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NobleMotion Dance, photo by Lynn Lane

Free Public Events will Celebrate “Huntsville Moving!” Initiative with Art, Music and Dance

As the Huntsville Moving! three-week community initiative soon comes to completion, The Wynne Home Arts Center and SHSU College of Fine Arts and Mass Communication will host two public events on Saturday, April 16 in honor of the project which was initiated by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Both events are free and open to the public. 

 From 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., the Wynne Home Arts Center will host a free reception event featuring “Tea Ceremony: A Percussive Offering,” a performance by the Sam Houston Percussion Group, directed by John Lane, and the University Percussion Ensemble, directed by Joe Millea.  The percussion ensembles, utilizing the interior spaces and exterior grounds of the Wynne Home will create a continuous concert-length experience centered around a musical “tea ceremony” complete with the serving of tea and cookies, composed by Australian composer Anita Hustas.  According to Lane, the special 90-minute performance will begin with a memorial dedication in honor of the late artist and long-time friend of the Wynne, Jesús Moroles.

 “The piece I have composed in memoriam of Jesús Moroles is titled “Totems” and will be performed continuously outdoors around the Moroles sculptures on the grounds of the Wynne Home,” Lane said.  “SHSU Dance students, under the direction of SHSU Professor of Dance Erin Reck, will collaborate and improvise on the music piece as part of the performance.”

 The reception event will also feature the unveiling of a new outdoor sculpture on the Wynne Home grounds. Created by long-time local resident, Scott McCarley, the granite sculpture was made in honor of Moroles who, over the years McCarley had opportunities to work with on various artistic projects.

 “I learned a lot about his style and technique. I tried to stay true to that in this new piece,” explained McCarley. “It was a piece that we had originally agreed to work on together after Jesús had given me the granite from a project I had assisted him on.  Since I was faced with doing it alone, now that he is sadly no longer with us, I decided to try to do the sculpture in his spirt.”

 Following the reception, the celebration will continue at 7:30 p.m. in the James and Nancy Gaertner Performing Arts Center with a free performance event featuring Ballet Folklorico de Huntsville, Nicolay Dance Works and NobleMotion Dance. Performances by students who recently participated in the Huntsville Moving! workshop classes will also be presented including a video from theDancing for the Camera workshop where participants learned about creating site-specific dance. According to SHSU Professor of Dance and NobleMotion Artistic Director, Dionne Noble, the performance event is designed to highlight the vibrancy and creativity that dance can offer to the community.

 “This is a wonderful opportunity to share with Huntsville audiences the immense talent that exists right here in their home town,” said Noble.  “The three dance companies featured each have artistic directors who reside in Huntsville and many of the dancers who perform in these companies have Huntsville roots.”

 Huntsville Moving! is made possible by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. Art Works.  Additional funding support is from the Huntsville Arts Commission and the Friends of the Wynne.  In addition to the partnering dance organizations and the Wynne Home, several additional groups and local organizations have joined forces to make this community initiative possible including The City of Huntsville, Sam Houston State University College of Fine Arts and Mass Communication, SHSU Percussion Ensemble, Huntsville Family YMCA and Huntsville Boys and Girls Club.

Information and photo provided by SHSU College of Fine Arts & Mass Communication.

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