The Pilot Dance Project Presents: Jennifer Mabus’ Requiem takes place Saturday, August 5 at Morales Funeral Home, 2901 Canal Street.
The Pilot Dance Project continues its mission of presenting evening-length work by independent choreographers with an original site-specific, immersive dance work by acclaimed Houston-based choreographer Jennifer Mabus.
Requiem is a forty-five minute work that examines communal rituals of grief through the valence of the East End community and the story of the Morales family legacy that helped shape it.
Requiem will be set in the historic Morales Funeral Home, the first Hispanic-owned funeral home in Houston.
Audience members will be guided by the performers through the unique environment of the Morales Funeral Home. Audience and cast will collectively experience personal stories of grief, and, ultimately, hope.
Requiem is the first evening-length work the company will produce after its recent departure from the Pilot on Navigation.
“I’m really excited about this work because it shows the Pilot Dance Project is still about producing professional Modern dance in the East End,” says Executive/Artistic Director Adam Castaneda. “Now that we are not tied to a space, we can actually go into the community and create work about and for this vibrant neighborhood.”
Requiem will run for six performances on August 5, and each presentation is limited to twenty-five audience members.
The Pilot Dance Project Presents Jennifer Mabus’ Requiem is made possible by generous support from Christina Morales, the Morales Funeral Home, and John Virden.
Cast: Adam Castaneda, Lindsay Cortner, Jade Devault, Elaine Fields, Ashley Horn, Kayla Hyde, Eva Jin, Tawnya Kannarr, Cloe Leppard, Donald Sayre, Emily Sayre, and Jennifer Mabus.
About the Choreographer:
Jennifer Mabus has had an active performing career, dancing as a soloist and founding member of Robert Battle’s Battleworks Dance Company, as well as other New York based choreographers, such as Takehiro Ueyama, Heidi Latsky, and Amy Marshall.
Regionally, she has danced with the Bruce Wood Dance Project, Wild Goose Chase, Elle Danceworks, and Ewert and Company.
Since relocating to Texas, Mabus has performed with Dark Circles Contemporary Dance and Noble Motion Dance. This summer she will be presenting How Will I Recognize My Own Home? at the 2017 Barnstorm Dance Fest as part of Dance Source Houston’s Artist-in-Residence program.
The Pilot Dance Project is a program of FrenetiCore, a 501(c)3 non-profit arts organization with the mission to empower and transform communities through innovative dance, theater, and visual art. The organization is based out of the Midtown Arts & Theater Complex Houston, and produces work at venue throughout Houston’s East End.
The 2017 season concludes with the Pilot Dance Project Presents Jaime Fruge’s TWENTY-FIVE in November.