Society for the Performing Arts 2014-15 Season: Music, Dance & Chinese Acrobats

Categories: Dance, Stage

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Expect magical surprises with The Illusionists
In planning its upcoming season, the Society for the Performing Arts made sure "ecletic" remains its invisible middle name, lining up everything from magic escape artists to dancers, a concert violinist and Chinese acrobats.

"Our 2014-2015 season opens the door to performing artists for all ages and tastes," said SPA CEO June Christensen. "From the debut of America's Test Kitchen with Christopher Kimball to cabaret-style performances on the Jones Hall stage with the burlesque troupe known as The Hot Box Girls to Mexican-American singer Lila Downs to the National Acrobats of China, our lineup offers a mix of traditional and not-so-traditional events. One company I am most excited about sharing with Houston for the first time is the Scottish Ballet performing its beautiful rendition of A Streetcar Named Desire." Magic also takes center stage when The Illusionists, seven incredible performers showcasing mind-bending acts, make their Houston debut.

The scheduled performances:


American's Test Kitchen LIVE*
with Christopher Kimball
8 p.m., Thursday, August 21, 2014
Jones Hall

Christopher Kimball, founder and editor of Cook's Illustrated, hosts an insider's look at PBS Television's "America's Test Kitchen." Audiences are promised"an insider's view of the show, including the process of how the equipment testing, food tastings and science experiments take place."

Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host
Ira Glass, Monica Bill Barnes, Anna Bass
8 p.m., Saturday, September 20, 2014
Cullen Theater, Wortham Cen
ter

"This American Life" host Ira Glass, working with Monica Bill Barnes & Company, combines two art forms that, Glass says: "have no business being together - dance and radio." One is all words and no visuals. One is all visuals and no words."

The Passing Zone
7:30 p.m., Friday, September 26, 2014
Cullen Theater, Wortham Center

Owen Morse and Jon Wee entertain by catching flying chainsaws and flaming torches. It's a comedy act that includes audience participation or as the press release states: "Three audience members are brought on stage to seemingly float through space, orbiting planets and narrowly escaping dangerous collisions"

MOMIX
Dreamcatcher
8 p.m., Friday, October 10, 2014
Jones Hall

Choreographer Moses Pendelton has created Dreamcatcher, a combination of dance and theater. The promise: "Uncannily athletic dancers perform highly inventive and often illusionistic choreography."

The National Acrobats of China
2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Saturday, October 11, 2014
Jones Hall

Thirty-five performers said to be the best in Chinese martial arts, illusion and acrobatics will spin plates and do cycling stunts among other things.

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Wortham Theater Center

501 Texas Ave., Houston, TX

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Jones Hall For the Performing Arts

615 Louisiana St., Houston, TX

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