Moody Center for the Arts


Friday, May. 11, 2018 – Saturday, May. 19, 2018

Open Dance Project - Dada Gert - PROMO - 2017 - Photographer Lynn Lane_web (1)

DADA GERT is an immersive work of dance theater conceived, choreographed, and performed by Annie Arnoult and Open Dance Project. The show is inspired by Valeska Gert (1892-1978), a pioneering Jewish dancer/performance artist/film star in Weimar-era Berlin. Audiences will be integrated into the performance space by walking throughout the site-specific, multimedia set designed specifically for the Moody’s Lois Chiles Studio Theater. Original projections designed by Ryan McGettigan, together with music, dance, and costumes, collectively inspired by Gert’s life and performance career will transport audiences to early 1920s Germany.

Please note: The production features mature content and is recommended for ages 13 and above.

About the Annie Arnoult and Open Dance Project
Annie Arnoult is the founding artistic director of Open Dance Project where she directs the company’s professional performance season and oversees the company’s extensive dance education work in partnership with Young Audiences Houston and the Houston Arts Access Initiative. Arnoult returned to her native Houston from Chicago where she was the artistic director of Chicago’s Striding Lion Performance Group, garnering acclaim for the company as a “new center of gravity for indie dance in Chicago” and support from The Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, The Arts & Business Council, the Arts Work Fund, the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, and The Illinois Arts Council. Arnoult was recently named one of the “25 to Watch 2018” by Dance Magazine, citing her “keen attention to detail.”

Arnoult is the director of Hunter Dance Center in the Heights and has been a guest artist/teacher at Now Next Dance at Appalachian State University and Sam Houston State University, Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival, The University of Alaska at Anchorage, Northwestern University’s National High School Institute, Evanston Dance Ensemble and Alaska Dance Theatre. Her research and choreography has been presented regionally and internationally. She has served on the dance faculty of Northwestern University and The School of Theatre and Dance at University of Houston.

Friday, May 11, 2018 | 7:00 pm

Friday, May 11, 2018 | 9:00 pm

Saturday, May 12, 2018 | 7:00 pm

Saturday, May 12, 2018 | 9:00 pm

Thursday, May 17, 2018 | 7:00 pm

Friday, May 18, 2018 | 7:00 pm

Friday, May 18, 2018 | 9:00 pm

Saturday, May 19, 2018 | 7:00 pm

Saturday, May 19, 2018 | 9:00 pm


  • Tuesday - Saturday, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Hours change based on exhibition.
  • Free Hours: Always free and open to the public. Closed Sundays, Mondays, University Holidays, and during installation periods. Please check our website to confirm an exhibition is on view before planning your visit.

Directions & Parking

  • Paid Parking
  • The Moody Center for the Arts is located on the campus of Rice University, and is best reached by using Campus Entrance 8 at the intersection of University Boulevard and Stockton Street. As you enter campus, the building is on the right, just past the Media Center. There is a dedicated parking lot adjacent to the building. Payment for the Moody Lot is by credit card only. Maps are available at rice.edu/maps

Special Offers / Dining

Moody Cafe
Enjoy a coffee, beverage, or light bite to eat at the Moody Cafe, operated by Salento. The Cafe is open Tuesday-Saturday, 11am-2pm; visitors are also invited to use the laptop bar overlooking the Central Gallery (with free wi-fi) during open hours.

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