The Top 5 Things to Do in Houston This Weekend: NobleMotion Unplugged, New Work by David A. Brown and More
NobleMotion Dance, led by husband-and-wife co-artistic directors Andy Noble and Dionne Sparkman Noble, is known for its innovative use of technology and frequent collaborations. The group sheds its multi-media tools for NobleMotion Unplugged which is an "acoustic" show, says Andy Noble. Unplugged runs on Friday and Saturday.
Photo by Lynn Lane NobleMotion Dancers
"Folks are used to seeing us with a substantial amount of technology or light design, and a lot of our work is really focused in collaboration," he tells us. "These things are our hallmarks, and that's what we've become known for. This time we wanted to show just straight-up, raw dancing, intimate, in-your-face and fun. Dionne and I have been working together for 15 years, and we came to technology later in our careers. At the root, our work has always been about storytelling, about choosing movement that showcases the dancers well and that conveys some kind of message. So even though we're not using a lot of the technology we usually use, we don't feel like we're a fish out of water."
On the program for this production is Harvest, a collaboration between NobleMotion and Musiqa, a music group. The two-year project is the first between the two groups and will result in an evening-length production in the spring of 2015. "We're taking a lot of time and slow-cooking it," Noble laughs. "We're revealing bits of it over the two years, but the whole work won't be seen for a couple of years yet."
See NobleMotion Unplugged at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The Barn (formerly Barnevelder Arts Center), 2201 Preston. For information, call 832‑627‑9663 or visit noblemotiondance.com. $20 to $25.
The photographs we see in "New Works by David A. Brown: trying to find my way...", which is opening on Saturday, capture a multitude of images, all simultaneously seen in the same space. The windows of an office building lobby, for example, become a canvas for dozens of reflections, all layered over one another. This isn't trick photography. Brown isn't using double exposures. He's just looking for reflections. Reflections, he tells us, that are there but that people normally overlook. "The idea that I'm trying to talk about is universality, how we're all the same," he says. "Everybody has the option to take a moment to stop and look at what's around them. If I'm in a business center and I'm surrounded by glass, I'm [seeing] all these different [reflections] that are happening at the exact same time. People don't normally do that; they look for the door of the office they're going to...and that's all they see. But there are reflections of all sorts of other images there, too."
David A. Brown Detail from an image in "New Work by David A. Brown: trying to find my way..."
Named Best Photographer in the 2010 Houston Press Best Of Awards, Brown says the Jung Center of Houston, a participating space for the FotoFest International 2015 Biennial, is the perfect venue for his show. "Jungian analysis speaks to that [same idea]. We project what we want to see. It's all there, but it's like it's too much information to process at once, so we just focus on one thing. The rest of it's still there; we just aren't seeing it."
There's an opening reception with the artist from 5 to 7 p.m. on March 8. Regular viewing hours are 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. Through March 28. The Jung Center of Houston, 5200 Montrose. For information, call 713‑524‑8253 or visit junghouston.org. Free.
On Saturday, you can get the first look at some of the works in the citywide exhibit "FotoFest 2014 Biennial -- Contemporary Arab Photographic Art" at this month's Spring Street Studios Second Saturdays Open Studios. "FotoFest will be in the building," Sara Jackson, spokesperson for the studios, tells us. "It doesn't officially start until [March 15], but folks can get a sneak peek at the pieces that will be throughout all three of our buildings." (The monthly Open Studios event includes Spring Street Studios' sister buildings, Winter Street Studios and Silver Street Studios.) "About 20 or 30 studios will be open in each building," says Jackson. " A lot of people are intimidated by a gallery setting. This is a great chance for people to see artists and their work in a casual setting, to meet the artists and develop a relationship. This is a unique opportunity to get gallery-quality and museum-quality pieces at [non‑gallery prices]." Jackson estimates that prices for work on sale during the open house will be between $50 and $2,500.
Courtesy of Spring Street Studios
Tour the Spring Street Studios 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturday. 1824 Spring. For information, call 713‑862‑0082 or visit sprintstreetstudios.info. Free.