Special Programs

In the course of planning a season for Society for the Performing Arts (SPA), patterns and themes will emerge from the selected slate of artists, from the subject matter of the various performances and from the ideas that inspired the different works of art. When it all comes to together, the dialogue between art forms, the sequence of performance events, and the possible reactions to be elicited require a special program. 

LANGuage Residency featuring Choreographer, Jessica Lang

The LANGuage residency, led by Jessica Lang herself, is a unique educational program that teaches students the process of making a dance. 

RESIDENCY UPDATE: This week-long residency will be held Monday, June 16, through Friday, June 20, at the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center and is open to middle and high school dancers ages 12-18 and dance professionals/adults. Tuition for the residency will be $75. 

Classes will be divided into half-day sessions, Monday through Thursday, with a final rehearsal and presentation on Friday. The class time for dancers ages 12-14 will be 9 a.m.-12 p.m.; ages 15-18 and adults will be from 12:45-3:30 p.m.

With a format Jessica Lang devised and developed more than 12 years ago, this process takes the students on a choreographic journey where, collectively, they choose the idea for a dance, create the movement, select the music, decide the costumes and finally give the work its title. The end result is a dance made by empowered students who have taken total ownership of the creation, planting the seeds for future generations of choreographers and creative thinkers.

Jessica Lang has vast experience guiding students through the LANGuage curriculum at countless universities, performing arts organizations and schools including American Ballet Theatre for its Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School and Summer Intensive Programs and New York University for its Steinhardt Masters Program. Lang is skilled at teaching all levels of students and professionals including arts educators, sending them back to their students refreshed and re-energized in their creative theories and tools.

Based in New York City, Jessica Lang Dance was founded in 2011, marked by Lang’s receipt of a Joyce Theater Residency supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Jessica Lang Dance made its full company debut at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival’s 80th Anniversary Season in July 2012. The Company has garnered significant attention and acclaim from performances at major venues throughout the country.

Register TODAY by calling Jessica Nieto at 713-632-8112
or email jessica@spahouston.org
Residency Schedule:
June 16 - 19, 2014
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Ages 12 - 14)
12:00 PM - 12:45 PM (Lunch)
12:45 PM - 3:30 (Ages 15-18 & Adults)
June 20, 2014
Final rehearsal and presentation at the ERJCC Kaplan Theatre

Tuition: $75

Location: Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center - 5601 S. Braeswood Blvd., Houston, TX 77096

The Power of Positive
At the heart of education and community engagement programming at the Society for the Performing Arts is The Power Positive. SPA’s 2013-2014 season of education and community engagement programs, reflects the purpose and practice of social justice and empowering students to be who they are while giving teachers the tools to help them do so. The Art of Teaching is a series of professional development workshops for educators designed to enhance art in education and integration of the performing arts in grades K through 12. Art of Teaching workshops are facilitated by performing artists visiting Houston from around the world. They can focus on professional training, rehearsal techniques for the classroom or teaching content through the arts. Then later on in the year we have the  it gets better Artist Residency. During the stay of this powerful performance, the visiting artists will work closely with Houston’s diverse community in a series of workshops, rehearsals, and community dialogue to create a performance intended to energize a local awareness of bullying and its damaging effects on a healthy community.

Movement Toward Literacy Projects
Our Movement Toward Literacy programs explore the connection between words and actions to support student learning in the classroom and the creativity of our future workforce. It is a cultural partnership with poets, storytellers, choreographers, teachers, librarians, and parents. We bring in some of the world’s best artists in their fields to help us create events such as the Alvin Ailey Revelations Residency, Meta-Fourth Fridays, and the Space City Grand Slam where students get the opportunity to showcase all they have learned in their workshops. Together we access the power of the performing arts by employing slam poetry, creative movement, public speaking and dance technique to support the lifelong, intellectual process of gaining meaning from the spoken & written word.  

Revelations Residency
Ad Deum Dance 
Writers in the Schools 
Space City Grand Slam
Meta-Fourth Fridays 
Paul Taylor Dance Company
Mark Morris Dance Group
Neighborhood Centers
Furr HS

Creativity Challenges
Creativity is an essential 21st Century skill. SPA’s Creativity Challenges enhance learning in the visual, performing and cultural arts, engage classrooms in the creative process and honor the effort and talent of young artists and their instructors. Vocal and instrumental contenders in the Deck the Disco Challenge will win tickets to the December presentation of ABBA: The Concert and an opportunity to perform in the lobby before the concert. In January, the Pilobolus-inspired Optical Illusion Challenge will recognize the best combination of modern dance and magic tricks. The Wells Fargo Student Art Contest is the centerpiece of our Creativity Challenges. Now in its 16th annual incarnation, students are invited to explore the Power of Positive through the work of Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan.

Art Contest 
Deck the Disco & Magic Moves

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