Contemporary Arts Museum Houston

Performance | Body Archives: Bone Deep Memories with Urban Souls Dance Company

Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018 – Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018

06:30 PM – 07:30 PM


Join Urban Souls Dance Company in the exhibition Stage Environment: You Didn’t Have to Be Thereas they explore the idea of archives and memory inside of the body. The brain remembers, the spirit recalls, and the body reacts. What do we do with the memories that we keep in our bones?

About Urban Souls Dance Company

Founded in 2004, in Houston, Texas, Urban Souls Dance Company (USDC) was conceived with the initial concept of bridging the gap between urban life and dance theatre. Urban Souls Dance Company’s primary purpose is to promote as well as encourage diversity and individuality through all aspects of dance. While effectively engaging audiences, Urban Souls promises to tell real life stories by boldly blending technique, passion, and African American culture.

About Harrison Guy

Harrison Guy the Artistic Director of Urban Souls Dance Company (USDC), has captivated audiences across the nation through his inspirational and unique works of passion, beauty, and activism that are rooted in African American culture. Guy began his dance journey in La Marque, Texas at Ruth Elgin Dance Studios. Building on his love for social dance and hip-hop, Guy studied Dance at Prairie View A&M University, Texas, under the artistic direction of Kenneth Epting and Paula Williams. In 2004, Guy debuted his dance company, Urban Souls Dance Company at the city-wide dance festival, Dance Houston. Since the inaugural performance, he has led Urban Souls to win the Dance Houston Award, and Best Artistic Achievement honors in both 2005 and 2006. In 2008, Dance Houston presented USDC with two awards; Best Choreography and The Audience Pick Award. Urban Souls was also awarded Best Choreography at the Houston Black Dance Festival in 2008. Guy has gained a reputation for creating soul stirring works that shift the consciousness of the audience. He has facilitated a cultural exchange in Kigali, Rwanda and was commissioned to create a work at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee, in the spring of 2015 to honor one of America’s most prominent composers, John Harbison. In 2016, Guy launched Houston’s first African American Dance Festival and that same year he was one of the city of Houston’s 12 individual artist grant recipients. His latest collaborative work can be seen on view at Project Row Houses’ Round 47.


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