University of Houston
Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture and Design – Main Lobby
Thursday August 25, 6:30pm
Friday August 26, 6:30pm
Saturday August 27, 7:30pm
Dance ensemble PDC Works, in collaboration with UH faculty member Rob Smith, presents TAKE ROOT, a view underneath the forest floor through live music and dance. This free program features choreography by PDC Works director Sophia Torres, music by Rob Smith, performances by local musicians and dancers, and a root sculpture by set designer Keith Epperson that will hang above the performance space, the main lobby of the Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture and Design. The audience is encouraged take advantage of this unique venue by walking around the lobby during the performance to experience the program from a variety of vantage points.
Protecting, nurturing, and advocating for green spaces is in mankind’s best interest. TAKE ROOT, through its investigation into the rich world underneath trees, reveals the living network through which trees communicate, collaborate, share resources, and alert one another. Audience members are invited to delve further into the subject of trees via pre-show talks with local environmental and conservation leaders on Thursday and Friday at 6pm.
PDC Works dancers – Lindsay Cortner, Keeley Dunnam, Lindsay Cortner, Melissa Juneau, Mia Pham, Tory Pierce, and Arielle Tesia Rojas – will perform TAKE ROOT with musicians Nina Bledsoe-Knight (viola), Roberto de Guzman (clarinet) and Bing Wei (cello). This program is funded in part by the Cynthia Wood Mitchell Center for the Arts and the New Music USA Organizational Development Fund.