Dances Of Courtship The Focus Of Free Miller Outdoor Theatre Performance

August 12, 2008

Houston’s free celebration of the cultural performing arts, Tapestry of World Dance, returns to the Miller Outdoor Theatre stage at 8 p.m. Sept. 20. This year’s performance, Mating Dances: Rituals of Love and Courtship, will feature dances of romance, courtship and marriage from around the globe. The 90-minute performance will feature colorful costumes, drumming, music and movement.

Ensembles appearing on the program include: Brazilian Arts Foundation; Halau Ho’ola Ka Mana O Hawai’i; Kumanke’le’ African Dance & Drum Ensemble; La Esencia Flamenca, Sabor Mexico Theatrical Dance Company; and Uzori Russian Folk Dance Ensemble. Related youth performers will begin the evening’s performance at 7:15 p.m. The performance is presented by Dance Source Houston and is organized in collaboration with the World Dance Institute at Houston Community College – Central Campus.

“Dance is the language of love and courtship,” stated Deborah Quanaim, curatorial committee member for Tapestry of World Dance. “Throughout history men and women have danced to woo their intended and prove their prowess. In early cultures, the fertility dance was a sacred activity; procreation insured tribal survival. Dances of courtship have existed at every social stratum, from the stately minuet of the Renaissance court to the tango of the South American working class. Tapestry will bring Miller audiences a sample of courtship dances from around the world.”

The Tapestry curatorial committee includes Dance Source Houston’s producing director, Christina Giannelli; Maxine Silberstein, Dance Director of the Jewish Community Center; and Deborah Quanaim, Chair of the Fine Arts Department at Houston Community College and Co-Founder of the World Dance Institute.

Tapestry of World Dance is sponsored in part by the City of Houston through the Miller Theatre Advisory Board. KUHF-FM Houston Public Radio is the media sponsor of Tapestry of World Dance. Houston Endowment, Inc. is a donor to Dance Source Houston.

Admission to Tapestry of World Dance is free. All seating is available to the public on a first-come, first-served basis. Listening devices for the hearing impaired are available at the Miller Theatre Box Office one hour prior to curtain.

Miller Outdoor Theatre is located at 100 Concert Drive in Hermann Park. For Miller Outdoor Theatre General Information call 281-373-3386 or visit For public transportation to Miller Outdoor Theatre visit the METRO Web site at

InstantNewsWestu Staff

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