Author: Emily Sloan (Houston, TX, USA)

In Performance: City Council Meeting, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts, DiverseWorks (Houston, TX, USA)

City Council Meeting is a participatory theater event taking place at three different venues in Houston, Texas from November 1-3, 2013. The November 1 event will take place at Palm Center, 2nd floor courtroom, 5300 Griggs Road at 7:30pm. The November 2 event will take place at Project Row Houses’ Eldorado Ballroom, 2310 Elgin St. at 7:30pm. The November 3 event will take place at DiverseWorks, 410...

First Person: Deborah Hay, Richmond Hall (Houston, TX, USA)

Deborah Hay, a member of the Judson Dance Theater and a founder of postmodern dance, performed at Richmond Hall on October 13 at noon and again at 3pm. Her site specific work called Richmond Hall was performed by the audience, six dancers and her within the Dan Flavin installation. The event began with six dancers/conductors gathering and forming the audience into six groups. Each group was lead b...

In Performance: Body and Screen, Sam Houston State University, (Huntsville, TX, USA)

Body and Screen is on view at the Gaddis Geeslin Gallery at Sam Houston State University from October 1 through October 26, 2012. This selection of performance videos is curated by Annie Strader. According to Strader, “The works included in the exhibition navigate a wide conceptual terrain offering a sampling of works by artists who use the camera to capture fleeting moments and the screen as a wi...

In Performance: Dario Robleto at the University of Houston (Houston, TX, USA)

Dario Robleto The Boundary of Life is Quietly Crossed (an artist talk and performance) Dudley Recital Hall, Fine Art Building, University of Houston  October 25 at 6pm, 2012    The Boundary of Life is Quietly Crossed, an artist talk and performance by Dario Robleto, will be presented at Dudley Recital Hall, Fine Art Building, University of Houston on October 25 at 6pm. There will be a recepti...

First Person: Crawling with Monsters at Houston Fringe Festival (Houston, TX, USA)

As a part of the Houston Fringe Festival, Crawling with Monsters performed on Sunday, September 9. This group is comprised of students and recent alumni from the University of Texas—Pan American near the Mexico-Texas border. The show is based on interviews and interactions with young children living in the border town of Reynosa. Video elements of the children nonchalantly demonstrating how they q...

First Person: Igvonne (Houston, TX, USA)

Igvonne is a site-specific work of architecture and performance which is on view in a window at 110 Milam Street, as a part of Blaffer Art Museum’s Window into Houston project. Linda Post and Robert Appleton have created a scene of Houston as a stand-in for Berlin in the 1970’s. According to Blaffer’s press: “During these years (1976-77) American musician Iggy Pop and American artist and filmmaker...

In Performance: Houston Fringe Festival (Houston, TX, USA)

The Houston Fringe Festival is an annual performing arts festival presented by FrenetiCore in Houston’s East End. This year’s festival takes place over three weekends August 30 – September 15, 2012 at three different performance venues, offering the best independent theatre, film, dance, music and visual arts from Houston area artists and beyond. The 2012 Fringe welcomes performers fro...

First Person: Silence, The Menil Collection (Houston, TX USA)

  Silence is on view at the The Menil Collection from July 27 through October 21, 2012. The day after it opened, I visited the exhibition for what I hope to be the first of several visits. This exhibition is packed with a range of fascinating works. A performance highlight is two versions of a video of John Cage’s 1952 composition 4’33”. For this piece, the musician sits at ...

First Person: Medium by The Bridge Club (Houston, TX, USA)

All four performers were wearing skirts and shirts appearing to be in a style from around the 1950’s which also included similar hair styles. While suspended well above the audience in their unique, matching attire, they appeared otherworldly and in fact did not acknowledge the audience. During this time, one of them held a mirror, various sounds were heard, and a projection including flying birds...