As the first African American dancer in the Houston Ballet, Sandra Organ performed with the company for 15 years before founding her own group in 1997. Organ’s mission has been to create work that tells the story of our human condition. In this regard, she has choreographed dances around the complex theme of race relations, the lives of migrant workers, and the contributions of African Americans to our constantly evolving culture. Using a wide variety of musical genres as well as the spoken word, SODT – now performing as Earthen Vessels – touches audiences with a sensitive and straightforward approach to these essential themes. With a company of impeccably trained dancers, one feels the indomitable spirit in the elegant lines that highlight each performer’s talent.
Organ has amassed a large body of work, including that of guest choreographers, using contemporary ballet, modern, jazz, hip-hop, and tango styles. Her commitment to sharing her talent with all members of the community have made her a staple in Houston, performing in schools, community colleges, warehouses, loft spaces, as well as the Worthham Theater Center, Moore’s Opera House, and the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts. More than 65% of Organ’s performances are free, and often allow for audience participation, bringing spectators right into the action. (Michele Kadison)
Sandra Organ Dance Theater – Earthen Vessels Information
- Venues: The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts (800 Bagby Street); Barnevelder Movement Arts Complex (2201 Preston Street); Talento Bilingue de Houston (333 South Jensen Drive)
- Public Transportation: Good for all locations. The Hobby Center (within a 5-minute walk from several buses; and a 7-minute walk from the METRORail at the Main Street Square Station). Barnevelder Movement Arts Complex (a 5-minute walk from several buses at Congress Street/Chenevert Street). Talento Bilingue de Houston (a short walk from buses 6, 11, 30, 37, and 77 at Jensen Drive/Ann Street)
- Handicapped Accessibility: Good
- Performances/Programs: Approximately 25 performances per season including a 3-series program and several extra events
- Ticket Prices: Events are priced individually and usually range from $10–$40. Group discounts are often available
- Membership: Contributor ($1–$149); Friend ($150–$499); Patron ($500–$999); Sponsor ($1,000–$4,999); Benefactor ($5,000–$9,999); Underwriter ($10,000+).