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AURA & PSOPHONIA Memory Web

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Published on Feb 23, 2017

MEMORY WEB
AURA & PSOPHONIA DANCE COMPANY

Entangled recollections of a life-changing event
through music and dance.

Midtown Arts & Theater Center Houston (MATCH)
Thursday March 9, 2017 - 8pm
Friday March 10, 2017 - 8pm
Saturday March 11, 2017 - 8pm
https://matchouston.org/events/memory...

AURA Contemporary Ensemble and PSOPHONIA Dance Company present “Memory Web”, an evening length work that incorporates spoken word, images, dance and music to explore the entangled episodic memories of a group of people experiencing the same life-changing event.

Episodic memory is a person's unique recollection of a specific event that differs from another person's remembrance of the same event. One’s emotional responses burn these recollections into our long-term memory. AURA and PSOPHONIA directors - Rob Smith & Sophia Torres - approached this program by taking a step backward, widening their view, and looking for the connective tissue between the many perceptions of a fateful shared experience. They seek not to merely represent a pivotal event, but rather to heighten our empathy and understanding of viewpoints other than our own.

"Memory Web" is the third collaboration for AURA and PSOPHONIA. Earlier collaborations – “The Pack” and “Danza” – focused around single works by contemporary composers and addressed issues relating to psychological perceptions. With each collaboration, the integration of music and dance has become more intertwined, culminating in this program that substantially integrates the musicians with the dancers.

MUSIC:
Les Moutons de Panurge (1969) – Frederic Rzewski (b.1938)
coming around… (1995) – Belinda Reynolds (b.1967)
Distant Memories (2015) – HyeKyung Lee (b. 1959) - premiere
Only the Piano... (2004) – Matt VanBrink (b.1978)
Falling Still (2001/2009) – Emily Doolittle (b.1972)

AURA is:
Alejandro Basulto, (conductor), Nina Bledsoe (viola), Andrew Cavazos (cello), Xueer Chen (piano), Alaina Diehl (flute), Roberto de Guzman (clarinet), Zach Luftop (percussion), Matthew Madonia (violin) & Yukino Miyake (piano).

PSOPHONIA is:
Lindsay Cortner, Vi Dieu, Calvin Franke, Melissa Juneau, Gaby Luna, Tory Pierce & Kate Rash.

This project is supported by the Moores School of Music and through the Innovation Grants program of the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts at the University of Houston, which is funded in part by the Houston Endowment, Inc.

www.psophonia.com
www.uh.edu/aura

Not recommended for young children. Program contains the presence of images and storylines that may be disturbing or incomprehensible to minors.

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