Forget gilded curtains and spectator glasses. Bringing dance straight into the path of Houston commuters as they travel to work, home, and around the city, METROdances, choreographed by Lydia Hance and in partnership with METRO, is a vibrant traveling dance and live music performance that provides a front-and-center view for anyone taking the Red Line running from the Houston Medical Center through Downtown.
“Framers,” as the dancers are known throughout the Houston arts community, will be accompanied by traveling trumpets and brass quintet, featuring Omni Brass and original composition by Charles Halka. Lagan Percussion will also perform a brand-new percussion piece as moving trains and transit stops on Houston’s METRORail become a stage in motion for the performers. Spectators are invited to travel along for only the cost of a METRO ticket and passersby become welcome members of a fluctuating audience.
METROdances is meant to shake frames of reference and perception to spark creativity and renew passion in those stuck and ragged from the stresses of life. In Houston, a huge metropolitan area known for its car culture, Hance also sees this non-traditional display of dance as a way of highlighting the city and, in this public performance, an opportunity to get people to learn about the METRO system. Some viewers will ride, perhaps for the very first time, as friendly faces are found nearby to help them navigate the system. METROdances, by Frame Dance, is made possible by funding and support from Houston Arts Alliance, City of Houston, Dance Source Houston, METRO, and generous individual donors.