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The Kaplan Theatre Celebrates Dance Month: January 11 – February 12, 2012

Chapman Dancers ~ Photo: Joon Kim

Funded by the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center Patrons of the Arts, a grant from the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance, Houston Endowment, JP Morgan Chase, and RBC Wealth Management, Dance Month at the Kaplan celebrates its 32nd season in Houston.  Featuring a variety of companies, choreographers, dancers, and master teachers, Dance Month opens up vistas for the community, allowing audiences to gain a greater perspective on new work that is being created locally and nationally.

Three featured performances during this period include original choreography from distinctly different dance companies as well as an evening of dance on film.

On Saturday, January 28 at 8 PM and Sunday the 29th at 3 PM, the Kaplan Theatre presents Triple Focus, with three prominent companies debuting a new work along with a piece from their repertoires:

Infinite Movement Ever Evolving, or IMEE, is a company of highly trained dancers and visual artists that unite to transmit an emotional and intellectual range that captivates with its sensory qualities.   

Chapman Dancers, created by Teresa Chapman, focuses on the vulnerability and power inherent in woman.  Chapman’s piece “Rusalki” is a testimony to the female spirit, while “Reach” examines the emotional and physical need to connect with others.

Wyld Styl is a hip-hop crew that comes from Houston’s Soundbox Studios.  With their inimitable energy and dynamic presence, the company delivers its customary punch and adds to the evening’s eclectic mix.

On Saturday February 11th at 8 PM, Gallim Dance takes over the stage at the Kaplan.  When the company debuted in New York in 2007 there was an immediate buzz throughout the dance community.  Dance Magazine has called the company “gloriously quirky,” and so it is, thanks to the vision of former Bathsheva Dance Company dancer and Gallim’s founder, Andrea Miller.  The imaginative and humorous “I Can See Myself in Your Pupil,” features music from Israel, Mexico, Australia, Italy, and Denmark and chronicles the movement of two cells as they evolve.

On Sunday, February 12th at 7 PM, the Kaplin hosts An Evening of Dance On Film, highlighting local and national choreographers and filmmakers in an exciting montage of site specific work that unites dance with technology.

For more information on these performances and other activities occurring during Dance Month, please visit: