2020 20th Anniversary Season: All Digital! 

October 11, 18 & 25, 2020

Online Premiere of 

ORCHID PEOPLE

Livestream introduction and post premiere audience interaction: 
 

Sunday October 11 at 5 p.m. EST
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Sunday October 18 at 5 p.m. EST
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Sunday October 25 at 5 p.m. EST
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Zoom.Us


FREE

 

After the film on October 25, we will take a 5 minute break to launch a Zoom meeting where we invite you to join us for a discussion of the creative process, and solutions for working within the limitations of this time. 

 

Michele Brangwen and Tim Hagans will be joined by dancer Yuritzi Govea and drummer/composer Anders Mogensen, and other guests. The meeting will be streamed to our YouTube channel so you can watch the discussion, or you can participate directly by registering for the meeting in advance. 

 

The idea of the meeting is to talk about creating. You can ask us questions, or tell us what you are working on. 

 

To participate directly in the meeting please email info@brangwendance.org 

with Zoom in the subject line. Please tell us your full name. Feel free to share with us if you are an audience member or an artist yourself. We will send you a link to join after the film screening. Registration needs to be received by 1 p.m. Sunday October 25.
 

"Orchid People" is a new dance and music film from the Michele Brangwen Dance Ensemble that explores the mysterious power and whirlwind energy that can be found in the most delicate and fragile things. 
 

The 13 minute short features choreography, editing and costumes by Michele Brangwen and music composed by Anders Mogensen, Thomas Helton and Tim Hagans in collaboration with each other. 
 

Michele Brangwen writes: "When we began this project, the goal was to keep creating together. I  wanted to try to make as developed an artistic statement as possible while at the same time keeping everyone safe. We began a 17 week rehearsal period via Zoom in late April 2020 and then during August, I filmed the dancers and trumpeter Tim Hagans separately in an outdoor location. Bassist Thomas Helton filmed himself in Houston, TX and Anders Mogensen was filmed in Odense, Denmark. We had all been working with each other for years so I hoped the poetry of our connection to each other could transcend the limitations of the digital format. "Orchid People" explores the idea that power can be found in fragility. I believe there is incredible strength in delicacy and it can give us energy. My premise, in a manner of speaking, was "what if orchids were super heroes? What would that be like?" 

 

 "Orchids take a long time to bloom, so much so that when buds appear it seems that they will surely fall off the stem long before they open. One is convinced no plant could take that long to bloom. And then one day, the buds are suddenly open and stunningly spectacular. The orchid takes its own time, showing us the merit of patience and another concept of time. The second section of the film explores the slowness of orchid buds to open. For this movement, the dancers and trumpeter are filmed in front of these beautiful old water towers in Long Island City. The water tower symbolizes the hope that we may find ways to nourish and sustain ourselves and each other during the time of remaining closed. It is also meant to symbolize that there are currents of energy at work that we can't always see or understand, but we can sense."

Performed by Robin Gilbert, Yuritzi Govea, Cristian Laverde König, Michele Brangwen, dancers; Anders Mogensen, drums; Thomas Helton, bass; Tim Hagans, trumpet.

 

"Orchid People" was made possible in part by a Dance NYC Coronavirus Relief Grant.

#Artists are still here! #StaySafe #StayStrong #OrchidPeople

December 21, 22 & 23, 2020

WINTER SOLSTICE LIVESTREAM

Join us for this special program featuring the premiere of a new work with music by composer and vocalist Danielle Reich. More details TBA. FREE YouTube.com/brangwendance



 

2019 Season

7/19-20/2019

DANCING THE BLUE HOUR
Friday July 19 at 8 p.m.
Saturday July 20 at 8 p.m.
MATCH, Matchbox 2, 3400 Main Street, Houston, TX 77002
Tickets:https://matchouston.org/events/2019/dancing-blue-hour
$20 General Admission   $15 Students & Seniors
$5 Art For All Tickets (25 per performance)
$35 Patron Tickets
Listen to our latest podcast: A Slip's Journey Into "Dancing The Blue Hour"
Dancing the Blue Hour is a new dance and music performance work that explores what happens when people come together to experience the blue hour. Journey with us to a field in the French countryside, where crickets and night birds transport us from our frenetic daytime world to the softness of a summer night and communicate that a special time is approaching when the magic will be ours. 
 
Dancing the Blue Hour features choreography & costumes by Michele Brangwen; music by nationally-known composer & bassist Thomas Helton and by Grammy-nominated composer & trumpeter Tim Hagans; and text by all performers. This is our most unique and experimental work yet, with the audience having the opportunity to engage and connect to the performance in new ways. Dancing the Blue Hour seeks to conjure the magic of a special shared experience with each performance. 
 
The blue hour is the time just before sunrise at the end of the night, when the sky is a magnificent blue. Eric Rohmer's short film L'Heure Bleue (from his Quatre Aventures De Reinette Et Mirabelle) focuses on the moment when the birds, crickets and creatures of the night cease to make noise as they sense the morning coming, and at the same time the creatures of the day are quiet as they have not yet sensed the sunrise. The intensity of feeling about this time by the characters in the film suggests that there is something special about experiencing the blue hour together.
 
Dancing The Blue Hour is performed by Robin Gilbert Campos, Yuritzi Govea & Michele Brangwen, dancers; Danielle Reich Seale, voice; Tim Hagans, trumpet; Thomas Helton, bass; Joe Hertenstein, drums. The program will also include new music from the Danielle Reich Quartet. Lighting Design by Kris Phelps. 
 
The premiere of Dancing The Blue Hour is made possible in part by the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance. The commission of Dancing the Blue Hour was made possible by Joyce M. Freeman, Kevin Hogg, and Rufus & Doris Reid.
DANCING THE BLUE HOUR
Friday July 19 at 8 p.m.
Saturday July 20 at 8 p.m.
MATCH, Matchbox 2, 3400 Main Street, Houston, TX 77002
Tickets:https://matchouston.org/events/2019/dancing-blue-hour
$20 General Admission   $15 Students & Seniors
$5 Art For All Tickets (25 per performance)
$35 Patron Tickets

 

 

 

 

 

9/26/2019

Ivesian Arts Presents The Michele Brangwen Dance Ensemble

in a Pop-Up Performance at Diego Salazar Artist Studios

21-25 44th Avenue, Long Island City, NY 11101

Thursday September 26, 2019 at 7 p.m.

 

Please join us for this intimate performance program at the twilight hour in the beautiful windowed Diego Salazar Artist Studios. The program will include excerpts from "Dancing The Blue Hour." Seating is limited. Advance purchase recommended. Click Here To Buy Tickets. 

ROBIN GILBERT CAMPOS, YURITZI GOVEA, MICHELE BRANGWEN dancers

TIM HAGANS tromba

ROBIN VERHEYEN sax

JAY ANDERSON bass

Listen to our latest podcast: A Slip's Journey Into "Dancing The Blue Hour"

Tickets:

$20 General  

$15 Students & Seniors (Steps or Mark Morris Dance Center Card)

$35 Patron Tickets

$100 Fall Season Sponsor

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS

 

11/22-23, 2019

THE JAZZ LOFT, Stony Brook, NY

Tickets: 

www.thejazzloft.org

Dancing the Blue Hour is a new dance and music performance work that explores what happens when people come together to experience the blue hour. Journey with us to a field in the French countryside, where crickets and night birds transport us from our frenetic daytime world to the softness of a summer night and communicate that a special time is approaching when the magic will be ours. 
 
Dancing the Blue Hour features choreography & costumes by Michele Brangwen; music by nationally-known composer & bassist Thomas Helton and by Grammy-nominated composer & trumpeter Tim Hagans; and text by all performers. This is our most unique and experimental work yet, with the audience having the opportunity to engage and connect to the performance in new ways. Dancing the Blue Hour seeks to conjure the magic of a special shared experience with each performance. 
 
The blue hour is the time just before sunrise at the end of the night, when the sky is a magnificent blue. Eric Rohmer's short film L'Heure Bleue (from his Quatre Aventures De Reinette Et Mirabelle) focuses on the moment when the birds, crickets and creatures of the night cease to make noise as they sense the morning coming, and at the same time the creatures of the day are quiet as they have not yet sensed the sunrise. The intensity of feeling about this time by the characters in the film suggests that there is something special about experiencing the blue hour together.
 
Dancing The Blue Hour is performed by Robin Gilbert Campos, Yuritzi Govea & Michele Brangwen, dancers; Danielle Reich, voice; Tim Hagans, trumpet; Thomas Helton, bass; Anders Mogenson, drums. The program will also include new music from the Tim Hagans/Danielle Reich Quartet with special guests.
 
 

2018 Season

5/5/2018

THE MICHELE BRANGWEN DANCE ENSEMBLE PERFORMS 
"WHAT WILL YOU DO WHEN YOU FEEL THEIR ABSENCE?"   
Mark Morris Dance Center at 6 p.m. |  3 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn, New York, NY 11217| Performance is Free & followed by a reception.
The program features the New York premiere of WHAT WILL YOU DO WHEN YOU FEEL THEIR ABSENCE? with choreography, text & costumes by Michele Brangwen and music by Thomas Helton, with additional text by Peter Josyph. Guest artist, vocalist Danielle Reich Seale, joins the dancers and musicians for an exploration of what the symbol of the Statue of Liberty, and the ideas and ideals behind her, mean to us today. 

Set in an intimate bar/café that could be in any city, WHAT WILL YOU DO WHEN YOU FEEL THEIR ABSENCE? invites the audience to watch as stories unfold about how we are all connected to each other. Brangwen writes: “Art can find ways into our hearts and minds where rhetoric falls short. I have long been thinking about a wall of dance and music. A few people standing together become a tiny segment…of a different kind of wall.”
The program also includes UNENDING with choreography by Michele Brangwen, music by Tim Hagans, and movement and music created spontaneously in the moment by all performers. UNENDING tributes the incredible musical legacy of John Coltrane. 
Performers are special guest: Danielle Reich Seale, voice; Robin Gilbert Campos, Yuritzi Govea, Cristian Laverde König and Michele Brangwen, dancers; Tim Hagans, trumpet; Thomas Helton, double bass; Robin Verheyen, sax; Joe Hertenstein, drums.

8/18/2018 

CLOSENESS
MICHELE BRANGWEN DANCE ENSEMBLE 
MIDTOWN ARTS & THEATRE CENTER HOUSTON (MATCH)
MATCHBOX 2 at 8 p.m.
Click Here For Tickets!
 
The Michele Brangwen Dance Ensemble presents CLOSENESS, an evening of new dance, music and film that explores the idea of closeness between people. The program will feature the premiere of "Closeness" with choreography by Michele Brangwen, music by Charlie Haden & Alice Coltrane as arranged by Tim Hagans, and featuring sections of movement and music created in the moment. 
 
CLOSENESS takes its title from the album "Closeness" made by legendary bassist & composer Charlie Haden in 1976. The recording featured "For Turiya," a composition by Charlie Haden written for pianist and composer Alice Coltrane to perform with him on harp for that recording. Tim Hagans has arranged both the stunningly beautiful melody of "For Turyia" by Haden, as well as melodic lines improvised by Alice Coltrane on the harp, for voice, bass, trumpet & saxophone. The four musicians are joined by the dancers in a work that continually shifts focus between different pairs of performers, while also exploring the ways in which the ensemble is interconnected in performance. 
 
The program will also include "Rain Girl," a feature for dancer Robin Gilbert Campos & trumpeter Tim Hagans that tributes the resilience of the human spirit, and an excerpt from "What Will You Do When You Feel Their Absence?" with choreography & text by Michele Brangwen and music by bassist and composer Thomas Helton.
 
In addition to live performance works, the evening will also feature two shorts by filmmaker Yunuen Perez Vertti on the subject of closeness. 
 
Performers are Robin Gilbert Campos, Yuritzi Govea, Adam Castaneda, Michele Brangwen, dancers; Danielle Reich Seale, voice; Tim Hagans, trumpet; Seth Paynter, saxophone, & Thomas Helton, bass. New film from Yunuen Perez Vertti. Lighting Design by Kris Phelps. 
*Sliding Scale Tickets: 
We have added two new ticket levels to our performance at the MATCH. We feel that art should be made available to everyone, regardless of their budget. So in addition to our $20 General Admission, and $15 Student & Senior Admission prices, we have made available 25 tickets at the "Art For All" rate of $5. Audience members can also purchase $35 patron tickets that include credit as donors in upcoming programs. We invite the audience to choose the level that is right for them. 
Click Here For Tickets: 
https://matchouston.org/events/2018/closeness

11/9/2018

THE JAZZ LOFT PRESENTS THE MICHELE BRANGWEN DANCE ENSEMBLE IN CONCERT |   The Jazz Loft  |   Stony Brook, NY CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS
275 Christian Avenue, Stony Brook, NY  11790   
info@thejazzloft.org 
(631) 751-1895
The Jazz Loft presents the Michele Brangwen Dance Ensemble in CLOSENESS, an evening of contemporary dance and live music that explores the idea of closeness between people. The program will feature the New York premiere of "Closeness" with music by Charlie Haden & Alice Coltrane as arranged by Grammy-nominated trumpeter and composer Tim Hagans, choreography by Michele Brangwen, and featuring sections of movement and music created in the moment. 
 
CLOSENESS takes its title from the album "Closeness" made by legendary bassist & composer Charlie Haden in 1976. The recording features "For Turiya," a composition by Charlie Haden written for pianist and composer Alice Coltrane to perform with him on harp. Tim Hagans has arranged both the stunningly beautiful melody of "For Turyia" by Haden, as well as melodic lines improvised by Alice Coltrane on the harp, for voice, bass, trumpet & saxophone. The four musicians are joined by the dancers in a work that continually shifts focus between different pairs of performers, while also exploring the ways in which the ensemble is interconnected in performance. 
 
The program will also include "Rain Girl," a feature for dancer Robin Gilbert Campos & trumpeter Tim Hagans that tributes the resilience of the human spirit, and an excerpt from "What Will You Do When You Feel Their Absence?" with choreography & text by Michele Brangwen and music by bassist and composer Thomas Helton.

Performers are Robin Gilbert Campos, Yuritzi Govea, Cristian Laverde König, Michele Brangwen, dancers; Danielle Reich Seale, voice; Tim Hagans, trumpet; Robin Verheyen, saxophone, & Thomas Helton, bass.