Open Dance Project
Open Dance Project's highly stylized dance theater performance experiences break down conventional barriers between artist and audience to make dance more accessible and meaningful for both. Under the direction of Annie Arnoult, one of Dance Magazine’s 25 to Watch for 2018, this "talented troupe" of dancer/actors brings timely, thought-provoking subject matter to the stage through their dynamic physicality, daring athleticism, and emotional honesty. Current offerings include two performances for young audiences: Staging Stories Live, where dancers build a comic dance theater performance that can be tailored to any theme using audience suggestions; and ENGINuity, an educational romp through the history and science of engines. For mature audiences, the company offers DADA GERT, an immersive multimedia performance incorporating aerial silks, trapeze, and projections based on the Weimar dance satirist Valeska Gert. Photo by Lynn Lane.
747 N Shepherd Drive, Suite 100
Houston, TX 77007
public performance/concert $750 - $2,500
school performance $750 - $925
travel/per diem/lodging $1,100 - $7,150
"CroCro y su Tumbaka" is a multicultural musical group founded by Jorge"CroCro" Orta in 2010. The group, which released its first CD in 2014, was formed with the inspiration to interpret various tropical music styles using a blend of sounds popular throughout the 70s, 80s and 90s. Tumbaka's first CD includes a variety of songs with echoes of latin-jazz, bata, son, and guarachas with some percussion solos. Tumbaka's founder CroCro Orta has a 30+ year musical career, eight of which were spent as percussionist for the renowned "Grupo Niche" of Colombia where he acquired a vast knowledge and experience of high musical caliber band direction. CroCro's interest has always been to provide an expanded range of salsa music to include for his listening audience. The diverse salsa music genre, which has its roots in several Latin American cultures, is also representative of the diversity within Tumbaka. Besides its founder/director and conguero, Jorge "CroCro" Orta (Venezuela), Tumbaka's members also include musicians from Colombia,the Dominican Republic, Mexico, the US, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Uruguay and Panama. Tumbaka is on track to become one of Houston's best Latin bands. Photo by Helton Mendez.
16323 Rainbow Lake Rd
Houston, TX 77095
public performance/concert $2,500 - $7,000
school performance $1,500 - 4,000
travel/per diem/lodging $1,000 - 3,500
2018 Mayor's Office of Cultural Affairs Houston Resident Artist Program and 2017 Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and Idea Fund grant recipient, Emanuelee Outspoken Bean is a performance poet, writer, compassionate mentor, electric entertainer, and educator. He was a 2011 Texas Poet Laureate nominee, ranked 9th in the Individual World Poetry Slam 2013, ranked 2nd in collaborative poetry at Group Piece Finals 2013, and ranked 9th at National Poetry Slam 2014. He started performing spoken word in 2005. Bean also works with youth organizations from across the country such as Inside Out in Detroit, Youth Speaks in San Francisco, and Tigertail Productions' 2016 youth slam, WordSpeak, in Miami. While balancing a very busy touring schedule, in Houston Bean serves as the project coordinator/lead coach/mentor for Meta-Four Houston, a project of Writers in the Schools (WITS) that works with professional performance/slam poets and encourages self expression/literacy among Houston's youth through creative writing and performance. He also has a one-man show, "Converse," which is an interactive theatrical story-telling based on Bean, a heartbroken, outspoken, comedic, military brat. The dramatic and provocative show lures the audience into joining a long overdue conversation about mistakes, redemption, and the power of words. Photo by Pin Lim.
1127 Usener Street
Houston, TX 77009
public performance/concert $700 - $1,000
school performance $500 - $1,000
travel/per diem/lodging $250 - $1,000
Oliver Rajamani represents the multicultural landscape of modern-day Texas. Distinguished for redefining Roma (Gypsy) music by transporting it to its original roots in India, Rajamani is also the first to blend Indian and Romani music with Texas country and blues. His performances and recordings with international artists are as stylistically far flung as Willie Nelson, Gypsy Kings, Eric Johnson, Dotschy Reinhardt, Edie Brickell, L. Shankar, Jeronimo Maya, Ustad Aashish Khan, Ustad Shujaat Khan and Tomasa La Macanita. A teacher of music and therapy, Rajamani has presented at leading hypnosis conferences in the United States, Germany, Nepal, and India. Touring programs include: Flamenco India- an innovative musical journey into the deep and historical Indian roots of Spain's Gypsy flamenco, consisting of a colorfully large ensemble of dancers from the Indian and Flamenco traditions, flamenco guitar and singers and a boutique western string orchestra; Texas Gypsy Fire- Rajamani sings in English, Spanish, and languages from India, accompanying himself on exotic instruments backed by traditional lone-star musicians; and Moonlight Tanz- Rajamani with his western string orchestra featuring music and dancers from the Middle Eastern and Indian/Romani traditions with performances on exotic instruments such as the rebab and Oud. Photo by Michelle Laviolette.
3103 Bee Caves Road Ste. 120
Austin, TX 78746
public performance/concert $600 - $15,000
school performance $500 - $2,000
travel/per diem/lodging $500 - $4,000