METdance, Going Global: Houston’s top contemporary dance company signs with international arts management firm KMP
The list of dance companies international arts management firm KMP Artists represents is far reaching – from the Australian Dance Theatre and Beijing Dance Theater to Isreal’s Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company and Indonesia’s Nan Jombang Dance.
Now the Austin-based company intends to help put Houston’s METdance on the map.
Founded in 1995, METdance has been a fixture in the Houston arts scene. The company trains and showcases professional and youth dancers in programs by noted choreographers. The company is also the sister organization to the METdance Center, which opened the doors to a newly renovated facility in May 2013 in Houston’s Midtown district.
Artistic director Marlana met KMP’s founder and CEO Kristopher McDowell at the Dance/USA conference in Austin one year ago – and they started talking about joining forces.
The meeting came at just the right time – as Doyle was searching for ways for the dance company to have a greater international presence.
“We at METdance relish opportunities to bring our unique brand of contemporary concert dance to audiences across the United States and abroad,” she said. “Our new relationship with KMP Artists is an exciting step in that direction – one that will undoubtedly bring more touring experiences to our organization. We look forward to the next few seasons of guidance from KMP -- and all the possibilities that may come with it.”
KMP is focused on narrative contemporary dance from around the globe – representing companies that are able to explore emotion and culture through the eyes of a choreographer.
McDowell was impressed with METdance’s repertoire – especially with its strong expressive storytelling and diverse programming.
“Being headquartered in Austin has allowed us to experience the shining companies in the Lone Star state that we believe have the trajectory for touring beyond,” he said. “METdance is a strong repertory company executing work form top American choreographers. We are thrilled about the opportunity to work with them."
METdance recently concluded its 21st season, “United in Dance,” which celebrated the diversity of the METdance organization.
“This season showcased the cultural backgrounds, movement styles and inspirations of METdance choreographers from the past and present,” Doyle said. “We are committed to presenting works that speak to every audience member regardless of their ethnicity, age, sex or experience with dance.”
She explained that METdance’s mission is to educate and revitalize a passion for dance through world-class instruction and performance.
The company has traveled across the U.S., impressing critics and audiences alike with performances by some of the most influential and talented choreographers.
METdance also has a strong community outreach program, including its educational "Swing, Jive, Pop" performances. The shows incorporate history, fashion, music and the arts, while the company dances through the eras of the 1930s Lindy Hop, bops into the 1950s, grooves into the 1970s and ends with the Hip Hop music of today.
The company’s home base, the METdance Center, now serves as Houston's second-largest dance training space, offering comprehensive training in multiple disciplines to students of all experience levels, ages 3 through adult.
For more information about METdance, visit www.metdance.org.
For more information about KMP Artists, visit http://kmpartists.com.