillness?' in a desire to explore how something that feels like destruction can create needed change in our internal and external lives. This work is featured on Barnstorm Program B. (Photo Credit: Lynn Lane)
  • Dat Nguyen's Salt Lake City-based MotionVivid is one of Barnstorm Dance Fest's visiting artists. The company presents "Surf on Tides" on Program C. Nguyen's work juxtaposes an intimate yet turbulent tango against a hollow seascape background. (Photo Credit: Jamie Krause)
    Dat Nguyen's Salt Lake City-based MotionVivid is one of Barnstorm Dance Fest's visiting artists. The company presents "Surf on Tides" on Program C. Nguyen's work juxtaposes an intimate yet turbulent tango against a hollow seascape background. (Photo Credit: Jamie Krause)
  • Actor Seth Andrew Bridges (Photo Credit: www.sethandrewbridges.com)
    Actor Seth Andrew Bridges (Photo Credit: www.sethandrewbridges.com)
  • Seth Andrew Bridges (center) and ensemble in the Alley’s production of Ken Ludwig’s "The Three Musketeers," adapted from the novel by Alexandre Dumas. Directed by Mark Shanahan, the show runs May 31 – June 30, 2019 in the Hubbard Theatre.  (Photo Credit: Lynn Lane)
    Seth Andrew Bridges (center) and ensemble in the Alley’s production of Ken Ludwig’s "The Three Musketeers," adapted from the novel by Alexandre Dumas. Directed by Mark Shanahan, the show runs May 31 – June 30, 2019 in the Hubbard Theatre. (Photo Credit: Lynn Lane)
  • David Matranga as Aramis, Seth Andrew Bridges as Porthos, Stanley Andrew Jackson III as D’Artagnan and Jay Sullivan as Athos in the Alley’s production of Ken Ludwig’s "The Three Musketeers," adapted from the novel by Alexandre Dumas. Directed by Mark Shanahan, the show runs May 31 – June 30, 2019 in the Hubbard Theatre.  (Photo Credit: Lynn Lane)
    David Matranga as Aramis, Seth Andrew Bridges as Porthos, Stanley Andrew Jackson III as D’Artagnan and Jay Sullivan as Athos in the Alley’s production of Ken Ludwig’s "The Three Musketeers," adapted from the novel by Alexandre Dumas. Directed by Mark Shanahan, the show runs May 31 – June 30, 2019 in the Hubbard Theatre. (Photo Credit: Lynn Lane)
  • David Matranga as Aramis, Seth Andrew Bridges as Porthos and Jay Sullivan as Athos in the Alley’s production of Ken Ludwig’s "The Three Musketeers,"  adapted from the novel by Alexandre Dumas. Directed by Mark Shanahan, the show runs May 31 – June 30, 2019 in the Hubbard Theatre. (Photo Credit: Lynn Lane)
    David Matranga as Aramis, Seth Andrew Bridges as Porthos and Jay Sullivan as Athos in the Alley’s production of Ken Ludwig’s "The Three Musketeers," adapted from the novel by Alexandre Dumas. Directed by Mark Shanahan, the show runs May 31 – June 30, 2019 in the Hubbard Theatre. (Photo Credit: Lynn Lane)

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In this episode of "Unwrap Your Candies Now," Catherine Lu chats with Mollie Haven Miller, executive director of Dance Source Houston, about the 5th Annual Barnstorm Dance Fest. The festival is curated by members of the local dance community (this year's panel: Elijah Alhadji Gibson, Sue Schroeder and Janie Yao), who selected works that reflect the diverse identities and dance forms in Houston and beyond.

Ernie Manouse talks to Seth Andrew Bridges, one of the musketeers in the Alley Theatre's production of Ken Ludwig's The Three Musketeers. The New York-based actor and stunt performer is making his Alley Theatre debut while starring as "Porthos" in the company's 2018-19 season finale production.

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Music used in the dance segment: Excerpt from score to Kalpana Subbarao’s "Kathak – Flamenco / A celebration of cultures" by Kalpana Subbarao, Edith Niño, Shyama Mishra, Abhishek Balakrishnan, Jason Zinn, Jeremías García and Irma La Paloma.

 

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Catherine Lu

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While growing up in Chicago and Houston, Catherine’s love for art, music and creative writing was influenced by her teachers and parents. She was once concertmaster of the Clear Lake High School Orchestra and a four-time violinist of the Texas All-State Symphony. A graduate of the University of Chicago, Catherine...

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